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TGA: Two Dose Of Sputnik V Accepted For International Travel To Australia

Canberra [Australia], January 17 (ANI/Sputnik): Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has recognized the two-dose course of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 as an acceptable form of coronavirus vaccination for travellers. “Today, the TGA determined that an additional COVID-19 vaccine, the two-dose course of the Gamaleya Institute vaccine (Sputnik V, Russian Federation) would be ‘recognized’ for the purpose of establishing a traveller’s vaccination status,” the TGA said in a Monday statement. The regulator explained that additional data on the Russian vaccine’s effectiveness showed that two doses of Sputnik V demonstrated an average efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19 infection of 89 percent and against hospitalization or death of 98-100 percent. “The single-dose course of the Gamaleya vaccine (‘Sputnik Light’) is not currently recognized by the TGA,” the Australian regulator specified. 

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‘Stuff of dreams’, says Cummins after Australia win Ashes 4-0

Hobart [Australia] (ANI): After winning the Ashes 4-0, Australia skipper Pat Cummins on Sunday said that to win the series so comprehensively is really a “stuff of dreams”.Cameron Green and Scott Boland took three wickets each in the second innings as Australia defeated England by 146 runs in the fifth Ashes Test here at the Blundstone Arena on Sunday. “It really is the stuff of dreams. Pretty crazy. To be at the end of a 5-match series with so many positives and 4-0, yeah really pumped. I am really happy as a captain. We have had some 15 players used in this series, some tough calls. Certainly feels like we are on to something big,” said Cummins after the fifth Ashes Test concluded.“Cam Green with bat and ball has been outstanding. Scotty Boland was fantastic. And hope the old pros continue their good work.…

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Vaccine exemption controversy: Serbia demands Australia to stop treating Djokovic as ‘criminal’

Melbourne [Australia]: Serbia’s foreign secretary Nemanja Starovic has demanded Australia to move world number one Novak Djokovic to a nicer hotel as the defending Australian Open champion continues to stay in the immigration detention centre after his visa was cancelled.This demand came after Acting Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan revealed that Tennis Australia did not inform her government about Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government letters which stated that a prior COVID infection – the basis for Djokovic’s exemption for COVID-19 vaccination – would not be accepted as a genuine exemption. “We expect that the ambassador personally takes action for him to be moved to accommodation befitting the best sportsman in the world, not a criminal or an illegal immigrant,” Starovic said in the statement, as reported by Sydney Morning Herald.Starovic has also said that the Serbian public believes that Djokovic has become the victim…

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Ashes, 4th Test: Bairstow scores ton as England finally shows some fight (Stumps, Day 3)

Sydney [Australia]: Jonny Bairstow scored a remarkable century as England finally showed some fight against Australia on Day 3 of the ongoing fourth Ashes Test here at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.At stumps, England’s score read 258/7 — still trailing by 158 runs. Bairstow (103*) and Jack Leach (4*) are present at the crease for the Three Lions. Resuming the final session at 135/4, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow added some quick runs but the 128-run stand for the fifth wicket was finally ended by Nathan Lyon as he had Stokes (66) adjudged leg-before wicket, reducing England to 164/5.Wicketkeeper-batter Jos Buttler (0) failed to leave a mark and was sent back to the pavilion by Australia skipper Pat Cummins. Pacer Mark Wood next came to the middle and played an aggressive role to frustrate the Australian bowlers.Wood and Bairstow put on 72 runs…

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Ashes, 4th Test: Khawaja scores ton as Australia’s score goes past 300 (Tea, Day 2)

Sydney [Australia]: Steve Smith and Alex Carey perished but Usman Khawaja ensured that Australia did not lose their way in the second session on Day 2 of the ongoing fourth Ashes Test here at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.At the tea break, Australia’s score read 321/6 with Khawaja (102*) and Pat Cummins (15*) present at the crease. Resuming the second session at 209/3, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja added 23 more runs to the total before Smith (67) was scalped by Stuart Broad. Soon after Cameron Green (5) also perished off the bowling of Broad and Australia was reduced to 242/5 in the 88th over.Wicketkeeper-batter Alex Carey then joined Khawaja in the middle and the duo revived the innings for Australia by putting together a stand of 43 runs. However, as soon as the hosts started to get on top, England skipper Joe…

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Ashes, Sydney Test: England recall Stuart Broad, to replace Ollie Robinson

Sydney [Australia]: England have named their playing XI for the fourth Ashes Test match at Sydney Cricket Ground starting from Wednesday.The Three Lions made one change from the side that played in the third Test in Melbourne, with Stuart Broad coming in to replace Ollie Robinson. Joe Root’s side are currently 3-0 down in the series. For the hosts, Scott Boland has held off challengers for his spot in Australia’s XI while Usman Khawaja has been confirmed as Travis Head’s replacement for the fourth Ashes Test. Khawaja will bat at No.5 in his first Test since the 2019 Ashes tour, replacing Head who came down with COVID-19 last week and has remained in Melbourne.Boland stunned England – and maybe even his own team – when he ripped the heart out of the visitors in their second innings in Melbourne last week, snaring 6-7 including…

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Australia to rename Island to honor Queen Elizabeth on platinum jubilee: PM Scott Morrison

Canberra [Australia]: Australia will rename Aspen Island in Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin as part of June 2022 national and community events to celebrate 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the British throne, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday.“Seventy years of service is a truly immense achievement, and we are proud to join with other Commonwealth nations to celebrate this milestone… Aspen Island in Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin, the home of the National Carillon, will be renamed Queen Elizabeth II Island during a special event in June 2022,” Morrison said in a statement published on his website. According to Morrison, celebrations will include opening of new Queen Elizabeth Water Gardens, the lighting of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon in Canberra, the release of commemorative stamps and coins, as well as illuminating monuments all around Australia.In six weeks’ time, on…

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Didn’t think we will win 3rd Ashes Test this quickly, says Scott Boland

Melbourne [Australia]: Australia pacer Scott Boland on Tuesday said that nobody on his side expected that they will win the third Ashes Test against England this quickly.Boland took six wickets in the second innings as Australia wrapped up a victory by an innings and 14 runs in the Test that was played at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). “Can’t really believe. We thought we had a chance of winning today when we came in, but just not so quickly. I came to know on Christmas Eve, and had a lot of support from teammates and family. It was a big step up from anything that I have played, and I knew it would be tough. I want to thank the crowd for all their support over the last three days, really appreciate it,” Boland said after the game ended.“There were about 17 of us who…

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Ashes, 3rd Test: Starc, Green strike as England batters struggle (Tea, Day 1)

Melbourne [Australia]: Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green struck in the second session to help Australia further dominate England on Day 1 of the ongoing Boxing Day Ashes Test here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.At the tea break, England’s score reads 128/6 with Jonny Bairstow (21*) at the crease. Resuming the second session at 61/3, Joe Root and Ben Stokes managed to add 22 runs more to the total and along the way Root also managed to bring up his fifty. However, the England skipper was dismissed immediately after by Mitchell Starc and the visitors were reduced to 82/4 in the 34th over.Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow then got together at the crease and the duo kept on moving the scoreboard at a brisk pace. Both batters put on 33 runs for the fifth wicket, but it was cut short by Cameron Green…

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Ashes, 3rd Test: Scott Boland named in Australia playing XI, skipper Cummins also returns

Melbourne [Australia]: Australia skipper Pat Cummins on Saturday confirmed the playing XI for the upcoming Boxing Day Test, beginning Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.The hosts have made two changes to their lineup as Pat Cummins and Scott Boland have replaced Michael Neser and Jhye Richardson. Joe Root’s England are 0-2 down in the series with three matches to play.“He (Jhye Richardson) was pretty sore. We were umming and ahhing – he had a bowl yesterday but we thought seven days off (before the fourth Test in Sydney) will give him enough rest,” cricket.com.au quoted Cummins as saying.“He’s got a small leg injury which is nothing major but we thought rather than risking a long-term injury, we’d give him a week off,” he added.Talking about Boland, Cummins said: “We earmarked him as a chance for here and the SCG in particular, we think his…

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‘He’ll play, no worries about that’: Langer backs Harris for Boxing Day Test

Melbourne [Australlia]: Australian head coach Justin Langer on Thursday confirmed that Marcus Harris will open the batting for hosts in the Ashes Boxing Day Test which gets underway from Sunday.Australia are 2-0 up in the ongoing Ashes after winning the second Test at the Adelaide Oval and will meet England in the Melbourne Game on Sunday. Harris’ recent form in the ongoing Ashes has come under the scanner but Langer said the batter will play the third Test.“He’ll play in the Test, no worries about that. This is his home ground. He’s played a lot at the MCG. He hasn’t made the runs he’d like to so far, but he dominates domestic cricket,” ICC quoted Langer as saying.“So he knows that he knows how to play. He’s a fantastic bloke around the squad … And we know he’s a very good player. For him…

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Cummins, Hazlewood rejoin as Australia announce unchanged squad for rest of Ashes

Melbourne [Australia]: Australia on Monday named an unchanged 15-man squad for the three remaining Ashes Test matches in Melbourne, Sydney, and Hobart.According to Cricket Australia (CA), fast bowlers Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood rejoin the squad when it assembles in Melbourne on Thursday. “Australia has named an unchanged 15-man squad for the three remaining Vodafone Ashes Test matches in Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart. Australia has a travel day tomorrow and rest days on Tuesday and Wednesday,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.Australia’s third Test squad: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith (vc), Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David WarnerMeanwhile, Australia and England are currently locking horns in the second Ashes Test. The hosts are in firm control of the match as the game got underway on…

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Ashes, 2nd Test: Australia in total control after taking 282 runs lead (Stumps, Day 3)

Adelaide [Australia]: Australia are in firm control of the ongoing second Ashes Test after the stumps on Day 3 as hosts lead England by 282 runs here at Adelaide on Saturday.Australia have nine wickets in hand and two days to play. Hosts’ second innings score read 45/1 with Marcus Harris (21*) and Michael Neser (2*) on the crease. In the last session of the day, Aussies bowled out England for 236. Visitors who were in control in the first session found themselves in a deep hole after losing 8 wickets for 86 runs this afternoon.Dawid Malan and Joe Root top-scored for England with innings of 80 and 62 respectively. Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes were the only other batters for visitors to reach the double-figure mark.For hosts, Mitchell Starc starred with the ball as he scalped four wickets, while Nathan Lyon bagged three. Cameron…

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Steve Smith to lead Australia 3.5 years after ball tampering scandal

Adelaide [Australia]: Former Australian skipper Steve Smith will lead Aussies after three and a half years on Thursday in the second Ashes Test against England.Australia Test skipper Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the second Ashes Test against England after being deemed a close contact of a person who received a positive COVID-19 test last night. Smith has been named captain of Australia for second Test against England.“Cummins is understandably very disappointed not to be able to captain Australia for the day-night Test in Adelaide. Steve Smith will captain the team in Cummins’ absence,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.In March this year, Smith for the first time had openly talked about wanting to lead Australia again. The 31-year-old cricketer was removed as the skipper following his involvement in the Sandpaper Gate fiasco in the Cape Town Test against South Africa in March…

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Jhye Richardson to replace Hazlewood for second Ashes test, Warner deemed fit

Adelaide [Australia]: Australia Test skipper Pat Cummins on Wednesday confirmed the playing XI for the second Ashes Test.Pacer Jhye Richardson will be replacing the injured Josh Hazlewood while left-handed batter David Warner is fit for the day-night Test at Adelaide, reported cricket.com.au. England and Australia will lock horns in the second Test, beginning Thursday at Adelaide. Australia won the first Test by nine wickets to gain a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.Hazlewood has been sidelined due to a side strain and his injury has been described as minor. The pacer’s return for the Boxing Day Test is also not guaranteed at the moment.Richardson had made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2019 and he went on to take five wickets in his first outing in the longest format.Australia XI: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex…

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Anderson, Broad ‘fit and ready’ for second Ashes Test

Brisbane [Australia]: England head coach Chris Silverwood on Monday said pace bowling duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad are “fit and ready” to go for the upcoming second Ashes Test.Anderson and Broad had missed the first Test and their omission raised many eyebrows as Australia thrashed England in the Ashes opener last week. “Jimmy will be fit and ready to go for the second Test, as will Stuart. They are available. Certainly, from an experience point of view, with the bowlers we’ve got heaps of experience so I’m happy with that,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Silverwood as saying.Silverwood informed that both pacers were in the groove of the game and are ready for the pink-ball Test.“The guys have already been training with the pink ball behind the scenes. And what we have got is a very skilful set of bowlers. We have talent and we still…

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Richardson set to replace Hazlewood for second Ashes Test in Adelaide

Brisbane [Australia]: Australian pacer Jhye Richardson is set to play the second Ashes Test in Adelaide after pacer Josh Hazlewood flew home on Sunday.Hazlewood had not bowled in the afternoon session on Day 3 of the first Test and he was sent for a scan on Friday night that showed he was fit enough to bowl on Saturday. According to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald, Hazlewood was seen boarding a flight from Brisbane to Sydney without other Australian players.According to the same report, a Cricket Australia spokesman has said whether Hazlewood plays the second Test on Thursday or not has not been decided yet.On Saturday, Australia Test skipper Pat Cummins said that the team management will continue to monitor Hazlewood’s fitness and a hasty decision would not be made.Meanwhile, Nathan Lyon, skipper Pat Cummins, David Warner, and Travis Head were the standout…

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Japan, Australia pledge to promote security co-operation of Quad to counter China’s assertiveness

Liverpool [UK]: Japan and Australia have pledged to promote security cooperation of the Quad group, also including the United States and India in response to China’s rising assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region, a media report said.Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and his Australian counterpart Marise Payne in a meeting on Saturday in Liverpool agreed to elevate the two countries’ “special strategic partnership” to a higher level as part of efforts to achieve a free and open Indo-Pacific, reported Kyodo News. Both leaders underlined the importance of a pact by Japan, Australia and the United States plus Micronesia, Nauru and Kiribati. The deal aims to build a new undersea cable to improve internet connectivity to the three Pacific island states.The two leaders held talks on the sidelines of the Group of Seven foreign ministers meeting on Sunday.Australian Minister Payne was invited to expanded sessions on…

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Can’t understand why England left out Broad, Anderson for 1st Test, says Ponting

Brisbane [Australia], December 12 (ANI): Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has said that he cannot understand why England left out both Stuart Broad and James Anderson for the first Test Ashes.Australia defeated England by nine wickets in the first Test at the Gabba, Brisbane. Both teams will now lock horns in the second Test, set to begin Thursday in Adelaide. “The conditions are only going to get better for Australia. Those conditions in Brisbane were very English like. There was more pace and bounce but as far as their bowling is concerned, they’re probably not going to get that much movement anywhere else for the entire series,” cricket.com.au quoted Ponting as saying.“We saw them bowl really well on the last tour in Adelaide under lights where everything just fell perfectly into place – Australia had to bat for a session, the lights were on,…

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Blinken meets Australian FM Payne, reaffirms deep commitment to peaceful, secure Indo-Pacific

Liverpool [UK]: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne in Liverpool to reinforce the ongoing efforts to promote peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.“Great to meet with my good friend @MarisePayne today. We reaffirmed both our nations’ deep commitment to a peaceful and secure Indo-Pacific, COVID-19 economic recovery and resilience, and cooperating to deliver results for our citizens and partners around the region,” tweeted Blinken. Both leaders met on the sidelines of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialised nations’ Foreign Ministers meeting held in the UK.They discussed deepening the US-Australia alliance, the importance of committing to ambitious climate action in the next decade, and the need for like-minded allies and partners to continue to defend, strengthen, and renew democracy around the world, read State Department spokesperson Ned Price statement.They also expressed concern over Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine…

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England penalized for slow over-rate in first Test against Australia

Brisbane [Australia]: England have been fined 100 per cent of their match fee and penalized five ICC World Test Championship points for maintaining a slow over-rate against Australia in the first Test in Brisbane.David Boon of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after Joe Root’s side was ruled to be five overs short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.In addition, as per Article 16.11.2 of the ICC World Test Championship playing conditions, a side is penalized one point for each over short. Consequently, five World Test Championship points have been…

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Ashes: Australia to monitor Hazlewood’s fitness, says Cummins

Brisbane [Australia]: Australia skipper Pat Cummins on Saturday said that the team management will continue to monitor Josh Hazlewood’s fitness and a hasty decision would not be made.Hazlewood had not bowled in the afternoon session on Day 3 and he was sent for a scan on Friday night that showed he was fit enough to bowl on Saturday. “He’s a little bit sore. It was good he was able to come out today and bowl, and he got through a really good spell. But he’s a little bit sore so we’re just managing him through – it’s a five-Test match summer and he’s a key for us, so we don’t want to blow him out on day two or three,” cricket.com.au quoted Cummins as saying.“It’s nothing too serious but didn’t want it to turn into a huge injury. We don’t want to put him…

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Lyon, Warner and Head shine as Australia register 9-wicket win

Brisbane [Australia]: Nathan Lyon, skipper Pat Cummins, David Warner and Travis Head were the standout performers as Australia defeated England by nine wickets in the first Ashes Test here at the Gabba, Brisbane on Saturday.Chasing 20, Alex Carey (9) and Marcus Harris (9*) made light work of the chase and the hosts registered victory in just 5.1 overs. Pat Cummins had taken five wickets in the first innings while Lyon scalped four in the second for Australia. With the bat, Head scored a century for the hosts while Warner had registered 94 runs in the first innings.Earlier, Lyon and Cummins got among the wickets as Australia inched closer to victory against England on Day 4. England was bowled out for 297, setting a target of just 20 runs for Australia to win the Gabba Test.Resuming Day 4 at 220/2, England got off to a…

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Nathan Lyon registers his 400th wicket in Test cricket

Brisbane [Australia]: Australia spinner Nathan Lyon on Saturday finally took his 400th wicket in the longest format of the game.Lyon achieved the feat in the ongoing first Ashes Test against England here at the Gabba, Brisbane. The off-spinner went on to dismiss Dawid Malan in the 74th over of the innings to take his 400th wicket in Test cricket.Lyon went on to take four wickets in the second innings — Malan, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson and Mark Wood to pile on the misery on England batters.Lyon and Pat Cummins got among the wickets as Australia inched closer to victory against England on Day 4 of the ongoing first Ashes Test here at the Gabba, Brisbane on Saturday.England was bowled out for 297, setting a target of just 20 runs for Australia to win the Gabba Test.Resuming Day 4 at 220/2, England got off to…

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Ashes, 1st Test: Lyon takes four as Australia just 20 runs away from victory (Lunch, Day 4)

Brisbane [Australia]: Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins got among the wickets as Australia inched closer to victory against England on Day 4 of the ongoing first Ashes Test here at the Gabba, Brisbane on Saturday.England was bowled out for 297, setting a target of just 20 runs for Australia to win the Gabba Test. Resuming Day 4 at 220/2, England got off to a horrendous start as Dawid Malan (82), Joe Root (89), and Ollie Pope (4) were dismissed in quick succession and England was reduced to 234/5 in the 78th over. With the wicket of Root, Lyon registered his 400th wicket in the longest format of the game.Ben Stokes (14), Jos Buttler (23), and Ollie Robinson (8) also failed to stay at the crease for a long haul and England was reduced to 286/8 in the 98th over.Soon after, Lyon clean bowled Mark…

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Ashes, 1st Test: Root, Malan stage England’s comeback after early blows (Stumps, Day 3)

Brisbane [Australia]: Joe Root and Dawid Malan kept the hopes alive for England as the two batters remained unbeaten by the end of Day 3 of the ongoing first Ashes Test here at the Gabba, Brisbane on Friday.At the Stumps, England’s score read 220/2– trailing by 58 runs. Malan and Root have played unbeaten knocks of 80 and 86 runs respectively. Resuming the third session at 107/2 and trailing by 171 runs, the innings acted as a comeback show for the Three Lions as they kept the scoreboard moving. The duo of Malan and Root came to bat during the second session and remained unbeaten since.Earlier, Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed provided England with a stable innings but they faced a body blow straight away as Australia skipper Pat Cummins removed Burns (13) in the 9th over of the innings. Malan then joined Hameed…

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Burns, Hameed survive as England trail by 255

Brisbane [Australia]: Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed managed to survive a tricky half an hour in the opening session on Day 3 of the ongoing first Ashes Test against Australia here at the Gabba, Brisbane on Friday.At the lunch break, England’s score read 23/0– still trailing by 255 runs. Burns (13*) and Hameed (10*) are currently unbeaten at the crease. Trailing by 278, Burns and Hameed managed to survive overs, ensuring that England has all ten wickets in hand entering the second session.Earlier, resuming Day 3 at 343/7, Australia managed to add 82 more runs to the total, extending the lead to 278. In the end, Australia was bundled out for 425 in the first innings.Travis Head was the last wicket to fall, but it was not before he managed to score 152. Mitchell Starc also chipped in with 35 runs while Nathan Lyon…

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‘Take a bow’: Finch hails Travis Head for fiery hundred in Ashes

Brisbane [Australia]: Australia white-ball skipper Aaron Finch on Thursday lauded Travis Head after the batter played a remarkable innings to take the hosts to a comfortable position in the ongoing first Ashes Test against England.Travis Head and David Warner played knocks of 112* and 94 respectively as Australia extended its lead to 196 against England on Day 2 of the ongoing first Ashes Test here at the Gabba, Brisbane on Thursday. “Take a bow Travis Head, take a bow!!!outstanding,” Aaron Finch tweeted.Earlier, David Warner also praised Head and called his innings an ‘entertaining’ one.“They did bowl well, didn’t they? They hit the target on a short of a length. What an entertaining innings from Travis Head. It has to be up there for him personally, that’s the Travis Head we know. He backed himself and backed his areas and walks off with 112 to…

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Ashes, 1st Test: Warner, Labuschagne help Australia take lead

Brisbane [Australia]: Marnus Labuschagne might have perished after scoring 74, but David Warner ensured that Australia take the lead against England in the second session on Day 2 of the ongoing first Ashes Test here at the Gabba, Brisbane on Thursday.At the tea break, Australia’s score read 193/3 with the hosts leading by 46 runs. Warner (94*) and Travis Head (0*) are currently unbeaten at the crease. Resuming the second session at 113/1, Warner did not waste any time in bringing up his half-century and the signs were ominous for England as both Warner and Labuschagne were looking in fine touch in the middle.Both batters put on 156 runs for the second wicket, helping Australia take the lead. The partnership was finally broken by Jack Leach in the 48th over as the left-arm spinner dismissed Labuschagne (74), reducing Australia to 166/2.Vice-captain Steve Smith (12)…

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After Australian PM, Boris Johnson announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

London [UK]: The United Kingdom has joined the US in announcing a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics over concerns about human rights abuses in China.“Britain will effectively impose a diplomatic boycott of next year’s Winter Olympics in China as no ministers or officials are expected to attend,” Kyodo News reported citing Prime Minister Boris Johnson as saying in parliament. The move, which follows similar announcements made by the United States and Australia, is a show of protest over China’s alleged human rights abuses against the Muslim Uyghur minority and others, said the Japanese media.Earlier today, Australia also announced a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics.Meanwhile, China “expresses strong dissatisfaction with and firm opposition to” Australia’s decision, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Wednesday, Kyodo News reported.On Monday, the White House announced that the US would not send an official delegation to…

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Ashes: Captain Cummins takes five as England bowled out for 147 on Day 1

Brisbane [Australia]: Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc got among the wickets as Australia dominated the second session on Day 1 of the ongoing first Ashes Test here at the Gabba, Brisbane on Wednesday.England was bowled out for 147 with skipper Cummins taking five wickets. Resuming the second session at 59/4, England was given a body blow straight away as Australia skipper Pat Cummins got the better of opening batter Haseeb Hameed (25) and this brought Jos Buttler to the middle. The right-handed Buttler played a counter-attacking knock, however, his 39-run knock finally came to an end in the 41st over after being dismissed by Mitchell Starc.Soon after, the set batter Ollie Pope (35) also departed after top-edging a ball bowled by Cameron Green and England was reduced to 118/7 in the 44th over of the day. The Three Lions’ innings went further into a…

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Ashes, 1st Test: Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins leave England reeling (Lunch, Day 1)

Brisbane [Australia]: Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins got among the wickets as England was left reeling on Day 1 of the ongoing first Ashes Test here at the Gabba, Brisbane on Wednesday.At the lunch break, England’s score read 59/4 with Haseeb Hameed (25*) and Ollie Pope (17*) unbeaten at the crease. A total of 26 overs were bowled in the opening session of the first Test. England would have hoped to not lose many wickets in the opening session after opting to bat first, however, this was not the case as wickets tumbled at regular intervals.Mitchell Starc took the wicket of Rory Burns (0) on the very first ball of the series as he bowled the left-hander round his legs. Josh Hazlewood then took the scalps of Dawid Malan (6) and skipper Joe Root (0) to leave England at 11/3 in the…

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Australia announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Canberra [Australia]: Australia has joined the US in announcing a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics over concerns about human rights abuses in China.This comes a few days after the Biden administration announced the decision not to send an official US delegation to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that this decision should come as “no surprise” that their diplomats and politicians would boycott the event, citing the breakdown in the ties with China, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported.“I’m doing it because it’s in Australia’s national interest,” he said. “It’s the right thing to do.”Morrison said Beijing’s own diplomatic freeze on Australia had also fed into the decision for officials to boycott the Games because Australia had been unable to raise its concerns about human rights directly with Chinese leaders.Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Jen…

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US, Australia, UK sign agreement for exchange of naval nuclear propulsion information

Washington [US]: In a bid to enhance trilateral security partnership called “AUKUS”, the US, Australia and the United Kingdom have engaged in an 18-month consultation period to seek an optimal pathway for delivery of nuclear-powered submarines, United States President Joe Biden said a White House statement on Wednesday (local time).The agreement for the Exchange of Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information among the three countries would permit parties to communicate and exchange Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information and would provide authorization to share certain Restricted Data. “Pursuant to the enhanced trilateral security partnership called “AUKUS” announced earlier this year, our three governments are engaging in an 18-month consultation period to seek an optimal pathway for delivery of nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian Navy at the earliest achievable date. The Agreement would permit the three Parties to communicate and exchange Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information and would provide…

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Alex Carey replaces Tim Paine as wicketkeeper for first two Ashes Tests

Brisbane [Australia]: Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel (NSP) on Thursday added wicketkeeper Alex Carey to the 15-player squad for the first two matches of the upcoming Ashes.Carey has replaced Tim Paine in the squad who decided to take some time off from the game last week. He had also stepped down as the captain of the Test before that and Pat Cummins will now be leading the side. George Bailey, NSP Chair, in an official release said: “Alex has been a regular member of the national side in white ball cricket, particularly in the one-day game. He is an excellent cricketer and a fine individual who will bring many great strengths to the team. He will be a very deserved holder of baggy green cap number 461.”Alex Carey said: “I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity. It’s an exciting build-up for what is a…

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Australia Imposes Curbs For Travellers From Virus-Hit Southern Africa

Australia imposed new restrictions on Saturday on people who have been to nine southern African countries, as the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 raises concerns about another wave of the pandemic. The countries are South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, the Seychelles, Malawi and Mozambique. Effective immediately, the government will ban non-citizens who have been in those countries from entering and will require supervised 14-day quarantines for Australian citizens and their dependents returning from the countries, said Health Minister Greg Hunt. These restrictions also apply to people such as international students and skilled migrants arriving from countries with which Australia has travel bubbles, who have been in any of the nine countries within the past 14 days. “If the medical evidence shows that further actions are required, we will not hesitate to take them. And that may involve strengthening or expanding the restrictions,”…

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Pat Cummins named Australia Test captain, Steve Smith appointed deputy

Melbourne [Australia]: Fast bowler Pat Cummins was on Friday named Australian men’s Test cricket team captain following the announcement of Tim Paine taking an indefinite break from all cricket.Paine had announced his resignation as skipper of Australia last week following a ‘sexting scandal’ with a former Cricket Tasmania colleague in 2017. Meanwhile, batter and former captain Steve Smith has been named vice-captain of the team.“Pat is an outstanding player and leader. He has earned enormous respect from his teammates and from all corners of the game for his attitude and achievements, both on and off the field,” Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said in a statement.“We are extremely fortunate to have an experienced group of senior players who themselves are superb leaders. I have no doubt that Pat and Steve will be well supported in their respective leadership roles,” he added.According to Cricket Australia…

Health & Lifestyle Travel

Australia Welcomes Students Amid Travel Bubble With Singapore

Fully vaccinated travellers from Singapore are now allowed into Melbourne or Sydney without the need to quarantine – part of Australia’s gradual reopening of its borders that began this month. Australia closed its international borders in March 2020 to curb the spread of Covid-19. Catriona Jackson, chief executive of Universities Australia, which represents 39 universities, said the flights from Singapore saw the first international students enter Australia since small numbers returned in November last year. “We understand these initial numbers are small, but they are a clear signal of the intent to allow many more students to return to classes and our communities soon,” Jackson said. There are about 130,000 international students remaining outside Australia, she added. Before the pandemic, international students made up 21% of Australia’s tertiary education students, compared to 6% on average across countries that are members of the Organisation for…

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Tim Paine steps down as Australia’s Test captain

Melbourne [Australia]: Australia Test skipper Tim Paine has stepped down as the captain of the side ahead of the much-awaited Ashes opener.England and Australia will lock horns in the five-match Ashes, beginning December 8 at the Gabba, Brisbane. Cricket Australia on Friday informed about Paine’s decision to leave captaincy “immediately”.“Tim Paine has advised the Board of Cricket Australia of his decision to stand down as captain of the Australian men’s Test team, effective immediately,” Cricket Australia (CA) said in a statement.Cricket Australia said the Board has accepted Paine’s resignation and will now accelerate the process of identifying and appointing a new Test captain.“Tim felt it was in the best interests of his family and Australian cricket to take this decision to step down as captain,” CA Chair Richard Freudenstein said in a statement.“The Board has accepted Tim’s resignation and will now work through a…

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Australia-India relations will grow with time, says Australian PM Scott Morrison

Sydney [Australia]: Asserting that Australia and India share a deep friendship, Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday said that both countries are making great progress in many areas including space, science, digital technology.“Australia-India shares deep friendship and our relations will grow even more with time. We are making great progress in so many areas including space, science, digital technology. It’s an honour for Australia that PM Modi is addressing Sydney dialogue,” he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address was preceded by introductory remarks by the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.“It is a great honour for the people of India that you have invited me to deliver the keynote at the inaugural Sydney Dialogue. I see this as a recognition of India’s central role in the Indo Pacific region and in the emerging digital world,” PM Modi said.Underlining the impact of the Digital Age, PM…

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PM Modi to deliver keynote address at Sydney Dialogue tomorrow

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the keynote address at The Sydney Dialogue on Thursday.He will speak on the theme of India’s technology evolution and revolution, with the address being preceded by introductory remarks by the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement. The Sydney Dialogue is being held from 17-19 November. It is an initiative of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.It will bring together political, business and government leaders to debate, generate new ideas, and work towards common understandings of the opportunities and challenges posed by emerging and critical technologies.The event will also witness a keynote address by the Former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.

Bengaluru City News

Australian PM announces new Consulate General in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: Terming Bengaluru as the world’s fastest-growing technology hub, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday announced a new Consulate General in the capital city of the Indian state of Karnataka. “I’m pleased to let you know that Australia is also seeking to establish a new Consulate General in Bengaluru,” Morrison said at Sydney Dialogue. “Bengaluru is the world’s fastest-growing technology hub – of course we want to be part of it. It is home to a third of India’s unicorn companies,” he added.Morrison further stated that Australia’s new mission in Bengaluru would expand their diplomatic presence in India to five posts. He also expressed resolve to strengthen relations with India adding that it will deepen its ties to “India’s innovators, to your technologists and entrepreneurs – as well as India’s governments at all levels.” Announcing Australia’s first-ever Blueprint for Critical Technologies at that…

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We can do much with India on cyber security, tech, digital economy, says Australian PM Morrison

Sydney [Australia]: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday said that there is so much to do with India in the field of technology, adding that both the countries are already cooperating on cyber security, critical and emerging technologies, critical minerals, digital economy.Speaking at Sydney Dialogue for “Deepening technology Partnership among Quad countries”, Scott Morrison informed that he will be speaking at the Bengaluru Tech Summit, India’s biggest technology summit today and will expand on some of the complementary initiatives with India. “There is much we can do with India in this area – some of which I have already touched on today, including as part of our Quad partnership,” he said at the inaugural Sydney Dialogue on emerging, critical and cyber technologies.“As part of our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with India, our two countries are already cooperating — on cyber security, critical and emerging…

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Australia defeat NZ to lift maiden title

Dubai [UAE]: Mitchell Marsh and David Warner played knocks of 77 and 53 respectively as Australia lifted its maiden T20 World Cup title here at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.In the summit clash, Australia outclassed New Zealand by eight wickets with seven balls to spare while chasing a target of 173. Chasing 173, Australia got off to a bad start as the side lost its skipper Aaron Finch (5) in the third over of the innings as he was sent back to the pavilion by Trent Boult. Mitchell Marsh joined David Warner in the middle and the duo took the team’s score to 43/1 after the end of the powerplay.Warner took a special liking to Kiwi spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner, and the left-handed batter brought up his half-century in the 11th over of the innings. However, the introduction of Trent Boult…

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Australia win toss, opt to bowl

Dubai [UAE]: Australia skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bowl against New Zealand in the final clash of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.Speaking at the toss, Australia skipper Finch said, “We’ll have a bowl. Looks a little bit dry but I don’t think it will change. It might skid with the new ball. We’re playing the same team. The way we hung in the contest and take it deep was crucial for us. Zampa has been superb for a while in the shortest format, and hopefully that will continue. It is a new format, a new team and our record over NZ doesn’t matter at all.” While Australia and New Zealand are two contrasting units, both are high on confidence after inspired shows in the semi-final games and it will…

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Hasan Ali pens heartfelt note

Dubai [UAE]: Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali on Friday issued a statement for the first time since the Men in Green’s semi-final defeat in the T20 World Cup 2021 against Australia.Hasan Ali was one of the main talking points in Pakistan’s five-wicket defeat against the Aussies. In the penultimate over of the match which later turned out to be the final over, Ali dropped the catch of Australia batter Matthew Wade, who then smashed three sixes in three balls to win the match for his team. Ali took to Twitter and wrote: “I know you all are upset because my performance didn’t meet your expectations from me but not more disappointed than me. Don’t change your expectations from me. I want to serve Pakistan cricket at the highest level possible, so back to hard work. This patch will make me stronger so Alhumudilah. Thank you…

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“‘Underdog’ tag can’t control”

Dubai [UAE]: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Saturday said that his side being constantly viewed as “underdog” is not something they can control and the Kiwis just look to focus on their cricket.Australia and New Zealand will square off in the finals of the T20 World Cup on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. “I mean look, it (underdog tag) sort of does not have anything to do with us, we focus on our cricket, try our best and we want to keep improving as a side. The different tags is not something we control,” said Williamson while replying to an ANI query during a virtual pre-match press conference.When ANI asked whether he is big on match-ups while doing captaincy, Williamson said: “Yeah, I mean there is definitely a bit of match-ups in this format where it is so condensed and the…

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“Can handle the heat”

Dubai [UAE]: Former South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel has backed the “street smart” New Zealand team to win the T20 World Cup final against Australia on Sunday.Australia and New Zealand will lock horns in the finals of the ongoing T20 World Cup on Sunday. Morkel said he was confident that New Zealand would make it to the final of the showpiece event before the tournament started. “While the spotlight was on India, Pakistan, England and Australia throughout the tournament there was a little voice inside my head saying: ‘hang on don’t forget about New Zealand’,” Morkel wrote in his ICC column.“They are the current World Test champions, played in the last 50-over World Cup final and their white-ball cricket has been exceptional over the past couple of years. They are street smart and organised and have an inspirational leader in Kane Williamson,” he…

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T20 WC: Australia beat Pakistan

Dubai [UAE]: Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade played unbeaten knocks of 40 and 41 respectively as Australia defeated Pakistan by five wickets to enter the final of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at Dubai International Stadium on Thursday.Australia will now lock horns against New Zealand in the summit clash on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium. Chasing 177, Australia got off to the worst start possible as skipper Aaron Finch (0) was sent back to the pavilion by Shaheen Shah Afridi on just the third ball of the innings. However, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh did not let the momentum drop and the score read 52/1 after the end of the sixth over.Pakistan stormed right back into the match as Shadab Khan dismissed Marsh (28), and this brought Steve Smith to the middle. In his next over, Shadab dismissed Smith (5).…

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Australia wins toss

Dubai [UAE]: Australia skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bowl against Pakistan in the second semi-final of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.Speaking at the toss, Australia skipper Finch said, “We will bowl. The wicket will not change a lot over the course of the game. The guys are relaxed, there’ll be obvious nerves. This pitch has played true right through the IPL and the World Cup, no changes.” On the other hand, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said, “We’ll have to put runs on the board and then defend it. It’s an honour to lead this bunch of players, looking forward to playing some good cricket. UAE is our backyard, we know these conditions well. No changes for us as well.”Australia finished at the second spot in Group 1 after winning…

Corona Updates

Hundreds join protests against mandatory vaccination across Australia

Canberra [Australia]: Rallies against mandatory vaccination were held throughout Australia on Sunday, national media reported.The peaceful protests were held across the state of New South Wales (NSW) as part of the ‘Reclaim The Line’ rally, with people carrying signs that read: “No mandatory vaccine,” 9News reported. Adelaide in the state of South Australia and the Gold Coast in the state of Queensland also saw the start of anti mandatory vaccination demonstrations on Sunday.Meanwhile on Saturday, massive anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown protests took place in Melbourne, in the state of Victoria, and Darwin, in Australia’s Northern Territory, where protests got violent and seven people were arrested.People could be heard chanting phrases like “free Victoria” and “sack Dan Andrews” in Melbourne as they marched towards the Parliament House to rally against mandatory vaccination and a proposed COVID-19 pandemic bill, which would see COVID-19 rules remain in action…

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“Aus hitting momentum”

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: David Warner believes that Australia has found their winning momentum at just the right time after his unbeaten 89 helped them defeat the West Indies in the final Super 12 match of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.Warner’s blistering knock came from just 56 balls and together with Mitchell Marsh, 53 off 32, he put on 123 for the third wicket as Australia cruised home by eight wickets in pursuit of 158. Along with England, Australia is the other team to have qualified for the semi-finals from Group 1. “I think, all in all, I think we are hitting the momentum in the right stage of this tournament. It’s just another game of cricket. We don’t feel pressure at all. At the end of the day they [Pakistan] are playing well. We are playing well. And yeah, the best…

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T20 WC: Australia beat WI

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Australia demolished West Indies in their final Super 12 match in Group 1 of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Saturday.With this 8-wicket win, Aussies are now in a good position to make the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 semi-final. David Warner and Mitchell Marsh played the innings of 89* and 53 respectively as Australia chased the target of 158 in 16.2 overs. The two-time men’s T20 World Cup winners, West Indies racked up an impressive 157/7 first up on the back of their top-of-the-order batters. And in reply, Australia never looked uncomfortable in chasing it down, as they gathered two points with 22 balls to spare.Opener David Warner was in fine form, as he brought up a half-century to keep Australia well on track in their chase. With some help from…

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T20: Australia beats Bangladesh

Dubai [UAE]: Adam Zampa starred with the bowl as Australia defeated Bangladesh by eight wickets in their Group 1 encounter of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.The Australian pacer scalped five wickets by giving just 19 runs in his entire spell, which is the best figure in the tournament so far, while Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood took two wickets each. Chasing 73, the fiery opening by Aaron Finch and David Warner made things even simpler. By the end of 4 overs, Australia was 40/0.Bangladesh finally got a sigh of relief after Taskin Ahmed bowled Finch in the 5th over and it was followed by Shoriful Islam removing Warner in the 6th over.The carnage done by the opening duo proved to be fatal for Bangladesh as Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh ended the match in…

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Australian PM extends Diwali greetings to India

Canberra [Australia]: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday extended his wishes to India on the holy festival of Diwali.“On the darkest night of the month, we hold in our hearts the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. It is the moment when we turn the corner and begin to see the lights ahead of us, guiding us forward. We have been through dark times in these last two years,” the Prime Minister said in a statement. “We celebrate Diwali as we draw ever closer to the light at the end of our COVID-19 tunnel. That means all the things we have had to forsake – welcoming, gathering, celebration and ceremony – will again be possible,” Morrison added.“We look forward with joy and hope to know that our Diwali celebrations will take place again. Over recent years, I…

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Pakistani Foreign Minister, Australian counterpart discuss bilateral ties, Afghanistan

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday held a phone conversation with his Australian counterpart Marise Payne and discussed several issues including Afghanistan and regional cooperation.The Pakistani foreign ministry statement said that Qureshi reaffirmed Pakistan’s strong desire and commitment to consolidate and further enhance cooperation with Australia in diverse fields, Xinhua news agency reported. Qureshi also highlighted Pakistan’s constructive role in support of efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan.He underscored the importance of inclusion, continued engagement of the international community with Afghanistan, and urgent coordinated steps for mobilization of much-needed humanitarian and economic assistance for Afghanistan, the statement added.The two ministers expressed satisfaction with the current level of engagement. They also agreed on further enhancing high-level interactions, according to the Pakistani foreign ministry.

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Australia adds Covaxin to list of ‘recognised’ COVID-19 vaccines

Canberra [Australia] : Australian government on Monday gave recognition to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin COVID-19 vaccine for the purpose of establishing a traveller’s vaccination status in the country.“Today, the Therapeutic Goods Administration determined that Covaxin (manufactured by BharatBiotech) vaccine would be ‘recognised’ for the purpose of establishing a traveller’s vaccination status,” Australia’s High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell informed in a tweet. “Importantly, recognition of Covaxin, along with the previously announced recognition of Covishield (manufactured by AstraZeneca India, means many citizens, as well as other countries, will now be considered fully vaccinated on entry to Australia,” the High Commissioner added in the tweet.COVID-19 vaccines are approved for use in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) after an assessment and approval process. “In recent weeks, the TGA has obtained additional information demonstrating these vaccines provide protection and potentially reduce the likelihood that an incoming traveller…

Health & Lifestyle Travel

Australia To Allow Quarantine-Free Travel For Travellers From Singapore

Australia will let fully-vaccinated travellers coming from Singapore to enter the states of New South Wales and Victoria without having to quarantine from Nov. 21. The move follows Singapore announcing on Oct. 26 that it would allow quarantine-free entry for visitors arriving from Australia as well as Switzerland from Nov. 8, adding to a list of about 10 countries with which it has so-called vaccinated travel lanes.  “Singapore is the second country after New Zealand that Australia is opening up to,” Singapore Transport Minister S. Iswaran wrote on Facebook. “This is a significant move. Families and loved ones can reunite, students can resume their studies, and businesspeople and tourists can once again travel.” Thailand’s Big Reopening Set to Test Pandemic-Era Tourism Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan also wrote about the Australian plan on his Facebook account, saying it was particularly good news for Singaporean students…

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Long way to go, not thinking about winning T20 WC right now: Adil Rashid

Dubai [UAE]: Jos Buttler’s power-hitting might have been the highlight of England’s thumping win over Australia but the balance of the bowling attack has been the most consistent element of their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaign so far.Leading the way is Adil Rashid, second only to Chris Jordan for T20 international wickets for England, who even took the new ball in the win over the Aussies. That was a statement victory, with England now three from three and within touching distance of the semi-finals, and while the team is not getting carried, Rashid explained that the bowling attack has been feeding off one another so far in this tournament ahead of Monday’s clash with Sri Lanka.“Whether we win by one run or win by 100 runs, we do the same thing with the same mindset. We come again. We don’t look too far…

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Australia Reopens To Fully Vaccinated Tourists From New Zealand

Australia has further loosened its tight border controls, with fully vaccinated tourists arriving from New Zealand permitted to fly there without quarantining starting from late Sunday evening. Quarantine-free travel will initially be limited to those arriving in New South Wales and Victoria, the two jurisdictions that have scrapped the isolation requirement for vaccinated international travellers.  “Australia’s rapidly increasing vaccination coverage has put us in good stead to take the next steps in reopening our borders to the world,” Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said in a statement. Easing restrictions for one of its closest neighbours is expected be a major boost for Australia’s tourism sector after strict travel bans were introduced 19 months ago to stem the spread of Covid-19. “The resumption of quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia is another important marker on our road to recovery,” Tourism Minister Dan Tehan said…

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T20 WC: Adapting to conditions was a challenge and England did it, says Morgan

Dubai [UAE]: England captain Eoin Morgan said that the team has adapted to the conditions accordingly in UAE after they thumped arch-rivals Australia by eight wickets in their Super 12 game at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup on Saturday.England made a statement of intent at the expense of Australia, as they completed a thrashing to remain unbeaten in the Super 12 stage of the World Cup. Jos Buttler led the carnage with the bat, smashing the Australian bowlers to all corners en route his 71* off just 32 balls, as England chased down 126 with eight wickets and 8.2 overs remaining.“Obviously we got off to a good start in the first two games of the tournament and the challenge first is always adapting to the conditions away from home and we did that really in the first two games and then again today,…

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T20 WC: Everyone was talking about my form but I wasn’t worried, says Warner

Dubai [UAE]: Australia opener David Warner has said he wasn’t worried about his lean patch despite everyone talking about his form in the last few days.David Warner and Aaron Finch set the tone with a 70-run opening stand as Australia chased down a target of 155 against Sri Lanka on Thursday. Warner was going through a lean patch but the batter made sure he smashed his fifty right when Australia needed him the most.“I had to start fresh. Everyone was talking about my form but I reiterated that it’s not the thing I’m worried about, it’s about going out there and starting well. Finchy started well, we gelled well out there and applied pressure to the bowlers,” said Warner in the post-match press conference as per ICC.“It’s the world of sport, when you ride the highs, you’ve got to ride the lows and you…

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T20 WC : Warner finds form with crucial fifty as Australia beat Sri Lanka

David Warner smashed his first half-century in the ongoing T20 World as Australia defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the Super 12 match of Group 1 on Thursday. Dubai [UAE] : Warner hit 65 off 42 balls while skipper Aaron Finch and Steve Smith scored 37 and 28 runs respectively as Australia got home. Warner was going through a lean patch but the batter made sure he smashed his fifty right when Australia needed him the most.Chasing 155, Finch and Warner put on the biggest powerplay score (63) of the ongoing T20 World Cup as Australia got off to a flying start.Wanindu Hasaranga gave Sri Lanka a much-needed breakthrough as he dismissed Finch in the seventh over. Minutes later, Glenn Maxwell also departed leaving Australia at 80/2.Warner scored his fifty and took Australia near to the win but perished in the 15th over.…

International

Macron expects Australia to propose steps to review relations after diplomatic crisis

Paris [France] : In the phone conversation with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, French President Emmanuel Macron called on Canberra to propose some specific actions to reshape the bilateral relations after the termination of the submarine contract, the Elysee Palace said on Thursday.This was Macron’s first conversation with the Australian prime minister since the diplomatic crisis sparked by Australia’s decision to cancel the multi-billion diesel-electric submarine deal in the wake of AUKUS alliance formation. “The president of the republic recalled that Australia’s unilateral decision to reduce the French-Australian strategic partnership by withdrawing from the submarine program in favour of another project, which is yet to be clarified, damaged the trust-based relations between our two countries … Now the Australian government must propose some specific actions that would embody the will of the Australian authorities to review the basis of our bilateral relations and continue…

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Australia sets 2050 net-zero emissions target ahead of COP26

Brisbane [Australia]: Australia on Tuesday set 2050 net-zero emissions target in the run-up to the UN Climate Conference, COP26, starting in Glasgow at the end of this week.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australians wanted a strategy that “does the right thing on climate change and secures their future in a changing world”, reported Bangkok Post. However, coal-rich Australia shied away from setting more ambitious goals ahead of a landmark UN climate summit.Widely seen as a climate laggard, Australia is one of the world’s largest coal and gas exporters and its conservative government has resisted climate action for most of its eight-year term, reported Bangkok Post.Morrison refused to strengthen 2030 emissions reduction targets seen as crucial for meaningful climate change action while vowing to work to keep mines operating for as long as possible.“We want our heavy industries, like mining, to stay open, remain competitive…

Corona Updates

Australia launches ‘spread freedom’ COVID-19 vaccination push amid battle against 3rd wave

Canberra [Australia]: The Australian government has launched the next phase of its coronavirus vaccination campaign as the country continues to battle the third wave of COVID-19 infections.Health Minister Greg Hunt Sunday debuted the government’s new vaccine advertising campaign. Dubbed “spread freedom,” the campaign emphasizes the benefits of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 such as the freedom to travel interstate and overseas, reminding people that with increasing vaccinations they are able to return to a more normal and free life.As of Saturday, 86.6 per cent of Australians had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 73.1 percent were fully inoculated.Lieutenant General John Frewen, the COVID-19 Taskforce commander, said Australia was on track to become one of the most vaccinated countries in the world.“We’ve now got enough vaccines distributed around the country to double dose all Australians who want to get vaccinated,” he told reporters in…

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T20 WC: Australia defeats South Africa in nail biting thriller

Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis played a knock of 24 runs as his side defeats South Africa by five wickets in a nail-biting thriller match here at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Abu Dhabi [UAE] : Both the teams played the first Super 12s match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Chasing 119, Australia started off at a low pace with skipper Aaron Finch being sent back by Anrich Nortje without scoring a single run. Following Finch, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh also lost their wickets and by the end of the 7.5 overs, Australia was 38/3.Steve Smith played an innings of 35 runs in 34 balls and kept the hopes for his side alive. But at the end of the 15.2 overs, Smith and Glenn Maxwell were also sent back, leaving the team’s total…

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Australia batsman Pucovski ‘pretty positive’ about his return

Melbourne [Australia] : Victoria coach Chris Rogers on Thursday said Australia opening batter Will Pucovski is “pretty positive” about his return on the field following his latest concussion.Last week, Pucovski received a knock to his head and is recovering from concussion symptoms. The 23-year-old has suffered from nine concussions and was currently managing his recovery in consultation with Cricket Victoria’s medical staff. Rogers remained optimistic about Pucovski’s recovery and the batter is doing “alright”.“He sees specialists so they’ll be talking to him about that and obviously, that’s got to play a role at some stage but at the moment, he’s still keen to continue on,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Rogers as saying.“He’s been through this before, he knows what it’s like. He’s a pretty resilient guy now. If you go through this many setbacks you’ve got to have something about you. He’s going alright. Yesterday when…

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T20 WC: India defeat Australia in warm-up, Ashwin, Rahul and Rohit standout performers

Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma were the standout performers as India defeated Australia by eight wickets in the warm-up match of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the ICC Academy Ground on Wednesday. Dubai [UAE] : hile Ashwin took two wickets, Rahul and Rohit played knocks of 39 and 60 respectively as India chased down the target of 153 quite comfortably. Suryakumar Yadav also chipped in with an innings of 38 runs. Chasing 153, India got off to a steady start as openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma put together 42 runs inside the first six overs. Both batters stitched together an opening stand of 68 runs and it finally ended in the 10th over as Ashton Agar had Rahul (39) caught at the hands of David Warner.Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav did not let the asking rate creep up,…

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T20 WC: Ashwin, Rahul and Rohit standout performers as India defeat Australia in warm-up

Dubai [UAE]: Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma were the standout performers as India defeated Australia by eight wickets in the warm-up match of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the ICC Academy Ground on Wednesday.While Ashwin took two wickets, Rahul and Rohit played knocks of 39 and 60 respectively as India chased down the target of 153 quite comfortably. Suryakumar Yadav also chipped in with an innings of 38 runs. Chasing 153, India got off to a steady start as openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma put together 42 runs inside the first six overs. Both batters stitched together an opening stand of 68 runs and it finally ended in the 10th over as Ashton Agar had Rahul (39) caught at the hands of David Warner.Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav did not let the asking rate creep up, and the…

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Australia orders two more COVID-19 treatments amid battle against 3rd wave

Canberra [Australia]: The Australian government has secured access to two new COVID-19 treatments as the country continues to battle the third wave of infections.Health Minister Greg Hunt on Sunday announced the government has purchased 15,000 doses of the antibody-based therapy, Ronapreve, which can be administered intravenously for COVID-19 patients in a health care facility and is expected to be targeted for use in unvaccinated people who are at risk of developing severe disease. If approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Ronapreve will be available to Australian patients by the end of October.Clinical trials have shown it can reduce the likelihood of hospitalization and death among COVID-19 patients by up to 70 per cent, according to the media release on Sunday.The government has also secured access to 500,000 treatment courses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 oral antiviral drug, to be used in combination with the protease…

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Australia orders two more COVID-19 treatments amid battle against 3rd wave

The Australian government has secured access to two new COVID-19 treatments as the country continues to battle the third wave of infections. Canberra [Australia] : Health Minister Greg Hunt on Sunday announced the government has purchased 15,000 doses of the antibody-based therapy, Ronapreve, which can be administered intravenously for COVID-19 patients in a health care facility and is expected to be targeted for use in unvaccinated people who are at risk of developing severe disease. If approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Ronapreve will be available to Australian patients by the end of October.Clinical trials have shown it can reduce the likelihood of hospitalization and death among COVID-19 patients by up to 70 per cent, according to the media release on Sunday.The government has also secured access to 500,000 treatment courses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 oral antiviral drug, to be used in combination with…

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Australia’s COVID-19 cases smash daily record

Sydney [Australia]: Australia has recorded its highest ever daily increase of COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with a spike of almost 2,750 new cases in three separate outbreaks. The outbreaks, in the states of Victoria, New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), are part of the third wave of the pandemic that first hit the nation in early 2020.Victoria is battling by far the largest, reporting 2,297 local cases and 11 deaths throughout Wednesday. The surge of over 40 per cent compared with the previous day is putting the state’s health system under unprecedented pressure with 705 COVID-19 patients in hospitals on Wednesday, including 146 in intensive care, of whom 92 were on ventilators. The quickly escalating numbers are also presumably throwing the state government’s plans to partially reopen the economy into question. Stuck in its sixth lockdown since the pandemic struck…

Cricket

T20 WC : India to square off against England, Australia in warm-up fixtures

A total of 16 warm-up matches will be played between participant teams of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 – a precursor to a tournament. Dubai [UAE], October 12 : It is pertinent to note that all of the matches in Abu Dhabi and Dubai will take place behind closed doors – no spectators will be allowed attendance. India will square off against England on October 18 in Dubai and against Australia on October 20 in Dubai.Apart from facing India, England will also square off against New Zealand in the warm-ups. While Australia will also take on New Zealand in the other warm-up fixture.Pakistan will square off against West Indies and South Africa in their warm-up matches.Those keen on closely studying players will be delighted to know eight of the 16 warm-up matches will be broadcast on Star, with highlights for these matches…

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Ashes : England name full-strength squad to be led by Root

England men’s head coach Chris Silverwood on Sunday named a 17-player squad for the Ashes tour of Australia starting in November. London [UK], October 10 : England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said all 17 players have been capped at Test level and are the strongest available squad selected by Silverwood. Ten of the 17 will be touring Australia in an Ashes series for the first time, including vice-captain Jos Buttler. “Durham’s Ben Stokes was not available for selection and continues to take an indefinite break from all cricket to prioritise his mental wellbeing and rehabilitation from his injured left index finger,” ECB said in a statement.ECB said Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran was not considered for selection after a second scan has confirmed that he has a stress fracture in his lower back. More detail regarding his management and likely return will follow after…

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T20 WC : Winner to get USD 1.6 million, confirms ICC

The winners of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will take home a winners’ cheque of USD 1.6 million while the runners-up will get half that amount, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Sunday. Dubai [UAE], October 10 : All 16 competing teams will receive part of the USD 5.6 million allocated as prize money for the tournament, which will be played in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14. “The two losing semi-finalists will receive USD 400,000 each from the games taking place on November 10 and 11,” the ICC said in its official release.As in 2016, there will be a bonus amount for every match that teams win in the Super 12 stage. The victors in each of the 30 games in that phase will this time win USD 40,000, a total pot of USD…

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Expecting really tough challenge from India in T20I series, says Lanning

Queensland [Australia]: Australia skipper Meg Lanning on Wednesday said that she is expecting opponents India to give a really tough challenge in the upcoming T20I series, beginning Thursday.Currently, Australia leads the multi-format series 6-4 and India would be required to win all the three T20Is in order to register a victory in the series. “India has players who can take you down and also really good depth in their squad. We were expecting a really tough challenge from them and we’ve certainly got that. It’s a good test for our group. Everyone found the last week of the Test a challenge in different ways. It’s a format we don’t play a lot and have experience in different situations,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Lanning as saying.“You have so many unknowns and aren’t really sure how to approach situations if you haven’t been there before. Now coming into…

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Incredible experience representing India in pink-ball Test, says Smriti Mandhana

India opening batter Smriti Mandhana on Monday said that it was an incredible experience for her to represent the country in the pink-ball Test against Australia. Queensland [Australia], October 4 : “An incredible experience representing India in the Pink Ball Test. Brilliant performance by the entire team. Extremely proud and grateful for the love and support. What a match this has been,” tweeted Mandhana. Australia and India settled for a draw as the time ran out on the final day in Carrara on Sunday. Both teams earned two points each, meaning Australia leads the multi-format series with 6 points heading into the three T20Is, while India is on 4.Chasing 272 runs in the final session of the final day, Australia negotiated a draw despite losing two early wickets. India held command in the majority of the Test but that wasn’t enough to force a…

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Aussie state records deadliest day of COVID-19 cases

Australia’s state of New South Wales (NSW) announced on Friday that non-urgent elective surgery will recommence at private facilities while the state recorded a second deadliest day for COVID cases this week. Sydney [Australia], October 1 : The state health authorities announced that from October 5, private facilities will be able to perform day surgeries. Emergency surgery and urgent elective surgery will continue to be performed in public hospitals, and surgery restrictions will only be in place as long as necessary. The state government is providing 30 million Australian dollars (about 21.6 million US dollars) to support private hospitals to undertake additional elective surgery to ensure that patients who have their elective surgery postponed will be scheduled for surgery as soon as possible.The decision came as the state reported 864 locally acquired cases and 15 deaths in the 24 hours to 8:00 p.m. local…

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Covishield approved by Australia for international arrivals

Australia on Thursday approved India-made Covishield for travelling into the country. Canberra [Australia], October 1 : The Therapeutic Goods Administration has advised that the China-made Sinovac and the India-made Covishield vaccines would be considered “recognised vaccines” when determining whether an incoming international traveller has been appropriately vaccinated, said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in an online briefing with the Indian media. The recognition of the vaccines will remove a significant barrier for international students seeking to study in Australia.Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and the Janssen vaccine are already recognised in Australia.Australian PM Morrison on Friday announced the reopening of international travel and easing of border restrictions.Morrison said that the international border will reopen next month for states that have reached 80 per cent vaccination rates, starting with New South Wales, reported ABC News.Fully vaccinated Australians and permanent residents arriving in NSW will be able to…

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US gives tentative approval for Australia to buy EA-18G Growler aircraft

Washington [US]: The US government has given its tentative approval for Australia to purchase a single EA-18G Growler aircraft with engineering and maintenance services costing $125 million, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced.“The State Department has made a determination approving a possible foreign military sale to the Government of Australia of EA-18G Growler aircraft, related defence services and related equipment for an estimated cost of $125 million,” the DSCA said in a statement on Thursday. The agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of the possible sale on Thursday, the statement said.“The Government of Australia has requested to buy a United States Navy (USN) EA-18G aircraft. The USN EA-18G aircraft will then be modified into a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) EA-18G aircraft configuration. The sale would include one EA-18G Growler aircraft,” the statement added.The total estimated value is $125 million and the…

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Australian PM Morrison announces reopening of international travel, easing border restrictions

Canberra [Australia]: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday announced the reopening of international travel and easing of border restrictions.Morrison said that the international border will reopen next month for states that have reached 80 per cent vaccination rates, starting with New South Wales, reported ABC News. Fully vaccinated Australians and permanent residents arriving in NSW will be able to home quarantine for a week, instead of paying thousands to quarantine at a hotel for a fortnight, pending the success of the state’s home quarantine trial.Commercial flights out of Australia will resume for vaccinated Australians.On March 20 last year Australia introduced some of the world’s toughest border restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Strict restrictions were imposed by Australia from travelling overseas without permission for 18-months.Morrison said the government would consider quarantine-free travel between some countries, such as New Zealand, “when it is…

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Tim Paine insists that Ashes is happening ‘whether Joe Root is here or not’

Canberra [Australia]: Australia Test captain Tim Paine is adamant that the Ashes will go ahead even if England skipper Joe Root won’t be part of tour amid ongoing uncertainty about the level of restrictions the tourists may face.Cricket Australia is still negotiating with the federal government and England and Wales Cricket Board over the exact nature of travel conditions and whether players families will be able to come. Notably, earlier this week Root couldn’t confirm whether he would travel to Australia or not. But on Friday morning, Paine insisted that the five-Test series would happen.“There’ll be a squad of England players coming here and the First Test will be starting on December 8,” Paine told radio station SEN Hobart as per Fox Cricket.“The Ashes are going ahead. The First Test is on December 8th – whether Joe is here or not. They all want…

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EU-Australia trade talks postponed amid submarine deal fallout

Canberra [Australia]: Australia-EU free trade talks have been postponed on Friday amid Canberra’s decision to cancel a major French submarine contract.Australia’s Minister for Trade Dan Tehan said that talks with the European Union over a trade deal have been postponed, as a row over Canberra’s decision to cancel a USD 40-billion deal with France escalates, reported The Globe and Mail. Australia last month cancelled a deal with France’s Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines and will instead build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with US and British technology after striking a trilateral security partnership AUKUS with those two countries.The cancellation has angered France, which accused both Australia and the United States of stabbing it in the back. Paris recalled its ambassadors from Canberra and Washington, reported The Globe and Mail.In solidarity with France, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has…

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India, Australia to sign comprehensive Free Trade agreement by 2022

New Delhi [India]: India and Australia will sign a comprehensive Free Trade agreement by the end of 2022 and an early harvest trade deal by Christmas later this year.“We (Indian and Australia) have agreed to make sure that we will conclude the Free Trade Agreement between Australia and India by the end of 2022 and an early harvest trade deal by Christmas this year,” Dan Tehan, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment said on Thursday. “Before the final Free Trade Agreement, India and Australia will come with an Interim agreement by December 2021. It will be in compliance with WTO rules. We have started discussing issues of logistics, country of origin etc. We will exchange offer on the trade deal by end of October,” he said further.The announcement was made at a joint media briefing with Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and…

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India going through remarkable transformation of its economy, says Australian PM

Canberra [Australia]: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday said that India is going through a remarkable transformation of its economy while talking about the partnership between the two countries on new energy economy.While speaking during an online briefing with Indian media, he said, “The ability to take up technology at a scale that is commercial is the key to successfully transitioning to the new energy economy. And India understands that. And India is going through a remarkable transformation of its own economy and looking to actually transition its own energy economy into the future.” Recently, in the first in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit, both Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Morrison agreed on a number of initiatives, including the agreement to go forward with a low emissions technology partnership.Australia’s approach to the new energy economy is transitioning to net zero over the next 30 years.…

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India going through a remarkable transformation of its economy, says Australian PM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday said that India is going through a remarkable transformation of its economy while talking about the partnership between the two countries on new energy economy. Canberra [Australia], September 30 : While speaking during an online briefing with Indian media, he said, “The ability to take up technology at a scale that is commercial is the key to successfully transitioning to the new energy economy. And India understands that. And India is going through a remarkable transformation of its own economy and looking to actually transition its own energy economy into the future.” Recently, in the first in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit, both Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Morrison agreed on a number of initiatives, including the agreement to go forward with a low emissions technology partnership.Australia’s approach to the new energy economy is transitioning to net zero over…

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Australia reports record-high COVID-19 cases amid battle against 3rd wave

Australia reported a new record number of coronavirus cases on Thursday when the country continues to battle the third wave of COVID-19 infections. Canberra [Australia], September 30 : There were more than 2,400 new locally-acquired infections reported nationwide on Thursday morning, the figure of which surpassing 2,000 in a single day for just the second time. New South Wales (NSW), Australia’s most populous state with Sydney as the capital city, reported 941 new local cases and six deaths.Victoria, the second-most populous state with Melbourne as the capital city, reported a further 1,438 new local cases and five deaths.The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) reported 31 new cases on Thursday, at least 17 of which were infectious in the community ahead of some lockdown restrictions easing.From Friday Canberrans will be allowed to gather outdoors in groups of five for up to four hours, the ACT’s national…

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India-Australia undertakes 4th iteration of biennial maritime series ‘AUSINDEX’

India and Australia on Thursday participated in the fourth iteration of the biennial maritime series ‘AUSINDEX’. New Delhi [India] September 30 : Chief of Navy Australia Michael Noonan, in a tweet, called the maritime exercise a vital opportunity to showcase Australia’s ability to conduct high-end maritime warfare training with India and showcase a range of ‘AusNavy’ maritime capabilities. The fourth iteration of the biennial maritime series #AUSINDEX took place with @indiannavy. It was a vital opportunity to showcase #OurPeople’s ability to conduct high-end maritime warfare training with our Flag of India counterparts & showcase a range of #AusNavy maritime capabilities,” Chief of Navy Australia said in a tweet.Commenced in 2015 as a bilateral maritime exercise, AUSINDEX has grown in complexity over the years and the 3rd edition of the exercise, held in 2019 in the Bay of Bengal, included anti-submarine drills for the first…

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India, Australia sign terms of reference for conduct of navy to navy talks

New Delhi [India]: Indian and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) on Wednesday signed a ‘Terms of Reference for the conduct of Navy-to-Navy (N2N) talks between the two countries.This comes in the light of the “Joint Guidance for the India-Australia Navy to Navy Relationship” document signed by the Chiefs of the two navies on August 18 this year. An official release stated the signing of the ‘Terms of Reference’ ceremony was held virtually between Rear Admiral Jaswinder Singh, ACNS (FCI), Indian Navy (IN) and Rear Admiral Christopher Smith, DCNS, RAN.The “Joint Guidance” document sets the Navy to Navy (N2N) Talks as the “Principal” medium for guiding the bilateral relationship. The bilateral defence relations between India and Australia have strengthened over the years.The release stated said that ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’, Mutual Logistics Support Agreement, the conduct of trilateral Maritime Security Workshop and RAN participation in Exercise…

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Aus W vs Ind W, 2nd ODI: Smriti Mandhana hits fluent 86 as visitors post 274/7

Mackay [Australia]: Buoyed by Smriti Mandhana’s 94-ball 86 and a quickfire 28 by Jhulan Goswami, India managed to score a challenging 274/7 in their 50 overs against Australia in the second ODI of the three-match series at the Ray Mitchell Oval, Harrup Park, on Friday.Mandhana showed class at the top as she looked all set to reach the three-figure mark. While the opener fell short by 14 runs, a 50-ball 44 by Richa Ghosh and a late flourish from Jhulan and Pooja Vastrakar (29 off 37 balls) helped India reach a total they will look to defend with confidence. Earlier, Australia skipper Meg Lanning won the toss and elected to field. India openers Mandhana and Shafali Verma got off to a quality start as they put on 68/0 in the first 10 overs. While Shafali is known to be the aggressor, it was Mandhana…

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Once it reopens for foreign tourists, India to tap markets of Europe, America, Australia, Japan, Korea

New Delhi [India]: As Covid cases show continuous downtrend, India is all set to open the country for foreign tourists after a gap of 1.5 years, ANI has learnt. Officials of the Tourism Ministry and Home Affairs had met on this matter and it is likely that tourist visa will be restored soon.The Ministry of Finance has announced already to give free tourist visas to the first 5 lakh tourists who will be visiting India subsequent to the restoration of the tourist visa. India is expecting slow arrival of tourists keeping in view post Covid scenario. According to an internal assessment done by the Ministry of Tourism it is likely that till March next year the country would be able to get 5 lakh tourists if all goes well.To get the tourism industry back on track and fill coffers with foreign exchange, India is…

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Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination to hit milestone with half of adults fully vaccinated

Canberra [Australia]: Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is about to hit a milestone with half of the adult population fully inoculated.According to data released by the Department of Health, 74.1 per cent of Australians aged 16 and older have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 49.3 per cent are fully vaccinated. “We’re now round about 75 per cent first dose and 50 per cent second dose,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a press conference from Washington at local time Thursday afternoon.“It’s going to make a big difference as we continue to surge towards those necessary targets of 70 and 80 per cent, that will open Australia up.”On Friday morning, Australia reported more than 1,700 new locally-acquired COVID-19 infections as the country continues to battle the third wave of infections.New South Wales (NSW), Australia’s most populous state with Sydney as the capital city,…

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Jaishankar meets counterparts from Korea, Italy, Australia on UNGA sidelines

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday held meetings with his counterparts from Korea, Italy and Australia on the sidelines of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly. New York [US], September 22 : Jaishankar met his South Korean counterpart Chung Eui-Yong and had wide-ranging conversations on different aspects of the bilateral relationships, including Southern Policy and India’s Act East Policy. “Pleased to meet FM Chung Eui-Yong of the Republic of Korea. A wide-ranging conversation on different aspects of our relationship. RoK’s New Southern Policy and India’s Act East Policy have strengthened our convergence in the Indo-Pacific,” tweeted Jaishankar. While interacting with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio, he discussed challenges related to vaccine accessibility and smooth travel.Foreign Minister of Italy Luigi Di Maio is the current G20 chair.“Discussed challenges related to vaccine accessibility and smooth travel. Look forward to joining him…

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Biden calls Australia most reliable ally of US

New York [US]: US President Joe Biden on Tuesday (local time) called Australia the most reliable ally of the United States and said that the partnership will advance on the vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific.The United States has no closer or more reliable ally than Australia. Our nations have stood together for a long, long time. And you can — we can rely on one another, and that’s really a reassuring thing, said Biden before a bilateral meeting, read a White House release. Earlier, Biden met Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York City.“We are grateful that our partnership has accomplished what we’ve accomplished together over 70 years,” added the statement.The United States and Australia are working in lockstep on the challenges that I laid out today in my speech to the…

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Quad and AUKUS not similar, Australia won’t have any nuclear weapons: Harsh Vardhan Shringla

The Quad and Australia, the UK and the US (AUKUS) are not similar groupings and Australia would not have any nuclear weapons through its fresh grouping with the US and UK, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla confirmed on Tuesday. New Delhi [India], September 21 : During a press conference in the national capital, Shringla said that Quad is designed to cater to the requirements of the Indo-Pacific while AUKUS is a security alliance between three countries. “AUKUS is not relevant to Quad and will have no impact on Quad functioning,” he added.Shringla also stressed that Australia has clarified that they are working on a nuclear-propelled submarine. “But it would not have any nuclear weapons, as such will not be in contravention with any of Australia’s international commitments with regard to the issue of nuclear proliferation,” he clarified.He said, “Essentially, the Quad will deal with…

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AUS W v IND W, 1st ODI: Brown and Haynes star as hosts register nine-wicket win

Darcie Brown’s four-wicket haul and a 126-run opening stand between Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes helped Australia thrash India by nine wickets in the first ODI here at the Harrup Park in Mackay on Tuesday. Mackay [Australia], September 21 : With this win, Australia has not only taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series but also Meg Lanning’s side has extended its unbeaten run in ODIs to 25 matches. Chasing 226, Australia got off to a solid start as opening batters Haynes and Healy put on 52 runs inside the first ten overs. The duo brought up a 100-run opening stand in just the 18th over of the innings with Healy being the more attacking of the two.India finally got the breakthrough in the 22nd over as Poonam Yadav dismissed Healy (77) and this brought an end to a 126-run opening stand between…

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Australia regrets French decision to recall envoy after submarine deal with US, UK

Canberra [Australia] (ANI/Sputnik): Australia regrets the French decision to recall its ambassador from the country over Canberra’s withdrawal from the deal with Naval Group on submarines’ supplies, a spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said on Saturday. On late Friday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced the recall of the country’s ambassadors to the United States and Australia to Paris for consultations due to Canberra’s termination of the submarines contract.“We note with regret France’s decision to recall its Ambassador to Australia for consultations following the decision on the Attack Class [submarine] project,” the spokeswoman told The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper. According to the spokeswoman, Australia values its relations with France and views it as a key nation in ensuring stability in the Indo-Pacific region. “We look forward to engaging with France again on our many issues of shared interest, based…

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US, Australia concerned over China’s expansive maritime claims

Washington [US]: The US and Australia expressed concerns regarding China’s expansive maritime claims in the South China Sea and called on Beijing to implement relevant domestic legislation, including the Maritime Traffic Safety Law, in a manner consistent with UNCLOS. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin hosted Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Peter Dutton on September 16 in Washington for the 31st Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN 2021).The two countries called on China to grant urgent, meaningful, and unfettered access to Xinjiang for independent international observers, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, according to a joint statement following the talks. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), also called the Law of the Sea Convention or the Law of the Sea Treaty, is an international…