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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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04.05.2021

NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to 'World News: an Indian perspective', on All India Radio. This is RENUKA and with me is MANOJ SINGH RANA 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

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds virtual Summit with his British counterpart Boris Johnson; Launch Roadmap 2030 to transform India UK bilateral ties.

  • India and UK identify five areas for cooperation paving way for deeper and stronger engagement

  • More than three lakh 57 thousand fresh cases of COVID-19 registered in the country. Over three lakh 20 thousand people recover in last 24 hours.

  • At least 23 people killed as rail overpass collapses in Mexico City

  • And, BCCI suspends IPL 2021 for the season after four players test positive for COVID-19.

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COVID OPENING

As the number of Covid cases are on the rise again, we appeal to our

listeners not to lower the guard, follow all the precautions and all those above 18

years to get vaccinated without any hesitation. Stay safe and protected by

following these three simple steps -

Wear a face mask.

Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing &

Focus on hand and face hygiene.

And now, the news in detail:


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INDIA-UK-VIRTUAL SUMMIT

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson had substantive discussions today on the entire gamut of bilateral ties and exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest during the India UK Virtual Summit.

Briefing media in virtual mode after the meeting, Joint Secretary, Europe West, Sandeep Chakravorty said, the first big deliverable of the meeting was the launch of Roadmap 2030.

The Roadmap lists a number of concrete, forward looking and outcome-

oriented activities that both sides have agreed to pursue in five keys areas.

To seize them and unlock the true potential, the two leaders announced their intent to negotiate a comprehensive and balanced FTA including consideration of an Interim Trade Agreement for delivering early gains. The ambition is to more than double the bilateral trade by 2030.

Both leaders have also agreed on an early market access package. Under this UK will open up the fisheries sector for more Indian players, facilitate more opportunities for nurses, recognise Indian seafarers certificates and also enter into a joint dialogue on the Social Security Agreement. In return, India has agreed to UK's asks on fruits, medical devices, and mutual recognition of masters degrees and also work towards reciprocal opening of legal services.

The two leaders also discussed the global pandemic situation and ongoing cooperation in the fight against it. Prime Minister Modi thanked Prime Minister Johnson for the prompt medical assistance provided by the UK in the wake of severe second wave in India. UK was one of the first to respond, sending critical medical equipment including Oxygen concentrators, cylinders, ventilators, and oxygen plants.

The successful vaccine partnership through the Oxford-AstraZaneca-SII collaboration was highlighted.

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PM-UK

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, he had a very productive Virtual Summit with his UK counterpart Boris Johnson. In a series of tweets, Mr Modi said an ambitious Roadmap 2030 has been adopted for elevating India-UK ties to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. He welcomed launch of an Enhanced Trade Partnership as a roadmap to a comprehensive FTA, with a target to more than double the bilateral trade by 2030. Mr Modi said, they also discussed ongoing cooperation on COVID-19 pandemic and reiterated commitment to ambitious climate action to meet Paris goals in the run-up to COP26.

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COVID-UPDATE

The number of total active cases of COVID-19 in the country further swelled up today to comprise nearly 17 percent of the total reported cases. The Health Ministry has informed that currently over 34 lakh 47 thousand people are reported to be suffering from the viral pandemic and are either hospitalised or are under home isolation. In the last 24 hours, the nation registered 3 lakh 57 thousand 229 new COVID cases. With this the recovery rate has further slipped to stand at 81.91 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Government dismissed a media report that it has wasted time in effective allocation and distribution of COVID Pandemic relief material. It has termed the report of a TV channel as misleading which has claimed that while the first consignment of COVID-19 assistance arrived in India on 25th of last month, the Centre took seven days to frame the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of distributing these life-saving medical supplies.

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VACCINE-UPDATE

India's vaccination drive against COVID-19 continues has crossed the cumulative tally of over 15 crore 89 lakh doses so far. In the World's largest vaccination programme the nation administered more than 17 lakh doses of COVID vaccine in the last 24 hours. The Health Ministry has informed that in a span of 108 days since the beginning of the vaccination drive, the country has so far successfully given the first dose of vaccine to nearly 13 crore people. On the other hand, around than 2 crore 90 lakh people have been fully vaccinated with both the required doses.

In the third phase of India's vaccination drive, which began from 1st of this month in which everyone in the age group of 18-44 years are given COVID vaccine doses. Over 4 lakh doses have been administered so far in this drive. In the last 24 hours alone more than 2 lakh 15 thousand people in this age group were given the first shot of the vaccine. Citizens in the age group of 18 to 44 years can register themselves in the COVID vaccination programme through cowin.gov.in platform or also through Aarogya Setu App.

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DRDO-OXYGEN

The Defence Research and Development Organisation is setting-up five Medical Oxygen Plants within the first week of this month in and around Delhi. In order to tackle the surge in COVID-19 cases and subsequent requirement of oxygen, the DRDO will set up 500 medical oxygen plants across the country within three months under the PM CARES Fund. The order has been placed for 380 plants and their delivery schedule is being monitored very closely. The sites are being prepared at each hospital in parallel.

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RAILWAY - OXYGEN EXPRESS

The Indian Railways is continuing its efforts to bring relief by delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen to various states across the country. Railway Ministry has said that Railways has delivered one thousand 585 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen so far to various states across the country.

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HOTSPOT

In today’s HOTSPOT section, we bring you an exclusive interview with Dr. Rakesh Mishra, Director of the Centre for Molecular Biology, CSIR, Hyderabad. Dr. Mishra will be talking about the latest developments in the management of COVID19 in India, breakthroughs on the vaccine front and the precautions that need to be taken to alleviate the second wave of the COVID pandemic.

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MEXICO-METRO

In Mexico, at least 23 people including children were killed when a rail overpass collapsed in Mexico City. According to reports, an elevated section of metro track in Mexico City partially collapsed Monday night, bringing down rubble and some train carriages onto the road below. The city's Comprehensive Risk Management and Civil Protection Agency said that around 70 more were also injured. There were also children among the fatalities. This is the deadliest incident in decades in the city's metro system, one of the busiest in the world.

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US-REFUGEES

The Biden Administration has raised the refugee admissions

cap in the USA to Sixty Two Thousand Five Hundred for the year 2021. The White House in a statement on Monday announced the Emergency Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions as in line with the US’ commitment to humanitarian values. The decision comes after a wave of criticism for keeping the

refugee cap at a historically low level, according to reports.

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BUSINESS

At the domestic stock markers, key indices slide in the last hour of trade to post nearly one percent fall, each; and the rupee appreciated slightly against the US dollar. In the international markets, Brent crude prices rise sharply towards 89 dollars a barrel. A report from the business world-

The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange slipped 465 points, or 1 percent, to close at 48,254. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange slid 138 points, or 0.9 percent, to 14,497.

In global equity markets, Asia Pacific ended mixed today.So, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index climbed 0.7 percent, South Korea's Kospi index rose 0.6 percent but Singapore's Straits Times index fell 0.2 percent. Stock markets in Japan and China were closed for a holiday.

In Europe, London's FTSE-100 had gained 0.1 percent but France's CAC-40 had fallen 0.3 percent and Germany's DAX had declined 1.4 percent, in intra-day trade.

Global crude oil prices dipped today, after more US states eased lock-downs and the European Union sought to attract travellers, helping to offset concerns over fuel demand in India as COVID-19 cases soar. So, Brent crude futures shot up 1 dollar and 30 cents, to trade at 68.86 dollars a barrel. US crude futures jumped 1 dollar and18 cents to 65.67 dollar a barrel.

Back Home, gold gained 97 rupees, to 46,758 rupees per 10 grams at Delhi's bullion market. Silver jumped 1,282 rupees, to 70,270 rupees per kilo.

In the international market, gold was trading marginally lower at 1,788 dollars per ounce and silver was flat at 26.90 dollars per ounce.

And In the foreign exchange market, the rupee appreciated 7 paise, to 73 rupees and 85 paise against the US dollar. Arjun Chowdhury for World News, All India Radio.

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SPORTS

Moving onto sports -

The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League has been postponed on Tuesday as the country battles the second wave of COVID-19. BCCI made the announcement saying that the safety of each and every person involved with the league was the priority. The decision was reached immediately after Sun Risers Hyderabad wicket-keeper batsman Wriddiman Saha tested positive Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, the Australian players stranded at the postponed IPL will either stay back in India or move to a third country as Cricket Australia and Australian Cricketers’ Association today made it clear that they would not seek exemptions to their national government’s norms. The Australian government has suspended all flights from India till May 15.

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FPR

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

Washington Post reports that Netanyahu’s 28-day window to build a government after failing to win an outright majority in March elections will expire at midnight.

New York Times writes that Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine generated 3.5 billion Dollars in revenue in the first three months of 2021.

Wall Street Journal writes that Two Republican lawmakers allege that Amazon might have violated antitrust law in seeking the JEDI cloud-computing deal.

And The Guardian writes that New Zealand draws back from calling Chinese abuses of Uyghurs genocide.

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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 NIGERIA.

AND WITH THAT, WE END THIS BULLETIN. WE'LL BE BACK AT THE SAME TIME TOMORROW WITH THE NEXT EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.

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