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The World This Morning: December 17, 2020

A SIKH PRIEST WHO HAD JOINED THE FARMERS' PROTESTS COMMITTED SUICIDE.

Baba Ram Singh, the 65-year-old priest from a Sikh temple in Haryana shot himself near the Singhu Border. He said he was sacrificing his life to express anger and pain against the government's injustice.

OVER 2000 WOMEN ARE PREPARING TO JOIN THE PROTESTING FARMERS AT THE SINGHU BORDER.

These women who will join the demonstration are from the families of farmers who are protesting there. The farmer leaders said that they are making arrangements for their arrival from different parts of Punjab. This is part of the message from the farmers to the Indian Prime Minister that they will not relent until the government repeals the farm laws.

OVER 130,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN VACCINATED IN UNITED KINGDOM IN THE FIRST WEEK

Minister Nadhim Zahawi, who is in charge of vaccine rollout, tweeted that 137,897 people had been given their first doses of the Pfizer /BioNTech jab between 8th and 15th December. He described it as a "really good start" for the programme. But the National Audit Office has warned that "complex logistical challenges" still remain.

A PARIS COURT HAS FOUND 14 PEOPLE GUILTY OF COMPLICITY IN A SERIES OF DEADLY MILITANT ISLAMIST ATTACKS.

All 14 accomplices were found guilty on various charges, ranging from belonging to a criminal network to direct complicity in the January 2015 attacks. The trial, which was delayed repeatedly due to the Covid-19 pandemic, came during a period when France once again faced a series of militant Islamist attacks and renewed debate over cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

THOUSANDS PEOPLE IN GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS ARE LIVING ON THE STREETS

It has been four weeks since the tropical storm Eta and Lota hit the North American countries. It has affected more than 5 million people. 400000 are living in temporary shelters while thousands are still homeless. Floods and landslides have cut off the communities of the area from the outer world. Means of transportation remain disrupted till date. The risk of coronavirus and other diseases like Dengue and Malaria is also very high in the region.

CANADA IS EXPECTED TO RECEIVE 168000 MODERNA VACCINE DOSES BEFORE YEAR-END

Prime minister Justin Trudeau announced the availability of Massachusetts based coronavirus vaccine, Moderna in Canada. Canadian health regulators are in their final stages of reviewing the vaccine and the final decision may arrive any time this week. Trudeau has promised that the deliveries will begin within 48 hours of the vaccine's approval.

CHILE CONGRESS HAS RESERVED INDIGENOUS SEATS IN CONSTITUTION COMMISSION

17 seats will be reserved for the indigenous community in the commission. The bill originally proposed 24 seats among the 155 members of the Constituent Assembly. It was adopted by the Lower House Chamber of Deputies in November but was rejected by the upper House-Senate due to the lack of a quorum. A mixed commission made up of deputies and senators was then assembled to find common ground on the deal.

MAC KENZIE SCOTT HAS DONATED MORE THAN 4.2 BILLION DOLLARS IN THE LAST FOUR MONTHS

The ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has been donating to food banks and emergency relief funds. In a blog post, she has said that she was wanting to help Americans who were struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. She is the world's 18th richest person.

CHINA'S CHANG'E-5 LUNAR PROBE SUCCESSFULLY DELIVERS MOON SAMPLES TO EARTH

China's Chang'e-5 moon probe has landed in the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia. It has completed its return to Earth and brought back the first lunar samples since the 1970s. Sources reveal that the return capsule touched down in the Siziwang, or Dorbod, the banner of Inner Mongolia, in the early hours of Thursday local time, citing the China National Space Administration.

SOUTH KOREA HAS RECORDED A SURGE IN COVID-19 CASES

The authorities have expanded testing to track down asymptomatic cases in the third and most severe wave of the deadly virus. On Wednesday, a total of 1,078 new cases were added. It broke Sunday's record of 1030 and raised the tally to 45,442. The weekly average of 832.6 cases a day now calls for the highest Level 3.


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