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Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Bhutan’s requirements will always be top priority for India
Indian Naval Ship Airavat, carrying food aid for South Sudan arrives in Kenya
UN Secretary General urges EU to cut emissions by 55% by 2030
UN Refugee Agency calls on all parties for ceasefire in Ethiopia
Scottish writer Douglas Stuart wins 2020 Booker Prize for his debut novel ‘Shuggie Bain’
In cricket, ICC postpones 2022 women’s T-20 world cup till February 2023
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering jointly launched e-RuPay card Phase-II today. Both the leaders had jointly launched Phase-I of the project during the State Visit of the Prime Minister to Bhutan in August last year.
Mr Modi said, India stands with Bhutan in the difficult hour of the COVID-19 pandemic. He asserted that Bhutan’s requirements will always be top priority for India.
Prime Minister Modi said, the phase two launching of RuPay card will boost the ties between the two countries.
Mr Modi also expressed happiness that work is going on rapidly to send Bhutan’s satellite to space with the help of ISRO, next year.
Mr Tshering lauding Prime Minister Modi’s leadership in tackling the pandemic expressed hope that India will come out much stronger from the pandemic. He said, the lead that India is taking in developing vaccines is source of hope for all.
In continuation of the ongoing humanitarian mission ‘Sagar-II’, Indian Naval Ship Airavat today arrived at Port of Mombasa, Kenya. The Government of India is providing assistance to Friendly Foreign Countries to overcome natural calamities and COVID-19 pandemic, and towards the same INS Airavat is carrying food aid for the people of South Sudan.
The Mission Sagar-II is aligned with Prime Minister’s vision of SAGAR -Security and Growth for All in the Region. It reiterates India’s position as a dependable partner in Indian Ocean Region with Indian Navy as the principle maritime agency and first responder in the maritime domain.
INDIA AYUSHMAN BHARAT
India touched a landmark milestone with operationalization of more than 50,000 Ayushman Bharat Health & Wellness Centers. This has led to improved access to affordable primary health care services for more than 250 million people in the country.
Ayushman Bharat Scheme was launched in 2018 which aimed at providing Comprehensive Primary Health Care services to the communities closer to their homes.
PM- PAK TERRORISTS
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has said that neutralising of four terrorists of the Pakistan-based terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed and the presence of large cache of weapons and explosives with them indicates that their efforts to wreak major havoc and destruction have once again been thwarted.
In a tweet today, Mr. Modi said, Indian security forces have once again displayed utmost bravery and professionalism. He said, they have defeated a nefarious plot to target grassroot level democratic exercises in Jammu and Kashmir.
UN EU EMISSION
UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged the European Union to cut CO2 emissions by 55% or more by 2030.
He made this remark in a virtual keynote speech at the European Council on Foreign Relations.
In December, the Secretary-General will co-host a Climate Ambition Summit with the governments of the United Kingdom and France on the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement.
UNHCR CEASEFIRE ETHIOPIA
The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR called on Friday for an immediate temporary ceasefire in Tigray region of Ethiopia. It urged for the setting up of humanitarian corridors that would enable access to civilians after two weeks of fighting.
UNHCR, Emergency Response Coordinator, Jens Hesemann, has said, the agency is working flat out to help women, children and men in great need. But the requirements are huge and urgent support is needed.
U.N. aid agencies are seeking 200 million dollar to cover food, shelter and other urgent needs for a growing exodus into Sudan.
WORLD CHILDREN’S DAY
Today is World Children’s Day. The day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.
In an exclusive interview with AIR News, Representative in UNICEF India, Dr Yasmin Ali Haque said, this year World Children’s Day is focussing on Climate Change.
Scottish writer Douglas Stuart has won the 2020 Booker Prize for fiction with his debut novel Shuggie Bain, which described a boy growing up in Glasgow in the 1980s with a mother battling addiction.
Based on his own childhood, Stuart’s book is described as a searing account of the boy growing up in Thatcher’s Glasgow. He dedicated the book to his own mother, who died of alcoholism when he was 16. The Booker Prize shortlist also included Indian-origin writer Avni Doshi’s novel ‘Burnt Sugar’.
According to WHO data, Global coronavirus infections crossed 56.26 million.
World Health Organisation on Friday advised against the use of remdesivir in patients hospitalised for coronavirus treatment.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen has said that EU should lift coronavirus restrictions slowly and gradually to avoid another wave of infections.
In India, the Covid-19 recovery rate has improved to 93.60 per cent. More than 8.4 million people have recovered so far.
Moving on to sports, The International Cricket Council has postponed the South African edition of the Women’s T20 World Cup by three months to February 2023 to avoid a cluster of big-ticket events in 2022.
In a statement, ICC said the tournament, which was scheduled in November 2022, will now be held from February 9 to 26, 2023.