letter to morrison and modi
News

Morrisson-Modi telephonic conversation shaping Indo-Oz ties amid Covid-19 crisis

A few days back, there was a wave of despair and depression among all the International students when Australian Prime Minister considering the current health situation gave the statement, where he said- visitor visa holders and International Students who are unable to support themselves due to the corona virus crisis can return to their home countries as their main focus will be on their own citizens and residents (source: News.com.au). This led to an outrageous reaction of the public as this was all unexpected from the government.

Today, Hon’ble Prime Ministers of India and Australia Shri Narendra Modi and Scott Morrisson had a telephonic conversation to discuss the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the strategies both the governments are adopting for the safety of their countries. As we know, in the counting of International Students, most of the space is constituted by the Indian students.

All in all, both the nations decided to stand together amid this crisis and agreed to share the bilateral experience. Indian Prime Minister stated that their government will provide necessary facilitation and support to all the Australian citizens stuck in India due to travel restrictions. (Source: PIB)

On similar grounds, Australian Prime Minister assured that the Indian community, including Indian international students would be considered as a significant part of the Australian community.  The two leaders agreed to remain attentive to the wider significance of the India-Australia partnership, including in the Indo-Pacific region, even as they focus on solving the present health crisis, the statement said.

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AISECS sent a much-required letter to the telecom minister & service providers

AISECS (Australian Indian Sports educational and cultural society) requested Telecom Minister to help the international student community in Australia by providing a much needed discount for calling and internet services for the next 3-6 months. Most international students are self-funded and rely on casual jobs to take care of their living expenses which include their telephone bills.

As you are well aware, the COVID-19 outbreak has led to a lockdown and subsequent job loss for a lot of Australian residents. However, International students are the most affected during these times as they do not receive any financial assistance from CentreLink.

Official letter to Telecom Minister here –  DiscountedServices_for_International_students

Letter to Telecom service providers – To_TelecomProviders_CEO

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for lease
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Struggle to Pay the rent

Rent or No Rent?

In light of recent events, laws and regulations are being made like never before. COVID-19 has taken the world by a storm and disrupted livelihoods greatly. Unemployment and closed workplaces has caused great financial struggle for many. Rent is a major concern for tenants facing financial adversity. Scott Morrison’s government has taken the wise and applaudable action to put a 6 month moratorium (ban) on evictions for residential and commercial tenants. This means that landlords cannot evict tenants for at least 6 months, therefore they are not to fear homelessness during this pandemic.

A fair and logical agreement is to be made between landlords and tenants during the period of this crisis. Tenants need to emphasize their need for rent reductions and landlords must show compassion and make reductions or not charge at all.  Landlords are also being assisted by the government as they take this initiative, something tenants can bring up while having the talk. With mortgage payments at an extreme low of 0.25% interest, financial strain is greatly eased. If it is still not manageable, pausing repayments for up to 6 months from Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Westpac or ANZ is a viable option.

Further rules are yet to be passed by the government in the coming days with stricter guidelines. This is great planning to keep landlords afloat and keep domestic and international tenants under a roof. It is a commendable step taken by the government amid the pandemic adversities.

Sources:

Real Estate

SBS

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Request to universities in Australia
Education

Request to universities in Australia to support International students

Amid the current COVID-19 situation which has impacted the international students, AISECS sent a letter to the universities  in Australia as a request to help and support for the students who are away from their families and going through tough times here.

Many of the international students have lost their jobs due to the closing of businesses and because of lockdown, it’s not easy for them to pay the fees, their rentals, and mobile/internet bills.

Education changes the world and while decision-makers always do best to keep up, we advise all the pros and cons should be measured properly so that our students feel safe and secure in our country

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Sports

Kohli and Shastri receives honour in Sydney Cricket Ground

Indian cricket team’s captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri have been granted honorary membership to the Sydney Cricket Ground.
This honour has been granted to only two other international cricketers in the past. Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and West Indies great Brian Lara are the honorary members of SCG.

“The SCG congratulates Team India for securing its first Test series win on Australian soil,” said SCG Chairman Tony Shepherd in a statement.

“It is wonderful to see the world’s largest cricketing nation putting its focus firmly on Test cricket – a step that will reinforce the pre-eminence of Tests in the global cricketing landscape.

“Virat and Ravi have been at the forefront of that and Test cricket are well served having both placing such significance on the five-day format.”

Australian-Indian sports educational and cultural society (AISECS) took the initiative to get the achievement of these Indian cricket legends acknowledged in Australia.

Gurnam Singh, the founder of AISECS, was present at the moment. He says Virat Kohli was humbled and excited at the moment.

Virat Kohli has become the only Indian cricket captain to win a test series on Australian soil.

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Education

Support

There are various channels which can be contacted if you are feeling unwell or feeling down. 

Contact the Public Health Information Line on 1800 004 599.

Discuss any questions you have with your state or territory Public Health Agency.

  • . ACT call 02 5124 9213
  • . NSW call 1300 066 055
  • . NT call 08 8922 8044
  • . QLD call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
  • . SA call 1300 232 272
  • . TAS call 1800 671 738
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gurnam singh on india australia relationship
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AISECS aims to enhance India-Australia relationship

Australian Indian Sports, Educational and Cultural Society (AISECS) , a not-for-profit Australian organisation aims to promote, enhance and facilitate sports, education and cultural investment between Australia and India.
Gurnam Singh, the Founder of AISECS strongly believe that Australia-India relations have always been unique and special. Cricket, hockey and football share a common space in the hearts of Australians and Indians. Education is Australia’s third largest export, and India is one of Australia’s largest importer of foreign education.

“Our mission with this organisation is to bridge the gap between the two great countries through sport, culture and education. We endeavour to do so through cultural and charitable initiatives across all aspects that bring the two countries closer.”

“Here at AISECS we are about you, the community, and how we can better empower, support and connect you with those that will help make a difference.”

“Our vision at AISECS is to be an active voice, be involved in promoting peace and development within the two nations and enhance the bilateral Australia-India relationship. “

“AISECS Vision is achieved by being involved in Australia and India through encouraging, harmony and advancement, to continue our efforts to ensure that within the two great nations and enhance the bilateral Australia-India relationship in respective fields and to learn, respect and accept.”

“Our goal is to build a future through inclusion by involving the community, the government, the private sector, as well as individual influencers and groups to advance Australia-India cultural relations.”

AISECS will maintain a close working relationship with its stakeholders including the Government of India, Government of Australia and most importantly the people of both countries.

AISECS members will be actively involved in positive-impact initiatives and will contribute to AISECS’s vision of strengthening and improving bilateral relationships.

We are proudly associated with McGrath Foundation, Cricket Australia, Sydney Cricket Ground Trust, NSW Police, MS Dhoni Cricket Academy and other charity houses which contribute to enhance multiculturalism in Australia.

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