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Centre bans supply of oxygen for industrial usage to meet rising demand for treatment of COVID-19 patients            Home Minister Amit Shah says, fight against COVID-19 is topmost priority for government            DRDO to operationalize its dedicated Corona hospital in New Delhi today            Railways say it can setup 3-lakh isolation beds across country; all set to run Oxygen Express trains            Campaigning for sixth phase of assembly elections ends this evening in West Bengal           

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World News

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23.02.2021

NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to 'World News: an Indianperspective', on All India Radio. This is VAIBHAV JYOTSANA SRIVASTAVA and withme is RENUKA bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across theglobe. Over the next half an hour, we shall bring you the latest from the worldof 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

India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar says terrorism continues to beone of gravest threats to humankind; terms it a crime against humanity.

Climate change the defining issue of our times; India on track to exceed ParisClimate Targets; says India at the UN Security Council.

Five-member Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court of Nepal ordersreinstatement of House of Representatives.

G-7 Foreign Ministers condemn the coup in Myanmar, call for release of Aung SanSu Ki & detained leaders.

Facebook lifts ban on news content for Australian users after agreement withthe Australian government.

France reacts strongly over Pakistan President's remarks on FrenchAnti-Separatism Law.

In Cricket, third Test between India and England to begin in Ahmedabad onWednesday.

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JAISHANKAR-UNHRC

External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S. Jaishankar hasstated that terrorism continues to be one of the gravest threats to humankind.In his statement at the High Level Segment of the 46th Session of UN HumanRights Council, Dr Jaishankar said,  andit is a crime against humanity and violates the most fundamental human right,the Right to Life.

Dr. Jaishankar commented on India's continued commitment toprotect basic human rights as manifest in India's COVID 19 strategy.

The Minister said that the Government of India has takenseveral steps towards economic and social transformation of India.

Dr. Jaishankar said that there is a need for us to cometogether to overcome these challenges and at the same time, multilateralinstitutions and mechanisms need to be reformed to be able to deal with theseeffectively. 

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NEPAL-SUPREME COURT

In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court of Nepal on Tuesdayreinstated the dissolved House of Representatives.

A five-member Constitutional Bench led by Chief JusticeCholendra Shumsher Rana annulled the government’s decision to dissolve theHouse of Representatives on the 20th of December 2020.

In a surprise move, Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari haddissolved parliament and announced mid term elections in April-May 2021. Themove had come in the wake of the request made by the Nepali Cabinet lead by K.P.Sharma Oli.

In an order uploaded on its website, the Supreme Court ofNepal called for the reinstatement of the parliament. The Supreme Court as thehighest court of Nepal is recognized as a court of record.


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G7-MYANMAR

Foreign Ministers of the G7 group has  firmly condemned violence the violence inMyanmar. In a statement, the G7 said that the military and the police mustexercise utmost restraint and respect human rights and international law. Iadded that the use of live ammunition against unarmed people is unacceptable.Anyone responding to peaceful protests with violence must be held to account.

Calling for full humanitarian access to support the mostvulnerable, the statement asserted that the G7 is united in condemning what itcalled "the coup" in Myanmar. It called for the immediate and unconditional release of those detainedarbitrarily, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President WinMyint and continue to stand with the people of Myanmar in their quest fordemocracy and freedom.

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HEALTH-COVID BRIEFING

The Indian Government on Tuesday said that over One croreSeventeen lakh Fifty Four thousand vaccine doses have been administered in thecountry. Briefing media in New Delhi, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said,over 7.7 Million health care workers and over 4.4 Million frontline workershave been vaccinated till now. He said, active cases are now less than 10 lakhand average daily deaths reported in last week is 92. Mr Bhushan said,cumulative positivity rate is 5.19 per cent and declining. He said, two States- Maharashtra and Kerala account for 75 per cent of total active cases in thecountry.

NITI Aayog Member Dr. V. K. Paul said, 187 individualsdetected with UK strain, six people with South African strain and one withBrazilian strain till date.

However, he said, there is no clear scientific evidence thatthe mutant variations are responsible for upsurge of outbreak in some districtsof Maharashtra and Kerala.

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US-INDIA-HEALTH-ENERGY

The United States of America has lauded India's role in theglobal response to the COVID 19 pandemic. India through its Vaccine Maitri hasreached out to neighbouring countries and key partner nations by supplying themindigenously produced vaccine doses. Speaking to the press, the US statedepartment spokesperson Ned Price said that India and the US are partnering tostrenghten the global response to COVID 19.

Mr. Price also commented on the strength of India'spharmaceutical sector.

Elaborating on the Indo-US partnership in the energy sector,Mr. Price spoke on the multifaceted nature of the partnership.

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FRANCE-PAK

France has reacted strongly against Pakistan over PresidentArif Alvi's remarks on a French legislation with the purported objective offighting Islamist serparatism. A statement from the French Foreign Ministry onTuesday said that the Charge de affaires of the Embassy of Pakistan in Francehad been summoned. A report:

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CHINA-GALWAN VALLEY

In China, police have detained seven persons for postingderogatory comments online defaming Chinese soldiers who died during GalwanValley clash with India in June 2020. The State media reported that thenetizens came from different parts of the country with ages ranging from 19 to40.

China recently unveiled the details of the deaths of Chinesesoldiers for the first time, prompting many to flood social media with emotionsrunning high. China had passed a law in 2018 that made it illegal to defamecountry's martyrs and under the law several popular Chinese bloggers have hadtheir accounts suspended for insulting heroes.

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FACEBOOK-AUSTRALIA

Facebook has decided to lift its ban on news content forAustralian users after coming to an agreement with the Australian government.In a statement released on Tuesday the Morrison Government said that it willintroduce further amendments to the News Media and Digital Platforms MandatoryBargaining Code.

It added that the amendments will provide further clarity todigital platforms and news media businesses. It said that it will strengthenthe framework for ensuring news media businesses are fairly remunerated.

Earlier, Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison hadcalled on Facebook to lift its news blockade in the country and negotiate dealswith media outlets.

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CANADA-UIGHUR

The Canadian Parliament has passed a motion to declareChina's treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority as "genocide."

The motion was introduced in the House of Commons on Mondayby the opposition. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with his Cabinet,abstained from the vote according to reports. The non-binding motion passed266-0. 

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UNPKF-SOMALIA

India has asserted that it will continue its developmentpartnership with Somalia. India's Permanent representative to the UnitedNations Mr. Tirumurti at the UN Security called on Somali leaders to engage inconstructive dialogue to resolve issues delaying holding of elections.

Ambassador Tirumurti also paid tributes to the 12 Indiansoldiers who laid down their lives in the UN Peacekeeping operations inSomalia.

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MOEF-UNSC

India's Minister of Minister of Environment, Forest &Climate Change, Mr. Prakash Javadekar said that climate change is the definingissue of our times. Speaking at the UN Security Council on the them of Climateand Security: Maintenance of international peace and security, MrJavadekar  said that India is the onlycountry on track among G20 countries in meeting its climate change commitments.

Quoting Mahatma Gandhi the Minister made an appeal to shifta climate friendly lifestyle.

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MUMBAI-TOY FAIR

Aimed at boosting toy manufacturing in India and improvingits global market share, the National Toy Fair is being held on the virtualplatform from 27th of February to 2nd March. Our Correspondent from Mumbaireports that the exhibitors feel more such virtual toy fairs should beorganised in future.

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MARS-WIND

The US space agency NASA on Monday released the first audiofrom Mars. NASA also released the first video of last week's landing of therover. The Perseverance Rover is on a mission to search for signs of past lifeon the Red Planet. The recordings realeased by NASA has a faint cracklingrecording of a gust of wind captured by the Perseverance rover. According toreports quoting Dave Gruel, lead engineer for the camera and microphone systemon Perseverance the sound is that of an actual wind gust on the surface of Marspicked up by the microphone.

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NAGALAND-WORLD BANK

Government of India along with the Nagaland State governmenthas signed a 68 million dollar project with the World Bank today in order toImprove the Quality of Education in Nagaland. The project named “Nagaland:Enhancing Classroom Teaching and Resources” will improve classroom instruction;create opportunities for the professional development of teachers; and buildtechnology systems to provide students and teachers with more access to blendedand online learning.

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BHIMSEN

India is observing the year-long Birth Centenarycelebrations of doyen of music Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. Let us take a listen tothe Maestro at this best.

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MARKETS

Benchmark domestic stocks today closed with marginal gainsamid positive global cues. The rupee also appreciated four paise against theAmerican currency. A report from the business world-

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SPORTS

Now moving onto sports.

In Cricket, the third test of the four match series betweenIndia and England will be played at the world's largest Sardar Patel Stadium,Motera in Ahmedabad from Wednesday. It's a day and night fixture and the matchis scheduled to begin at 2.30 p.m. A report --

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EU-CHINA RARE EARTH ELEMENTS

European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen todaysaid that European Union (EU) must end its over-reliance on imports from abroadto drive its technological development, such as China's dominance in providingrare earth elements. The president said that the creation of a European RawMaterials Alliance late last year was made for this purpose, so as to alleviatethe bloc's reliance on extractive practices and to circulate critical materialamong member states.There are 17 strategic elements vital for the production ofanything ranging from laptops, electric car batteries to missile guidingsystems and lasers. So far China has exercised a virtual monopoly on processingrare earth elements. Rare earth elements are produced in a handful of locationsin China, the US and Myanmar, with trace amounts in other countries. Chinaaccounts for over two-thirds of the world's rare earth elements supply, allfrom several queries in the Inner Mongolia region.  

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FPR

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

The Washington Post reports that State and Municipalauthorities in the United States want to curtail the use of Natural Gas tofight climate change.

Kathmandu Post reports scenes of celebration asstudents associations light candles to celebrate the reinstatement of the Houseof Representatives in Nepal.

Khaleej Times writes that  UAE Leaders have hailed the Hope Probe teamsaying they have created a new history.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that from phase 1bof the vaccine rollout, people with health conditions like Peta Murphy will beable to start receiving immunisations.

The South China Morning Post reports that China wouldwelcome UN Human Rights Council visit ‘because there is no genocide inXinjiang’

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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 INDONESIA.

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

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