Queensland city launches Oz-India `harmony` website

Last Updated: Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 10:30

Melbourne: Amid strains in Indo-Australia
ties due to a spate of attacks on Indian students, a city in
Queensland has launched a "harmony" website aimed at telling
"a lot of great stories" about the bilateral relations and
facilitating people of the two countries to share their
experiences.

The Aussie-India Harmony website has been established by
Ipswich in conjunction with Indian IT services company Dhanush
InfoTech, which recently set up its regional headquarters in
the city suburb of Springfield, southwest of Brisbane.

People of both nations could use the Aussie-India Harmony
forum as a platform to voice their feelings through posting
good and positive comments and shared experiences,
Ipswich Mayer Paul Pisasale said.

Negative events involving Indians have overshadowed the
many positive personal and business relations between the two
countries, he said, referring to the attacks on Indians in
Australia.

"This (the website) is about making sure we tell a lot of
great stories of Australia-India relations," Pisasale said.

"All this negative stuff that`s happening has to be
nipped in the bud. It doesn`t reflect what Australia is all
about. Australia is a wonderful country that embraces
multiculturalism, and the website`s all about working together
for peace and harmony," Pisasale said.

Over 100 incidents of attacks on Indians, particularly
students, were reported in 2009 in Australia and the assaults
have continued this year unabated.

21-year-old Nitin Garg, who was stabbed to death by
unidentified assailants while he was on his way to his
part-time job in a restaurant here, was the first victim of
such assaults this year.

The Australian government had given a dossier on the
attacks to India, which showed that nearly half of the
assailants had been juveniles.

Under pressure from India, Australia also set up a
high-level ministerial working group to comprehensively study
the slew of attacks on Indians in the country.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 10:30

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