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Centre to kick-start free distribution of 75% of total COVID vaccines to States, UTs            Over 27.23 crore vaccine doses administered in country so far; National recovery rate reaches 96.16%            Centre asks States, UTs to take strict action against those who assault healthcare professionals            Telangana govt to lift COVID-19 restrictions in state from tomorrow            Education Ministry releases guidelines for parent participation in home-based learning           

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NAMASKAR! A warm welcome to 'World News: an Indian perspective', on All India Radio. This is RANUKA R  S and with me is RAGHU R S 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.


India accords sanction for procurement of one lakh 50 thousand units of Oxycare system though PM Care Fund developed by DRDO.

COVID-19 cases showing declining trends in India.  

US approves Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for people between 12 and 15 years of age.

Exchange of fire between Palestinian militants and Israeli military escalates ; Death toll both side rises to 59 ; UN Chief and other world leaders call for restrain.

Nepal President calls upon political parties to form a coalition government by tomorrow.

And, United Nations predicts, India to be world's fastest growing major economy in 2022.



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The PM CARES Fund has accorded sanction for procurement of one lakh 50 thousand units of Oxycare system developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation, DRDO at a cost of over 322 crore rupees. Oxycare is a SpO2-based Oxygen Supply System which regulates the oxygen being administered to patients based on the sensed SpO2 levels. Under this sanction, one lakh manual and 50 thousand automatic Oxycare systems along with non-rebreather masks are being procured.

The Oxycare system delivers supplemental oxygen based on the SpO2 levels and prevents the person from sinking into a state of hypoxia which can be fatal. This system was developed by Defence Bio-Engineering & Electro Medical Laboratory,  Bengaluru of DRDO for soldiers posted at extreme high-altitude areas. The system is indigenously developed for operation in field conditions and is robust. It can be effectively used to treat COVID-19 patients.

The automatic system also provides suitable audio warning for various failure scenarios including low SpO2 values and probe disconnections. The non-rebreather masks are integrated with the Oxycare Systems for efficient use of oxygen which results in saving of Oxygen by 30 to 40 per cent.



Amid the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, India is registering declining trends in the  number of  active  COVID cases. However, several States and Union Territories are still registering a high number of cases.        

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry of India on Wednesday said that the active cases comprise 15.86 per cent of the cumulative positive cases. It said, there are over thirty seven lakh active cases in the country at present.

As the country is registering over three lakh recoveries daily from the past many days, the recovery rate has further improved to 83.04 per cent. The Health Ministry has said over three lakh 55 thousand patients have recovered from this infectious disease within 24 hours. So far, over one crore 93 lakh patients have already recovered from this disease.

The country has registered over three lakh 48 thousand new Covid cases in the last 24 hours. The Health Ministry has said, a total of four thousand 205 deaths were reported in the country within 24 hours, taking the toll to over two lakh 54 thousand across the country. This is the highest number of deaths in a single day since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research has informed that over 19 lakh 83 thousand COVID tests were conducted within 24 hours in the country. So far, over 30 crore 75 lakh tests have been conducted.



US has approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for people between 12 and 15 years of age, making it the first for children. US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded emergency use authorization for the Pfizer shot to include youths aged 12-15. Shots could begin as soon tomorrow, after a federal vaccine advisory committee issues recommendations for using the two-dose vaccine in 12 to 15 year olds. An announcement in this regard is expected today.

US President Joe Biden said the decision marked another important step in the nation’s march back to regular life. The light at the end of the tunnel is growing, and today it got a little brighter, he added.

Most COVID-19 vaccines worldwide have been authorized for adults.


In today’s HOTSPOT section, we bring you a discussion, with  Shri. Giridhar Aramane, Secretary (Additional Charge), Department for promotion of Industry and Internal trade and covener of Empowered Group two of Secretaries on making arrangements to ensure oxygen supply during COVID-19 pandemic.


The deadly exchange of fire between Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli military has escalated significantly. According to media reports, Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza on Wednesday and Palestinian militants fired multiple rocket barrages at Tel Aviv and the southern city of Beersheba.

Israel said it killed 16 members of the Hamas military wing in a Gaza air strike on Wednesday and Palestinian militants rained rockets into Israel as global concern mounted over their most intense hostilities in years.

According to the enclave's health ministry at least 53 people have been killed in Gaza since violence escalated on Monday.

Six people have been killed in Israel, medical officials said.

An Indian women was also killed in a rocket attack in the Israeli city of Ashkelon yesterday. She was identified as Soumya, a native of Kanjikuzhy Panchayat in Kerala’s Idukki district.

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz said, attacks on Palestinian militant groups in Gaza would continue until they bring total, long-term quiet and that such military action would preclude any ceasefire agreement.

In Gaza, the streets are full of rubble where buildings have collapsed and cars are crushed or burned from Israeli air strikes.

Israeli Arabs have also staged violent protests in a number of Israeli towns. Lod near Tel Aviv has been put under a state of emergency.



The international community has urged both sides to end the escalation, amid concerns it could spiral out of control. The UN's Middle East Peace Envoy Tor Wennesland said, the sides were escalating towards a full-scale war. UN chief António Guterres has expressed grave concern at escalating violence in the Middle East after airstrikes and days of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police.

In a statement, the UN Secretary-General, said, he is deeply saddened to learn of increasingly large numbers of casualties, including children, from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, and of Israeli fatalities from rockets launched from Gaza. He  said the United Nations was working with all relevant parties to de-escalate the situation urgently.

The United States and European Union have also called for a de-escalation of violence in the region.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also called for Israel and Palestinians to step back from the brink and for both sides to show restraint.

Israel's military said it is targeting militants in Gaza in response to earlier rocket attacks.

Palestinian militants said they fired 130 missiles at the Israeli city of Tel Aviv after an Israeli air strike felled a tower block in the Gaza Strip. At least 30 people have died in some of the worst violence in years.

Militants from Gaza had already fired more than 400 rockets since Monday night, killing two Israelis.



Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has called upon political parties to form a coalition government in the Himalayan nation by tomorrow. The move comes after Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli lost a vote of confidence in Parliament and no political party commands a majority in the House. The Oli government sought the  vote of confidence on Monday after the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) withdrew its support. Out of 232 lawmakers present in the House of Representative, 93 votes were cast in favour of Oli, while 124 votes were cast against him. As many as 15 lawmakers stayed neutral. Oli needed 136 votes to win the vote of confidence in the 271-House of Representative.



In Afghanistan, Taliban has taken control of a district in Wardak province near the capital, Kabul. This happened a day before a three-day ceasefire is due to begin.  A three-day ceasefire, coinciding with the Muslim festival Eid, is set to begin on Thursday. Wardak province Governor Abdul Rahman Tariq confirmed that the district had been captured. He said, Afghan troops had tactically retreated from the district.

The Afghan’s Defence Ministry today said that it would launch an offensive to gain back the district. According to media report, Nerkh is the second district in a week to fall to the Taliban. Taliban has also confirmed that they had captured Nerkh district in Wardak province.

Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that the district centre of Nerkh in Maidan Wardak province, the Police Headquarters, the Intelligence Department and a large army base there were all captured.

Afghanistan is seeing increasing violence as the US and Nato prepare to pull out remaining troops by 11th of September.



China on Wednesday defended its Bangladesh Ambassador's warning to Dhaka against joining the US-led Quad alliance, saying the envoy has made the country's position "clear" on the issue. Bangladesh foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday chided China's Ambassador in Dhaka for his provocative and controversial remarks and warning of “substantial damage” to relations if the Bangladesh were to join the US-led Quad alliance. Mr. Momen described the remarks as "very unfortunate" and "aggressive." Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying avoided commenting on Mr. Momen's statement saying that she has not seen the remarks. However, she expressed China’s opposition and annoyance with the Quad. She accused the Quad of being an “exclusive clique” against Beijing and said that it is trying to rally countries around China to work against China.



Bangladesh has conducted the first test run for Metro train in Dhaka. The test run of the first electrical metro train in Bangladesh was conducted on Tuesday in Dhaka. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader inaugurated the metro rail test run virtually. Six coaches of the metro train imported from Japan left the workshop inside the metro rail workshop in Diabari in Dhaka to  travel about 500 metres at slow speed.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister Obaidul Quader said that metro rail is no more a dream. It is a reality now.

Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Naoki Ito was also present on the occasion at the test site. He said in a tweet that the first metro and electrified train in Bangladesh will be a symbol of the changing face of Dhaka. Bangladesh is building a 21 km long Mass Rapid Transit system from the capital’s Uttara to Motijheel at a cost of  22,000 crore Taka.   The metro line MRT 6 will have 16 stations. It will substantially reduce the travel time between the two points.



United Nations has said that India will be the world's fastest growing major economy in 2022. In its mid-year update of the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP), United Nations projected that the Indian economy will grow at 10.1 per cent in the calendar year 2022. China has been projected to grow at 5.8 per cent, a slowdown from 8.2 per cent in 2021. The report said that India will register a 7.5-per cent growth rate in calendar year 2021. The mid-year update provides an upward revision for growth projections for India from the UN forecasts released in January.



In Germany, regulators told social media site Facebook yesterday to stop processing user data from its instant messaging service WhatsApp, arguing that the messaging app’s controversial new terms of service are illegal under European privacy law.

Johannes Caspar, Data Protection Commissioner in Hamburg, the city where Facebook has its German headquarters, issued an order banning the social media giant from processing German users' WhatsApp data for three months.

Mr Caspar said, in a statement, the order is intended to safeguard the rights and freedoms of the many millions of users throughout Germany who give their consent to the terms of use.



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

⦁ The New York Times writes, Israeli and Palestinian Violence Escalates to Major Crisis with dozens killed.

⦁ The Washington Post also reports, that Death toll climbs, protests intensify as Israel and Gaza slip toward war. The paper also highlights the Covid situations in India says, Indian coronavirus variant has now spread to almost 50 countries, quoting WHO.

⦁ The guardian writes, PM Boris Johnson announces independent statutory inquiry into handling of coronavirus crisis.

⦁ The Financial Express quotes UK economy shrinks by only 1.5 percent  in Q1 despite lockdown.

⦁ Gulf Times reports that East Jerusalem hospital fills up after Al-Aqsa clashes; Paper also quotes UN Chief urges Israel to cease demolitions and evictions.

⦁ South China Morning Post quotes India envoy asks China to help stop price surging of Covid-19 supplies

⦁ And the Himalayan Times writes that Nepal's active cases surpass 100k mark as 9,238 intraday cases surface.


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 _______.



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