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07.04.2021

NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to 'World News: an Indian perspective', on All India Radio. This is MANOJ SINGH RANA and with me is ADITI LOOMBA 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.


THE HEADLINES-:
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserts, students and parents should not consider exams end of life; Interacts with students, parents and teachers at first virtual edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha.

  • Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman urges all G20 members to ensure equitable access and widespread distribution of vaccines.
  • Mexico authorizes emergency use of India’s COVID-19 vaccine COVAXIN.
  • US Special Presidential Envoy on Climate John Kerry calls on Indian Prime Minister in New Delhi ; Appreciates India’s Climate Actions including its ambitious renewable energy plans.
  • International Monetary Fund upgrades growth projection for India to 12.5 per cent for Financial Year 2021-22.
  • Football’s world governing body, FIFA suspends Pakistan's membership.

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PM - PARIKSHA PE CHARCHA

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asserted that students and parents should not consider exams the end of life and always try to do better in the next attempt. Engaging with students, parents and teachers at the first virtual edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha, Mr Modi shared his mantras to overcome stress and anxiety.

The Prime Minister asked students not to fear exams but celebrate them.Mr Modi also asked parents not to pressurize kids and let them enjoy exams.The Prime Minister asked teachers to guide students on time management.  While interacting with Punyo Sunya from Arunachal Pradesh and Vineeta Garg from Delhi, the Prime Minister suggested that students should divide their attention and energy accordingly towards each subject.


TIME MANAGEMENT

The Prime Minister also said a student should always try to attempt the difficult topic in the beginning and devote more time to it. He added that hard subjects and topics must be done in the morning before jumping onto easier topics, because the mind is fresh and concentration is sharp. He asked students not to run from difficult subjects as anything can be accomplished with hard work.


ATTEMPT DIFFICULT FIRST

Mr Modi also highlighted the importance of spare time saying it is essential for the day to not become monotonous and robotic. He asked students to devote their spare time in activities through which they can express themselves and develop their personality. He said creativity can take people to newer heights.


UTILISE SPARE TIME
PM KERRY

US Special Presidential Envoy on Climate John Kerry called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. He briefed the Prime Minister on his fruitful and productive discussions during his visit to India. He appreciated India’s Climate Actions including its ambitious renewable energy plans. John Kerry  briefed the Prime Minister about the upcoming Leaders’ Summit on Climate on 22nd and 23rd April. Prime Minister Modi said that India is committed to meeting its nationally determined contributions under the Paris Agreement. India in fact has been among the few countries on track to meet these commitments. Mr. Kerry told that the US would support India’s climate plans by facilitating affordable access to green technologies and requisite finance. Prime Minister agreed that cooperation between India and the US particularly on financing innovation and faster deployment  of green technologies would have a positive demonstration effect on other countries.

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RBI GOVERNOR

The Reserve Bank of India monetary policy committee has maintained the repo rate and reverse repo rate unchanged at 4 and 3.5 per cent. This was announced by the RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das after the three-day long meeting of the monetary policy committee. The committee also unanimously decided to continue with the accommodative stance to sustain growth and continue to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, while ensuring that inflation remains within the target.


SHAKTIKANTA DAS

The Bank also retained real GDP growth for 2021-22 fiscal at 10.5 per cent. The marginal standing facility rate and bank rate also remain unchanged at 4.25 per cent. The evolving CPI inflation trajectory is likely to be subjected  to both upside and downside pressures. Mr Das also said that the rural demand remains buoyant and record agriculture production in 2020-21 bodes well for its resilience. The RBI governor further also said that urban demand has gained traction and should get a fillip with the ongoing vaccination drive.

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WN-IMF-INDIA

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has upgraded its growth projection for India to 12.5 per cent for Financial Year 2021-22. In its latest World Economic Outlook report, the IMF has pegged India's GDP to grow 1 per cent higher than its previous report published in January this year. The Washington based International Financial Institution has projected a contraction of 8 percent in the growth in the last fiscal while it has forecasted a growth of 6.9 per cent in the next financial year beginning in 2022. The IMF has also said that inflation will taper down to 4.9 per cent in the current financial year.

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IMF-BANGLADESH

IIMF has projected 5 percent growth rate for Bangladesh for the year 2021. In its latest World Economic Outlook it said the Bangladesh economy will grow at 7.5 percent in the year 2022.Consequently, the GDP of Bangladesh is projected to grow from 329 billion US dollars  in 2020 to 352 billion US dollars in 2021. The IMF also made an upward revision in the global growth rate projection  to 6 percent for the year 2021 and 4.4 percent for  2022. The report noted that an additional 95 million people are estimated to have fallen into extreme poverty in 2020. IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath said that the 1.9 trillion dollar US stimulus and adapting to the continuing pandemic by the countries has contributed substantially to the positive change in the growth outlook.

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SITHARAMAN- G 20

Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has urged all G20 members to ensure equitable access and widespread distribution of vaccines. Participating virtually in the Second G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting, Ms Sitharaman shared that India is running an ambitious programme of rapid domestic vaccination. She said India has emerged as key global producer of vaccines and medical products, especially during the pandemic. The MInister stated that India has covered over 87 million citizens in its vaccination drive so far and has supplied over 64 million doses to 84 countries, including 10 million doses as grant. She urged the G20 High Level Independent Panel on Financing the Global Commons for Pandemic Preparedness and Response to draw upon these  experiences of the country.

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WORLD HEALTH DAY

World Health Day is being observed on Wednesday. The day is aimed at creating awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization. Over the years, this has brought to light important health issues such as mental health, maternal, child care and climate change.  The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that World Health Day is a day to reaffirm our gratitude and appreciation to all those who work day and night to keep our planet healthy. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, It’s also a day to reiterate our commitment to supporting research and innovation in healthcare. He also  called upon everyone to keep the focus on fighting COVID-19 by taking all possible precautions. A report.


BHUPENDRA WHO -  44 SECS

World Health Day provides an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on important aspects of global health. In order to celebrate this day, people around the world participate in activities that are related to the topics of health. It is a day that usually marks the beginning of a new campaign that seeks to promote a healthy world. The theme for World Health Day this year is Building a fairer, Healthier world. The World Health Organization has said that as COVID-19 has highlighted, some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others. All over the world, several people struggle to make ends meet with little access to health services. This leads to unnecessary suffering and premature death which harms our societies and economies.  Bhupendra Singh, AIR News, Delhi"

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GLOBAL COVID-UPDATE

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


NISHIT KUMAR

Mexico’s health regulator Cofepris has authorized the emergency use of India’s COVID-19 vaccine COVAXIN, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said  this on Tuesday. Mexican Foreign  Minister added that  COFEPRIS had taken very timely decision to authorize the emergency use of the COVAXIN vaccine manufactured in India. The options for vaccination against COVID-19 in Mexico are expanding. Britain has started using Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in Wales. Britain has surged ahead of the rest of Europe in the race to vaccinate its population as almost half of its citizens have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. However supply issues from its main Oxford-AstraZeneca shot have slowed progress in recent days. A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the country is still on track to provide a first dose to all adults by the end of July. He said, the vaccination drive will now be bolstered by the addition of the Moderna shot. Already used in the United States and other parts of Europe, it becomes the third vaccine to be used in Britain after AstraZeneca and one from Pfizer-BioNTech.

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Brazil has recorded more than 4,000 Covid-related deaths in 24 hours for the first time, as a more contagious variant fuels a surge in cases.Hospitals are overcrowded, with people dying as they wait for treatment in some cities, and the health system is on the brink of collapse in many areas. The country's total death toll is now almost 337,000, second only to the US.But President Jair Bolsonaro continues to oppose any lockdown measures to curb the outbreak. Australian and New Zealand residents will be able to travel between the two nations without having to quarantine from 19th April. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the move on Tuesday Since October, New Zealand travellers have been allowed to enter most Australian states without quarantine, though this had not been reciprocated. The countries shut their borders in March last year and brought in compulsory quarantine for returning nationals.NISHIT KUMAR FOR AIR WORLD NEWS.

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BANGLADESH LOCKDWON

The Religious affairs ministry of Bangladesh issued a circular on Wednesday disallowing all kinds of mass gathering before and after prayers in mosques or any other places of worship. The decision has been taken in view of the continuing rise in COVID 19 cases in the country at an alarming rate. Earlier, the Ministry had issued another circular directing that no Iftar or Sehri will be allowed to be held in the mosques during the month of Ramzan. Several other health directives were also issued for people coming to the mosques to offer prayers in order to limit the spread of Coronavirus. More from our  dhaka correspondent.

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Rajesh jha

Bangladesh continues to witness a record breaking number of fresh Corona positive cases in the country. On Wednesday also, Bangladesh recorded 7626 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. It is the highest single day number of Corona positive cases in the country since March last year when the first COVID 19 case was detected in the country. 63 deaths were also reported. The death toll in the country has gone up to 9447.

In order to control the spread of the Coronavirus, the Religious affairs ministry of Bangladesh issued a circular today disallowing all kinds of mass gathering before and after prayers in mosques or any other places of worship. Earlier, the Ministry had issued another circular directing that no Iftar or Sehri will be allowed to be held in the mosques during the month of Ramzan. Several other health directives were also issued for people coming to the mosques to offer prayers in order to limit the spread of Coronavirus. On the third day of the countrywide lockdown, buses started operating  inside the city limits after the government partially rolled back the suspension of public transport on Tuesday. Some parts of the capital city also witnessed protests by shopkeepers and two-wheeler ridesharing drivers demanding an end to closure of shops and ban on ridesharing respectively. Rajesh Jha/ World News/ All India Radio/ Dhaka

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INDIA-BAHRAIN

The third India-Bahrain High Joint Commission meeting was held in New Delhi on Wednesday. It  was co-chaired by Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and his Bahrain counterpart Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani. Dr Jaishankar said in a tweet that they agreed to expand cooperation in energy, infrastructure, health, defence and digital sectors. They also exchanged assessments on the regional situation. Both leaders reaffirmed close and long-standing partnership of Indian and Bahrain.

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INDIA SEYCHELLES

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan will jointly inaugurate a range of Indian projects in Seychelles virtually on Thursday. The high level event will feature joint e-inauguration of the new Magistrates’ Court Building, and handing over of a Fast Patrol Vessel to Seychelles Coast Guard. It also includes handing over of a Solar Power Plant and inauguration of 10 High Impact Community Development Projects.The new Magistrates’ Court Building in the capital city Victoria is India’s first major civil infrastructure project in Seychelles built with grant assistance. It is a state of the art building which will substantially enhance the capacity of the Seychelles judicial system and aid in better delivery of judicial services. The Fast Patrol Vessel, which is a modern and fully equipped naval ship, has been made in India and is being gifted to Seychelles under Indian grant assistance to strengthen its maritime surveillance capabilities. Seychelles occupies a central place in Prime Minister’s vision of ‘SAGAR’ - ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’. The inauguration of these key projects demonstrates India’s privileged and time-tested role as a reliable partner of Seychelles for meeting its infrastructural, developmental and security requirements. It is testimony to the deep and friendly ties between the people of India and Seychelles.

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MEA-MIGRANT WORKERS

The first online Pre-Departure Orientation Training, PDOT Programme for migrant workers was launched today to supplement physical training being held in PDOT Centres. Indian Ministry of External Affairs in association with Protector of Emigrants, Mumbai and other POEs has taken this initiative in view of Covid restrictions and to take advantage of technology. Online PDOT will continue even after Covid restrictions are eased to facilitate prospective migrants, who are not in a position to attend the training in-person, and to expand its reach. PDO training would help migrant workers to know about the culture, language and regulations of the destination country to ensure their safety and security. The initiative will provide prospective migrants with better skills and empower them further as they embark on the journey of migration.

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HONG KONG - PROTESTS

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai and two pro-democracy activists have pleaded guilty to charges of participating in an illegal march during mass anti-government protests in August, 2019.  Earlier, Lai and six more activists were found guilty in a separate court case over unauthorised assembly during protests. Lee said, he has pleaded guilty, but he has done no wrong in affirming the rights of people to peaceful procession.  Sentences in both cases are to be handed down later. The maximum possible punishment is five years in prison. The 2019 pro-democracy protests were held in reaction to Beijing’s tightening squeeze on wide-ranging freedoms promised to Hong Kong upon its return to Chinese rule in 1997. These protests plunged the semi-autonomous city into its biggest crisis since the handover. <><>

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WN-BUSINESS

The Sensex and the Nifty today gained around one percent amid mixed global cues. On the other hand, the rupee, at the foreign exchange market, weakened 113 paise against the US dollar. A report from the business world-

The Sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange, BSE, surged 460 points, or 0.94 percent, to close at 49,662. Nifty at National Stock Exchange also climbed 136 points, 0.92 percent, to finish at 14,819.

In the Sensex pack, shares of 27 companies gained while three logged losses. In sectoral indices, 18 out of 19 sectors climbed.

In the Global equity market, Asian shares traded mixed. South Korea’s KOSPI gained 0.3 percent and Japan's Nikkei-225 added 0.1 percent. On the other hand, Hong Kong's Hang Seng plunged 0.9 percent while Singapore's Straits Times fell 0.4 percent and China’s Shanghai Composite index slipped 0.1 percent. European stocks were mixed in intra-day trade.

Back Home, Gold prices rose 280 rupees per 10 gram at Multi Commodity Exchange for April contracts. Gold futures were trading around 46,200 rupees per ten gram. Silver futures also gained 90 rupees to trade at around 65,985 rupees per kilogram for May contracts.

And... the rupee, at the foreign exchange market, weakened 113 paise to 74 rupees and 56 paise against the US dollar. 

 Lalima Aneja Deng for World News, All India Radio.

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WN-SPORTS
Moving onto sports,

Football’s world governing body, FIFA has suspended Pakistan's membership, and ordered an unrecognised committee to vacate the national football federation's headquarters in the country. Pakistan football has been run by a FIFA-appointed committee since 2019, but members were evicted from their Lahore office last week by a group claiming to have held legitimate elections. In a statement from its headquarters in Zurich, FIFA said,  the Pakistan Football Federation, PFF has been suspended until further notice. PFF representative and club teams are therefore no longer entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted.

The ban means Pakistan will no longer get FIFA development funding, worth around 1.25 million dollar a year. Pakistan has been suspended twice before because of government interference in the sport.


The country is currently ranked 200th out of FIFA's 210 teams. Real Madrid and Machester City have won  their  First leg matches in the Quater Finals of the  Union of European Football Associations  Champions League (UEFA). In the first match ,twenty-year-old Vinicius Junior scored a brace as Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 .


In another match , Manchester City eked out a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund at home in their respective first leg quarter final. For City ,Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden scored two goals  while  Marco Reus scored one for Dortmund. Liverpool are on the brink of exiting the Champions League at the quarter-final stage following the defeat in the first leg. In Thursday's matches, Paris Saint- German will take on Bayern Munich and FC Porto is all set to play against Chelsea.

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US-OLYMPICS

The United States has hinted that it will not rule out the possibility of consulting with partner countries over a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games amid rising concerns over human rights violations in China's Xinjiang province. In a press briefing, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said, the Department of State, as part of their thinking on the Beijing Olympics, is engaging with partners and allies to coordinate closely on decisions and approaches to the government in Beijing. The remarks came amid a growing rift between the US and China over several issues including human rights violations in the Xinjiang province, political situation in Hong Kong and trade. US and some of its allies, including the European Union, have imposed sanctions against Chinese officials over human rights abuses in Xinjiang province. The Winter Olympics in 2022 is slated to be held between February 4 and 20 in Beijing.

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

  • The New York Times reported that a  28-year-old man died in the Philippines after the police forced him to do 300 squats as punishment for breaking lockdown rules.
  • Washington post cites the Forbes to write that Global billionaires added 8 trillion dollars to total net worth in the last year.
  • Globe and the Mail write that the Ontario government is facing increasing pressure to address COVID-19 outbreaks in essential workplaces.
  • The Sydney Morning Herald reports that an operator of three COVID vaccine clinics in Sydney has apologised for sending a text message to patients telling them to respond within 48 hours or risk losing their vaccine dose |
  • South China Morning Post reported that China’s ‘new’ border rules in Tibet point to same old dispute with India
  • Khaleej Times writes that the Forbes annual world’s billionaires list includes a record-breaking 2,755 billionaires, with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos topping it for the fourth consecutive year.

  • The Telegraph writes that some 62% of eligible Bhutanese citizens were vaccinated in just one week, outstripping both the UK and the United States.
  • The Guardian reports that the Rowley Shoals, a thriving Australian reef shows what’s possible when ecosystems are untouched by humans.

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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 CAMBODIA .

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