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PM calls 100 cr Covid vaccinations a reflection of country's strength; describes, entire vaccination program as Science-Born, Science-Driven & Science-Based            Economy getting boost from rising vaccinations: PM Modi            India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crosses 101.2 cr mark            Centre issues notification for setting up of seven mega integrated textile region & apparel parks            Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal calls for free trade within rules-based multilateral trading system           

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



  • North and South Korea test ballistic missiles raising fears of arms race on the peninsula.

  • European Commission President says EU should seek to beef up its military capabilities to confront security threats and global crises.

  • In Afghanistan, major row broke out between leaders of Taliban just days after formation of new government.

  • Boris Johnson carried out the first major shake up of his senior ministerial team by sacking three cabinet ministers and removing Dominic Raab from the Foreign Office.

  • India is fast emerging as World Space Hub for cost-effective launch of satellites, says Government.

  • Four private citizens set to launch into orbit Wednesday in first mission to space without any professional astronauts on board.



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North and South Korea have tested ballistic missiles hours apart from each other, highlighting an arms race on the peninsula as nuclear talks with the North remain stalled. The North fired two ballistic missiles across its east coast, its first test with such missiles in six months and a fresh breach of UN resolutions. The tests came as South Korea and China discussed the North's nuclear issue. Hours later, the South tested its first submarine-launched ballistic missile. The test of the missile known as the Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile (or SLBM) was pre-planned and not in reaction to the North's latest launches. It makes South Korea the seventh country in the world with such technology.

President Moon Jae-in, who attended the test, said South Korea now had "sufficient deterrence to respond to North Korea's provocations at any time", urging the South to continue increasing its weapons programmes to "overwhelm North Korea's asymmetric power". The comments were criticised by Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. She described them as illogical and regrettable and warned that they could lead to a breakdown in ties.



European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said the EU should seek to beef up its military capabilities to confront security threats and global crises. She told the European Parliament on Wednedsday that she believed EU military forces will be part of the solution. The EU needed the "political will" to intervene militarily without the US after the fall of Afghanistan.

Mrs von der Leyen said in her annual State of the Union address that France would host an EU defence summit next year.

Europenan Union has relied historically on the Nato alliance for military action. Earlier this month German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called for intense talks on making the EU a strategic player to be reckoned with. The UK's departure from the EU has also brought security into sharp focus.

Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said this month he supported EU plans to build a common defence policy, but warned against the creation of a new military forces.

The Commission President also said that the EU would "stand by the Afghan people and increase humanitarian aid for Afghanistan by 118 million dollars.

Mrs Ursula von der Leyen also pledged to accelerate the rate of Covid-19 vaccinations around the world, offering another 200 million jabs for low-income countries.



In Afghanistan, a major row broke out between leaders of the Taliban just days after they set up a new government reports BBC.

Supporters of two rival factions reportedly brawled at the Presidential palace in the capital Kabul. The argument appeared to centre on who did the most to secure victory over the US, and how power was divided up in the new cabinet. The Taliban have officially denied the reports.

The group seized control of Afghanistan last month, and have since declared the country an "Islamic Emirate".

The dispute came to light after a Taliban co-founder, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, disappeared from view for several days. One Taliban source told BBC Pashto that Mr Baradar and Khalil ur-

Rahman Haqqani - the minister for refugees and a prominent figure within the militant Haqqani network - had exchanged strong words, as their followers brawled with each other nearby. A senior Taliban member based in Qatar and a person connected to those involved also confirmed that an argument had taken place late last week.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's envoy to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan met the Taliban interim government's acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and discussed strengthening bilateral cooperation between both countries. Khan tweeted that he called on the new Afghan Foreign Minister and discussed strengthening bilateral cooperation particularly facilitating humanitarian,economic and people to people. This is the first meeting between a Pakistani official and the representative of the interim Afghan government.



Afghanistan's female players of  junior national soccer team have entered into Pakistan. The girls had spent the past month in hiding amid fears of a crackdown on women's rights by the Taliban.

The adult side flew out of Kabul last month but the youth team were reportedly left stranded as they lacked passports and other documentation. Thirty-two players and their families won visas after lobbying of the government by charity "Football for Peace". Officials said the group,totalling 115 people, will travel from Peshawar to the eastern city of Lahore, where they will be housed at the Pakistani Football Federation's headquarters.

Women were barred from participating in sports during the Taliban's last spell in power from 1996-2001.



Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakashi Lekhi paid an official visit to Portugal from 12 to 14 September. During the visit, she had an in-depth review of the bilateral relations with her counterpart, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, Mr Francisco Andre.

This was followed by the signing of the milestone Bilateral Agreement on the Recruitment of Indian Citizens to Work in Portugal. Portugal is the first European country with which India has signed a dedicated agreement on labour mobility. This is also the first such agreement signed by Portugal outside the EU. The agreement sets out the procedures for recruitment of Indian workers and professionals in Portugal and will open up new employment opportunities for Indians further strengthening the socio-economic linkages between the two countries.

In her meeting with the Minister of Culture of Portugal, H.E. Dr. Graca Fonseca, Mrs Lekhi explored avenues of cooperation in the field of culture such as exchange of youth and literary delegations, establishment of Maritime Heritage Gallery at Lothal.



The Heads of Tax Authorities of the BRICS countries, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa held a virtual meeting on Wednesday under the Chairship of India. Mr Tarun Bajaj, Secretary, Revenue, Government of India, in his capacity as Head of Tax Authorities in India, presided over this meeting. The BRICS Tax Authorities engaged in discussion on the challenges faced by BRICS tax administrations in the digital era, coupled with outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, sharing experience and devising strategies to overcome those challenges. The broad theme of the meeting was redefining business processes of tax administration amidst challenges posed by COVID-19 and in the digital era.



Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Anupriya Patel has said that the Gems and Jewellery sector contributes around seven per cent to the GDP and employs 50 lakh people. She was speaking at a function to mark the 37th Edition of India International Jewellery Show Premier 2021. She said, the sector has been one of the worst-hit sectors in the counrty during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Minister said, the Gems and Jewellery export Promotion Council has undertaken prompt measures. As a result, the sector has shown a swift recovery and witnessed a positive growth of around 15 per cent in the fourth quarter.



In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson carried out the first major shake up of his senior ministerial team by sacking three cabinet ministers and removing Dominic Raab from the Foreign Office. In his cabinet reshuffle, the Prime Minister sacked Gavin Williamson as Education Secretary, Robert Buckland as Justice Secretary and Robert Jenrick as Local Government and Communities Secretary.

Raab switched from foreign secretary to justice secretary following the UK’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, and criticism that he did not have a grip on the crisis. Johnson also appointed Raab as Deputy Prime Minister, but the changes to his role were seen by Tory MPs as a demotion. Amanda was meanwhile removed as the chair of the conserveative party.



Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday jointly launched  the Sansad TV. The launch date of Sansad TV coincides with the International Day of Democracy. In February this year, a decision was taken  to merge Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV  and rechristen the merged entity as Sansad TV. The programming of this TV  will primarily be in four categories –functioning of Parliament and democratic institutions, governance and implementation of schemes, policies, history, and culture of India and issues, interests, concerns of contemporary nature.

In his address, the Vice President said that we are the most vibrant parliamentary democracy in the world and this event highlights the important linkages between the media and democratic governance. Mr Naidu said, Parliament and legislatures have a key role to play and there is a need to have meaningful debates echoing people’s aspirations.

On the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, India is the mother of democracy and for it, democracy is not only a constitutional structure but a national spirit. In his address Mr Modi said, the day of  launch of Sansad TV  is adding another important chapter to the country's parliamentary system. He said, today, the country is getting such a medium of communication and dialogue in the form of Sansad TV, which will serve as the new voice of the country's democracy and people's representatives. The Prime Minister added that the 21st century is bringing a revolution in communication and dialogue and in such changing times, it becomes necessary that the channels associated with Parliament should also transform themselves according to these modern arrangements. Mr. Modi said that he has been told that 'Sansad TV' will be on OTT platforms, social media and will have its own app as well.

Mr Modi said, as we are celebrating Engineer’s Day today, we should not forget that Engineers play a key role and  hold a prominent contribution to the TV  industry.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Defence Offices Complexes in New Delhi on Thursday. He will visit the Defence Office Complex and interact with the officers of the Army,Navy, Air Force and Civilians. The new Defence Offices Complexes will accommodate around 7,000 officials Defence ministry and Armed Forces, including Army, Navy and Air Force.



Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said the Indo-US cooperation will go a long way to restore normalcy besides further boosting the economic dynamism. He said, pandemic has brought new challenges in terms of disruption to supply chains, downturn in industrial activities, negative growth in travel and tourism industries. Mr Singh said this while addressing the Indo-US Economic Summit’ organised by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce through a video conference. He said, the economic and technological cooperation between India and the United States became stronger in the post-cold war era, much stronger during the global war against terrorism and still more robust alongside Indo-US strategic partnership.

The Minister said, the Foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers can set up manufacturing facilities individually or partner with Indian companies through a Joint Venture or technology agreement to capitalize on the Make in India opportunity.



Science and Technology Minister Dr Jitendra Singh has said that India is fast emerging as World Space Hub for cost-effective launch of satellites. Speaking at the India Leads-2021 Summit organized by the FICCI in New Delhi on Wednesday, he said, India has earned worldwide recognition for launching lunar probes, building satellites and ferrying foreign satellites.

Dr Singh said, over the past few years, Space Industry is emerging as one of the most lucrative industries globally and demand for Nano, micro and mini satellites and re-usable and small satellite launch vehicle systems are anticipated to drive the market.



In today's HOTSPOT section, we bring you a brief Discussion on “Evolving role of the Indian Ocean and it's impact on regional security”. In conversation are External Affairs Minister Dr. S.

Jaishankar and Dr. Ashley J.Tellis Senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.



In the United States, four private citizens are set to launch into orbit on Wednesday in what will be the first mission to space without any professional astronauts on board. The all-civilian crew will ride to space aboard a rocket and capsule developed by SpaceX. The mission, dubbed Inspiration4, is just the latest milestone flight in what has been a busy year for private spaceflight companies, following joyrides to suborbital space by billionaire entrepreneurs Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos over the summer. The spacecraft is scheduled to launch Wednesday atop a reusable Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida.



India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 76 Crore landmark milestone on wednesday.

The Union Health Ministry said, more than 57 crore vaccine doses have been administered as first dose and over 18 crore vaccine doses given as second doses. The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from 21st June this year.



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

  • The Globe and Mail says, SpaceX set to make history with first all-civilian crew launched into orbit.

  • Sputnik News reports,Taliban leaders reportedly clash over division of power in new government.

  • Financial Times says, Eurozone wages fall for the first time since 2011, easing inflation fears.

  • The Sydney Morning Herald writes, China’s ambassador banned from entering British Parliament.

  • Wall Street Journal reports, Google Fined 177 Million dollar in South Korea Over Thwarting Potential Android Rivals.

  • South China Morning Post says, China shuts schools and events as Delta raises coronavirus alert level in south.

  • The Guardian writes that Osage Nation leaders decry sale of sacred Missouri cave with ancient artwork.



In the UEFA football Champions League, Group F opener between Atalanta and Villarreal ended in a 2-2 draw at the El Madrigal in Villarreal, Spain, on Wednesday.

Two goals from Robert Lewandowski and one from Thomas Mueller propelled Bayern Munich to a 3-0 win at Barcelona in their opening game.

Juventus ended their winless streak by defeating Malmo 3-0 at the Swedbank Stadion in Sweden,in the Champions League opener.

Lille played out a goalless draw in their first match against Wolfsburg at Stade Pierre-Mauroy stadium, France on Wednesday.


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 FIJI.


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