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News Highlights
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
21.07.2021

NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to 'World News: an Indian perspective', on All India Radio.This is VAIBHAV JYOTSNA SRIVASTAVA  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

  • Over 41 crore 54 lakh doses of CCOVID vaccine administered in the  India so far.

  • Indian recovery rate of COVID-19 reaches 97.36 per cent.

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation successfully flight-tested New Generation Akash Missile.

  • Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to share his thoughts with the people in Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio on 25th of this month.

  • Ariel Henry sworn in as New Prime minister of Haiti.

  • All India Radio, Doordarshan and DD Sports to do mega coverage of Olympics -2020.

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As the nationwide free COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign at Government facilities for those above 18 years is going on, we advise our young listeners to get vaccinated and also  to help others to get vaccinated. We also advise our listeners not to lower their guard as COVID-19 remains a threat to our health. Please stay at home unless it is essential to go out and continue to follow these three simple steps:

Wear a face mask.

Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing

Focus on hand and face hygiene.

For any COVID related information and guidance contact National helpline numbers -- 011-23978046 and 1075.

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COVID NATIONAL UPDATE

India has administered over 41 crore 54 lakh doses of COVID vaccine so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive. Over 34 lakh 25 thousand vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

The Health Ministry said, more than 36 thousand 977 patients recovered during the last 24 hours and the recovery rate is at 97.36 per cent. Till now, more than three crore three lakh people have recovered from COVID-19.

The country reported over 42 thousand new cases in the last 24 hours. India's active caseload has further declined to around four lakh seven thousand. The active cases constitute 1.30 per cent of the total reported cases, so far.

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DRDO - AKASH MISSILE

Defence Research and Development Organisation, DRDO today successfully flight-tested the New Generation Akash Missile, a surface-to-air Missile from Integrated Test Range off the coast of Odisha. The flight trial was conducted from a land-based platform with all weapon system elements such as Multifunction Radar, Command, Control and Communication System and launcher participating in deployment configuration.

The missile system has been developed by Defence Research and Development Laboratory, Hyderabad in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories. During the test, the missile demonstrated high manoeuvrability required for neutralising fast and agile aerial threats. Defence Ministry said, the  New Generation Akash Missile will prove to be a force multiplier for the air defence capability of the Indian Air Force.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO, Indian Air Force and the Industry for the successful test.

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INDO PAK

Indian Army and Pakistan Army today exchanged sweets on the auspicious occasion of Eid-Al-Adha at the Line of Control at Poonch-Rawalakot Crossing Point and Mendhar-Hotspring Crossing Point in Poonch district. The ceremony is seen as an enhanced confidence building measure in the backdrop of ongoing ceasefire between both the countries. Indian Army conveyed its greetings and best wishes of peace and harmony to the Pakistan Army. The gesture was appreciated by both the Armies and is expected to further promote goodwill and mutual trust.

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CHINA-RAIN KILLED

Unprecedented rainstorm hit Central China’s Henan province on Tuesday, battering the capital Zhengzhou and causing flooding that killed at least a dozen people. As many as 100,000 residents were evacuated after the local government issued the highest level of alert for flood response following torrential rains. Indian Embassy in Beijing has expressed sympathy and deepest condolences to those affected and wished for an early recovery from the situation. In a tweet, the embassy said, they are deeply saddened by the reports of floods in Henan province that have caused destruction to life and property.

Hundreds of trains and flights have been grounded. According to the state rail operator China State Railway Group Co. Ltd, two rail lines have been damaged and others have been affected by the flooding, causing widespread travel disruptions. Local media reported that over 660 flights, or 70 per cent of those scheduled, were canceled Wednesday at Zhengzhou’s Xinzheng International Airport, according to Variflight, an aviation data services provider.

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EUROPE-FLOODS

Belgium fell silent for a minute of remembrance yesterday as it held a day of mourning for the victims of the devastating floods that left 200 dead in western Europe.

Heavy rains last week sent floodwaters sweeping through towns and villages, mostly in Belgium and Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel visited victims in one of the hardest-hit areas.

At least 31 people were killed in Belgium, with dozens still missing or unaccountable, while Germany on Tuesday increased its death toll to 169 as rescuers scoured the rubble for victims.

The number of missing in Belgium has fallen over the past two days as telephone contact is re-

established and more people are traced.

The clean-up is still under way to help the regions hit hardest recover from the destruction that saw dozens of homes collapsed and cars piled on top of each other.

Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid their respects at the fire station in Verviers,one of the hardest-hit towns.

This is the first time since 2016 that Belgium has observed a national mourning when three days were declared following the March 22 attacks claimed by the Islamic State group, which killed 32 people and injured more than 340 in Brussels.

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MANN KI BAAT

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in the Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio on the 25th of this month. It will be the 79th episode of the monthly radio programme. The Prime Minister has invited people to share their ideas on topics he should address on the coming episode of the programme.

People can share their views in the NaMo app or MyGov Open Forum. They can also dial the toll-free number 1800-11-7800 and record their message for the Prime Minister in either Hindi or English. The phone lines will remain open till tomorrow. People can also give a missed call on 1922 and follow the link received in SMS to directly give their suggestions to the Prime Minister.

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HOTSPOT

In today's HOTSPOT section, we bring you a discussion on India's Foreign Exchange Reserves.

In conversation with Sharad Kohli, Economic Analyst and Arjun J Chaudhary, AIR.

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HAITI-NEW PM

In Haiti, Ariel Henry has been sworn in as the new prime minister, around two weeks after the country's President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated. Moise had asked Henry to take up the role days before he was murdered in the capital Port-au-Prince.

Ariel Henry could not take over the post immediately as he was locked in a political tussle with Claude Joseph, the country's interim PM at the time of the attack. However, Joseph stepped down on Monday paving the way not only for Henry's swearing-in but also for elections in September this year.

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Nigeria Freed

The government authorities in north-west Nigeria say they have freed 100 women and children who were seized by bandits. The freed persons  mainly include mothers nursing infants. The group were abducted on 8 June in Zamfara state. Four people were also killed during the incident. The Zamfara state government said they were released without any ransom, however gave no further details. The group will now be given medical helps and debriefed before they return to their homes. President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the military to flush out criminals in Zamfara and the neighbouring states of Kaduna and Katsina. A spate of kidnappings has taken place in the region during recent months. Since December 2020, more than 1,000 people have been abducted.

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JAPAN –SOFTBALL

Hosts Japan has kicked off the 2020 Olympic Games in style as they beat Australia 8-1 in softball. The initial two days of games are being held at a baseball stadium at the foot of lush hills in Fukushima, a region badly affected by the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster. Beijing 2008 gold medalist softball pitcher Ueno Yukiko, delivered the opening pitch of her nation's Olympic Games last night. She would go on to notch her eighth Olympic win as Japan defeated Australia in five innings, 8-1, in an opening round game. Ueno worked around some first inning trouble, loading the bases with one out and conceding the first run to Australia on a hit-by-pitch.

Japan immediately drew level in the bottom of the first on a Yamamoto Yu RBI single, then the hosts teed off with the long ball. Sixteen months after the decision was made to delay the Olympics and two days before the official opening ceremony in Tokyo, the games in Fukushima will, like most other Olympic events, be held behind closed doors due to surging infection figures. After official inauguration on 23rd July for next 19 days till 8th August, around 11,000 athletes from 205 countries and regions, will compete at venues in and outside the Japanese capital, which is currently under a state of emergency.

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AIR & DD - OLYMPICS

All India Radio, Doordarshan and DD Sports will do a mega coverage of Olympics -2020. The coverage spans from pre to post-Olympics and will also be available on Digital platforms of Doordarshan and All India Radio. Different sporting events at the Olympics will be broadcast Live daily on DD Sports from 5 AM to 7 PM.

All AIR Capital stations, FM Rainbow network, DRM and other interested AIR stations will broadcast programmes on Olympics. The programmes will also be carried over AIR Youtube Channel, DTH and on NewsonAir Mobile App. Daily highlights and periodic FM s will also be given. News Services Division of All India Radio has been broadcasting Olympics Quiz daily in its Sports Scan programme since 1st of this month.  Winners from all over the country will get Team India Jersey.

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OLYMPICS-QUIZ

Listeners from across the country are participating in the Olympic Quiz with AIR News.

Listeners have e-mailed us their replies in huge numbers. Damini Balke of Guna in Madhya Pradesh was the first to send the correct answer of the question on the 20th of July. Many congratulations to her from the entire team of AIR News.

Speaking to AIR News, Damini Balke expressed her happiness on winning the Olympic Quiz and wished the Indian Olympic contingent the best for Tokyo Olympics.

To participate in the Olympic Quiz, tune in to our programme Sports Scan at 7:20 PM every day.

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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 writes that Growing number of Republican lawmakers urge vaccinations amid delta variant’s surge.

  • New York Times says Haiti Arrests 3 Police Officers as Part of Investigation Into President’s Killing.

  • The Guardian says UK says it wants to substantially rewrite Northern Ireland Brexit protocol.

  • Financial Times writes that Olympic quarantine orders rile Tokyo athletes and delegates.

  • Globe and Mail writes that South African firm to make Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Himalayan Times says that Massive wildfires in US West bring haze to East Coast.

  • Gulf Times writes that Unesco removes Liverpool from world heritage list.

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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 MALDIVES.

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