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NAMASKAR !  A warm welcome to 'World News: an Indian perspective', on All India Radio. This is MEENAKSHI BAHUGUNA, bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across the globe.


 India slams Pakistan at UNHRC meeting for spreading false and fabricated narratives.

⦁ China parries questions on restoration of status quo ante along LAC in Ladakh.

⦁ Yoshihide Suga sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Japan.

⦁ Israel, UAE and Bahrain sign the 'Abraham Accord'; President Trump calls it "Dawn of new Middle East".

⦁ European Union Chief says Britain can't unilaterally change EU-Britain agreement.



India has rebuked Pakistan for spreading anti-India propaganda at international forums. At the 45th session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, India's representative said that it has become the habit of  Pakistan to malign India with false and fabricated narratives. 

India also rejected the reference made by the Organisation of Islamic Council (OIC) to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir which is an integral part of India. The Indian representative said that the OIC has no locus standi to comment on internal affairs of India.



Pakistan's attempts to escape from getting blacklisted by Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is facing challenge from its opposition political parties. The two bills related to the tough conditions set by the FATF have been obstructed by its opposition parties.

Islamabad is racing against time to escape the FATF's blacklist and clearing its name from the grey list. Pakistan is in the grey list since June 2018. The FATF extended the June 2020 deadline to September due to COVID19 pandemic that disrupted its plenary meetings.



China is still non-commital on restoration of status quo ante in terms of troop deployment and aggressive posturing in Ladakh. It only said that it is ready to work with India to resolve the border standoff peacefully. 

China has once again parried questions related to restoration of status quo of April 2020 along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh. At a press briefing in Beijing today, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman did not give any clear cut response to the question on disengagement by sending the troops back to their respective positions and restoring the status quo of April. He said, China is ready to work with India to resolve the border standoff peacefully and expressed hope that both sides will follow through the 5 point agreement reached between both the foreign ministers in Moscow.Anshuman Mishra for World News All India Radio, Beijing.



Yoshihide Suga has been elected as Japan's new prime minister by Parliament on Wednesday. He replaced its long-serving leader Shinzo Abe, who resigned earlier due to his ill-health. Mr. Suga was Chief Cabinet Secretary in Abe's government.

Mr.Yoshihide Suga replaced former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who resigned earlier in the day because of ill health. Mr Suga had been chosen as leader of the ruling party on Monday, virtually assuring his succession. He was Chief Cabinet Secretary and long seen as Abe's right-hand man. Mr Suga has promised to serve the interests of ordinary people and rural communities. He said, he will pursue Abe's unfinished policies and that his top priorities will be fighting the Corona virus and turning around an economy battered by the pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his heartiest congratulations to Yoshihide Suga on his appointment as Prime Minister of Japan. In a tweet, the Mr. Modi said, he is looking forward to jointly taking India and Japan's Special Strategic and Global Partnership to new heights. Anuja Kumar for World News.



United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed the historic 'Abraham Accord', with Israel on Tuesday. The agreement is the first Arab-Israeli peace deal in 26 years, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordon in 1994.

US President Donald Trump pronounced it a historic moment and marked it as the dawn of a new Middle East. He said the agreements will serve as the foundation for comprehensive peace across the entire region.


Netanyahu described the accord as a "pivot of history", and said Israel is eager to invest in a future of prosperity, and peace.

Meanwhile, Palestinian activists held demonstrations in the West Bank and in Gaza in protest.



European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the United Kingdom cannot unilaterally change the EU-UK bilateral withdrawal agreement. She added that it will destroy the global trust in the country.

Meanwhile, the Bill cleared its first parliamentary hurdle by winning the first House of Commons vote in UK parliament.



Taking a look at the global COVID-19 data, the number of Corona virus infected cases has crossed 29.36 million worldwide.


Sports capsule

Now, lets take a look at our daily reckoner of major sporting events from around the world -

Starting with Football, the German Bundesliga issued new guidelines allowing fans inside stadiums. The guidelines says, upto 20 per cent of the stadium capacity can be used under strict hygiene conditions.

In Tennis, Italian Open witnessed a major upset on Tuesday. 18-year-old Lorenzo Musetti beat 3-time grand slam champion Stanislas Wawrinka 6-0, 7-6.

From the world of Cricket, England won the toss and set a target of 303 for Australia in a series deciding 3rd ODI aga at the Old Trafford today.

In the Tour de France, defending champion Egan Bernal has withdrawn from the mega cycling tournament ahead of stage 17. This is PAWAN for Sports world, AIR World News.


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