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World News – 29 Nov 2020

NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indian perspective’, on All India Radio. This is PRASHANT KUMAR SINHA, bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across the globe.

THE HEADLINES:
India to Host Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Heads of Government tomorrow.
Guru Nanak’s teachings reverberate around the world, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the eve of Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary
Powerful blast rocks Afghanistan’s Ghazni province; 30 people including 24 Security Force Members dead.
Serum Institute of India (SII) to apply for emergency authorisation of COVID-19 vaccine in next two weeks.
In Cricket, Australia defeats India in Sydney to clinch the 3 match series 2-0
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SCO Meet

India, for the first time, will host the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Heads of Government tomorrow in video conference format. Vice President of India, M.Venkaiah Naidu will lead the Indian delegation.

Ahead of the meet, SCO Secretary General Vladimir Norov spoke to Prasar Bharati Special Correspondent in Beijing, Anshuman Mishra on the expectations and challenges ahead, in an Exclusive interview. He said, the leaders will exchange views on deepening cooperation in the trade, economic and investment spheres to overcome the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic. The activities of the SCO Business Council and Interbank Association will be reviewed at the meeting.

He made special mention of PM Modi’s proposal at this year’s SCO Summit to set up a working group on traditional medicine. At the Summit, PM Modi had also proposed to create a special working group on innovation and start-up that could share India’s rich experience in the field of start-up eco-system. Under India’s chairmanship, the first ever SCO Start-up forum was also launched this year.

The first ever SCO Digital exhibition dedicated to the common Buddhist heritage will open in New Delhi on Monday to highlight the people to people connect in this region.
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AFGHAN-BLASTS

In Afghanistan, a car bomb blast rocked the Ghazni province today, killing at least 30 people and injuring 24 Afghan security force members. Officials said, casualties could increase given the intensity and location of the blast.

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OIC-MEA

India has strongly and categorically rejected the factually incorrect, gratuitous and unwarranted references to India in resolutions adopted by the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) at the 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers in Niamey of Niger. The session was held on 27th to 28th of this month. External Affairs Ministry in a statement said that India has always maintained that OIC has no locus standi in matters strictly internal to India including that of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inalienable part of India. The Ministry said , it is regrettable that OIC continues to allow itself to be used by a certain country, which has an abominable record on religious tolerance, radicalism and persecution of minorities, to indulge in anti-India propaganda.

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PM-GURU NANAK

India will celebrate the 551st Prakash Parv of Guru Nanak Dev tomorrow. Alluding to the global appeal of Guru Nanak’s teachings, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that they echo from Vancouver to Wellington, and Singapore to South Africa.

The Sikh tradition of service to humanity remains an inspiration to people around the world, he added before extending his warm wishes on the occasion on Guru Nanak Jayanti.

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JAISHANKAR-DUBAI

External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S Jaishankar addressed the Indian community of Dubai & Northern Emirates through a virtual meet on Sunday. He expressed his appreciation to the community for the support to fellow Indians during the pandemic.

The Minister also called on the Vice President, Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He conveyed a personal message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed the prospects fro cooperation between the two countries in the post-COVID era.

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EU-UK
British foreign minister Dominic Raab on Sunday said that Britain and European Union are heading into a very significant week to resolve the deadlock over trade deal. The talks over a trade deal approach the deadline with serious differences still festering.

Several self-imposed deadlines have been missed differences on competition policy and the distribution of fishing rights among others.
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EAM-SEYCHELLES

External Affiars Minister Dr S Jaishankar has reiterated India’s resolve to further enhance the India-Seychelles strategic partnership in the post-Covid era.

Concluding his two day official visit het, he called on Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan at State House. Speaking to his counterpart Sylvestre Radegonde, Dr Jaishankar discussed the centrality of Seychelles to India’s vision of Security And Growth for All in the Region, SAGAR, that characterizes India’s policy towards the Indian Ocean Region.

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GAURAV-SANSKRIT

Dr. Gaurav Sharma, newly elected MP in NewZealand took oath of office in Sanskrit one of the ancient languages of the world birthed in India.

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COVID-UPDATE

The WHO has confirmed over 61.65 Million COVID infections worldwide.

Britain has secured an additional two million doses of Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

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SII-COVAX

The Serum Institute of India (SII) will apply for emergency authorisation of COVID-19 vaccine in next two weeks. Chief executive of the Institute, Adar Poonawalla on Saturday said that Covishield is a highly effective vaccine against novel coronavirus. .

Partnering with global pharma giant AstraZeneca, SII is set to produce COVID-19 vaccine by University of Oxford for low-and-middle income countries. Dubbed as Covishield, the COVID-19 vaccine is currently in the Phase III clinical trial in India.

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SPORTS

Australia defeated India by 51 runs in the second One Day International of the three-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground this evening. Chasing a target of 390 runs, India could manage 338 for nine in 50 overs.

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