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NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to 'World News: an Indian perspective', on All India Radio. This is NISHIT KUMAR and with me is V.C PRAMOD bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across the globe. Over the next half an hour, we shall bring for you the latest from the world of politics, economy, sports , entertainment and more.



As the world fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin the programme with a message of precaution to stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps:

Wear a face mask.

⦁ Maintain social distancing.

⦁ Focus on hand and face hygiene. 



⦁ India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch nationwide COVID-19 vaccination program on Saturday.

⦁ New Delhi and Kathmandu discuss several areas of cooperation including connectivity, economy and security issues.

⦁ Earthquake of 6.2 magnitude rocks Indonesia; 42 people reported dead and over 600 injured.

⦁ Dutch Government resigns over Child Benefits Scandal

⦁ Stage is set for the magic of cinema as 51st International Film Festival of India kicks off in Goa on Saturday

⦁ And in Cricket, Australia were 271 for five at stumps on day 1 of the final test match at Brisbane.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination program tomorrow morning through video conferencing. This pan India rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination drive will cover the entire length and breadth of the country. 

A total of three thousand six session sites across all States and Union Territoriess will be virtually connected during the launch. Around 100 beneficiaries will be vaccinated at each session site on the inaugural day.

This vaccination programme is based on the principles of priority groups to be vaccinated and Health Care workers, both in Government and private sectors including ICDS workers, will receive the vaccine during this phase.



China is facing a severe outbreak in the northern Hebei and Heilongjiang provinces that has put more than 28 million people under lockdown. Amid this surge, a World Health Organization-led (WHO) team of investigators are in quarantine in the city of Wuhan, where the disease first emerged in late 2019. More from our Beijing correspondent:

The 15 member delegation, which got clearance from Beijing after a prolonged negotiation to enter the country, had to reach Wuhan without two of its members after they tested positive for coronavirus antibodies in Singapore yesterday. Chinese foreign ministry without giving the composition of the WHO team today said that one British expert and one Sudanese expert from Qatar were tested positive for IgM antibodies and were prevented from boarding the flight from Singapore to Wuhan. During retest, British expert tested negative but Sudanese Expert again tested positive for antibody so he can not come to Wuhan now. It is not yet clear whether any other WHO expert will be allowed as a replacement. The ministry said that China currently mandates all travelers from overseas to present a negative result in both a nucleic acid test and a negative serum lgM antibody test within 48 hours of entry as part of its COVID-19 prevention efforts. Anshuman Mishra for world news, All india radio,Beijing >>

Chinese Medical experts are also worried that the incubation period for the new strain is longer than previous outbreaks, with infections detected even after the recommended 14 days of isolation. Also, this outbreak had been spreading faster than previous ones. Therefore, Authorities are also trying to reduce the risk that it could spread deeper into the countryside as migrant workers return home for Chinese New Year. Officials have expressed concern that the outbreak in Hebei province has been largely in rural areas, where medical infrastructure is weaker and control measures somewhat harder to enforce.



Nepal has granted approval for the COVISHIELD vaccine against the coronavirus Nepal on Friday. The decision comes in the wake of Nepal's foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali meeting India's External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar. Nepal's  Department of Drug Administration in a statment said that  conditional permission has been granted for emergency use authorization of COVISHIELD vaccine against COVID-19 in Nepal.



Brazil is sending an aircraft to India to expedite the arrival of vaccines amid a second wave of infections. The move follows a request to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to release the doses for export. According to the Health Minister of Brazil Eduardo Pazuello the Serum Institute of India Pvt., will supply 2 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca Plc and the University of Oxford to Brazil. Earlier, Researchers in Sao Paulo had announced that the Chinese COVID 19 vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech was 50.4% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in a local trial - barely enough for regulatory approval and well below the rate announced last week.



US President-elect Joe Biden has unveiled a 1.9 trillion dollar Coronavirus emergency relief package. The stimulus plan underscores Biden's intent to aggressively shore up a deteriorating economy and address the devastation wrought by the pandemic. It is designed to provide another infusion of federal aid for families, businesses and local governments confronting a surge of Covid cases.




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An earthquake shook Indonesia's Sulawesi island late in Friday, toppling homes and buildings, triggering landslides and killing at least 42 people.

The Indonesian disaster agency said the death toll climbed to 42 as rescuers in Mamuju retrieved 34 bodies trapped in the rubble of collapsed homes and buildings.

More than 600 people were injured reportedly  during the magnitude 6.2 quake. 

Authorities were still collecting information about the full scale of casualties and damage in the affected areas. There were reports of many people trapped in the rubble of collapsed homes and buildings.

In a video released by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, a girl stuck in the wreckage of a house cried out for help and said she heard the sound of other family members also trapped.



The Dutch government resigned on Friday over the child benefits scandal. Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government stepped down on Friday after it emerged that officials had wrongly pursued thousands of people over welfare fraud.

Rutte called a Cabinet meeting in The Hague where ministers had to make up their minds on quitting just two months before a planned general election. Following the meeting, Rutte informed King Willem-Alexander of the government's resignation.



The sixth meeting of the India-Nepal Joint Commission was co-chaired by External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali in New Delhi today. The Joint Commission comprehensively reviewed all aspects of multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries and explored ways to further strengthen the traditionally close and friendly ties. Both sides discussed several areas of cooperation including in the areas of connectivity, economy and trade, power, oil and gas, water resources, political and security issues. External Affairs Ministry said, the progress made since the last meeting of the Joint Commission in taking forward several bilateral initiatives was acknowledged.

The close cooperation between the two sides in combating COVID-19 pandemic in the region was noted. Nepal congratulated India on the remarkable success in production of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines in India and requested for early provision of vaccines to Nepal.

Noting the milestone achieved by the Motihari-Amlekhganj petroleum products pipeline, the two sides discussed the expansion of the pipeline to Chitwan and the establishment of a new pipeline on the eastern side connecting Siliguri to Jhapa in Nepal.



The magic of cinema will be celebrated in Indian city of Panaji, the capital of Goa from Saturday onwards. The 51st Edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will be kicked with the opening ceremony. The movie buffs will be in for a visual delight as the event will showcase the best movies from across the globe during 16th to the 24th January.  India's Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar will be attending the inaugural ceremony. Leading  Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro  will be honoured with the lifetime achievement award on Saturday. In today's HOTSPOT segment, we bring you the glimpses from what is in store at the mega cinematic event.



The International Jury at this edition of IFFI in Goa has eminent filmmakers from across the world. Pablo Cesar of Argentina is the  Chairman of the jury. The other jury members are, Prasanna Vithanage of Sri Lanka, Abu Bakr Shawky of Austria, Priyadarshan of India and Rubaiyat Hossain of Bangladesh. Argentine filmmaker Pablo Cesar has contributed to the African cinema by making the critically acclaimed films, Equinox, the Garden of the Roses, Los dioses de agua and Aphrodite, the Garden of the Perfumes Los dioses de agua and Aphrodite is a cinema co-produced by Argentina and Angola.




In the Centenary year of the master craftsman & the legendary film maker, Satayjit Ray, some of his best movies have been lined up at the IFFI in Goa. Ray's first film, Pather Panchali (1955) won eleven international prizes, including the inaugural Best Human Document award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. This film, along with Aparajito and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu), formed The Apu Trilogy. 

Charulata is a film based upon the 1901 novella Nastanirh ("The Broken Nest") by Rabindranath Tagore.

Shatranj Ke Khilari is a satirical film on the British annexation of Avadh. The two best friends Mirza Ali and Mir Ali jeopardize their families and an empire due to their almost irrational obsession with the game of chess coupled with extravagant lifesytles.

Sonar Kella is a whodunnit featuring Satyajit Ray's fictional super sleuth feluda based in the picturesque landscape of Jaisalmer.

Ghare Bhaire is a 1984 Bengali romantic drama based upon the 1916 novel of the same name by Rabindranath Tagore.

Ray had an uncanny knack for bringing the mundane trials and tribulations to life through his cinematopgraphy. To achieve this effect, he relied heavily on the element of music to breathe life and vigour into the pictures on screen. Let us listen to a rare interview of the filmmaker from the archives of India's public broadcaster Doordarshan on the topic.

Twenty-four days before his death, Ray was presented with an Honorary Academy Award by Audrey Hepburn via video-link. In his acceptance speech, he called it the best achievement of his movie-making career.



THE 51ST Edition of Asia’s oldest and India’s biggest festival, The International Film Festival of India (IFFI), will honour the renowned Italian cinematographer Mr. Vittorio Storaro with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. He has received three Academy Awards for Best Cinematography for the films and is one of three living persons who has won the award three times. Apocalypse Now , Francis Coppola’s 1979 visionary Vietnam War epic is now regarded as a modern classic.

Reds, a 1981 American epic historical drama about the life and career of John Reed, the journalist and writer who chronicled the Russian Revolution.

and The Last Emperor is a 1987 biopic about the life of Puyi, the last Emperor of China.

Storaro is also known for his work in the films like The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Conformis, Last Tango in Paris amongst others.



The year 2020 was a sombre year for the world of cinema. The year was beset with the bereavement of many stalwarts from the filmmaking world. The 51st IFFI observes the passing away of the many, who carved out a name for themselves internationally by dint of their sheer artistic brilliance. IFFI celebrates their life, through their art and will showcase 19 such films.

Veteran Indian actor and Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Soumitra Chatterjee passed away in Kolkata last year. Considered a towering cultural icon of Bengal, Mr. Chatterjee had struck a winning partnership with the legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray. He debuted on the silver screen as Apu in Ray's timeless classic, 'Apur Sansar’.  Having started his career in All India Radio as an announcer, Mr. Chatterjee went on to win a number of awards home and abroad including the Padmabhusan, the national film awards as well as the highest French civilian award Legion of Honour.

Renowned actor Irrfan Khan passed away on the 29th of April in Mumbai. Irrfan Khan who debut in Bollywood with Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay in 1988 went on to became an internationally acclaimed actor. He has been associated with many international films like Slumdog Millionaire, A Mighty Heart, Jurassic World and The Amazing Spider-Man. His most notable international film is Ang Lee's Life Of Pi which was a huge commercial success.

Hardly a day had passed since Irrfan Khan's death, that the tragic news of the BOBBY Hero and the veteran actor Rishi Kapoor's passing away landed. Rishi Kapoor was the face of romance in Bollywood.

At just 43, american actor Chadwick Boseman, died after a four-year-long secret battle with colon cancer.  Boseman is best known for his role in "Black Panther". 51st IFFI  will honour his memory in its homage section.

Veteran playback singer SP Balasubramaniam also passed away at the age of 74 in Chennai on the 25th of September 2020. Popular to his fans as SPB, he has rendered more than 40-thousand songs in 16 Indian languages, including Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada and Malayalam. No stranger to accolades both national and international, SPB's singing transcended these recognitions and have left an indelible mark in the lives of millions. Let us listen to one of his songs from the prasar bharti archives.

 The cinematic journey at IFFI in Goa  ,although subdued because of COVID19 pandemic,  has a  line up of movies in hybrid mode in what promises to be a cinematic extravaganza.


Tamilnadu celebrates Thiruvalluvar Day today in honour of the Saint Poet Thiruvalluvar.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today bowed to the venerable Saint Thiruvalluvar on Thiruvalluvar Day. Mr. Modi said, people across generations have been positively impacted by his ideals. The Prime Minister urged more youngsters across India to read the Kural, a compilation of 1330 Couplets penned down by Thiruvalluvar 2000 Years ago.

PM Modi recalled  the words of wisdom of Tamil poet and Saint Thiruvalluvar during his visit to Ladakh.



The Valluvar's epic work Thirukkural which consisists of 1330 kurals or couplets is translated into many international and Indian languages. Russian Writer Leo Tolstoy was greatly inspired by Thirukkural and so was Mahatma Gandhi.



Now let us take a look at the major developments around the world, as reported in the foreign press:

New York times has reported that China's censored internet takes Trump's side in his clash with Twitter and Facebook.

The Washington Post has reported that Brazil tested chinese sinovac vaccine with efficacy of only 50.4 percent.

Wall street journal has reported that US has added Chinese  Xiaomi Corporation to the US investment blacklist. The inclusion will prevent Americans from investing in Xiaomi.

UAE based Gulf News has reported that Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has



Moving onto sports,

In Cricket, Australia were 274 for five at stumps on the opening day of the Fourth and Final Test at The Gabba in Brisbane today. Skipper Tim Paine on 38 and Cameron Green on 28 were on crease.

For the hosts, Labuschagne starred with the bat scoring 108, while Matthew Wade and Steve Smith also made notable contributions. Earlier, electing to bat, the hosts did not get off to a good start as both the openers David Warner and Marcus Harris were out with just 17 runs on the scoreboard.

In the women’s doubles category, Tressa (8), Tanisha Crasto (9) and Aditi (9) are among the Indians who are placed inside Top-10.

Earlier, BWF had frozen the world junior rankings as of March 17, 2020, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. 



⦁ India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch nationwide COVID-19 vaccination program on Saturday.

⦁ New Delhi and Kathmandu discuss several areas of cooperation including connectivity, economy and security issues.

⦁ Earthquake of 6.2 magnitude rocks Indonesia; 42 people reported dead and over 600 injured.

⦁ Dutch Government resigns over Child Benefits Scandal

⦁ Stage is set for the magic of cinema as 51st International Film Festival of India kicks off in Goa on Saturday

⦁ And in Cricket, Australia were 271 for five at stumps on day 1 of the final test match at Brisbane.


India is celebrating the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to his favourite  bhajan VAISHNAV JAN, by BRAZIL



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