NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indian perspective’, on All India Radio. This is NIPUNIKA SHAHID, bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across the globe.
⦁ India not just met, but exceeded Paris Agreement Target expectations, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Climate Ambition Summit.
⦁ Goodwill at stake due to Chinese violations at LAC, cautions India’s External Affairs Minister.
⦁ New Delhi’s Indo-Pacific vision not directed against any thrid party and for a free, open and inclusive world, says External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson.
⦁ Pfizer’s COVID vaccine gets Emergency Use Authorization from USFDA.
⦁ In football, the Manchester Derby between Manchester City & Manchester United will be played tonight.
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi addressed the fifth anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement a short while ago.
He said that while the world looks to make emission reduction targets more ambitious, we must also review achievements against targets already set. It is imperative for their voices to be credible for the future generations.
About India’s progress towards its commitments made in the Paris agreement, the Prime Minister told that India has exceeded its targets beyond expectations.
Mr. Modi also underlined India’s initiatives, the International SOlar Alliance and the Coalition For Disaster Resilient Infrastructure at the global level to combat climate change in a collaborative effort.
He concluded his address by re-affirming India’s commitment to the global cause.
External Affairs Minister of India has cautioned that goodwill cultivated with China may dissipate due to Chinese actions in this year.
Speaking at the 93rd annual convention of FICCI, he said that the repeated Chinese violations of LAC related agreements has negatively impacted public sentiment.
India’s External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson also, on a separate occasion, reiterated China’s efforts to effect a unilateral change along the LAC.
On the issue of techno-nationalism, the Minister said that India cannot afford to be playing catch-up in the digital economy and participate in the digital world with no benefits for Indian talent and enterprises.
Speaking on India’s vision for the Indo-Pacific, Dr. Jaishankar stated that India’s footprint in the world has grown. He asserted that Indo-Pacific region is an emphatic affirmation of the seamlessness of the globalized world and India’s interests have expanded beyond the Indian Ocean.
In a related development, India has re-affirmed that India’s Indo-Pacific vision is not directed against any third country and it is for a free, open and inclusive region.
Replying to a query on the recent comments by Russia’s Foreign Minister, Mr. Sirvastav re-iterated that India’s relationship with Russia stand on its own merit. Russia’s Foreign Minister had earlier alleged that the QUAD grouping is an attempt to engage India in anti-China games and undermine Russia’s relations with India.
New Delhi has welcomed the the discussions between the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC nations to resolve their mutual disputes.
Referring to Kuwait’s statement that fruitful discussions have taken place towards resolving the rift in the region on the matter, Spokesperson of India’s External Affairs Ministry, Mr. Anurag Srivastav on Friday said, that India shares close civilisational, economic, political and cultural ties with all the Gulf countries. He added that India hopes for harmonious relations between all the countries in the region.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued the first emergency use authorization EUA to Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine on Friday.
A statement from the FDA read that the authorization for emergency use of the first COVID-19 vaccine is a significant milestone in battling the pandemic. It said that the authorization was provided after a rigorous, transparent and scientific process.
It added that the FDA expects manufacturers whose COVID-19 vaccines are authorized under an EUA to continue their clinical trials to obtain additional safety and effectiveness information and pursue approval or licensure.
The Indian embassy in Beijing on Saturday launched a movie series “cinemaSCOpe” exclusive for the SCO family in which the embassy will be screening more than two dozen indian movies dubbed in russian.
The event was jointly inaugurated by Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri and SCO Secretary General Vladimir Norov in a cheerful atmosphere. Our Beijing Correspondent reports that the event was attended by nearly hundred diplomats from SCO countries and neighbouring countries who shared their fondness for Indian cinema and culture.
SCO Secretary General Vladimir Norov congratulated the Indian Embassy for taking the unique initiative to organize “cinemaSCOpe” movie screening for the SCO Family. He expressed happiness that that “cinemaSCOpe” event will coincide with the “SCO Year of Culture” in 2021 as SCO celebrates its 20 years of formation.
Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Shahriar Alam has said that cooperation between Bangladesh and India can go global as India is one of the top cotton exporting countries and Bangladesh is the second largest Ready Made Garments exporter in the world.
Addressing the second Bangladesh-India Cotton Fest 2020 in Dhaka on Saturday, he said that Bangladesh looks to its all-weather friend India, as a top cotton exporting country to secure a steady supply of quality cotton as the nation seeks to double its export of RMG over the next 5 years.
Switzerland has frozen the financial assets of the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, over ongoing tensions in the country.
Lukashenko and son Viktor are among 15 people banned from entering or travelling through Switzerland according to the government.
The Swiss government said that it is deeply concerned by the ongoing tensions and called for dialogue between the Belarus government and civil society.
The 12th of December every year is observed as International Universal Health Coverage Day. It seeks to raise awareness of the need for strong and resilient health systems and universal health coverage with multi-stakeholder partners.
On the occasion, India’s Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan presided over Universal Health Coverage Day Celebrations via video conferencing in Delhi. He said in view of the global pandemic, and this year’s theme, Health For All – Protect Everyone, there is a need to invest in health systems that protect everybody. He said COVID 19 has greatly magnified the need for building resilient healthcare systems.
India has endorsed the Nobel Peace prize being awarded to the World Food Programme and said that it also constitutes an urgent call to action.
Delivering the Joint Statement by India and Sweden at the UN General Assembly, India’s envoy stated that India and Sweden share a strong commitment to strengthen the United Nations system to respond to the COVID challenge.
In Football, Manchester United will face off against rivals Manchester City in their Premier League match tonight at the Old Trafford Stadium.