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World News – 16 Nov 2020

NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indian perspective’, on All India Radio. This is RENUKA, bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across the globe.

THE HEADLINES:

India won’t rest till a comprehensive convention on terrorism is reached, says Dr. S. Jaishankar.

More than 150 Pakistani terrorists operating in Afghanistan killed by Afghan Forces.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says world looks up to India’s leadership in promoting peace, tolerance and non-violence.

Vaccines not enough, says WHO Chief as he announces 3 new initiatives to tackle the pandemic.

Space X makes history as NASA launches it into orbit.
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EAM-DECCAN DIALOGUE

India’s External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar has stated that the Coronavirus crisis has brought out the importance of international cooperation and today India is far more international than before.

Giving the Keynote address at the Deccan Dialogue, Dr. Jaishankar said that the vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat or a self-reliant India is to integrate India more into the global arena.

Speaking on the issue of terrorism, the Minister said that India won’t rest till it reaches a comprehensive convention on terrorism.

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PM-BRICS

Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi will be attending the 12th BRICS Summit on Tuesday. Hosted by Russia, the meeting will be held in a virtual format with the theme : Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth.

India will be taking over as the Chair of the BRICS and host the 13th BRICS Summit in 2021.

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PM-STATUE OF PEACE

The Prime Minister of India on Monday said that India has always shown the way of peace, non-violence and tolerance to the world and humanity.

He added that the world today looks up to India’s direction and leadership for these very values that India has upheld. Mr.Modi was speaking virtually at the unveiling of the ‘Statue of Peace’ in Rajasthan dedicated to Sunishwar Ji Maharaj. He expressed confidence that the statue would be a beacon of inspiration for the values of peace, non-violence and the spirit of service to the world.

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TOLERANCE-UNESCO

Today is the International Day for Tolerance. It recognizes the role of universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others in ensuring the survival of mixed communities in every region of the globe.

In an exclusive interview with AIR News, Head of the UNESCO New Delhi Office Eric Falt said that education is key to fight intolerance.

On World Tolerance Day, the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence for 2020 was awarded to Centre Résolution Conflits (CRC) from the Democratic Republic in Congo.

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PREZ-PRESS DAY

President of India, Mr. Ramnath Kovind commended the role played by the media in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. Speaking on the occasion of National Press Day, the President said, media has played the important role in educating people and thereby mitigating the impact of the pandemic. He conveyed his appreciation to the media persons and called them frontline corona warriors.

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AFGHANISTAN-TERRORISTS KILLED

More than 150 Pakistani terrorists operating in Afghanistan were killed in operations conducted by Afghan forces in Helmand and Kandahar provinces.

Afghan Interior Ministry has released a list of Taliban terrorists killed in recent clashes with Afghan forces.

According to a report by the UN Security Council, around 6,500 Pakistani terrorists are operating in Afghanistan, most of them belonging to the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan.

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SPACEX-LAUNCH

NASA on Monday launched SpaceX with four astronauts on a flight to the International Space Station on Sunday.

In a historic collaboration with Elon Musk’s Space-X, NASA said the Crew-1 mission lifts off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA Kennedy Space Center.

After they dock to the International Space Station, the crew will conduct science and maintenance before returning to Earth in spring of 2021.
President-elect Joe Biden Tweeted his congratulations, calling the launch “a testament to the power of science.”

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PERU-CRISIS

Peru heads into a constitutional crisis as interim president Manuel Merino resigned on Sunday.

Calling the decision irrevocable, Merino, in a televised speech, asked his cabinet to stay on to help in the transition. He urged peace and unity as protests erupted in Peru after the impeachment of the President Martín Vizcarra last week over allegations of bribery.

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COVID-UPDATE

According to WHO data, Global coronavirus infections crossed 54.07 million.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he was perfectly well in a video on Twitter. He has gone into self isolation, having come in contact with a COVID positive lawmaker.

US Pharmaceutical company Moderna said on Monday that its experimental vaccine was 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19.

It is higher than the 92 percent prevention rate of Russian vaccine Sputnik-V.

In India, Bharat Biotech has started Phase III trials for COVAXIN today involving 26,000 volunteers across India.

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WHO-TEDROS

The WHO Chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday stating that vaccines alone won’t be enough to stop the pandemic, announced 3 new initiatives to fight the Coronavirus pandemic. The announcements were made in the 147th session of the Executive Board.

He said that the initiatives are expected to further strengthen both national capacities & WHO’s efforts to support them.

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HARSHVARDHAN-WHO

India’s Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that there is no better future without Health For All. Digitally chairing the WHO Executive Board on Monday, the Minister highlighted global partnerships and investment in global public health for strengthening health systems.

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SPORTS

In Tennis, Novak Djokovic was given the ATP Tour Number One trophy to equal Pete Sampras’ record of winning six year-end number one trophies.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach on Monday expressed confidence that the Tokyo Games will be held successfully next year.

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