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Australia's Big Wet - stay indoors and be alert (Updates and General guidelines)

The big wet, as it is being referred to has hit Australias southern regions. SA was drenched overnight on Thursday, and Melbourne experienced its first showers early Friday morning. The rain is expected to hit Canberra in the afternoon. Sydney should be spared today but rainfall is expected on Saturday and Sunday. Victoria to be hit worst: The worst to be hit by the rain is the state of V...


Australia’s south expecting 'very heavy rainfall', VIC, NSW, SA on flood alert

Australias southern states, especially Victorians are bracing for a rough weekend. With the weather reports reporting very heavy rainfall over the weekend, people are seen preparing for it. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a severe weather warning in the southwest of the state. The rainfall is expected to start from Friday evening throughout the weekend up till Monday. The heaviest bout ...


Australia to hold royal commission inquiry into banks
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Australia to hold royal commission inquiry into banks

Australia will hold a royal commission inquiry into its banking and financial sector, the government has announced. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the commission - Australias highest form of public inquiry - would help restore confidence in the sector. Australian banks have been embroiled in scandals in recent times. The announcement came soon after the four biggest banks called for...


Same-sex marriage bill clears Australia's Senate
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Same-sex marriage bill clears Australia's Senate

Australias upper house Senate on Wednesday passed a measure to legalize same-sex marriage, perhaps as soon as next week, after lawmakers dismissed a conservative push to allow religious objectors to refuse service to same-sex couples. Australians overwhelmingly endorsed legalizing same-sex marriage in a postal survey run by the national statistics agency and the bill easily passed the Senate by...


Domestic Violence awareness program by Didi Baini Samaj Victoria

An awareness program about domestic, family and gender violence under the name Activism against Family Violence: Capacity Building and Advocacy Forum was organized by socially active Didi Baini Samaj Victoria (DBSV) on Saturday the 25th of November, 2017. The program aimed to raise awareness against domestic violence and emphasized prevention via fostering community connection was addressed by ...


Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs to create a South Asian Advisory Council, request applications from interested candidates

The Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs (MP) Robin Scott today announced the formation of a South Asian Ministerial Advisory Council in the state of Victoria. He has also asked for fellow Victorian South Asians to be a part of the committee. In a press release by the Labor Government, the Council is being formed to ensure voices of South Asian Victorians are heard by the Victorian governm...


Melbourne man planned New Year's Eve terror attack, police say
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Melbourne man planned New Year's Eve terror attack, police say

Australian police have arrested a man they allege was planning to carry out a terror attack during New Years Eve celebrations in Melbourne. The 20-year-old man will be charged with terrorism offences that carry a maximum penalty of life in prison, authorities said. Police allege the man had planned to shoot people with an automatic gun at Federation Square in the citys centre. There is no...


Jamuna Parajuli of Didi-Bahini Society wins Australia's Multicultural Award

The Multicultural Award for Excellence has been awarded to Didi-Bahini (Sisters) Societys President Jamuna Parajuli this year. The award was conferred by the governor on behalf of Australias Victorian Government in her residence in Melbourne on Saturday. Victorian government as a recognition of her efforts towards the upliftment and development of refugee culture presented her the award. She ...


NRN Victoria creates smiles through its ‘picnic for parents’

Non Resident Nepali Australias Victorian chapter has created a lot of smiles this Sunday. It hosted a picnic for elders and parents in Melbourne. An initiative of NRN Victoria, it was organized jointly by Nepalese Association of Victoria and the Consulate Generals office in Victoria. It almost seemed bad weather would get away with its cause; however the merriment overtook the weather at Melbou...


Manus Island: Australia confirms removal of asylum seekers
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Manus Island: Australia confirms removal of asylum seekers

Asylum seekers who were refusing to leave a former Australian-run detention centre in Papua New Guinea have been moved to alternative accommodation, the government in Canberra has confirmed. Buses carrying about 300 asylum seekers left the Manus Island camp on Friday following a police operation. Hundreds of men refused to leave the camp when it shut on 31 October, prompting a three-week sta...


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