NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indian perspective’, on All India Radio. Thisis RENUKA, bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across theglobe.
- Prime Ministerof India Narendra Modi calls upon citizens to celebrate Diwali with localproducts.
- Globalcoronavirus infections exceed 50 million.
- USPresident-elect Joe Biden to convene coronavirus task force on Monday.
- UN launchesresponse plan for life-saving assistance to people affected by Typhoon Goni inPhilippines.
- Virgin Hyperlooptests human travel on super high-speed levitating pod system.
- And,International Table Tennis returns after 8 month gap due to COVID-19.
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Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi today called upon the citizens of thecountry to celebrate Diwali this year with local products. He gave the sloganLOCAL For DIWALI this year and said that it is our commitment andresponsibility to celebrate diwali with all locally produced items. Diwali, themost beautiful of all Indian festivals, is a festival of lights symbolising thevictory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness celebrated inthe month of November.
While launching development projects worth 6.14 billions in his parliamentaryconstituency Varanasi, the Prime Minister appealed to the public to promote andpurchase local products for Diwali. He said that it will further ignite thewhole local economy. He added that when everyone praises local products andtheir quality then it will not only have an impact on others but the peopleinvolved in production will also benefit by it.
US President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign has urged the head of the U.S.General Services Administration to approve an official transition of power.
In one of his first tasks, Joe Biden has convened a coronavirus task force onMonday to examine the No. 1 problem confronting him when he takes office in January.
He has announced a 12-member coronavirus task force to mount an effectiveresponse to the pandemic that has infected millions and damaged the US economy.In his victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware, Mr Biden said he will spare noeffort to turn around this pandemic.
Biden’shealthcare advisers have held talks with drugmaker executives on the U.S.
government’sOperation Warp Speed program to accelerate work on COVID-19 treatment.
India has welcomed the removal of Sudan from the List of State Sponsors ofTerrorism and Sudan’s normalisation of relations with Israel. External AffairsMinistry said in a statement that India’s relations with Sudan are historic andspecial, and forged on the basis of shared values and close people-to-peoplecontacts.
India congratulated the Transitional Government and the people of Sudan on thesigning of the Juba Peace Agreement. New Delhi expressed hope that thesepositive developments will usher in democratic changes and contribute toenhancing Sudan’s development, peace, security and stability.
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The United Nations and humanitarian partners in the Philippines on Mondaylaunched, a response plan for 45.5 million dollar for hundreds of thousands ofpeople affected by Typhoon Goni.
UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the Philippines, Gustavo Gonzalez launched theplan. He said that with support from donors, the humanitarian community isready to support through a coordinated response of emergency relief and earlyrecovery.
Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s from around the world.
According to WHO data, Global coronavirus infections exceeded 50 million onSunday. A second wave of the virus in the past 30 days accounting for a quarterof the total infections.
Europe, with about 12 million cases, is the worst-affected region, overtakingLatin America.
Europe accountsfor 24% of COVID-19 deaths.
The global second wave is testing healthcare systems across Europe, promptingGermany, France and Britain to order many citizens back to their homes again.
The United States became the first nation worldwide since the pandemic began tosurpass 10 million coronavirus infections.
In India, the COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 92.56 per cent .The numberof active COVID 19 cases remained below 6 lakh for the 11th consecutive day.
The drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech have said that their COVID-19 vaccine ismore than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 based on initial data froma large-scale clinical trial of a vaccine. The companies said they have so farfound no serious safety concerns and expect to seek U.S. emergency use authorizationlater this month.
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Virgin Hyperloop said on Sunday that it has completed the world’s firstpassenger ride on a super high-speed levitating pod system. The company claimedthat the key safety test will transform human and cargo transportation withzero carbon emissions. It has previously run over 400 tests without humanpassengers.
Los Angeles-based Hyperloop envisions a future where floating pods packed withpassengers and cargo hurtle through vacuum tubes at 966 kilo meters per hour orfaster.
The hyperloop system, uses magnetic levitation to allow near-silent travel thatwould be twice as fast as a commercial jet flight and four times faster than ahigh-speed train.
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The first flight carrying Israeli tourists to the UAE landed in Dubai onSunday. The event marks the latest sign of the normalization deal reachedbetween the two nations.
The flight flew across Saudi Arabia and then over the waters of the PersianGulf to reach the UAE.
FlyDubai plans to begin its flights to Tel Aviv later this month. The airlinedescribed Sunday’s flight as a commercial charter flight for the incomingtourists.
The Police in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi have fired water cannons at crowdsprotesting against the results of last week’s parliamentary election.
Thousands of protesters gathered outside the Central Election Commission todemand a new vote, after accusing the ruling party of rigging the poll. Theyrejected the elections result and called for the resignation of both the policechief and the election commission. The ruling Georgian Dream party which hassecured over 48% of votes in the 31 October election has denied the accusationsof fraud. Georgian Dream party has been in power since 2012.
Moving on to sports. The International table tennis has returned on inChina after an enforced eight-month break because of the coronavirus. TheWomen’s World Cup began on Sunday behind closed doors in the eastern coastalcity of Weihai with 21 players from across the globe taking part over threedays.
In soccer, Switzerland’s third largest private bank Julius Baer said on Mondaythat it has made an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice tosettle allegations over its role in corruption surrounding global soccer bodyFIFA.
Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Monday released a special anthology onMahatma Gandhi- ‘My understanding about Gandhi’ – during a ceremony atKathmandu in the presence of Indian Ambassador Vinay Mohan Kwatra.
The book has been brought out by the Embassy of India along with the BP KoiralaIndia-Nepal Foundation to cherish the values of the Mahatma’s universalteachings with Nepali friends.
The Indian Embassy in a statement said that the publication hopes to bring theyouth of Nepal closer to Mahatma Gandhi, whose life and ideals remain timeless,universal and relevant for today’s world.
India is celebrating the 151th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before weend, let us listen to his favourite bhajan VAISHNAV JAN, by artists fromARMENIA.
AND WITH THAT, WE END THIS BULLETIN. SEE YOU AT SAME TIME TOMORROW WITH THENEXT EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.