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World News

2220 HRS
21.01.2021

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 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 caution to stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps:

Wear a face mask.

Maintain social distancing.

Focus on hand and face hygiene. 

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THE HEADLINES:

Nepal and Bangladesh receive Made in India COVID19 vaccines.

President Joe Biden announces United States to return  Paris Agreement to fight climate change.

China sanctions 28 Senior US Officials including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Mongolia’s Prime Minister resigns after COVID-19 protests.

At least 23 people killed in twin suicide bomb attack in Baghdad.

And In Badminton, India's  Sameer Verma advances to  men's single quarter finals of the Thailand open.

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INDIA BANLADESH VACCINE

True to the spirit of being acknowledged as the Pharmacy of the World , India's  role as the top vaccine manufacturer has come to the fore once again. Under the Vaccine Maitri Initiative, India continues to provide COVID19 vaccines to neighbouring countries. Adopting a cooperative approach to fight the corona pandemic, India today handed over two million doses of the COVID 19 vaccine to Bangladesh.

The vaccine was handed over in Dhaka by the High Commissioner of India Vikram Doraiswami to the Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen and Health Minister Zahid Maleq.  More from Our Special Correspondent in Dhaka:

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NEPAL VACCINE

Meanwhile, India today sent 1 million doses of a Covid vaccine to Nepal as gift under Vaccine Maitri Initiative. Nepal health minister Hridayesh Tripathi said the vaccine gifted by India will be given to health workers and other front-line personnel within a week to 10 days.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar confirmed on Twitter that Nepal received Indian vaccines. The Minister said in another tweet, along with a photograph of Air India flight that carried the consignments to Dhaka, Touchdown in Dhaka. VaccineMaitri reaffirms the highest priority accorded by India to relations with Bangladesh. Nepali Prime Minister,  K P Sharma Oli, thanked Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi as well as the Government and people of India for the generous grant of one million doses of COVID vaccine to Nepal.

Yesterday India had sent 150,000 doses of Covisheild vaccines to Bhutan and 100,000 doses to the Maldives.  In a major announcement, Indian Government said on Tuesday that it will send COVID-19 vaccines to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles from Wednesday and supplies to Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Mauritius will commence after confirmation of necessary regulatory clearances.

India is one of the world's biggest drugmakers, and an increasing number of countries have already approached it for procuring the coronavirus vaccines.

The MEA said it will be ensured that domestic manufacturers will have adequate stocks to meet domestic requirements while supplying abroad. India had earlier supplied hydroxychloroquine, Remdesivir and paracetamol tablets, as well as diagnostic kits, ventilators, masks, gloves and other medical supplies to a large number of countries to help them deal with the pandemic.

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PM-NEPAL

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India remains committed to assist the people of Nepal in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. He was replying to Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on Twitter who thanked Mr Modi and people of India for one million doses of vaccines. Mr Modi said, the vaccines being made in India will also contribute to the global efforts to contain the pandemic.

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INDIA-BHUTAN-VACCINE-MAITRI

India has always accorded a high priority to its relations with Bhutan. Bhutan has been and remains, India’s trusted friend and neighbour. Prime Minister Modi very early in his second term, visited the Himalayan neighbour, in line with India’s continued emphasis on its ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’.

On Wednesday, just days after India launched the world’s largest vaccination drive against COVID-19, India sent its first consignment of COVID19 vaccinations to Bhutan. With this, Bhutan became the first country outside India to receive the vaccines indigenously produced in India.

Today, we are in conversation with Ambassador of India to Bhutan, Ms. Ruchira Kamboj in an exclusive interview to All India Radio.

Question 1: Ambassador , what are your reactions to the first tranche of COVID-19 vaccines that were delivered to Bhutan on Wednesday?

Amb. Kamboj: Yesterday was a beautiful day……………(1.20s)

Question 2: Could you shed some light on how Bhutan is tackling the pandemic? Also on how it plans on proceeding with the vaccination drive?

Amb. Kamboj : Bhutan’s fight against Covid 19…………(1.28s)

Question 3: India’s partnership with Bhutan has been an enduring one and India has always been the proverbial “friend in need” to its Himalayan Neighbour. Can you share with our listeners in what other ways is India supporting Bhutan during this grave crisis induced by the COVID pandemic and Bhutan’s efforts to overcome this difficult challenge?

Amb. Kamboj : Since the outbreak of the pandemic……….(1.25s)

Thank you so much Ambassador Ma’am for taking time out to help our listeners learn more about this most cherished of friendships between India and Bhutan.

You were listening to Ms. Ruchira Kamboj, India’s Ambassador to Bhutan in conversation with All India Radio.

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INDIA-MALDIVES-VACCINE-MAITRI

India and Maldives share ethnic, linguistic, cultural, religious and commercial links steeped in antiquity and enjoy close, cordial and multi-dimensional relations. The COVID pandemic has brought testing times to the country just as it has been for the rest of the world. However, rays of hope in the form of COVID vaccines landed on the beautiful country of Maldives as India shipped its first consignment of COVID vaccines on Wednesday.

In conversation with us is High Commissioner of India to Maldives, speaking exclusively with All India Radio from Male.

Question 1: Sir can we have your reactions on yesterday’s development of the Made in India COVID-19 vaccines reaching Maldives?

HC. Sunjay Sudhir: It was indeed a historic day for Maldives…..

Question 2: Could you enlighten our listeners on how Maldives is coping with the COVID challenge?

HC. Sunjay Sudhir : I must say that Maldives has done a wonderful job…..

Question 3: How has India supported India in ending the scourge of the COVID 19 pandemic?

HC Sunjay Sudhir: COVID indeed has been a dark………..

Question 4 : How is Maldives emerging from this pandemic and reopening to the rest of the world, given that the country’s economy is so dependent on tourism?

HC Sunjay Sudhir : Maldives has done phenomenally well……….

Question 5: Can you tell us what quantity of vaccines has been sought by the Maldives government and when they are expected to be available to Maldives?

HC Sunjay Sudhir : In the initial lot……

Question 6: Ambassador sir, how would you look at the prospects of further deepening of ties between the two countries?

HC Sunjay Sudhir : India is known as the pharmacy of the world……..

Question 7: Would you like to elaborate on the epithet of “pharmacy of the world” that India is associated with?

HC Sunjay Sudhir : India is known as the…….

Thank you so much for being with us and sharing your thoughts with our listeners Sir.

That was India’s High Commissioner to Maldives Mr. Sunjay Sudhir speaking exclusively with All India Radio.

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INDIA MYANMAR VACCINE

A consignment containing 1.5 million doses of COVISHEILD vaccines from India will reach Yangon tomorrow. Sources said Myanmar is one of the first countries to receive Indian government's gift of the “Make in India” COVIDSHIELD vaccines, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India. Myanmar is an important land and maritime neighbour of India with which India shares close historical, civilisational, cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic ties. Myanmar is a vital component of India’s “Neighbourhood First” and “Act East” policies.

On 30th April last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation with Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar. During the conversation, Prime Minister conveyed India's readiness to provide all possible support to Myanmar for mitigating the health and economic impact of COVID 19.

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US PARIS AGREEMENT

President Joe Biden has announced America’s return to the international Paris Agreement to fight climate change. He signed an executive order at the White House just hours after being sworn in, to reverse the previous administration’s withdrawal from the 2015 accord. Biden has promised to put the United States on a track to net-zero emissions by 2050. Biden’s orders also require government agencies to consider revising vehicle fuel efficiency standards and methane emissions curbs.

Climate-change leaders and campaigners worldwide welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden’s move to rejoin the 2015 Paris Agreement. They  also said that Washington must also cut emissions and use its influence to encourage other countries to do the same.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed President Biden’s steps to re-enter the Paris Agreement . UN chief said that he looks forward to an era of new leadership towards accelerating climate action, with the US back inside the landmark Paris Agreement. 

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PM MEEING BENEFICIARIES

Prime Minister of India NarendraModi  to interact with beneficiaries and vaccinators of COVID19 Vaccination drive in Varanasi, tomorrow. The participants will share their first hand experience of vaccination with the PM.

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CHINA-TRUMP

China announced sanctions on 28 former Trump Administration officials, moments after they left office yesterday, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. In a statement released minutes after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, Beijing slapped travel bans and business restrictions on Secretary Pompeo, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and UN Ambassador Kelly Craft among others.

The sanctioned individuals and their immediate family members are prohibited from entering the mainland, Hong Kong and Macao of China. They and companies and institutions associated with them are also restricted from doing business with China. The sanctions underscore Beijing’s antipathy towards the US Administration it regarded as hostile.

Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement that over the past few years, some anti-China politicians in the United States, out of their own political interests and prejudice and hatred against China planned, promoted and executed a series of crazy moves.

The Trump Administration had steadily ramped up pressure on China since last year but increasingly so over the past several months. During its last weeks in office, the Administration had hit numerous officials with sanctions for their actions on Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the South China Sea.

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MANGOLIA PM RESIGNS

Mongolia’s Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa has submitted his resignation to parliament after protests in the capital Ulaanbaatar over the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In his resignation statement,  Khurelsukh said that he should assume the responsibility upon himself and accept the demand of the public. His resignation needs to be approved by parliament.

The state news agency Montsame has reported that the protests erupted on Wednesday over an alleged inhumane treatment of a COVID-19 patient and her newborn baby at a specialist quarantine facility run by Mongolia’s National Center of Communicable Diseases.

Mongolia had earned praise from the World Health Organization in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic for its handling of the health crisis. But the country has recently been battling an new outbreak of COVID 19. 

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IRAQ SUICIDE ATTACK

A twin suicide bombing killed at least 23 people and wounded more than 50 in a Baghdad market on Thursday.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Suicide bombings have been rare in the Iraqi capital since the defeat of the Islamic State militant group in 2017. The last took place in January 2018.

The Iraqi military said two attackers wearing explosive vests blew themselves up among shoppers at a crowded market in Tayaran Square in central Baghdad, and that several people had been killed.

Baghdad has witnessed almost no such attacks since Iraqi forces and a U.S.-backed coalition drove Islamic State from territory it controlled in Iraq in 2017.

The last deadly suicide blast in the Iraqi capital, also at Tayaran Square, killed at least 27 people in January 2018.

Iraqi authorities did not immediately say who they believed was behind the bombing, but called it a terrorist incident.

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IFFI

Today was the sixth day of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which is going on at Panaji. Though on a hybrid mode that is physical and virtual, the festival has evoked very good response. More from our Panaji correspondent:

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INDIA GERMANY

India has been among the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with the Federal Republic of Germany after the Second World War. Bilateral relations between the two countries are founded on common democratic principles marked by a high degree of trust and mutual respect. In an exclusive interview with AIR News, Walter J. Linder, the German ambassador to India shared his insights on India Germany relations. 

He expressed "strong support" for India  in its bid for a permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council. Mr. Linder said, the membership of the permanent members in the UN Security Council reflects the situation in 1948.  The reputation and credibility of the United Nations is endangered if we don't reform it rapidly, he added. 

The complete interview can be listened to at the World News  program tomorrow on FM Gold channel and additional frequencies from 10 30 PM.

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MEA-FISHERMEN

India has expressed shock at the unfortunate loss of lives of three Indian fishermen and one Sri Lankan national following a collision between their vessel and a Sri Lankan naval craft. External Affairs Ministry said India's strong protest in regard to this incident was conveyed by Indian High Commissioner to the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister today. A strong demarche was also made to the Sri Lankan Acting High Commissioner in New Delhi.

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GOOGLE FRENCH PUBLISHERS

Alphabet’s Google and a group of French publishers have said that they had agreed a general framework over copyrights under which Google will pay publishers for content online.

Google has only signed individual agreements with a few publications so far, including national dailies Le Monde and Le Figaro.

Their statement said that the principles agreed between the French publishers’ organisation , Alliance de la presse d’information générale (APIG), and Google include criteria such as the daily volume of publications, monthly internet traffic and “contribution to political and general information,”.

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⦁ The New York Times has reported that three big chinese telecom companies have filed requests asking  New York stock exchange to reverse the decision of their delisting.

⦁ UK based The guardian writes that UK has insisted that it will not grant European Union ambassador full diplomatic status.

⦁ Russia based Sputnik News has reported that Hungary has become first European Union country to authorise Russia's Sputnik V vaccine .

⦁ Turkey based Daily Sabah has reported that Libyan envoys at United Nations-backed talks in Egypt agreed to hold a constitutional referendum ahead of the elections.

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SPORTS

⦁ In Badminton , India's Sameer Verma defeated Rasmus Fenke of Denmark 21-12, 21-9 to reach quarterfinals of Thailand open. The mixed doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also sailed into the quarterfinals with a 22-20 14-21 21-16 win over the German duo of Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich.

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

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

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