NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indian perspective’, on All India Radio. This is R.S Raghu bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across the globe.
- New Delhi says Beijing has no locus standi to comment on India’s internal affairs.
- India dismisses Pakistan’s dubious claims that New Delhi sent overtures for talks.
- Thailand declares emergency to quell student protests.
- EU imposes sanctions on Russian officials and organisation over the poisoning of its opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
- In Badminton, India’s Kidambi Srikanth sails into the quarterfinals of the Denmark Open.
India has said that China has no locus standi to comment on its internal matters. Replying to media queries On China’s remarks over border infrastructure, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been, are and will remain integral parts of India. He said, Arunachal Pradesh is also very much an integral part of India. This fact has been clearly conveyed to the Chinese side on several occasions, including at the highest level.
The Spokesperson said, New Delhi hopes that countries will not comment on India’s internal matters as much as they expect the same from others.
Mr Srivastava said, Government of India has focused on creating infrastructure for improving livelihood and economic welfare of its people. He said, Government gives specific attention to development of border areas for economic development and to meet India’s security and strategic requirements.
India today dismissed the claim of Pakistan Prime Minister’s Special assistant on national security that New Delhi has sent a message to Islamabad for talks between the two countries.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson of India, Anurag Srivastava said, New Delhi has seen reports on interview of by a senior Pakistani official to an India media outlet and he has commented on India’s internal matters.
He termed it as Pakistan’s efforts to divert attention from domestic failures of the present Government and mislead its domestic constituents by pulling India into headlines on a daily basis. The MEA Spokesperson said, the official is well advised to restrict his advise to his establishment and refrain from any comment on India’s domestic policies.
Bangladesh will not co-finance the phase 3 trial of the Corona vaccine being developed by the Chinese company Sinovac Biotech. Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said that co-financing was not in the agreement and the company never asked for money when they approached the Bangladesh government. The Minister said that Sinovac had agreed to bear all expenses and give 1.10 lakh free vaccines to the country. They had also agreed to share the technology with Bangladeshi pharmaceutical companies to make the vaccine.
Health Minister Zahid Malequ said that Bangladesh is in talks with at least five front runners for the vaccine including Astrazeneca.
The US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E Biegun has said that Bangladesh is a key partner of the US in the Indo-pacific region. Speaking at the joint media briefing with the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen in Dhaka on Thursday, Biegun said that Bangladesh’s economic growth, geo-political location and stability has increased its impression in the US.
Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr A.K. Abdul Momen said that the Rohingya issue was also discussed with the visiting US Deputy Secretary of state. Stephen Biegun said that the Rohingya crisis requires a regional and global response. He advocated a role of every major country in the region including India to resolve the issue.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF RURAL WOMEN:-
Today is International Day of Rural Women. The Day recognizes the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.
In an exclusive interview with AIR News, the Country Director, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Dr. Rasha Omar has underlined the role of women in fighting climate change and finding solutions for the impact of climate change.
In Thailand, authorities declared a strict new state of emergency for the capital on Thursday. The move comes a day after the student-led protests against the country’s traditional establishment heckled a royal motorcade.
The protestors are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister, constitutional changes and reform of the monarchy.
Several top leaders of the protest movement were taken into custody. Police said they had made 22 arrests.
Government said that the Prime minister had ordered police to take strict action against those who obstruct a royal procession.
The European Union on Thursday imposed sanctions on six Russian officials and one organisation over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Only a day ago, the Russian foreign minister had warned that Moscow might respond with similar measures.
The decision was agreed upon among the 27 EU representatives to Brussels.
The list includes two high level officials in the Presidential Executive Office, a director of the federal security service and two deputy ministers in the Russian Defense Ministry. The EU is also targeting the State Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology.
WORLD BANK PANDEMIC:-
The World Bank has called for emergency financing of 25 billion dollar to help the world’s poorest countries grapple with the massive challenges of the COVID 19 pandemic.
World Bank Chief, David Malpass told finance ministers and central bank governors of the G20 major economies that he would propose the supplemental financing package later this month to deputies of the International Development Association (IDA).
Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s. According to WHO data, the number of infected cases has crossed 38.20 million worldwide.
Germany on Thursday posted a record daily increase in confirmed coronavirus cases.
French President Emmanuel Macron said that France will restore a state of health emergency that expired three months ago.
Hong Kong and Singapore said that they have agreed to a bilateral air travel bubble, re-establishing travel links as coronavirus infections in both cities decline.
Meanwhile, India’s COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 87.36 per cent, with over 6.3 million recoveries so far. A new milestone has been reached with 90 million tests so far in the country.
SPORTS:- Moving onto sports-
In Badminton, India’s Kidambi Srikanth has stormed into the quarterfinals of the Denmark Open with a straight game win over Candian Jason Anthony Ho-Shue.
Kenya’s Daniel Wanjiru, the 2017 London Marathon winner, has been banned for four years due to an Athlete Biological Passport violation.
In Indian Premier League Cricket, Royal Challengers Bangalore sets a target of 172 runs. In its reply, Kings XI Punjab had scored 123 for 1 wickets in 14 overs, as per the latest s.