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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviews COVID-19 situation in the country            Indian army establishes COVID management cell to coordinate assistance to civil authority            Civil Aviation Ministry issues guidelines to ensure timely vaccination of aviation community            Madhya Pradesh govt extends Janta Curfew till 15th May to check rising cases of COVID-19            More than 16.25 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country so far           

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World News

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18.04.2021

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 the 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.

THE HEADLINES

  • Government of India writes to States and Union Territories to ensure COVID19  related restrictions do not adversely impact the Vaccination exercise.

  • China and the US agree to tackle climate crisis with urgency.

  • France to impose mandatory 10-day quarantine for people arriving from Argentina, Brazil,

  • Chile and South Africa.

  • World Heritage Day is being celebrated today.

  • In World youth Boxing championships,  five Indian boxers advance to quarterfinals in men and women category in Kielce, Poland.

  • In IPL Cricket, Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 38 runs in Chennai.

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CENTRE - VACCINATION EXERCISE

The Union Government has written to States and Union Territories to ensure that movement restriction imposed by them for COVID19 control does not adversely impact the Vaccination exercise. Additional Secretary in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Manohar Agnani has written a letter to Additional Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary and Secretary of all the States and UTs. They have been advised that COVID-19 vaccination services should not be affected by COVID-19 curfews and lockdowns and the movement of beneficiaries to and from COVID-19 Vaccination Centres.

Dr Agnani said, COVID-19 Vaccination Centres which have been identified as Dedicated COVID-19 Hospitals should continue providing uninterrupted COVID-19 vaccination services. He said, Vaccination services should be provided in a separate building or block in these hospitals that is distinctly separated from the building where management of COVID-19 patients is being done. This will ensure that beneficiaries of vaccination are not inadvertently exposed to COVID-19 at these hospitals.

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COVID-UPDATE

India registered its highest surge in COVID cases with 2 lakh 61 thousand 500 new cases. The number of total active cases in the country further swelled up to nearly 12.18 per cent of the total reported cases.

Ten States namely, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh,

Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat & Kerala continue to be the major hotspots of the pandemic.

Nearly 80 per cent of the new cases are reported from these 10 states.

In the last 24 hours, one thousand five hundred and one COVID related deaths were reported in the country, taking the cumulative toll to 1 lakh 77 thousand 150.

Currently over 18 lakh people are reported to be suffering from the viral pandemic and are either hospitalised or under home isolation.

With a special focus on the 5-point principle of 'Test, Track, Treat, Isolate & Vaccinate', the number of cumulative COVID-19 testing has surpassed the figure of 26 crore 65 lakh. In the past 24 hours, more than 15 lakh 66 thousand samples were tested for COVID-19 in the country.

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VACCINE-UPDATE

Meanwhile, India's vaccination drive against COVID-19 crossed the figure of 12 crore 26 lakh doses within 92 days of the launch of the World's largest vaccination programme. The Health Ministry has informed that in the last 24 hours more than 26 lakh 84 thousand doses of COVID vaccine has been administered in the country.

Our correspondent reports that after the Prime Minister's clarion call for maximum and best utilisation of health resources in the country, the number of total Covid Vaccination Centres have increased significantly. Number of vaccination centres in the country increased to over 60 thousand from nearly 45 thousand.

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NTA-JEE

The National Testing Agency has postponed the April session exams of the Joint Entrance Examination, JEE Main for the year 2021. In a media release shared by Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the NTA has informed that the decision to postpone the exam has been taken in view of the present situation of COVID-19.

The JEE (Main) April Session was scheduled to be held on 27th, 28th and 30th of this month. The revised dates for the examination will be announced later with prior notice of at least 15 days before the examinations.

JEE(Main), is one of the most coveted examinations for engineering aspirants in the country and is scheduled to be conducted in four sessions this year. Two of these sessions have already been completed in February and March.

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COVID-GLOBAL

The Coronavirus continues to torment countries across the world as the global death toll has crossed the three million mark on Saturday.

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BANGLADESH-COVID

The COVID 19 pandemic in Bangladesh continued to break its own record with 102 deaths reported from the country on Saturday. This is the third straight day when over 100 deaths have been reported from Bangladesh. The death toll in the country has gone up to 10,385. A total of 3698 fresh corona cases were also reported on Saturday taking the total number of infected people to over 7.18 lakh.

The  government has ramped up measures to fight the pandemic and provide relief to the poor people in the country. The country inaugurated the largest COVID 19 hospital in Dhaka on Saturday.

Financial assistance for 36.25 lakh poor families was also announced ahead of Eid festival.

Meanwhile, Prasar Bharti Special Correspondent from Dhaka reported that on the fifth day of the 8-day long nationwide lock-down, Dhaka city remained by and large closed, though the traffic and movement of people was higher compared to the last few days. Most of the shops were closed, roads had very few vehicles and the number of people on the road was small. Police were checking the movement of people and vehicles. However, the presence of people in streets and bylanes away from the main road was relatively more.

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PAKISTAN-PROTEST

In Pakistan, a hardline Islamist group Tehrik-i-Labaik Pakistan, TLP, supporters had taken six security personnel hostage at its headquarters in Lahore today. Pakistan has been witnessing violent clashes between the police and TLP supporters for about a week following the arrest of the group's leader Saad Rizvi.

The arrest of Saad Rizvi came after the Tehrik-i-Labaik Pakistan gave the Imran Khan government an April 20 deadline to expel the French ambassador over the publication of cartoons in France depicting the Prophet Mohammad. Saad Rizvi's arrest prompted his supporters to hold protests and sit-ins across Pakistan. At least four people were killed, hundreds injured, and thousands have been arrested so far. The Pakistan government has banned the group after the violence.

Lahore police has said that the TLP activists have two fuel tankers containing thousands of liters of petrol and they are throwing petrol bombs and stones at security officials, and also shooting bullets resulting in injury to 11 officials.

TLP has said that its four supporters had been killed by police and several others were wounded.

Earlier on Sunday, Pakistan terminated mobile and internet services temporarily in the area where clashes were taking place. Last week, France had advised its citizens to temporarily leave Pakistan for their safety.

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US-CHINA CLIMATE

The world’s two biggest carbon polluters China and the US have agreed to tackle the climate crisis with urgency. Both countries have expressed their commitment to working together and with other countries to tackle climate change. The decision came after several meetings held last week between Chinese climate envoy Xie Zhenhua and his US counterpart John Kerry in Shanghai.

A joint statement by the countries said that they have agreed on further specific actions to reduce emissions. It said that the United States and China are committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands. The statement said that both nations will continue to discuss concrete actions to reduce emissions aimed at keeping the Paris Agreement-aligned temperature limit within reach.

Both the countries also agreed to help developing countries finance a switch to low-carbon energy. China and the US are the world’s top carbon polluters, emitting nearly half of the fossil fuel fumes that are warming the earth's atmosphere.

US President Joe Biden will be holding a virtual climate summit on April 22 and 23, which China says it is looking forward to. It's not clear yet whether Chinese President Xi Jinping will join the world leaders at the summit or not.

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BIDEN-SUGA-HOTSPOT

President of the United States Joe Biden met Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga in his first in person visit on Saturday. The two sides in a joint statement re-affirmed their shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific. The two leaders also stated that they would work closer with India and Australia as part of the QUAD group.

In today's HOTSPOT section, we are taking a closer look at the meeting between the two Pacific

powers and its larger implications for the  India and rest of the world. In conversation are Former Diplomat Anil Wadhwa and Journalist Simran Sodhi.

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CZECH-RUSSIA

Czech Republic has said that it will expel 18 Russian diplomats identified by local intelligence as secret agents of the Russia that are suspected of involvement in a 2014 explosion. Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek said that 18 employees of the Russian embassy must leave Czech republic within 48 hours. Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Czech authorities had clear evidence linking Russian officers to an explosion in an ammunition warehouse in 2014 which left two people dead.

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SYRIA-ELECTION

Syrian parliament has said that the country will vote in the presidential election next month on 26th May. The move is likely to maintain President Bashar al-Assad's grip on power. Assad is not expected to face serious opposition despite ongoing conflicts and economic crises.

Speaker of the People's Council of Syria Hammouda Sabbagh said that Syrians abroad will be able to vote at embassies on 20th May   while nominations start tomorrow. In Syria, an elected president gets a seven-year term to serve.

After 10 years of war, the Syrian government now controls most of the big population centres in the country. About four lakh people have been killed and over half of Syrians have been displaced in the country due to civil war.

President Assad had taken over power following the death of his father Hafez in 2000. He had won the previous election in 2014, three years after a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters and amid the raging conflict.

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PHARMA EXPORTS

India's pharma exports jumped over 18 percent to 24.4 billion dollars during the last financial year in comparison to the 2020 fiscal year.

According to the Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India data, North America was the largest exporting region for Indian pharmaceutical companies with more than 34 percent exports to the region.

Country wise, exports to Canada registered the highest growth of 30 percent, followed by South Africa at 28%. US and Mexico also recorded a healthy growth of 12.6, and 21.4 percent respectively.

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FD-WHD

The 18th of April is celebrated as the World Heritage Day. On the occasion, the Films Division is presenting an online film festival featuring 16 documentaries on well-known heritage sites and monuments of India.  The films can be viewed on the Films Division website and YouTube Channel on the 18th and 19th of April.

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IAF-CONFERENCE

The Indian Air Force Commanders’ Conference 2021, themed ‘Reorienting for the Future’ concluded at on Friday. The three day conference saw detailed deliberations on ways and means to enhance the operational capabilities of the IAF.

The conference was addressed by the Defense Minister on Thursday. The CDS, CNS and COAS also addressed the conference and interacted with the commanders on subjects of future war-fighting through joint planning and integration of service capabilities.

The actions and follow-up plans for implementing the directions given by the  PM Modi during the Combined Commanders’ Conference were discussed by the participants.

In his address to the Commanders, the CAS emphasised the need for incorporation of new technologies such as AI and 5G, enhanced utilisation of cyber and space domains and continuous update of doctrines, tactics and procedures.

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RAMANUJACHARYA

Today is the 1004th birth anniversary of Sri Ramanujacharya, a great Hindu philosopher and thinker. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu paid tributes to the great philosopher, saint & social reformer on his Jayanti. Mr. Naidu said Ramanujacharya ji was a great proponent of Vedanta & Vaishnavism who also propagated the message of universal brotherhood.

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SPORTS

In the first afternoon game of this IPL season, Royal Challengers Bangalore secured their third consecutive win by beating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 38 runs at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday.

RCB has now climbed to the top of the IPL points table. Chasing a big total of 204 for four set by Bangalore, KKR never looked on track after losing wickets at regular intervals.

In another Super Sunday treat, Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant opted to chase against Punjab Kings at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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In Football, an inspired Lionel Messi led Barcelona to its 92nd major title as they beat Athletic Club to lift the Copa Del Rey. Messi, picking up the ball near the half line embarked on one of his trademark mazy runs to link up with Frankie De Jong to score a stunning goal. Barcelona went on to seal an emphatic 4-NIL win in the final of the Copa Del Rey on Saturday night.

In the World youth Boxing championships,  five Indian boxers advanced to the quarterfinals in men and women category after scoring comfortable victories in their last-16 stage bouts in Kielce,

Poland. Among the women, Gitika made it to the last eight yesterday.

From the men’s contingent, Asian silver-medallist Ankit Narwal, Bishwamitra Chongtham , Sachin  and Vishal Gupta stood just a win away from ensuring a medal for the country. India has fielded a 20-member contingent - 10 men and as many women - in the competition, which features 414 boxers from 52 countries.

At the Asian Weightlifting Championships, Mirabai Chanu set a new world record  by lifting 119 kg in clean and jerk in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on Saturday. World No. 1 in the 65 kg category,

Bajrang Punia had to settle for a silver in the Asian Wrestling Championships after pulling out of final due to injury.

As a result, Japan’s Takuto Otoguro retained his Asian Championship crown in Almaty,

Kazakhstan.

With an old elbow injury resurfacing in earlier rounds, Punia did not want to take any risk with the Tokyo Olympics only three months away.

Otoguro had earlier denied Punia 2018 World Championships and last year’s Asian Championships titles.

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FPR

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

  • New York Times writes that people who exercise regularly are much less likely to be hospitalized, and to die, from Covid-19 than those who are sedentary according to a new study.

  • Wall Street Journal reports that dozens of Syrian refugees have been stripped of their residency visas by Denmark and told to return to their war-torn country after the Danish government deemed parts of Syria safe.

  • The Guardian reported that protests erupt in US cities after Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo killings.
  • The Sydney Morning Herald writes that people aged over 50 could be vaccinated sooner and more mass-vaccination sites opened as Australia expands its vaccine rollout.

  • Khaleej Times writes that Doctors say protection that passes to children through breast milk can provide passive immunity.

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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 CANADA.

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