Abhishek Bachchan will receive the Leadership in Cinema Awards at 13th Indian Film Festival of Melbourne in 2022. "To be in another country celebrating Indian pride and Indian content alongside my peers is something I’m truly looking forward to," said Abhishek. IFFM will take place on August 12-20, physically and virtually. It is the only Indian film festival in Australia… read-more
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The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne has invited actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu to be one of the prominent guests for their 2022 festival, which will begin on August 12. Due to pandemic constraints, the festival is resuming physically after two years. "Celebrating Indian cinema, in all its diversity with communities of both Indians and cinema lovers unanimously together is an exciting feeling," Samantha remarked.
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Legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne died on March 4 in a resort in Thailand due to a heart attack. A private close-knit funeral was arranged in Melbourne with only friends, family and international cricket and former teammates. It took place at St Kilda Football Club, an Australian Rules team that Warne himself supported. Warne's body was brought back to Melbourne in a private jet last week.
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The world's number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, was denied entry in Australia and his request for a visa cancelled at the Melbourne airport, on January 6. Owing to this, Djokovic may not play the Australian Open. However, it is expected that Djokovic could apply for a new visa or pursue a legal appeal. Reportedly, Djokovic has also not received the COVID-19 vaccine so far.
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Australia's Melbourne city reported some unknown offenders vandalized a life-size bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi, at the Australian Indian Community Centre. The statue was recently inaugurated by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on November 12. Following the incident, an investigation has been launched and miscreants are yet to be arrested. ''Australia is the most successful multicultural nation in the world and attacks on cultural monuments… read-more
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The Government of Melbourne has announced that the city might get more ease over the COVID-19 protocols once 80% of its citizens get vaccinated, starting from October 24. "People would be free to travel and masks will no longer be required, only if the state moves towards a vaccinated economy", said an official statement. It's our approach to try and achieve life as close to normal, he added.
Following Sydney, Australia has now allowed the citizens of Melbourne, who were fully vaccinated, after 262 days of lockdown to enjoy the first weekend. On October 23, people were seen queued for barbers, restaurants, and enjoying their frost drink in pubs in spite of the rain. Reportedly, further relaxation will be allowed after the completion of 80% vaccination in Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital.
British tennis player Andy Murray on January 22 announced to withdraw from the Australian Open despite his recovery from the coronavirus. Reportedly, Murray was scheduled to travel to Melbourne on January 23 and then observe two-week hotel quarantine period. However, Murray stated he was unable to find necessary "workable quarantine" to prepare for the tournament starting from February 8. The former Australian Open runner-up said, "I am… read-more
Adding to challenges ahead of Australian Open 2021, apartment owners near the Westin Melbourne hotel have objected to the quarantine of athletes in the vicinity. Reportedly, the owners, concerned about their health, have never agreed to the hotel's plans of converting partly residential areas into player's quarantine zone. However, Westin authorities have claimed of sharing their "COVID safe" plan with the owners' corporation. Meanwhile,… read-more
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Achieving a top-notch feat, Mohammed Siraj became the first Indian debutant to pick five wickets in a debut test match in the last seven years. Siraj's wickets included those of Cameron Green, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne. Moreover, he credited his partner Jasprit Bumrah for encouraging him. Earlier, Mohammed Shami was the last Indian bower achieve the feat in a debut Test in 2013.
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