Following are the top foreign stories at 2000 hours

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FGN32 US-BIDEN-ORDERS Biden to sign executive orders to promote 'Made in America' products Washington: US President Joe Biden will sign a series of executive orders on Monday to promote 'Made in America' products and strengthen supply chains, senior officials said, asserting that the new administration remains committed to working with partners and allies to modernise international trade rules. By Lalit K Jha FGN17 UN-INDIAN-ECONOMIST Jayati Ghosh named by UN to high-level advisory board on economic, social affairs New York: Indian development economist Jayati Ghosh is among 20 prominent personalities appointed by the United Nations to a high-level advisory board that will provide recommendations for the UN Secretary-General to respond to the current and future socio-economic challenges in the post-COVID-19 world. By Yoshita Singh FGN22 US-HARRIS-LD RESIDENCE Vice President Kamala Harris moves in to Blair House as her official residence undergoes repairs Washington: US Vice President Kamala Harris is temporarily staying at the historic Blair House here as her official residence is undergoing repairs, her spokesperson said. By Lalit K Jha FGN19 UN-INDIA-DISINFORMATION Disinformation being used to interfere in internal affairs of countries: India United Nations: India has called on technology companies to ensure transparency and a check on misinformation on their platforms, cautioning that there is a growing tendency of foreign interference in the internal affairs of other countries through disinformation campaigns. By Yoshita Singh FGN16 UNCTAD-INDIA-FDI FDI in India rose by 13% in 2020, as inflows declined in major economies due to pandemic: UN New York: Foreign Direct Investment into India rose by 13 per cent in 2020, boosted by interest in the digital sector, and while fund flows 'declined most strongly' in major economies such as the UK, the US and Russia due to the COVID-19 pandemic, India and China “bucked the trend”, the UN has said. By Yoshita Singh FGN9 US-ACTING HEAD-FINANCE CORP US: Dev Jagadesan acting head of International Development Finance Corporation Washington: US President Joe Biden has named Indian-American Dev Jagadesan as the acting head of International Development Finance Corporation. By Lalit K Jha FGN42 NEPAL-US-ENVOY-PRACHANDA US envoy meets Nepal's Prachanda to discuss Biden administration's priorities Kathmandu: US Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry on Monday met Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', the chairperson of the splinter faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), to discuss the priorities of the new Biden administration, including strengthening of democracies and combating climate change. By Shirish B Pradhan FGN43 NEPAL-EC-NCP Nepal EC refuses to recognise either faction of ruling NCP as official party Kathmandu: Nepal's Election Commission has refused to recognise any of the two factions of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) as the official party, saying both failed to adopt due procedures to gain the legitimate status. By Shirish B Pradhan FGN30 VIRUS-BANGLA-INDIA-VACCINE Bangladesh receives first COVID-19 vaccine consignment from India Dhaka: Bangladesh on Monday received the first consignment of the 5 million doses of Covishield vaccines from India under a procurement agreement, four days after New Delhi gifted 2 million doses of the vaccine to Dhaka. By Anisur Rahman FGN29 UAE-HINDU-TEMPLE Dubai's newest Hindu temple to to open its doors for worshippers by Diwali next year Dubai: A majestic new Hindu temple with a distinct Arabian look is expected to open its doors for worshippers in Dubai by October next year during Diwali, according to media reports here.

FGN24 VIRUS-GOOGLE-PICHAI Google opening up its spaces in US to serve as mass COVID-19 vaccination sites: Sundar Pichai Washington: Google's Indian-American CEO Sundar Pichai announced on Monday that the tech giant will open up its spaces in the US to serve as mass COVID-19 vaccination sites and committed more than USD 150 million to promote vaccine education. By Lalit K Jha FGN35 PAK-BALOCH-LD ACTIVIST Pakistani dissident Baloch activist buried amid tight security Islamabad: A 37-year-old Pakistani dissident from ethnic Baloch community and women right activist, who died in exile in Canada, was brought home and buried in her village in the restive Balochistan province amid tight security, officials said on Monday. By Sajjad Hussain RUP RUP