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World News 11 Dec 2020

World News

2220 HRS
11.12.2020

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

THE HEADLINES:
⦁ Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to address global climate summit tomorrow on 5th anniversary of Paris Climate Agreement.
⦁ India and Myanmar agree to share intelligence information to control drug trafficking.
⦁ ‘Strong possibility’ of no post-Brexit trade deal with the EU, says PM Boris Johnson
⦁ S&P Dow Jones removes Chinese companies from index after US executive order
⦁ Morocco becomes latest Arab country to normalise relations with Israel.
⦁ French footballer Griezmann cut commercial ties with Huawei Technologies citing China’s Surveillance of Uighurs.

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CLIMATE CHANGE INDIA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the global climate summit tomorrow on the fifth anniversary of the landmark Paris Climate Agreement. The  Agreement is a landmark in the multilateral climate change process.

Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty adopted by 196 Parties at COP 21 in Paris, on 12 December 2015 and entered into force on 4 November 2016.  Its goal is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.

Briefing media in New Delhi on the eve of completion of 5 years of the Paris Agreement, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that climate change is not an overnight phenomenon and it has taken the last 100 years to have an impact on the environment.

The Minister has said that  India is one of the few countries which are Paris Agreement compliant. He said, according to the Climate Transparency Report 2020, India is the only G20 country to meet its commitments under Paris Agreement.

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INDIA MYANMAR-DRUGS

The 5th India- Myanmar Bilateral Meeting on Drug Control Cooperation between the Narcotics Control Bureau, India and the Central Committee on Drug Abuse Control, Myanmar was held virtually yesterday.

Both countries agreed on the exchange of intelligence information in a timely manner to conduct follow-up investigations in drug seizure cases, new psychotropic substances and their precursors. The Commander Drug Enforcement Division of Myanmar complimented Government of India  for its continuous efforts to combat the growing threat of the drug menace in the region.

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NEW PM – BHARATI FESTIVAL

The International Bharati Festival is being held in honour of the national poet, Mahakavi Subramanya Bharati, whose 138th birth anniversary is being celebrated today.

While Addressing the event via video-conference this evening, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi said Government’s women led empowerment policies are tribute to the vision of Subramanya Bharathi.

Prime Minister said that Bharathiyar teaches us to remain united and committed to the empowerment of every single individual, especially, the poor and marginalised.

He said, Subramanya Bharathi was connected with his roots while looking at the future. Mr Modi said, he emphasised that we need to develop a scientific temper and  not live in the past.

In the function, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conferred this year’s Bharati Award to the noted writer Seeni Viswanathan.

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PM UZBEKISTAN

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev today held a virtual summit. The leaders discussed the entire spectrum of bilateral relationship, including strengthening of India-Uzbekistan cooperation in the post-COVID world. They also exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev thanked India for its support during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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INDIA- CHINA

India today said Chinese action along the Line of Actual Control ( LAC) in the last six months is in violation of the bilateral agreements and protocols ensuring peace and tranquility. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the situation which has been witnessed  since the last six months is result of actions by Chinese side which has sought to effect a unilateral change in status along along LAC in eastern Ladakh.

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EU- BREXIT

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that there is a strong possibility that the UK would fail to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU.

Weeks of intensive talks between EU and UK have failed to overcome obstacles in key areas, including competition rules and fishing rights. Meanwhile, travelers from the UK could be banned from entering the European Union from January 1 under current coronavirus restrictions. The current Brexit transition period ends on December 31 and these travel restrictions will still apply even if the UK and EU strike a trade deal.

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CHINA-DOW JONES

S&P Dow Jones Indices said on Thursday that it would remove some Chinese companies from indexes used to track market performance following a U.S. government ban on Americans investing in their stocks and bonds. The Chinese government opposed the move as politically motivated.

The announcement follows President Donald Trump’s Nov. 13 order barring Americans from buying stocks or bonds issued by companies deemed to be linked to China’s military.

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MOROCCO -ISRAEL

Morocco has become the latest Arab country to agree to normalise relations with Israel in a deal brokered with US help. Under the agreement, Morocco will establish full diplomatic relations and resume official contacts with Israel, grant overflights and also direct flights to and from Israel for all Israelis.

Morocco is the fourth Arab country since August to strike a deal aimed at normalising relations with Israel after the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan.

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COVID UPDATES

French Prime Minister Jean Castex has said  that it will not reopen museums, cinemas and theatres next week as planned because COVID-19 infection rates are not falling in the country as they had expected.

India crossed another significant milestone in its fight against COVID as the active caseload in the country today further decreased to stand at 3.71 per cent.

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COVID VACCINE

Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine has passed a critical milestone when a US panel of experts formally recommended that the Food and Drug Administration authorize the vaccine. The USFDA is likely to authorize the Pfizer’s vaccine within days, giving health care workers and nursing home residents first priority to begin receiving the first shots early next week.

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SPORTS

French and Barcelona footballer Antoine Griezmann, has cut commercial ties with the Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. Griezmann cited reports that the Chinese telecoms giant was involved in the surveillance of Uighur Muslims.

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EAM BURKINA FASO

External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S Jaishankar today congratulated  the Government and people of Burkina Faso on their National Day. In his tweet , Dr. Jaishanakr expressed hope that both countries will continue to work together to further strengthen their bonds of close friendship and cooperation.

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