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World News 17 Dec 2020

World News

2220 HRS
17.12.2020

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

THE HEADLINES:

  • India and Bangladesh hold Virtual Summit;  Prime Minister Narendra Modi says strengthening relations with Bangladesh, a special priority for India.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for COVID 19, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez goes into quarantine.
  • Traces of SARS-CoV-2 virus discovered in Chinese frozen meat.
  • India seeks swift action against vandals of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Washington.
  • India’s ISRO successfully launches CMS-01 communication satellite.

 

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WN-PM-BANGLADESH

Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi has said that Bangladesh is a major pillar in India’s neighbourhood first policy  and strengthening bilateral  relations is his priority. He was addressing the Virtual Bilateral Summit with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina Wajed today. Mr.Modi said even during the tough times of COVID19 pandemic, the cooperation between India and Bangladesh has been remarkable.

 

The Prime Minister said, both the countries have improved connectivity and this reflects India’s  commitment to strengthen ties with Bangladesh.

 

Mr Modi said, just a day after Vijay Diwas, today’s meeting holds special significance for both countries. He also said that it is a matter of pride to celebrate Vijay Diwas as a mark of victory over Anti-Liberation Forces.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurated the Bangabandhu-Bapu Digital Exhibition. The Chilahati-Haldibari rail link between the two countries was also jointly inaugurated.

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WN-MEA-BANGLA

India on Thursday expressed solidarity with Bangladesh’s war of liberation and condemned state sponsored oppression which left more than 3 million people dead and over 200,000 women raped and tortured.  At a special press briefing , the External Affairs Ministry of India echoed Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s sentiments. She had stated earlier this month that  Bangladesh can’t forget the atrocities committed by Pakistan in 1971 and the pain will remain forever.

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India and Bangladesh have highlighted the need for safe, early and sustainable repatriation of displaced persons from the Rakhine state in the Bilateral meeting with Bangladesh. At a press conference, the External Affairs ministry said it appreciated the humanitarian burden on Bangladesh.

 

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The External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. S. Jaishankar said the confluence of the Indian and the Pacific Oceans can no longer be handled as distinct spheres.  He was addressing the  CII Partnership Summit 2020 on the topic of Indo-Pacific. Dr.Jaishankar said denying Indo-Pacific is tantamount to refuting globalization. He underlined the importance of maritime cooperation in the regions. The Minister said that a safe, secure and stable maritime space is a necessary condition for peace, security and prosperity as he outlined India’s vision under the Indo Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI).

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WN-INDIA-GANDHI

India has urged strong action against those who vandalized Mahatma Gandhi statue in the US. The External Affairs Ministry  said, India strongly condemns the actions of the miscreants masquerading as protestors . It has sought early probe and action under law with the authorities in the US.

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WN-CHINA-WHO

The international mission led by the World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to go to China in the first week of January to investigate the origins of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that triggered the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to reports, an year into the COVID-19 pandemic, now a team of 12-15 international experts is expected to go to China . They would examine evidence, including human and animal samples collected by Chinese researchers, and build on their initial studies. However, the Chinese Foreign Ministry was yet again evasive in its response without any comment on the WHO visit but said it is ready to enhance its cooperation with WHO.

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WN-CHINA-SARS COV2

In another development, traces of SARS-CoV-2 virus have been reported in China in frozen meat produced by its companies. This is the first time, frozen food packages of Chinese companies are reporting novel coronavirus from its own meat products.

Beijing, battling global criticism, has been trying to change the virus-origin theory and trying to shift the blame outside. A Chinese study claiming virus origin to be Indian sub-continent had to be withdrawn within days of its release after being criticized.

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The U.S. military slammed China for failing to appear at virtual, senior-level meeting scheduled this week.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) declined to participate in the virtual Military Maritime Consultative Agreement (MMCA) Work Group and Flag Officer Plenary session with U.S. Indo-Pacific Command scheduled for December 14 to 16.

Admiral Phil Davidson, the Commander for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command iissued a statement. He said, “The PRC’s refusal to show up to MMCA is another example that China does not honor its agreements. This should serve as a reminder to all nations as they pursue agreements with China going forward,”

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WN-INDIA-UK-EDUCATION

India and the United Kingdom have expressed the resolve to further strengthen their educational collaboration. This was decided at a bilateral meeting between India’s education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and United Kingdom Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab in New Delhi  today. The  two countries agreed to deepen their engagement in the field of education and research, and work collaboratively on mutual recognition of academic qualifications over the next year. Hailing India’s National Education Policy 2020 as visionary, Mr. Raab said, the proposed reforms will open up opportunities for students, the economy and for deeper engagement and collaboration between the two countries.

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WN-COVID-UPDATES
Now, the Coronavirus s from around the world,

The WHO has confirmed atleast 72.56 Million COVID infections worldwide.

French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for COVID 19. While Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has gone into quarantine as the two had met recently for the 60th anniversary of OECD.

India’s indigenous coronavirus vaccine, Covaxin, has shown to generate robust immune response in its first phase clinical trials.

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WN-ISRO-CMS-01

The Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO, has successfully launched the country’s new communication satellite CMS-01. The workhorse rocket PSLV-C50 carrying the satellite lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. Subsequently, the satellite was injected into the geo-syncronous transfer orbit as planned.

 

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India is celebrating the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to his favourite bhajan VAISHNAV JAN, by artists from BHUTAN on its national day.

 

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