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FGN32 RDAY-LD CELEBRATIONS Indians abroad celebrate Republic Day amidst COVID-19 pandemic Beijing/Singapore: The Indian diaspora in China, Singapore, Australia and several other countries on Tuesday celebrated the 72nd Republic Day in a restricted manner and watched the cultural events virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. PTI TEAM FGN33 UNSC-INDIA UNSC unable to effectively address complex issues because it lacks inclusivity: India United Nations: India has said that the UN Security Council is finding itself unable to act effectively to address increasingly complex issues of international peace and security as it lacked inclusivity of those who need to be members of the powerful organ of the world body.

FGN36 ISRAEL-INDIA-RDAY Israeli PM Netanyahu greets 'great friend' Narendra Modi on 72nd Republic Day Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, on the occasion of the country's 72nd Republic Day, saying 'our friendship grows from year to year'. By Harinder Mishra FGN34 LANKA-INDIA-VACCINE Sri Lanka thanks India for sending coronavirus vaccine Colombo: Sri Lanka on Tuesday expressed appreciation and gratitude to India for sending 500,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine to the island country.

FGN26 US-LD YELLEN Janet Yellen becomes US' first woman treasury secretary Washington: Eminent economist Janet Yellen has been confirmed by the US Senate as the first-ever woman treasury secretary of the country, to spearhead the new Biden administration's response to revive the economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic. By Lalit K Jha FGN21 UNSC-REFORMS-LD INDIA Negotiation based on single text with UNGA rules can only save IGN: India on UNSC reform process United Nations: India and three other G4 nations seeking a permanent seat in the UN Security Council have asserted that the format of the Inter-Governmental Negotiations on UNSC reforms can be saved only if there is a single negotiating text and application of the General Assembly rules of procedure. By Yoshita Singh FGN18 VIRUS-SINGAPORE-MINISTER COVID-19 pandemic may take four to five years to end: Singapore Minister Singapore: It may take four to five years for the COVID-19 pandemic to end and the world to look to a post-COVID normal, a senior Singaporean minister has warned. By Gurdip Singh FGN15 UN-INDIA-ECONOMY Indian economy estimated to contract by 9.6% in 2020, grow at 7.3% in 2021: UN United Nations: India's economy is projected to grow at 7.3 per cent in 2021, even as it is estimated to contract by 9.6 per cent in 2020 as lockdowns and other efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic slashed domestic consumption, the UN has said. By Yoshita Singh FGN14 US-BIDEN-MANUFACTURING-POLICY President Biden signs executive order to tighten Buy American policies; strengthen country's economy Washington: President Joe Biden has signed an executive order that strengthens the existing Buy American rules by closing loopholes and reducing waivers granted on federal purchases of US-made goods to ensure that American manufacturing is part of the engine of the country's prosperity. By Lalit K Jha FGN8 UN-INDIA-VACCINE Airlifted COVID vaccines to 9 countries, will gradually supply to WHO's COVAX facility: India at UN United Nations: India has informed the UN Security Council that it will gradually supply vaccines to the COVAX facility of the World Health Organisation and undertake contractual supplies to various countries in a phased manner, as more than six million doses have been airlifted to nine countries under New Delhi’s “vaccine diplomacy.” By Yoshita Singh IND IND