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Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs a meeting on COVID-19 situation in the country            Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harshvardhan says India has launched largest vaccination drive in the world            Cabinet Secretary to chair a meeting with Chief Secretaries of 10 states, UTs to discuss availability of Medical Oxygen            6 day lockdown in National Capital from tonight; Essential services to remain functional            Country registers over two lakh 73 thousand COVID-19 fresh cases           

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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  RS RAGHU 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 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. 



⦁ Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasizes on reforms aimed at  creating world class maritime infrastructure at the Maritime India Summit.

⦁ India rejects Pakistan and OIC statements on at the UNHRC saying they have no Locus Standii to comment on Jammu and Kashmir

⦁ Microblogging platform Twitter introduces misleading information policy to prevent spread of harmful misinformation on COVID-19. 

⦁ ASEAN to meet over escalating political crisis in Myanmar; Members encourage dialogue between Aung Sang Suu Kyi and the Military.

⦁ India to participate in Exercise Desert Flag-VI hosted by UAE on Wednesday at Al-Dhafra airbase.

⦁ And In Hockey, India and Germany played out a 1-1 draw at the Europe Tour Series.



Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi has emphasized on creating world class maritime infrastructure through various reforms to achieve the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat. He said, India is very serious about growing in the maritime sector and emerging as a leading Blue Economy of the world. Speaking after inaugurating Maritime India Summit-2021 through video conferencing on Tuesday, the Prime Minister invited the global investors to come to India and be a part of India’s growth trajectory. The three-day Maritime India Summit-2021 is being organized by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways on a virtual platform www.maritimeindiasummit.in.

Prime Minister Modi expressed the desire to share the best practices with the world and also the openness to learning  from global best practices. He said, continuing with India’s focus on trade and economic linkages with the BIMSTEC and IOR nations, India plans to enhance investment in infrastructure and facilitate mutual agreements by 2026.



In India, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 1 crore 48 lakh 54 thousand on Tuesday. Nearly 5 lakh 52 thousand people were vaccinated on the first day of the second phase of nationwide vaccination programme, on Monday.

World's largest vaccination drive which was rolled out on 16th January this year by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in it's first phase covered Healthcare professionals and front line workers. In the second phase, which commenced yesterday, people above 60 years of age and those above 45 years with specified co-morbidities are being vaccinated. Here's a report-



India's Vaccine Maitri initiative touched the shores of the Carribean as Antigua and Barbuda received the Made in India COVID vaccines on Monday. Prime Minister Gaston Alfonso Browne in a televised statement thanked the Government of India for the 175,000 doses of AstraZeneca  vaccines  supplied by India.



India has excercised its right of reply at the UNHRC to assert that Pakistan remains a haven for United Nations proscribed terrorists. India's representative at the Indian mission in UN, Pawan Badhe has said that Pakistan has the dubious distinction of providing pensions to terrorists.



India on Wednesday will participate in the Exercise Desert Flag-VI hosted by the United Arab Emirates for the first time. The Ex Desert Flag is an annual multi-national large force employment warfare exercise hosted by the UAE Air Force. The Indian Air along with air forces of United Arab Emirates, United States of America, France, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Bahrain are participating in the Exercise. The exercise is scheduled from the 3rd of March to the 27th of March at Al-Dhafra airbase, UAE.

According to a statement, the aim of the exercise is to provide operational exposure to the participating forces. It also seesks to  train them to undertake simulated air combat operations in a controlled environment.



India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives have established a trilateral secretariat for National Security Advisors (NSA) on Maritime Security Cooperation on Monday. The Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence in a statement said that the development occurs after the National Security Advisor-level trilateral meetings on Maritime Security Cooperation with India and the Maldives.  The 4th National Security Advisor Level Meeting on Trilateral Maritime Security Cooperation was held between Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives in Colombo on the 28th of November 2020.



The connectivity between Bangladesh and India is set to get another boost with the start of a new passenger train service between the two countries. A direct train between Dhaka and New Jalpaiguri will start in March connecting Bangladesh with northern Bengal. A report from our Dhaka Correspondent.



Japan on Tuesday dismissed China's claim over disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea as violative of international law. As per reports, Japan's Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo said that the Senkaku Islands are an inherent part of Japanese territory, in terms of history and international law. He said the islands are also under Japan's control. China and Taiwan claim the Senkaku islands.

Japan's statement came in response to China's Defense Ministry claims that the country's activities off the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea were legitimate.

The Japanese government has recently said that the Japan Coast Guard could legally use weapons against a forceful landing attempt if necessary, under the pretext of responding to a serious and heinous crime. A day earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin urged Japan to "stop dangerous words and actions that may complicate the situation" on the islands. Chinese coast guard ships have been frequently spotted in and out of the islands' territorial waters. Last month, a new legislation allowed China's coast guard to use weapons in waters it considers to be under its jurisdiction. This raised the concerns in Japan.



In Myanmar, crowds continue to gather in different parts of Yangon city to chant slogans against military rule as police fired stun grenades to disorient the protesters. There were no reports of any injuries. At least 21 protesters have been killed since the turmoil began. The army said one policemen was killed.

Junta leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, in his remarks read out on state television, said protest leaders and instigators would be punished and threatened action against civil servants refusing to work.

Meanwhile in a television interview on Monday Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said ASEAN would encourage dialogue between Suu Kyi and the Military.

ASEAN’s effort to engage with Myanmar’s military has been criticised by supporters of democracy, with a committee of ousted Myanmar lawmakers declaring the junta a terrorist group and saying ASEAN’s engagement will give it legitimacy.

The United States warned Myanmar’s military yesterday that it would take more actions if security forces kill unarmed people and attack journalists and activists.



Israel's president formally received the first-ever ambassador from the United Arab Emirates, following last year's historic agreement between the countries to normalise ties. UAE envoy Mohamed Al Khaja delivered his credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at a ceremony in Jerusalem on Monday. The UAE was the first country to agree to establish full diplomatic relations with the Jewish state under the Abraham Accords, a pact brokered by former US president Donald Trump.

Israel opened its UAE embassy in January, with veteran diplomat Eitan Naeh heading the Abu Dhabi mission. Israel and the UAE have already signed treaties on direct flights and visa-free travel, along with accords on investment protection, science and technology. 



In a related development, the US State Department has said that it is working with Saudi to ensure peace and prosperity in the region.  Spokesperson of the US State Department Ned Price made the statement on Monday.



In Hong Kong, hundreds of pro-democracy protesters have gathered at a court where 47 activists face charges of conspiracy to commit subversion. A court has adjourned the proceedings for Tuesday after a democracy activist fainted during a long hearing. Following over 12 hours of submissions from defence lawyers on bail applications, democrat and district councillor Clarisse Yeung fainted in the courtroom and had to be sent to hospital by ambulance.

On Monday,hundreds of people defied rules limiting group gatherings to four to curb the spread of the coronavirus, in the biggest protest this year. The 47 pro-democracy activists appearing in court yesterday were among a group of 55 people arrested in dawn raids last month. China had enforced the new law criminalizing subversive acts last year. <<>>



The Berlin Film Festival 2021 is underway in a virtual format. An online event started on Monday which will continue till the 5th of March restricted to film professionals. A report:



The 3rd of March is being observed as the World Wildlife Day. This year, the day is being dedicated to the links between forests & livelihoods & the experiences of the Indigenous peoples. President of the UN General Assembly said that forests are a space for recreation, for balance, and for reprieve.



International Women’s Day is celeberated on 8th March every year. All India Radio News honors Women Achievers from diverse fields by bringing their stories.

Its a matter of pride that India has the record of having maximum number of female commercial pilots as compared to other developed nations. 

Capt Nivedita Bhasin, who began her flying career in the year 1979 as a glider pilot, was the youngest  female pilot to command a Jet plane. She is also the first female pilot to fly the BOEING 787, the Dreamliner. Talking to All India Radio News Captain Nivedita Bhasin shared the memories of her initial days as a pilot.



Benchmark domestic stocks today climbed around one per cent in sync with gains in the global equity markets. The BSE Sensex regained 50,000 mark while the NSE Nifty reclaimed 14,900 level. The rupee also appreciated 18 paise against the US currency. A report from the business world-



Now moving onto sports.

In Hockey, in a nail-biting encounter India drew against Germany 1-1. India's Jarmanpreet Singh opened the scoring for the visitors. Germany equalized by converting a penalty corner.

In Badminton, Indian mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy will clash with England's Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith in first round of Swiss Open tournament in Basel today. In another mixed doubles match, India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa will take on Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja of Indonesia. More from the news-desk --



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

⦁ The Washington Post quotes Fauci that U.S. must stick with two-shot strategy for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.

⦁ Wall Street Journal reports that Bloomberg to give Harvard 150 US dollar million for program for Mayors.

⦁ Globe and the Mail writes that new technologies are giving hope for a low-carbon future in the race to clean dirty industries.

⦁ Sputnik News writes that Huawei's AppGallery Rivals Google, Apple With 530m Users in an ongoing US-China Trade War.

⦁ And, the Sydney Morning Herald writes that the New South Wales government has approved construction of the southern hemisphere’s first Sikh school in north-west Sydney.


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 BARBADOS.



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