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

  • UN Security Council condemns attack on UN premises in Herat; Calls on Islamic Republic and the Taliban to engage meaningfully in an inclusive peace process.
  • Chief of Staff of US Army General James C McConville arrives India on two day visit.
  • Germany becomes 5th country to sign International Solar Alliance Framework Agreement.
  • In Tokyo Olympics: Indian Wrestler Ravi Dahiya beats Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan in Freestyle 57kg men's semi-finals; Ensures a medal. 
  • Boxer Lovlina Borgohain bags Bronze Medal in welterweight category; Athlete Neeraj Chopra qualifies for Men's Javelin throw finals.
  • Indian Men's Hockey team to take on Great Britain for a bronze Medal on Thursday.



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The United Nations Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the attack against personnel and premises of the UN in Herat, Afghanistan, on 30th of July, which resulted in the death of an Afghan security forces guard and several injured. The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern about the high levels of violence in Afghanistan following the Taliban's military offensive and called for an immediate reduction of violence. The members of the Security Council called on both the Islamic Republic and the Taliban to engage meaningfully in an inclusive, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process in order to make urgent progress towards a political settlement and a ceasefire.

They also expressed deep concern about the number of reported serious human rights abuses and violations in communities affected by the ongoing armed conflict across the country. The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms all instances of terrorism and deliberate targeted attacks against civilians.



US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have condemned the ongoing attacks by the Taliban, and pledged to remain in close contact going forward. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price in a statement said that Blinken spoke with Ghani to reiterate the strong and enduring US commitment to Afghanistan. Both the leaders emphasised the need to accelerate peace negotiations and achieve a political settlement that is inclusive, respects the rights of all Afghans, including women and minorities, allows the Afghan people to have a say in choosing their leaders and prevents Afghan soil from being used to threaten the United States and its allies and partners.



An attack on the Afghan defence minister's house in Kabul has left at least eight dead, the first major bombing by militants in the city for nearly a year.

The minster Bismillah Khan Mohammadi was not at home on Tuesday night as gunmen detonated a car bomb and fired shots near the heavily fortified Green Zone. His family was evacuated and four of the gunmen killed, officials said.

The Taliban said they were behind the attack. The group also warned of more attacks against government leaders. It comes as fighting rages in other cities after foreign troops left the country.

The UN Security Council has called for an immediate end to the violence. More than 20 other people were reportedly wounded in the incident.

Police say four of the five attackers were also killed after they managed to enter the minister's villa. The interior ministry said it was a suicide bomb attack.



In today’s HOTSPOT section, we bring you a discussion on Developments in Afghanistan & Roleof UN. In conversation are Atul Aneja International Affairs Expert and Manas Pratim Bhuyan, Journalist.



Chief of Staff of US Army General James C McConville is on a two day visit to India. On Wednesday, he laid a wreath at the National War Memorial and received a Guard of Honour at the South Block. General McConville called on Army Chief General MM Naravane and discussed issues of mutual interest.



The Indo - Russia joint training Exercise INDRA 2021 commenced at Prudboy Ranges, Volgograd in Russia on Wednesday. It started an impressive opening ceremony that saw the unfurling of the National Flags of both countries. Exercise INDRA 2021 will enhance interoperability between the Indian and Russian Armies.

The aim of the exercise is to facilitate joint training between Indian and Russian Armies to jointly plan and conduct counter terror operations under the United Nations mandate. The conduct of the exercise will also entail academic discussions between expert groups of both contingents.

The exercise will focus on unit level joint planning and conduct of anti terrorist operations and will include cordon and search operations, intelligence gathering and sharing, perception management, humanitarian laws and hostage rescue in simulated settings.



Germany on Wednesday became the 5th country to sign International Solar Alliance Framework Agreement after amendments to it entered into force on 8th January this year, opening its Membership to all Member States of the United Nations. On Wednesday, Ambassador of Germany to India Walter J. Lindner deposited signed copies of International Solar Alliance Framework Agreement with Ministry of External Affairs, the depositary of Agreement. Signed copies of International Solar Alliance Framework Agreement were handed over to Additional Secretary (Economic Relations) in Ministry of External Affairs.



The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has appointed Brunei’s Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Erywan Yusof as its special envoy to facilitate the mediation of the dialogue process in Myanmar. The appointment of the envoy from Brunei comes amid media reports of deep divisions within ASEAN countries on the issue.

The announcement came in a joint communique issued after the 54th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet on Wednesday in which 10 countries including Myanmar took part virtually.

The communique said that the special envoy will start his work in Myanmar, including building trust and confidence with full access to all parties concerned and providing a clear timeline on the implementation of the Five-Point Consensus reached in April during the meeting of ASEAN leaders.  The special envoy will visit Myanmar to seek ways to end violence and open dialogue between all parties. He will also oversee a humanitarian aid package.

The appointment of the Special Envoy for Myanmar was part of the five point consensus arrived at the meeting of ASEAN leaders held in April. The five point consensus includes cessation of violence in Myanmar, constructive dialogue among all parties to seek a peaceful solution and appointment of a special envoy who will visit Myanmar to meet all parties concerned among others. 

The communique issued on Wednesday, August 4, expressed concern over the situation in Myanmar and reports of fatalities and violence. It welcomed Myanmar’s commitment to the five point consensus reached in the ASEAN leader’s meeting in April.



India has administered over 48 crore 52 lakh doses of COVID vaccine so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. The Health Ministry said, more than 62 lakh 53 thousand vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

A total of 36 thousand 668 patients recovered from COVID during the last 24 hours and the national recovery rate stands at  97.37 per cent.



Indian Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Indian Institute of Space science and Technology (IIST) and The Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Netherlands for carrying out the Academic programmes and Research activities. The Parties may exchange students at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level and they will mutually discuss and decide the areas of studies and credits to be pursued under the scheme. The signed Agreement will provide an impetus to explore newer research activities and application possibilities in the field of Science and Technology. 



A train crash near the Czech Republic-German border has killed at least three people and injured dozens more. According to the Czech transport minister, an express train from Munich heading to Prague went through a stop signal and hit a commuter train bound for the town of Domazlice.

According to local media reports both drivers were killed, as well as one woman passenger. The collision took place on Wednesday, near the village of Milavce, 140km south-west of the Czech capital Prague. Dozens of emergency workers are on the scene, aided by helicopters. Rescue services have transported the most seriously injured to hospital.

The Czech Republic's railway inspectorate has launched an investigation into the crash.



Two rockets launched from Lebanon struck Israel on Wednesday, the Israeli military said, adding that it fired artillery into Lebanese territory in response to the attack.

In a statement, the military said three rockets were launched from Lebanon, with one falling short of the Israeli border and the others striking inside Israel. Witnesses in Lebanon also reported that several rockets were fired at Israel.

In response, (Israeli) artillery forces attacked Lebanese territory," the military said. The border has been mostly quiet since Israel fought a 2006 war against Hezbollah guerrillas, who have sway in southern Lebanon and advanced rockets.



The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange jumped 546 points, or 1 percent, to close at a new record high of 54,370. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange rose 128 points, or 0.8%, to also end at a new all-time high of 16,259.

At the forex market, the rupee strengthened 9 paise, to 74 rupees and 19 paise, against the dollar.

Among global markets, most key indices in Asia ended higher on encouraging corporate earnings. China's Shanghai Composite index and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index gained 0.9 percent, each; South Korea's Kospi index jumped 1.3 percent; and Singapore's Straits Times index rose 1.1 percent. But Japan's Nikkei-225 index dropped 0.2%.

In Europe, markets rose to record highs as investors focused on upbeat quarterly earnings and a strong rebound in merger activity despite concerns about the global spread of the Delta variant of coronavirus. London's FTSE-100 had gained 0.4 percent; France's CAC-40 had climbed 0.5 percent and Germany's DAX had surged 0.9 percent, in intra-day trade.

Brent crude oil futures declined 99 cents, to 71.42 dollars a barrel. Back Home, Gold rose 330 rupees, to 48,147 per ten grams on the Multi Commodity Exchange. Anubha Rohtagi for World News, All India Radio.



In tokyo Olympic Boxer Lovlina Borgohain has bagged a Bronze Medal in welterweight 69 kilogram category after she lost to World Champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey in semi-finals on Wednesday. This is the third medal for the country.

Earlier, in a tweet, The Prime Minister said, her success in the boxing ring inspires several Indians. 

Indian Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has congratulated and said, Lovlina, gave her best punch and India is extremely proud of what she has achieved.


Earlier, PV Sindhu won a Bronze Medal in Badminton while Mira Bai Chanu lifted a Silver Medal in weightlifting.

India's Ravi Dahiya has assured atleast a Silver Medal as he secured a place in the final of men's Freestyle 57kg wrestling category. He defeated Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan in the semi-finals 9-7 on Wednesday. However, in another semi-final Deepak Punia lost to TAYLOR III David Morris of USA in 86 kg category 10-0.

However, Anshu Singh lost to Iryna Kurachkina of Belarus in Women's freestyle 57 kilogram.

Indian Women Wrestler Vinesh Phogat will start her campaign on Thursday in a clash with Sofia Magdalena Mattsson of Sweden in the 53 kg category.

India lost to Argentina 2-1 in semi-final Women's Hockey match on Wednesday. Now Argentina will clash with Netherlands in the Summit clash on Thursday for the gold medal at 3:30 PM. Indian eves will meet Germany team on Friday at 7:00 AM for Bronze medal.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation with Women’s Hockey Captain Rani Rampal and coach Sjoerd Marijne. He expressed pride at the performance of the women's hockey team. He said that wins and losses are a part of life and that they must not be disheartened. Indian Men's Hockey team will take on Great Britain for a bronze Medal on Thursday.

In Golf, Aditi Ashok did fairly well when she got tied at second rank (4 under par) while Diksha Dagar tied at 56th rank (5 over par) after first round.

Promising athlete Neeraj Chopra sealed an automatic qualification for the Men's Jaaveline throw finals by throwing 86.65 metres in his first attempt. However, fellow Javelin thrower Shivpal Singh failed to cross the qualification hurdle with his best throw of 76.40 metres. Men's Javelin Throw Final will take place on 7th August at 4:30 P.M. Indian Standard Time.



In the opening Cricket test match of five-match series, England were all out for 183 runs in their first innings against India on day one at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. In reply, India were 21 for no loss when reports last came in. Earlier England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first.

For India Jasprit Bumrah claimed 4 wickets while Mohammed Shami bagged 3 wickets.



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

⦁ Gulf Times says that UN Security Council calls for immediate cessation of violence in Afghanistan.
⦁ The Guardian says Oman confirms tanker boarded off UAE was target of hijacking incident.
⦁ Washington Post writes Biden tells governors to get out of the way if they won’t help on vaccines.
⦁ Sputnik News Posts Elon Musk Praises 'Amazing' Russian Rocket Engine Designs.
⦁ Globe and Mail writes that Israel fires back after three rockets launched from Lebanon.
⦁ Financial Times says Spain urges EU to act on soaring energy prices.



India is celebrating the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to his favourite Bhajan VAISHNAV JAN, by artistes from BELGIUM.



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