Aii Blog

02 December 2014

The government of India has started a Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), which is a great news. It should remove the hassle which many experienced while obtaining a Visa for India. This facility should increase the tourists numbers to India.

04 November 2014

During Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s recent visit to India, he was asked to justify Australia’s signing of a deal to sell uranium to the country. In response, the prime minister said, “India threatens no one” and “is the friend to many.”

22 October 2014

In Australia, the Department of Health and Aging in Australia seeks to persuade women aged 50 to 69 years to have a mammography every two years. This strategy is adopted because the risk of developing breast cancer increases with age.

10 October 2014

As India prepares for the wonder of the Diwali celebrations, the common western view that “Indians just want to be like us” seems like more of a cultural misunderstanding than ever before. In many western minds, becoming a strong economy is often confused with becoming western.

30 September 2014

As public interest in rejuvenating the river Ganga is bolstered by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election promises. Now is a good time to ask what underpins river basin management on this complex network of waterways.

23 September 2014

The recent visit by PM Tony Abbott to India, includes securing an agreement on sales of uranium, focussed on greater collaboration and investments in infrastructure, resources, manufacturing, health and education. As well as the extension of the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund for a further four years, among a raft of other co-operative pursuits, according to the communique of the meeting, now available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. The communique from the summit also indicated progress towards a comprehensive Economic Co-operation Agreement (CECA) between the two countries.

17 September 2014

I’ve always thought of film criticism, at least in India, as borderline Jurassic. Not that critics are old-fashioned, but they are in danger of being made irrelevant by the marketing juggernauts of big film studios. Mostly, critics are struggling to remain influential, as public choices for viewing and liking a film are increasingly influenced by marketing blitzes, star cults, social media buzz and the democratization of film criticism— alongside the official critic in print, TV and online, is space for vox pops--everyone is a critic.

09 September 2014

I have returned from the hell that Srinagar and much of the Kashmir Valley is today. I have returned with my parents only because of the Indian Army and the kindness of strangers. Everything else has collapsed in most of Srinagar.

03 September 2014

The Australian flag was selected after an international competition in which 32,823 people participated. 5 people, 2 of them teenagers, were the co-winners of this competition and shared the prize of £200. It was first flown at the Exhibition Building, the site of Commonwealth Parliament in Melbourne at that time, by the first Prime Minister of Australia, The Rt Hon Sir Edmund Barton, on 3rd Sept, 1901. As you know, Australia has been a federation since 1901.

27 August 2014

It's been a little over 100 days since Mr Narendra Modi took charge as India’s Prime Minister. The slogan with which the BJP went into the election campaign with was “Abki Baar Modi Sarkar” (This time, Modi Government). While the ousted government created an impression that the power centre is at Congress’ President’s disposal rather than the Prime Minister’s, the new government has shown that Mr Modi is indeed the boss of the new government. Since his outstanding win, Mr Modi has left his critics in the media and elsewhere astonished by his actions. Mr Modi has shown that he acts based on the position he holds and that is why Prime Minister Modi-ji is very different from the campaigner Mr Modi.