Culture and arts key to shaping Perth’s identity.

This is a place of great natural beauty, culture and enterprise, full of big dreams and stories as diverse and compelling as the people who call it home.

We have unique strengths and opportunities. Out here on the western edge of our vast continent, we are grounded on Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar and share an ocean and time zone with the most populous and dynamic region of the 21st century.

Many of us trace our heritage to cultures transplanted here, cross-pollinated by generations of migration and learning to adapt to a land that is home to the oldest continuous culture on Earth.

For nearly 70 years, as an arm of The University of Western Australia, Perth Festival has helped reflect and shape Perth’s distinct identity. It is at Festival time when all these ideas and influences are condensed, magnified and shared by Festival participants in their hundreds of thousands each year.

Artists find ways of celebrating humanity in joyful, unexpected ways, but also seek to bring new perspectives to some of society’s most intractable problems.

As it has for decades, our Festival commissions WA artists to create new work in a supportive, collaborative environment – work that speaks with clarity

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No change in export policy of iron ore pellets; opinion under review: Govt

The government on Thursday said there has been no change in the export policy of iron ore pellets not manufactured by Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd, rebutting charges levelled by the Congress that Rs 40,000 crore worth of the product was exported in violation of rules by some private players, causing loss to the state exchequer.

Issuing a clarification, the Department of Commerce said that a notification, dated September 26, 2014, was issued, as per which the export policy of iron ore pellets manufactured by Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd (KIOCL) was amended to ‘free’ from ‘canalised’.

In that notification, a policy condition was also added that the export of the pellets manufactured by KIOCL is to be done by KIOCL, Bangalore or any entity authorised by them, it said.

“However, there has been no amendment to the export policy of Iron Ore Pellets not manufactured by KIOCL,” it added.

The government also clarified that the legal opinion from Deputy Legal Advisor, Department of Legal Affairs “has not been endorsed” by the senior officials of the department and cannot be taken as the official legal view on

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CCI dismisses unfair business practices complaint against Hindalco, Vedanta

Fair trade regulator CCI on Thursday dismissed a complaint against Industries Ltd and Vedanta Ltd alleging unfair business practices with respect to copper products.

The (CCI) closed the matter as the informant was not able to substantiate the allegations made against the firms. The informant alleged cartelisation in determining prices of certain copper products in India by the firms, sharing of market of certain copper products by way of allocation of customers and engagement in bid rigging and collusive bidding.

The informant stated that is the metals flagship company of Aditya Birla Group and is the leading supplier of copper rods and other copper products in India, while Vedanta is a globally diversified and natural resources company with interests in iron ore, steel, copper, aluminium, power and oil.

The firms along with state-owned Hindustan Copper Ltd are the only three domestic producers in India, engaged in the production of refined copper, it added.

As per the informant, and Vedanta control around 85-90 per cent of domestic demand and 75-80 per cent of the domestic supply, respectively, giving them a virtual stranglehold on supplies in the

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Canada Announces Can$590 Mn Investment In Ford Electric Car Plant

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government and the province of Ontario announced Thursday investments of Can$295 million (US$223 million) each in a Ford factory billed as the largest electric vehicle plant in North America.

At a joint news conference with Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Trudeau called the investments totaling Can$590 million “one of the first steps to build a next-generation auto industry.”

It will also help Canada — if Canadians buy the electric vehicles produced at the plant — move toward its goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, he said.

The Oakville, Ontario assembly plant is to be repurposed as part of a deal announced last month between the Ford Motor Company and the Canadian union Unifor, to build five new electric vehicle models and the batteries that will power them.

The project is valued at Can$1.8 billion and will secure up to 5,400 Ford jobs in Canada, including over 3,000 at the Oakville plant.

“Today’s announcement represents the largest investment in Ontario’s auto sector in over 15 years,” said Doug Ford, adding that the plant “will be the largest electric car manufacturing facility anywhere in North America.”

“This is a historic moment,” he said.

According to Statistics Canada,

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