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Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has said, as the world’s biggest vaccine manufacturing country, India will use its capacity to help entire humanity in fighting the crisis. Addressing the 20th Summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Council of Heads of State via video-conferencing today, Mr Modi said, during the difficult times of pandemic, Indian pharma industry supplied essential medicines to over 150 countries.
Prime Minister said, India expects full support from SCO for a reformed multilateralism that reflects today’s global realities. He said, the United Nations has completed 75 years, but the basic goal of the United Nations is still incomplete. Mr. Modi said, the world which is struggling due to the pandemic expects a complete change in the system of the UN.
The Prime Minister said, India will participate as a non-permanent member in the United Nations Security Council from 2021 and he expects support from all the SCO member countries.
He said, India has always been committed to work according to the principles laid out in SCO charter. Mr Modi said, it is unfortunate that repeated attempts are being made to unnecessarily bring bilateral issues into the SCO agenda which violate the SCO Charter and Shanghai Spirit.
CEASFIRE ARMENIA AZERBAIJAN
Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia said they have signed a full ceasefire agreement to end the military conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region after more than a month of bloodshed.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan first announced the signing of agreement on social media on Tuesday. Russia and Azerbaijan later confirmed the news.
Russain president Vladimir Putin has said that Russian peacekeepers would be deployed along the frontline in Nagorno-Karabakh and the corridor between the region and Armenia.
US – BIDEN
The US President-elect Joe Biden set out the blueprints for his Transition Covid-19 Advisory Board. He has appealed to Americans to wear a mask as the best way to “turn this pandemic around”. Mr. Biden promised that he will get an approved vaccine manufactured and distributed “as quickly as possible to as many Americans as possible, free of charge.
WORLD SCIENCE DAY-VP
World Science Day for Peace and Development is being observed today. Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the day reminds people that the ultimate aim of science is to bring happiness and make people’s lives better.
In a tweet, Mr Naidu said, the ongoing pandemic has highlighted the need for the world scientific community to come together and find solutions to the pressing problems of humanity.
PERU PRESIDENT IMPEACH
Peru’s Congress ousted President Martín Vizcarra on Monday in an impeachment vote over corruption allegations.
The motion to remove the president was approved by 105 votes to 19, with four abstentions. 87 votes were needed to impeach the President.
Head of Congress, Manuel Merino, is expected to assume the presidency on Tuesday and will remain in office until the end of current term in July 2021.
Meanwhile, Mr. Vizcarra has rejected the corruption allegations as baseless and false.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that WHO’s funding must become more flexible and predictable to end a major misalignment between expectations and avaialble resources. He stressed the need to reimagine global leadership reflecting the lessons of the COVID19 pandemic.
Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s from around the world.
According to WHO data, Global coronavirus infections crossed 50.45 million. Palestine Liberation Organisation secretary general and chief negotiator Saeb Erekat died on Tuesday of coronavirus complications.
Brazil’s health regulator, Anvisa said on Monday that it has suspended a clinical trial for China’s Sinovac coronavirus vaccine. The suspension came in the wake of a severe adverse event during clinical trials.
In India, COVID 19 recovery rate has increased to 92.64%. The active cases fall below 6 per cent of total cases.
CHINA INDIA SHIP
China has cited COVID-19 regulations for denying departure to a stranded Indian merchant ship loaded with Australian coal. The ship named Jag Anand has been awaiting anchorage at the Chinese port Jintang near Tangshan in China’s Hebei province since June this year. 23 crew members are stuck on the ship and most of them have exceeded their limit of 11 months to stay on board and are eligible for repatriation.
At a press briefing in Beijing today, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said that as per China’s regulations and the crew members’ quarantine requirements, China is providing convenience to these crew members.
AFRICAN UNION CEASEFIRE
The chairperson of African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat in a statement appealed for the immediate cessation of hostilities in the region. He called on parties to respect human rights and ensure the protection of civilians.
Moving on to sports. In Golf, former Masters champion Sergio Garcia will miss this year’s event at Augusta after testing positive for coronavirus.
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