A collective representative of five big umbrella organizations of education consultancies working for Nepali student community in Nepal and Australia (ECAN, IERIN, FECON, NAAER and AECA) issued joint press statement urging Australian education providers, government agencies and associated stake holders to help and support Nepalese students in Australia at this grimmest hour of terrifying Corona Virus spread.

SYDNEY, March 18: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday declared a “human biosecurity emergency” and said the country’s citizens should abandon all overseas travel because of the coronavirus epidemic that he warned could last at least six months.

An Australian television journalist said Monday he has the new coronavirus and assumes he contracted it while meeting with actress-singer Rita Wilson in Sydney.

PERTH, Australia, March 12: Australia on Thursday put forward a $17.6 billion (US $11.4 billion) stimulus package meant to stave off a recession due to the impact of the virus outbreak on its economy.

Pop star Miley Cyrus has canceled a trip to Australia for a bushfire relief concert three days ahead of the show, citing recommendations that travel be curtailed to counter the spread of the global coronavirus epidemic.

SYDNEY, March 9: Two schools in the Australian city of Sydney closed on Monday after three students tested positive for the coronavirus, taking Australia’s tally of cases to more than 80 as the government prepares a fiscal stimulus to ward off recession.

LONDON, March 8: Five nations sealed their debuts in the revamped Davis Cup Finals in the weekend’s qualifiers while heavyweights Germany, Australia, United States and Croatia also booked their places in Madrid.

MELBOURNE, Feb 12: Australia’s deadly wildfires have opened up a small window of opportunity for the country to break a decade-long impasse on climate policy, as some politicians and big business push for major change.

BUCHAN, AUSTRALIA, Feb 6: It was an inevitability, thought Australian cattle farmer Donald Graham and his wife Bronwyn, that bushfires would one day tear through the bushland that surrounded their home, a remote property overlooking the Snowy River National Park.

MELBOURNE, Feb 1: Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia will deny entry to all foreign nationals travelling from mainland China from Saturday due to the increasing threat from the coronavirus epidemic.

An Italian restaurant in Australia has made a 103 meter (338 foot) Margherita pizza to raise funds for firefighters battling bushfires. The pizza was rolled out in rectangular, meter-long pieces of dough, pieced together and covered with tomato sauce and mozzarella, before being baked using a conveyor oven

Jan 31: Fabric curtains stretch across the huge Warragamba Dam to trap ash and sediment expected to wash off wildfire-scorched slopes and into the reservoir that holds 80% of untreated drinking water for the Greater Sydney area.

SYDNEY, Jan 30: Swathes of southeast Australia were bracing on Thursday for a days-long heatwave that threatens to stoke bushfires that have been burning for months.

SYDNEY, Jan 30: Australia’s conservative government on Thursday defended its decision to use a detention center thousands of kilometers from the mainland to quarantine locals evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China.

MELBOURNE, Jan 29: A team of scientists in Australia said on Wednesday they have successfully developed a lab-grown version of the new coronavirus, the first to be recreated outside of China, in a breakthrough that could help quicken the creation of a vaccine.

SYDNEY, Jan 23: Three American crew members died Thursday when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia, officials said.

Day one at the Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Jan 21: Defending champion Novak Djokovic began his Australian Open title defence on Monday with a landmark 900th career victory on the Tour on an opening day where heavy rains suspended play on the outer courts.

MELBOURNE, Jan 18: Parts of Australia’s east coast were hit by severe storms on Saturday, dousing some of the bushfires that have devastated the region for months but causing road closures and flash flooding.

KATHMANDU, Jan 18: Amid forecast of the US-based National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that the smoke from Australia's fires will make a full circuit around the world, there are concerns around the world if this would leave impact on other countries as well. Meteorologists and atmospheric scientists in Nepal, however, say there is no need to panic although there are some chances of receiving slightly visible effects in the sky over this Himalayan nation should the fire keep on razing at a dangerous pace.

MELBOURNE, Jan 16: Australia’s peak tourism body estimated the country’s bushfire crisis has so far cost the industry almost A$1 billion ($690 million) and called for urgent help from the government to lure back visitors.

MELBOURNE, Australia, Jan 15: Australian Open officials delayed the start of play by two hours on the second day of qualifying until smoke from regional wildfires cleared later Wednesday.

CANBERRA, Australia, Jan 15: Fire alarms have been sounding in high-rise buildings across downtown Sydney and Melbourne as dense smoke from distant wildfires confuse electronic sensors. Modern government office blocks in the Australian capital Canberra have been closed because the air inside is too dangerous for civil servants to breathe

MUMBAI, Jan 15: Australia openers David Warner and Aaron Finch both hit centuries to complement their bowlers’ inspired display as the touring side handed out a 10-wicket thrashing to India in the opening one-day international on Tuesday.

SYDNEY, Jan 14:  Australia urged foreign tourists on Tuesday to put aside concerns about raging bushfires after the United States downgraded a travel warning, even as thick smoke disrupted preparations for the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

MELBOURNE, Jan 13: Public support for Prime Minister Scott Morrison has slumped to its lowest levels amid widespread anger over his government’s handling of Australia’s bushfire crisis, according to a survey released by Newspoll on Monday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has sent a message of condolence to the governor general of Australia, David Hurley, on the loss of human lives, floras and faunas, and large-scale displacement of people, extensive damages to property and other infrastructure by a bushfire.

SYDNEY, Jan 10: Australian authorities urged nearly a quarter of a million people to evacuate their homes on Friday and prepared military backup as soaring temperatures and erratic winds fanned bushfires across the east coast.

MELBOURNE, Jan 9: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai urged Nepali authorities to send at least 100,000 Australian tourists to Nepal during the Visit Year 2020.

Elton John and Chris Hemsworth are among the celebrities donating big bucks for relief efforts as wildfires engulf Australia.

KATHMANDU, Jan 8: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai has faced a barrage of criticism on social media for his “ill-timed” visit to Australia to promote the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign, when as the country is reeling under one of the worst crisis in its history due to the massive wildfires.

MELBOURNE, Australia, Jan 6: Australia has lately become a preferred destination for Nepali young generation to pursue higher studies. It is the third country which welcomes the most Nepali students after China and India.

MELBOURNE, Jan 5:  Smoke from raging bushfires in Australia blanketed parts of neighbouring New Zealand on Sunday, turning the sky over Auckland a bright orange.

BATEMANS BAY, Australia/SYDNEY, Jan 3:  Authorities urged Australians on Friday to evacuate parts of the eastern states of Victoria and New South Wales to escape bushfires they fear are set to burn out of control this weekend.

BATEMANS BAY/MELBOURNE, Jan 2: Tens of thousands of holiday makers fled seaside towns on Australia’s east coast on Thursday ahead of advancing bushfires, as military ships and helicopters began rescuing thousands more trapped by the blazes.

SYDNEY, Jan 1: A third person was confirmed dead on Wednesday in devastating bushfires that engulfed Australia’s southeast coast this week and a fourth was missing and feared dead, as navy ships rushed to provide supplies and assist with evacuations.

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY, DEC 31: Thousands swarmed to beaches on Australia’s east coast on Tuesday to escape fierce wildfires bearing down on several seaside towns, as the government readied naval vessels and military helicopters to aid firefighting and evacuations.

MELBOURNE, Dec 29: Australia paceman Peter Siddle has announced his retirement from international cricket at the age of 35 after taking 221 wickets in a distinguished 67-test career.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nathan Lyon grabbed four wickets as Australia completed a crushing 247-run victory on day four of the Boxing Day test against New Zealand on Sunday that gave the hosts an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

KATHMANDU, DEC 27: There were no major surprises as BCCI announced its squads for the Sri Lanka T20 series and the ODI series against the Aussies from Down Under.

Australian popstar Kylie Minogue has invited weary Britons to forget politics and “call on your friends in Australia” in a tourism campaign launched in Britain on Christmas Day.

MELBOURNE, Dec 26: New Zealand’s pacemen struck twice in the first session at the Boxing Day test on Thursday, removing both Australia’s openers to leave the home side at 67 for two at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Five people were hospitalized after Christmas shoppers were crushed in a midnight balloon drop of gift vouchers at a Sydney suburban shopping center.

PERTH, Dec 21: Australia’s most populous state was paralyzed by “catastrophic” fire conditions Saturday amid soaring temperatures, while one person died as wildfires ravaged the country’s southeast, officials said.

PERTH, Australia, Dec 21:  Australia’s most populous state was paralyzed by “catastrophic” fire conditions Saturday amid souring temperatures, while one person died as wildfires also ravaged the country’s southeast.

PERTH, Australia, DEC 20: Two volunteer firefighters died Thursday while battling wildfires ravaging Australia’s most populous state, forcing Prime Minister Scott Morrison to cut short his family holiday as authorities braced for temperatures to soar in New South Wales at the weekend.

SYDNEY, Dec 18:  Australia experienced its hottest day on record and temperatures are expected to soar even higher as heatwave conditions embrace most of the country.

SYDNEY, Dec 16: A backburning operation intended to contain a massive wildfire in eastern Australia sparked out of control, damaging buildings and cutting off major roads, authorities said, as the country heads into another heatwave that may topple temperature records.

SYDNEY, Dec 13:  Australia and New Zealand have launched a joint bid backed by both governments to bring the women’s soccer World Cup to the southern hemisphere for the first time in 2023.

SYDNEY DEC 13: Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday appointed a woman to head a major Australian spy agency for the first time.

The unique triangular flag of Nepal was hoisted along the Australia’s national flag, when audiences were boogieing at national song ‘Rato Ra Chandra Surya’ amid a concert held on Sunday at Tasmania Hall, in Hobart of Australia.