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India administers over 27 crore 23 lakh COVID vaccine doses to eligible beneficiaries in country            Centre provides over 28 crore 50 lakh Covid vaccine doses to States/UTs so far            Over 60 thousand new cases reported in last 24 hours; National Recovery Rate touches 96.16 per cent            Home Ministry cautions States/UTs not to lower their guard despite relaxation in Covid-19 restrictions            Indian Air Force Chief says Air Force undergoing monumental transformation with rapid infusion of technologies           

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


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to participate in outreach session of G7 Summit on 12th and 13th June in virtual format.

  • New Delhi and Kuwait sign MoU which gives legal protection to Indian workers in Kuwait.

  • India-Australia holds first meeting of Joint Working Group on Cyber Security Cooperation.

  • President Joe Biden revokes Donald Trump executive order banning Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat.

  • China’s national legislature approves new law as the country’s countermeasures against foreign sanctions.

  • U.S. to Donate 500 Million Covid-19 Vaccine Doses to  various countries.

  • In Tennis, Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova storms into final's in Women's singles French Open.



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and 1075. And now the News in detail



Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the outreach session of the G7 Summit on 12th and 13th June in virtual format. Briefing media this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, UK currently holds the presidency of the G7 and has invited India along with South Korea and South Africa as guest countries for the G7 Summit. The meeting will be held in hybrid mode.

This is the second time Prime Minister Modi will be participating in G7.

The UK has outlined four priority areas for its Presidency. These are leading the global recovery from coronavirus while strengthening resilience against future pandemics, promoting future prosperity by championing free and fair trade, tackling climate change and preserving the planet's biodiversity and championing shared values and open societies.

The leaders are expected to exchange views on the way forward, and on global recovery from the pandemic, with a focus on health and climate change.



Group of Seven, G7 leaders are meeting in Cornwall, England to discuss agreements on global taxes and COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Top leaders representing Western democracies are gathering from Friday through the weekend. The United Kingdom is hosting the event, to be attended by heads of government from the US, Canada,

France, Germany, Italy and Japan. Leaders from South Africa, Australia and South Korea are also attending the meeting. The US President Joe Biden is on a first trip abroad to attend the meet, since taking office in January.

Group of Seven (G7) foreign ministers began their consultations in early May to discuss Western pushback against Russia and China, the coronavirus, economic recovery and climate change.



External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar held discussion with his Kuwait counterpart Dr. Ahmed Nasser Mohammed Al Sabah. In a series of tweets, Dr Jaishankar welcomed the openness to address the issues of Indian community in Kuwait. He said, he valued Kuwait Foreign Minister's assessments and insights on regional issues.

Dr Jaishankar also witnessed the signing of an MoU that will give Indian workers greater legal protection. He also launched the celebration of 60th anniversary of India Kuwait ties. He is on a three day visit to Kuwait.



India is in touch with the Chinese side in order to seek an early resumption of travel by Indian citizens to China, especially for those who work or study there. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said,



External Affairs Ministry on Thursday said the material seized last week in Bokaro, Jharkhand is not uranium and not radioactive. In response to a media query, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the gratuitous remarks about India by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry on a media report about seizure of suspected material indicate their disposition to malign India without caring to check or verify facts. The spokesperson also reaffirmed that India maintains a stringent law-based regulatory system for internationally controlled items which is reflected in its impeccable non-proliferation credentials recognized by the international community.



Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan on Thursday held a virtual meeting with Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia Mahendra Siregar. Mr Muraleedharan thanked the Indonesian government for the relief materials which were sent to India for fighting the COVID19 pandemic.

During the meeting, both leaders reviewed India-Indonesia bilateral relationship, spanning across a wide range of areas. They also discussed cooperation on regional issues and in multilateral fora. Both leaders expressed commitment to further strengthen India-Indonesia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.



The first meeting of Joint Working Group on Cyber Security Cooperation between India and Australia was held virtually on Thursday. Paulomi Tripathi, Director (Oceania), in Ministry of External Affairs led the Indian delegation of experts to discuss the cyber security cooperation between the two countries.

The Joint Working Group on Cyber Security Cooperation is a mechanism established under the Framework Arrangement on the Cyber and Cyber-enabled Critical Technology Cooperation between India and Australia to implement the 2020-25 Plan of Action under the Framework. It brings together policy makers and working level experts in the area to strengthen bilateral cooperation.

During this first meeting of the JWG, both sides noted the steady progress made in bilateral relations after the elevation of the relationship to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership during the Leaders'

Virtual Summit between the two Prime Ministers in June last year. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to work together in the areas of digital economy, cyber security and critical and emerging technologies as identified by the Framework Arrangement on Cyber and Cyber-Enabled Critical Technology Cooperation.

India and Australia shared cyber security threat assessments as well as information on legislation and national cyber strategies. Noting the need to strengthen security of critical information infrastructure as well as 5G technology and IoT devices, India and Australia agreed to enhance cooperation with private sector and academia and to work together in skill and knowledge development. Both sides also agreed to strengthen cooperation in the multilateral fora.



India has administered more than 24 crore 58 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine in the country so far. Union Health Ministry said, more than 30 lakh 32 thousand Vaccine dose were administered till 7 PM on Thursday. Out of which more than 27 lakh 33 thousand beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and more than two lakh 99 thousand beneficiaries received 2nd dose of the vaccine. The country had launched the world’s largest Vaccination drive on 16th January this year.

The Ministry said, more than 18 lakh 64 thousand beneficiaries of the age group 18 to 44 years received their first dose of COVID vaccine on Thursday and and more than 77 thousand beneficiaries of the same age group received their second dose of COVID vaccine. Cumulatively, over three crore 58 lakh peeople across 37 States and Union Territories have received Vaccine dose since the start of Phase-3 of the vaccination drive. The Ministry said, Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh,

Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have administered more than 10 lakh beneficiaries of the age group 18-44 years for the first dose of COVID vaccine.

The Liberalised and Accelerated Phase-3 Strategy of Covid-19 Vaccination has come into force from 1st of last month.



The Centre on Thursday reviewed the progress of Vaccination and Public Health Response to COVID 19 with States and Union Territories. States have been advised to focus on Second dose Coverage among Healthcare workers and Frontline workers. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan chaired the high-level meeting with the States and UTs. During the meeting, the progress of vaccination was reviewed in the light of the revised guidelines for implementation of National COVID Vaccination Program and recent advisories. States were also informed of the modifications of CoWIN platform aimed to make it more effective as a backend management tool for the countrywide vaccination drive. States were informed that the CoWIN platform is now available in 12 languages.

Mr Bhushan highlighted the low vaccination coverage among Healthcare Workers and Frontline Workers, especially for the second dose. He termed it as a cause of serious concern. The Secretary said,

the national average for the 1st dose administration among the Health care workers is 82 per cent and the national average for 2nd dose among is only 56 per cent.



The nation continues to march strongly on its path of COVID recovery with the gradual decrease in total number of active cases. For the 3rd consecutive day, the number of new daily cases remained below the one lakh figure. In the past 24 hours, over 1 lakh 51 thousand COVID patients recovered from the disease whereas in the same time span 94 thousand 52 fresh cases were recorded nationwide. The number of fresh cases recorded is lowest in over two month's time span. With this the recovery rate in the country has further improved to 94.77 per cent.

The cumulative share of active COVID cases in the country continues to witness consistent decline and comprises nearly 4 per cent of the total reported cases. The Health Ministry has informed that currently nearly 11 lakh 67 thousand people are reported to be suffering from the viral disease and are either hospitalised or are under home isolation. The daily positivity rate also remained below five per cent and much below the 10 per cent mark for the 17th consecutive day.



China’s national legislature has approved a new law against foreign sanctions, aimed at providing a legal basis for the country’s countermeasures against such actions. The anti-foreign sanctions law was passed on Thursday at the closing session of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, but details of the law have not yet been made public. State media reported, the move was intended to provide a legal basis for China to respond to sanctions. It is the first major retaliatory legal move by China as it has issued counter-sanctions in response to sanctions against it from the United States, the European Union,

Britain and Canada over Beijing’s handling of Xinjiang and Hong Kong.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that the passage of the new law showed China’s determination to protect its sovereignty and core interests and would not affect its relations with other countries.



President Joe Biden has revoked an executive order from his predecessor Donald Trump banning Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat in the US. The ban faced a series of legal challenges and never came into force.

Instead, the US Department of Commerce will now review apps designed and developed by those in the jurisdiction of a foreign adversary, such as China. President Biden said it should use an evidence-based approach to see if they pose a risk to US national security. TikTok did not offer comment on the news.

Former President  Trump ordered the ban on new downloads of the viral video app TikTok, which is owned by Chinese firm Bytedance, in 2020. He described it at the time as a threat to national security.

A proposal was produced that would have seen Oracle and Walmart owning a US entity of the service, and taking responsibility for handling TikTok's US user data and content moderation.



The Biden administration is expected to buy 500 million doses of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine to donate to the world. According to Washington Post, US President Joe Biden is slated to announce the plan to buy vaccines at the Group of Seven meetings in Britain this week. This comes amid growing calls for the United States and rich nations to play a more substantial role in boosting the global supply of coronavirus vaccines. Biden told reporters on Thursday as he boarded Air Force One to Europe that he would be announcing his global vaccine strategy. The United States recently shared a framework for the distribution of 80 million vaccines globally to address potential surges and the needs of the most vulnerable countries affected by the pandemic.The Biden administration has announced the allocation of the first tranche of 25 million COVID-19 vaccines globally including India.



Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh has urged the Islamic scholars, teachers, political leaders and activists to make efforts to keep the youth away from the destructive path of militancy and terrorism. Inaugurating fifty model mosques through video conferencing from her official residence in Dhaka on Thursday, Prime Minister Hasina said that militancy is damaging the image of Islam across the globe. Denouncing terrorism and militancy, Sheikh Hasina said that no body goes to heaven by killing people. She said that the model mosques would preach the true message of Islam in the country. She also called upon people to keep society free from harmful social practices like child marriage, dowry, violence against women and drugs.

Bangladesh has embarked upon a plan to construct 560 model mosques across the country at a cost of Taka 8722 crore with various facilities for religious activity, research education and library among others.



A military plane crashed near Mandalay in Myanmar killing 12 people onboard on Thursday morning. The plane had taken off from the capital city Naypyidaw for the town of Pyin Oo Lwin when it crashed about 300 meters from a steel plant.

The plane was carrying six military personnel and monks who were going to attend a ceremony at a Buddhist monastery, Reuters quoted the local media.

According to Irrawaddy news, well known monk Abhiksheka Maha Rattha Gur Dr. Bhatanda Kavisara from the Zaygone Monastery in Naypyitaw and another monk died in the crash.

One passenger and the pilot of the plane survived the crash. No casualties took place on the ground.






The first solar eclipse of this year occurred on Thursday beginning at 1.42 pm and lasted till 6.41 p.m,

Indian time. The duration of this solar eclipse at Greatest Eclipse was around 3 minute and 51 seconds.

The full annular or ring of fire eclipse was only visible in the far north in Arctic. NASA shared the telescope view of the eclipse and also some images from east coast.

In India, the eclipse was partially visible in some parts of Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh.

The annular solar eclipse happens when the moon block the sunlight and cast a shadow over Earth.



The Sensex and the Nifty today rose more than half a percent amid positive Asian cues. The Sensex closed above the 52,000 mark while the Nifty settled above the 15,700 level. The rupee depreciated eight paise against the US currency and global oil prices extended gains to trade above 72 dollars per barrel. A report from the business world-



In the French Open Tennis, Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has stormed into the women’s singles final beating Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek, 7-5, 6-3. She will vie for her maiden grand slam title against the winner of the second semi final underway between Maria Sakkari of Greece and Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic.

In Men’s section, 13-time champion Rafael Nadal and top seeded Novak Djokovic will face each other in semi-final tomorrow. Nadal entered French Open semi-finals for the 14th time beating Argentina’s 10th seed Diego Schwartzman, while Djokovic beat heavy-hitting Italian Matteo Berrettini in an intense duel. In the other semi final, No. 5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will face world No. 6 Alexander Zverev



As the Tokyo Olympics games are knocking at the door, All Indian Radio has started a series on the preprations for the games. In the series, today we will feature Tabel tennis.



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

  • Washington Posts highlights that India’s pandemic surge eases, a race begins to prepare for a possible next wave. Paper also mentions that Biden to meet with Boris Johnson, announce U.S. vaccine donation ahead of G-7.

  • New York Times writes Consumer prices jumped 5 percent in May from year earlier, faster than expected.

  • Wall Street Journal also reports that the Consumer Prices Rose 5% in May in US.  

  • Financial times says, Biden-Johnson talks undermined by ‘deep concerns’ over Northern Ireland

  • The guardian quoting EU saying that Boris Johnson must respect rule of law and implement Brexit deal.

  • Gulf Times reports that IATA to roll out Covid 'travel pass' in Middle East soon.



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