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FGN44 RDAY-2NDLD 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 FGN46 IMF-INDIA-LD GROWTH IMF projects impressive 11.5 per cent growth rate for India in 2021 Washington: The IMF on Tuesday projected an impressive 11.5 per cent growth rate for India in 2021, making the country the only major economy of the world to register a double-digit growth this year amidst the coronavirus pandemic. By Lalit K Jha FGN42 IMF-WORLD COVID-hit global economy projected to grow at 5.5 per cent in 2021: IMF Washington: The global economy, ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, is projected to grow at 5.5 per cent in 2021 and 4.2 per cent in 2022, the IMF said on Tuesday, reflecting the expectations of a vaccine-powered strengthening of business activities later in the year and additional policy support in a few large economies. By Lalit K Jha FGN40 VIRUS-UK-VARIANTS UK launches new global platform to track new COVID-19 variants London: The UK launched a New Variant Assessment Platform on Tuesday, which it says will offer the country's world-leading genomics expertise to identify new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 to countries who do not have the resources to do so. By Aditi Khanna FGN39 VIRUS-UK-DEATHS UK hits grim COVID-19 death toll figure of 100,000 London: The UK on Tuesday hit another grim COVID-19 milestone as the country's death toll from the deadly virus crossed 100,000 since the peak of the pandemic last year. By Aditi Khanna FGN41 ISRAEL-INDIA-LD 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 FGN45 ISRAEL-INDIA-GANDHI-VIRTUALTOUR R-Day: Joint tour of Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram and Israeli founding father's home inaugurated Sde Boker (Israel), Jan 26 (PTI) Indian Ambassador to Israel Sanjeev Singla on Tuesday inaugurated joint-virtual tours between Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram and Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion's home in Negev desert here, on the occasion of India's Republic Day, to highlight the different aspects of the lives of the founding fathers of the two nations. By Harinder Mishra 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.

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 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