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World News

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13.09.2021

NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to 'World News: an Indian perspective', on All India Radio. This is MANOJ SINGH RANA and with me is V.C.PRAMOD 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

India achieves another milestone in COVID-19 vaccination drive as total coverage crosses 75 crore mark; Recovery rate reaches 97.54 per cent.

Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar says, India willing to stand by Afghan people.

United Nations seeks millions in international aid for Afghanistan; Secretary General Antonio Guterres warns country is facing a major humanitarian crisis.

India and US launch the Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue; Union Minister of Environment Bhupender Yadav says, climate change is one of the biggest challenges for the world.

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry says, India and  US are jointly working to address climate change issue.

And In Spain, wildfires breaks out in southern region of Andalusia; Around 2,000 people leave their homes.

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COVID OPENING

As the nationwide free COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign at Government facilities for those above 18 years is underway, we advise our young listeners to get vaccinated and help others 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 the National helpline numbers -- 011-23978046 and 1075. And now the News in detail;

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COVID-VACCINATION

India has crossed yet another milestone in the COVID vaccination drive with the total vaccination crossing the 75 crore mark. The cumulative figure stands at 75 crore 10 lakh 41 thousand and 391. The Health Ministry said, more than 56 crore 95 lakh vaccine doses have been administered as first dose and over 18 crore 14 lakh vaccine doses given as second doses. The Ministry said, more than 67 lakh vaccine doses have been administered to the beneficiaries so far. It further added that the national recovery rate has reached 97.54 per cent

On this achievement, Health Minister of India Mansukh Mandaviya said that with the mantra of Sabka Saath, Sabka Prayas, the world's largest vaccination drive is continuously creating new dimensions. He said, in the 75th year of Independence, the country has crossed the 75 crore mark in COVID vaccination coverage.

Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh said, World Health Organisation has congratulated India for scaling up COVID-19 vaccination at an unprecedented pace. In a tweet, she said, while it took 85 days to administer first 100 million doses, India reached 750 million doses from 650 million in just 13 days.

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SC-COVID

The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to revisit its decision of not including death by suicide as COVID-19 death even if COVID-19 is an accompanying condition. A bench comprising Justices M.R. Shah and A.S. Bopanna was considering the fresh guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to simplify the process of issuance of death certificates. As per the said guidelines, deaths occurring due to poisoning, suicide, homicide and deaths due to accident, among others, will not be considered as COVID-19 deaths even if COVID- 19 is an accompanying condition. These guidelines were placed on record before the Supreme Court through a compliance affidavit filed on 11th of this month.

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BANGLADESH - SCHOOLS

Bangladesh is set to introduce major changes in its educational system from 2023. Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni announced in Dhaka on Monday that the government has planned to introduce the new curricula in the school from 2023 which will do away with division between science, humanities and commerce till class X. All the students will study 10 common subjects till class X after which they will get an option to choose  science, humanities or commerce as their discipline.

Dr. Dipu Moni said that the revised curricula for all the classes will be implemented in phases by 2025.

Speaking on the occasion of the presentation of the draft outline of the education framework, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that there is a need to keep pace with the global educational advancement. She said that Bangladesh should not lag behind when the world progresses in science and technology.

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MEA - JAISHANKAR

Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar has said that in the face of a grave emerging situation in Afghanistan, India is willing to stand by the Afghan people, just as in the past. He said, to ensure that this happened speedily and effectively, India believes that the international community must come together to create the best possible enabling environment. In his remarks at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan 2021, Dr Jaishankar said that among the challenges that the current situation poses is that of efficient logistics. He pointed out that it is therefore essential that humanitarian assistance providers are accorded unimpeded, unrestricted and direct access to Afghanistan. He said, India has consistently supported a central role of the United Nations on the  future of Afghanistan and a multilateral platform is always more effective than small groups in building global consensus and encouraging united action.

In his remarks, the External Affairs Minister mentioned that India's efforts and helping the Afghan people has been both direct and indirect way contributed to the livelihood and larger framework as significantly as they have to direct material leads.

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UN-AFGHANISTAN

The United Nations is seeking to raise more than 600 million dollars in aid for Afghanistan, warning the country is facing a major humanitarian crisis. It is calling for international support at a conference in Geneva, following the Taliban's takeover last month.

In his opening remarks, UN Secretary General Mr Antonio Guterres called the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan a looming catastrophe and said the people of Afghanistan are in desperate need of a lifeline. Mr. Guterres warned, on Monday one in three Afghans do not know where their next meal will come from, the poverty rate is spiralling and basic public services are close to collapse. He said, hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes and at the same time Afghanistan faces a severe drought - the second to hit the country in four years. Many people could run out of food by the end of this month just as winter approaches, he added. The UN has appealed to the Taliban to give aid workers unimpeded access.

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HOTSPOT

India and the United States of America has launched the Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue (CAFMD). The CAFMD is one of the two tracks of the India-U.S. Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 partnership launched at the Leaders' Summit on Climate in April 2021, by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and US President Mr. Joseph Biden. The dialogue was formally launched by Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate of India Bhupender Yadav and John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC), at New Delhi.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Yadav said that the climate change is one of the biggest challenge for the world and it has multi-dimensionality effect. He said, it requires a global response. Let's listen key highlights of Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Bhupender Yadav's speech:]

Speaking at the launch of CAFMD, Mr. John Kerry said, the climate change is the biggest challenge for the world and called for collective action. He said, India and the US are jointly working to address the issue. Let's listen to key highlights as mentioned by the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry:

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SC-PEGASUS

The Supreme Court of India has reserved interim orders on a batch of petitions seeking investigation into the alleged illegal use of Pegasus spyware to snoop civilians and journalists. The development comes as the Centre has expressed unwillingness to file an affidavit in the matter citing converns over national security. The Court said that it will pass the order within 2-3 days. It also added that the Solicitor General can mention the matter before it in the meanwhile if there is any rethinking on its part.

A bench comprising the Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana, Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli repeatedly said that it does not want any information relating to national security and that it is only concerned with allegations of rights violation raised by ordinary citizens through illegal use of the spyware.

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WILDFIRE

Around 2,000 people have left their homes after wildfires broke out in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. One emergency worker has been killed in the blaze, which began on Wednesday on high ground above the popular resort town of Estepona on the Costa del Sol. The Spanish Government has deployed a military unit to help firefighters in the mountainous region. Six more towns and villages were evacuated yesterday and huge plumes of smoke could be seen from miles away. Residents of five other communities were told to leave their homes on Friday.

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PAK-BALOCHISTAN

Hundreds of people took to the streets in protest against the targeted killings in Panjgur district in Balochistan province of Pakistan. A large number of people, including women and children, gathered at the main chowk of the town. Dawn reported that they marched on the streets and roads and chanted slogans against the local administration and police for their failure to arrest alleged killers. During the protest, people said about a dozen innocent civilians had been killed in Panjgur in a month, but not a single alleged killer had been arrested.

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NORTH KOREA-MISSILE

North Korea has tested a new long-range cruise missile capable of hitting much of Japan, state media said on Monday. The weekend tests saw missiles travelling up to 1,500 kms, the official KCNA news agency said. It suggests North Korea is still capable of developing weapons despite food shortages and an economic crisis. The US military said, the latest tests posed threats to the international community and neighbouring Japan. A picture in the North Korean Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed a missile being fired from a launch vehicle, while another could be seen in horizontal flight.

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BUSINESS CAPSULE

And now, a report from the Business World,

 At the stock markets, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange fell 127 points, or 0.2 percent, to end at 56,178, today. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange shed 14 points, to 17,355.

At the domestic forex market, the rupee depreciated 17 paise, to 73 rupees and 67 paise, against the US dollar.

Among global markets, Asian stock markets ended mixed. So Japan's Nikkei-225 index gained 0.2 percent; China's Shanghai Composite index inched up 0.3 percent and South Korea's Kospi index edged up 0.1 percent. But Hong Kong's Hang Seng index dropped 1.5 percent and Singapore's Straits Times index slipped 0.8 percent.

In Europe, London's FTSE-100 had risen 0.6 percent; CAC-40 index had added 0.4 percent and Germany's DAX had advanced 0.7 percent, in intra-day trade.

Global crude oil prices rose for today as concerns over shut output in the United States, following damage from Hurricane Ida supported the market while analysts expected a stable market in coming months. So, Brent crude rose 62 cents, to trade at 73.54 dollars a barrel. US crude futurees climbed 64 cents, at 70.36 dollars.

Back Home, gold rose 82 rupees, to 45,952 rupees per ten grams at Delhi's bullion market today, on firm global cues. Lalima Aneja Dang for World News, All India Radio. 

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WN-FPR

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

⦁ The Washington Post writes Inspiration4 set to launch of SpaceX rocket, first all-civilian flight to orbit Earth.

⦁ The Wall Street Journal says Antony Blinken to Face Lawmakers Over Afghanistan Withdrawal, U.S. Policies.

⦁ The Wall Street Journal reports Global Oil Demand to Exceed Pre-Pandemic Levels Next Year, OPEC Says.

⦁ Financial Times reports Beijing to break up Ant’s Alipay and force creation of separate loans app.

⦁ Gulf Times reports Covid vaccine passport plan ditched, says UK minister.

⦁ The Globe and Mail says Lebanon’s new prime minister says there is no magic wand to fix crisis.

⦁ The Globe and Mail reports Blinken to testify to Congress on Afghanistan withdrawal.

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POWER- US

Union Minister for Power R.K. Singh today met a delegation led by U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry in New Delhi.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss further collaboration on climate change issues and to work towards a genuine partnership between the two countries to pave the way for the rest of the world on Energy Transition. During the meeting, the US side appreciated India for its Energy Access drive and commitment to achieve 450 Giga Watt of Renewable Energy by 2030. They also lauded India for electrifying 28.02 million homes in 18 months and achieved universal household electrification.

The Power Minister informed the US side about Government's intent to move towards clean energy transition.

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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 BELGIUM.

AND WITH THAT, WE END THIS BULLETIN. WE'LL BE BACK AT THE SAME TIME TOMORROW WITH THE NEXT EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.

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