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Australian artists at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale
Three Australians will join 94 artists from 30 countries in the second edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, an increasingly important international exhibition of contemporary art on the world stage.
Australian High Commissioner Patrick Suckling welcomed the strong Australian participation as another sign of the deep commitment both Australia and India had to strengthening cultural relations. Read more.
Australia's Minister for Trade and Investment, The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, welcomes WTO trade facilitation breakthrough
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb today welcomed the decision reached by World Trade Organisation (WTO) Members overnight to take forward implementation of the Agreement on Trade Facilitation.
This paves the way for negotiations to commence on a future WTO work program, which will be a key stepping stone to concluding the Doha Round. Read more.
Australia and India strengthen international crime cooperation ties
Joint Statement with the Prime Minister of India
Strengthening artistic and cultural bonds with India and France
The Australian Government is strengthening artistic and cultural ties internationally through significant agreements with India and France, countries rich with artistic and cultural traditions. These new memoranda of understanding will deepen the understanding and engagement between Australia and each of these great nations through arts and culture.
Changes to resettlement another blow to people smugglers
Asylum seekers who registered with UNHCR in Indonesia on or after 1 July 2014 will no longer be eligible for resettlement in Australia, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon. Scott Morrison said today.
Minister Morrison said the change was part of the Government's ongoing work in the region to strip people smugglers of a product to sell to vulnerable men, women and children. Read more.
Media Release from the Office of Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP: Grants showcase Australian excellence in India
I am pleased to announce that thirteen innovative projects profiling Australian expertise and fostering deeper people-to-people and institutional links with India will be supported through this year’s Australia-India Council (AIC) grants program.
The AIC’s grants, totalling over $565,000, will support new partnerships between Australian and Indian universities, professional bodies, private sector organisations and arts communities in areas of strong mutual interest and where the bilateral relationship has the greatest capacity to grow.
Australians undertaking surrogacy arrangements in India should be aware that India will rigorously assess visa applications to ensure full compliance with Indian surrogacy laws and regulations. This may result in significant delays in the processing of applications for medical visas made by Australian parents seeking to travel to India. We encourage you to update yourselves regularly on visa/policy changes issued by the Indian government for parents commissioning surrogacy.
Australia's Group of Eight Universities make Global Top 100
Australian universities have again been rated among the best in the world, with eight Australian institutions making the global top 100 – and four making the top 50 – of the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings for 2014.
The eight universities are:
• Australian National University
• The University of Melbourne
• The University of Sydney
• The University of Queensland
• The University of New South Wales
• Monash University
• The University of Western Australia
• The University of Adelaide
The Australian High Commissioner to India, Patrick Suckling, said the rankings demonstrated that Australian higher education institutions were excellent choices for Indian students. Read more.
Australian High Commission welcomes return of Shiva Nataraja to Tamil Nadu
The Australian High Commission has welcomed the return of two 11th century idols to the state of Tamil Nadu.
The Prime Minister of Australia the Hon. Tony Abbott MP handed the idols of Nataraja (the “Dancing Shiva”) and Ardhanariswara to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his official visit to New Delhi last week.
Authorities in Tamil Nadu have now taken custody of the idols. Read more.
New Smartraveller Business Travel Advice
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has launched a Smartraveller business travel web page to advise Australian businesses operating overseas: www.smartraveller.gov.au/business.Many Australian businesses are now global in scope and even small businesses are operating in remote locations. Consequently, the ability to work safely in a variety of situations and locations is more critical than ever. Read more.
Applying for a passport for a child born through surrogacy – New Policy
New requirements for Indian visas for parents of a child born as a result of surrogacy arrangements have been transitioned from April 2013 until 30 October 2013. Click here for more information.
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