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World News

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22.02.2021

NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to 'World News: an Indianperspective', on All India Radio. This is VAIBHAV JYOTSNA SRIVASTAVA and withme is NISHIT KUMAR bringing glimpses of major developments of the day fromacross the globe. Over the next half an hour, we shall bring you the latestfrom the world of politics, economy, sports, entertainment and more.

As the world fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin with amessage of caution to stay safe and protected by following these three simplesteps:

Wear a face mask.

Maintain social distancing.

Focus on hand and face hygiene

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 THE HEADLINES

External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar reaches Port Luis ; hands over 1Lakh additional doses of Made in India COVID 19 vaccines to Mauritius

India signs 50 million dollar Line of Credit agreement in defence sector withMaldives,

Strike call by protesters paralyzes business in several cities of Myanmar;

Global terror financing watchdog FATF plenary meeting to take a call on Greylist status of Pakistan;

Australia says there will be no change in the media law related to to techgiants

In Boxing, India's Arundhati Choudhary and Naorem Babyrojisana Chanu win goldin 30th Adriatic Pearl tournament in Montenegro.

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JAISHANKAR-MAURITIUS

India's vaccine Maitri Initiative is going places. More than24 countries have already been supplied Made in India COVID19 vaccines. TheExternal Affairs Minister of India Dr. S. Jaishankar  on Monday handed over one lakh additionaldoses of commercially procured Made in India COVID vaccines to Mauritius. Indiahad earlier sent one lakh doses of Made in India COVID-19 vaccines to theisland nation. Dr. Jaishankar began his Mauritius visit with a meeting with hiscounterpart Alan Ganoo on Monday.

Prime Minister of Mauritius, Mr. Pravind Jugnauth conveyedhis appreciation for India's support to Mauritius in dealing with the oil spilllast year.

On the 17th of February, India's Union Cabinet, chaired bythe Prime Minister, Narendra Modi approved the signing of the ComprehensiveEconomic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA) between India andMauritius. Dr. Jaishankar expressed pleasure at the development which makesMauritius the first African country with which India has such an agreement.

In a series of tweets, Dr Jaishankar said, they reviewed thebilateral relations and the successful developmental partnership between thetwo countries. He reiterated that India will be a ready partner in the economicrecovery and revival efforts of Mauritius.

The Minister also met Prime Minister of Mauritius PravindJugnauth and conveyed the greetings from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. DrJaishankar and Mr Jugnauth held comprehensive discussions on the status ofimplementation of various infrastructure projects.

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MALDIVES-HARBOUR

India signed a 50 million dollar Line of Credit agreement indefence sector with the Maldives, reaffirming its commitment for overalldevelopment and security of its maritime neighbour. External Affair Minister SJaishankar, who was in the Maldives on Sunday, said that the agreement willfacilitate capability building in the maritime domain. The credit lineagreement for defence projects was signed between the Finance Ministry ofMaldives and the Export-Import Bank of India to boost the maritime capabilitiesof the strategically vital Indian Ocean island nation.

Dr Jaishankar also co-signed the UTF Harbour Projectagreement with Maldives Defence Minister Mariya Didi. He said that the projectagreement will strengthen Maldivian Coast Guard capability and facilitateregional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief efforts. The minister saidthat India and Maldives are partners in development as well as partners insecurity. The Maldives National Defence Force Coast Guard Harbour will come upat Sifavaru.

Ms. Mariya Didi said that defence cooperation between Indiaand Maldives has been a key element of the sisterly relationship between thetwo countries from time immemorial. She said that the Coast Guard Harbour andDockyard at Sifavaru will mark another significant milestone in this journey.

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PM-ATMANIRBHAR DEFENCE

Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi has stressed thatthe private sector can play instrument role in research, innovation, design,manufacturing of indigenous defence products to make country self reliant inthe defence sector. Speaking at the webinar for effective implementation ofUnion Budget 2021 provisions in the Defence Sector, he appealed to privatesector to work with the government in a coordinated manner to prepare the road mapsand action plans to create defence technology as per the need of 21st century.

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MYANMAR- PROTEST

Amid continuing protests against the military government, astrike called on Monday paralysed Myanmar business as large crowds gathered inseveral cities including Yangon, Karen state, Myitkyina in Kachin State andothers in the country.Despite warnings from the military government thatconfrontations could turn deadly, protesters gathered at Yangon's HledanJunction to participate in the nationwide 22222 general strike.

However, the military government on Monday said that theauthorities have exercised restraint despite ‘incitements of unrest andviolence’. It said they have used minimum force against the disturbance tomaintain public safety and rule of law.

Calling statements of some embassies in Yangon asinterference in the internal affairs of Myanmar and violation of the Viennaconvention of the diplomatic relations of 1961, it asked the foreign missionsto strictly adhere to the Vienna convention and UN Charter.

Meanwhile, Facebook said that it has removed the pages ofthe military mouthpiece TV channel MRTV and the main page of the Myanmarmilitary Tatmadaw for violation of its standards.

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PAKISTAN-FATF

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) commences itsthree-day plenary meeting on Monday. Pakistan is hanging in the grey list of the global anti-terror watchdog.Pakistan has been trying to garner support from the member nations to escape thelist. A report:

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COVID VACCINE

In India, a total of over One crore Eleven lakh people havebeen administered Covid-19 vaccines in the country so far. Union HealthMinistry said, 31 thousand 681 people have been inoculated with Covid-19vaccine doses in the last 24 hours.

 

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COVID-INTERATIONAL

Now let's take a look at the Coronavirus s from aroundthe world.

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HOTSPOT

The International Solar Alliance was launched at the 21stsession of United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties or COP-21held  in Paris. The organization whichstarted out on the 30th of November 2015 as a partnership between PrimeMinister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi and the then President of France, Mr.Francois Hollande has now grown into an alliance of 121 solar resource richcountries lying fully or partially between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropicof Capricorn.

In today's HOTSPOT segment we are in conversation with thenew Director General of the International Solar Alliance, Dr. Ajay Mathur.Formerly with The Energy and Resources Institute, TERI, Dr. Mathur was electedto the post in the first special assembly of ISA members on the 15th ofFebruary. In an exclusive interview with All India Radio, Dr. Mathur shares hisvision for the organization, his views on the global solar energy scenario,India's leadership role in the global climate action and more. Let's take alisten.

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AUSTRALIA-MEDIA

Australia has announced on Monday that there will be nochange to the proposed laws that would make companies like Google and Facebookpay news outlets for content. Australia’s Minister for Finance Mr. SimonBirmingham according to reports has said that the  bill as it stands meets the right balance. Areport

MARKETS

The BSE Sensex and the NSE Nifty today declined more thantwo per cent amid profit booking. Negative cues form major global stocks alsodampened investor sentiment. On the other hand, the rupee appreciated 15 paiseagainst the American currency. A report from the business world-

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SPORTS

Now moving onto sports.

In Boxing, Arundhati Choudhary in 69 kilogram categoryand Naorem Babyrojisana Chanu 51 kilogram category won gold medals as India’swomen contingent ended the 30th Adriatic Pearl tournament in Budva, Montenegro,with five gold, three silver and two bronze medals in addition to three maleboxers winning bronze. India’s women’s contingent thus finished top of thepodium at the tournament and took home the trophy.

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FPR

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

The Guardian reports that free speech protestscontinued against the jailing of musician Pablo Hasél.

Sputnik writes British FM Raab Calls on UN to ProbeChina's Alleged Rights Violations in Xinjiang.

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India is celebrating the 151st birth anniversary of MahatmaGandhi. Before we end, let us listen to his favourite Bhajan VAISHNAV JAN, byartists from SURINAME.

AND WITH THAT, WE END THIS BULLETIN. SEE YOU AT SAME TIMETOMORROW WITH THE NEXT EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.

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