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.
⦁ Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls for continued vigilance as India prepares to roll out COVID vaccinations; Nationwide dry run to begin on 2nd January.
⦁ Thousand of Indian students in China stuck in limbo.Indian embassy in discussion with chinese authorities over repatriation.
⦁ United States demands release of jailed Uighur doctor in China 22 people killed and more than 50 wounded in an attack on Yemen’s airport
⦁ Protests held in several countries to demand justice for Baloch activist Karim Baloch.
Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Rajkot in Gujarat today through video conferencing.
In his address Mr. Modi said that the new year is “coming with the hope of treatment. Expressing cautious optimism, the Prime Minister called for continued vigilance among the people. He said the slogan used to be ‘jab tak davai nahi dhilai nahi’ but now the mantra for 2021 should be: ‘Davai bhi, kadaai bhi’. The new slogan calls for people to strictly observe the necessary precautions as they wait for the vaccination.
The dry run for COVID-19 vaccine will take place across the country on 2nd January 2021. Indian Government has asked all States to ensure effective preparedness for the vaccine roll out. India’s Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparedness at session sites for COVID-19 vaccination.
The objective of the Dry Run for COVID-19 vaccine introduction is to identify the challenges and guide way forward prior to actual implementation.
Indian students pursuing their higher studies in China are in limbo as there is no clarity from Chinese side on their return to the campuses. Around 20000 Indian students along with many other foreign students are waiting to return from their motherland and resume their studies. Many of them are stuck for 11 months now, losing almost a year.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Thursday said, China will assess the situation concerning resumption of studies in China for foreign students . He said it requires colleges and universities to carefully arrange online courses for them, and address their legitimate concerns .
However, students who spoke to Prasar Bharati told that online courses have limited utility and there has been no communication from Chinese side on their return.
Protests have been held in United States, Netherlands and across different cities of Balochistan against alleged murder of prominent Baloch leader Karima Baloch. Thousands of students, women and children participated in the protests at Balochistan. Protestors demand a thorough and independent investigation into the mysterious death of Karima Baloch.
WN -CHINA -US
The United States called for the release of a Uighur Muslim medical doctor Gulshan Abbas who was sentenced to 20 years jail in China .
In a tweet, the U.S. assistant secretary , Robert Destro, said Gulshan Abbas must be released.
He further asserted that the doctor’s forcible disappearance, detainment and harsh sentencing by the Chinese Communist Party is evidence of a family suffering the consequences of speaking out against a government that has no respect for human rights.
YEAR ENDER-COVID AND BEYOND
The year that is soon to pass will go down in history as one which witnessed many an aberration. The COVID pandemic brought life to a standstill. As we approach the end of this year, it is time to pay respects those who lost their lives to the pandemic. Social distancing, home stay and isolation became necessary for survival. Global leaders rallied their countries to observe the protocols put in place to save lives.
Very soon there was a realisation that the problems of today’s world can only be solved together. Cooperation, partnership and multilateralism came to the fore in fighting the pandemic. Multilateral institutions were pressed into action and the Secretary General of the United Nations urged nations to work together.
India is poised to claim its rightful position of a leader of nations in the coming year. With its entry into the UN Security Council as a non permanent member, India’s growing stature in the high table of international relations is being welcomed by nations across the world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi summarised this sentiment shared by the world, in the words of Mahatma Gandhi.
The year saw new leaders stepping up to take the mantle on combating climate change. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared climate emergency, committed to a carbon neutral economy by the year 2025. Japan and a few other countries joined the move.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call to make India self reliant, an AatmaNirbhar Bharat, received a ringing endorsement from its partner nations. The Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation shared in the optimism that a self reliant India, is good for the world.
If the first half of the year 2020 was a witness to human vulnerabilities, the second half of the year was a reflection of human resilience. As the the sun ushers in the first day of the new year, the arrival of vaccines, the shared beliefs in the multilateralism and cooperation promises a better world in the year 2021.