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World News

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21.09.2020

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


THE HEADLINES

India-China Commander level Talks underway in Ladakh.

In Pakistan, opposition parties demand resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan over allegations of corruption.

UN Secretary-General says UN will not support reimposing sanctions on Iran unless approved by Security Council.

Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, urges EU to approve sanctions on officials accused of rigging presidential election.

And in Italian Open Tennis, Simona Halep lifts Women's Singles title; Novak Djokovic is facing Diego Schwartzman in Men's final.  

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WN-INDIA-CHINA TALKS

India and China are engaged in Commander level Talks for the 6th time at Moldo, on Chinese side of Line of Actual Control. The Core Commanders are sitting across the table after a gap of one and half months to discuss the border situation. More from our Correspondent:

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WN-PAK -DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

In Pakistan, major Opposition parties have formed an alliance, Pakistan Democratic Movement seeking the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan over allegations of corruption. They have announced a three-phased movement against the Pakistan government under an action plan starting from October. The Opposition leaders expressed grave concerns over the increasing role of the establishment in politics . They said it is a threat to country's national security and institutions.

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WN-PAK-FATF

In another development, the Free Balochistan Movement (FBM) spokesperson Gamshaad Baloch said, Pakistan is promoting religious extremism in occupied Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunhwa.

He urged the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to put Pakistan immediately on the blacklist since it has adopted religious extremism as a state policy. Pakistan is in the FATF grey list since June 2018.

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WN-UN-IRAN-SANCTIONS

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that UN will not support reimposing sanctions on Iran  until he gets approval from the Security Council. Earlier, The Trump administration declared  that all U.N. sanctions against Iran have been restored because Tehran is not complying with the nuclear deal. But the overwhelming majority of members in the 15-nation security council called the U.S. action illegal because President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in 2018.

Meanwhile, spokesperson of Iran's Foreign Ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh on Sunday urged the US to return to the global community and perform its duties.

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WN-US-BELARUS

Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, urged the European Union to approve sanctions on officials accused of rigging the presidential election last month. The leading Belarusian opposition figure, who finished second behind incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko in the August 9 presidential election, fled to Lithuania days after the vote. <><><>

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WN-CHINA- TIK TOK

US President Donald Trump said on Monday that Oracle and Walmart will need to have "total control" over the Chinese video-sharing app TikTok in order for the US to approve a deal between the company and its two US partners.

Earlier, ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of video-sharing app TikTok, in a statement said that it will retain an 80 per cent stake in the newly created US company TikTok Global. According to ByteDance, they will not hand any algorithms or technologies to TikTok Global. However, Oracle will be able to conduct security checks on TikTok US's source code.

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WN-INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

Today is the International Day of Peace. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, by observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. UN Secretary-General António Guterres, called on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and focus on the battle against the unprecedented global pandemic.

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WN-GLOBAL-COVID19-UPDATE

Taking a look at the global COVID-19 figures, the number of Corona virus infected cases has crossed 30.90 million worldwide. India has the highest number of recoveries in the world.  The recovery rate in the country had crossed 80 per cent.

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WN-WEATHER-JAPAN - CYCLONE

Japan Meteorological Agency has announced that a new tropical storm, named Dolphin is expected to reach the country's southern shores by Thursday. Earlier in the month, southwestern Japan was hit by the Haishen typhoon, which killed three people and injured about 120.

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WN- MYANMAR ELECTIONS

The Election Commission of Myanmar has ruled out postponement of general elections in the country due to the COVID 19 pandemic. In an online interaction with the media, the Union Election Commission (UEC) of Myanmar pledged to hold the elections while ensuring measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

However, in the wake of the lockdown, political parties have stopped campaigning in Yangon.

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WN-TASMANIA WHALE

Tasmania’s Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment said around 270  whales were stranded in three groups in shallow water at Macquarie Heads, some 200 kms northwest of the state capital Hobart.

Government scientists said that at least 25 of the animals, believed to be pilot whales, had already died. Pilot whales are a species of oceanic dolphin that grows 7 metres  long and can weigh up to 3 tonnes.

Rescuers with specialised equipment arrived at the site on Monday afternoon to assess the situation.

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WN-SECURITY-AFGHAN-TALIBAN-DEAD

Six Afghan army soldiers and three police officers were killed in an amused by Taliban in Afghanistan's northern Takhar province on Sunday night. The incident has cast a shadow over the ongoing Afghan peace talks in Doha between the representative s of  Afghan government and Taliban.

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WN-INDIA-MALDIVES SHIPPING

Shipping Minister of India, Mansukh Mandaviya and Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of Maldives, Ms Aishath Nahula on Monday jointly e- launched a direct cargo ferry service between India and Maldives.

The ferry service will be operated by the Shipping Corporation of India. It will run twice a month & provide a cost effective direct and alternate means of transportation of goods between India and Maldives.

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WN-Sports

Moving on to sports. In Tennis, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is facing Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in the Men's Singles final of Italian Open .

Top seed Simona Halep claimed the women's title after second seed Karolina Pliskova retired from the final with injury when she was down (6-0), (2-1).

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WN-CLOSING              

India is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to VAISHNAV JAN, by artists from Uzbekistan.

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