AUSTRALIA RACE ATTACKS

  • Drunk men assault, abuse Asian couple in Melbourne March 2, 2010

    Melbourne: A Sri Lankan man and his Indian wife were attacked and racially abused by drunken men at their home in Melbourne A group of some 25 men beat up 60yearold Ranjit Sahasranaman, who is married to Indianorigin Agalya Sahasranamn, outside the couples home in Carrams Down suburb on Sunday morning. Sahasranaman,...
  • Are our people safe? India asks Australia to explain February 10, 2010

    Melbourne: India on Wednesday sought "credible answers" from Australia about the safety of its nationals who are studying in that country. "It is important to understand that there is anger and frustration in India over what is happening (in Australia)," said Indian High Commissioner Sujatha Singh in an article published in...
  • Aussie police delay releasing survey on racism February 10, 2010

    Melbourne: The release of a research paper providing evidence that Indian students in Melbourne feel racially targeted was delayed by the Australian police. The survey conducted by Victoria University will be reviewed by the police in 60 days and the paper will be released on February 16. It was earlier scheduled...
  • Don't visit Australia for now: junior foreign minister January 29, 2010

    New Delhi: Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur on Friday cautioned Indian students against visiting Australia for the moment following the string of attacks on Indian nationals. "We are doing all that we can. An advisory has been issued not to visit Australia...," Kaur told reporters, reiterating that Indian...
  • Eat Indian, love Indians: campaign in Australia January 29, 2010

    Canberra: Australians are being urged to eat Indian food in a campaign dubbed "Vindaloo Against Violence" to show their opposition to dozens of attacks on Indian students. Melbourne woman Mia Northrop, who organised the campaign, said she was encouraging people all over Australia to take part in the unusual protest on...
  • Suspect couple to be produced before Aus court January 29, 2010

    Sydney: An Indian couple was scheduled to appear on Friday in a Sydney court over the death of fellow fruitpicker Ranjodh Singh in a case that has helped stoke tension between Delhi and Canberra over the safety of Indians in Australia. Police allege Singh, 25, was still alive when he was...
  • Oz cops urge help in tracing Indian student's killers January 24, 2010

    Melbourne: Police in Melbourne believe someone in the community knows who murdered Indian student Nitin Garg. The police said this after releasing video clippings of the last moments of the victim and reenacted his final steps on the spot. A team of detectives of Victoria police Saturday tried to trace clues across...
  • Foreign students at risk: Oz was warned 2 years ago January 23, 2010

    Melbourne: Two years ago, Australia's state and federal governments were warned about the possibility of foreign students facing attacks, but they "weren't interested in listening", a group that represents the country's universities said Saturday. Universities Australia chief executive Glenn Withers told The Age he was disappointed state and federal governments did...
  • Devil's Advocate: Aus image has taken a beating January 10, 2010

    How effectively is Australia dealing with the rising spate of attacks on Indians in that country? That's the key issue Karan Thapar explored with the Australian High Commissioner, Peter Varghese. Karan Thapar: High Commissioner, let me start with the question that most people want to hear you answer. Why does the Australian...
  • Australia says attack on Indian not racist January 9, 2010

    Melbourne/New Delhi: A 29yearold Indian was set ablaze by four unidentified attackers in Melbourne on Saturday. Jaspreet Singh was admitted to hospital, where his condition was described as "not critical". The Australian government condemned the incident but insisted that it was not racially motivated. The attack on Singh in the early hours...
  • Krishna fires fresh salvo at Aus High Commissioner January 8, 2010

    New Delhi: Two deadly attacks and several fiery statements later, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna fired the latest salvo at Australia in a private meeting with their High Commissioner in New Delhi for not doing enough to protect Indians like Nitin Garg and Ranjot Singh, both of whom were killed...
  • Worry for Indians in Oz not hysteria: Krishna January 7, 2010

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Thursday said Indian students must select their courses with care before they travel to Australiaadvice given after the killings of two Indians in that country. The kind of courses for which are students are going for (in Australia) are certainly not encouraging,...
  • Figures prove fact: Oz doesn't impress Indian students January 7, 2010

    Melbourne: There has been a sharp fall in the number of Indians applying for visas to study in Australia, said a media report on Thursday. The development comes following a string of assaults, including two killings, on Indian students. The immigration department figures for the period from July to October 31...
  • One found guilty of racist attack on Indian in Australia October 23, 2009

    Melbourne: A group of youths nearly killed an Indian student during an armed assault in a grocery store in Australian city Melbourne for the "sheer thrill" of the attack, a judge said while sentencing one of the attackers to jail. Carrying wooden planks ripped up from a nearby bus stop seat,...
  • You're safe: Aussie official writes to 4,787 students August 29, 2009

    Adelaide: The premier of an Australian state has taken the unusual step of writing a personal letter to each of the 4,787 Indian overseas students enrolled in his state, assuring them of their safety and welfare. South Australia Premier Mike Rann has written to Indian students highlighting not only his government's...
  • Attacks on Indians in Australia 'racial outbursts' June 27, 2009

    Chennai: The attacks on Indian students in Australia were ''racial outbursts, said Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi in Chennai on Saturday. Ravi told journalists the attacks were clearly carried out by antisocial elements, who robbed students not staying in hostels or accommodation provided by educational institutions. ''The students...