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Oz state PM cancels Mumbai visit following terror alert

Last Updated: Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 13:19

Melbourne: Victorian Premier John Brumby,
set to arrive in India this week, has cancelled his planned
trip to Mumbai following a travel advisory on possible terror
attacks in the city, a media report said Sunday.

Brumby will now spend more time in New Delhi after
omitting Mumbai from his itinerary for Wednesday and Thursday,
the Sky news TV channel said.

The last minute change was made following updated travel
advice from Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT), it said.

Last week, DFAT reviewed its travel advice for India
stating "credible information indicates that terrorists may be
planning further attacks in Mumbai, including at places
frequented by tourists, in September or October 2009."

DFAT`s overall level of travel advice for India has not
changed from urging a high degree of caution.

Brumby`s trip follows Deputy Prime Minister and
Education Minister Julia Gillard`s visit to India as part of
Australia`s efforts to assure Indians, particularly students,
of safety in the wake of a series of racial attacks.

Victorian capital Melbourne witnessed most of the
attacks on Indian students in the last few months, following
concerns of safety in India.

Indians form a major chunk of foreign students studying
in Australia and are considered vital for the country`s
education sector.

Brumby has insisted that Victoria was still the safest
place in Australia "in terms of our crime rate".

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 13:19
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