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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

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18.06.2021

NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to 'World News: an Indian perspective', on All India Radio.

This is PRASHANT KUMAR SINHA 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.

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THE HEADLINES

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterates Government's commitment to provide COVID-19 vaccine to everyone free of cost; Vaccination coverage to be expanded from Monday.

  • Indian Embassy in Beijing to organise International Day of Yoga celebrations on Sunday.

  • Voting underway in Iran for Presidential election 2021.

  • European Union lifts travel restrictions for US tourists.

  • Antonio Guterres appointed as Secretary-General for second term.

  • Prasar Bharati Audience Research releases NewsOnAir Radio Livestream Global Rankings.

  • Rupee appreciates 22 paise against US currency.

  • In football, Sweden defeat Slovakia 1-0 in Euro Cup.

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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.

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PM-FRONTLINE WORKERS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the Government is committed to provide free of cost COVID-19 vaccine to everyone. He said, vaccination coverage will be expanded from the upcoming 21st June.

Talking about the changing nature of the corona virus and the country's resilience to deal with this infectious disease, Mr. Modi has said, COVID-19 pandemic has helped in developing a robust medical infrastructure in the country. He said, this pandemic has helped the government,science, society, institutions and individuals to expand their capabilities. He stressed on creating medical infrastructure in the country to deal with the growing challenge of mutant corona virus.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a Customised Crash Course programme for COVID-19 Frontline workers. With the launch, programme in 111 training centres spread over 26 States has commenced. The programme aims to skill and upskill over one lakh COVID warriors across the country and the training will be completed in two to three months.

Highlighting the importance of this skill development programme, Mr. Modi has said, unprecedented efforts are being made to create a large pool of trained healthcare workers in the country.

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HOT SPOT

In Today's HOTSPOT section, we bring you an exclusive interview WITH ATUL KUMAR TIWARI, ADDITIONAL SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP ON CUSTOMIZED CRASH COURSE SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR COVID-19 FRONTLINE WORKERS.

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CHINA YOGA:-

The Indian Embassy in Beijing to celebrate International Day of Yoga on 20th June. Indian Embassy in Beijing will organize International Day of Yoga celebrations on Sunday. Around 500 people will participate in the event. The yoga sessions which include Group Yoga Session as per Common Yoga Protocol of Govt of India and advanced yoga demonstrations will be led by leading Indian yoga guru in China, Mohan Bhandari. Mohan Bhandari is the first Indian yoga guru who came to China from Rishikesh in 2003 and established his yoga institute “Yogi Yoga”which is the largest in China at present. In an exclusive talk with Prasar Bharati Correspondent in Beijing, Mr. Bhandari spoke about yoga’s popularity in China and International Day of Yoga:

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IRAN ELECTION:-

Voting is underway in Iran for the presidential election 2021, with nearly 60 million Iranians eligible to vote for one of four candidates running.

Polls opened across the country at 07:00 am local time on Friday, and will run until 05:00 pm.

Accordiing to state run broadcaster, Voting can be extended until 12:00 am on Saturday, and for two more hours then, if necessary.  Officials have stressed that health protocols will be strictly observed in all polling stations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 72,000 polling stations set up countrywide, according to the figures released by election officials. Around 3,500,000 Iranian expatriates are also eligible to join the vote in 234 polling stations set up by the country’s diplomatic missions in various world countries.

This time the presidential election dominated by a hard-line protege of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after authorities disqualified nearly all of his strongest competition,leading to what appeared to be a low turnout fueled by apathy and calls for a boycott.

Opinion polling by state-linked organizations along with analysts indicated that judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi — who is already under U.S. sanctions — was the front-runner in a field of just four candidates. Former Central Bank chief, Abdolnasser Hemmati, is running as the race’s moderate candidate but hasn’t inspired the same support as outgoing President Hassan Rouhani,

who is term-limited from seeking the office again.

Dissidents and some reformists have called for a boycott, saying the barring of several contenders has removed any genuine competition.

The elections come at a time of widespread discontent among Iranians over economic hardships.

However, there is widespread apathy among voters, after three years of crippling sanctions reinstated by the US when it abandoned a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran.

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EUROPE –US

US travelers will finally be allowed to visit Europe again this summer.

The European Union's governing body has recommended that the bloc lift restrictions on non-

essential travel from 14 countries, including the US, a move that would allow visitors from these destinations to vacation in Europe far more easily. In a statement announced on Friday, the European Council said member states should "gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders" for residents of the following countries: Albania, Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Republic of North Macedonia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, USA and China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

The UK was noticeably absent from the list, which is to be reviewed every two weeks.

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ITALY-COVID-19

Italy is introducing mandatory testing and a five-day quarantine for visitors from Britain, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Friday, as concerns grow over the spread of a highly contagious coronavirus variant.

At the same time, Italy will lift curbs on travellers from the United States, Canada, Japan and other European Union states if, they have a green pass showing they are vaccinated or recently tested negative, the minister wrote on Facebook.

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UN- GUTTERRES

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was sworn in Friday for a second term as head of the world body, promising to draw on the lessons of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.

"Our greatest challenge -- and which is at the same time our greatest opportunity -- is to use this crisis to turn the tide, pivot towards a world that learns lessons," the former Portuguese prime minister said as the General Assembly re-appointed him for the 2022-2016 term.

In office since 2017, Guterres promised to act independently of member states and organizations during the swearing-in ceremony attended by Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa,

the first head of state to set foot in the United Nations building for more than a year because of the pandemic.

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NAVY - EUNAVFOR

Indian Naval Ship Trikand, mission deployed for Anti-Piracy Operations, is participating in the maiden IN - EUNAVFOR Joint Naval Exercise in the Gulf of Aden. A total of five warships from four navies are participating in the two day exercise which commenced today. Other warships include Italian Navy Ship ITS Carabinere, Spanish Navy Ship ESPS Navarra, and two French Navy Ship FS Tonnerre and FS Surcouf.

The two day exercise will see high tempo-naval operations at sea, including advanced air defence and anti-submarine exercises, cross deck helicopter operations, tactical manoeuvres,

boarding operations, underway replenishment, Search and Rescue.

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US-BILL

The US will officially recognize Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in America, as a federal holiday after Joe Biden signed a bill into law. At a jubilant White House ceremony, the president emphasized the need for the US to reckon with its history, even when that history is shameful. Just before signing the bill, Biden said that I’ve only been president for several months, but I think this will go down for me as one of the greatest honors I will have had as president.

Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the people of Galveston, Texas, freeing slaves in the last rebel state. Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, but the proclamation wasn’t enforced in Galveston until federal soldiers read it out on 19 June 1865.

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KIM JONG

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said his country needs to prepare for both "dialogue and confrontation" with the US, and "especially to get fully prepared for confrontation".

This marks the first time Mr Kim has directly commented on President Joe Biden's administration. North Korea had earlier snubbed efforts by the new US government to establish diplomatic communication.

The US has been calling for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

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RADIO- RANKING

Prasar Bharati Audience Research has released  NewsOnAir  Radio Livestream Global Rankings. In a major development in these new rankings, United States has displaced France as the top country in the world, on the basis of popularity of NewsOnAir App in these countries.

France stands now at number 2 and Japan is the new entrant in the top 10 countries category. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in a statement said that these rankings are based on fortnightly data, from the 1st of June to 15th of June , 2021. This data does not include India.

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SPORTS NEWS EURO FOOTBALL

In Euro Football, the Netherlands have qualified for the last 16 after beating Austria 2-0 at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. Memphis Depay scored a penalty in the 11th minute to give the Netherlands the lead in the first half. Then, Denzel Dumfries scored his second goal of Euro 2020 to make it 2-0. Dutch held onto the lead to qualify for the next stage.

In another encounter at St. Petersburg tonight, Sweden beat Slovakia 1-0.

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2030 OLYMPIC – CAPSULE

With less than 36 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 Sailing- Vishnu Saravanan.

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CRICKET

In Men's Cricket, the day one of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand was abandoned without a ball being bowled at The Rose Bowl Stadium,Southampton due to rain.

Earlier, rain and a soggy outfield delayed the toss and washed out the opening session today.

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BUSINESS CAPSULE

The Sensex and the Nifty today ended almost flat amid weak cues from global equity markets.

The rupee appreciated 22 paise against the US currency and Brent crude prices fell below 73 dollars per barrel mark. A report from the business world-

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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 FINLAND.

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