Indian diaspora in New Zealand and Australia

More than half a million people of Indian descent live in Australia and New Zealand. The history of the Indian diaspora in these countries is older than many might imagine, going back 250 years.

Indians are today widely acknowledged as a successful ethnic community that makes significant contributions to their host societies and economies. Yet, although Indian migration to North America and the United Kingdom has been studied extensively, the Australian and New Zealand stories have rarely been told.

Read this article in the Conversation here.

Ease of doing business: India jumps 23 notches, now at rank 77

Read original article on the Economic Times website here.

In a big boost for NDA government, India climbed another 23 points in the World Bank’s ease of doing business index to 77th place, becoming the top ranked country in South Asia for the first time and third among the BRICS. 

In the last two years the country has climbed 53 notches, a performance matched in the past only by Bhutan. The biggest gain was in construction permit where India climbed 129 ranks to 52nd place on the back of targeted government effort to remove hurdles. 

Sydney Opera House lights up for Diwali

Read the original article on the SBS (Hindi) website here.

The iconic Sydney Opera House was lit up in a golden orange to mark Diwali, the festival of lights.

For the fifth year in a row, the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House turned gold to mark the most widely celebrated Hindu festival, Diwali.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams hosted a community reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Tuesday evening to celebrate the occasion which was attended by Consul General of India in Sydney Mr B. Vanlalvawna, Dr GK Harinath, the chair of Multicultural NSW and many other dignitaries from the Indian community.

The Economist magazine's special report on Australia

This weeks edition (27th October 2018) of The Economist magazine features a ‘leader’ and ‘special report’ on Australia in which it calls Australia ‘perhaps the most successful rich economy.’ We’ve collated links to the articles below for your reference.

Read the special report on the Economist website here.

Hotel Mumbai premieres at Adelaide Film Festival, telling the story of the 2008 terror attacks

One of the biggest film productions to come out of South Australia hit the red carpet at the Adelaide Film Festival earlier this month and will be released in cinemas in 2019. The film “Hotel Mumbai” tells the story of the 2008 terror attacks and stars Dev Patel who plays a Sikh waiter.

The film was directed and co-written by South Australian Anthony Maras, who did copious amounts of research to produce the film.

The original article appears on ABC News Online, click here to read it in full.

Western Australia to attract Indian tourists with Mumbai marketing representative

The Western Australia State Government plans to make its first major investment in attracting Indian tourists to WA, including appointing a full-time marketing representative in Mumbai.

According to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia Western Australia “has much to offer Indian travellers, whether they’re visiting for business, education or leisure.” The new Mumbai marketing post will be similar to positions in other key markets, including Japan, China, Germany, Britain and the US.

From the West Australian Newspaper. Click here for original story.

New Zealand Food at JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar

Romano’s, the speciality Italian restaurant at the JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar will be serving rich New Zealand produce between 22 - 31 October, with it’s menu titled “Nuances of New Zealand” prepared by Chef Roberto Zorzoli.

The menu is a treat for meat lovers, seafood fans and wine aficionados. The cuisine of New Zealand being influenced by it’s settlers from Britain, the Mediterranean and the Pacific.

The original article appears in Mumbai Live and can be read here.

Helen Clark announced as Patron of Himalayan Trust

The Himalayan Trust, the charity founded by Sir Edmund Hillary to improve life for the people of the Everest region of Nepal, recently announced that former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark to be the inaugural Patron for the charity.

Himalayan Trust Chairman Michael Gill said: “With Helen Clark’s remarkable example of leadership, both in New Zealand and internationally, her strong friendship with Sir Edmund Hillary, her passion for reducing poverty in the world, and her love of mountaineering, there can be no more compelling Patron for the Himalayan Trust.

The original article appears in Scoop Politics NZ, you can read it here.

Australia promotes soft power in India through Aboriginal culture

Original story in the Economic Times which you can read here.

Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, will embark on a multi-city tour of India this month as part of Australia Fest.

Australia’s High Commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu, said: “We are proud to present one of Australia’s greatest cultural ambassadors, Bangarra Dance Theatre, as the centerpiece of Australia Fest. Bangarra’s visit to India is a great opportunity to share our Indigenous culture and history with Indian audiences.”

Opportunities for New Zealand Business in India, and the countries around the Indian Ocean

A recent article in the New Zealand Heard on 14 August 2018 by Kevin Jenkins highlighted the need for New Zealand businesses to explore opportunities in the Indian Ocean, and the countries around the Indian ocean. The countries are the fastest growing in the world, in terms of population and economy.

About two billion people – 30 per cent of the world's population - live around it. There are high rates of population and economic growth, with regional trade alone growing about 10 per cent per year for five years. Regional trade increased by over four times from US$ 302 billion in 2003 to US$ 1.2 trillion in 2012. By 2050, Goldman Sachs projects that India will have the world's largest economy.

Read original article at the New Zealand Herald by clicking here.

Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency Linda Dessau AC visits India for the second time in a year

Her Excellency Linda Dessau, Honourable Governor of Victoria visited India for the second time within a year to reinforce Victoria’s strong commitment to India.

Victoria is home to the Australia’s largest Indian diaspora where over 200,000 residents claim Indian heritage.  Notably, the population of young Indians is particularly high.  Almost half of all Indians studying in Australia study in Victoria. Around 40,000 Indian students call Victoria home, and this is double the number of the next nearest state.

ENZ kicks off education fairs and academic conclave

Students, academics and educational institutions had lots to keep them busy, with Education New Zealand (ENZ) kick- starting its education promotion season in India. Education fairs in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai were followed by an inaugural Academic Conclave and a jam-packed Guest Lecture Series featuring 14 New Zealand researchers and academics delivering 44 lectures across 23 premier Indian institutions.

Infosys and Australian Open announce strategic partnership

Infosys has announced a three-year strategic partnership with the Australian Open. Infosys will be the official digital innovation partner of the tennis tournament, and leverage emerging technologies like big data & analytics, artificial intelligence, and virtual and augmented reality to improve the overall fan experience.

The October issue of 'Kia ora!' is out

The October issue of the bi-monthly newsletter, the ‘KiaOra!,’ from the New Zealand High Commission to India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka has been released.

You can download your copy here. Alternatively you can visit the New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade website here.

Insight – Bolstering India’s cyber security capabilities

Australian cyber security firms looking to do business in India have a unique entry point: supplying or partnering with multinational technology integrators that are actively looking for new products and services to broaden their cyber security capabilities. Austrade is organising a webinar on "Business opportunities for Australian cyber security companies in India". Austrade is also planning a cyber security mission to India in late 2018.

Transforming Australia’s economic partnership with India

Transforming Australia’s economic partnership with India

Harinder Sidhu, Australian High Commissioner to India and Leonie Muldoon, Austrade’s New Delhi-based Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for South Asia have completed a series of seminars across Australia in September to raise awareness of the business opportunities in India and a new strategy to strengthen the India-Australia economic relationship.