Saturday, July 31, 2021

World News – 18 Nov 2020

NAMASKAR! A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indian perspective’, on All IndiaRadio. This is R.S. RAGHU, bringing glimpses of major developments of the dayfrom across the globe.

THE HEADLINES:

⦁ A strategic EU is in the interest of the world, saysIndia’s External Affairs Minister

⦁ Prime Minister of India congratulates US President ElectJoe Biden in a telephonic conversation.

⦁ US announces further withdrawal of troops fromAfghanistan and Iraq.

⦁ BRICS Nations adopt a new counter-terrorism strategy

⦁ Britain bans the sale of new petrol and diesel cars andvans from 2030.

⦁ And, Pfizer concludes its COVID-19 vaccine trial with a95% efficacy rate.

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WN-EAM-EU

The External Affairs Minister of India on Wednesday said that India looksforward to a strategic EU. In a discussion forum organised by the Centre forEuropean Policy Studies. Dr. Jaishankar spoke on a wide array of aspectscovering the India-EU relations.

Elaborating on collaboration with the EU on the issue of migration he said thatmobility and migration agreements like the one India has with France is the wayforward.

On India-EU collaboration to combat the Coronavirus, the Minister said thatIndia takes its role as the pharma of the world very seriously and iscommitted to make the vaccines affordable and accessible to the entire world.

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WN-US-TROOPS

The US Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller on Tuesday announced thefurther withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq by January 15, 2021. TheUS pullout will leave approximately 2,500 troops in Afghanistan and roughly thesame number in Iraq,
Mr. Miller made it clear that the withdrawal of troops “does not equatechange” to US policies or objectives.

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WN-PM MODI-BIDEN

Prime Minister of India, congratulated US President Elect Joseph Biden over atelephonic conversation. He described the electoral victory of Mr. Biden as atestament to the strength and resilience of democratic traditions in the UnitedStates.

The two leaders agreed to work closely to further advance the India-U.S.Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, built on shared values and commoninterests.

They also discussed their priorities, including containing the Covid-19pandemic, promoting access to affordable vaccines, tackling climate change, andcooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region.

Prime Minister Modi also extended his heartiest congratulations and best wishesto Vice President-elect Senator Kamala Harris.

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WN-OMAN-NATIONAL DAY

The President of India, Mr. Ram Nath Kovind congratulated Sultan HaithamBin Tarik of Oman its Government and people on the occasion of 50th NationalDay of Oman.

Mr. Kovind stated India and Oman are maritime neighbors and India attaches veryhigh priority to further develop and expand vibrant strategic partnershipbetween both the countries. He mentioned that Indian community in Oman is animportant pillar of bilateral relationship, whose contribution is alsoappreciated by Oman.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also conveyed greetings thorugh a letter to Mr.Tarik.

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WN-ISRAEL-BAHRAIN

The Israeli and Bahraini Foreign Ministers on Wednesday said that they willsoon open their embassies.
The two countries look to broaden cooperation promoted by the USA.

On a first official visit by Bahraini officials to Israel, their foreignminister, Abdullatif Al-Zayani, said his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Asshkenazi,would visit Manama in December.

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WN-FAA-BOEING

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration FAA has permitted Boeing corporationto fly its 737 MAX jet again.

The aircraft was involved in two fatal disasters Indonesia and Ethiopia in 2018and 2019 respectively.

The FAA detailed software upgrades and training changes Boeing must make inorder for it to resume commercial flights.

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WN-PAKISTAN-CEASEFIRE

In yet another ceasefire violation, PaK Army troops initiated unprovoked firingalong the LoC in Shahpur and Kirni Sectors of Poonch district in the eveningtoday.

There are no reports of damage to any property and loss of any life so faraccording to the PRO Defence.

This year so far, 1980 ceasefire violations by PaK army troops and PakistaniRangers have been recorded along the LoC and International Border in thedistricts close to the LoC and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir

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WN-GUTERRES-CEASEFIRE

The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged the countriesof the world to adopt a ceasefire and focus energies on fighting theCoronavirus pandemic.

In a tweet, Mr. Guterres said, as the COVID19 pandemic rages on I renew my callfor a global ceasefire so that we can focus on our common enemy: the virus.

He added Now is the time to step up our efforts towards peace andreconciliation.

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WN-BRICS-COUNTER TERRORISM

The five-nation BRICS grouping has adopted a new counter-terrorismstrategy to effectively deal with terrorism.

The BRICS countries reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms andmanifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to internationalpeace and security, and that any act of terrorism committed is a crime and hasno justification.

The BRICS countries aim to strengthen their unity in countering internationalterrorism and its financing.

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WN-TIRUMURTI-ANTI-SEMITISM

India’s Permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador PR Tirumurti said thatthe Jewish community is an integral part of the pluralistic fabric of India andhave enriched it.

Speaking at the world Jewish congress on Tuesday, he said India condemns allforms of Anti-Semitism and discrimination on the basis of religion anywhere inthe world.

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WN-ARMENIA-PLAN

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Wednesday unveiled a six-monthaction plan designed to ensure his country’s democratic stability.

The development follows a Russia brokered peace deal, under which swaths ofterritory previously controlled by ethnic Armenians are being handed over toAzerbaijan.

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WN-BRITAIN-BAN

Britain has decided to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from2030.

This is part of what Prime Minister Boris Johnson described as a “greenrevolution” to cut emissions to net zero by 2050.

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WN-COVID-UPDATE

Now, the Coronavirus s from around the world.

According to WHO data, Global coronavirus infections crossed 54.77 million.

German city of Berlin saw protestors clash with the police having been angeredat Merkel’s plans to enforce restrictions to curb the surge in coronaviruscases.

Indian Council of Medical Research,ICMR has advised that indiscriminateuse of Convalescent Plasma therapy is not advisable for the treatment of theCovid-19 cases.

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WN-PFIZER-TRIALS

Pfizer concludes its COVID-19 vaccine trial with a 95% efficacy rate. In apress release, Pfizer said that the efficacy was consistent across age, gender,race and ethnicity and the efficacy in adults over 65 years was over 94%. Itadded that the company expects to produce globally upto 50 million vaccinedoses in 2020 and upto 1.3 Billion doses by the end of 2021

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WN-SPORTS

Moving on to sports, In tennis, Dominic Thiem defeated 20-time Grand Slamchampion Rafael Nadal in straight sets at the ATP Finals in London on Tuesday.

In the Football and the UEFA Nations League saw Germany getting trounced 6-0 bySpain on Tuesday.

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WN CLOSING

India is celebrating the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end,let us listen to his favourite bhajan VAISHNAV JAN, by artists fromMACEDONIA.

AND WITH THAT, WE END THIS BULLETIN. SEE YOU AT SAME TIME TOMORROW WITH THENEXT EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.

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