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World News 29 Dec 2020

World News

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29.12.2020

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

THE HEADLINES:
⦁ India’s Principal Scientific Adviser allays concerns over inefficacy of current vaccines against new Coronavirus variants.
⦁ Six UK returnees found positive for UK variant of COVID19 in India; Placed under comprehensive isolation and preventive strategy.
⦁ Joe Biden alleges key security related information being withheld from transition government by the Trump administration.
⦁ Indian Naval Ship INS Kiltan delivers Humanitarian Assistance for flood affected in Cambodia.
⦁ In Cricket, India secures historic test match win over Australia in Melbourne; Levels series 1-1

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VIJAYRAGHAVAN-VACCINE

The Indian Government has assured that vaccines will work against the new variants of the corona virus.

Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India K Vijayraghavan said that the changes in the Coronavirus variant are not sufficient to render current vaccines ineffective on Tuesday.

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UK VARIANT-INDIA

Six UK returnees to India have been found positive for the new UK variant genome. India’s Health Ministry said, all these persons have been kept in single room isolation in designated Health Care facilities by the State Governments. Their close contacts have also been put under quarantine. Comprehensive contact tracing has been initiated for co-travellers, family contacts and others. Genome sequencing on other specimens is going on. Health Ministry said the situation is under careful watch and regular advice is being provided to the States for enhanced surveillance, containment, testing and dispatch of samples to INSACOG labs.

The Government of India took cognizance of the reports of mutant variant of SARS- CoV-2 virus reported from the UK and put in place a proactive and preventive strategy to detect and contain the mutant variant.

Meanwhile the first round of dry run to assess the readiness for COVID19 vaccination in four Indian states came to an end successfully.

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BIDEN-TRUMP

US President-elect Joe Biden has  alleged that agencies critical to US security have suffered “enormous damage” at the hands of the Trump administration. Mr Biden said his team is not getting the information it needed, including from the Department of Defence, as it makes its transition to power.

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SPAIN-DATABASE

Spain has announced that it will create a database of those who refuse to be vaccinated against coronavirus and share it with the rest of the EU.  Spanish Health Minister in a media briefing said that while the database will not be made public, it will be used in a pharmaceutical supervision process. A recent poll estimated that about 28% of Spaniards are unwilling to get vaccinated.

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CAMBODIA-INS KILTAN

Indian Naval Ship, INS Kiltan, transporting 15 tonnes of humanitarian assistance and flood relief material docked in Preah Sihanouk in Cambodia Tuesday morning. The ship was welcomed upon its arrival at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port by many Cambodian naval officers. The donation will be handed over to the National Committee for Disaster Management to assist the flood affected people.

The visit  is being undertaken as part of  Mission SAGAR 3 in accordance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Security And Growth for All in the region.

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AIR CHIEF-CHINA

Understanding China’s game plan and the deepening Sino-Pak relationship are India’s greatest national security challenges said India’s Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Tuesday. Speaking in an online discussion on National Security Challenges and Air Power, the Air Chief Marshal said that Pakistan is increasingly becoming a pawn in Chinese policy and falling further under its CPEC debt trap. He added that the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan offers new avenues for China to enter into Central Asia, a region which China has been eyeing for a long time.

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BEIJING-COVID

Beijing has ramped up its epidemic prevention measures as the Chinese capital reported seven new locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday. The seven patients, who live in the Shunyi district, are all close contacts of earlier reported cases, according to the Beijing municipal health commission. The city also reported one imported asymptomatic case of COVID-19 on Monday. Anti-epidemic measures at airports and customs will be strengthened in an effort to curb the latest cases. State media quoting authorities said that the situation for epidemic prevention and control in Beijing is complex.

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INDIA-NEPAL

India’s Ambassador of India to Nepal, Mr. Vinay Mohan Kwatra called on Hon’ble Minister of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Mr. Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, in his office on Tuesday.

They held discussions on several forward looking areas of cooperation in the power sector between India and Nepal including facilitation and early completion of several large-scale joint projects. India and Nepal have a multi-faceted engagement in the power sector which has significantly deepened in the last four to five years since the signing of the Power Trade Agreement in 2014.

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HARSH VARDHAN-GAVI

India’s Minister for Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has been nominated a member on the GAVI Board by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation. Dr. Harsh Vardhan will represent India for two years starting from 2021 to 2023. The GAVI Board oversees the operations of the Vaccine Alliance and monitors programme implementation.

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MET CENTRE-LEH

India’s highest Meteorological Centre was inaugurated today by Minister for Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan in Leh, today. After Itanagar Centre in Arunachal Pradesh, Leh Met centre at 3500 meters highest from mean sea level is the highest in the Himalayan region.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister Dr Harshavardhan said, Ladakh Met Centre is one of the commitments fulfilled by the Union Government for the welfare of new Union Territory Ladakh. The new Centre will provide Ladakh specific weather forecasts more accurately and consistently for the region.

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INDIA-MONGOLIA

India’s Ambassador to Mongolia, M P Singh met the Mongolian Foreign Minister Mr Enkhtaivan Nyamtseren on Tuesday. In a tweet he said that they exchanged views on bilateral relations, discussed new cooperation proposals and reviewed progress of ongoing developmental projects.

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SPORTS

In Cricket, India has levelled  the test series against Australia by 1-1 after recording an eight wicket victory in the second test at Melbourne.  In what is being described as a historic victory, the Indian side battled on with a couple of key players of Indian side injured.

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