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World News 03 Dec 2020

World News

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03.12.2020

NAMASKAR !  A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indianperspective’, on All India Radio. This is MANOJ SINGH RANA, bringing glimpsesof major developments of the day from across the globe.

THE HEADLINES:

  • India urges China to ensure that interests of downstream states are notharmed by any activities in upstream areas.
  • Indian Navy Chief says Navy is prepared to handle challenges of COVID-19and Chinese attempts to change LAC.
  • United States bans cotton imports from Chinese organisation citing forcedlabour.
  • UNDP warns COVID-19 could push over 1 billion into extreme poverty.
  • And, in Cricket, India to take on Australia in the first of three matchTwenty 20 series in Canberra tomorrow.

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WN-MEA BRAHMAPUTRA

India has urged Chinese authorities to ensure that the interests of downstreamstates are not harmed by any activities in upstream areas. India hasconsistently conveyed its views and concerns on China building a dam onBrahmaputra to the Chinese authorities as a lower riparian State withconsiderable established user rights to the waters of the trans-border rivers.Replying to a media query, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson AnuragSrivastava said, government monitors all developments on the Brahmaputra River.He said, Chinese side has conveyed on several occasions that they are onlyundertaking run-of-the-river hydropower projects which do not involve diversionof the waters of the Brahmaputra.

Meanwhile, China on Thursday tried to downplay its plan to build a large damnear the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the lower reaches of the Brahmaputrariver in Tibet, saying there is “no need for any anxiety over the project”.Chinese foreign ministry said that Beijing will continue to have “goodcommunication” with lower riparian states. However, it avoided saying anythingon when China will discuss the matter of building the proposed dam near LAC inTibet with the lower riparian countries.

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WN-INDIA CHINA LAC

New Delhi has today said that India and China continue tomaintain communication through diplomatic and military channels with theobjective of ensuring complete disengagement in all friction points along theLAC in the Western sector and full restoration of peace and tranquility.

Replying to a media query, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson AnuragSrivastava said the core issue remains that both India and China need tostrictly follow the various bilateral agreements and protocols in their entiretyon maintenance of peace and tranquility along the LAC in the border areas.

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WN-NAVY CHIEF – LAC

Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh has said that the Navy is prepared tohandle the dual challenge of both COVID-19 and Chinese attempts to change theLine of Actual Control (LAC).

Admiral Singh asserted that the Navy has an SOP in placeto tackle situation in case of an infringement by the Chinese research vessels.

Admiral Singh informed that adding a push to the goal of self-sustainability 41out of the 43 warships and submarines, including the indigenous AircraftCarrier, will be built indigenously in the country for the Indian Navy.

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WN-US –CHINA

A top US Congress panel has said the Chinese government had planned the JuneGalwan clash in eastern Ladakh. The just-released annual report of the UnitedStates-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) said, evidencesuggests that the Chinese government had planned the incident as Beijing rampedup a coercion campaign against its neighbours. It said, satellite imagesdepicted a large Chinese build-up in the Galwan Valley, including potentially1,000 PLA soldiers, the week before the skirmish.

The report said, Beijing ramped up its multiyear coercion campaign against itsneighbors, provoking military or paramilitary standoffs with countries fromJapan to India and much of Southeast Asia.

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WN-US BAN CHINESE COTTON

The US has banned cotton imports from Xinjiang Production and ConstructionCorps (XPCC), a Chinese quasi-military organization. It accused XPCC of usingthe forced labor of detained Uighur Muslims.

In response to this, foreign ministry spokeswoman HuaChunying said,  the U.S.

practices undermined market principles and would deprivepeople of jobs.

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WN-US BILL

U.S President Donald Trump is expected to sign a bill that could delist someChinese companies on U.S. exchanges unless they adhere to U.S. auditingstandards, the White House said yesterday.

If signed into law, the measure would give Chinese companies listed on U.S.exchanges three years to comply with U.S. auditing rules before being removedfrom U.S. markets.

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WN-JAPAN CHINA

Japan on Thursday expressed its  “grave concerns” on the jailing of threeHong Kong activists.  Chief government spokesman Katsunobu Kato has saidthat Japan has conveyed its worries to China over the situation.

Hong Kong on Wednesday sentenced prominent democracy activist, Joshua Wong, tomore than 13 months in prison over an unlawful anti-government rally in 2019.

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WN-UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

A two-day special session of U.N. General Assembly begins today. The sessionwill focus on the response to COVID-19 and the best path to recovery from thepandemic which has claimed 1.5 million lives and shattered economies.

Assembly President Volkan Bozkir said yesterday that it will provide a historicmoment for us to come together to beat COVID-19. He added that with news ofmultiple vaccines on the cusp of approval, and with trillions of dollarsflowing into global recovery efforts, the international community has a uniqueopportunity to do this right.

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WN- MEA PAK

India today said, Pakistan has failed to respond on the core issues concerningthe Kulbhushan Jadhav case which would form the basis of an effective reviewand reconsideration as ordered by the International Court of Justice. Replyingto media query this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson AnuragSrivastava said,
Pakistan is trying to link the case of Kulbhuashan Jadhav with anotherprisoner’s case.

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BANGLADESH – PM

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that the country can’t forgetthe atrocities committed by Pakistan in 1971 and the pain will remain forever.

Referring to the incidents between 1948 and 1971, Prime Minister Hasina saidthat the volumes of the book ‘Secret Documents of Intelligence Branch on Fatherof the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’ contains lots of historicalfacts of this period.

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WN-COVID-UPDATE

Now, the Coronavirus s from around the world. The WHO has confirmed over63.71 million COVID infections worldwide. The head of the U.S. Centers forDisease Control and Prevention warned on Wednesday the COVID-19 pandemic, willpose the country’s grimmest health crisis yet over the next few months, beforevaccines become widely available. CDC Director Dr Robert Redfield urgedstricter adherence to safety precautions.

The Spanish government has said that it will allow a maximum of 10 people perhousehold to gather for the Christmas and New Year holidays to avoid spreadingthe coronavirus.

In India,  COVID recovery rate reaches 94.11 per cent

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WN- UNDP REPORT

A UN Development Programme (UNDP) report published today said that severelong-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic could push an additional 207 millionpeople into extreme poverty, bringing the total to over 1 billion by 2030.

The report says, focused investments in achieving the SustainableDevelopment Goals (SDGs) could prevent the rise of extreme poverty. AchimSteiner, UNDP Administrator, highlighted that the COVID-19 pandemic is a“tipping point” and the future would depend on decisions today. The studyreport  was jointly prepared by UNDP and the Pardee Center forInternational Futures at the University of Denver.

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WN-SPORTS
Moving on to sports, In Cricket, India will take on hosts Australia in thefirst of three match Twenty20 series in Canberra tomorrow.

The second and third Twenty20 matches will take place in Sydney on 6th and 8thof this month.

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WN- INTERNATIONAL DAY –DISABILITY

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  The theme thisyear is building back better towards a disability inclusive, accessible andsustainable post-Covid 19 world.  In an exclusive interview to All IndiaRadio, Mr.Satoshi Sasaki,Deputy Director International Labour Organisation saidthe day marks the resolve of global community to respond to the challengesfaced by people with disability.

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WN CLOSING 03.12.2020

India is celebrating the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before weend, let us listen to his favourite bhajan VAISHNAV JAN, by artists from SRILANKA.

AND WITH THAT, WE END THIS BULLETIN. SEE YOU AT SAME TIME TOMORROW WITH THENEXT EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.

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