NEWS ON AIR https://newsonair.gov.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 ‘Maitri Diwas’ to be celebrated in 18 countries on 6 December to commemorate India Bangladesh friendship https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430829 INT ‘Maitri Diwas’ marking the day India recognised Bangladesh ten days before its liberation on 16 December 1971 will be celebrated in 18 countries across the world. China hits back WTA decision, protests 'politicizing the case' after suspension https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430830 INT China yesterday responded to the Women’s Tennis Association’s decision to suspend all its events in China over the case of former Tennis player Peng Shuai, who accused the country’s former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of pressurizing her into a sexual relationship. Germany puts major restrictions on unvaccinated https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430789 INT Germany's national and regional leaders have agreed to bar unvaccinated people from much of public life in a bid to fend off a fourth wave of COVID-19. US President tightens travel rules amid new Omicron cases https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430787 INT President Joe Biden has unveiled stricter COVID-19 travel rules as the US confirmed a handful of cases of the Omicron variant from coast to coast. Russian Prez Vladimir Putin to visit Delhi on Dec 6; to attend 21st India-Russia Annual Summit https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430761 INT External Affairs Ministry has said that the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin will take place on 6th of December of this month. Bangladesh: Plane makes emergency landing after bomb hoax https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430752 INT A Malaysian airlines flight made an emergency landing at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka late on Wednesday night after a hoax bomb call. Five officials working for Nigeria’s Borno State Ministry of works abducted by suspected militants linked to Iswap https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430745 INT At least five officials working for Nigeria’s Borno State Ministry of works were abducted by suspected militants linked to the Islamic State West African Province (Iswap) yesterday. South Sudan to end child marriages by 2030 https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430744 INT South Sudan’s Government has promised to end child marriage by 2030 in line with the African Union's campaign to end child marriages in the continent. Japan eases blanket ban on new incoming flight bookings https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430743 INT Japan has softened its suspension of all new incoming flight bookings to make it easier for citizens to return, the government said today, a day after it announced the move prompted by worries about the Omicron Corona virus variant. South Africa records sharp increase in Corona virus infections https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430742 INT South Africa has recorded a sharp increase in Corona virus infections which have doubled across the country since Monday. Climate change not main cause of Madagascar food crisis: New Study https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430741 INT A new study has found that Madagascar's current food crisis has been caused mainly by factors other than global warming, contradicting a recent UN report which blamed it on climate change. U.S. Secretary Blinken to meet Russian, Ukrainian counterparts https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430738 INT U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to have a meeting on Thursday with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Stockholm on the sidelines of the Organization for Security and Cooperation on Europe (OSCE) summit. Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur lands safely at HSIA following bomb threat https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430734 INT Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) at 9.38 p.m. local time yesterday with 135 passengers following A-bomb threat. North Korea's Kim Jong Un warns of 'very giant struggle' next year to boost different sectors: State media https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430708 INT North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said the country must be prepared for a very giant struggle next year to continue to make progress in areas including defence, agriculture, and construction. This was reported by the state media today. Covid-19: US confirms first case of Omicron variant https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430705 INT In United States, the first confirmed case of Omicron variant of Covid19 was recorded yesterday. Afghanistan people need essential items to survive freezing winter: OCHA https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430704 INT United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affair has said that temperatures have already dipped below zero in Afghanistan and people are in need of winter clothing, emergency shelter, heating, and fuel, as well as rental support. WHO chief confirms 'Omicron' Covid-19 variant in 23 countries, number expected to rise https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430703 INT World Health Organization WHO chief warned that a mix of low vaccination coverage and low testing rates are creating fertile breeding ground for new Covid variants. Russian President Vladimir Putin says, India is one of the authoritative centres of multipolar world with a foreign policy similar to Russia's own https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430690 INT Russian President Vladimir Putin has said India is one of the authoritative centres of the multipolar world with a foreign policy philosophy and priorities that are closely aligned with Russia's own. Four people injured as World War-II bomb explodes near railway construction site in German city of Munich https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430679 INT Four people were hurt, one seriously injured, when a World War II bomb blew up on a railway construction site in the German city of Munich. Michigan school shooting: 15-year-old student kills three, injuries eight people https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430671 INT A 15-year-old has killed three fellow students and injured eight others, including a teacher, in a high school shooting in the US state of Michigan on Tuesday. Bangladesh and US kick off bilateral maritime exercise CARAT for a free and open Indo-Pacific https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430667 INT Bangladesh Navy (BN) and the US military personnel kicked off the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) maritime exercise on Wednesday. South African health officials urge public not to panic over emergence of new Omicron variant of coronavirus https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430649 INT South African health officials urged the public not to panic over the emergence of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which appears to be driving a new wave of cases in the country. Malaysia temporarily bans entry of travelers from countries that reported Omicron COVID-19 variant https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430643 INT Malaysia has temporarily banned the entry of travelers from countries that have reported the Omicron COVID-19 variant. US delegation expresses deep concerns over alleged human rights abuses in Afghanistan at Doha meet with Taliban https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430635 INT A delegation from the United States expressed deep concerns over alleged human rights abuses in Afghanistan during its meeting with Taliban representatives at Doha in Qatar. 14 killed in military helicopter crash during training flight in Azerbaijan https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430614 INT A military helicopter crashed in Azerbaijan during a training flight yesterday, killing 14 people and wounding two more, Azerbaijani authorities said. Indian Consulate in Guangzhou organizes Forum of Indian Professionals in South China to connect diaspora https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430613 INT India’s Consulate General in Guangzhou organized a Forum of Indian Professionals in South China (FIPSC) in Shenzhen to connect the Indian professionals in Southern China. Eight more cases of Omicron variant of Corona virus found in England https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430612 INT In United Kingdom, eight more cases of the Omicron variant of Corona virus have been found in England, bringing the total number to 13. WHO urges countries to remain calm & take rational measures against fast-spreading Omicron Corona virus variant https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430606 INT The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged countries to remain calm and take rational measures against the fast-spreading Omicron Corona virus variant, warning that blanket travel bans being rolled out globally will not prevent its spread. Bangladesh: High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami calls on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430604 INT High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka on Tuesday. Indian Consulate in Guangzhou organizes Forum of Indian Professionals in South China to connect the diaspora https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430603 INT India’s Consulate General in Guangzhou organized a Forum of Indian Professionals in South China (FIPSC) in Shenzhen to connect the Indian professionals in Southern China. India summons Pakistani charge d'affaires over disrespect to Kartarpur Gurudwara by Pakistani model and clothing brand https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430601 INT External Affairs Ministry today summoned Pakistani Charge d’affaires to convey deep concern at the incident of desecration of the sanctity of Gurudwara Shri Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur by a Pakistani model and a clothing brand. Mask mandates, other measures to tackle Omicron coronavirus variant come into force in England https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430596 INT New mask mandates and other measures aimed at curbing the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant came into force in England on Tuesday. Bangladesh: Renowned scholar Rafiqul Islam passes away https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430594 INT Renowned scholar and national professor of Bangladesh Professor Rafiqul Islam passed away in Dhaka on Tuesday. Bangladesh removed from list of ‘at risk’ countries for arrivals in India for Omicron COVID variant https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430592 INT Bangladesh has been removed from the list of ‘at risk’ countries for the latest COVID 19 variant Omicron arriving in India. Talks to revive Iran nuclear deal begin in Vienna https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430589 INT Talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal begin again Monday in Vienna. India reaffirms it’s commitment to broaden bilateral cooperation, support Federated States of Micronesia in realizing its development goals https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430578 INT India has reaffirmed it’s commitment to broaden bilateral cooperation and support Federated States of Micronesia in realizing its development goals. Canada allows entry to persons inoculated with Covaxin from today https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430559 INT Canada will allow entry to persons who have been vaccinated with Bharat Biotech's Covaxin vaccine against Corona virus disease (COVID-19) from today. US President calls Omicron COVID-19 Variant cause for concern, not Panic https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430554 INT US President Joe Biden has called the Omicron COVID variant a cause for concern and not a cause for panic, one day after it was detected in North America. China to encourage its companies to invest more in Africa amid concerns over Chinese investments in region https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430553 INT Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday said China would encourage its companies to invest no less than 10 billion in Africa over the next three years, amid efforts to assuage concerns over Chinese investments in the region. G7 health ministers call for urgent action to combat highly transmissible Omicron strain spreading across world https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430537 INT G7 health ministers yesterday called for urgent action to combat the highly transmissible new Omicron Covid-19 strain spreading across the world. Omicron variant: Israel, Morocco, Japan, and South Korea close off foreign travel https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430536 INT In response to Omicron variant of Covid19, countries like Israel, Morocco, Japan and South Korea have closed off foreign travel as European nations too shut their borders specifically to travelers from southern Africa. Caribbean island Barbados to become newest republic cut links with the Queen https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430522 INT At midnight, the Caribbean island Barbados will become the world's newest republic and in doing so removes the Queen as its head of state. 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck in northern Peru destroys 75 houses, 10 people injured https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430521 INT A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck northern Peru on Sunday, destroying buildings including a church tower, injuring at least 10 people, and sending shock waves across the region. Bangladesh issues health guidelines to tackle the new COVID variant https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430518 INT The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) of Bangladesh issued a 15-point guideline to tackle the spread of the new COVID variant Omicron. Bangladesh: First transgender elected as Union Parishad Chairperson https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430514 INT A transgender person Nazrul Islam Ritu has been elected as the Chairperson of the Union Parishad of Trilochanpur Union of Kaliganj in Jhenaidha district of Bangladesh. Australia halts borders reopening plans amid Covid-19 Omicron cases rise, PM says "necessary and temporary decision" https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430512 INT Australia on Monday abruptly halted plans to reopen its international borders to skilled workers and students, an eleventh-hour decision prompted by concerns over the Covid-19 Omicron variant. Covid restrictions: Zambia restricts unvaccinated people from entering govt buildings, also heightened surveillance at borders https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430508 INT Zambia will from Tuesday start restricting people who have not been vaccinated against Covid from accessing government buildings. Ethiopian denies killing Sudanese soldiers, blames rebels for the attack https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430506 INT The Ethiopian army chief has denied accusations that government forces killed Sudanese soldiers at the border between the two countries, the US-based government ESAT TV reported. US-based biotech company Moderna says shot for Omicron variant could be ready in early 2022 https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430473 INT US-based biotech company, Moderna has said that the new Omicron Corona virus variant may elude current vaccines and if so, a reformulated shot could be available early in the new year. PM Modi congratulates Petr Fiala on his appointment as PM of Czech Republic https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430455 INT Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Petr Fiala on his appointment as Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. Bangladesh COVID advisory committee recommends travel ban on countries with new variant Omicron https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430454 INT The National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) on COVID in Bangladesh has recommended a travel ban on countries from which cases of the new variant Omicron have been reported. New Omicron cases detected across the world; Australia reports two cases https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430444 INT New cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have been detected around the world, with two cases reported in Australia, and more countries try to seal themselves off by imposing travel restrictions. India- Bangladesh CEO forum to have its meeting soon- Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430433 INT The India Bangladesh CEO forum established to promote mutual investment will have its meeting soon. Speaking virtually on the occasion of the inauguration of the Bangladesh International Investment Summit (BIIS) in Dhaka on Sunday, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said that India is developing two eco British PM announces new measures to stop spread of new coronavirus variant Omicron https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430424 INT British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced new measures to stop the spread of a new coronavirus variant Omicron. European Union not to recognise Taliban regime in Afghanistan as it was imposed through violence https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430423 INT European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen has said that the European Union will not recognise the Taliban regime which imposed through violence. WHO appeals to countries in South-East Asia Region to step up surveillance and enhance vaccination coverage as new variant surfaces https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430404 INT The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday asked countries in the Southeast Asia region to scale up surveillance, strengthen public health and social measures, and enhance vaccination coverage to contain a new variant of Covid-19, called Omicron. 61 arrivals from South Africa at Amsterdam airport test positive for COVID-19 https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430401 INT A report from Amsterdam said that Sixty-one people who arrived in Schiphol airport on two flights from South Africa have tested positive for Covid-19. Dhaka Police recover over 7 crore fake Indian currency manufactured in Pakistan https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430399 INT Dhaka Police recovered fake Indian currency worth over Rs. 7 crore from a house in the city on Saturday. WHO designates new strain as 'Variant of Concern'; Names it Omicron https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430372 INT World Health Organisation has named the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which was detected in South Africa, as 'Omicron', saying it may spread more quickly than other forms. Discovery of new Covid variant triggers global alarm; Nations rush to impose travel restrictions on affected countries https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430333 INT The discovery of a new coronavirus variant has triggered global alarm as countries rushed to impose travel restrictions on southern Africa. Upcoming FIH Junior Women's Hockey World Cup in South Africa put on hold, following outbreak of new Corona variant https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430373 INT Upcoming FIH Junior Women's Hockey World Cup in South Africa has been put on hold, following the outbreak of a new coronavirus variant in the African nation. The Hockey tournament was to be held from 5 to 16 of next month. WTO postpones first ministerial meeting amid spread of new Covid variant 'Omicron' https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430381 INT World Trade Organization (WTO) has become the first major diplomatic casualty of the new Coronavirus variant 'Omicron', as it has postponed its first ministerial meeting in four years due to the deteriorating health situation. US among seven nations appeals for end to violence in Myanmar; seeks ban on arms sales https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430374 INT The United States, the United Kingdom, and five other nations reiterated grave concern over reports of ongoing human rights violations and abuses by the Myanmar Security Forces across the country. Mumbai terror attack anniversary remembered in Bangladesh https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430370 INT The 13th anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks was observed in Dhaka with a programme organised by the Forum for Secular Bangladesh and Trial of War Criminals in association with the Bangladesh-India Friendship society on Friday. Russia, India, China reaffirm their support for transparent, open, inclusive, non-discriminatory multilateral trading system with WTO at its core https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430348 INT Foreign Ministers of India, Russia and China have reaffirmed their support for a transparent, open, inclusive and non-discriminatory multilateral trading system, with the World Trade Organization, WTO at its core. South Africa detects new variant of Covid - 19 amid spike in covid cases https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430330 INT South Africa has started to see a new variant of Covid-19 with over 30 spike mutations which have led to pick up in Covid-19 case numbers, particularly in the most populous province of Gauteng. Indonesian Police arrests 24 people for terror fundraising https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430321 INT Counter-terrorism squad of Indonesian National Police - Densus 88 has arrested 24 people related to fundraising for Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist group. UK Government says No decision on diplomatics to attend Beijing Olympics https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430320 INT UK Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg has confirmed that no tickets have been booked for UK government ministers to attend the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. 5.8 magnitude earthquake hits Bangladesh https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430314 INT A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit parts of Bangladesh in the early hours of Friday. Tremors were felt in Dhaka, Chattogram, Noakhali, Bandarban, Khulna, Sylhet and other cities of Bangladesh at 5.45 a.m. Burkina Faso extends suspension of mobile internet services https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430305 INT The government in Burkina Faso has extended the suspension of mobile internet services. Services were supposed to have been restored on Wednesday, after being shut down for four days. Police in Somalia confirm death of eight civilians in car bombing https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430304 INT Police in Somalia have confirmed the death of eight civilians in a car bombing in the capital Mogadishu. India elected to UNESCO World Heritage Committee for 2021-25: EAM S. Jaishankar https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430300 INT External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar today said that India has been elected to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for 2021-25. India’s candidate, Praveen Sinha, elected as Delegate for Asia on Executive Committee of INTERPOL https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430281 INT India’s candidate, Praveen Sinha, Special Director of Central Bureau of Investigation was elected today as Delegate for Asia on the Executive Committee of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). India reiterates its commitment to contribute constructively to the implementation of SCO's mandate https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430255 INT External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar today highlighted India’s commitment to contribute constructively to the implementation of the mandate of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation at the 20th Meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of Government. Pfizer COVID vaccine gets green light for kids aged 5-11 https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430294 INT The Pfizer/BioNTech Corona virus jab got the green light for children aged five to 11 in Europe today, clearing the way for the vaccination in a cohort where the virus is rapidly spreading. Six dead, dozens missing underground after accident at Russian coal mine https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430293 INT In Siberia, at least six people died and dozens were missing underground after an accident at a Russian coal mine today, the officials said. French Air Defence Frigate Chevalier Paul arrives in Kochi on 5-day goodwill visit https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430292 INT French Air Defence Frigate Chevalier Paul arrived in Kochi today on a five-day goodwill visit. First meeting of India-UK Joint Working Group on Cyber Deterrence held in virtual mode https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430291 INT The first meeting of the India-UK Joint Working Group on Cyber Deterrence was held in virtual mode today. Coronavirus infections break records in parts of Europe https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430275 INT Coronavirus infections broke records in parts of Europe yesterday with the continent once again becoming the epicentre of a pandemic. UK has reached herd immunity threshold at which most of population is protected against Covid-19: Epidemiologist https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430274 INT As fresh Covid wave is sweeping across parts of Western Europe, prompting the introduction of fresh restrictions and lockdowns, it has triggered fears the UK could also follow suit. German Social Democrat Olaf Scholz to head three-party coalition bringing curtain down on Angela Merkel era https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430267 INT German Social Democrat Olaf Scholz will head a three-party coalition, bringing the curtain down on the Angela Merkel era. Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed goes to direct the war from front lines https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430266 INT Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has gone to direct the war from the front lines. Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen Hassen will take charge of routine government business in the absence of the Prime Minister. Sweden's first ever female prime minister resigns over budget defeat hours after appointment https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430235 INT Just hours after her appointment, Sweden's first ever female prime minister Magdalena Andersson has resigned after suffering a budget defeat in parliament. UN adopts resolution for Bangladesh graduation from LDC Category https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430259 INT The UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday adopted the resolution for the graduation of Bangladesh from the LDC Category. US blacklists 27 foreign entities including 12 from China over national security concerns & foreign policy interests https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430257 INT United States has blacklisted 27 foreign entities, including 12 from China, over national security concerns and foreign policy interests of US. 13th ASEM Summit to be held virtually from tomorrow https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430247 INT The 13th ASEM Summit will be held virtually from tomorrow. The theme of the two-day summit is Strengthening Multilateralism for Shared Growth. EAM S. Jaishankar to represent India at tomorrow's 20th Meet of SCO Council of Heads of Govt https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430244 INT The 20th Meeting of SCO Council of Heads of Government will be held tomorrow in Nur-Sultan in virtual format under the Chairmanship of Kazakhstan. External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar will represent India in the meeting. President Joe Biden invites 110 countries incliding India to virtual democracy summit https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430241 INT President Joe Biden has invited around 110 countries to a virtual summit on democracy in December, including major Western allies incliding India. Sudanese PM announces review of all appointments made during his detention https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430238 INT The Sudanese prime minister has announced a review of all appointments that were made during his detention following last month's coup. 6th round of Foreign Office Consultations between India, Argentina held in New Delhi https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430230 INT The 6th round of Foreign Office Consultations between India and Argentina were held today in New Delhi. US: Biden Administration includes Taiwan among 110 invitees to its upcoming Democracy Summit https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430195 INT In the United States, the Biden Administration has included Taiwan among the 110 invitees to its upcoming Democracy Summit, the State Department announced last night. US orders record 50 million barrels of oil released from America’s strategic reserve to bring down gasoline & other costs https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430182 INT United States President Joe Biden has ordered a record 50 million barrels of oil released from America’s strategic reserve, aiming to bring down gasoline and other costs, in coordination with other major energy consuming nations including India, the United Kingdom and China. US bombers accused of rehearsing nuclear strike on Russia https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430194 INT Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu accused US bombers of rehearsing a nuclear strike on Russia from two different directions earlier this month and complained that the planes had come within 20 kilometres of the Russian border. Bangladeshi COVID vaccine gets ethical permission for human trial https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430184 INT The indigenously developed Bangavax covid vaccine has received the ethical permission from the Bangladesh Medical Research Council (BMRC) to start the human trial. Germany Health Minister warns citizen to get jabbed; Austria imposes lockdown amid Europe reports surge in covid 19 cases https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430078 INT The German health minister Jens Spahn has issued a serious warning to the citizens of the country. Bangladeshi scientist builds machine to produce sanitary pads from Jute cellulose https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430174 INT A Bangladeshis scientist Farhana Sultana has successfully built a machine to produce sanitary pads using the jute cellulose for sustainable menstrual health. Kuwait reappoints Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid as Prime Minister: State news agency https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430169 INT Kuwait's Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid has been reappointed Prime Minister and tasked with forming a cabinet that would be the Gulf OPEC oil producer's third this year in a domestic political standoff. Covid -19: Kenya and Rwanda begin vaccinating Adolescent children https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430168 INT Adolescent children in Kenya and Rwanda are now eligible to receive Pfizer Covid jabs as both countries kick off vaccine campaigns. China remains ambivalent on return of Indian students, decides for early resumption of return of students from ASEAN countries https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430164 INT China yet again remains ambivalent on the return of Indian students to their Chinese universities even as it decides for early resumption of return of students from ASEAN countries now after allowing students from South Korea and a few other countries earlier. At least 46, including children killed in flaming bus crash in Bulgaria https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430167 INT At least 46 people, including 12 children, have died after a bus crashed and caught fire in western Bulgaria, officials say. China for the first time agrees to the 'concept of Indo-Pacific' under ASEAN framework, says it has noted India’s Indo-Pacific initiative https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430163 INT China and ASEAN have agreed to advance cooperation under the framework of 'ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP)' as China for the first time agreed to the 'concept of Indo-Pacific'. Oil prices continue to rise amid surge in COVID-19 cases in Europe https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430161 INT Oil prices today rose marginally but remained under pressure from rising COVID-19 cases in Europe and a potential release of Japanese oil reserves, raising concerns about both oversupply and weak demand. US advises its citizens not to travel to Germany and Denmark due to spike in COVID cases https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430134 INT United States has advised its citizens against travelling to Germany and Denmark. Britain: Atom Bank introduces four-day work week without cutting in pay https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430142 INT In Britain, the online bank Atom Bank has introduced a four-day work week for its 430 staff without cutting their pay. At least 45 die after bus catches fire on motorway in Bulgaria https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430138 INT In Bulgaria, at least 45 people including children died today after a bus caught fire on a motorway in western part of the country. US adds four Afghan men to its Designated Global Terrorists list https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430131 INT United States has added four Afghan men to its Designated Global Terrorists list, including Ismatullah Khalozai who was designated as a key financial facilitator for ISIL-Khorasan in Afghanistan. UK adds Covaxin to its list of approved Corona vaccines for international travellers https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430119 INT UK has added India's indigenously-made Covaxin to its list of approved Corona vaccines for international travellers. Taliban bans women from appearing on television, orders journalists to wear headscarves https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430082 INT In Afghanistan, women have been banned from appearing in television dramas under new rules imposed by the Taliban Government. General elections in Chile heads for second round on 19th December https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430111 INT In Chile, the election for a new President will go into a second round on the 19th of December after none of the seven candidates managed to secure the necessary 50 percent needed to win outright. Bulgaria's Rumen Radev wins Presidential re-elections: Exit Polls https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430109 INT Exit Polls in Bulgaria suggest that incumbent Rumen Radev has won the country’s presidential run-off. Japan to provide USD 2.6 bn loan for power and metro project in Bangladesh https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430101 INT Bangladesh signed an exchange of note and loan agreement with Japan worth USD 2.66 billion for two development projects in the country on Monday. Nine people were killed in revenge attacks in Jonglei, investigation underway https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430099 INT At least nine people were killed in inter-ethnic revenge attacks in Jonglei state in eastern South Sudan. Governor Denya Jock Chagor told local reporters in the state capital, Bor, that they had been killed in two separate incidents over the weekend. US: More than 20 people plowed through by vehicle in Wisconsin https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430087 INT In the Upper Midwestern state of Wisconsin, United States, more than 20 people including children were plowed through by a vehicle. Bulgarians vote for second round of presidential elections https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430057 INT In Bulgaria, voting for the second round of the presidential elections is being held today. Chileans vote on Sunday in Presidential election https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430055 INT Chileans are voting on Sunday in the Presidential election. China officially downgrades diplomatic ties with Lithuania over Taiwan https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430052 INT China has officially downgraded its diplomatic ties with Lithuania after it allowed Taiwan to open a de facto embassy in Vilnius. Myanmar Military govt rejects unanimous resolution adopted by Third Committee of 76th UNGA https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430033 INT The military government of Myanmar has rejected the unanimous resolution adopted by the Third Committee of the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 17th November. Bangladesh: Bangabandhu-Bapu digital exhibition opens in Rajshahi https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430037 INT The Bangabandhu-Bapu digital exhibition was opened to the public in Rajshahi, Bangladesh on Saturday. The 10-day long exhibition was inaugurated by the Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam as the Chief Guest. WHO worries about spread of Covid within Europe as continent battles fresh wave of infections https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430008 INT The World Health Organization has said it is worried about the spread of Covid-19 in Europe as the continent battles a fresh wave of infections. Bangladesh records zero daily COVID deaths in over 20 months https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=430020 INT Bangladesh recorded zero COVID 19 deaths on Saturday. It is the first time since April last year that the country has reported zero covid deaths after the corona pandemic outbreak in March 2020.