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

MANOJ SINGH RANA 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's Ambassador to China, Vikram Misri draws attention to the plight of students hit by crushing travel restrictions.

⦁ United States decries surveillance, harassment, and intimidation of foreign journalists in China.

⦁ First flight of Operation Allies Refuge evacuating Afghan nationals fearing Taliban reprisal lands in the US.

⦁ BRICS Counter Terrorism Action Plan finalised at the 6th meeting of BRICS Counter Terrorism Working Group.

⦁ US President Joe Biden announces new measures to incentivize Federal Employees to get vaccinated to counter Delta Variant spread.

⦁ India participates in the 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial Meet.

⦁ At the Tokyo Olympics, Boxer Lovlina Borgohain, Ace Shuttler P.V. Sindhu and Men's Hockey shine for India.



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India’s Ambassador to China Vikram Misri on Friday said that a more sustainable path is required to address current realities in a pandemic hit world. The Ambassador of India, who was among the speakers at an international forum in Beijing drew particular attention to the plight of students who had been hit hard by the controls that the pandemic had brought on. He said travel restrictions had hurt the student community particularly badly.

Ambassador Misri also expressed his views on various other relevant contemporary issues at the forum which was organized by a prominent Chinese think tank Centre for China and Globalization. The Ambassador highlighted the current lack of trust and transparency in the international sphere and recalled Foreign Minister Jaishankar’s observation about how the pandemic had induced narrower definitions of self-interest globally. Calling for greater international cooperation in an environment where countries were concerned about risks to their critical supply chains and worried by their over-dependence in certain areas, the Ambassador advocated the need to stabilize supply chains and make them more resilient by investing in diversification and redundancy.

The Ambassador clarified that the solution was not a turn away from globalization, but in addressing the challenges facing it and taking into account the capacities and capabilities of all actors in a multipolar and shifting environment. Noting the importance of trust and transparency, the Ambassador said that if all the pandemic ended up doing was to enhance suspicions among countries and damage cooperative habits built up over time, then not only would human lives have been lost, but humanity itself would stand diminished.

Prasar Bharati Correspondent in Beijing reports that Ambassadors from other countries like Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia and Australia also echoed similar sentiments and called for more trust in the global system and reduce the barriers in mobility and global trade.



Meanwhile, the United States said that it is deeply concerned with the increasingly harsh surveillance, harassment, and intimidation of U.S. and other foreign journalists in China. In a statement, the US State Department said that the journalists include those foreign journalists covering the devastation and loss of life caused by recent floods in Henan.

The statement also alluded to Chinese government's purported claims to welcome foreign media and support their work, but its actions tell a different story. The US State Department underlined China's harsh rhetoric promoted through official state media toward any news it perceives to be critical of China's policies. It said that foreign journalists are increasingly refused visas to enter or remain in China. The US called upon China to act as a responsible nation hoping to welcome foreign media and the world for the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

According to the statement, Deputy Secretary Sherman, in her meetings with Chinese officials in Tianjin,  specifically raised the importance of media access, freedom from harassment, and press freedom. The statement called on Chinese officials to ensure that journalists remain safe and able to report freely.



The first flight of Operation Allies Refuge, carrying Afghans who are eligible for Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) and their families arrived in the United States on Friday. US President Joe Biden hailed the development as an important milestone towards fulfilling their promise to the Afghan nationals who assisted America in its longest war. A report:



The 6th meeting of the BRICS Counter Terrorism Working Group was held virtually on 28th and 29th of this month under the Chairship of India. The main outcome of the Working Group meeting was the finalisation of the BRICS Counter Terrorism Action Plan containing specific measures to implement the BRICS Counter Terrorism Strategy adopted by BRICS Leaders in 2020. The Action Plan is aimed at further strengthening result oriented cooperation between BRICS countries in areas such as preventing and combating terrorism, radicalisation, financing of terrorism, misuse of internet by terrorists, and curbing travel of terrorists. The BRICS Counter Terrorism Action Plan is one of the key deliverables during India’s Chairship of BRICS and will be adopted at the meeting of BRICS National Security Advisors scheduled next month. During the Working Group meeting, the BRICS countries also exchanged views on terrorism threat assessment at national, regional and global level and resolved to further enhance counter terrorism cooperation in line with the Action Plan.



The 12th edition of exercise INDRA NAVY, a biennial bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Russian Navy was held in the Baltic Sea from the 28th to the 29th July. Initiated in 2003, Ex INDRA NAVY epitomises the long-term strategic relationship between the two navies. In a statement, the defence Ministry said that the exercise was undertaken as part of the visit of INS Tabar to St Petersburg, Russia to participate in the 325th Navy Day celebrations of the Russian Navy.  The exercise progressed over two days and included various facets of fleet operations such as anti-air firings, underway replenishment drills, helicopter ops, boarding drills and seamanship evolutions.

The statement added that the exercise is another milestone in strengthening cooperation between the two navies and reinforcing the long-standing bond of friendship between the two countries.



Elsewhere, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Saryu, an indigenously built Offshore Patrol Vessel is undertaking coordinated patrol (CORPAT) with Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Bung Tomo. The 36th edition of CORPAT between India and Indonesia will also witness participation of Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both nations. The exercise, being conducted as a ‘non-contact, at sea only’ exercise in view of COVID-19 pandemic, highlights the high degree of mutual trust and confidence, synergy and cooperation between the two friendly navies.

In a statement, the Defence Ministry said that India and Indonesia have been carrying out Coordinated Patrols along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) twice a year since 2002, with an aim of keeping this vital part of the Indian Ocean Region safe and secure for commercial shipping, international trade and conduct of legitimate maritime activities. CORPATs help build understanding and interoperability between navies, and facilitate institution of measures to prevent and suppress Illegal Unreported Unregulated (IUU) fishing, drug trafficking, maritime terrorism, armed robbery and piracy. As part of Government of India’s vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region), Indian Navy has been proactively engaging with countries in the Indian Ocean Region to enhance maritime security in the region. The 36th edition of IND-INDO CORPAT seeks to bolster the maritime cooperation between the two navies and forge strong bonds of friendship across the Indo Pacific.



US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Kuwait is a vital partner to the United States, both on a bilateral basis and for stability in the region. Speaking to Kuwaiti State Media on his visit to the country on Friday, Mr. Blinken said that the visit comes on the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Kuwait. Mr. Blinken underlined Kuwait’s role in ending the Gulf rift and bringing countries together. 

Earlier, Mr. Blinken met the emir, the crown prince, his counterpart Foreign Minister al-Sabah, the prime minister and the leader of the parliament.



Thousands of firefighters are battling wildfires in villages and resorts on Turkey's Mediterranean and Aegean coasts. According to reports, four people have died and dozens have been taken to hospital. An investigation has been launched to determine if some of the fires were a result of arson. During a visit to Manavgat, Turkey's Agriculture Minister Bekir Pakdemirli, said bringing the fires under control might take time.



India’s Cumulative COVID vaccination coverage has achieved the landmark milestone of 46 crore on Friday. The Union Health Ministry said, more than 44 lakh 38 thousand vaccine doses were administered till 7 PM on Friday. The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from the 21st of last month.

Over 20 lakh 96 thousand vaccine doses were administered as first dose and more than three lakh 41 thousand vaccine doses given as second dose in the age group 18 to 44 years today. Cumulatively, over 15 crore 17 lakh persons across 37 States and UTs have received their first dose and over 80 lakh have received their second dose since the start of Phase-3 of the vaccination drive.



Meanwhile, the Health Ministry said over 2 lakh 27 thousand pregnant women have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine under the ongoing National COVID Vaccination drive in less than a month. This is a result of regular counseling of pregnant women by health workers and medical officers about risks of COVD-19 infection to pregnant women and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination. This sustained campaign has empowered pregnant women to make an informed choice on taking the COVID vaccination. Several initiatives have been taken by States to encourage pregnant women to be motivated for the vaccine, such as special vaccination sessions for the pregnant women.

National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization had recommended vaccination for pregnant women leading to inclusion of pregnant women in India’s COVID Vaccination Drive. Tamil Nadu is leading the way by vaccinating over 78 thousand 838 pregnant women, followed by Andhra Pradesh with over 34 thousand and Odisha with 29,821. Counselling the eligible beneficiaries by the frontline workers at the antenatal clinics, and mobilization by ASHAs for vaccination have resulted in building confidence and acceptance in the community.



The Southern India State of Kerala continues to report a surge in Covid 19 cases as it confirmed 20,772  new infection cases on Friday. The test positivity rate has increased to 13.61 percent. 116 deaths were also confirmed due to Covid taking the death toll to 16,701 in the state.  Bringing respite, 14,651 people recovered from the covid infection. At present, over One lakh 50,000 people  are undergoing covid treatment in the state.

Meanwhile, as Kerala is witnessing an unprecedented surge in covid cases, a Central team has reached the state to take stock of the ongoing situation. The six member team led by National Disease Control Director Sujeet Kumar Singh will work in two groups to closely analyze the spread of infection in ten selected districts of the state. The Central Team's visit is to ensure complete assistance from the Centre to Kerala in order to control the rate of spread of the ongoing pandemic.



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

⦁ US President Joe Biden announced additional efforts to fight the Delta variant of the Coronavirus as the nation gears up to expand its vaccination efforts. The new measures impose requirements on the federal workforce to get vaccinated. According to the new measures, the federal government employee and onsite contractor will be asked to attest to their vaccination status. Anyone who does not attest to being fully vaccinated will be required to wear a mask on the job no matter their geographic location, physically distance from all other employees and visitors, comply with a weekly or twice weekly screening testing requirement, and be subject to restrictions on official travel. With the US federal government employing more than 4 million Americans, the new measures are directed to encourage employers across the private sector to follow suit.

⦁ The Government of Bangladesh has extended the ongoing closure of all educational institutions till the 31st of August in view of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic in the country. A press release issued by the Ministry of Education said that the Qawmi madrasas and Ebtedayee Madrasas will also remain closed till August the 31st. Earlier, the educational institutions were to be closed till July the 31st. The government has taken the decisions based on the recommendation of the National Technical Advisory Committee considering the interest of the students, teachers and employees of the school.

⦁ The Government of Japan has decided to provide approximately 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines manufactured in Japan, through the COVAX facility, to Sri Lanka. In a statement, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said that the vaccines are part of assistance by Japan to contribute to the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.

⦁ Meanwhile, the Australian city of Sydney will draft in the army on Monday to enforce its toughest lockdown since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. From Monday, as many as 300 Australian army personnel will visit the homes of those who have tested positive to ensure they are respecting quarantine rules.



And now, a report from the Business World,



Moving onto sports,


In Tokyo Olympics, Indian Women athletes were in the limelight. India's ace shuttler  PV Sindhu stormed in the semifinal of Tokyo Olympic blowing away Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in an exciting encounter by  21-13 and 22-20.

Boxer Lovlina Borgohain ensured a medal for India on Friday. She entered the semi final of the women's welter weight category defeating Chen Nien-chin of Chinese Taipei 4-1.  Expressing happiness over her victory Lovlina said she will now focus on winning the Gold Medal.

Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has praised Lovlina for her achievement.

Indian Men's hockey team beat host Japan by 5-3 in a thrilling pool A group match.

In Women's hockey also, India won pool A group match defeating Ireland 1-0, keeping its hopes alive in the Olympics. For India, Navneet Kaur struck at 57th minute scoring the lone goal of the match.

However, Olympic World No. 1 archer Deepika Kumari's  quest for an Olympic medal ended as she lost to Korean top seed An San in straight sets in the quarterfinals. An San wrapped up the women's individual match 6-0 in less than six minutes. 

In a biggest upset In Tokyo Olympics, one of the prominent players of tennis world Novak Djokovic of Serbia was beaten by  Germany's Alexander Zverev  1-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the semi final clash of the Men's singles.



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

⦁ Globe and Mail says Ship tied to Israel billionaire reportedly attacked off Oman.

⦁ Globe and Mail also says Lebanon President ready to answer questions on Beirut port explosion.

⦁ Washington Post writes Peru's new president appoints Marxist as prime minister.

⦁ Sputnik News posts Beijing Vows to 'Take Necessary Actions' After UK Aircraft Strike Group Passes Through South China Sea.

⦁ Sputnik News also posts UN Mission in Afghanistan Attacked, killing at Least One Police Officer.

⦁ Financial Times reports German inflation hits highest level since 2008.

⦁ Wall Street Journal says Hong Kong Protester, First to Be Sentenced Under China’s National Security Law, Gets Nine Year sentence.

⦁ New York Times writes C.D.C. Internal Report Calls Delta Variant as Contagious as Chickenpox.



Minister of State in the External Affairs Ministry Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi participated in the G20 Cultural ministers meeting 2021 on Friday. In a tweet, the Minister said that she spoke about how the Covid pandemic has shown the need for international cooperation in all fields including that of culture by working towards capacity building and tech upgradation. The Minister also welcomed the repatriation of 14 Indian works of art from the National Gallery of Australia. Ms. Lekhi outlined the significance of culture and creative sectors in providing economic growth and employment as well as its potential to give more opportunities to women, youth and to local communities. She also emphasized the consumption of practices that are more environment friendly as in the production of handlooms, handicrafts and khadi and its importance and relevance for India.



India participated in the 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM3) meeting, jointly organised by Iceland and Japan and virtually hosted by Japan, for discussing research and cooperation in the Arctic. India plans to launch NISER (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellite, a joint ISRO-NASA mission, with the goal to make global measurement of land surface changes using advanced radar imaging. NISER is proposed to be launched in early 2023. NISAR is a joint Earth-Observation mission between ISRO and NASA for global observations over all land masses including Polar cryosphere and Indian Ocean region. Speaking to All India Radio in an exclusive interview, Acting Chief of NASA, Dr. Bhavya Lal talked about the project.


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 MOROCCO on their National Day



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