Growing cities play long game to build community


Kevin Bailey can attest to the difficulties that come with governing a city as large and diverse as the City of Swan.

Stretching from the rolling greenery of Avon National Park in the north-east through the suburbs of Midland, Caversham and Hazelmere in its south-west, the city takes in a swath of geography as diverse as its demographic mix and industry cohort.

The area has traditionally been known as an exurban manufacturing hub, with Linfox and DHL among its largest business tenants, alongside a lesser reliance on Swan Valley tourism.

Providing retail and healthcare have become increasingly crucial to the area’s commercial composition as Perth’s suburban tendrils reach the City of Swan.

As part of this effort, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority helped drive transformation of Midland’s former railway workshops into the Curtin Health Campus, which opened last November, with input of $22 million.

As City of Swan mayor since 2015, Mr Bailey is aware of the opportunities and challenges development can bring. 

He told Business News the city’s diversity had given rise to a council that represented a patchwork of political views that often failed to provide a clear path to consensus.

The City of Swan has a

From most optimistic to pessimistic: Here’re FY21 GDP growth projections


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The most pessimist one projects it at 25%

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While the most optimistic forecast by Ficci pegs economic contraction at 7.4% in the first quarter of the current fiscal year, the most pessimist one projects it at 25%



First Published: Sun, July 12 2020. 23:27 IST

Trai asks Airtel, Voda Idea to hold priority plans promising faster speeds


The telecom regulator has asked Bharti and to put on hold specific plans that promised faster speeds to certain priority users, as it questioned whether the network preference came at the cost of deterioration of services for other subscribers.

A source said the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked the two operators to withhold the specific plan for the interim period.

The TRAI has written to the two operators — and — and questioned them about their individual plans that promised faster speeds to certain priority users.

The regulator has asked if priority to high-paying customers in those specific plans came at the cost of service deterioration for other subscribers. It has asked the operators how they are protecting the interest of other general subscribers.

When contacted, an spokesperson said: “We are passionate about delivering the best network and service experience to all our customers.”

“This is why we have a relentless obsession to eliminate faults and have been consistently recognised by international agencies as the best network in terms of speed, latency and video experience.

Hagia Sophia The Latest Muslim-Christian Tussle Over Holy Sites


Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia is to reopen for Muslim worship as a mosque after an almost nine-decade hiatus, in the latest historic tussle with Christianity over religious sites.

The UNESCO World Heritage site was constructed as a cathedral during the Byzantine empire but converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453.

A Turkish court on Friday overturned a 1934 cabinet decision to turn Hagia Sophia into a museum, clearing the way for a July 24 reversion to its status as a mosque.

The move adds to a long list of such conversions of holy sites over the centuries. The following are examples:

Algiers’ Ketchaoua Mosque was built in about 1612 and enlarged in 1794, making it one of the country’s main mosques.

The Lala Mustafa Pasha mosque, also known as the Saint Nicolas cathedral, in the eastern port city of Famagusta, in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

The French, a year into their 1830-1962 colonial reign, turned it into the Catholic church of Saint Philippe.

The first mass was celebrated there on December 24, 1832.

In 1838, it was consecrated the Algiers Cathedral and enlarged, destroying most of the old

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