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World News 13 Dec 2020

World News

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13.12.2020

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

THE HEADLINES:

⦁ India remembers supreme sacrifice of brave hearts in defending parliament against terrorists in 2001.
⦁ India’s contribution in UN Peace Keeping operations strengthens credentials for permanent UNSC seat; says Dr. S Jaishankar.
⦁ Mass COVID19 Vaccination to begin Tomorrow in United States.
⦁ Britain and the EU decide to continue talks beyond self-imposed deadline.
⦁ Indian launches cinemascope for SCO countries to promote cultural exchange on films.

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PARLIAMENT ATTACK

A proud nation salutes it’s bravehearts who sacrificed their lives defending the parliament in 2001. It is on this day, in 2001 that a heinous and cowardly attack aimed at the hallowed precincts of India’s democracy, the Parliament was thwarted.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla paid tributes to the Martyrs.

The President said, while commemorating the great  sacrifice of those defenders of the temple of our democracy, we strengthen our resolve to defeat the forces of terror. Vice President of India, Mr. M Venkaiah Naidu said that the day reminds that terrorism is the biggest threat to democracy. He  called upon the world community to unite against the countries who are supporting terrorism.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that we will never forget the cowardly attack on our Parliament. Mr Modi said, India will always be thankful to the valour and sacrifice of those who gave away their lives protecting our Parliament.

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EAM-MANOHAR PARIKKAR

The External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. S Jaishankar has said that India’s stellar record in the UN Peace Keeping operations, strengthens its case for a permanent seat at the UNSC.

He was speaking at the Second Manohar Parrikar Memorial Lecture. Dr. Jaishankar lauded the role of late defence minister Manohar Parikkar in reforming the Defence-Diplomacy cooperation. Its results have shown in India’s recent Humanitarian and Disaster Relief efforts in its neighbourhood.

Dr. Jaishankar credited the Indian diplomacy for facilitating India to source its defence needs from a diverse set of nations. He added that the phase of technology denial against India has in recent years given way to India participating in global defence supply chain. The Minister lamented that a long standing political rivalry is being expressed as cross-border terrorism by India’s western neighbour.

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USA-VACCINE DRIVE

A massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign will begin in the United States tomorrow. The US government gave final go-ahead to the shots needed to end an outbreak. The pandemic has killed nearly three lakh Americans. General Gustave Perna of Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s vaccine development programme said truckloads Pfizer’s vaccine will be delivered today to nearly 150 distribution centres across the country.

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USA-MOROCCO

The United States has adopted a “new official” map of Morocco that includes the disputed territory of Western Sahara. US Ambassador to Rabat, David Fischer unveiled a new map of Morocco on Saturday following the presidential proclamation recognizing the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco over its Sahara.

The US administration has decided to open a consulate in Dakhla. In a tweet, the US said that the aim is to encourage U.S. investments and contribution to economic and social development. The decision comes close on the heels of the US brokered agreement on Thursday between Israel and Morocco to normalize relations.

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USA-NIGERIA

United States has designated Nigeria, a Country of Particular Concern for severe violations of religious freedom. The reason cited by the White House in a Statement is a deep concern over religion-based violence in Nigeria, particularly the killing and persecution of Christians. The designation has expressed dismay over what it calls- the Nigerian government’s inexcusable lack of action to end faith-based violence.

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SCO-CINEMASCOPE

Indian Embassy in Beijing on Saturday launched a movie series “cinemaSCOpe” exclusively for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, SCO in which more than two dozen Indian films dubbed in Russian, will be screened on a monthly basis. The event was jointly inaugurated by Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri and SCO Secretary General Vladimir Norov in a cheerful atmosphere.

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EU-BREXIT

Britain and the EU have decided to continue talks on a free trade agreement beyond a self-imposed deadline on Sunday. The move follows a meeting between European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. A joint statement was issued which said the talks will continue.

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday that everything should be done to reach a trade deal between the European Union and Britain.

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VENEZUELA-PROTESTS

Venezuela’s opposition, led by Juan Guaido, carried out a popular consultation in a bid to keep alive protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro. According to organizers on Twitter, 6.4 million people participated in the opposition consultation, which began Monday.

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ISRAEL-BHUTAN

Israel has established diplomatic relations with Bhutan today. In a statement, Israeli foreign ministry said that the agreement follows several years of secret contacts between Israel and Bhutan with the aim of establishing relations. The foreign ministry said that a signing ceremony was held between the Israeli and Bhutanese ambassadors to India today.

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BANGLADESH-VACCINE

Bangladesh on Sunday, signed an agreement with the Serum Institute of India (SII) for procurement of 3 crore doses of the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine. The vaccine will be delivered in six installments of 50 lakh doses each.

Bangladesh Health Minister Zahed Maleq told the media after the signing of the agreement that the vaccine has proved safe during trials in different countries and it is suitable for Bangladesh, reports the news agency UNB.

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COVID-UPDATES

The WHO has confirmed that the total number of COVID infections in the world has risen to 70.22 million.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced new coronavirus restrictions which will be in effect until at least January 10.

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