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World News 22 Dec 2020

World News

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

⦁ United States confers ” Legion of Merit” honour to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
⦁ India International Science Festival kicks off in a virtual mode; Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls upon global community to invest in Indian talent.
⦁ China faces power shortages in several cities, ban on Australian coal import contributes to the power shortage.
⦁ Baloch activist, Karima Baloch an outspoken critic of Pakistan  found dead in Toronto.
⦁ In Sports, Rafel Nadal wins Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award



Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi has been conferred the highest decoration of the United States of America, The Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander by the US President.The award was received by India’s Ambassador to USA, Taranjit Singh Sandhu in Washington DC on behalf of the Prime Minister. The award is in recognition of the Prime Minister’s exemplary contribution to the advancement of the India-United States strategic partnership and promoting global peace and prosperity.  Former Japanese premier Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison have also been conferred with this honour.



Three day long India International Science Festival (IISF) 2020 was inaugurated  in a virtual mode by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi this evening. In his inaugural address, Mr. Modi  called upon the global community to invest in Indian talent and innovate in the country. He lauded the scientists for keeping India ahead and in a better position in the fight against Corona.

The Prime Minister said that, India has a rich legacy in science, technology and innovation. He emphasized the importance of making the benefits of  science and technology to all. Mr. Modi said, with digital advances, India is becoming a centre of evolution and revolution of global high-tech power.



In a historic move, the US Congress has passed a bill that bolsters the Central Tibetan Administration, CTA’s demands for internal democracy in Tibet. The Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2020 (TPSA), was passed unanimously in the US Congress on Monday. It makes it an official United States policy that decisions regarding the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama are exclusively within the authority of the current Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhist leaders and the Tibetan people. In a statement, the CTA added that any interference by Chinese government officials will be met with serious sanctions and deemed inadmissible into the United States. Meanwhile,Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Wang Wenbin at a media briefing in Biejing urged the US side to stop meddling in China’s internal affairs.



Several Chinese cities are facing energy shortage and have imposed restrictions on electricity use. Chinese authorities have ascribed this to a surge in power demands due to an unusually cold winter and to a shortage of thermal coal. As per reports, China’s import ban on Australian coal owing to fractured trade relations, has exacerbated the situation. Local power plants dependent on high quality Australian coal are struggling to fill the shortfall.

State media reported that many provinces in China have issued proposals to ensure orderly use of electricity. Coal fired thermal power plants accounted for 68 percent of electricity supply in 2019.



Karima Baloch, an activist, who had been vocal about Pakistan Army and government atrocities in Balochistan, has been found dead in Toronto, Canada. She had raised the issue of Balochistan in the United Nations sessions in Switzerland. Named one of the world’s 100 most “inspirational and influential” women in 2016, Ms. Baloch had accused Pakistan of taking away the resources and eliminating the people of Balochistan.



Indian Army has retaliated befittingly to unprovoked Ceasefire Violations along LoC. Pakistan initiated unprovoked small arms firing and  shelling with Mortars along in Mankote sector of  Poonch district.



India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar addressed a virtual conference on ‘Forging Media and Entertainment Partnerships to showcase India@75’. The conference has been organised in the run up to the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD).

Mr Jaishankar said that Indian diaspora in foreign countries have played an influential role in building a global perception of India, and termed them as ‘extended family’. The minister also asserted that during times of trouble, India will do whatever it takes for the welfare of its people abroad.

On the role of media, Mr. Jaishankar noted that  India’s assistance to most vulnerable countries was ‘less than fairly’ covered by the media abroad. Speaking on entertainment, the EAM said that global perception of India was also shaped by cultural attributes.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the centenary celebrations of Aligarh Muslim University via video conferencing. He said that  the country is marching forward on the path where every citizen would get the benefits of development without any discrimination.Mr Modi appealed everyone to come forward unitedly to make New India through Atma Nirbhar Bharat. He said, Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas is the mantra behind it. Prime Minister said that AMU Campus is like a Mini India.

Shri Modi said, the school dropout rate among Muslim girls was more than 70 per cent and this situation persisted for 70 years. He said,  the Govt started Swachh Bharat Mission, built toilets in villages and toilets for school-going girls. Now this rate has fallen to nearly 30 per cent.

Prime Minister said that the history of education attached to AMU is India’s valuable heritage and AMU has worked to strengthen India’s relations with many countries.



US President-elect Joe Biden received his first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine in a televised event.

US congress has passed 900 Billion Dollar Coronavirus relief bill passed in both houses in a marathon session. WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus on Tuesday said there is no evidence so far that new Coronavirus variant is more likely to cause severe disease or mortality.

The Government of India  today said that the new strain of Coronavirus found in the United Kingdom has not been seen in India so far. Meanwhile, Health Ministry has issued SOP for surveillance and response to the new variant of Coronavirus.



US has published a list of Chinese and Russian companies with alleged military ties. This move restrict them from buying a wide range of U.S. goods and technology. US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the action establishes a new process “to assist exporters in screening their customers for military end users. Terming the action as erroneous, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin urged the United States to stop such restrictions.



In Tennis, former world number One Rafael Nadal has been awarded the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for fourth time at the ATP Awards.


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