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World News 24 Dec 2020

World News

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24.12.2020

NAMASKAR !  A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indianperspective’, on All India Radio. This is R.S.RAGHU, bringing glimpses of majordevelopments of the day from across the globe.

THE HEADLINES:

  • Indian Naval Ship Kiltan carryinghumanitarian assistance for flood-affected Vietnam arrives at Nha Rong Port inHo Chi Minh City.
  • India and China agree to hold 9thround of Senior Commander Meeting for disengagement of troops along the LAC.
  • EU and UK reach a post-Brexittrade deal.
  • US President Donald Trump vetoes740 billion dollar Defence Policy Bill.
  • Israel to impose third nationallockdown to fight climbing COVID-19 infections.
  • China lanuches investigation intoalleged anti-competition practices by e-commerce giant Alibaba.
  • India adds Tso Kar wetlandcomplex to Ramsar Site.

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WN-MISSION SAGAR III

Indian Naval Ship Kiltan carryinghumanitarian assistance to flood-affected Vietnam has arrived at NhaRong Portin Ho Chi Minh City.

The assistance is as a part ofMission Sagar-III, India’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR)assistance to Friendly Foreign Countries during the ongoing pandemic. The shipwill deliver 15 Tons of HADR Stores for the flood-affected people of CentralVietnam. This assistance is reflective of the deep people-to-people connectbetween the two friendly countries.

Mission Sagar-III is beingundertaken in accordance with  PrimeMinister Narendra Modi’s vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in theRegion). It  reiterates India’s positionas a dependable partner, and the Indian Navy as the Preferred Security Partnerand First Responder. The Mission also highlights the importance accorded toASEAN countries and further strengthens the existing bonds.

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WN-PM-VISHVA BHARATI

Prime Minister of India NarendraModi today said that Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s vision is the essence ofAtmanirbhar Bharat, which is the path of India’s welfare for world welfare.

Addressing the centenarycelebrations of the Vishwa-Bharati University in Shantiniketan through videoconferencing, Prime Minister Modi said Gurudev wanted  that the world should benefit from what isbest in India and it should also learn from what is good in the world.

He said, India is spreadingmessage emanating from Vishwa-Bharati to the whole world.The Prime Ministersaid, Vishwa Bharati showed us, how to live and learn with nature.

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WN-MEA-CHINA

The Ministry of External Affairsof India has said that India and China have agreed to hold 9th round of SeniorCommander meeting very soon for the early and complete disengagement of troopsalong the LAC. The Ministry said, the meeting will be held in accordance withthe bilateral agreements and protocols between the two countries.

Briefing media in New Delhitoday, Ministry of External Affairs’ spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, Indiaand China continue to maintain communication channels through diplomatic andmilitary channels.

On the recent politicaldevelopment in Nepal, the spokesperson said that these are internal matters ofNepal to decide as per its democratic processes. He said that India willcontinue to support Nepal and its people in moving forward on the path ofpeace, prosperity and development.

Mr. Srivastava informed thatIndia is looking forward to welcome the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asa chief guest at the Republic Day parade in Delhi next month.

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WN-BREXIT

United Kindom reached a Brexittrade deal with European Union on Thursday, just seven days before it exits oneof the world’s biggest trading blocs.

Announcing the deal, the UK PrimeMinister Boris Johnson has said  althoughUK have left the EU, the country will remain culturally, emotionally,historically, strategically, geologically attached to Europe.

The UK formally left the EU onJan. 31 but has since been in a transition period under which rules on trade,travel and business remained unchanged until the end of this year. The detailsof the agreement have yet to be made public.

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WN-TRUMP VETO DEFENCE BILL

US President Donald Trump hasvetoed a 740 billion dollar Defence Policy Bill. The President has objected the provisions of the bill thatlimit troop withdrawals from foreign countries and remove Confederate leaders’names from military bases. He also wanted it to repeal a liability shield forsocial media companies.

The bill was passed by theCongress earlier this month.   Lawmakerscan override a presidential veto and enact bills into law by musteringtwo-thirds of votes in both chambers of Congress.

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WN-CHINA ALIBABA

In a big development in China’smarket ecosystem, the country’s top market watchdog on Thursday startedinvestigation into alleged anti-competition practices by e-commerce giantAlibaba. The State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) in a statementannounced that, based on reports, it has filed investigations into AlibabaGroup Holdings Co., Ltd. for suspected monopolistic conduct.

The fresh investigation followsthe dramatic suspension of the planned $37 billion IPO of its affiliate AntGroup in November and the summoning of its founder billionaire Jack Ma bygovernment officials, as well as the People’s Bank of China, to “provideviews regarding the health and stability of the financial sector”. Thenews led to tumbling of Alibaba shares by more than 8 per cent in Hong Kong, asper reports. Regulators will also hold “supervisory and guidance”talks with Alibaba’s gigantic financial services subsidiary Ant Group, statemedia reported.

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WN-CHINA – FOREIGN INVESTMENT

China has published new rules forreviewing foreign investment on national security grounds. The review systemwas announced by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) andChina’s Ministry of Commerce, expanding the scope of interpretation of a’foreing investment’ required to go through an approval process. NDRC said, thenew regime (a set of 23 rules) covers foreign investment in military sectorsand the acquisition by foreign entities of controlling stakes in sectors suchas energy, natural resources, agriculture, cultural products and services,internet technology and financial services.

Experts say this is expected tointerpret national security broadly, and firms doing business in China shouldexpect additional regulatory hurdles for major transactions.

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WN-COVID

Now the Coronavirus s fromaround the world,

Singapore has confirmed its firstcase of the new coronavirus variant found in the United Kingdom.

In Australia, millions of Sydneyresidents asked to ‘limit’ Christmas festivities to fight COVID cluster.

Chinese Foreign Ministryspokesman, Wang Wenbin, said on Thursday that it will suspend direct flights toand from the UK indefinitely over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus.

In India the national COVID 19recovery rate has also further improved to 95.75 per cent.

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WN-ISRAEL 3RD LOCKDOWN

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahusaid on Thursday that the country will impose a third national lockdown tofight climbing COVID-19 infections.

A statement from Netanyahu’soffice said that the curbs will come into effect on Sunday evening and last for14 days.

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WN-INDIA – RAMSAR SITE

India has added Tso Kar WetlandComplex in Ladakh as its 42nd Ramsar site, which is a second one in the UnionTerritory of Ladakh. In a tweet, Environment, Forest and Climate ChangeMinister Prakash Javadekar said, the complex is a notable example of two connectedlakes, the freshwater Startsapuk Tso and the hypersaline Tso Kar. The aim ofthe Ramsar list is to develop and maintain an international network of wetlandswhich are important for the conservation of global biological diversity and forsustaining human life through the maintenance of their ecosystem components,processes and benefits.

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WN-PREZ – VP – CHRISTMAS

President and Vice President ofIndia have greeted the people on the eve of Christmas. In his message,President Ram Nath Kovind said, Christmas is an occasion to celebrate with joyand fervour the birth of Lord Jesus Christ. Mr Kovind hoped that this festivalwill nurture peace throughout the world and help maintain harmony in mankind.

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WN CLOSING     24.12.2020

India is celebrating the 151stbirth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to hisfavourite bhajan VAISHNAV JAN, by artists from ISRAEL.

AND WITH THAT, WE END THISBULLETIN. SEE YOU AT SAME TIME TOMORROW WITH THE NEXT EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.

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