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PM Modi to address 21st Meeting of SCO Council of Heads of State tomorrow            PM to participate in Quad Leaders' Summit in Washington on September 24            Govt announces guarantee of up to Rs 30,600 crore to back Security Receipts to be issued by NARCL            FM Sitharaman to chair 45th meeting of GST Council tomorrow            Two Defence Office Complexes inaugurated in New Delhi           

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


  • Tony Abbott, Special Envoy of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison meets Prime  Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Ebrahim Raisi sworn in as Iran's new president.
  • India summons Pakistan Charge d'Affaires and lodges firm protest over violent mob attack on a temple.
  • India to be moved from the red to the amber list of UK's International Travel List from Sunday.
  • UK becomes Dialogue Partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN.
  • Bangladesh joins Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, CDRI.
  • At the Tokyo Olympics, India's ace grappler Ravi kumar Dahiya creates history, clinches Silver Medal in 57 category of wrestling; Men's Hockey team snatches Bronze medal beating Germany 5 goals to 4.  



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Tony Abbott, the Special Envoy of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday. In a tweet, Mr Modi said they had a good conversation on ways to further strengthen the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between India and Australia. They also discussed the steps needed to energize the trade and economic relationship and boost people-to-people ties. Mr Abbott is on a five day visit to India from 2nd of this month.

Mr Modi and Mr Abbott emphasized that enhanced economic cooperation between India and Australia would help both countries better address the economic challenges emerging out of the COVID-19 pandemic and would also help in realising their shared vision of a stable, secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.

The Prime Minister expressed his satisfaction at the stellar growth of India-Australia ties in recent times and admired the important contributions of Prime Minister Morrison and Former Prime Minister Abbott in this journey. Mr Modi also recalled his Virtual Summit last year with Mr Morrison and reiterated his desire to be able to host PM Morrison in India as soon as conditions permit.

At the Leaders’ Virtual Summit held between Prime Minister Modi and Australian Prime Minister Morrison on 4th June last year, the bilateral relationship was elevated to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, under which India and Australia committed to encourage expanded trade and investment flows for mutual benefit and decided to re-engage on a bilateral Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement. The External Affairs Ministry said, the present visit by Mr Tony Abbott is reflective of this shared ambition.



Ebrahim Raisi, was sworn in as Iran's new president during a ceremony in parliament on Thursday. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be on a two day visit to Iran. Spokesperson of India's External Affairs Ministry stated that Dr. Jaishankar is currently in Tehran to attend the swearing in ceremony of the President Elect Ebrahim Raisi. During his visit, Dr Jaishankar will call-on the President and on the sidelines, he will also meet other leaders.



The External Affairs Ministry of India summoned Pakistan Charge d'Affaires and lodged a firm protest expressing grave concerns at the incident of violent mob attack on a Ganesh temple in Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab, Pakistan. India has called upon Pakistan to ensure the safety, security and well-being of its minority communities. Replying to a media query, Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said incidents of violence, discrimination and persecution against the minority communities including attacks on places of worship have continued unabated in Pakistan.



India is closely monitoring the evolving security situation in Afghanistan and continues to call for an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire. India supports an Afghan led, Afghan owned and Afghan controlled peace process. Briefing media this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the issue of Afghanistan will be deliberated in UNSC on Friday. He said India will share its vision and perspectives on Afghanistan. He added that India looks forward to productive deliberations on this important issue.



The Death Certificate of the Indian student, Aman Nagsen has been issued by Chinese authorities. Prasar Bharati,Beijing correspondent reports that necessary work for repatriation of the mortal remains to India is being done. The autopsy of the deceased was completed on Tuesday and an official from the Indian embassy in Beijing went to Tianjin, 100km away to coordinate with local police and authorities to secure an early release of the body.

On Tuesday, Chinese Foreign ministry said that Nagsen’s death was a homicide and a foreign student had been arrested in connection with the murder. On Thursday, the ministry told Prasar Bharati Beijing that they cannot reveal any further details as the case is currently under investigation. Several questions about the crime remain unanswered including the motive behind it, nationality of the student and whether the university had done or is doing enough for the safety and security of foreign students staying on campus. Chinese Foreign ministry response further said that relevant Chinese departments will maintain communication with the Indian side regarding the repatriation of the dead body and will cooperate in the aftermath. Despite the serious nature of the crime, taking place on the campus of a reputed Chinese university, Chinese media has been silent about the case so far, a week after the incident.

Earlier, this week, Chinese Foreign ministry said that Tianjin Municipal Public Security Bureau received a call at around 8 pm on 29th July saying that an Indian student was lying on the floor of the dormitory with ‘no sign of life’. Nagsen, hailing from Gaya, Bihar was enrolled in the International Business Studies course at Tianjin Foreign Studies University (TFSU). He was one of the few Indian students who remained in China through the coronavirus pandemic while most of the 23,000 Indian students who left for home in early 2020 were stuck in India and unable to return due to Beijing’s reluctance to lift visa restrictions. Currently, no flights are operational between India and China.



Meanwhile the Biden Administration deferred the removal of certain Hong Kong residents who are present in the United States, giving them a temporary safe haven. In a statement, the White House said that the  action demonstrates President Biden’s strong support for people in Hong Kong in the face of ongoing repression by the People’s Republic of China. It added that the US and its partners strongly oppose China's wielding of the National Security Law to deny basic rights and freedoms, assault Hong Kong’s autonomy, and undermine its remaining democratic processes and institutions.



The UK has become a Dialogue Partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN. In a statement, the UK government said that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab joined a virtual ceremony with ASEAN Foreign Ministers where they welcomed the UK as an ASEAN ‘Dialogue Partner’. It added that the partnership, which is the first ASEAN has agreed in 25 years, will lead to closer cooperation between the UK and the region on a range of issues such as trade, investment, climate change,the environment, science and technology,and education. The statement added that Dialogue Partner status puts the UK at the heart of the Indo-Pacific. The UK will work with ASEAN and its members on key shared challenges such as maritime security and transnational crime, boost our economies through trade, and strengthen our cooperation on issues such COVID-19 and climate change.



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

India, will be moved from the red to the amber list of the UK's International Travel List from 4am on Sunday, the 8th of August. In a statement, the UK government on Thursday said that it will continue to cautiously reopen international travel. The shifting of India to the Amber list means that visitors to Britain will have to quarantine at home or in the place of stay for 10 days. Such visitors will also have to take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8. Persons planning a visit to the UK must take COVID test in the 3 days before their travel to England.

COVID 19 pandemic continued to claim an ever larger number of lives in Bangladesh as Thursday recorded a new high in deaths in one day. According to the latest bulletin issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 264 people died and 12,744 new corona positive cases were reported in the country over the last 24 hours on Thursday.



Taiwan on Thursday thanked the United States for agreeing to sell 40 howitzer artillery systems in a 750 million Dollar deal. Taipei's foreign ministry said Thursday it was the first major arms sale announced since President Joe Biden took office in January and would help the island, maintain a rock-solid self-defence and regional peace and stability. The move comes amidst strained ties between China and the US.

In today's HOTSPOT section, we take a closer look at these developments and more. In conversation are Skand Ranjan Tayal, Former Diplomat and Simran Sodhi, Journalist.



India has expressed its happiness that Bangladesh has decided to accept its invitation to join the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI). CDRI is a coalition of national governments, UN agencies, multilateral development banks and private sector which aims to promote resilience of new and existing infrastructure to climate and disaster risks.  In a letter written to Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen, Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar urged Bangladesh to implement the recently concluded MoU in the field of disaster management, resilience and mitigation on a priority basis. He expressed the hope that these mechanisms will help the two countries to remain better prepared to face such challenges in the future. Dr. Jaishankar also stated that capacity building, learning from each other’s best practices as well as extending support to each other is the need of the hour.



It was a mixed bag for India at the Tokyo Olympics. India got one Bronze and a Silver medal in 57kg freestyle wrestling and hockey respectively. Indian  grappler  Ravi Dahiya secured a silver medal as he went down fighting the reigning world champion Zavur Uguev of Russian Olympic Committee in the freestyle 57 kilogram final by 4-7. However Deepak Punia's quest for a medal ended as he was beaten by  Myles Amine of San Marino by 2-4 in the 86 kg wrestling category quarterfinal clash. President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated Ravi Kumar Dahiya for the exemplary win and bringing glory to India. In a tweet, Mr Kovind said, India is proud of Ravi Dahiya for winning the wrestling Silver at Tokyo Olympics. He said,  Ravi Kumar Dahiya came back into bouts from very difficult situations and won them. The President said, like a true champion, he demonstrated his inner strength too. Congratulating Ravi Kumar Dahiya on winning the Silver Medal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he is a remarkable wrestler and his fighting spirit and tenacity are outstanding. He said, India takes great pride in his accomplishments.

In women's category, there were also disappointments for India as Vinesh Phogat lost her quarterfinal match to Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of Belarus 3-9 and Anshu Malik's quest for bronze medal ended as she lost to Rio Olympics silver medalist, Valeria Koblova of ROC 5-1.

Earlier, the men in blue scripted history with their Hockey sticks as they defeated Germany 5-4 to win a bronze in Tokyo Olympics. With this, Indian Hockey's 4 decade long wait for a medal ended.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that hockey has a special place in the hearts and minds of every Indian. The Prime Minister in a series of tweets congratulated all the members of Indian Men's Hockey team.



India were 125 for four wickets against England in their first innings when rain forces early stumps on Day 2 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, in the opening Cricket Test of five-match series. India trail by 58 runs.  Rishabh Pant 7 and KL Rahul are presently in the crease.

Earlier, England were all out for 183 runs in their first innings on day one yesterday. England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first.  


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

Washington Post reports that Biden told White House chief to seek Harvard legal scholar’s guidance, leading to reversal on evictions.

Wall Street Journal writes Exxon Considers Pledging ‘Net-Zero’ Carbon by 2050.

The Guardian reports that Environmental impact of bottled water up to 3,500 times greater than tap water.

Sputnik News Posts Biden to Set Goal of 50% Electric Vehicles Sales by 2030 on Thursday.

Financial Times quotes Moderna to say Covid vaccine 93% effective six months after second dose.

Gulf Times reports that UK moves Qatar to 'amber list' easing Covid-19 travel restrictions.



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