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India's ace grappler Ravi kumar Dahiya creates history, clinches Silver Medal; Men's Hockey team snatch Bronze medal            Both houses of Parliament witness repeated adjournments over Pegasus issue and Farm Bills; adjourned for the day            PM Modi interacts with the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana in Uttar Pradesh            India crosses another milestone in COVID-19 Vaccination Drive, crosses 49 Cr mark; recovery rate stands at 97.37%            Bombay HC asks Maha govt to consider issuing vaccination card to allow fully inoculated people to travel in local trains           

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World News

2220 HRS
17.06.2021

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

 


THE HEADLINES

⦁ India calls upon Pakistan to address shortcomings in ICJ (Review and Re-consideration) Bill, 2020 and comply with ICJ judgments.

⦁ US President Joe Biden and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin  describe first face to face talks in Geneva as constructive.

⦁ Nepal Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli defends dissolution of the House of Representatives.

⦁ China launches first crew of astronauts onboard Shenzhou-12  to Tiangong Space Station

⦁ ICC Test World Cup final between India and New Zealand to begin tomorrow at Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton.

Rafael Nadal pulls out of Wimbledon and Olympics

⦁ And in Euro 2020, Ukraine beat North Macedonia 2 goals to 1.

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COVID OPENING

 As many states are relaxing lockdown norms, we advise our listeners not to lower their guard as the COVID-19 pandemic remains a threat to our health. Please stay at home unless it is essential to go out and continue to follow the four simple steps --

Wear a face mask.

⦁ Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing

⦁ Focus on hand and face hygiene.

⦁ And, get vaccinated.

For any COVID related information and guidance contact National helpline numbers -- 011-23978046 and 1075. And now the News in detail;

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REV.INDIA-PAK

India has called upon Pakistan to take appropriate steps to address the shortcomings in the International Court of Justice (Review and Re-consideration) Bill, 2020 and to comply with the judgements of the ICJ in letter and spirit. The Bill has been passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan. Briefing media this evening, External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Arindam Bagchi said, the Bill codified into law the earlier ordinance with all its shortcomings.

On the question of Pakistan's Foreign Minister writing to the United Nations Security Council expressing concern over India's administrative changes in Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Bagchi reiterated that the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir remains an integral part of India.

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MEA-QATAR

Meanwhile, on External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar's recent visits to Qatar and its significance with respect to Afghanistan, Mr Bagchi said, the issue of Afghanistan was discussed during External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar's visit to Qatar.

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PUTIN-BIDEN SUMMIT  

US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed at their first summit to resume arms control talks and to return ambassadors to each other's capitals after they were withdrawn earlier this year. This was their first face-to-face bilateral talks in Geneva where the two leaders were seeking to mend US-Russia relations. The two leaders have praised their talks in Geneva that lasted four hours, less time than was scheduled.

Speaking first after the talks, the Russian President said Mr Biden is an experienced statesman and the two spoke the same language. Mr Putin described the meeting as constructive and without hostility. He said it had the leaders' desire to understand each other.

Speaking shortly afterwards, Mr Biden said they did not need to spend more time talking and there was now a genuine prospect to improve relations with Russia. The two sides agreed to begin a dialogue on nuclear arms control.

Both leaders said Russia and the US shared a responsibility for nuclear stability, and would hold talks on possible changes to their recently extended New START arms limitation treaty.

They also said they would return ambassadors to each other's capitals. However, there was little sign of agreement on other issues, including cyber-security, Ukraine and the fate of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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JUNETEENTH

Meanwhile, the US House of Representatives on Wednesdsay overwhelmingly voted in favour of creating a federal holiday commemorating Juneteenth. The Juneteenth National Independence Day is commemorated on June 19 to celebrate the day in 1865 when the last enslaved African Americans learned that they were free. The Juneteenth until now has been the unofficial fete marking the end of slavery in the United States. The measure cleared the Senate by unanimous consent on Tuesday. With the House passing it in a 415 to 14 vote, the bill now heads to President Joe Biden for his signature. <<>>

WN-HONG KONG-RAID

In Hong Kong, Five hundred Hong Kong police officers raided the office of Apple Daily, a newspaper known for its critical coverage of China and Hong Kong, on Thursday. Five senior executives, including the editor-in-chief, Ryan Law, have been arrested. The Hong Kong government in a statement on Thursday said that the National Security Department had arrested the five directors on suspicion of collusion with a foreign country. According to reports, Apple Daily broadcast the raid live on its Facebook page, showing how officers set up a cordon around the complex and walked through the building. 


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IRAN-ELECTIONS

Iran heads to the polls for the presidential election on June 18. The country is under the throes of a surging Covid-19 pandemic. The crushing sanctions after the US withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal has brought Iran's economic condition to the fore ahead of the elections. According to reports, two days before Iran's presidential election, three of the six men in the race withdrew their candidacies Wednesday. Ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi is the frontrunner in the elections. The winner of the elections would replace President Hassan Rouhani, who has served the maximum two consecutive terms.

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COVID-NATIONAL UPDATE

India is registering a significant decline in active caseloads and fresh cases of coronavirus. With this, the recovery rate is continuously improving in the country and has now reached 95.93 per cent.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has said, the active caseloads presently comprise 2.78 per cent of the cumulative positive cases and it is continuously declining.

On the vaccination front,  India has administered over 26 crore 55 lakh Covid vaccine doses to the beneficiaries so far. Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, over 34 lakh 63 thousand vaccine doses were administered to the beneficiaries within 24 hours.

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MEA-VACCINE

India's Ministry of External Affairs on the issue of the requirement of vaccination for outgoing or returning Indian students to the US has asserted that everyone concerned in the matter is interested in ensuring the safe resumption of classes for the students.

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COVID-INTERNATIONAL

Now let’s take a look at the Coronavirus s from around the world:

⦁ Japan has approved lifting a state of emergency in Tokyo on June 20, a month before the Olympics begin. The capital city Tokyo and various other regions have been under a Coronavirus emergency since April 25th.

⦁ Australia raised the recommended age for receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine to 60 on Thursday. The move came after a 52-year-old woman died of rare blood clots in her brain after receiving the shot. Australian health Ministry urged that everyone under 60 in Australia is now urged to get the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine.

⦁ A new study, REACT-1 in the UK has found that despite the success of the vaccination rollout, the prevalence of COVID-19 infections was rising rapidly during late May and early June. The period coincides with Delta becoming the dominant variant. The REACT-1 one of the country’s largest studies into COVID-19 infections in England.

⦁ Meanwhile, new data published earlier in the week by PHE showed that the AstraZeneca vaccine is 92% effective and the Pfizer vaccine is 96% effective against hospitalisation from the Delta variant after 2 doses.

⦁ UAE's Abu Dhabi has become the first city to receive the coronavirus Sotrovimab medication. Health officials had approved emergency use of the medicine. They added that it reduced hospitalization and fatalities by as much as 85% if administered in time.

⦁ France is lifting mandatory mask-wearing outdoors and will halt an eight-month nightly coronavirus curfew on June the 20th. Announcing the decision, Prime Minister Jean Castex said the requirement for people to wear masks outdoors in much of the country would be lifted from Thursday, with some exceptions. The nightly curfew will be lifted on Sunday, ten days earlier than expected. Masks will still be required outdoors on public transport, in stadiums and other crowded places.

⦁ And the COVID 19 situation in Bangladesh continued to be worrying as it reported the highest number of deaths in a single day since May 3rd.

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MEA-COLOMBO

India expressed hope that Sri Lanka remains excellent bilateral relations with India and mindful of martime security. Spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry, Mr. Arindam Bagchi made the comment in reply to a question on Beijing's role in the Colombo port city project on Thursday.  

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NEPAL-SC OLI

Nepal Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli defended his Government's controversial decision to dissolve the House of Representatives. On Thursday,  Mr. Oli told the Supreme Court that it is not up to the judiciary to appoint a Premier as it cannot undertake the legislative and the executive functions of the State.

The Supreme Court had issued a show-cause notice on the 9th of June to the Office of the Prime Minister and the President's Office to furnish a written response within 15 days. The country's Apex Court received Oli's response via the Office of the Attorney General on Thursday, according to reports. 


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NORTH KOREA-FOOD SHORTAGE

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has formally acknowledged that the country is facing food shortages. Addressing a meeting of senior leaders, Kim said the people's food situation is now getting tense. According to reports, he said the agricultural sector had failed to meet its grain targets because of last year's typhoons, which caused widespread flooding. There are some reports that food prices have spiked.

North Korea has closed its borders to contain the spread of COVID-19. Trade with China has plummeted as a result. North Korea relies on China for food, fertiliser and fuel.

North Korea is also struggling under international sanctions, imposed because of its nuclear programmes.

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UK-CHINA REPORT

Meanwhile, a report published by the UK House of Commons foreign affairs committee has claimed that autocratic nations like China are seeking to manipulate, undermine, or even break up multilateral organisations, such as the WHO and Interpol. The committee comprising of 11 MPs warned that if the UK and its allies do not respond to the corrosive influence of states including China, there is a very real risk that democratic states will lose multilateral organisations to authoritarian states. The report said that countries like China have done little to demonstrate that they wish to uphold the values that these organisations represent. The UK committee report found that China has been increasingly using aggressive methods including bilateral economic leverage, to coerce states in multilateral organisations to back its position. In the wake of these developments, the report recommended that the UK should work with a coalition of like-minded states to publicly call out such attempts undermining the present system.

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UK-JAPAN-LONELINESS

Minister for Loneliness in the UK and the Minister for Loneliness and Isolation in Japan, held their first online meeting on Thursday  during the Loneliness Awareness Week in the UK. The U.K and Japan are two countries which have appointed Ministers to tackle loneliness and increasing suicide rates in their respective countries. A statement by the UK government said that the UK and Japan firmly believe that tackling loneliness is an important international challenge. The two countries have agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation on tackling loneliness.

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CHINA-ASTRONAUTS

China has successfully sent its first astronauts to the country’s Tiangong Space Station onboard the Shenzhou-12 - its first manned spacecraft since 2016. China’s space agency said, Shenzhou-12 spacecraft carrying three male astronauts onboard a Long March-2F rocket docked with Tianhe, the main section of the Tiangong station, hours after blasting off from the Gobi Desert in northwest China today.

The astronauts, Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo appeared before the media at a ceremony at the Jiuquan satellite launch centre. The team expected to be on Tiangong for three months. Previous Chinese missions have been a month at most. The Shenzhou-12 is made up of three sections - an orbiter module, a return module, and a propelling module, and has 14 sub-systems onboard.

The mission is the latest stage in China’s ambitious plans to be the only country to own and run its own space station, expected to be completed less than two years from now. Tiangong, will rival the International Space Station (ISS), a collaboration between the United States, Russia, Europe, Canada and Japan.

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BRAZIL-ARTEMIS

Meanwhile, Brazil became the first South American country to join the Artemis Accords. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Brazil on the signing on Tuesday. NASA’s Artemis program seeks to develop the technologies and experience necessary to mount a historic human mission to Mars.

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PRASAD -TWITTER

India's Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday emphasised that government is not in favour of banning any platform. He said, however, they have to follow the law. He said, if half of the government is on Twitter, including Prime Minister and President, it shows how fair the government is. He bemoaned that when Capitol Hill in Washington was raided, Twitter blocked accounts of all including the then President.

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DESERTIFICATION DAY

The 17th of June is the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. United Nations has said that this day is a unique moment to remind everyone that land degradation neutrality is achievable through

problem-solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels.

Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has said that India is on track to achieve the target of land degradation neutrality set by Prime Minister narendra modi. Mr. Javadekar said India will restore 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the UN 'High-Level Dialogue on Desertification, Land Degradation & Drought' said that India is assisting fellow developing countries to develop land restoration strategies in the spirit of South-South cooperation.

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WORLD NEWS CAPSULE

And now, a report from the business world-

BUSINESS

The Sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange fell 179 points, or 0.3 per cent, to close at 52,323. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange also depreciated 76 points, or 0.5 per cent, to settle at 15,691.

In global equity markets, Asian shares fell as investors watched for market reaction after the U.S. Federal Reserve yesterday moved up its timeline for rate hikes. However, China’s Shanghai Composite index added 0.2 percent and Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.4 percent. Japan's Nikkei-225 ended 0.9 percent down, South Korea’s KOSPI declined 0.4 percent and Singapore’s Straits Times fell marginally to close almost flat. European shares were down in intra day trade.

Crude oil prices, dipped as a stronger U.S. dollar brought them off multi-year highs.  In intra-day trade, Brent crude prices were trading around 74 dollars and 20 cents per barrel.

Back Home, Gold prices plunged around 1300 rupees at Multi Commodity Exchange for August contracts in sync with big fall in gold prices in the international markets. Gold was trading at around 47,200 rupees per 10 gram. Silver prices also tumbled 2600 rupees to trade around 69,870 rupees per kilogram for July Contracts when reports last came in.

And...  In the forex market,  the rupee witnessed a fall of 75 paise against the US dollar to trade above the 74 rupees per dollar level. The local currency settled at 74 rupees and eight paise per US dollar. ANUBHA ROHTAGI for World News, All India Radio.  

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SPORTS BULLETIN    

In Sports roundup, All India Radio brings you the latest news s from the world of sports through the day.

⦁ In Football, Euro 2020, Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk net a goal each to seal a 2 - 1 victory for Ukraine over North Macedonia. Alioski scored the only goal for North Macedonia. Earlier in the match, North Macedonia's keeper Dimitrievski pulled off a brilliant save to deny Ukraine from the Penalty Spot. In the other group B encounter Denmark face off against an inform Belgium. Denmark was a goal up at half time. There was a moment's applause for Denmark's Midfielder and Talisman Christian Eriksen who is recovering in hospital following a medical emergency in Denmark's opening game against Finland.

⦁ Later tonight the Netherlands will look to seal a spot in the round off sixteen as they clash against Austria.

⦁ In Women’s Test Cricket, India were 183 for 4 in their first innings against England on the second day today, when the reports last came in.

⦁ This is the first time Indian women cricketers are playing England in a multi-format series. The two teams will also play three ODIs and three T20 Internationals.

⦁ Meawhile, in tennis, Rafael Nadal has announced that he will not play in this month’s Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics later this summer.The Spaniard, who lost in the French Open semi-final to Novak Djokovic last week, made the announcement through social media.

⦁ With less than 37 days remaining for the start of the Tokyo Olympics, All India Radio brings a special series on India's medal prospects at the sporting extravaganza. Today we will talk about India's hope in the Long Jump event, Murli Sri Shankar.


Born on the 27th of March, 1999 in Palakkad, Kerala, Long Jump athlete Murli Sri Shankar has brought India immense pride by qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics. Sri Shankar set a national record of 8.26 Metre at the Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championship in Patiyala to secure his spot in the Tokyo. In an exclusive interview with AIR news, Sri Shankar described his path to qualifying for the Olympics.

(S/B-Sri Shankar)

The Government of India's TOPS scheme supported him in his preparation.

Sri Shankar describes the rigour and intensity which went into his preparation for the event.

Sri Shankar appealed to all listeners of AIR to pray and send their best wishes to the Indian Tokyo contingent.

The entire country comes together in wishing that Sri Shankar makes a giant leap to the top of the podium at the Tokyo Olympics. Siddhartha Singh, Sports Desk.

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FPR

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

⦁ Washigton Post writes that Furor rages over FDA approval of controversial Alzheimer’s drug.

⦁ Wall Street Journal reports that Path for Olympics Clears After Japan Declares End to State of Emergency.

⦁ The Guardian reports that the UN has said that the next pandemic drought is a hidden global crisis.

⦁ The Globe and mail writes that Swedish PM faces no-confidence vote as government plunged into crisis.

⦁ Sydney Morning Herald reports that Helen Clark slams WHO for opposing China travel bans, jury out on lab leak.

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LADAKH AIR-GOLDEN JUBILEE

Radio plays a key role in Ladakh today, not just as an entertainment tool but with informative news bulletins and as a school for the students during covid pandemic times. A retired instrumentalist and senior music composer Murup Namgyal‘s voice was Akashvani for Ladakhis for generations. All India Radio is celebrating its Golden Jubilee on 25th of this month. Our correspondent has filed this report:

Before the entry of television, All India Radio was the only medium of entertainment for Ladakhis. Not just entertaining but AIR helped in educating the people, reviving and encouraging the artists to express themselves. A 30 year experienced retired instrumentalist and senior music composer Murup Namgyal‘s voice was Akashvani for Ladakhis for generations. In his 30 years of career in All India Radio Leh, he worked in different capacities in almost all the section of the department.

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His services in music, Art, Culture and Languages are recognised by the Government of India with Padma award. With Ramesh Chandra, Tsetan Tashi AIR News from Leh Ladakh.

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-WOMEN SCIENTISTS

The inspiring journeys of 100 women scientists who returned to science after a break in career has been documented in a book. Department of Science and Technology, through various components of Women Scientists Scheme (WOS), is addressing challenges confronted by women who desire to return to mainstream science.

This booklet presents select stories of women who completed their training under WOS-C component of this scheme and are now achieving greater heights in their careers. Ministry of Science and Technology has said that this booklet can be a beacon of light for more Indian women. The booklet is available in both digital and print versions. It can be accessed on department of science and technology’s website. 


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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 ICELAND.

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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