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World News 05 Dec 2020

World News

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05.12.2020

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’s external Affairs Minister cautions against the risk posed by illegal migration.
⦁ Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Post Covid-19 world order will be about: Re-learning, re-thinking, re-innovating and re-inventing.
⦁Joe Biden urges US Congress to urgently pass the relief bill to deal with the worsening Coronavirus situation in the country
⦁ WHO Chief Scientist expresses hope to have half a billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the first quarter of 2021.
⦁ In Cricket,  India takes on Australia in the  2nd T20 match in Sydney on Sunday

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EAM-MIGRATION

The External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. S Jaishankar has said that the COVID pandemic has awakened the world to the phenomenon of migration and the responsibilities it brings along.

He was addressing the 6th edition of Mediterranean dialogue. Dr. Jaishankar said that migration is something which is essential to globalization and the world needs to rethink how it approaches migration.

He cautioned against the risk posed by illegal migration . The Minister stated that it is in the interest of countries to promote legal and safe migration. These can be achieved through migration and mobility agreements. such as the ones India has with France and is in the process of finalizing with other EU nations.

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PM-IIT

Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi has said that the Government is fully committed to the principle of Reform, Perform and Transform.

Delivering his  Keynote address at IIT 2020 Global Summit organised by Pan IIT USA, Mr Modi said, there is no sector left out from the ambit of reforms.

The Prime Minister listed many path-breaking reforms brought in by the Government in various sectors such as assimilating 44 Union labour laws into just 4 codes and having one of the lowest corporate tax rate in the world. Production Linked Incentive Scheme in ten key sectors to enhance exports as well as manufacturing are other examples.

Mr Modi said, that even in these testing times of COVID-19, India has got record investment and much of this investment has come in the tech sector.

The Prime Minister said, our actions today will shape our planet’s tomorrow. He said, the post covid-19 order will be about: Re-learning, re-thinking, re-innovating and re-inventing.

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BIDEN-RELIEF

President Elect of the United States of America, Joe Biden appealed to the US Congress on Friday to urgently pass a relief bill to deal with the increasingly worsening Coronavirus situation in the country.

Warning the country of a bleak future if not acted upon immediately, Mr. Biden said that Americans require hundreds of billions of dollars to cope with the pandemic.

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WALL ST-HIGH

Wall Street’s main indexes rose to all-time highs on Friday as data showing the slowest U.S. jobs growth in six months raised investors’ expectations for a new fiscal relief bill to help revive the Coronavirus-hit economy.

The S&P 500 surged 0.9 per cent, the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 0.8 per cent and the Nasdaq Composite index gained 0.7 per cent.

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BAHRAIN-TRADE

Bahrain has stated that it will not allow the import of Israeli goods produced in settlements in occupied Palestinian territory.

Earlier, Bahrain’s Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Zayed bin Rashid al-Zayani had stated that they would make no distinction between products produced in Israel or in the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights.

However, in a statement to the state news agency, late on Friday Bahrain’s ministry of industry, commerce and tourism said that the Ministry is committed to the Bahraini government’s unwavering stance regarding adherence to the resolutions of the United Nations.

Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates had earlier formalised ties with Israel in a U.S.-sponsored deal.

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EAM-CLMV

A rules-based Indo-Pacific region with an emphasis on ASEAN centrality is key to India’s vision of Security And Growth for All in the Region, says India’s External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar.

He was speaking at the 6th India-Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam, CLMV Business Conclave. The Minister added that the development of infrastructure and connectivity is a vital area of cooperation between India and Mekong countries.

He invited Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam to join the International Solar Alliance, Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure(CDRI). He also urged themto participate in the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative which has synergies with ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific.

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TIRUMURTI-AOSIS

India’s envoy to the United Nations, Ambassador. T.S Tirumurti has reaffirmed India’s continued support and partnership to the Alliance Of Small Island States (AOSIS).

Speaking on the occasion of the 30th Anniversay of the alliance, he congratulated all small island states.

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BANGLA-REFUGEE

The Bangladesh Government is going ahead with its plan to partially relocate Rohingyas from the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar. On Friday, a batch of 1642 Rohingyas were sent to the newly developed facility at Bhashan char.

According to the official news agency BSS another 3500 Rohingyas will be sent to the Bhashan char this week to complete the relocation.

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CHINA-LAW

China said on Thursday that the new audit law passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that could target Chinese companies listed in the United States is tantamount to “political oppression.”

The House on Wednesday unanimously passed a law to bar foreign listings from U.S. stock exchanges if they do not fully comply with the country’s audit rules. The act would also require public companies to disclose whether they are owned or controlled by a foreign government.

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COMMERCE-USA

India and Thailand discussed a wide range of bilateral issues and cooperation in various sectors such as Food Processing, Pharma, Textile and Services on Friday.

The meeting was co-chaired by the Commerce Ministry of India and its counterpart from Thailand.

In another development , India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry signed a MoU with in the the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the field of Intellectual Property Cooperation. It is aimed at increasing IP co-operation between the two countries.

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COVID-UPDATE

Now, the Coronavirus s from around the world.

The WHO has confirmed that the number of COVID19 infections has crossed 65 million worldwide.

Turkey has entered its first full weekend lockdown since May after coronavirus infections and deaths spike.

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COVAX-VACCINE

Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization, Soumya Swaminathan expressed hope to have half a billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines available for distribution by the global COVAX initiative in the first quarter of 2021.

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SPORTS

In cricket, India will take on hosts Australia in the second encounter of three match T20 Internationals series in Sydney on Sunday. Visitors are one up in the series having won the opening game by 11 runs in Canberra on Friday.

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