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HindustanTimes Wed,01 Oct 2014

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Punjabi man arrested for pornography in Australia

An Indian national has been arrested for sending lewd pictures to teenage girls to groom them for sex in Australia. Tegveer Sandhu, 24, sent the images in March last year to an undercover police officer he mistook for a 13-year-old girl.

Emotional Indian community in Melbourne pays tribute to Delhi gangrape victim

Emotional members of the Indian community in Melbourne paid tribute to the young woman who died of injuries after she was brutally assaulted and raped in New Delhi on 16th December. Around 40 people gathered on the steps of the Indian consulate on St Kilda Road to light candles and pray for the 23-year-old, whose death on Saturday morning has sparked protests in India.

Oz Sikhs want kirpan allowed in schools

The Sikh community in Australia has protested the government's move to disallow the kirpan (ceremonial knife) being worn in schools through an amendment in the constitution. The Weapons Act 1990 states, "A Sikh may possess, in a public place, a knife known as a kirpan to comply with the person's religious faith."

Kate phone hoax: Indian-origin nurse tried killing herself twice before

The Indian-origin nurse, who committed suicide after answering a hoax phone call about the Duchess Kate's pregnancy, had reportedly made two attempts to kill herself a year ago and had been prescribed antidepressants.

Australian regulator opens probe into royal prank station

Australia's media watchdog on Thursday launched an investigation into the broadcast of a prank call to the London hospital treating Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine.

Now, Ramuwalia's daughter helping bring dead back

Taking the legacy of her father ahead, Amanjot Kaur Ramoowalia helped a family of nearby Dhaliwal Bet village in getting the body of their son back from Australia. Tirath Singh, who went to Australia six years ago and had got the citizenship six months back, died of a heart attack a few days back.

Festival of lights celebrated with a cause in Australia

Celebrating the Hindu festival of lights, an annual Diwali event was held here that attracted thousands of Indians and locals to enjoy cultural performances along with fund raising for an awareness campaign to "stop violence against women".

Aus leaders express shock over Behera's demise

Australian leaders' on Saturday expressed deep shock over sudden demise of India's consul general in Melbourne, S K Behera. Behera, 50, died last night after a massive heart attack.

Australia keen on developing maritime security in Indian ocean

Australia is keen to expand its defence ties with India and develop maritime security architecture with the Asian giant in the strategic Indian Ocean region. Australian defence minister Stephen Smith who met visiting West Bengal Governor and former National Security Advisor MK Narayanan in Sydney discussed expansion of security and defence ties with India.

'Genocide' plea tabled in Oz Parliament

A petition has been tabled in the Australian Parliament, seeking to recognise the 1984 anti-Sikh violence as a 'genocide'. The petition was moved by federal MP Warren Enstch on Thursday. Tabling the petition, Enstch said as long as the 1984 events "continue to be referred to as 'anti-Sikh riots', there can be no closure for the Sikh community."

Sikh 'genocide' petition tabled in Aus parliament

An Australian lawmaker has tabled in parliament a petition seeking that the horrific violence that took place in November 1984 in India following the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi be recognised as genocide against the Sikh community.

Indian cab driver pleads guilty to 'drunk driving'

An Indian-Australian taxi driver has been charged with a 'culpable driving' offence, after he sped and zig-zagged his car that had five passengers, before crashing into a pole. One of the passengers was killed on Lygon Street, Brunswick (Melbourne).

Estranged Indian-origin couple found dead in Australia house fire

An estranged Indian-origin couple died in a mysterious house fire here on Thursday. Police said officers were attending an unrelated matter in the area when they observed a fire coming from a house in Hale Street early this morning.

From Oct 1, no need to submit passport for Oz visa

The Australian government will introduce 'label-free visa' travel arrangements for Indians from October 1, 2012, which means applicants would not need to deposit their passports for a visa stamp.

Indian-origin doctor Patel could face first trial as early as Nov 12

Indian-origin surgeon Dr Jayant Patel could face one of four pending Supreme Court hearings as early as November 12 in Australia. Patel, 62, was jailed on June 29, 2010 after a Supreme Court jury found him guilty of three counts of manslaughter and grievous bodily harm.
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