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World News 19 Dec 2020

World News

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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.

⦁ Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls upon industries to work for a self reliant India.
⦁ Nation well prepared to give befitting reply to aggressors, says India’s Defence Minister over the LAC situation.
⦁ Tech Giant Apple holds supplier Wistron accountable over code of conduct violations
⦁ United States has banned China’s chipmaker SMIC from using American technology.
⦁ Indian peacekeepers earn laurels for enhancing computer literacy among children in South Sudan.


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Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi has said that this is the time to show Capability, Commitment and Courage of Indian industry to the world. He called upon industries and businesses to put all their energies in the coming years to establish a self-reliant India.

Delivering the keynote address  virtually at ASSOCHAM Foundation Week 2020 Mr Modi said, the world is moving rapidly towards the fourth industrial revolution. He said, in the form of new technology, challenges will come and also solutions.



Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh has said the new India is capable of giving a fitting reply to anyone who attempts aggression against the country. Referring to the recent stand off between India and China in the northern sector, the Minister said,  the stand off triggered by China at the LAC and its demeanour during the difficult phase of the pandemic betrays the designs of the country.

He was addressing newly commissioned flying officers. Mr. Singh presented the fresh inductees wings of completion of their training at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal near Hyderabad this morning. He asked them to be ready for future challenges and equip and themselves with the emerging technologies. The graduating officers include 21 women who join the growing number of women officers in the Indian Air Force.



Tech Giant Apple has issued a statement holding Wistron accountable for the recent incident of violence in the company’s manufacturing facility in Karnataka. In the statement Apple said the preliminary findings of the investigation into the incident indicated violations of their supplier code of conduct. Wistron was found guilty of delay in payment due to some of the workers in October and November.

It added that Wistron has taken disciplinary action and is restructuring their recruitment and payroll teams in Narasapura. Wistron’s India Vice President has reportedly been terminated from his post in the aftermath of the incident.



United States has banned China’s top chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) from using American technology on Friday. US  has added 77 entities in the banned list. US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said, these  entities in China have enabled human rights abuses and supported the militarization and unlawful maritime claims in the South China Sea.The list  includes entities and persons that engaged in the theft of U.S. trade secrets. In a statement, it was told that the entities had acquired U.S.-origin items in support of the PLA’s programs.



Goans celebrated the liberation from Portuguese control and integration with India on the 60th Goa liberation day today.

President Ramnath Kovind paid rich tributes to the martyrs and freedom fighters in Campal, Panaji on this occasion. He said that Goa has made remarkable and significant progress in many fields in the last 6 decades. President Kovind recalled the immense contribution of freedom fighters to free Goa from 450 years of Portuguese rule.

Mr. Kovind said that Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia had exhorted Goans in June 1946, to fight for their liberation. He remembered the sacrifices of Dr. T. B. Cunha and other freedom fighters. The President also praised the hospitality of Goans and said that they are an embodiment of the Indian philosophy of Atithi Devo Bhava. He also praised Goa for adopting the Uniform Civil Code for its people and said that this has contributed to its rich cultural tapestry.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi also greeted the people of Goa on the occasion of Goa Liberation Day today. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, we recall with pride the bravery of those who worked hard to free Goa. He prayed for the continuous progress of the state in the years to come.



Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has announced the shutting down of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) at the end of 2020 on Friday. The current parliament’s term ends on January 5.

In a ceremonial session, President Maduro stated that the National Constituent Assembly had accomplished the mission that it was setup with the objectives of. These include – restoration of peace, internal security, national union and the stability of the country.



Switzerland on Friday, legalized same-sex marriages and passed a law to simplify legal gender recognition procedures for transgender people. The Lawmakers also voted to simplify legal name and gender marker changes on identity documents and the self-declaration by trans and intersex people in what is knows as Self-ID.



Foreign Secretary of India, Mr. Harshvardhan Shringla stated that India’s North East is a vital link between its Neighbourhood First and Act East Policy.

Addressing the inaugural of the 8th North East Festival, Mr. Shringla  reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that the region is a gateway to India’s connectivity and relations with South East Asia.

He asserted India’s vision for the region as one of 3Cs – Connectivity, Commerce, and Cultural Commonalities.



The WHO chief on Friday hailed the role played by migrant health workers who strive to keep the people safe during the difficult times of the pandemic. Speaking on the occasion of the International migrants day, Dr. Tedros said that the world owes a huge debt of gratitude to these nurses and midwives. They are often the first and only health professionals to treat the needy and bring new life into the world.



Students at the Bandar School in Malakal, South Sudan have acquired new computer skills thanks to a basic, week-long course provided by peacekeepers, mostly from India, serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan UNMISS.

The Director of General Education in Upper Nile State thanked the Indian peacekeepers for their support in promoting education in the sate.

The UNMISS in an article cited Colonel Neeraj Tiwari, Commander of the Indian contingent based in Malakal . He has expressed his wish to conduct longer computer skills courses on a more advanced level once the COVID-19 situation allows for it.



India and the UK held bilateral consultations on UN Security Council issues on Friday virtually. Both sides discussed in detail a wide range of issues on the UN Security Council agenda. The meeting is significant as India assumes the position as one of the non permanent members of UN Security Council next month. UK congratulated India on its election to the UNSC. Indian side outlined Reformed multilateralism and counter terrorism as it’s  priorities.



India International Science Festival (IISF) 2020 is going to be organized during from 22 to 25 of this month on virtual platforms. This will be the largest science festival on a virtual platform.



In Cricket, Australia beat India by eight wickets in the first Day and night Test  of the 4-match series at Adelaide. Chasing 90 runs for a win, Australia scored 93 runs for 2 wickets.

Robert Lewandowski was named the Best Men’s Footballer of 2020 by FIFA. Lucy Bronze was voted the best women’s player.


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