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NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to 'World News: an Indian perspective', on All India Radio. This is PRASHANT KUMAR SINHA and with me is VAIBHAV JYOTSNA SRIVASTAVA 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.


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.



  • India's military might, cultural diversity, social and economic progress on display at Rajpath on 72nd Republic Day.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Climate Adaptation is a key element of India’s developmental efforts.

  • Over 2 million beneficiaries receive  COVID 19 vaccination in India..

  • Washington says it will ensure that U.S. technology does not support China's malign activities.

  • Security Council reforms must reflect 21st century realities, says UN General Assembly President.

  • In Cricket, Pakistan reduced to 33 runs for 4 wickets in the opening test match against South Africa .



India celebrated its 72nd Republic Day with zeal and pride. The main function was held at Rajpath in the National Capital where President Ram Nath Kovind took the salute of the parade.

India’s military might, cultural diversity, social and economic progress were  on display during the Republic Day celebrations at the majestic Rajpath.

Thirty-two tableaux, 17 from States and Union Territories, nine from various Ministries or Departments and Paramilitary Forces and six from the Ministry of Defence were rolled down the Rajpath.

Some of the highlights of the tablaux were Vision’for Carbon neutral Ladakh, Sun Temple of Modhera, Gujarat, Tea-tribes of Assam, Splendorous Sounds of Chhattisgarh’s Folk Music, Coir of Kerala were among other attractions. , Tableaux of Digital Bharat, Four Labour Codes, Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, New India: and ‘Vocal for Local’,. CRPF and BRO drew accolades.  School children performed Bajasal Dance of Odisha, Tamil Nadu Folk Dance, and theme dances on Hum Fit Toh India Fit and Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

Rafale fighter jets, inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) last year, were the showstopper at the flypast with the 'Vertical Charlie' formation.

A Rafale jet with two Jaguar Deep penetration strike aircraft and two MiG-29 Air Superiority Fighters conducted the "Eklavya" formation at a height of 300 m and a speed of 780 km/h.

Five Rafale fighter planes were formally inducted into the IAF in September last year. A total of 38 Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft participated in the flypast this year. The ‘Trinetra’ formation comprising of three Su-30MKIs - the three aircraft split outwards and upwards, forming a ‘Trishul in the Sky’ enthraling the audience.

Indigenously-developed Main Battle Tank of Indian Army, T-90 Bhishma, Infantry Combat Vehicle BMP II, Brahmos Weapon System, Pinaka Bridge Laying tanks T-72, Samvijay Electronic Warfare System were the main attractions. Naval Tableau titled Swarnim Vijay Varsh showcased the Indian Navy’s attack on Karachi harbour in 1971.

A 122-member proud contingent of the Bangladesh armed forces also marched on Rajpath.

The Republic Day Parade ceremony started in the morning with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the National War Memorial where  he led the nation in paying solemn tributes to the fallen heroes by laying a wreath.

National Flag was unfurled followed by the National Anthem with a booming 21-gun salute. The parade commenced with President Ram Nath Kovind taking the salute.

This time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade route has been shortened. The parade started from Vijay Chowk, as usual, but culminated at the National Stadium instead of ending at the Red Fort. Only around 25 thousand spectators were allowed to witness the parade as compared to the average of 1.15 lakh people every year. Children below 15 years and the elderly with co-morbidities were not permitted. This year, there was no Chief Guest from Foreign country due to the pandemic. The event was held following all necessary Covid -19 preventive protocols.



British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has greeted people of India on the occasion of Republic Day. In video message, he said UK and India are working side by side to free humanity from the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Johnson was due to be in New Delhi as the chief guest at the republic day parade but had to call off the visit following the outbreak of a new deadlier variant of coronavirus in the UK. In his message, UK PM reiterated his plan to visit India in the coming months. Mr Johnson said, two countries are working side by side to develop, produce and distribute vaccines that will help to free humanity from the pandemic. He said, because of combined efforts of Britain, India and many other nations, we are on the road to success against COVID.



Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has extended greetings to PM Narendra Modi on the occasion of India's 72nd Republic Day.

Mahinda Rajapaksa in a tweet has extended warmest wishes to PM Narendra Modi and the people of India on the occasion of the 72nd Republic Day  on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka  and its people.



Extending greetings on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that India plays an "important constructive" role in addressing the regional and global issues.

In a congratulatory message to his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Putin lauded  the successes achieved by India in the economic, social, scientific, technical and other spheres. He added that Russia values the relations of the privileged strategic partnership between New Delhi and Moscow.

He said that Russia value the relations of the privileged strategic partnership that exist between our states. Putin wished you good health and success, and prosperity to all Indian citizens.



Afghan peace negotiator Abdullah Abdullah has extended greetings to the Indian government and the people on the occasion of the 72nd Republic Day. He said that he looks forward to further fostering New Delhi-Kabul shared values.



The Embassy of India in Beijing celebrated the 72nd Republic Day with zeal and enthusiasm with due diligence to COVID-19 protocols.

The celebrations were also held at consulates in Guangzhou and Shanghai. Ambassador Vikram Misri unfurled the National Flag which was followed by singing of the National Anthem. Mr. Misri read Hon. President of India’s address to the nation on the occasion. During his address, Mr. Misri hailed the values enshrined in the Constitution of India. This was followed by a short cultural program including a soulful rendition of ‘Vande Mataram’. More form our Beijing Correspondent:

Prominent South Korean leader Mr. Lee Nak-yon, former Prime Minister and current Chairman of the Ruling Democratic Party congratulated India on its 72nd Republic Day.



The diaspora community of Bangladesh also celebrated the Republic Day with enthusiasm in Dhaka. The High Commission of India in Dhaka organised the Republic Day programme inviting Indians in Dhaka to participate in the event. Our Dhaka Correspondent has filed this report-

The 72nd Republic Day was celebrated in Bangladesh today with great enthusiasm by the Indian community in Dhaka. High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami hoisted the flag in the chancery premises. After the flag hoisting ceremony, the High Commissioner read out parts of the President’s address to the nation delivered on the eve of Republic Day.

Members of the Indian Community in Dhaka participated in the Republic Day celebration at the Chancery premises. During the programme, High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami interacted with the Indian community members who had gathered to celebrate the Republic Day.

Elaborate arrangements were made for maintaining health safety of the people gathered for the celebration. People wore masks and gloves and maintained social distancing in view of the continuing COVID 19 pandemic in the country.

Republic Day was celebrated in other parts of Bangladesh also. Assistant High Commissions of India in Sylhet, Khulna and Chittagong celebrated the Republic Day with flag hoisting in the chancery premises.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina extended her warm greetings to India on the occasion of the Republic Day. In her letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sheikh Hasina termed the relationship between the two countries as special. She said that India and Bangladesh are opening new frontiers of bilateral cooperation even during the difficult times created by the pandemic.Rajesh Jha, AIR News, Dhaka.



Indian Embassy in Kathmandu celebrated the Republic Day with enthusiasm . Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Indian Ambassador to Nepal, hoisted the national flag at the Embassy of India in Kathmandu .

The Ambassador felicitated Veer Nari, war widows, and next of kins of deceased soldiers by disbursing their dues worth Nepali Rupees 3.68 crore and a blanket to each. The embassy also gifted books to 50 libraries and educational institutions spread across all the provinces of Nepal.

Mr. Kwatra later hosted a reception at India House. Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, according to the statement.

On this occasion, the former Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav launched India-Nepal Alumni Network 'Sampark' along with website www.samparkbharatnepal.com in the presence of other distinguished alumni.

The event was attended by prominent leaders, officials, artists, journalists, and public personalities who have studied in India. They were felicitated for their significant contribution to strengthening people-to-people links between India and Nepal.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that Climate Adaptation is more significant today than ever before and it is a key element of India’s developmental efforts. Addressing Climate Adaptation Summit through video conferencing, Mr Modi said we have promised ourselves that, we will not just meet our Paris Agreement targets, but exceed them, we will not just arrest environmental degradation but reverse it and we will not just create new capacities but make them an agent for global good. He said, India's actions shows its commitment. The Prime Minister said, India is targeting 450 gigawatt of renewable energy capacity by 2030, it is promoting LED lights and saving 38 million tons of carbon-di-oxide emissions annually and India is going to restore 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030. He said, Government of India is providing clean cooking fuel to 80 million rural households and connecting 64 million households to piped water supply. He invited leaders to the Third International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure later this year in India. The Prime Minister said, India’s civilizational values teach us that importance of living in harmony with nature. Mr Modi said, to adapt to Climate Change, our lifestyles must also adapt to this ideal and this sentiment should guide our way forward. The Prime Minister said, India welcomes the Climate Adaptation Summit and applauds the leadership of Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte towards this cause.



The Government has announced Padma Awards on the occasion of Republic Day. Seven persons will get Padma Vibhushan. They include former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, sculptor Sudarshan Sahoo and Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan.

Ten persons will get Padma Bhushan. They include former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Singer K S Chithra, prominent poet Chandrashekhara Kambara and retired Civil Servant Nripendra Misra. One hudred two persons will get Padma Shri.

102 persons will get Padma Shri. They include Social Worker Sindutai Sapkal, Musician Bombay Jayashri, British film director Peter Brook and Greek Indologist Nicholas Kazanas.

Former Governor of Goa late Mridula Sinha, Spanish-Indian Jesuit priest and author late Father Vallés will be given the award posthumously. The list includes many unsung heros of the country.



Government of India today said that more than 2 million beneficiaries have received the vaccination under the countrywide COVID19 vaccination exercise. Union Health Ministry said, in the last 24 hours, more than 400 thousand  people were inoculated across seven thousand 764 sessions. Meanwhile, the country's COVID-19 recovery rate reached 96.90 per cent with the total recovery of more than 15 thousand patients in the last 24 hours. The Ministry said that more than one crore three lakh patients have already recovered from this disease. Covid-19 active cases is on a continuously declining trajectory in the country.



Washingtion has said that it will  ensure that U.S. technology does not support China's malign activities.

A State Department spokesperson said on Monday that President Joe Biden is committed to making sure that Chinese companies cannot misuse and misappropriate American data. The spokeperson added that  it will ensure that U.S. technology does not end up supporting China’s malign activities.



Janet Yellen has won the  Senate confirmation as the first woman to lead the U.S. Treasury.  The Senate voted 84-15 to confirm Yellen for the post. House of Representatives Democrats today delivered to the Senate a charge of impeachment against former President Donald Trump. They  accused Trump of inciting insurrection in a speech to supporters before the January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.



US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order aimed at closing loopholes in existing "Buy American" provisions.  The new order will apply to about a third of the $600 billion in goods and services the federal government buys each year. The order will make any waivers more transparent and create a senior White House role to oversee the process.

The move will leverage the purchasing power of the U.S. government to strengthen domestic manufacturing and create markets for new technologies.

Mr. Biden also reiterated plans announced on the campaign trail to replace the fleet of federal cars with U.S.-made electric vehicles.



United Nations General Assembly President has said that the security Council reforms must reflect 21st century realities.

Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, underscored the importance of effectiveness and efficiency for all bodies of the United Nations so that the Organization can deliver results for people everywhere. Mr. Bozkir was speaking at an informal plenary meeting of the General Assembly on intergovernmental negotiations on Security Council reform.

Mr. Bozkir said that it is crucial than ever that the UN including UNSC, is fit for purpose & reflects the realities of the 21st century. The effectiveness of the UN and all its bodies is important not only to individual Member States but for the reputation of the UN as a whole.

He also recalled the five clusters identified in the General Assembly decision 62/557 regarding reforms. The clusters include categories of membership, the question of the veto, regional representation, size of an enlarged Security Council and its working methods, and relationship between the General Assembly and the Security Council.

The statement by UNGA president has very relevant that G-4 nations including India, Germany, Brazil and Japan have been calling for a “decisive push” for the long-delayed reforms of the UN Security Council.

Speaking to All India Radio, the UN Resident Coordinator in India, Ms. Renata Dessallien commended the pivotal role played by India during the formative phase of the UN and supported India's bid for permanent seat at the UN Security Council.



The Italian cabinet office has said that  Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte would hand in his resignation to the head of state on Tuesday after convening the cabinet to inform ministers of his decision.

Conte lost his absolute majority in the upper house Senate last week when a junior partner, the Italia Viva party headed by former premier Matteo Renzi, quit in a row over the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis and economic recession.



UN agencies are ramping up efforts on Tuesday to help communities in Mozambique hit hard by Tropical Cyclone Eloise. Cyclone Eloise made landfall near Beira, a major city in  central Mozambique, on with high winds, heavy rains and severe flooding.  According to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than 176,000 people have been affected, including several thousand displaced.

Jens Laerke, an OCHA spokesperson said that the most urgent humanitarian needs identified so far include food, tents, drinking water, hygiene kits, COVID-19 prevention materials, mosquito nets, and blankets. He has also called for more resources to fund response.



The Netherland police has detained more than 180 people in a third night of unrest in cities across the conuntry. In Netherland, rioters set fires, threw rocks and looted stores in violence triggered by a night curfew aimed at curbing the coronavirus.The first curfew since World War Two followed a warning by the National Institute for Health (RIVM) over a new wave of infections due to the “British variant” of the virus, and was imposed on Saturday in the country despite weeks of declines in new infections.



The UK's health ministry has said that it will share its genomic sequencing capabilities with other countries to help quicker identify new variants of the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned,  the prospect of a “vaccine-busting” variant could mean that lockdown measures are needed for longer and new travel restrictions are introduced.

UK said that it had carried out more than half the SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences submitted to a global database. It added that  the country would launch a New Variant Assessment Platform which could be used for coronavirus variants and also future pandemics.

Health Minister Matt Hancock said that UK's  New Variant Assessment Platform would help  to better understand the virus and how it spreads, and would also boost global capacity to understand coronavirus.

The three major variants of concern identified so far were discovered in Britain, South Africa and Brazil. All three variants are thought to be more transmissible.

Meanwhile, UK's health minister and health officials have said that they believe the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines being rolled out in the country work against the UK variant.



U.S. President Joe Biden has signed an order barring  non-U.S. citizens who have recently been in South Africa from entering the United States, from  Saturday. The order also reimposes an entry ban, set to expire on Tuesday, on nearly all non-U.S. travelers who have been in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland and 26 countries in Europe.

Earlier , the US State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director (CDC) urged U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad, and postpone all non-essential travel in the wake of outbreak of new COVID 19 virus variant.



The chief ecnomist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that preliminary estimates show U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package could boost U.S. economic output by 5% over the next three years.

The chief ecnomist of IMF, Gita Gopinath said in  a news conference that the measures in the proposed package could add as much as 1.5% to U.S. growth in 2021, when the IMF projects the U.S. economy will expand by 5.1% after a 3.4% contraction in 2020.



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

  • New York Times has reported that Brazil based variant of COVID 19 virus has been found in US.

  • The guardian writes that Italy’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte has resigned.

  • Sputnik News has reported that Russia's COVID 19 vaccine Sputnik V has been registered by Iran.

  • Daily Sun writes that Bangladesh and India will launch a  joint student satellite this year from private sector  to inspire young generation in scientific research and space education.



In Cricket, Pakistan reduced to 33 runs for 4 wickets in the opening test match against south africa on day one.


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 Australia on its National Day.



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