NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indianperspective’, on All India Radio. This is RENUKA R.S, bringing glimpses ofmajor developments of the day from across the globe.
- India, Iran and Uzbekistan holdFirst Trilateral Working group meeting over Chah Bahar port.
- UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raabbegins 4 day visit to India
- OECD completes 60 years, Saysmultilateralism is the way to deal with COVID-19 pandemic.
- Nurse from New York becomes thefirst to be given the Covid-19 vaccination shot in the USA.
- Japan Space Agency confirms rocksamples from Hayabusa 2 capsule is from Asteroid Ryugu.
- International Bank lauds India’sNamami Gange mission.
The first Trilateral WorkingGroup Meeting between India, Iran and Uzbekistan on joint use of Chabahar Portwill be held virtually today.
In a statement, Ministry ofExternal Affairs said, India welcomes the interest of Uzbekistan to use theChabahar port as a transit port. It said, this will open up economicopportunities for the traders and business community of the region. BesidesUzbekistan, other Central Asian countries have also shown interest in usingthis port. The Ministry said, India wants to co-operate closely with regionalcountries on this issue.
The port is being developed byIndia,Iran and Afghanistan to boost trade ties among the three countries. It islocated in the Sistan-Balochistan province on the southern coast of Iran andcan be easily accessed from India’s western coast, bypassing Pakistan.Chahbahar is a major transit point to connect with many Central Asiancountries.
Foreign Secretary of UnitedKingdom Dominic Raab is on a four day visit to India from Monday. In Delhi, Mr.Raab will hold talks with Minister of External Affairs, Dr S. Jaishankartomorrow on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. Hewill also have official meetings with Environment Minister Prakash Javadekarand Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal. As part of the visit, Mr Raab willtravel to Bengaluru where he will meet the Chief Minister of Karnataka onThursday.
India and the United Kingdomenjoy strategic partnership since 2004. It has been marked by regular highlevel exchanges and growing cooperation in diverse areas. Mr Raab’s visit willpave way for further strengthening ofthe partnership in the post-Covid and post-Brexit context.
India on Monday, reviewed thebilateral relations with Sudan since the taking of office by the TransitionalGovernment. Minister of State for the External Affairs Ministry, Mr.Murleedharan congratulated the Transitional Government and the people of Sudanon the signing of the Juba Peace Agreement. He welcomed the removal of Sudanfrom the US’s State Sponsors of Terrorism List and the normalization of itsrelations with Israel.
He added that India hopes thatthese positive developments would lead Sudan on the path of development, peaceand prosperity.
The Minister informed that Indiawould be sending 10 Metric Tons of life saving drugs to the Government of Sudanin coming weeks to help cope with the Covid situation. Last month, India haddelivered 100 METRIC TONS of food aid to Sudan through an Indian Naval Ship.
India’s Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi on Monday said that it is the country’s endeavour to ensure thatthe benefits of the space program reach the poorest. He was interactingvirtually with key industries, startups and academia from the Spaceconferencing to encourage their participation in space activities. Mr Modiexpressed hope that India would soon become the manufacturing hub of spaceassets. He said, reforms in the space sector is not limited to ensuring Ease ofDoing Business but also help being provided at each and every stage. The PrimeMinister said, just like Indian talenthas been able to attain worldwide fame in the IT sector, it will be able to doso in the Space sector as well.
The Indian government in June,opened up the space sector to enable the participation of Indian private sectorin the entire gamut of space activities.
The Organization for EconomicCooperation and Development celebrated the 60th anniversary of itsestablishment on Monday. French President Emmanuel Macron, Spanish PresidentSanchez Castejon, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern were among the leaders who took part in a virtualconference to mark the occasion. OECD Secretary, Angel Gurria said thatmultilateralism is only way to deal with COVID19 pandemic.
Mr. Macron also expressed hisoptimism over the future of multilateralism with a USA under Joe Biden’sleadership.
A Virtual Summit will be heldbetween Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Bangladesh H.E.Sheikh Hasina on 17 December 2020.
During the Summit, the twoleaders will hold comprehensive discussions on the entire spectrum of thebilateral relationship, including further strengthening cooperation in the postCOVID era.
India and Bangladesh havecontinued to maintain regular exchanges at the highest level. BangladeshForeign Minister has said that Chilahati-Haldirbari rail link will beinaugurated during the summit meeting between the two Prime Ministers onDecember 17.
Bangladesh observes 14th ofDecember every year as the Martyred Intellectuals Day. On this day in 1971,just two days before Bangladesh was liberated, Pakistani Army, itscollaborators killed more than 1000 intellectuals in the erstwhile EastPakistan.
President Abdul Hamid and PrimeMinister Sheikh Hasina paid tribute to the martyred intellectuals on Monday.Wreaths were placed at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Dhaka ontheir behalf.
Our Dhaka Correspondent spoke toa Bangladesh Liberation War fighter who narrated a horrific personal account ofthe massacre of teachers, doctors, freedom fighters and journalists by thePakistani Army on the fateful day.
International Bank has applaudedIndia’s efforts towards river rejuvenation and cleanliness. Xavier Chauvet DeBeauchene, Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist, International Bank forReconstruction and Development said the bank is very proud of all the work donein India towards making the country open defecation free. He added that thereis a massive shift in the Indian Government’s approach from focusing only oninfrastructure development to working with people and bringing aboutbehavioural change.
In a related development,Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research has signed MOU with cGanga, a (think-tankof NMCG) for development of sludge management framework in India. NorwegianDiplomat Ms. Karina Asbjørnsen, said on this occasion that Norway intends todeepen relationship with India especially in prevention of climate change andconservation of environment.
The USA has unrolled its massiveCoronavirus vaccination campaign with a nurse from New York getting the firstshot of the vaccine on Monday. New York Governor in a tweet said the frontline nurse Sandra Lindsay, has beenvaccinated.
Now the Coronavirus s fromaround the world,
Singapore became the first Asiancountry on Monday to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine. The countryexpects to start receiving shots by the end of the year.
Germany has announced lockdownacross the country from 16th December till 10th January to tide over thechallenge of COVID19 pandemic.
Japanese space agency, JAXA , hasconfirmed on Monday that the sample container inside the re-entry capsule,contained black grains thought to be from Ryugu inside. The capsule landed inAustralia’s remote outback following a six-year hayabusa2 mission to retrievesamples from the asteroid Ryugu on December 7th.
Tennis great Roger Federer hintedat retirement in 2021 while delivering a speech while receiving Switzerland’sgreatest athlete of the past 70 years award.
India is celebrating the 151stbirth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to hisfavourite bhajan VAISHNAV JAN, by artists from FRANCE