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'Teeka Utsav' is the beginning of 2nd big war against Corona Pandemic: PM Modi            India becomes fastest vaccinating country in world; Administers over 10 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine in 85 days            Centre prohibits exports of injection Remdesivir & Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients of Remdesivir            Delhi govt bans all gatherings except marriages & funerals till 30th April            Campaigning in full swing for 5th phase of assembly elections in West Bengal along with by-polls in different states           

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NAMASKAR! A warm welcome to 'World News: an Indian perspective', on All India Radio. This is GAURAV SHARMA and with me is PRASHANTH KUMAR SINHA 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 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.



  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs valedictory session of Combined Commanders Conference at Kevadia in Gujarat.

  • WHO thanks India, South Africa for proposals to WTO to waive patents on medical products for COVID-19 until the end of the pandemic

  • Foreign Secretary of India says India's relations with Japan have acquired dimensions of a Special Strategic and Global Partnership.

  • India beat England in final Cricket test to clinch series 3-1, Qualify for World Test Championship final; Reclaim top spot in latest ICC Test Team Rankings.

  • PV Sindhu storms into Women's Singles final of Swiss Open Badminton tournament at Basel.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the Valedictory Session of the Combined Commanders’ Conference at the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat today.

Our correspondent reports that during the three-day conference, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the military commanders and a team of Secretary-level officers from the Ministry of Defence participated in deliberations. Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief General M M Naravane, Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria, and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh also attended the conference. Jawans and Junior Commissioned Officers also participated in the conference for the first time. The Combined Commanders' Conference, which is a premier brainstorming event of the military officials, is taking place after three years.

According to the sources, the scope of this year's conference was expanded to make it a multi-layered, interactive, informal and informed event with the added participation of about 30 officers and soldiers of various ranks from the three services.



Foreign Secretary of India Mr. Harshvardhan Shringla has said that India's relations with Japan have acquired the dimensions of a Special Strategic and Global Partnership, firmly rooted in history and based on common values. Speaking on the topic of Indo-Japan collaboration for the development of India's North East region, Mr. Shringla said that India's Act East Policy  also subsumed in the wider vision for the North Eastern region  as the 3 Cs – Connectivity, Commerce, and Cultural Commonalities. Mr Shringla also spoke on the India-Japan Act East Forum established by Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minster Abe in 2017 to coordinate joint efforts for the overall development of the region. The initiative aims to enhance connectivity between our North East Region and South East Asia and Bangladesh.



More than one crore 94 lakh 97 thousand doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to the beneficiaries in the country so far. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Saturday informed that a total of 14 lakh 92 thousand 201 doses of vaccines were administered to the beneficiaries in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the country's COVID-19 recovery rate has reached 96.98 per cent with the total recovery of more than 14 thousand patients in the last 24 hours. The Ministry said that more than one crore eight lakh patients have already recovered from this disease. A total number of 18 thousand 327 new cases were reported in the country in the past 24 hours.



In India, COVID-19 vaccination for veterans and dependents of Armed Forces personnel in Service Hospitals is expected to start next week. Union Health Ministry has given approval in this regard. Indian Army said, the process is likely to commence next week after completion of registration of Armed Forces medical facilities on Co-WIN Platform. The guidelines for vaccination will be issued in a few days.



Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan won a vote of confidence in the National Assembly, on Saturday. The National Assembly is the lower house of Pakistan's parliament lower house. Mr. Imran Khan had announced his intention to seek a vote of confidence on Thursday.

In a televised address to the Nation, Pakistan's Prime Minister stated that money had been used to influence Senate elections for the past 30-40 years adding that it posed a challenge to the country.

The development came in wake of the current Finance Minister of Pakistan getting defeated in the Senate elections on Wednesday.  Senator Shibli Faraz has tweeted that Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced Sadiq Sanjrani for Senate Chairmanship.



India has expressed pleasure at Bangladesh's graduation from Least Developed Country (LDC) status. Spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry of India, Mr. Anurag Srivastav on Friday reiterated External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar's statement that India will continue to support Bangladesh and partner with them in their growth trajectory.

Speaking on the South Asia Free Trade Agreement, SAFTA, the External Affairs Ministry said that Prime Minister of Bangladesh Ms. Sheikh Hasina appreciated the duty free access provided by India to goods originating from Bangladesh.



Spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry Mr. Anurag Srivastav has dismissed the allegations levelled against India in the Freedom House Report which downgraded India’s status as a democracy and free society to “partly free”. Speaking to the media on Friday, Mr. Srivastav called into question the political judgement of the US government-funded NGO and said India had robust institutions and well established democratic practices.



External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S. Jaishankar on his recently concluded visit to Bangladesh said that the country is central to India’s neighbourhood first policy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to visit Bangladesh this month. The series of high level visits underlines the strong and ever growing bonds of friendship between the two neighbours. In Today's HOTSPOT section, we are focusing on the Indo-Bangla relations as the two nations celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh's Independence.



Pope Francis arrived in Iraq on Friday, and is expected to travel to Mosul on Sunday, where, according to media reports, he will pray for the victims of the conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which left thousands of civilians dead. UNESCO in a statement said that the Pope’s arrival will come as a message of peace and unity supported on a pillar of diversity. Under the  flagship initiative of UNESCO called Revive the Spirit of Mosul, UNESCO together with partners, including the Iraqi Government, has been working to preserve and promote its rich and diverse cultural and religious heritage, as well as prevent violent extremism through education.



American Space Agencey NASA’s Mars Rover Perseverance has performed a test drive on the Red Planet on Friday. In a tweet, NASA said that the rover had covered 21 feet in its first test drive.

The Perseverance rover ventured from its landing position on Thursday, two weeks after landing on the red planet to seek signs of past life. During a news conference on Friday, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, shared photos of the tire tracks over and around small rocks.



  • The Washington Post reports that the US Senate is debating the 1.8Trillion Dollar COVID relief package piloted by President Joe Biden.

  • Wall Street Journal cites a report to state that Scientists are unearthing new clues suggesting that the virus that causes Covid-19 evolved naturally to infect humans

  • The Guardian reports from the English Premier League that a Granit Xhaka blunder and late VAR drama cost Arsenal as they drew against Burnley.

  • The Sydney Morning Herald writes that Australia’s offer to host this year’s British and Irish Lions series against South Africa has been rejected


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