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No Christmas for Little India traders By Neeraj Nanda

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elbourne: The year 2011/2012 represented an important year of transition for Places Victoria, which officially replaced Vic Urban in October 2011. One of its projects ‘Revitalising Central Dandenong’, Places Victoria claims in its Annual Report has been completed 95 per cent of the infrastructure envisaged in the master plan. Interestingly, it is in this project where Places Victoria is facing the wrath of traders in ‘Little India’ situated at Foster Street, Dandenong. It was during last Christmas that the traders won a six months rent-free period after a prolonged campaign by them culminated in a protest rally outside the Victorian Parliament. This was preceded by many high profile VIP visits to Little India and the issue being raised by the opposition ALP in the Victorian Parliament. Since then a few traders who had gone to court won their case but instead of settling the issue of loss of income as a consequence of the disruption of business because of the ‘Revitalising Central Dandenong’ project, the Places Victoria went into appeal. The appeal process could take many months to reach a conclusion. The Planning Minister Mr. Mathew Guy had promised the

"" traders to solve the issue by July 2012. But the issue remains unsolved and the traders facing a bleak Christmas are frustrated and angry. In its recent Annual Report Places Victoria says, “Places Victoria has been working to resolve issues with traders in

The Planning Minister Mr. Mathew Guy had promised the traders to solve the issue by July 2012. But the issue remains unsolved and the traders facing a bleak Christmas are frustrated and angry.

Little India Foster Street under the guidance of the Small Business Commissioner. These discussions will continue.” One wonders if 12 months are not enough to continue discussions with the traders. Meanwhile, business has been falling dramatically in Little In-

dia as a consequence of Places Victoria’s arrogance and lack of concern for traders. The decline and virtual decimation of this multicultural icon will be a big loss for Victoria and multicultural Australia.

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elbourne: The Indian community has a big reason to cheer as Indian languages already on SBS radio have got enhanced hours weekly. Added to this new Indian and other languages have been added to the list of languages being broadcast. The new SBS schedule will start operating from April next year. The biggest enhanced hours have been to the Hindi program which will now be broadcast seven hours ( each day of the week daily at 5 pm) instead of the three hours(

three one hour programs) now. Punjabi program will be broadcast each day 9 pm from Monday to Friday (five hours each week) instead of one hour now. The Tamil program will be broadcast five hours each week (Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 9 pm) instead of the once a week one hour program. There will be two one hour each program in Bangla each week instead of the current one (one hour) program. Urdu program will now have two hours each week (2 programs of one hour each) instead of the one hour Sunday program. Two new pro-

grams of Malayalam and Kannada (one hour each) each week are being introduced. Gujarati program (Sydney only) will have two hours (two programs of one hour each) and Nepali (Sydney only) will now have two hours (two programs of one hour each). SBS Audio and Language Content Director Mandi Wicks said: “The revised schedule will enable SBS to better deliver on its Charter obligations by better servicing the largest communities with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and offering more services to emerging high-needs

communities.” The new SBS Radio Schedule was developed using a language selection criteria supported by 2011 Census data, says a SBS media release. The media release Says: “SBS will continue producing content in

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all languages on the current radio schedule. The total number of language programs on the new SBS Radio Schedule will increase from 68 to 74, and SBS will continue to be the most multilingual radio broadcaster in the world.”


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Tamil classes in Jude Perera's fundraising movie Werribee & Lalor By our community reporter

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elbourne: The Victorian School of Languages have given the go ahead to start another Tamil Language School in Lalor in 2013. This follows the success of the Tamil School in Werribee where 20 students of South Asian origin completed four terms at the Galvin Park Secondary College. The new facility is funded by the Victorian Government and will be aligned to the Victorian Essentials Learning Standards. Classes in Werribee and Lalor for from Grade 1 to Grade 8 will commence February 2013. For more information in Warribee contact Feroz at 0415 259

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elbourne: Jude Perera's, MP Cranbourne recently organised a fundraising movie show for his 2014 re-election campaign. Bollywood’s hit movie Aamir Khan’s ‘Laagan’ was shown at the Hoyts, Chadstone. A large number of subcontinent supporters of Mr. Jude Perera's were present in the screening hall. Before the start of the movie those present were asked to join a Bollywood dance steps and enjoy

dancing on popular Bollywood movie song tunes. Everyone including Mr. Jude Perera's danced and enjoyed the dancing which warmed up the atmosphere. This was followed by the movie with

English subtitles and on the subject of Cricket. The event was well received in the community as it was entertainment cum fund raiser for the only MP in the Victorian Parliament from South Asia.

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elbourne: The Coalition Government has introduced legislation to Parliament providing for a statutory minimum sentence of four years’ jail for attacks involving gross violence. It targets those who deliberately set out to take part in violent attacks, or who continue to inflict horrific injuries on incapacitated victims. If you attack someone with gross violence, you can expect to go to jail for at least four years. The Coalition Government is getting on with what it said it would do – protect innocent Victorians from being victims of horrific, unprovoked attacks that have left them with terrible life-long injuries. These changes will put violent offenders behind bars for longer and send a clear and strong message to deter would-be offenders. The Crimes Amendment (Gross Violence Offences) Bill will: • create two new offences of intentionally and recklessly

causing serious injury in circumstances of gross violence; • require offenders guilty of these offences to be jailed with a non-parole period of at least four years; • enable a departure from the statutory minimum sentence only if there is a genuinely ‘special reason’ in limited defined circumstances, such as co-op-

eration with law enforcement authorities or proven mental impairment; and • clarify and simplify the definitions of ‘injury’ and ‘serious injury’ in the Crimes Act. Circumstances of gross violence will include: • where the offender has planned in advance to engage in violent conduct, and the offend-

er intended or foresaw or should have foreseen that the conduct would be likely to cause serious injury; • gang attacks where an offender causes serious injury to the victim together with two or more others; • where the offender plans in advance to carry a weapon and then uses the weapon to cause serious injury; and • where an offender inflicts serious injuries on an incapacitated victim, including when a victim continues to be attacked after they have already been incapacitated. In undertaking this reform, the Coalition Government has been assisted by the advice of the Sentencing Advisory Council as to how the reform should best be implemented. As previously announced, in order to allow time for detailed consultation with all interested parties, statutory minimum sentences for juvenile offenders have not been included in this initial legislation. —Media release

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The new facility is funded by the Victorian Government and will be aligned to the Victorian Essentials Learning Standards.

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elbourne: Wyndham residents have criticised a master plan for a new precinct that will bring around 20,000 new residents to the area and be five times the size of the Melbourne CBD and the Docklands combined. Locals and newly elected Councillors of the Wyndham Council have reacted to the plan with concern over lack of infrastructure necessary for thousands coming next door. Premier Ted Baillieu and the Minister for Planning Matthew Guy unveiled the draft plans for the development, known as the East Werribee Employment Precinct, recently to a packed lecture theatre at Melbourne University in Werribee. The 770 hectare site is hoped to bring 50,000 jobs to the area over the next 20 or 30 years and the State Government has also committed to spending $40 million to build a Sneydes Rd interchange. Mr Baillieu would not confirm that the infrastructure would be in place before any new residents moved in but said that the two components would work “in parallel”. He also claimed that the Werribee and Hoppers Crossing train stations would be able to accommodate the increased number of residents. But Wyndham councillor Intaj Khan said residents had already expressed their dismay to him over the project. “People have big concerns about this,” Cr Khan told the Star. “They are concerned about the growth and they want the infrastructure first.” Cr Kahn said while he wel-

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UP Minister welcomed at Cafe Saffron By our community reporter

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elbourne: An evening of friends and associates of Swastik Migration and Educational Services run by Mr. Vikram Porus was organised at the Cafe Saffron, South Moorang to welcome Mr. Rajender Singh, Minister in the Uttar Pradesh government & Mr. G. S. Rana, leading businessman from Ghaziabad (UP). The event was meet and

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The event was meet & greet and start the countdown for X-Mas & the New Year 2013.

greet and start the countdown for X-Mas & the New Year 2013. There were a few speeches including the Minister. In his speech, he emphasised the good relations between Australia and India. He also expressed his desire to improve these ties and contribute from Uttar Pradesh. There was some entertainment and networking. The Minister mixed with those present and posed for photographs. The evening wrapped up with a tasty dinner by Cafe Saffron.

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comed the development and the jobs it could bring to the area he also felt that Wyndham needed a new train station if it was to have any chance of coping with the influx of new residents. “They've said there could be a new station in the future, but when?” he said. “I wish we (the council) could have had more consultation, because Sneydes Rd needs to be sorted out first. “I think most people feel like they've been slapped in the face for choosing to live here.” Mayor Heather Marcus confirmed that the council was first notified of the details in the master plan. “This has been on the drawing board for a long, long time,” Cr Marcus said. “We've certainly known it was coming but we just didn't know what we were going to get in this announcement. “We want to make sure that we get the infrastructure before the housing because this is what has come through loud and clear from our residents that they want infrastructure. Source: The Star, Wyndham.

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An evening with Malinga BY OUR CORRESPONDENT

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elbourne: An evening of Cricket lovers with Sri Lankan Cricketer Malinga was organised on 5th December by Serendip News and Urban Vegas at the Princess Court Reception’s, Mulgrave. It was lively evening where Cricket and entertainment mixed well. Malinga, who is part of the Sri Lankan touring Cricket team touring Australia mixed with his fans and signed autographs. The MC even made him dance with his fans. Those present one by one spoke about his Cricket and many liked his typical hair style. There was no shortage of people who got themselves photographed with him. The shy looking Malinga was sober and soft in his talks with fans in contrast to his bowling style in the field. It was a good evening with a difference.

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Malinga, who is part of the Sri Lankan touring Cricket team touring Australia mixed with his fans and signed autographs. The MC even made him dance with his fans.

Bringing Australia and India closer, one laugh at a time By our correspondent

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elbourne: What’s the best way to export goodwill from Australia to India and vice versa? ‘It’s withthe recipe of humour, comedy and laughter,’ says Aussie Indian comedian Uma. As part of the Humour and Harmony project, she’s conducting interviews in India and Australia for a documentary, ‘You gotta laugh, mate’ planned for release in 2013. Uma will also be researching her book, ‘The surreal diary of an Aussie Indian.’ The Humour and Harmony project is supported by the Australia India Council under the auspices of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Produced and Directed by Uma, this documentary brings together a talented crew including Head Scriptwriter Amanda Scotney (Film, My Husband), Technical Consultant Zev Howley who’s award winning films include Broken Superman and Holiday to Remember, Bollywood Director and Production in Charge Vimal Reddy (films Adhura Sapna and Ghar Pardes), Co-Director Faye Dunn, who is a program presenter on SBS Radio and presently writing a book on Hakka China and Music Director Jim Kane (albums ‘Trigger Happy Love’ released in 2009 and ‘Satellite Wishes’ due for release in 2013). ‘Humour is the best way to build bridges between cultures,’

Uma told SAT. ‘When I first arrived in Australia I wanted to soak up Aussie culture, so I’d go down to the South Melbourne beach to work on my tan. As you can see, I’m now a true bronzed Aussie. I was taken by the Aussie catch phrase- You gotta laugh, mate,’ says Uma. ‘It captures the essence of Australia. I believe that humour is one of Australia’s biggest untapped sources of international goodwill. With this documentary and book, I’m looking to gather stories from people both in India and Australia who’ve used humour to create harmony. I’m hoping it can help to bring Australia and India closer, one laugh at a time.’

Uma has performed at events on Australia Day, International Women’s Day, Harmony Day and the Festival of Lights. She has taken part in the St Kilda Laughs Festival, the Comedy and Fringe Festival and Laugh to Stop Homelessness and has worked

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An encounter with the boys in blue By Neeraj Nanda

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elbourne: The Indian men’s Hockey team which was here for the men’s Hockey Champion’s Trophy (1-9 Dec, 2012). As was evident the team was youngish and the boys in Blue were a lively lot. The Indian teams Australian Coach Michael Nobbs was in the Australian team that finished fourth at the 1984 Olympics. His coaching seems to have impacted as India’s performance has jumped from the 11th to the 4th position in ranking after the Melbourne tournament. India was defeated by Pakistan 3-2 for the third and fourth place. Before the semi with Australia I met Michael Nobbs and the Indian team at the Indian Star restaurant, Mooni Ponds during a dinner organised in their honour by

the Indian Consulate. A shy looking Michael smiled when I asked him about the possible outcome of next day’s India-Australia semi encounter. He introduced me to his daughter who is a Hockey player. The players were energetic and their confidence was evident. But I missed the Captain Sardara Singh who did not come. The questions I prepared for him remained unanswered. The Consulate and High Commission diplomats were presented signed T-shirts and badges. The team then posed for photographs and signed autographs. The hospitality of Mr. Sunil Tyagi (owner Indian Star) and others was excellent. This was one of the best Indian team in recent years playing in a city where India had won the Gold medal on December 6 in the 1956 Olympics defeating Pakistan 1-0.

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This was one of the best Indian team in recent years playing in a city where India had won the Gold medal on December 6 in the 1956 Olympics defeating Pakistan 1-0.


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Discretionary powers target Indian students, 49 % off shore visa applications rejected By Jasvinder Sidhu

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elbourne: In a development that could have wide repercussions, 49 per cent of students who applied for student visas from India were rejected under a new ‘genuineness’ factor under the GTE (Genuine Temporary Entrant) requirement introduced in November 2011. Contrary to Department of Immigration and Citizenship claims it has made it harder to get a student visa. The biggest effected group are Indian applicants as is evident from rejection statistics compared to China and other countries. So, is it that Indian students are being selectively targeted because of their vocal protests against the 2009/2010 violent attacks on Indian overseas students which strained relations between India and Australia? The recent statements by Indian and Australian politicians that Indian students are welcome in Australia seems to be flimsy and vague in the light of the latest Department of Immigration and Citizenship report on international students. According to the Department

of Immigration and Citizenship, “A genuineness assessment is generally made by taking into account a number of personal factors relating to an applicant such as their immigration history, circumstances that may encourage the applicant to return to their home country and conditions that might encourage the applicant to remain in Australia.” This is basically a subjective assessment and has massively trimmed down almost half of Indian students applying for student visas. It is essential to compare the refusal criteria with other countries and that is where statistics speak for themselves. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship released data about international students, number of student visa applications offshore and onshore on June 30, 2012. There are some interesting patterns about the refusal criteria of five countries. These countries are those from where international students have a significant numbers in the total and had high onshore and offshore applica-

tions. As per department figures as at 30 June 2012 there were 307,050 international student visa holders in Australia. Of these students approximately 25 per cent students were from China and around 12 per cent were from India. Of the total 307,050 international students, 55% were in the higher education sector which is Visa Subclass 573. Indian students who applied for student visa from India faced 49% rejection rate in last one year which is one of the highest among all other countries. At the same time offshore visa rejection rates in other four countries were significantly low China (4.58%), Indonesia (11.55%), South Korea (1.36%) and Malaysia (2.86%). It appears that Indian students are selectively targeted. This also points toward some sort of discrimination. Rejection rates for students from Pakistan were also over 50%. In total there were 33,764 Indian students, of them 84% (28,245) were those who extended their visa onshore. Only 16% (5,519) Indian students were recent entrants coming from Indian on their first student visa. If we look at total number of international students from each country then India has the lowest composition of students who are on their first student visa (16% only), While China (47%), Indonesia (67%), South Korea (46%) and Malaysia (64%) have much higher number of students who succeeded in arriving in Australia as compared to those who extended their existing visa. One of the reasons for this is that Indian student visa application rejection rates were very high as compared with rejections for other countries. It can be concluded Indian students keep on extending their visa with a hope of permanently settling down which was promised to them by agents of Australian education providers who sit in India and their onshore offices in Australia as well. I believe this is a matter of shame for our society that a large group just keeps taking admissions into unnecessary courses because they have wasted a good part of their life which otherwise could have built their careers and future. It not even a problem of education consultants or private providers because they only played their role and what they were telling was correct, i.e., education was a key to permanent settle-

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A genuineness assessment is generally made by taking into account a number of personal factors relating to an applicant such as their immigration history, circumstances that may encourage the applicant to return to their home country and conditions that might encourage the applicant to remain in Australia.

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ment. It is the failure of Australian education and immigration policy. There are eight types of visas that international students can apply. Predominantly Indian students hold Visa Subclass 772 which is for Vocational Education and Training. The document released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship does not specifically provide bifurcation of Indian students into eight sub-classes. Department indicates five reasons for visa refusal as follows: Visa refusals reasons listed are failure to meet financial requirements, failure to meet English language requirements,

fraudulent documentation present in the application, failure to satisfy the department that the applicant is a genuine student; and/or failure to meet genuine temporary entrant reasons (fraudulent documentation and failure to satisfy gaminess of applicant) to reject Indian student visa applications. A micro analysis of details of these points indicates the government has extended the powers of visa officers enormously. For example visa officer can reject the application stating that a student is not a genuine candidate and give no reason. The officer just needs to feel and perceive that application is not genuine and job is done, i.e. rejection. My claim is based on facts that student visa application has no details except required documents which would enable a visa officer to make an objective decision. The GTE also gives visa officer powers to reject application on the basis their subjective (or biased) judgement. The first three reasons are objective such as lack of finances, low English score or fraudulent documents. While rejecting Indian student visa applications (49% in last one year) visa officers can simply use increased powers given by GTE. While refusing an application under GTE officer can look into circumstances in the applicant’s home country, the applicant’s potential circumstances in Australia, the applicant’s immigration history, the value of the course to the applicant’s future and/or any other matter relevant to the applicant’s intention to stay temporarily. The GTE was introduced on 5 November 2011 which has a claimed objective “to enhance the integrity of the student visa

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program”. However, it is difficult to understand why now 49% visa applications of Indian students are rejected as compared to very low rejection rates from other countries. I believe education consultants would not file a student visa unless student has sufficient finances, English bands and documents are not fraudulent. However, some exceptions can be there. Hence it can be concluded that stringent requirements such as GTE are overly used to reject applications. It is also possible that a target figure is already in mind, for example reducing Indian students overall who are 12% at this moment. Even if we accept claims of visa officers who rejected 49% offshore visa applications of Indian students as compared to only 4.58% from China that those applications which were rejected failed to satisfy all of their criteria. Then how come onshore Indian student’s applications were not rejected at the same rate. Indian international students who extended their visa last year even overshoot Chinese onshore visa extensions. I have no hesitation to claim that Indian students have specifically been targeted and rejection rates are very high. Facts speak for themselves. Sociology theories clearly show that entry level requirements (i.e. IELTS bands) are not introduced to select those who are eligible but they are used to reject. Such tools can be moulded as per the requirements of control groups for either selective inclusion or exclusion. In social exclusion selected individuals or groups are targeted and labelled as misfit or ineligible. *Jasvinder Sidhu, Lecturer, RMIT University (researcher in sociology and accounting). www.southasiatimes.com.au - (03) 9095 6220, 0421 677 082


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Kasab’s execution met with silence in Pakistan By Zofeen Ebrahim

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elbourne: KARACHI, Nov 26 2012 (IPS) - Wednesday, Nov. 21, dawned like any other in the sleepy town of Faridkot, located some 150 kilometres from the Punjab capital of Lahore in Pakistan. But as the town’s 3000 residents went about their daily routines the air grew thick with apprehension, for a reason none wanted to mention. At seventy-thirty that morning, one of the town’s former residents, a man named Ajmal Kasab, was executed in Pune’s Yerawada Central Jail, in western India’s Maharashtra state. Kasab was the sole survivor of a group of ten men who carried out the three-day terror rampage in November 2008 that left 166 people dead in Mumbai. Kasab was charged with 86 offences, including murder and waging war against the Indian state. After a long trial and the denial of his clemency appeal on Nov. 5, he was hanged just a few days before the fourth anniversary of the senseless but wellorchestrated attack that brought the nuclear neighbours to the brink of war. Shafique Butt, a correspondent for the English daily newspaper ‘Dawn’, who visited the village on the morning of the execution, told IPS over the phone from Punjab, “While everyone knew he had been hanged, people were just not willing to talk about it; let alone express their feelings – either in favour or against (the execution).” Kasab’s immediate family had long since left the village. “No one is sure if they have been relocated by the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), or Pakistan’s intelligence agencies,” said Butt. The LeT is also blamed for an attack on the Indian parliament in 2001. “I was told there are five or six Lashkar men in the village,” Butt added, including, possibly, Kasab’s younger brother who was just a teenager in 2008. On the streets, ordinary Pakistanis have shown little or no interest in Kasab’s hanging. They are far too concerned about their own safety: bomb blasts have become a daily occurrence in all the big cities, despite high

"" security since the holy month of Muharram began a week ago. “The government of Pakistan will not take a critical position on this issue; it will stay quiet,” said Hasan Askari Rizvi, a Lahorebased political analyst. Islamic parties and hard-line anti-India groups have expressed some resentment or spoken about the denial of justice, Askari told IPS, but sustained protest was not expected. Only a handful of people, like Saba Khan, a housemaid in Faridkot, lamented the act. “Couldn’t they have given him life imprisonment? They didn’t even grant him his last wish of meeting his mother,” she told IPS. Re-examining ‘terrorism’ in Pakistan On the other side of the border, the hanging has been hailed as “a victory for India” and a “tribute to all the innocent people and police officers who lost their lives” in the tragedy of November 2008. Megha Prasad, deputy bureau chief for the Indian news channel ‘Times Now’, who reported live from outside the Oberoi and Trident hotels where 33 people were killed, expressed surprise at the clandestine execution of “foot soldier Kasab”, but told IPS that the execution may bring “temporary closure to the victims of 26/11”. Still, she echoed the senti-

ments of many when she added that justice will only be delivered when the “perpetrators and those who masterminded 26/11 are brought to book.” Other experts have been even less taken aback by the incident, which came just one day after India, along with 39 other U.N. member states, voted against a General Assembly draft resolution calling for a non-binding moratorium on executions. “Kasab’s hanging was a foregone conclusion and surprised no one,” Pervez Hoodbhoy, a peace activist and academic, told IPS. “It had to be done, else mass murder would have gone unpunished.” “That the Mumbai attacks were carried out by a Pakistanbased militant group can surprise no one because, literally for decades, groups such as LeT and Jaish-e-Muhammad, have publically declared that they exist only to attack India, anywhere and at any time,” he added. Indeed, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, founder of the banned LeT, is a prominent public figure in Pakistan, often seen at political rallies delivering vitriolic sermons, directed primarily at the United States government. Hoodbhoy’s analysis, shared by many others, highlights the sticky situation the government is now in. For years, according to Askari,

the most popular narrative within official political circles has been that Pakistan is a victim of terrorism. “(Most) officials attribute terrorist activities and violence in Pakistan to Pakistan’s foreign adversaries. That means that they do not give much credence to domestic sources of Pakistan’s problems.” Zohra Yusuf, chairperson of the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, told IPS that this makes a strong case “for Pakistan to adopt a credible, meaningful policy. Pakistan has to go after terrorists – and not back off only because India is asking it to act. Almost all terrorist attacks anywhere in the world seem to have some Pakistani ‘connection’, from the U.S. embassy bombing in Kenya” to the Sep. 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S. twin towers, she said. “The world understands how difficult it is to tackle militants,” added Ashaar Rehman, resident editor for ‘Dawn’ in Lahore, “but is in no mood to play the understanding elder when its own existence is on line.” But for now, he said, Pakistan seems either unable or unwilling to tackle rising militancy. Hoodbhoy pointed out that most militant groups had, at some point in their existence, received the support of Pakistani intelligence agencies. “While some still do (accept the sup-

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Kasab was charged with 86 offences, including murder and waging war against the Indian state. After a long trial and the denial of his clemency appeal on Nov. 5, he was hanged just a few days before the fourth anniversary of the senseless but well-orchestrated attack that brought the nuclear neighbours to the brink of war.

port), others have pointed their guns against their former benefactors,” he said. Many experts believe Pakistan should make public some of the answers they must already have gathered through their investigations such as: who masterminded the the 2008 attacks and why, where and how the gunmen were trained, and most importantly, how these activities went ‘unnoticed’ in Pakistan. But the government has proven it will be slow to act. It took a long time for Pakistan to even admit that the Mumbai attacks were planned on its soil, and it continues to deny any official involvement. While seven of the alleged masterminds were charged in 2009, more evidence is needed to convict them, the government insists.


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EW DELHI , Nov 22 2012 (IPS) - One day after voting against a United Nations General Assembly draft resolution seeking to abolish the death penalty, India executed Pakistani national Mohammad Ajmal Kasab for the November 2008 terror rampage in Mumbai that left 166 people dead. Kasab was executed 21 November morning by hanging – the approved method for carrying out the death penalty in India. He was the sole survivor of a ten-man squad of armed militants who landed in Mumbai harbour on a terror mission after sailing out from the Pakistani port city of Karachi. While the other nine were killed in firefights with Indian security forces, Kasab was pinned down and disarmed by policemen. After pictures of him – snapped as he attacked Mumbai’s main railway station – were circulated around the world, he emerged as the face of the massacre, and a test of India’s capital punishment policy. The country’s Supreme Court had, in 1983, ruled that the death penalty should be imposed only in “the rarest of rare cases.” Kasab was the first person to be executed since 2004. Speaking to members of the press on Wednesday India’s foreign minister Salman Khurshid said Kasab’s was “certainly a

rarest of the rare case”. He described the execution as a “sober, sombre duty that had to be carried out”. In India, capital crimes, or crimes that merit the death sentence, include murder, gang robbery involving murder, and terrorist activities. Hanging sentences are carried out only after appeals are duly heard in higher courts and clemency denied by the government. After Kasab’s 2010 death sentence was upheld by India’s Supreme Court, the case went before President Pranab Mukherjee who, following advice from the cabinet as is customary, denied clemency on Nov. 5, clearing the way for Wednesday’s execution. On 21 November, India had joined 39 other countries in voting against the General Assembly draft calling for a non-binding moratorium on executions, after insisting that every country had the sovereign right to frame its own legal system. The draft resolution was adopted by the U.N. Third Committee on social and humanitarian issues with an overwhelming 110 countries voting in favour and 36 abstaining. “It is unfortunate that India has voted against the moratorium, since this is a country that is capable of promoting progressive and liberal ideas in global forums,” Maja Daruwala, a leading campaigner against the death penalty, told IPS.

Daruwala, executive director of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, a New Delhi-based international nongovernmental organisation, said, “India should be leading the movement for the realisation of a compassionate global society.” Considering that several older death row cases are still under consideration for grant of clemency, Kasab’s case appears to have been disposed of quickly. There are, according to the home ministry, 14 mercy petition cases now pending before the government, including that of Mohammed Afzal Guru, condemned for his role in the December 2001 terror attack on India’s parliament building. Guru’s lawyer, Colin Gonsalves, says Kasab’s relatively quick hanging may have an effect on other pending death row cases in India. “There should not be any death sentence at all, but Kasab’s was an extreme case,” Gonsalves, founder of the New Delhi-based Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) told IPS. “Kasab’s case is a significant setback for the move towards complete abolition of the death

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grounds of erroneous judgements. In their appeal the judges pointed out that the Supreme Court had itself admitted that at least seven of the sentences were awarded ‘per incuriam’ (out of error or ignorance) and did not fall in the “rarest of rare” category. “Executions of persons wrongly sentenced to death will severely undermine the credibility of the criminal justice system and the authority of the state to carry out such punishments in future,” the appeal to the president said.

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HIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India , Nov 30 2012 (IPS): Mujeeb Rahuman (39), a mason in the Venjaramoodu village in Thiruvananthapuram, the southernmost district in India’s coastal Kerala state, has been a chain smoker for the past twenty years. Rahuman told IPS he spends “about 1,500 rupees (27 dollars) per month on cigarettes”, representing a large chunk out of his modest monthly income of 8,000 rupees (144 dollars). “I use them as a way to pass the time.” But this habit is not as leisurely as it sounds. In fact, Rahuman embodies a growing addiction to tobacco among the poor in India, who are now developing higher rates of cancer and experiencing increased mortality rates. A recent World Health Organisation (WHO) survey revealed that poor people in India were twice as likely to smoke as the rich. According to the Planning Commission of India, as many as 354 million people – or 29 percent of the population – currently live below the poverty line, which is defined by a monthly in-

come of anything below 672 rupees (roughly 12 dollars) for rural India and 859 rupees (about 15 dollars) for urban labourers. The WHO survey, entitled ‘Socioeconomic Inequality in Smoking in Low-Income and MiddleIncome Countries’, reported that over a quarter of the country’s population of 1.2 billion people is addicted to tobacco, a habit influenced to a great extent by income. For instance, the survey found that 46.7 percent of men in lower socioeconomic strata are smokers, compared to 21.8 percent of rich men. Only 7.6 percent of Indian women smoke, but here, too, the discrepancy is stark: women in lower socioeconomic strata are four times more likely to smoke than their more affluent counterparts – 12.4 percent of women from a lower income bracket have taken up the habit, as opposed to just 3.1 percent of wealthy women. This disparity does not merely represent a difference in lifestyle choices – it highlights the stress of poverty that leads to addiction and points to a growing health gap between the rich and poor in India. The survey was initiated in response to reports that poorer

people actually faced a greater risk of dying from smoking than more affluent people. According to the WHO, the ‘smoking divide’ also deepens the gulf of income inequality, since the poor divert their limited wages away from housing, better food or healthcare towards the purchase of tobacco products. The Mumbai-based Advocacy Forum for Tobacco Control listed various forms of tobacco products popular with the Indian masses including beedis, which account for 34 percent of tobacco products in the country; chuttas and cheroots, small rolls of tobacco leaves; Dhumtis, conical cigarettes created by rolling tobacco leaf in the leaf of another plant; and cigars. Data from the National Sample Survey Office of India, under the ministry of statistics and programme implementation, shows that the price of beedis makes them a much more popular option – the cost of smoking cigarettes is 399 rupees (about seven dollars) per month, while beedi consumption costs as little as 93 rupees (close to two dollars), according to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) for 2009-10. In fact, 37 percent of rural

households and 20 percent of urban households consume beedis, compared to just 3.7 and 9.6 percent respectively for cigarettes. And meanwhile, the health impacts of tobacco consumption are growing increasingly more severe. According to a book entitled ‘Kerala, Fifty Years and Beyond’, which documents Kerala’s impressive development record over the last five decades, tobacco has been identified as the leading cause of cancer in India, responsible for 40 to 50 percent of cancers in men and 20 percent of cancers in women. “Tobacco chewing has resulted in a huge (medical) burden of oral cancer and oral precancerous conditions,” the book said. Dr. R. Jayakrishnan, assistant professor at the community oncology division of the Regional Cancer Centre in Thiruvananthapuram, told IPS the leading cause of oral cancer was tobacco-related chewing, adding that most patients visiting the centre hail from low-income households. “Today, 80 percent of lung cancer cases appear to be a result of smoking. The need of the hour is to develop prevention strategies that specifically focus

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on poor people,” he told IPS. M. A. Oommen, a prominent Indian economist, told the media in Thiruvananthapuram recently, “While linking a high incidence of smoking with poverty is a simplistic correlation, the issue has to be tackled in a multi-pronged manner, such as giving incentives to the poor to get out of the habit, moral persuasion, a higher excise duty on tobacco products and structural reforms through better employment opportunities.” A 2012 Asian Development Bank study predicted that increasing cigarette prices, by imposing higher taxes on manufacturers, would save more than 27 million lives in five Asian countries including India. The Times of India recently reported that a 50 percent increase in cigarette prices in India will save 4.1 million people from the ravages of tobacco consumption, while a 100 percent increase in prices could prevent eight million deaths annually.


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ABUL, Dec 5 2012 (IPS): Afghan women are no strangers to gender-based violence. For decades now, violent crimes against women have been heading for epic proportions, as young girls are forced into marriage, wives and daughters are abused, and women are dealt harsh punishments for ‘moral crimes’. Now, officials and rights groups have noticed an alarming surge in these incidents, with crimes against women becoming more frequent – and more savage. The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) estimates a 22 percent increase in cases of violence against women during the last six months of 2012 compared to the same period the previous year. On Oct. 12, three people were arrested for the murder of a woman named Mah Gul at her home in Shalbafan village in the Injil district of Afghanistan’s northwestern Herat province. The woman’s head had been cut off. The police arrested her husband and in-laws following a claim by the dead woman’s brother – who took Gul’s body to the office of the Women’s Affairs Department in Herat City – that the family mur-

dered her. Mahboba Jamshidi, head of the Women’s Affairs Department, confirmed that Abdul Qader, Gul’s brother, had indeed been the one to bring in the body. “We saw (Gul’s) jugular vein had been slashed. She died due to excessive bleeding,” Jamshidi told Killid. The case was then handed over to the office of the Attorney General (AG), and the arrests were made. Mah Gul’s family says their daughter was killed because she resisted her mother-inlaw’s attempts to push her into sex work. This story deserves to be categorised as an unprecedentedly horrific crime, but in fact it is just one example of an increasingly common phenomenon in Afghanistan. A few months ago, a 20-year-old named Kulsoom, who resisted her abusive husband’s attempt to sell their daughter for money, was brutally murdered by him in her father’s house. According to Jamshidi, “Kulsoom was against the practice of forced marriages, and had run away with her children to her father’s house. Her husband Anwar followed her there, and killed her.” Last month newspapers reported the release of a woman, also named Kulsoom, who had

been forcibly detained in a “family jail” – a makeshift holding cell in part of an old stable – in Kasho Village in the Teshkan district of Afghanistan’s northeastern Badakhshan province. Kulsoom said her husband, who was already married, was a very cruel man who kept her imprisoned; she was sexually abused and tortured. “They (Kulsoom’s husband and his first wife) kept me in a dark room and beat me,” the woman told the media from her hospital bed, where she was shifted after being rescued by the police. Assistant Professor Zofanoon Hassam, head of the provincial Women’s Affairs Department, said Kulsoom – who was pregnant when she was rescued – delivered a severely undernourished baby after being admitted to the hospital. Sahar Gul from Darayem district was sold through marriage to a man from the northeastern Baghlan province. Her mother-in-law forced her into prostitution. Earlier this year the police rescued her. On Jun. 27, armed men beheaded a 13-year-old girl called Shazia for resisting their attempt to kidnap her. Police have made three arrests in the case. AIHRC Commissioner for Human Rights Dr. Soraya Sobhrang said the majority of

fatalities involving women who resisted their captors took place in the country’s less “secure” provinces. Moreover, she told Killid, “The commission is particularly concerned about the fact that in 80 percent of cases of sexual assault the survivors are teenage girls, under 18 years old.” Meanwhile, the ministry of women’s affairs says a total of 471 cases of violence against women were registered in 2012. Most of the victims had resorted to suicide or selfimmolation, or else run away from the house to escape brutal domestic violence. Fawzia Amini, director of the legal department at the ministry of women’s affairs, said, “Unfortunately we have seen that more than 50 percent of the cases involve murder, (suicide), self-burning and hanging, as a result of family violence. The violence is more severe than in previous years.” Parwin Rahimi, in charge of the Women’s Support Department at the AIHRC, believes a lack of security is the leading cause of the rise in violence. “When everyone has a weapon, and the criminals are being supported by powerful, armed people or a commander, the numbers (of crimes against women) will keep increasing,” she said. Rahimi added that though

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the law very clearly states that punishment for perpetrators of crimes against women will be most severe and there will be no amnesty or shortening of their jail terms, politicallyconnected assailants use Afghan courts to secure amnesty and light sentences. “We have seen that many criminals who have committed crimes against women are released by (presidential) decree. The lack of law enforcement (is a major reason) for the increase in violence against women.” The AG’s office stoutly defends its track record. Rahmatullah Nazari, deputy AG, says his office has investigated cases that rights groups were not even aware of. On Nov. 19, Afghan President Hamid Karzai backtracked on an informal moratorium on the death penalty and signed the final execution warrants of 16 Afghan prisoners convicted of crimes including rape, murder and abduction. The prisoners were hanged. *Kreshma Fakhri writes for Killid, an independent Afghan media group in partnership with IPS. www.southasiatimes.com.au - (03) 9095 6220, 0421 677 082


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all over the world and put our city firmly in the international spotlight. “In May this year, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) recognised Melbourne as Australia’s number one city for conferences and congresses in its annual Country and City Ranking Report, so it is fitting our city is taking the lead on driving this initiative which we hope will become a national event in the coming years. “From the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME), which will welcome more than 500 international buyers, to an open day at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for the public, I encourage everyone to take part in Business Events Work to learn more about this inspiring industry and recognise the dedication of Karen Bolinger and the team at the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau,” Ms Asher said. Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau (MCVB), Karen Bolinger, said the organisation was very proud to be hosting the inaugural Business Events Week. “Having a week dedicated to business events is a major

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elbourne,6 December: Toyota Australia has officially opened its new state of the art engine plant, making it the first Australian car manufacturer to produce both petrol and hybrid engines. Located in Altona, west of Melbourne, the plant will produce approximately 108,000 four cylinder 2.5 litre engines per year for its locally built Camry and Camry Hybrid sedans. The new, more fuel efficient engines will also be exported to Thailand and Malaysia. The event was attended by the Australian Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard; Victorian Premier, the Hon. Ted Baillieu; Federal Minister for Industry and Innovation, the Hon. Greg Combet AM; Victorian Minister for Manu-

facturing, Exports and Trade, the Hon. Richard Dalla-Riva; Mr Seiichi Sudo, Senior Managing Officer, Toyota Motor Corporation; and His Excellency, Mr Yoshitaka Akimoto, Ambassador of Japan. Toyota Australia President and CEO, Mr Max Yasuda said the official opening was a proud day for the Australian car industry and testament to the company's team members who helped secure the new engine plant investment. "This is a great day for Toyota Australia. The official opening of the new engine plant is part of our overall mission to transform our operations and build a more sustainable business," Mr Yasuda said. "We are now one of only four countries in the world to produce the AR four cylinder engine and are the first Australian car manufacturer to produce petrol-electric

hybrid engines." Mr Yasuda said the unveiling demonstrated the efforts Toyota was taking to transform its operations to ensure local car manufacturing can maintain its presence in a highly competitive marketplace. "I am a true believer in local car making. We are working to create a new, stronger business that gives us a competitive advantage that is sustainable and profitable for the future. Building a new engine plant in Australia is at the heart of our manufacturing strategy. "The new engine plant is a significant milestone for Toyota Australia. It enables us to maintain our workforce and further develop our technologies, skills and products so we can continue building engines and cars in Australia for many years to come." Mr Yasuda praised the

strong desire of both the Federal and State Governments to see more advanced car making technologies introduced to Australia. Along with support from the Victorian Government, the Federal Government contributed $63 million to the commissioning of the new engine plant from its Green Car Innovation Fund. "An ongoing partnership between local car makers, the government and suppliers is fundamental for ensuring Australian industry can compete," Mr Yasuda said. The new 2.5 litre engine boasts significant improvements in fuel efficiency and greater power than the previous 2.4 litre engine. In the current generation Camry this has contributed to an 11 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and a 13 per cent reduction for the Camry Hybrid. The engine plant has

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This is a great day for Toyota Australia. The official opening of the new engine plant is part of our overall mission to transform our operations and build a more sustainable business.

—Mr Yasuda

been in development since October 2011. It replaces the original engine plant built in 1978, which was Toyota's first engine manufacturing plant built outside Japan. The plant will go into full production from 14 January 2013 and produce approximately 450 engines per day. Toyota Australia has been building cars in Australia for almost 50 years. In August 2012 it achieved one million exports sales, making it the first Australian manufacturer to do so. Later this month Toyota will also build its three millionth locally built vehicle.


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ASHINGTON, Dec 10 2012 (IPS): A major new long-range report by the U.S. intelligence community suggests that the U.S. economy, currently the world’s largest, could be eclipsed by China’s by 2030. While the study, the result of four years of analysis by the U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC), forecasts that the United States will remain a central player, NIC analysts foresee a newly multipolar world marked by a diffusion of power. “Asia will have surpassed North America and Europe combined in terms of global power,” the “Global Trends” report states. “China alone will probably have the largest economy, surpassing that of the United States a few years before 2030. In a tectonic shift, the health of the global economy increasingly will be linked to how well the developing world does – more so than the traditional West.” This evolution will be powered by a tremendously strengthened middle class across the globe, the NIC suggests, marked by greater education levels and access to health care. According to some models, extreme poverty could decline by as much as 50 percent within the next two decades. Even the most conservative models used by the NIC project a doubling or even tripling in the size of the global middle class, led particularly by Asia and Africa. Much of the future global leadership, the report suggests, is likely to come from the upper echelons of this new demographic. “We’re entering a period of uncharted territory – we’ve never seen a world … when the middle class will be the majority in most countries,” Mathew J. Burrows, the study’s lead author, stated Monday here in Washington. “This isn’t just Asia; it’s the entire developing world coming to the fore during this period, to the point where the traditional West is in many ways in the minority. That’s a huge change.” Such changes will result

particularly in a dramatic acceleration of “individual empowerment”. This is “the biggest megatrend”, Burrows says, “and a concept we didn’t even include in previous reports, which usually began with the role of the state.” Interestingly, a European report, which also looked forward to 2030 and was released earlier this year, likewise focused on the rise of the global middle class and the relative empowerment of the individual. Given that most countries do not have the resources to fund such long-term analyses, the Global Trends report, released every four years, is widely read around the world. Prior to its public release on Monday, the new study was unveiled for government officials and academics in 20 countries. The new report itself is indicative of the official U.S. realisation of a fast-changing era, with NIC analysts using the study to offer analysis of previous Global Trends publications. “When we began Global Trends over 15 years ago, we talked about continuity, about the United States being a unipolar power forever,” Burrows says. “But over the past decade, (several events) have created their own realities … In fact, when evaluating previous editions, we realised we had a misnomer – ‘Global Trends’ implies continuity, when in fact we’ve come to see this as period of rapid change.” Bumpy transition Of course, any or all of these changes could be stymied by a raft of issues. The new report specifically warns about the ramifications of a prolonged downturn in the global economy, a widespread outbreak of disease, or the impacts of climate change on resource scarcity – the latter a particular concern given the projections of a significant increase in the size of the global middle class. But even if many of the social and economic forecasts contained in the new report do come to pass – and the NIC is extremely careful about refusing to offer any certainty on the “scenarios” it explores – it is doubtful that the transition

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N-E Power Ministers in Melbourne L

ast month Power Ministers from all the North East States of India (Seven) were in Melbourne for two days (22-23 Nov.). The media was kept away and there was no media release. The trip was

led by the Manipur Chief Minister Mr. Okram Ibobi Singh and organised by the stateowned NEEPCO, which is responsible for developing power projects in N-E states. Why the secrecy?

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ome ‘year-end’ and parties start mushrooming. Restaurants & reception centres are gearing up for the D-day. This year parties started around Diwali and Eid. There was even a Mujra night with Middle Eastern girls shaking around on Bollywood tunes amidst the thin scented smoke of Shisha. One leading bank had Diwali celebrations in different suburbs and sweets were distributed. In-

China’s high-speed rail network is the largest in the world, and is set to more than double by 2020. PHOTO: Mitch Moxley/IPS

towards a new multipolar system would be as stable as the old hegemonic system. The flip side of individual empowerment, after all, is that “Individuals and small groups will have the capability to perpetrate large-scale violence and disruption, a capability formerly the monopoly of states,” the report states. This certainly follows from what many are already seeing on the ground, in which the nature of conflicts has changed significantly, even if the tools with which the international community engages with them have not. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the world’s oldest humanitarian agency, reports that roughly 95 percent of the violence it is currently involved in is constituted of fragmentary internal conflicts, not only revolving around a broad mix of resource issues but involving a spectrum of actors. Given these new dynamics, Pierre Krahenbuhl, director of operations for the ICRC, is warning that many of today’s conflicts will still be festering a decade or two from now un-

less they are handled in political terms – in addition to the military and development priorities, which he says are well developed. “I’m struck that we seem to live in a time where the military and the reconstruction elements are there, the development and the humanitarian elements are there, but that the political paradigm is far less supported,” Krahenbuhl told IPS during a recent roundtable discussion here in Washington. “We’ve lived through the past decade in an environment in which the military reflex, of intervening, is the first resort in most people’s minds, certainly in the Western world. What we feel is required today is a re-engagement by states in terms of the political management of armed conflicts.” On Monday, U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel said one of the strongest implications of the new NIC report is the importance of engagement. “Engagement won’t fix all problems, but engagement isn’t appeasement or surrender or even negotiation – it’s a bridge-building process, an

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China alone will probably have the largest economy, surpassing that of the United States a few years before 2030. In a tectonic shift, the health of the global economy increasingly will be linked to how well the developing world does – more so than the traditional West.

—Global Trends

opportunity to better understand,” Hagel, who is currently being vetted to take over the U.S. Defence Department, said during a keynote address unveiling the new study. “These big, complicated issues are beyond the control of any single nation or leader … It’s only through engagement that we’ll find the ability to move these great issues up to higher ground, to some solution and, ultimately, resolution.”

terestingly, almost the same people are seen in these parties. Some are leaders while others are those who follow them. A few media chaps can also be seen hanging around. Some who are now professional party singers are visible singing Bollywood numbers. Lots of networking takes place with community gossip floating around. Serious issues are absent and lonely hearts look around for a break.

Help for deserted women T he Indian government provides financial/legal assistance to Indian women deserted by their overseas spouses. Page 23 of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) Annual Report (2011-2012) says under the heading ‘Problems Relating to Overseas Indian Marriages’ there is provision for US $ 3,000 (developed country) and US $ 2,000 (developing country) for deserted Indian women. So, if a situation arises where should

deserted Indian women in Victoria go for this assistance? Page 55 of the Annual Report has an Annexure E (page 55) which gives the list of associations empanelled with Indian missions/posts. In Melbourne, Australia, the ‘Indian Welfare & Resources Centre (IWRC) – the welfare wing of the FIAV or the Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria (FIAV) itself are registered with the Indian Consulate, Melbourne for this purpose.

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t’s in Hockey that India has been eight times Olympic Gold medallist and once Silver medallist. Pakistan has been once Gold medallist in the 1984 Los Angles Olympic Games. And there are more statistics from the World Cup and the Champion’s Trophy. These two countries are the only Hockey performers in the sub-

continent. Both were present during the Dec 1-9 men’s Hockey Champion’s Trophy 2012 held in Melbourne. I covered the tournament for SAT, SAT site, Facebook page and our Twitter account. Interestingly, there are more than 20 subcontinent papers (and many radio stations) in Melbourne and none of them (except SAT) was

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he Argumentative Indian conference recently organised by the Australia India Institute (AII) was a big intellectual stimulator. On the second day of the Conference I was interested in the last session on the Indian media. On the day I felt a bit tired and was in a double mood whether to go or not to go. So, I decided to have a look at the AII website for the day’s schedule. I noticed the conference could be seen

via ‘live streaming’ (a sort of live broadcast through the internet) on my laptop through the AII site link. I was excited to attend my session at home. And that’s what I did. The ‘live streaming’ was very clear visually and the audio excellent. It was as if I was attending the conference minus the trip to Melbourne University, saved on travel expenses or fuel and enjoyed the Indian media debates in the comforts of my home. Thanks, AII. www.southasiatimes.com.au - (03) 9095 6220, 0421 677 082

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If there is Bollywood Champion’s Trophy followed by a desi feast there would be a riot to enter the venue.

—A friend commented

present to cover the tournament. I am sure none cared to see some of the matches live on ABC1 or Foxtel. One is not surprised at the lack of ‘respect’ in the community for these publications. A friend commented, “If there is Bollywood Champion’s Trophy followed by a desi feast there would be a riot to enter the venue.”


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Final placing: 1. Australia 2. Netherlands 3. Pakistan 4. India 5. Belgium 6. Germany 7. New Zealand 8. England

Australia wins fifth successive Champions Trophy, Pak clinch Bronze

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elbourne: Dec 9: A golden goal by Kieran Govers sealed Autralia’s 2-1 victory in the final of the Champions Trophy hockey tournament that concluded recently. Australia had entered the final defeating India 0-3 in the semi final. Govers sent a stinging shot into the boards from top of the circle in the fifth minute of extratime to clinch Australia’s fifth successive Champions Trophy triumph after the teams were tied 1-1 in regulation period. Netherlands, the Olympic silver medallists, had opened the scoring in the 18th minute through a penalty corner conversion by Sander de Wijn, while Australia equalised in the 31st minute on a penalty corner strike by Russell Ford. Australia dominated the title contest against the Dutch, who were playing their first final after six years. Dutch custodian Jaap Stockmann, who played a brilliant game and was the man who stood between the Netherlands goal and the dominant Australian strikers, was beaten by the firm shot from Govers, who had been left unmarked on top of the circle and received the ball from Eddie Ockenden Ockenden, captaining the Australian team in the final, shaped the winning goal through his fine move down the centre when he got past a host of Dutch defenders before finding

Govers on the right flank with a measured pass that helped Australia overcome Netherlands. The Dutch had held Australia to a goalless draw in their preliminary league encounter. Netherlands opened the scoring on their first penalty corner when Sander de Wijn sent a soaring drag-flick into the top corner of the net. Stung by the reverse, Australia came out strongly to force three penalty corners in seven minutes before half time. Australia got the equaliser through a penalty corner conversion in the 31st minute when Ford swept the ball into the boards on a setpiece execution. The defending champions could have gone one up at halftime after Christopher Ciriello’s penalty corner shot in the 35th minute struck Dutch captain Klass Vermeulen’s body on the goal-line and a penalty stroke was awarded. But Stockmann effected a save on Jamie Dwyer’s penalty stroke. Playing the full-press game, Australia forced the Dutch to fall back to defend their goal, which came under seize by the Kookabaras, but Stockmann brought off some brilliant saves to deny them a goal. Pakistan clinches bronze Earlier, India continued to falter in Champions Trophy bronze medal encounters against subcontinental rivals Pakistan, who clinched a 3-2 victory in the third place play-off to clinch their first medal in the event in eight years.

“A bronze medal would have been wonderful, but we did not do enough today,” said Indian coach Michael Nobbs. Nobbs said the India strikers could not match the good work of the defenders. “Our defence played a remarkable tournament, and they did well again. But our finishing was not good enough,” he said. India had entered the semi final defeating Belgium with an early lead of 1-0. Pakistan scored through Muhammad Rizwan Junior (22nd minute), Shafqat Rasool (41st) and Muhammad Ateeq (66th) to overcome India, for whom V. Raghunath (70th) and Rupinder Pal Singh (70th) converted scored through penalty corners. Three-time Champions Trophy winners Pakistan’s last medal came at Lahore in 2004, where too they won the bronze by overcoming India in the medal play-off. In fact, Pakistan’s last four medals in the Champions Trophy came at the expense of India, who lost bronze medal matches to Pakistan in 2002, 2003, 2004 and now in 2012. India, took the early lead when V.R. Raghunanth converted a penalty corner by sending a low drag-flick into the left corner. Pakistan then applied pressure to cause problems for the Indian defence, while t at the other end the Indian forwards messed up some openings by through their wayward shooting. Pakistan equalised in the 22nd minute through Muhammad Rizwan Junior, who sent

a soaring shot from top of the circle after being put in possession by Fareed Ahmed. India created a lot of openings in the next 10 minutes, but failed to score, and were lucky to be tied 1-1 at half-time as unmarked Muhammad Waqas shot wide after getting a loose ball on top of the circle. India started the second half by earning a penalty corner, but Raghunath’s shot was too weak to cause any threat to the rival goal. Pakistan went ahead seven minutes into the second session when Rasool’s bouncing shot from close range beat goalkeeper T.R. Ponuturi. Pakistan then enjoyed the edge as India’s strikers repeatedly faltered in the rival territory, which was often packed as Pakistan slowed down the pace of the game and fell back to defend the lead. The game was put out of India’s reach by Ateeq’s penalty corner conversion in the 66th minute, when he sent a carpet shot into the right corner give

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Pakistan a 3-1 lead with four minutes remaining. India forced two penalty corners in the last two minutes and Rupinder converted the last of their five penalty corners with a firm shot in the 70thminute. Earlier, Pakistan rode on two goals from Shakeel Abbasi in the second session to pull off a surprise 2-1 victory over Olympic champions Germany and set up a semifinal meeting with Olympic silver medallists Netherlands, who posted a 2-0 win over New Zealand. This is the first time since 2004 that former champions Pakistan have come into medal contention in the Champions Trophy, while the Germans failed to make the semifinals for the second successive year. Netherlands, who were the favourites after topping Pool B, opened the scoring in the 13th minute on a penalty corner conversion by Jeroen Hertzberger. Billy Bakker scored in open play in the 45th minute to put the game beyond New Zealand.

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he Hockey India League (HIL) will take off on January 17, 2013 after the Players’ Auction on December 16 and conclude on February 17, 2013. The Brand Ambassadors of the League are Sardar Singh (India) and Jamie Dwyer (Australia). The HIL is to Hockey what PIL is to cricket. It is expected to boost the games profile the world over. Hockey India Secretary-General and Hockey India League Chairman Dr Narinder Batra said the Hockey India League Governing Council is confident that the tournament will be a major milestone, proving players a great platform to showcase their skills and secure financial rewards while raising the profile of the sport so that more youngsters take to playing hockey. Meanwhile, the HIL has appointed the seasoned Barry Anderson as Tournament Director for the six-team franchise-based event to be held from 17 January 2013 Mr. Anderson said he was delighted to have been appointed Tournament Director. "I am also looking forward to working with Hockey India, world class hockey players and team officials as well as some top class umpires and technical officials to make sure that the Hockey India League is well and truly a top-notch tournament.” The 61-year-old Mr. Anderson

has conducted many events over recent years in this capacity. He been part of three FIH Champions Trophy tournaments including Chennai in 2005, three Champions Challenge tournaments, World Cup Qualifying Tournament and was TD at the 2011 European Championships. Six Marquee players Hockey India League has named its Brand Ambassadors Sardar Singh (India) and Jamie Dwyer (Australia) as well as the world’s most capped player Teun de Nooijer (the Netherlands), Germany’s double Olympic gold medallist Moritz Fuertse and Indians Sandeep Singh and SV Sunil as Marquee Players for the December 16 Hockey India League Auction. "We are pleased to announce three players each from India and overseas as Marquee Players in the Hockey India League Players’ Auction set for December 16," said Hockey India SecretaryGeneral and Hockey India League Chairman Dr Narinder Batra. "The six franchises will engage one each of these Marquee Players whose craft makes them huge crowd pullers. Hockey India League Players’ Auction has been designed in such a way that the teams will bid for the Marquee Players before the other players. "It will ensure that each of the six franchisees will have an equal chance

to engage a Marquee Player of its choice," Dr Batra said. "All teams will place silent bids for all six players and the auctioneer will announce the successful bids." The Marquee Players Sardar Singh (India) The 26-year-old centre-half is the current captain of the Indian team. He was picked in the FIH All-Star Teams two years in succession (2010 and 2011) and Player of the Tournament at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2010 and 2012. He has played close to 150 matches for India, scoring 12 goals and was named player of the Tournament at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2010 and 2012. Jamie Dwyer (Australia) The 33-year-old has been part of Australian teams which won the Olympic Games gold, the FIH World Championship, five Champions Trophy tournaments and three Commonwealth Games gold medals. He is a five-time FIH Player of the Year, has been selected to FIH All-Star Teams six times and played more than 250 matches for Australia, scoring more than 170 goals. Tuen de Nooijer (Netherlands) The 36-year-old glittering international career has spanned 453 matches in 18 years and has seen him win two Olympic Gold medals (Atlanta 1996 and Sydney

2000), two Olympic Silver medals (Athens 2004 and London 2012) and earn a world record 453 caps. Dubbed the Johan Cruyff of hockey, he was part of teams that won the 1998 FIH Hockey World Cup and four FIH Champions Trophy events. He was named FIH Player of the Year in 2003, 2005 and 2006. Moritz Fuertse (Germany) The 28-year-old midfielder has been part of teams that have won Olympic gold medals in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, FIH World Cup at Monchengladbach in Germany in 2006 and FIH Champions Trophy in Kuala Lumpur in 2007 besides the 2011 European Championship in Gladbach. He has scored 70 goals in 199 matches for Germany. Sandeep Singh (India) The 26-year-old defender is a drag-flick exponent and has been part of the Indian team that won silver medal in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010. He was captain and top-scorer in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tourna-

ment which India won in 2009 after 13 years and in the 2012 Olympic qualifiers in Delhi when he scored 16 goals in the tournament, including five in the final against France. SV Sunil (India) The 23-year-old is talented forward. Hailing from Coorg in Karnataka, he sets up goals for others besides also scoring himself. He played his first senior international at the Asia Cup in Chennai in 2007 when India won. He was part of the team that won the Azlan Shah Cup in 2010 and in 2012 when he scored the winning goal against Pakistan. Besides over 150 Indians ninety one overseas players who have signed up for the Hockey India League Players’ Auction to be held here in December in the run up to the six-team event in early 2013. The break-up (by nationality): Australia 24, Pakistan 15, Spain 10, South Africa, New Zealand and Netherlands 9 each, Malaysia 5, Germany 4, Argentina 3, Belgium, France and Poland 1 each. —Source: HIL

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key step initiated by Hockey India to ensure that the sport regains its popular base and attracts more youngsters to watch and play hockey. Will help raise the profile of the game among India’s youth since it will ensure financial security for the players Will also enable the young players gain experience of playing with and against international stars. n HIL Brand Ambassadors n Will promote the Hockey India League n Will conduct coaching clinics n Will spread the message of hockey and help make the sport attractive to youngsters Sardar Singh n 26-year-old centre-half from Sant Nagar, Sirsa, Haryana n Hardworking and creative centre half n Named in the FIH All-Star Team

in 2010 and 2011 n A pivotal player for India over the past few years n Played close to 150 matches for India, scoring 12 goals n Player of the Tournament at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2010 and 2012. Jamie Dwyer n 33-year-old from Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia n Five-time FIH Player of the Year n Winner of Olympic Games gold, FIH World Championship, five Champions Trophy, three Commonwealth Games gold n Selected to FIH All-Star Teams six times n Played more than 250 matches for Australia, scoring more than 170 goals n Ploughing back into hockey by thinking of ways to increase the

game’s appeal from the ground up Hockey India League Logo n Simple and has a high recall value n Will engage India’s vibrant youth n Symbolises speed, power and evolution n Definite hockey elements – a stick striking a ball n Carefully-chosen colours n Blue gives it a feeling of the openness and vastness of the sky n Pink is a playful, young color to represent the vibrant energy of the youth n Yellow represents the radiating sun and speaks of hockey’s rising power n Logo has been conceptualised and designed by Meridian Communication, Mumbai Format of the tournament

n Six teams will play on home-andaway basis before the Play-Offs with a total of 33 matches in 2013 n The team topping the league will be rewarded with a place in the final n The teams finishing third and fourth will play the first Play Off game and the winner will meet the team finishing second in the League for a place in the final.

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Enormous interest among players n Enormous interest among players and coaches around the world n There will be 144 players in six teams of 24 each n There will be a maximum of 10 overseas players in each team n 90 Indian players, including all those who were part of the squad that played in the Olympic Games, have signed up for the Players Auc-

Broadcast partner n ESPN Star Sports is the Broadcast Partner for five years n FIH support n Created a window for Hockey India League in January-February each year n Will help in the Technical conduct of the Hockey India League n It will give Indian umpires also excellent exposure. —Source: HIL

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Franchisees Four franchises and venues identified n Sahara India – Lucknow n Jaypee Group – Punjab n Patel-Uniexcel Group – Ranchi n Wave Group – Delhi n Two other Franchisees will be revealed in the coming days


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Sridevi's English Vinglish The original Queen Bee of Bollywood made a comeback to end all comebacks after 14 long years since her last movie and from the very first frame it was evident that Sri Baby had lost none of her Mr India charm. As Shashi, the housewife struggling to learn English after being belittled by her family, Sridevi made a searing return to Bollywood in English Vinglish. Here is a sneak peek into the sets of English Vinglish. High-spirited Priyanka Chopra The audience loved her as the high-spirited Kaali in the super hit movie Agneepath. Teri Meri Kahaani was a challenging project in which she played three different characters but left the audience cold. Then came Anurag Basu's Barfi!. Priyanka played the role of the autistic Jhilmil Chatterjee, garnering critical applause. She also made her musical debut this year with her first single In My City. The actress says she is happy that everything is finally going well for her and reveals that the past year has been very tough for her.

Vidya's Kahaani Even though she had just one release this year in the form of Kahaani, Vidya Balan proved that The Dirty Picture wasn't going to be followed by a dry spell. She put in a pitch-perfect performance as the feisty Vidya Bagchi, a pregnant wife looking for her missing husband in the thriller set in Kolkata's by-lanes. Plus, there was her lavani item number Mala Jau De in Ferarri Ki Sawaari. The actress is all set for Kahaani 2 and has been asked to shed some kilos by director Sujoy Ghosh for her agile look in the movie. The movie will include a lot of heavy duty action. Sonakshi roll’s Junior Shotgun was on a roll this year with three big releases - superhits Rowdy Rathore and Son Of Sardaar, and the flop Joker. We can't wait to see her back as Rajjo on the big screen in Dabangg 2 as 2012 bows out. Deepika Padukone The Dimpled One finally grabbed both eyeballs and applause as the sexy Veronica D'Costa in the hit Cocktail opposite Saif Ali Khan and newbie Diana Penty. "I am my biggest critic and competition," she said when asked about a recent rumour which is making rounds that Deepika is keep

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ing a tab on fellow actress Anushka Sharma's professional developments. Anushka moves This firecracker was the surprise package of Jab Tak Hai Jaan, co-starring Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. Anushka Sharma's energetic and lively performance as TV journalist Akira was singled out for praise. Watch the actress in the making of the song Jiya Re from the movie Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The song is full of life and Anushka has done full justice to the song with her dance moves. What say? Rani Mukerji A hilarious turn as the day-dreaming Meenakshi in Aiyyaa was marked by a fabulously over the top song and dance number, Dreamum Wakeupum. The versatile actress then surprised her fans yet again with an intense performance opposite Aamir Khan in Talaash. Rani never disappoints us. Bipasha’s dark side This Bengali bombshell didn't have a great start this year as Jodi Breakers failed to impress the critics and movie lovers. But the actress bounced back with a negative performance in the supernatural thriller Raaz 3. The actress says Raaz 3 is the darkest role she has ever played and no character could get darker than this. Did she do justice to the role?

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wo superhit films this year - Ek Tha Tiger and Jab Tak Hai Jaan - co-starring the two warring Khans, Salman and Shah Rukh respectively. And let's not forget there was also Chikni Chameli from the remade Agneepath. Katrina had a dream 2012. However, it was Katrina's on screen kiss with Shah Rukh Khan in the film that had both SRK and Katrina fans getting rather hot under the collar, so much so that Katrina was trending for the first time on the social networking site.

Kareena’s Talash This newly-married (and improved?) Kapoor girl has had quite an eventful 2012. Her highprofile wedding with Saif Ali Khan kept her in the limelight this year, and she had three releases too. While Agent Vinod and Heroine turned out to be big flops at the box office, Kareena hit the bull's eye with Talaash. What a way to end the year we must say.

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