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.
⦁ External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S. Jaishankar meets his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow on the sidelines of SCO Meet.
⦁ India invites France to invest in defence corridors; France supports permanent seat for India at UN Security Council.
⦁ Joe Biden accuses Donald Trump of betraying Americans on Corona virus; Trump calls playing it down a way to avoid panic in public.
⦁ India and Japan agree to enhance interoperability between the two Armed Forces
⦁ And in Tennis, Serena Williams enters US Open Singles semi-finals
The Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) met in Moscow and exchanged views on regional and international issues. They reviewed preparations for the upcoming SCO summit. On the sidelines of the SCO meet, Indian External Affairs Minister, Dr. S Jaishankar is meeting his Chinese counterpart. While briefing media on this meeting, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, Anurag Srivastava said –
India is scheduled to host the meeting of Council of Heads of Government of the SCO, in New Delhi, on 29th and 30th November 2020. This will be the first Prime Minister level meeting to be hosted by India since its elevation as a full-member of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, SCO. More from Prasar Bharati Special Correspondent in Beijing in this report:
India will also be hosting two Ministerial-level meetings of SCO Member States. The Justice Ministers and the Trade Ministers are scheduled to meet before the Heads of Govt meet. Trade Ministers are expected to meet in last week of October where India will launch SCO startup forum. All the member states have supported India’s initiatives in the run up to the Heads of Government meet in New Delhi.
This affords India an opportunity to contribute in a substantive way to the trade and economic agenda of the SCO which has emerged as a key regional organization in the Eurasian space in the past two decades of its existence. India attaches great importance to SCO as it provides an excellent platform for it to connect with its extended neighbourhood. Anshuman Mishra for AIR News, Beijing.
Rafale Fighter Air craft has been formally inducted into the Indian Air Force. Defence Minister of India, Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart Florence Parly graced the occasion.
Mr. Singh said the Rafale deal was a game changer for India’s national security. He said its induction is a strong message for the world, especially for those who challenge India’s sovereignty. He invited French defence manufacturers to invest in defence corridors in India.
Meanwhile, as a mark of a strong Indo-French friendship, the French Defence Minister reiterated her country’s support for India’s candidature for a permanent seat in United Nations Security Council.
Moving on to the US Presidential Election campaign trail. The Democratic candidate Joe Biden accused President Trump of betraying American people. He alleged that Trump knowingly lied about the deadliness of the novel Corona virus.
On the other hand, Trump said, he knew how deadly and contagious the Corona Virus was. However he played it down as he did not want to create a panic.
The United States has suffered the highest number of coronavirus deaths in the world.
US VISA REVOKE
In another setback to China, the US has revoked more than 1,000 visas of its nationals. The State Department said, the move is part of the efforts to prevent Beijing from using students and researchers to steal intellectual property, technology, and other sensitive information.
On June 1, the United States began implementing a presidential measure to restrict the entry of Chinese graduate students and researchers with ties to China’s military.
CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
In another development, the members of European Parliament said that the European Union must address China’s human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and Hong Kong.
They said that the European council discussion on the EU-China Investment agreement should be subject to China respecting human rights.
Japanese Defence Minister Taro Kono has called for increased cooperation in the India-Pacific region. He pitched for a larger regional mechanism or global mechanism to counter China in the region.
China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, its efforts to advance into the Indian Ocean, are seen to challenge the established rules-based system. Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counterclaims in the South China Sea.
In recent years, Japan has expressed increasing concern regarding Beijing’s activities in the region, especially concerning the situation with the disputed Senkaku islands. The islands, known in China as the Diaoyudao islands, are claimed by Beijing to be its territory.
India and Japan have signed an Agreement on Reciprocal Provision of Supplies and Services between their Armed Forces, in New Delhi.
The agreement will enhance interoperability between the two Armed Forces, thereby further increasing the bilateral defence engagements under the Special Strategic and Global Partnership between India and Japan.
The number of COVID19 cases continues to rise globally, as the figures crossed 27.68 million mark. US and India have the largest number of cases followed by Brazil.
However, in India, the total number of recoveries has crossed 3.47 millions. Effective implementation of ‘Test,Track and Treat’ approach has led to higher recoveries and lower fatality.
The efforts to find a vaccine against COVID are on. British company, AstraZeneca has expressed hope that a vaccine against the novel coronavirus developed by them would be ready by the end of 2020 or early 2021, despite having to pause clinical trials.
In the world of sports, lets take a look at our daily reckoner of sporting events from around the world:
In the US open Semifinals, Six-time champion Serena Williams will clash with Victoria Azarenka, while Jennifer Brady and Naomi Osaka will battle it out in the Women’s Singles. Daniil Medvedev will face off with Dominic Thiem and Pablo Carreno Busta play Alexander Zverev in the Men’s event.
From the world of Cycling, the Tour de France entered stage 12 on Thursday. Caleb Ewan won the stage 11 of the 21 staged event in a close finish ahead of Sam Bennett.
In Football, this year’s edition of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup has been cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the AFC said in a statement on Thursday. This is Pawan from News Desk, Sportsworld for AIR World News
A huge fire broke out today at the Port of Beirut, the site of last month’s catastrophic explosion that killed nearly 200 people and devastated parts of the capital.
India is celebrating 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Before we end, let us listen to his favourite bhajan VAISHNAV JAN, by Iranian singer
AND WITH THAT, WE END THIS EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.