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Nationwide 2nd phase COVID-19 vaccination drive to cover senior citizens & people above 45 years with co-morbidities begins today            PM Modi gets vaccinated at Delhi’s AIIMS; appeals people to come forward for vaccination to make country Corona free            India of 21st century needs post-harvest revolution & value addition amid increasing agriculture production, says PM            National COVID-19 recovery rate reaches to 97.07 per cent            Bidding for telecom spectrum auction to commence from today           

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NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to 'World News: an Indian perspective', on All India Radio. This is MANOJ SINGH RANA and with me is PRASHANT KUMAR SINHA bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across the globe. Over the next half an hour, we shall bring you the latest from the world of politics, economy, sports, entertainment and more.



As the world fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin the programme with a message of caution to stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps:

  • Wear a face mask.

  • Maintain social distancing.

  • Focus on hand and face hygiene.



  • Largest COVID vaccination drive in the world underway in India; Global leaders congratulate India on the feat.

  • India's Covid-19 recovery rate reaches 96.58 per cent.

  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson invites Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the G7 summit to be held in June.

  • United Nations announces breakthrough in Libya transition talks

  • US President Elect Joe Biden unveils roadmap day one at the White House and beyond.

  • In cricket, Australia were 21 for no loss in their second innings at stumps on day three of of the fourth and final test against India at the Gabba in Brisbane today.



World's largest vaccination drive to prevent COVID-19 infection was successfully launched in India yesterday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out the drive through video conferencing.

The Prime Minister said India's COVID 19 vaccination campaign is based on very humane principles and those exposed to maximum risk get priority.

A total of two lakh 7 thousand 229 people across the country were vaccinated on the first day.

The Health Ministry has said that a total of 553 sessions of Covid- 19 vaccination were conducted today in 6 States on the second day of the launch of the vaccination drive. These States are Andhara Pradesh in which 308 sessions were conducted today, 165 sessions in Tamil Nadu, 64 in Karnataka, 14 in Arunachal Pradesh and one session in Karala and Manipur.

Addressing media in New Delhi, Additional Health Secretary, Dr Manohar Agnani said, with this taking all the two days, a total of 2 lakh 24 thousand and 301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated so far:

Mr Agnani also informed that in all these two days, 16th and 17th January, a total of 447 Adverse Event Following Immunization- AEFIs have been reported out of which only three required hospitalization.

Serum Institute of India-produced Covidshield was supplied to all States and Union Territories, while Bharat Biotech's Covaxin was sent to 12 States. The Health Ministry has informed that India's Covid-19 recovery rate reaches 96.58 per cent. The Government said, vaccination drive is probably the beginning of the end of coronavirus pandemic in the country.



Congratulatory messages pour in from leaders of various countries around the world as India began nationwide Coronavirus vaccination campaign on Saturday. It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through video conferencing. More than 1.91 lakh people across the country were inoculated on the first day.

The Health Ministry said not a single case of post-vaccination hospitalisation has been reported so far.

SII-produced Covidshield was supplied to all States and UTs, while Bharat Biotech's Covaxin was sent to 12 States. Government said, vaccination drive is probably the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Foreign Minister of Nepal Pradeep Kumar Gyawali congratulated India on its success in developing the Covid vaccine and expressed confidence that the pandemic will be overcome soon. Mr Gyawali was attending the 6th India-Nepal Joint Commission Meeting on Saturday.

Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the people of India for the landmark launch of nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive. Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the Bhutan Prime and said India is ready to do everything possible for a healthy planet. In a tweet, he said a vaccine, which was earlier believed to be impossible in such a short time period has become a reality thanks to efforts of country's scientists, doctors and innovators.

Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa congratulated Prime Minister Modi and the Indian government on the launch of the COVID vaccination drive on Saturday. Calling it an important step, Mr.

Rajapaksa said that we are seeing the beginning of the end of the devastating pandemic. Prime Minister Modi thanked Mr. Rajapaksa in a tweet and said that the tireless efforts of our scientists and frontline workers have played a crucial role in the fight against this pandemic. He added that the fast development of vaccine and its launch is an important landmark in our joint endeavour for a healthy and disease free world.

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of the Republic of Maldives conveyed his congratulations to Mr.

Modi and the Indian government. In a tweet, Mr. Solih expressed confidence that India will be successful in the endeavour to end the scourge of COVID-19.

British Prime Minister Mr. Boris Johnson lauded India's efforts regarding the production of coronavirus vaccine and said, "India already supplies more than 50 per cent of the world's vaccines, and the UK and India have worked closely together throughout the pandemic."



Germany has delivered more than 1 million first-round doses of COVID-19 vaccines, amidst rising infections and deaths from COVID-19.

Health Minister Jens Spahn has reportedly said that he expects that everyone in Germany will have been offered the vaccine by summer.



France enters nationwide 6pm curfew as Covid-19 death toll surpasses 70,000. The virus has killed 70,000 people in France, the seventh highest toll in the world, and the government is reportedly worried by the more transmissible variant first detected in Britain, which now accounts for about 1% of new cases.

The curfew was brought forward two hours to 6 p.m. and will run until 6 a.m. In addition, from Monday anyone travelling to France from outside the European Union will have to show a negative test result and self-isolate for a week upon arrival.

Prime Minister Jean Castex in a speech said that the measures were necessary in light of the situation.



Austrian government on Sunday said that it will extend its COVID-19 lockdown, in a bid to start easing restrictions from February 8th. The catering sector and tourism will not be able to reopen in February, it added.

Austria, has reported nearly 390,000 coronavirus cases and almost 7,000 COVID-19-linked deaths since the pandemic began last year.

Thousands of people marched in Vienna to protest against the restrictions on public life.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a news conference he was aware the restrictions were unpopular but the government had to act given the spread of new virus mutations that made COVID-19 more transmissible.

The government said people should work from home where possible, must stay at least two metres away from others, and had to wear FFP2 masks in stores and on public transport.

The government said it wants to get new infections to below 700 per day.



According to UN, COVID-19 has disrupted all forms of human mobility through the closing of national borders and halting of travel worldwide. The International Migration 2020 Highlights Report estimates that the pandemic may have slowed the growth in the stock of international migrants by around two million by mid- 2020, 27% less than the growth expected since mid-2019. The report was released on Saturday and has made some other major findings on the status of international migration.


India topped the list of countries with the largest diasporas in 2020. The report notes that according to projections by the World Bank, the COVID-19 pandemic may reduce the volume of remittances sent to low-and middle-income countries.



The United Kingdom has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the G7 Summit as a guest. The G7 Summit is to be held in June 2021. A statement by British High Commission said that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also likely to visit India ahead of the G7 Summit. Mr. Johnson's earlier visit to India was called off by him due to the Cornavirus situation in UK.

The G7, made up of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the USA and the EU is the onoly forum where the world's most influential and open societies and advanced economies are brought together for close-knit discussions, said the statement.

The statement added that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use the first in-person G7 summit in almost two years to ask leaders, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener and more prosperous.

Terming India as 'pharmacy of the world', the UK lauded the efforts regarding the production of coronavirus vaccine



US President Elect Joe Biden has unveiled his agenda for Day One at the White House. Biden's incoming chief of staff, Ron Klain, on Saturday laid out in a memo the executive orders the new president will issue on January 20 and in the early days of the new administration. January 20th is when Mr Biden officially assumes Presidency after winning the intensely fought elections of November 3rd last year.

According to the memo, Biden will sign an order returning the United States to the Paris climate agreement, President Trump had withdrawn the U.S. from the agreement.

Biden has promised to implement sweeping changes to the energy and transportation sector to reach the country's Paris emissions goals.

Mr. Biden will also sign orders to reverse President Trump's travel ban on some Muslim-majority nations.

Additionally, Mr. Biden will sign an order requiring masks on federal property and for interstate travel.

Mr. Biden had earlier urged Americans to commit to wearing masks for at least 100 days to help slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic that has now killed almost 400,000 Americans.

Mr. Klain also informed that Mr. Biden will also submit a broad immigration proposal to Congress.



Meanwhile, State authorities have beefed up security this weekend ahead of Democrat Joe Biden's swearing-in ceremony on January 20. Authorities are hoping to avoid a repeat of the deadly Capitol Hill violence by President Donald Trump's supporters on January 6.

With the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) warning of potential violence at all state capitols,

governors across the country have declared a state of emergency and closed capitols to the public.

Washington DC is under a state of high ahead of Biden's inauguration.



Two Afghan female Supreme Court judges were shot dead in Kabul in a car ambush. Officials said that the ambush occurred early Sunday morning in the country's capital. Ahmad Fahim Qaweem,

spokesperson for the Supreme Court said that the attack on the judges happened as they were driving to their office in a court vehicle.

Earlier this month the US military for the first time directly accused the Taliban of orchestrating a spate of attacks on prominent Afghans. Colonel Sonny Leggett, spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan in a tweet said that the Taliban's campaign of unclaimed attacks and targeted killings of government officials,

civil society leaders & journalists must cease for peace to succeed.

On Friday, the Pentagon announced it had cut troop levels in Afghanistan to 2,500 as part of its deal with the Taliban to withdraw all troops from the country by May 2021.



The United Nations on Saturday announced a breakthrough in the transition talks in Libya. UN acting envoy for Libya Stephanie Williams said that an advisory committee for representatives of Libya's different regions has proposed a way forward for choosing a transitional government that would lead the war-torn country to elections late this year.

UN acting envoy for Libya Stephanie Williams told a news conference in Geneva that the advisory committee’s members “have met their responsibility with a constructive spirit, cooperative efforts, and a great deal of patriotism.”

The UN acting envoy said that the transitional government would be “a temporary unified executive staffed by Libyan patriots who want to share responsibility rather than to divide the cake,”

The US Embassy in Libya welcomed the breakthrough and urged all parties of Libya “to work with urgency and in good faith” to establish an interim government.



Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday said the alliance is ready  to assist Libya  provided conditions permit. He also highlighted have seen the presence of fighter jets and mercenaries financed by Russia and all the Russian military capabilities in the region. The NATO chief also said he welcomes a Libyan cease-fire and looks for a UN led political solution.



The WhatsApp messaging service announced on Friday that it would delay changes to new business features. The decision comes in the wake of the messaging app's new privacy policy was criticized by people around the world.

Under d terms, the app would be allowed to share users' data, including location and phone number, with its parent company Facebook and its units such as Instagram and Messenger.

The company said it is "going to do a lot more to clear up misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp." It has reportedly started issuing status s in a bid to allay users' apprehensions over the new privacy policy. An advertisement capmpaign over print and other media has also been initiated by the company for the same purpose.

Privacy rights activists heavily criticized the WhatsApp changes, saying it was a severe ifringement of user privacy. Italy's data protection authority issued a statement: "The authority believes it was not possible for users to understand what kind of changes were being introduced, nor how data would be treated after February 8."



In Indonesia, heavy rain is hampering the search operation for survivors following a powerful earthquake on Sulawesi island on Friday. The death toll has reached 73. Thousands of people left homeless are living in makeshift shelters.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where tectonic plates collide, and the country has a history of devastating earthquakes and tsunamis.



51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was kicked off with enthralling cultural performances in Goa on Saturday. Around 200 screenings will take place in physical format. The IFFI opened with the screening of Danish film-maker Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘Another Round’ at Kala Academy. Festival will conclude on the 24th January.  More from our Goa correspondent:

Tributes to legendary film maker Satyajit Ray emerged as a salient feature of the event today. Satyajit Ray retrospective section was inaugurated today with the inaugural film Paather Paanchali.  Veteran actor Dhritiman Chatterji was chief guest for the event.Meanwhile, Directors of opening films of Indian panaroma addressed the press. Saand ki Aankh and Paanchika are opening films for feature and non feature categories. Tushar Hiranandani, director of Saand ki Aankh while briefing media said that he got inspired by a story on Satyamev Jayate show. He said that rather than only women empowerment perspective, this film stresses more on people who start their life at their 60s. While Director of Paanchika , Ajit Kothari said that Paanchika is a film based on Vyanktesh Madgulkar’s story. WITH MUKESH THALI,  TUSHAR  JADHAV FOR AIR NEWS FROM PANAJI GOA.



Bangladesh will create a fund of 1000 crore TAKA to provide concessional financing for building cineplexes and cinema halls for the people of the country. Announcing this at the function to give away National Film Awards 2019 in Dhaka, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the government will not only open the closed cinema halls but also modernise them to attract more and more people to the cinema halls. She assured the film community that the government will take all possible steps to develop and modernise the film industry in Bangladesh. She called upon the film fraternity to make films on the theme of Liberation War of Bangladesh and its culture to let people know the real history of Bangladesh victory.



Legendary Indian classical musician and Padma Vibhushan awardee Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan died this  afternoon at his residence in Mumbai. He was 89.

Born on March 3, 1931 in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, Ghulam Mustafa Khan was the eldest among four brothers and three sisters. Both of his parents belonged to renowned musical background. He received basic classical music training from his father and later studied music under his cousin, Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, followed by Padma Bhusan in 2006 and Padma Vibhushan in 2018. In 2003 he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi award, the highest Indian recognition given to practicing artistes.

The music fraternity expressed deep condolences over Khan's sudden demise.



President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condoled the passing away of Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. The President in his condolence message said, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan was a legend of Indian classical music. Mr Kovind said, he is honoured to have conferred Padma Vibhushan on him in 2018. The President said in his passing, music world has lost not only a doyen but also a mentor for young generation.

The Prime Minister said, in tweet, that the passing away of Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Sahab leaves our cultural world poorer.



Last 6 of the 33 Indian workers stranded in Somalia left for India from the Nairobi Airport on Saturday. 

In a tweet, the Indian Embassy in Kenya thanked the Somalian Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Somalia-

India Friendship Association for full support.



A team from NEPAL scaled the K2 on Saturday. In a spectacular winter ascent of K2 - the world’s second-highest mountain at 8,610 metres 10 Nepalese Sherpas reached the summit of Mount K2 at around 5PM on Saturday. Reports suggest that till today it was the only peak above 8,000 metres that had not been climbed in winter.



NASA on Saturday, conducted a hot fire test of the core stage for the NASA SLS rocket. The SLS rocket will launch NASA's ARTEMIS programme to the Moon.

NASA tweeted that the core stage engine test ended about one minute into the expected eight-minute hot fire. It added that teams will assess the data from the engine shutdown to determine the next steps.

Speaking on the significance of the test, NASA administration Jim Bridenstine said tha the launch vehicle is the same one that will launch the Orion crew capsule around the Moon.



India on Saturday strongly condemned attack against UN peacekeepers in two separate incidents in Mali and in Central African Republic on Friday. India's permanent representative at the UN, Ambassador Tirumurti in a tweet said that we share the pain and offered condolences to families of soldiers killed and to Governments of Egypt and Burundi.



Now let us take a look at the major developments around the world, as reported in the foreign press:

US based Wall Street Journal has reported that  investments by Chinese government to fuel growth has amplified the problem of low productivity.

Nepal based Himalayan times has reported that prohibition by India on import of palm oil from Nepal has affected Nepali industries.

Pakistan based Dawn repports that the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Drap) authorised the Oxford University AstraZeneca Covid-19 shot for emergency use in Pakistan on Saturday; China's Sinopharm vaccine is awaiting approval.

UK based The guardian has reported that all adults in UK will be offered COVID vaccine by September of this year.

Moscow times has reported that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny returned  to Russia from Germany and he  faces imminent arrest from authorities.

Turkey based Daily Sabah has reported that Turkey and Azerbaijan will conduct joint military drill.The drill will feature domestic weaponry.


Moving onto sports,

In Cricket, Australia were 21 for no loss in their second innings at stumps on day three of of the fourth and final test against India at the Gabba in Brisbane today.

Earlier, India were bowled out for 336 in the first innings, conceding a lead of 33 runs. Australia had scored 369 runs in their first innings.

For India, Shardul Thakur was the top scorer with 67 runs. He smashed nine boundaries and two sixes during the course of his innings and shared a record 123-run stand with debutant Washington Sundar,

who also scored valuable 62 runs.

For Australia, Josh Hazlewood scalped five wickets. Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc picked two wickets each while off-spinner Nathan Lyon, playing his 100th Test, scalped one.

The four-match series is currently tied at 1-1 with Australia winning the first match in Adelaide while India registering a win in the second in Melbourne. The third Test in Sydney had ended in a draw.

From the world of Tennis, Forty-seven players were barred from practising for a fortnight Saturday in a major setback to their Australian Open preparations. The Australian Open is the first grand slam of the year. The decision was taken after passengers on two charter flights that brought them to Melbourne tested positive for Covid-19. However, Australian Open chief Craig Tiley insisted on Sunday that the Grand Slam would begin as scheduled next month.

In Athletics, Hugues Fabrice Zango from Burkina Faso set a world record at the indoor triple jump when he posted the longest ever with a leap of 18.07 metres or 59.28 feet.

At an event on Saturday in Aubiere, France, 27-year-old broke the record, set by his own coach, Teddy Tamgho, in 2011.


India is celebrating the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to his favourite bhajan VAISHNAV JAN, by artists from GERMANY.



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