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India is world’s emerging Superpower: Tony Abbott

Mumbai: Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott today said that India is world’s emerging Superpower and that democracy and rule of law, as non-tangible assets, give the country a distinct edge over other powers.  He said Australia wants a strong partnership with India in as diverse areas as business, infrastructure, food security, energy security, water management and other sectors. In this connection, he remarked that Maharashtra is an excellent State to do business with. The Australian Prime Minister who is accompanied by a delegation of Vice Chancellors from various Australian Universities said Australia particularly wants strong partnership between Indian and Australian Universities. Mr Abbott was speaking to the Governor of Maharashtra Ch Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai. Mr Abbott said at least 14000 Indian students are pursuing higher education in Australian Universities. He said that he would encourage Australian Universities to go for joint ventures with Indian universities and also to set up campuses in India. “I came to Mumbai as a backpacker 23 years ago. It was a formidable experience. I never thought I would come here as a Prime Minister. The city has changed enormously. It is more throbbing and dynamic now,” Abbott said of his visit to Mumbai. PM-1 Welcoming the Australian Prime Minister to Maharashtra, Governor Vidyasagar Rao noted that the visit by the Australian Prime Minister has coincided with the festival of Ganeshotsav. He told the Prime Minister that India is laying thrust on skill development and vocational training. He expressed the hope that Universities in Maharashtra and Australia will forge close cooperation in the near future. Maharashtra’s Minister for Protocol Suresh Shetty and Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshatriya were present at the meeting.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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