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76.16 per cent polling recorded till 5 PM in 4th Phase of West Bengal Assembly polls: EC            India and Netherlands announce launch of strategic partnership in water sector and setting up of fast track mechanism to facilitate bilateral trade            India's cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage nears 10 crore            Teeka Utsav to be organised from tomorrow across the country to control surging COVID-19 cases            Rajasthan govt imposes night curfew in 9 cities till April 30 to curb pace of COVID-19 infection           

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World News

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27.02.2021

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

  • India releases new guidelines to upscale COVID19 Vaccination with private sector participation from March 1.

  • Cote d’Ivoire receives Made in India vaccines under Vaccine Maitri initiative.

  • UN Security Council calls for COVID-19 vaccine ceasefires.

  • US House of Representatives approves 1.9 trillion dollar COVID-19 relief plan.

  • First ever India Toy Fair inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ; says, it is major step towards building self reliantnation.

  • New Delhi and Dhaka to expand and strengthen mutual cooperation in security and border related issues.

  • UN says China restricts basic civil and political freedoms in the name of national security and COVID-19 measures.

  • ISRO's PSLV Rocket to carry Amazonia-1 & 18 other satellites in space on Sunday.

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INDIA- COVID VACCINATION

India will start administering COVID-19 vaccine to people above 60 years and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities from Monday. The preparation is underway for this phase of covid Vaccination. In this phase, India has authorised one of the world’s first private vaccination schemes to run alongside its national programme. The vaccine will be administered free of cost at ten thousand government hospitals to these groups while the cost of the vaccine at 20 thousand private vaccination centres will be borne by the beneficiaries.

Private Hospitals can charge up to 250 rupees per dose of  COVID-19 vaccine during the Vaccination Drive starting from 1st of next month. Health Ministry has said, the States have been given freedom to use all private hospitals empanelled under State Government Health Insurance Schemes as COVID Vaccination Centres. The states can also use health facilities of all PSUs and all government health facilities as COVID Vaccination Centres.

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INDIA AT UN ON VACCINE

External affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar in a tweet on saturday said that Made in India vaccines landed in Côte d’Ivoire under the VaccineMaitri initiative of Government of India.

Asserting India's vital role in equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the world, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of India's Mission at UNSC  on Saturday said, "India strongly believes that equity in access to vaccines across the world is important for mitigating the impact of the pandemic.

India has assured Palestine of providing the second batch of medicines and also facilitate an early supply of vaccines to Palestine as COVID-19 assistance. New Delhi  had earlier provided critical medicines and medical equipment to Palestine as COVID19 assistance.

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UNSC VACCINE

The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution calling on all Member States to support a “sustained humanitarian pause” to local conflicts, in order to allow for COVID-19 vaccinations.

While welcoming the historic resolution and upholding the importance of vaccine equity, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that “concrete steps should be taken” to waive intellectual property rights to increase vaccine production “and get rid of this virus as soon as possible”.

In the resolution, the council expresses its intention to review specific situations raised by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres where COVID-19 vaccination is being impeded and to “consider what further measures may be necessary to ensure such impediments are removed and hostilities paused”.

It also asks developed countries to donate vaccine doses to low and middle-income countries and other nations in need, particularly through the international COVAX vaccine sharing facility.

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CANADA VACCINE

Canada on Friday approved AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine including Covishield  vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India. 500,000 doses of India made vaccine are expected to arrive in the country on Wednesday.

The vaccine is the third to be approved by Health Canada following the approval of vaccines developed by Pfizer Inc with BioNTech SE and Moderna Inc in December.

Canada said, it had secured 2 million doses through its agreement with Verity Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc and the Serum Institute of India.

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US-BILL-PASS

In the United States, the House of Representatives approved a 1.9 trillion dollar Corona virus stimulus fund on Saturday. The bill cleared the house on a party-line vote of 219 to 212. The package seeks to boost vaccinations and testing and stabilise the economy. Lawmakers passed the bill aimed at giving money to individuals, businesses, states and cities hit hard by the pandemic.

President Joe Biden has been pushing for the relief package, saying it will be used to stimulate the economy and create new jobs. Republican representatives voted against the bill which will now go to the Senate.

The cash would be extended as emergency financial aid to households, small businesses and State Governments. The vote comes in the same week the US passed 5, 00,000 Corona virus-related deaths.

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US-SAUDI ARABIA-JAMAL KHASHOGGI

The United States on Friday imposed visa restrictions on 76 people from Saudi Arabia in connection with murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said  Washington will not tolerate individuals who threaten or assault activists, dissidents and journalists on behalf of foreign governments.

According to a declassified US report, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in 2018. Khashoggi, who was a vocal critic of the Saudi regime, was killed on October 2nd, 2018 in Turkey where he had gone to obtain paperwork certifying his divorce from his former wife Alaa Nassif in order to be able to marry his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz. His killing had brought international outrage and battered the reputation of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Salman.The report 'Assessing the Saudi Government Role in the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi' was released on Friday by the US' Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The ODNI said that they based the assessment on the Crown Prince's control of decisionmaking in the Kingdom, the direct involvement of a key adviser and members of Muhammad bin Salman's protective detail in the operation.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia said, it rejected completely “the negative, false and unacceptable” assessment of a U.S. intelligence report on  the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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PM TOY FAIR -HOTSPOT

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said, the India Toy Fair is going to be a major step in the journey towards building an AatmaNirbhar Bharat and strengthening the age-old traditions of the country. The Prime Minister was speaking after inaugurating the first-ever India Toy Fair through video conferencing.

Mr Modi said that most Indian toys are affordable and made from natural and eco-friendly items.

The Prime Minister appealed to Indian toy manufacturers to make toys that are better for both ecology and psychology by using material that can be recycled.

Mr Modi said this first Toy Fair is not just a business or economic event, but a link to strengthen the country's age-old culture of sports and games. The Prime Minister pointed out that people from across the nation have done extensive researches on the toys of Indus valley and Mohenjodaro.

Mr Modi also pointed out that the world famous game of Chess, originated in India. He added that Chess was earlier played in India as 'Chaturanga or Chaduranga' and Ludo was also played as 'Pachisi'. The Prime Minister said, there is so much talent hidden in the toy industry and this strength will be increased multifold and the identity of the industry will be consolidated through AatmaNirbhar Bharat campaign.

Prime Minister said there are deions in ures about many different forms of Lord Ram toys. He said local toys strengthen the feeling of unity among the kids. Mr. Modi said Indian toys not only entertain, but also teach complicated scientific theories in a simplified manner. Lattu teaches gravity and balance, and Gullel teaches potential and kinetic energy.  

Mr Modi urged the parents to play with their children and said toys do play a vital role in the learning process of children.

The Prime Minister interacted with toy makers from Channapatna in Karnataka, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, and Jaipur in Rajasthan. He urged the toymakers from Channapatna Toy Clusters who have been in the business for 200 years to try e-markets and newer ways to market their products and take their products global.

The Prime Minister has made a call for the promotion of ‘Handmade in India’, in parallel with the thrust on ‘Make in India’ as a response to the growing global demand for hand made toys.

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INDO-BANGLADESH TALKS

India and Bangladesh have reiterated their commitment to further expand and strengthen mutual cooperation in security and border related issues.

The 19th Home Secretary-Level Meeting between India and Bangladesh were held on Saturday. It was held in the backdrop of ‘Mujib Barsho’, 50 years of Bangladesh Liberation War and establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. The Indian delegation was led by Home Secretary Mr. Ajay Kumar Bhalla and the Bangladesh delegation was led by Senior Secretary, Public Security Division Mr. Mostafa Kamal Uddin. Both sides appreciated the cooperation between the two countries and the action taken to address the menace of terrorism and extremism in an effective manner.

India and Bangladesh reaffirmed not to allow the territory of either country to be used for any activity inimical to each other’s interests. Bangladesh appreciated assistance provided by India in the field of training and capacity building for various security agencies. Early completion of pending fencing along the Indo- Bangladesh Border was also discussed. Both sides also appreciated the effective functioning of the Coordinated Border Management Plan to control illegal cross border activities. India and Bangladesh agreed to further enhance the level of cooperation to prevent smuggling of Fake Indian Currency Notes and contraband. Both sides also appreciated the holding of the inaugural Police Chiefs’ Dialogue in January this year, implementing the decision taken at the Home Minister Level Talks held in August, 2019.

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RAVI SHANKAR-SOCIAL MEDIA

Indian Law Minister of India Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government is committed to freedom of media and rights of individuals but it is equally concerned about safety, security, and law and order in the country.

Inaugurating centenary celebrations of Patna High Court in Bihar Mr Prasad said , Government is committed  to complete and total freedom of media but it is equally concerned about the security and sovereignty of India. The  Minister told that social media has empowered common people. Government respects criticism, one can even criticise the Prime Minister, but if social media is used to propagate hate, then action will be taken.

The Law Minister  shared the views that concerns had been raised over the rampant abuse of social media platforms and the spread of fake news. He said social media is not supposed to post disturbing comment against judiciary and knowledge of judge.

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UNHR CHINA

United Nations Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet has said that China is restricting basic civil and political freedoms in the name of national security and COVID-19 measures.

Bachelet told the Human Rights Council that activists, lawyers and human rights defenders as well as some foreign nationals  face arbitrary criminal charges, detention or unfair trials in China.

Referring to China’s Xinjiang region, Bachelet cited the reports about arbitrary detention, ill-treatment, sexual violence and forced labour. She added that there was a need for a thorough and independent assessment of the situation. Bachelet said, she hoped to clinch agreement with Chinese officials about a visit to the country.

Activists and U.N. experts have said that at least one million Muslim Uighurs are detained in camps in the western region of Xinjiang.

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US CANADA CHINA

United States has said that it stands in absolute solidarity with Canada in insisting on the immediate and unconditional release of two Canadian citizens detained in China.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this on Friday during a virtual meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau. Businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig were detained separately in 2018, shortly after Canada arrested Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou.

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GLOBAL COVID UPDATES

  • The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on Friday that a recent decline in COVID-19 cases may be stalling.  She described this development as concerning and  urged that safeguards to fight the virus remain in place.

  • South Korea on Saturday said that it  has begun a review of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine after the pharmaceutical firm submitted an application for approval.  Meanwhile, 18,489 people received their first doses of AstraZeneca vaccine in the country by Friday as it launched an ambitious COVID-19 inoculation campaign.  

  • Philippines has extended partial coronavirus curbs in the capital until the end of March, as the country awaits the arrival of vaccines. The decision follows a report of 2,651 new virus infections, the highest daily increase in more than four months.

  • The Brazil’s capital city, Brasilia, went into 24-hour lockdown for all but essential services on Friday to curb a worsening COVID-19 outbreak.

  • New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Saturday that the country’s biggest city, Auckland, will go into a seven-day lockdown from early morning on Sunday after emergence of a new local case of  coronavirus from an unknown source.

  • In India, more than 142 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to beneficiaries in the country so far. The country will start administering COVID-19 vaccine to people above 60 years and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities from Monday. The preparation is underway for this phase of covid Vaccination. Meanwhile, India's COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.14 per cent with recovery of more than 12 thousand patients within 24 hours.

Prashant Kumar Sinha for AIR World News.

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ISRO-SATELLITE

The Indian Space Research Organisation will launch Amazonia-1 satellite of Brazil and 18 Co-passenger satellites through PSLVC51 from Sriharikota on Sunday at 10.24 hrs of IST. ISRO also confirmed that the launch rehearsal of PSLV-C51 was completed.

Amazonia-1 is the optical earth observation satellite of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). This satellite would further strengthen the existing structure by providing remote sensing data to users for monitoring deforestation in the Amazon region and analysis of diversified agriculture across the Brazilian territory.

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FPR

  • The Guardian writes that Schoolchildren freed after abduction in northern Nigeria.

  • According to The Washington Post FDA advisers endorse J&J coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for likely authorization this weekend.

  • The New York Times writes that F.B.I. Said to Have Singled Out Suspect in Capitol Officer’s Death.

  • The Globe and Mail reports that U.S. Department of Justice to investigate rising attacks against Asian Americans.

  • South China Moring Post says that Like Nasa’s Swati Mohan, India’s women scientists are breaking barriers in space exploration

  • The Sydney Morning Herald writes that a US federal judge has approved a $US650 million settlement of a privacy lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly using photo face-tagging and other biometric data without the permission of its users.

  • Khaleej Times reports that Bahrain expressed its support for the Saudi Arabian ’s statement regarding the report submitted to the US Congress on journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death.

Prashant Kumar Sinha for AIR World News.

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MYANMAR-UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

In a major embarrassment to the military government of Myanmar, its permanent representative to the UN today denounced the military coup during an informal briefing by the special envoy of the Secretary General to the UN General Assembly. Permanent Representative of Myanmar Ambassador, U Kyaw Moe also gave the three finger salute during his speech. The three finger salute has become the trademark symbol of the protestors in Myanmar since the military takeover of the government in the country.

Addressing the meeting, Ambassador U Kyaw Moe said that the landslide victory of the National League for Democracy (NLD) at the general elections manifests that the people of Myanmar are with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. Supporting the protestors in Myanmar, he has said that he agreed with the view of the Secretary General that the military coup is not acceptable in the modern world. He has called upon the UN to condemn the military coup and not recognise the regime by any means.

During the meeting, India reiterated its support to the process of democratic transition in Myanmar. India’s permanent representative to UN Ambassador T. S. Tirumurti said that the gains made by Myanmar on the path towards democracy should not get undermined.

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VP HM - AZAD

Today is the death anniversary of revolutionary freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azad.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Home Minister Amit Shah today paid tributes to great freedom fighter.

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