The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has today issued a second advisory cautioning Indian students about studying in Australia in the backdrop of fresh racist attacks on Indians, including the latest attacks on four Indians in Brisbane.
Coming hard on Australia, Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur today said, "We are discouraging Indian students to go to Australia."
The move is expected to hurt Australia's lucrative foreign student market gravely as Indian students comprise the second largest group of international students coming to Australia after Chinese.
Meanwhile, the body of Ranjodh Singh, who as killed in Australia late last month, reached India today. The body was received at the IGI Airport by Ranjodh's younger brother Satnam Singh and other family members, with minister Preneet Kaur accompanying them.
"We are hopeful that something will come out from the investigations that are taking place on the attacks on Indians in Australia," said Kaur, who placed a wreath on Singh's body.
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and his Australian counterpart Stpehen Smith met in London on Thursday for the second time in as many days, she said, noting that a high-level Working Group has been set up by the Australian government to deal with the issue on an urgent basis.
The committee is going to meet on Saturday and Sunday to discuss the matter, she said.
Singh's mortal remains were taken to his native place Nabha in Punjab for last rites, with his relatives and Punjab government officials accompanying the body.