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World News

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22.01.2021

NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to 'World News: an Indian perspective', on All India Radio. This is MANOJ SINGH RANA and with me is R.S.RAGHU bringing glimpses of 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.

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As the world fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin the programme with a message of caution to stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps:

Wear a face mask.

Maintain social distancing.

Focus on hand and face hygiene. 

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 THE HEADLINES:

·  Myanmar, Mauritius, Morocco & Seychelles receive India made COVISHIELD vaccine.

·  Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, world's largest vaccination drive underway in country is making India Self reliant.

·  India crosses a significant milestone of vaccinating over 1 million healthcare workers.

·  US to seek five-year extension to  New START arms control treaty with Russia.

·  IFFI at Panaji to pay tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose  on his 125th Birth Anniversary.

·  And in cricket, Bangladesh defeats West Indies in Dhaka to clinch the ODI series.

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MEA VACCINE

India continues to forge ahead with its Neighbourhood First policy as it extends a steady shoulder of a friend in need to its partner countries. Myanmar, Mauritius, Morocco and Seychelles have received India made COVISHIELD vaccine on Friday. India will continue to supply COVID-19 vaccines to partner countries over the coming weeks and months in a phased manner. Addressing media in New Delhi, External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Anurag Srivastava said it will be ensured that domestic manufacturers have adequate stocks to meet domestic requirements while supplying abroad. Many  countries have evinced interest in accessing vaccines from India which is the global hub for vaccine production. Prime Minister has already stated that India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity would be used for the benefit of all humanity in fighting this crisis.

Meanwhile Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the gift of 2 million doses of COVID 19 vaccine to Bangladesh.

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MAURITIUS VACCINE

The African Island nation of Mauritius holds a special place in the hearts and minds of India. Mauritius has played a prominent role in India’s Indo-Pacific partnerships. The first consignment of COVISHIELD vaccines arrived in Mauritius on Friday.

Now, we are in conversation with High Commissioner of India to Mauritius, Mrs. Nandini Singla sharing her thoughts on this heartening development.

Question 1: The first tranche of vaccines have arrived in Mauritius. Your first reactions Ma’am.

Question 2 : Ma’am could you tell our listeners, how Mauritius has dealt with the COVID challenge? What is the sense that prevails in the nation now that the vaccines are reaching?

Thank you so much Ma’am for taking time out of your packed schedule on this important day to speak with us.

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PM VARANASI EARLY

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, world's largest vaccination program is going on in our country making it Atmanirbhar or self reliant. Interacting with beneficiaries and vaccinators of the Covid-19 drive from Varanasi via video conferencing, the Prime Minister said, it shows our self-reliance. Besides, India is providing COVID-19 vaccine to several other countries as well. The Prime Minister expressed pride at the development of two vaccines in the country to tackle coronavirus. 

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INDIA VACCINATION

India has crossed a significant milestone of vaccinating more than one million healthcare workers for coronavirus, with over two lakh 33 thousand getting doses on Thursday alone. Data compiled by Oxford University shows that India is now the fastest country to breach the million mark, taking only six days compared to nine by the United States.

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MEA- CHINA- US

External Affairs Ministry today said that India is in touch with China for a crew change for 16 Indian sailors stranded on a cargo ship in Chinese waters for nearly four months. The Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, Indian Embassy in Beijing is following up with both the shipping company as well as Chinese Authorities  to ensure the well-being of the crew.

In reply to a question on the Line of Actual Control, Mr Srivastava said that India and China have agreed to hold the next round of the Senior Commander-level meeting soon. The two sides are in close communication over diplomatic and military channels in this regard.

On India's relation with the US in view of new regime in that country, the Spokesman said that India will continue to remain engaged at all levels. It will further consolidate the vibrant and multi-faceted bilateral relations with the US and work together on global challenges of common interest.

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WHO AFRICA VACCINE

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Africa is in danger of being left behind in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. The statement comes in the wake of the fact that countries in other regions are  striking bilateral deals, thus driving up prices of vaccines.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa said that it is deeply unjust that the most vulnerable Africans are forced to wait for vaccines while lower-risk groups in rich countries are made safe. Meanwhile, COVAX Facility  has  committed to vaccinating at least 20 per cent of the population in Africa by the end of this year.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti said that an initial 30 million vaccine doses are expected to begin arriving in countries by March.

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US RUSSIA

The White House has said that US will seek a five-year extension to the New START arms control treaty with Russia. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a media briefing that the President has long been clear that the New START treaty is in the national security interests of the United States. She added that the extension makes even more sense when the relationship with Russia is adversarial as it is at this time.

Meanwhile, Russia has welcomed the  U.S. President Joe Biden's decision to extend the New START arms control treaty. It said that Moscow wanted to see concrete proposals from Washington.  <><><>

IFFI-TRIBUTE

The ongoing 51st International Film Festival of India at Panaji will pay tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on the occasion of his 125th Birth Anniversary on Saturday. More from our correspondent --

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INDIA GERMANY

India has been among the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with the Federal Republic of Germany after the Second World War. Bilateral relations between the two countries are founded on common democratic principles marked by a high degree of trust and mutual respect. In an exclusive interview with AIR News, Walter J. Linder, the German ambassador to India shared his insights on India Germany relations.

Let us listen to the  interview.

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SPORTS

In Badminton, Bangladesh clinched the 3-match ODI series against West Indies with an emphatic victory in the second ODI played at the Sher-e-Bangla cricket stadium in Dhaka on Friday. <><>

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 GERMANY.

AND WITH THAT, WE END THIS BULLETIN. SEE YOU AT SAME TIME TOMORROW WITH THE NEXT EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.

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