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76.16 per cent polling recorded till 5 PM in 4th Phase of West Bengal Assembly polls: EC            India and Netherlands announce launch of strategic partnership in water sector and setting up of fast track mechanism to facilitate bilateral trade            India's cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage nears 10 crore            Teeka Utsav to be organised from tomorrow across the country to control surging COVID-19 cases            Rajasthan govt imposes night curfew in 9 cities till April 30 to curb pace of COVID-19 infection           

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World News

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28.02.2021

NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to 'World News: an Indian perspective', on All India Radio. This is RS RAGHU and with me is  PURNIMA SAMANT KARAKOTI 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.

COVID OPENING

As the world fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin 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

⦁ India's nationwide COVID-19 Vaccination drive to cover senior citizens and those above 45 years with co-morbidities begins on Monday

⦁ India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks people not to lower guard against Corona virus.

⦁ Crackdown against protests results in death of at least 18 people in Myanmar.

⦁ Forty-seven democrats and activists in Hong Kong  charged with conspiracy to commit subversion.

⦁ India's Polar Satellite launch vehicle, PSLV successfully launches Brazil's Amazonia 1 satellite, along with 18 other passenger satellites into orbit.

⦁ And in Hockey: Indian Men’s team beats Germany 6-1 in the first match of the European tour.

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COVID NATIONWIDE DRIVE

India's nationwide COVID-19 Vaccination phase to cover senior citizens and people above 45 years with co-morbidities begins from Monday . The registration for vaccination will open at 9:00 am at www.cowin.gov.in. Citizens will be able to register and book and appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the COWIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as Arogya Setu. The vaccine will be administered free of cost at ten thousand government hospitals to these groups while the cost of the vaccine at around 20 thousand private Vaccination Centres will be borne by the people. Private Hospitals can charge up to 250 rupees per dose of COVID-19 vaccine during the Vaccination Drive. States has been given freedom to use all private hospitals empanelled under State Government Health Insurance Schemes as COVID Vaccination Centres. Health facilities of Public Sector Undertakings and government health facilities will be utilized as  as COVID Vaccination Centres.

The registration can be done in three ways. The first is advance self-registration under which the beneficiaries will be able to self-register by downloading the CO-Win 2.0 portal and through other IT applications such as Arogya Setu. This will show the government and private hospitals serving as COVID vaccination centres with the date and time of the available schedules. The beneficiary would be able to choose the Covid Vaccination Centres of his or her choice and book an appointment for vaccination. There will be only one live appointment for a beneficiary at any point of time for each dose. Appointments for any date for a COVID Vaccination Center will be closed at 3:00 PM on that day for which the slots were opened.

The second is on-site registration which  allows those who cannot self-register in advance to walk into the identified COVID vaccination centres and get themselves registered on-site and then vaccinated.

The third process is facilitated cohort registration under which the State and UT governments will take a proactive lead . A specific date for COVID vaccination will be decided where target groups of potential beneficiaries will be vaccinated.

Private hospitals functioning as COVID Vaccination Centres can charge subject to a ceiling of 250 rupees per person per dose along with the electronic and financial management mechanism. The Health Ministry has asked all such private health facilities to follow strict norms of due process, quality and safety including integration with the National Co-Win technology platform. All private health facilities must also have adequate space, cold chain arrangements, number of vaccinators and support staff . There should be adequate arrangements for addressing Adverse Event Following Immunization.

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COVID-REGISTRATION

Meanwhile, our correspondent reports that the State governments in India have been apprised of the simplified system of certifying people with 20 co-morbidities within the 45 to 59 years age group. The simplified one page certificate will be signed by any registered medical practitioner. The certificate can either be uploaded on Co-WIN 2.0 by the beneficiary while self registering or a hard copy can be carried by the beneficiary to the Covid Vaccination Centres.

The eligible persons will be able to register at the Co-WIN2.0 portal through their mobile number. The user can login at the portal with OTP from their registered mobile number. With one mobile number, a person can register as many as four beneficiaries. To avail online registration, the citizens can use photo identity documents like Aadhar Card, Electoral Photo Identity Card, Passport, Driving License, PAN Card, NPR Smart Card and Pension Document with photograph. The citizens can schedule themselves to the available time-slots for vaccination at the nearby Covid Vaccination center. Citizens can download the confirmation of the appointment and it will be also shared through SMS on their registered mobile number. The government has identified 20 specified Comorbidities that will prioritized the individuals for the COVID-19 vaccination. They include Heart failure with hospital admission in the past one year, Post Cardiac transplant, Kidney and Liver transplant recipient or on wait-list, Leukaemia, lymphoma, HIV infection, Diabetes and Hypertension on treatment and Severe respiratory disease with hospitalization in the last two years. With a view to strengthen  the COVID vaccination capacity significantly, a large number of private facilities is being involved in this vaccination drive. Around ten thousand private hospitals empanelled under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, 687 hospitals empanelled under CGHS and other private hospitals empanelled under State Government Health Insurance Schemes can participate as COVID Vaccination Centers. With Dipendra , Anand Kumar, AIR News Delhi.

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PM-CORONA

Prime Minister of India,  Narendra Modi has urged people to not lower guard against the Coronavirus. He said there should not be any laxity in the observation of rules regarding Coronavirus related precautionary measures in the busy month of March

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COVID-INTERNATIONAL

Now let's take a look at the Coronavirus s from around the world.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has formally approved the single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine. This is the third vaccine to be authorised in the country. The vaccine is set to be a cost-effective alternative to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and can be stored in a refrigerator instead of a freezer. The first doses could be available to the US public as early as next week. The UK, EU and Canada have also ordered doses, and 500 million doses have also been ordered through the Covax scheme to supply poorer nations. President Joe Biden hailed it as  an encouraging development for Americans, but warned that the fight is far from over. Meanwhile, The US House of Representatives approved a 1.9 trillion Dollar coronavirus stimulus fund in the early hours of Saturday morning. In Bangladesh, all primary, secondary and higher secondary level educational institutions will reopen on the 30th of March. Education Minister Dipu Moni  made the announcement on Saturday. Educational institutions have remained closed in the country since  the 17th of March last year after the first corona positive case was detected in Bangladesh on 7th March. New Zealand's largest city Auckland goes into a seven-day lockdown starting Sunday. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement late on Saturday. According to reports, the move was prompted by the case of a person who had been infectious for a week but not in isolation. Abhishek Mukhopadhya,for World News, AIR

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ISRO-SATELLITE

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C51 successfully launched Brazilian satellite Amazonia-1 along with 18 co-passenger satellites on Sunday  from  Satish Dhawan Space Centre , Sriharikota.  After a flight of about 17 minutes, the vehicle injected the Amazonia-1 into its intended orbit and in the succeeding 1 hour 38 minutes, all the 18 co-passenger satellites successfully separated from the PSLV in a predetermined sequence.

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HOTSPOT

Sunday's successful launch of Amazonia-1 on board India's PSLV-C51 heralds a new phase of cooperation between India and Brazil in the field of space. In today's HOTSPOT section, we are focussing on India's leadership role in the area of Space technology.

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MYANMAR-CRACKDOWN

At least 18 people have been killed on Sunday as police and armed forces used force on the protestors against the military government in various parts of Myanmar. Protesters have been demanding the restoration of civilian government and release of the deposed State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

The office of the High Commissioner of UN Human Rights organisation said that it has received credible information that at least 18 people have died and more than 30 wounded due to use of force against peaceful demonstrations. The deaths occurred as a result of live ammunition fired into crowds in Yangon, Dawei, Mandalay, Myeik, Bago and Pokokku. Tear gas and stun grenades were also used in various locations.

The military run MRTV reported that more than 470 people had been arrested on Saturday after the police launched a nationwide crackdown against protestors in Myanmar.

Protests took place in several towns and regions of Myanmar including the Shan State, capital city of Kachin state Myitkyina, Bago, Yangon and Mandalay among others even as the military government stepped up use of force against the protestors.

Pressure is mounting internationally on the military government, with the World Bank announcing a temporary hold on disbursements on its operations in Myanmar. The US embassy in Myanmar has called the targeting of civilians by the military government as ‘abhorrent’.

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MYANMAR-INDIA

Meanwhile, the India has reacted to the developments in Myanmar. In a tweet, the Embassy of India at Yangon said it is deeply saddened by loss of lives in Yangon and other cities of Myanmar. It expressed heartfelt condolences to families and loved ones of those deceased.Furthermore, the Indian embassy urged all to exercise restraint and resolve issues through dialogue in a peaceful manner.

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HONG KONG-ARREST

In Hong Kong, Forty-seven democrats and activists were charged on Sunday with conspiracy to commit subversion. This is the largest single crackdown on the opposition under a new  national security law imposed by Beijing. According to reports, the Hong Kong police said in a statement they had laid a charge against 47 persons with the single count. They will appear in court on Monday, the statement added.

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BANGLADESH-PROBE

The Home Ministry of Bangladesh has formed a five-member probe committee to investigate the death of the undertrial writer Mushtaq Ahmed in Gazipur jail.

The 53 year old writer Mushtaq Ahmed was arrested in May last year under the controversial Digital Security Act (DSA) on the charges of spreading rumours and carrying out anti-government activities on Facebook. He was lodged in Kashimpur jail where he died on Thursday.

Speaking on the incident, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday in a press conference said there is nothing to be done if one dies of sickness in jail. On the issue of Digital Security Act (DSA), Prime Minister Hasina said that the government was under obligation to ensure digital security as it is creating a digital Bangladesh with ICT facilities at the grassroots level.

The Spokesperson of the US department of state tweeted  that the US is concerned about the death of Bangladeshi writer Mushtaq Ahmed while detained under the DSA. He called upon the Bangladesh government to conduct a transparent investigation and for all countries to uphold the right of freedom of expression

Meanwhile, students protested for the second consecutive day in Dhaka on Saturday against the incident. Protestors among other demands, called for the revocation of the DSA.

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SAUDI-ATTACK

In Saudi Arabia, the coalition forces have thwarted a missile attack over capital Riyadh and bomb-laden drones targeting Jizan on Saturday night. Spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition, Brigadier General Turki al-Malki claimed that the missiles were fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels.

Multiple loud explosions were heard last night as skies above Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh lit up with bright flashes as kingdoms Patriot missile batteries intercepted and shot down rebel missiles in the air. No casualties were reported except minor damages to some houses due to fragments of the missile hitting them.

A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting the Houthis in Yemen in over a year-long war.

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SLAF-ANNIVERSARY

The Indian Air Force arrives in Colombo for participating in the 70th anniversary of the Sri Lankan Air Force. The celebrations will be held on the 2nd of March. In a reflection of Strong bonds and camaraderie between the two countries and their militaries, Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy will participate in the event. An Aerobatic Display by Sarang, Surya Kiran, Tejas Fighter Aircraft, Tejas Trainer and the Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft are amongst the events. A total of 23 aircraft of the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy would participate in the grand event.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has issued a statement regarding the participation of IAF and Indian Navy aircraft and personnel in the 70th Anniversary celebration of SLAF. It says that the move is indicative of the growing cooperation, camaraderie and friendship between the Armed Forces of the two nations.

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RAMAN EFFECT

The 28th of February is observed as the National Science Day. The day celebrates the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’. It was on this day in 1928 that CV Raman announced the discovery.  Born on November 7, 1888 CV Raman , he carried out ground-breaking work in the field of light scattering. Apart from getting the Nobel Prize for Physics, India honoured him with its highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna in 1954. Let us listen to the journey which led to the discovery of the Raman Effect from the Prasar Bharti Archives.

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SPORTS

Now moving onto sports.

In Hockey, the Indian Men's team made an electrifying start to their first game of European Tour against Germany. Taking to the field in Krefeld after a gap of around one year, India defeated the four-time Olympic champions Germany 6-1 to resume their International journey on a winning note.

For India, midfielder Nilakanta Sharma scored the first goal in the 13th minute. Germany leveled the score in the 14th minute. However there was no looking back for Men in Blue. Midfielder Vivek Sagar Prasad scored two consecutive goals in the 27th and 28th minute. Lalit Kumar Upadhyay took the scoreline to 4-1 in the 41st minute while Akashdeep Singh and Harmanpreet Singh made it 6-1 for the visitors.

Germany was awarded two penalty corners in the second quarter but failed to capitalize on them. 

The next match between the two teams will be played on March 2. India will then travel to Antwerp, Belgium where they will take on Great Britain on March 6 and 8 before wrapping up the 17-day tour.

In Cricket, India's hopes of playing in the inaugural World Test Championship final at Lord's against New Zeland now depends on the result of the fourth and last test with England which begins on 4th March in Ahmedabad. Having lost the third test, England have slipped to 64.1 points percentage and stands no chance to play the World Test Championship final. If England manages to level the series by defeating India, New Zealand will meet Australia in the final.

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RARE DISEASES DAY

Today is World Rare Diseases Day. These are not common, there is lack of awareness about them, are cost intensive in terms of treatment , mostly genetic and affecting children.

The day marks raising the awareness among the people, policy makers, public authorities, industry representatives, researchers, health professionals and anyone who has a genuine interest in rare diseases. According to estimates, over 300 million people are living with one or more of around 6,000 identified rare diseases around the world. Currently around  3.5  to 5.9 per cent of the global population are affected by the rare diseases.

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FPR

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

⦁ The Washington Post writes that US President Joe Biden has asserted that America is Back in a bid to reclaim USA's global leadership position.

⦁ Wall Street Journal reports that Former President Donald Trump will make his first public appearance since leaving office at the CPAC on Sunday.

⦁ Globe and the Mail writes that Mexican asylum-seekers hope for better days under Biden's immigration system.

⦁ The Himalayan Times reports that Nepalis carry a chariot around the Boudhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, during the Mamla Jatra, on Saturday.

⦁ Khmer Times reported on Sunday that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will get inoculated with AstraZeneca vaccine on the 4th of March.

⦁ Gulf Times reports that Qatar's Consular Affairs Department calls on Qataris traveling to Saudi Arabia to abide by the Kingdom's customs declaration procedures.

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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 SINGAPORE.

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

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