NEWS ON AIR http://newsonair.nic.in/Default.aspx Website cell, IT Unit, NSD, All India Radio, New Broadcasting House, New Delhi, India ? 2006 All rights reserved. All India Radio AIR International News Pakistan reports highest single-day Covid spike in 2021 with over 6,000 cases http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414533 INT Pakistan today reported its highest single-day coronavirus spike this year with over 6,000 cases and about 149 deaths, as the country struggled to speed up its vaccination programme. Czech govt expels 18 Russian diplomats over 2014 blast http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414512 INT Czech Republic has said that it will expel 18 Russian diplomats identified by local intelligence as secret agents of the Russia that are suspected of involvement in a 2014 explosion. Russia beefs up warship presence in Black Sea http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414481 INT Two Russian warships transited the Bosphorus en route to the Black Sea today and 15 smaller vessels completed a transfer to the sea as Moscow beefs up its naval presence at a time of tense relations with the West and Ukraine. EAM Dr S Jaishankar holds telephonic conversation with Afghanistan’s FM on recent developments http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414476 INT External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar today had a telephonic conversation with Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Mohammed Haneef Atmar on recent developments. Record 101 deaths for the 2nd consecutive day, lockdown continues in Bangladesh http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414480 INT Bangladesh reported 101 deaths for the second consecutive day even as hard lockdown in the country entered its fourth day on Saturday. Five killed in police firing at a Chinese joint venture power plant in Chattogram http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414473 INT Five people were killed and more than 15 injured in police firing during a clash with workers at the under construction Banshkhali power plant in Chattogram district of Bangladesh on Saturday. Worldwide death toll due to Covid-19 pandemic surpasses three million mark http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414468 INT The number of people who have died worldwide in the Covid-19 pandemic has surpassed three million. Raul Castro confirms to pass Cuban Communist Party leadership to new generation http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414461 INT Raul Castro confirmed he was handing over the leadership of the Cuban Communist Party to a younger generation at its congress that kicked off on Friday. Renowned Bangladeshi actor Kabori passes away http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414456 INT Renowned Bangladeshi actor Sara Begum Kabori passed away in Dhaka on Saturday. She was 70. She was admitted to the Sheikh Russel National Gastroliver Institute and Hospital in Dhaka for the treatment of COVID 19 last week. Global coronavirus infections approaching highest rate seen so far: WHO http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414452 INT The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the number of new Covid-19 cases per week worldwide has nearly doubled over the past two months, approaching the highest infection rate seen so far during the pandemic. Ousted members of parliament announce National Unity Govt in Myanmar http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414434 INT The opponents of the military government in Myanmar under the banner of the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) announced the formation of a National Unity Government (NUG) on Friday. Deeply shocked by shooting incident in US, says EAM S Jaishankar http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414439 INT External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar has said, he is deeply shocked by the shooting incident at FedEx facility in Indianapolis in the USA. US President and Japanese Prime Minister hold talks in Washington to counter increasingly assertive China http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414433 INT President Joe Biden yesterday sought to present a united front with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to counter an increasingly assertive China as the U.S. leader held his first face-to-face White House summit since taking office. EAM Jaishankar says, India will do its best to ensure protection of Afghanistan’s interests http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414382 INT External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar has asserted that terming India’s actions in Afghanistan as being indirectly aimed at Pakistan is an absolute fantasy. China asks Japan to take back Fukushima decision http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414423 INT China has asked Japan to take back its “wrong decision” to release more than 1 million tonnes of treated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean. Record 101 COVID deaths, empty roads on day 3 of lock-down in Bangladesh http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414409 INT Bangladesh reported a record 101 deaths due to COVID 19 infection in the country on Friday even as it entered the third day of the nationwide 8-day lock-down that started on April 14. Political settlement in Afghanistan must be inclusive: India http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414399 INT India on Friday said that an Afghan peace process should be Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled. it said, any political settlement must be inclusive and should preserve the socio-economic and political gains of the past 19 years. Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai sentenced to 14 months in prison for unauthorized assembly http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414389 INT Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been sentenced to 14 months in prison after being found guilty of unauthorised assembly. France urges citizens to leave Pakistan amid anti-French protests http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414386 INT France has urged all its citizens in Pakistan to leave the country temporarily amid violent anti-French protests across the country. EAM Jaishankar congratulates Foreign Minister of Vietnam Bui Thanh Son on his recent appointment http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414385 INT External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Friday congratulated Foreign Minister of Vietnam Bui Thanh Son on his recent appointment. Biden to meet Suga in his first in-person meeting at White House, China expresses concern http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414376 INT US President Joe Biden in his first in-person meeting with another head of state will welcome Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday at White House. Russia to deliver First batch of Sputnik V vaccine to India this month http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414345 INT Indian Ambassador to Russia, Bala Venkatesh Varma has said that the first batch of Russia's COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V will be delivered to India in April. US expels 10 Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions over election interference, hacking http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414357 INT United States has announced to expel 10 Russian diplomats and impose sanctions against dozens of companies and other people, holding them accountable for interference in last year’s Presidential election and the hacking of federal agencies. After US restricts trade with Beijing, Taiwan's TSMC suspends orders from Chinese company http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414350 INT After the United States restricted trade with seven Chinese supercomputing centres, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has suspended new orders from Phytium Information Technology Co, one of the Chinese organisations, that was put on the US Entity List last week. France asks its citizens, companies to leave Pakistan amidst security threats http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414349 INT French embassy has asked all its nationals and companies to leave Pakistan amid security threats. In an email to French citizens, the embassy said, due to the serious threats to French interests in Pakistan, French nationals and companies are advised to temporarily leave the country. Blinken appeals to countries to help inject 2 billion more to U.N. vaccines programme http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414332 INT U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has kicked off an appeal to other countries to help inject 2 billion more to the U.N.-backed program to ship coronavirus vaccines to the world’s poorest countries. Russia says Moscow will respond to new U.S. sanctions, summons U.S. ambassador http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414331 INT Russia's Foreign Ministry has said on Thursday it was unavoidable that Moscow would respond to new U.S. sanctions and that it had called in Washington's Ambassador in Moscow for tough talks. Australia to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sep 2021 http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414311 INT Australia has announced on Thursday that it will withdraw all remaining troops from Afghanistan by September this year. U.S. expels Russian diplomats, imposes new sanctions http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414310 INT The Biden administration on Thursday announced the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats and sanctions against nearly three dozen people and companies as it moved to hold the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year’s Presidential election and the hacking of Federal agencies. Europe surpasses 1 million deaths from COVID-19, situation remains serious: WHO http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414307 INT A top official from the World Health Organization, Dr. Hans Kluge has said that Europe has surpassed one million deaths from COVID-19 and the situation remains serious, with about 1.6 million new cases reported each week in the region. UAE played part in India-Pakistan cease-fire: Emirati ambassador to U.S. http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414303 INT The United Arab Emirates played a role in getting longtime Asian rivals India and Pakistan to agree to a cease-fire amid tensions over the disputed region of Kashmir, said Yousef al-Otaiba the Emirati ambassador to the United States of America. U.S.'s Blinken flies to Afghanistan in show of support after NATO visit http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414302 INT U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken flew to Kabul on Thursday, a day after attending a NATO meeting in Brussels, to show support following the announcement of the withdrawal of U.S. and other foreign troops from Afghanistan from May 1st. Bangladesh COVID 19 death toll crosses 10,000 mark http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414297 INT The COVID 19 death toll in Bangladesh crossed 10 thousand with 84 deaths being reported on Thursday. Leaving Afghanistan not an easy decision, entails risks: NATO Chief http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414266 INT NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said that withdrawing troops from Afghanistan is not a risk-free decision, but the alternative would be an open-ended military presence to withstand growing Taliban violence. US President Joe Biden formally announces withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan before September 11 http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414261 INT US President Joe Biden has formally announced his decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan before September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre. Haiti PM resigns amid violence, political strife http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414260 INT Haitian Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe has resigned as the country faces a spike in killings and kidnappings and prepares for an upcoming constitutional referendum and general election later this year. Indian visa operations suspended in Bangladesh http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414250 INT The High Commission of India in Bangladesh has temporarily suspended the operations at all its visa centres across Bangladesh. Coalition of NATO-led troops in Afghanistan to leave in coordination with planned US withdrawal by September 11 http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414238 INT A coalition of NATO-led troops in Afghanistan will leave the country in coordination with a planned US withdrawal by September 11. 573 Afghan civilians killed and 1,210 wounded in first 3 months of 2021, in Afghanistan http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414236 INT In Afghanistan, as many as 573 Afghan civilians were killed and 1,210 wounded in the first three months of 2021, which is a 29 per cent increase as compared to the same period last year. Death toll in boat capsize off Djibouti coast climbs to 42 http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414227 INT The death toll in the boat capsize off the Djibouti coast has climbed to 42. Bangladesh receives over USD 1 billion financing for vaccination and COVID-19 pandemic response- World Bank http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414218 INT Bangladesh received over USD 1 billion financing from the World Bank to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and to build resilience to the future crisis including vaccination against the COVID-19. Bangladesh witnesses empty roads and closed shops on day 1 of hard lockdown http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414217 INT Bangladesh began the first day of the 8-day long hard lockdown on Wednesday with roads having low traffic and most of the shops in Dhaka being closed except those for daily essentials like fruits, vegetables and grocery shops. Japan to release more than 1 MT contaminated water from destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into sea http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414214 INT Japan says, it will release more than 1 million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea. US President Biden calls up Russian President Putin to reduce tensions at Ukraine’s border http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414209 INT United States President Joe Biden called up Russian President Vladimir Putin to reduce tensions stirred by a Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s border. Biden proposed a summit to tackle the disputes. UK adds Pakistan to its list of undesirable 21 high-risk countries http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414181 INT The United Kingdom has added Pakistan to its list of undesirable 21 high-risk countries over money laundering and terror financing charges. US recommends 'pause' for Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine over clot reports http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414176 INT The United States is recommending a pause in administration of the single dose Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine. President Joseph Biden administration to withdraw remaining US troops from Afghanistan by Sept 11 http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414178 INT President Joseph Biden administration has decided to withdraw the remaining US troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11th. Hong Kong leader announces amendments to voting laws that critics say favour pro-Beijing candidates http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414157 INT Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has announced amendments to voting laws that critics say favour pro-Beijing candidates. WHO, agencies urge countries to suspend sale of live wild mammals in food markets http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414136 INT International agencies including the World Health Organization have urged countries to suspend the sale of live wild mammals in food markets. India, France to advance their shared post-COVID agenda through close collaboration http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414137 INT India and France have recognised the immense opportunities for greater collaboration in diverse sectors including trade and investments, defence, health, education, energy and climate change amid changes in a Covid-impacted world. Russia calls U.S. an adversary, warns its warships to stay away from Crimea http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414140 INT Russia has called the United States an adversary and told U.S. warships to stay well away from Crimea. Three major U.S. stocks fall marginally http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414135 INT The three major US stocks fell marginally yesterday, with investors waiting for cues from the upcoming corporate earnings season and a key inflation report later this week. Global stocks rise amid value based buying after robust Chinese trade data http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414134 INT Global stocks today rose amid value based buying after robust Chinese trade data, however, the China’s Shanghai Composite index declined half a percent. Japan to release over 1 million tonnes of contaminated water from Fukushima nuclear plant into sea http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414133 INT Japan will release more than 1 million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, the government said on Tuesday. Mosque gathering restricted to 20 during lockdown in Bangladesh http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414117 INT In the face of spiralling cases of COVID 19, the government of Bangladesh has restricted the number of people congregating in the mosques during the period of lockdown. Bangladesh Hefazat-e-Islam Chief involved in the death of former Chief Ahmad Shafi- Police Enquiry http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414111 INT The Bangladesh police has found Chief of the hardline Islamist group of Hefazat-e-Islam Junaid Babungarai involved in the death of Ahmad Shafi who was the former chief of Hefazat and head of the largest madrasa of Bangladesh at Hathazari in Chattogram. Public transport, Banks, offices to shut, factories open during Bangladesh ‘hard-lockdown’ http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414088 INT The government of Bangladesh on Monday issued the official notification for the week-long ‘hard-lockdown’ starting from Wednesday, 14 April to control the spiralling COVID 19 pandemic in the country. Multinational military exercise Shantir Ogrosena ends in Bangladesh http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414089 INT The 10 day long multinational military exercise named ‘Shantir Ogrosena’ culminated in Bangladesh on Monday, April 12 at the Bangabandhu Senanibas in Dhaka. Chinese regulator orders Ant Group to carry out a major overhaul http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414085 INT China’s Ant Group, a financial affiliate of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, has been ordered for a major overhaul by Chinese market regulator to become a financial holding company. Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan launches construction of trans-border trade center http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414080 INT Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have launched the construction of an international center for trade and economic cooperation named 'Central Asia' on the borders of the two countries, the Uzbek Government said today. United States expresses serious concerns over China’s actions directed against Taiwan http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414066 INT The United States has expressed serious concerns over China’s actions directed against Taiwan. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday said that it would be a serious mistake for anyone to try to change the status quo in the western Pacific by force. Norway raises alarm over unhindered exploitation of dual use technology by Pakistan http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414065 INT Norway on Monday raised alarm over unhindered exploitation of dual use technology by Pakistan to aid its nuclear programme. Myanmar's detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi asks court to meet her lawyers in persons http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414061 INT Myanmar’s detained government leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, asked a court on Monday to be allowed to meet her lawyers in person as she appeared at a hearing via video link to face charges brought by the military junta that could see her jailed for years. US reiterates call for investigation into origins of Covid-19; slams China for not cooperating http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414017 INT US has reiterated its call for investigation into the origins of COVID-19, and slammed China for not cooperating in the probe. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken launched a scathing attack against China for a lack of transparency during the early stages of the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic. Japan begins COVID-19 vaccinations for people aged 65 and above http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414046 INT Japan began COVID-19 vaccinations for its sizable elderly population today. Shots for people aged 65 and above began at 120 sites across the country. USA: Minneapolis city highly tensed as trial of former officer accused of killing George Floyd takes place today http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414045 INT In USA , Minneapolis city is highly tensed as the trial of the former officer accused of killing George Floyd takes place today . Tropical cyclone Seroja rips across 1000 kilometers stretch of Western Australia http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414024 INT Tropical cyclone Seroja has ripped across a 1,000km stretch of Western Australia, leaving a trail of damage. The category three storm made landfall near the town of Kalbarri yesterday with windspeed of up to 170km/h. Brazil records 1,803 new COVID-19 deaths http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414030 INT Brazil recorded 1,803 new COVID-19 deaths yesterday. The Health Ministry said that, the country which has in recent weeks become the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, saw over 37,000 new cases. Sanskrit learning app ‘Little Guru’ to be launched in Bangladesh today http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413988 INT A Sanskrit learning app will be launched in Bangladesh by the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) of the High Commission of India today. England: Shops, hairdressers, gyms & pub gardens to reopen today http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414022 INT In England, shops, hairdressers, gyms and pub gardens will reopen today. Northern Ireland's stay-at-home order is ending and some rules are alsobeing relaxed in Scotland and Wales. Iran describes Natanz Atomic site blackout as nuclear terrorism http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414015 INT Iran's nuclear chief has said its Natanz nuclear facility was hit by a terrorist act yesterday. In a statement, head of the Iran Atomic Energy Organisation (IAEO) Ali Akbar Salehi condemned it and urged the international community and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to deal with th Over 80 people killed in city of Bago by Myanmar security forces http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414008 INT In Myanmar, more than 80 people have been killed in the city of Bago by Myanmar security forces in a crackdown on a protest activists. International flights suspended for one week in Bangladesh from April 14 http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414007 INT The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has decided to suspend international flights for one week starting from April 14 with the commencement of the hard-lockdown in the country. China considers mixing of COVID-19 vaccines to improve the efficacy of its vaccines http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=414006 INT China’s top health official has said the country is formally considering mixing COVID-19 vaccines and adopting sequential vaccination with different types of vaccines with an aim to improve the efficacy of vaccines. 21 coal miners trapped in China’s Xinjiang http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413994 INT China’s Xinjiang region is facing underground flooding in the Fengyuan coal mine in Hutubi County. The flood which has trapped 21 miners occurred on Saturday evening, state media reported. Volcano again erupts on Island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413990 INT In the Caribbean islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines, a new explosion was reported today at the La Soufrière volcano which first erupted on Friday blanketing the island in a layer of fine volcanic rock ash. Coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa can break through Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent: Study http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413989 INT A study conducted by Israel’s largest healthcare provider Clalit in collaboration with Tel Aviv University has found that coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa can break through the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent. Myanmar security forces kill more than 80 protest activists http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413979 INT Myanmar, more than 80 people have been killed in the city of Bago by Myanmar security forces in a crackdown on protest activists. First phase COVID lock-down extended till April 13 Bangladesh, hard lock-down to begin from 14th http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413973 INT The first phase of the ongoing COVID lock-down in Bangladesh will be extended for two more days till 13 April. The first phase of the weeklong lock-down which started on 5th April was set to end on Sunday midnight. Chinese regulators impose 2.75 billion fine on world's biggest online retailer Alibaba http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413967 INT Regulators in China have imposed a 2.75 billion dollar fine over the world's biggest online retailer Alibaba. India finalises air-bubble agreement with Sri Lanka http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413960 INT Ministry of Civil Aviation has finalized an air bubble agreement with Sri Lanka. In a tweet, the ministry said, all eligible passengers will be able to travel between the two countries in the near future. 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia kills seven http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413951 INT In Indonesia, a strong earthquake killed at least seven people and damaged buildings on country’s main island of Java and shook the tourist hotspot of Bali without prompting tsunami warnings. Over 80 protesters killed in Myanmar, UN calls to stop violence http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413950 INT Myanmar security forces killed over 80 protesters in Bago town on Thursday night and Friday, near Myanmar's main city of Yangon, reports Reuters quoting the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) monitoring group and a domestic news outlet. India, China agree to jointly maintain stability on ground, avoid any new incidents http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413948 INT India and China have agreed on the need to resolve the outstanding issues in an expeditious manner in accordance with the existing agreements and protocols. Volcano erupts on Caribbean island of St. Vincent http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413928 INT An explosive volcanic eruption has blanketed the Caribbean island of St Vincent in ash and smoke and forced thousands of people out of their homes. Thailand closes entertainment outlets in 41 provinces http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413924 INT Thailand has decided to close all entertainment places in 41 provinces, including Bangkok, for at least two weeks as Covid-19 cases linked to them spread rapidly across the country. ICCR Foundation Day celebrated at Indian Embassy in Beijing, “Little Guru” app launched http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413922 INT The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) celebrated its 71st Foundation Day on Friday. India conveys concern to US over warship carrying out navigation ops off Lakshadweep http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413904 INT India on Friday conveyed its concerns to the US after a Navy ship of that country carried out a freedom of navigation patrols in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the coast of Lakshadweep islands. Prince Philip, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, passes away at 99 http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413886 INT Britain's Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth the II's husband has died today at the age of 99. ICCR Foundation Day celebrated at Indian Embassy in Seoul http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413902 INT ICCR Foundation Day was celebrated at Indian Embassy in Seoul also. Bangladesh to have one week complete lockdown from April 14: Minister http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413885 INT Bangladesh will be put under complete lockdown for a week from April 14. Announcing this in Dhaka on Friday, the State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain. US adds 7 Chinese supercomputer research labs, manufacturers to export blacklist http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413883 INT The United States has added seven Chinese supercomputer research labs and manufacturers to its export blacklist. US imposes sanctions on Pak-based human smuggling organisation http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413877 INT US President Joe Biden's administration has imposed sanctions on an alleged Pakistan-based human smuggling organisation, Abid Ali Khan Transnational Organization, after it was found involved and guilty of smuggling migrants to America. US: Gunman kills one person, injures at least five others in Bryan, Texas http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413875 INT In the United States, a gunman killed one person and wounded at least five others at a cabinet manufacturing company in Bryan, Texas yesterday. President Joe Biden announces limited measures to tackle gun violence in the US http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413861 INT US President Joe Biden and his Attorney General Merrick Garland have announced limited measures to tackle gun violence in the United States. PM Modi & Seychelles President jointly inaugurate several Indian projects in Seychelles http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413798 INT Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India and Seychelles share a strong and vital partnership in the Indian ocean neighborhood. Solar Home Systems provide clean energy for 20 million people in Bangladesh: World Bank http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413833 INT The off-grid solar electrification programme has provided electricity to approximately 16 percent of the rural population of Bangladesh. The programme was launched as a household pilot in 2003 for 50,000 families. PM Hasina warns of tougher action as Bangladesh records highest single day death toll http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413831 INT Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday warned of tougher steps to protect the life of people from the Coronavirus in view of the surge in new infections and death in the country. Army Chief General M M Naravane arrives in Dhaka on 5-day visit to Bangladesh http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413795 INT Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane has arrived in Dhaka today on a five-day visit to Bangladesh. Canada: 'Stay at home' order announced in Ontario http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413783 INT In Ontario, Canada’s most populous region, a one month 'stay at home' order has been announced, as the province battles a surge in Covid-19 cases. India urges G20 members to ensure equitable access, widespread distribution of vaccines http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413779 INT Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has urged all G20 members to ensure equitable access and widespread distribution of vaccines. Vienna: Diplomats from major powers met separately with Iran, US http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413687 INT Diplomats from major powers met separately with Iran and the United States to discuss how to bring both back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal that Washington abandoned three years ago. Bangladesh disallows mass gathering before and after prayers in places of worship http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413763 INT The Religious affairs ministry of Bangladesh issued a circular on Wednesday disallowing all kinds of mass gathering before and after prayers in mosques or any other places of worship. Third India-Bahrain High Joint Commission meeting held in New Delhi http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413759 INT The third India-Bahrain High Joint Commission meeting was held in New Delhi today. FM Nirmala Sitharaman urges all G20 members to ensure equitable access and widespread distribution of vaccines http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413756 INT Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today urged all G20 members to ensure equitable access and widespread distribution of vaccines. US Special Presidential envoy for Climate John Kerry today calls on PM Modi in New Delhi http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413734 INT US Special Presidential envoy for Climate John Kerry today called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. US hints, it will not rule out possibility of consulting with partner countries over boycott of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413744 INT The United States has hinted that it will not rule out the possibility of consulting with partner countries over a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games amid rising concerns over human rights violations in China's Xinjiang province. Britain starts using Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in Wales http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413731 INT Britain today started using Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in Wales. Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai and 2 pro-democracy activists plead guilty to charges of participating in illegal march in August 2019 http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413730 INT Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai and two pro-democracy activists have pleaded guilty to charges of participating in an illegal march during mass anti-government protests in August, 2019. Foreign Minister of Eritrea Osman Saleh Mohammed arrives in New Delhi for an official visit http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413724 INT Foreign Minister of Eritrea Osman Saleh Mohammed arrived in New Delhi today for an official visit to India. He will meet External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar tomorrow. PM Modi and Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan to jointly inaugurate range of Indian projects in Seychelles on Thursday http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413729 INT Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan will jointly inaugurate a range of Indian projects in Seychelles virtually tomorrow. Australia and New Zealand to start quarantine-free travel from April 19 http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413717 INT Australian and New Zealand residents will be able to travel between the two nations without having to quarantine from19th April. Brazil has more than 4,000 deaths in 24 hours for first time http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413715 INT Brazil has recorded more than 4,000 Covid-related deaths in 24 hours for the first time, as a more contagious variant fuels a surge in cases. IMF Projects 5 percent growth rate for Bangladesh http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413706 INT The International Monetary Fund has projected a 5 percent growth rate for Bangladesh for the year 2021. Mexico authorises emergency use of Indian COVID-19 vaccine http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413700 INT Mexico’s health regulator Cofepris has authorized the emergency use of India’s COVID-19 vaccine COVAXIN, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said this yesterday. Indian Consulate in Guangzhou invites students of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies for interaction as part of its outreach activity http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413678 INT Indian Consulate in Guangzhou, as part of its outreach activity, invited students of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou for an interaction today. FM Nirmala Sitharaman meets US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry to discuss various climate change issues http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413673 INT Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry today met in New Delhi and discussed various issues related to climate change. FM Nirmala Sitharaman emphasises importance of BRICS countries in responding to COVID-19 crisis http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413672 INT Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today emphasised the importance of BRICS countries in responding to the COVID-19 crisis through policy support and enhancing international coordination. India and Vietnam hold their second maritime security dialogue in virtual format http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413671 INT India and Vietnam today held their second maritime security dialogue in a virtual format. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar holds talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in New Delhi http://newsonair.nic.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=413647 INT External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov held delegation-level talks in Delhi today.