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World News 20 Dec 2020

World News

2220 HRS
20.12.2020

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

THE HEADLINES:
⦁ Nepal Parliament dissolved , Elections to be held on April 30 and May 10 next year.
⦁ India lambasts Pakistan for baseless and fabricated allegations over Indian forces.
⦁ US President elect Joe Biden avows US return to the Paris Agreement.
⦁ British Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposes tighter coronavirus curbs over Christmas.
⦁ India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Gurudwara Rakabganj Sahib in New Delhi, pays rich tributes to Guru Teg Bahadur.
⦁ Indian boxers shine at the Cologne World Cup.

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NEPAL-PARLIAMENT

In a surprise move, Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari today dissolved parliament and announced mid term elections in April-May next year. The move comes in the wake of the request made by the Nepali Cabinet. Prime Minister

K.P. Sharma Oli led cabinet held an emergency meeting this morning and recommended to the President  dissolution of the  parliament.

President’s office  accepted the recommendations and issued statement that the elections will be held on April 30 and May 10 next year. The 275 member lower house of parliament or the House of Representatives was elected in 2017 for a five year term.

Analysts attribute the latest political developments in Nepal to the rising intra-party rift  in the Nepal Communist Party between the factions led by Prime Minister K.P.Sharma Oli and Pushp Kamal Dahal.

A section of the ruling Nepal Communist Party has expressed dissent at the dissolution of parliament.

The main opposition party Nepali Congress has termed the Prime Minister’s move to dissolve the parliament as authoritarian and said the party will resist it.

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PAKISTAN-UNMOGIP

India has lambasted Pakistan for its unsubstantiated allegations of Indian forces targeting a UN Vehicle. In a statement responding to media queries, the External Affairs Ministry of India said the allegations were factually incorrect and false. Spokesperson of the Ministry stated that the Indian forward troops were aware of the visit of UN Military Observers in the area and did not conduct any firing as alleged.

He told that Pakistan should investigate its own lapses in ensuring security of UN personnel in the territory under its control instead of repeating baseless and fabricated allegations against India.

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KABUL-BOMB

Eight people killed and more than 15 others were wounded in a car bomb blast in Kabul. Interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian blamed terrorists for the attack, and said casualties included women and children.

US Envoy to Afghanistan, Mr. Zamay Khalilzad expressed grief through twitter over the news of the deaths of innocents and said it was heart-breaking.

He urged the The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban to respect the demands of their people and reach a political agreement as soon as possible.

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BIDEN-CLIMATE

US President-elect Joe Biden has stated that he would bring the United States back into the Paris agreement and lead the world in fighting climate change again.

Announcing the key members of his environmental team he said the world looks to the leadership of the United States to beat climate change and deliver environmental justice.

Vice President Elect Kamala Harris in her address stated that it is the poor communities and communities of colour that bear the greatest risks from polluted air, water and a failing infrastructure.

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BORIS-LOCKDOWN

Amidst rising number of Coronavirus cases over the past two weeks, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has imposed tighter curbs over Christmas across the country. Britain is now grappling with a new more infectious strain of the COVID19. Scientists claim that it is up to 70% more transmissible.

Mr. Johnson said that London and southeast England would now be placed in a new Tier 4 level. People in Tier 4 will be required to stay at home except for essential reasons. The new rules will come into effect from Sunday night

Travel has been banned between Scotland and rest of UK, as the country grapples with a new variant of the virus.

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COVID

In a related development, the WHO has said that it is in close contact with UK  officials on the new COVID19 virus variant. and they’ll continue to share info & results of their analysis & ongoing studies.

France Prime Minister Jean Castex stated that the country could start receiving the COVID 19 vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech in the last week of December if European Union authorities approve it next week.

Israel kicked off a coronavirus vaccination drive, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invoking the Bible and the 1969 lunar landing as he got the country’s first vaccine shot.

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HYPERSONIC WIND TUNNEL

India’s Defence Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh inaugurated the advanced Hypersonic Wind Tunnel (HWT) test facility. The state-of-the-art HWT Test facility is a pressure vacuum driven enclosed free jet facility. India becomes the third country after USA and Russia to have such a large facility in terms of size and operating capability.

The indigenous development is an outcome of synergistic partnership with Indian industries. It can simulate hypersonic flow over a wide spectrum and will play a major role in the realization of highly complex futuristic aerospace and defence systems. Defence Minister congratulated the scientists on their achievements.

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PM-GURUDWARA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited historic Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in New Delhi where the pious Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji’s mortal remains were cremated.

The Prime Minister paid tributes to the courageous Guru Teg Bahadur who made supreme sacrifice for a noble cause, a few centuries ago.

In a tweet, Mr Modi said, he felt extremely blessed as he and millions around the world are deeply inspired by the kindness of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur. Mr Modi called upon people to mark the 400th Parkash Parv of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur in a historic manner and celebrate the ideals of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji.

Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth guru, was born in 1621 and was martyred in 1675 in Delhi in a public execution under the Mughal Rule.

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KUWAIT-OBITUARY

His Excellency Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, former First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the State of Kuwait passed away on Sunday. India’s Ambassador to Kuwait expressed deep condolences over the sad demise. He tweeted that with his passing away, India has lost a dear friend who contributed immensely in the growth of India-Kuwait relations.

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EU-CRUCIAL

The European Union’s chief negotiator on BREXIT, Michel Barnier  on Sunday said that talks with Britain over a post-Brexit trade deal were at a “crucial” point and that the negotiations continued.

Taking to Twitter, Mr. Barnier said that the EU remains committed to a fair, reciprocal and balanced agreement. He added that they  respect the sovereignty of the UK expect the same.

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SPORTS

Indian boxers bagged nine medals including three gold, two silver and four bronze at the Cologne Boxing World Cup ended in Cologne, Germany yesterday. Amit Panghal won gold in men’s category while Manisha Moun  and Simranjit Kaur won gold  in Women’s category.

Lionel Messi equalled Pele’s record of 643 goals for a single club after scoring for Barcelona against Valencia in La Liga on Saturday.

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