NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to World News: an Indian perspective on All India Radio. This is ABHIJEET LORENG, bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across the globe.
- India and China hold Brigade Commander level talks to ease tensions in Ladakh.
- US commemorates 19th Anniversary of September 11 terror attacks.
- India and US ask Pakistan to bring perpetrators of terrorist attacks to justice.
- WHO Chief warns nations against vaccine nationalism; Global Covid-19 cases cross 27.9 million mark.
- In US Open, Victoria Azarenka to face Naomi Osaka for women’s singles title.
WN – INDIA-CHINA FOREIGN MINISTERS MEET
India and China held Brigade Commander level talks in Ladakh, a day after the meeting between Foreign Ministers of the two countries in Moscow. India recently outflanked China by taking control of strategic heights near Pangong Lake’s southern bank. It thwarted an attempt by the Chinese soldiers to transgress into Indian areas near the southern bank of Pangong Tso near Chushul in Ladakh.
India’s Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi agreed for early disengagement and easing of tensions at the Line of Actual Control, the LAC in Ladakh.
Both the Ministers agreed on five points to guide their approach to ease the stand off at the border. A Report:
The ministers agreed that both sides shall abide by all the existing agreements and protocol on China-India boundary affairs, maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas and avoid any action that could escalate matters. Sources said the Indian side highlighted its strong concern at amassing of Chinese troops with equipment along the Line of Actual Control. The Indian side clearly conveyed that it expected full adherence to all agreements on management of border areas and would not countenance any attempt to change the status quo unilaterally. It was also emphasized that the Indian troops had scrupulously followed all agreements and protocols pertaining to the management of the border areas. This is Valsa Williams from news desk for Air World News.
WN – 9/11- ANNIVERSARY
Today is the 19th Anniversary of 9/11 terror attacks in United States. Global fraternity joins hands in paying tributes to those who perished in the attacks. Amidst Corona virus pandemic, in USA, the observance has been restricted. Small groups can visit the memorial site later in the day.
Trump along with his wife Melania and Biden with his wife Jill visited the 9-11 memorial in Shanksville Pennsylvania. Trump payed tribute to the victims of the attack and their families and honored the sacrifices. He said:
The hijacked plane attacks on September 11, 2001 killed nearly 3,000 people at the twin towers of world trade centre, at the Pentagon and near Shanksville in Pennsylvania.
India and the United States held a bilateral 22 Inter-sessional meeting in virtual mode.
Both sides reviewed the progress and developments in bilateral ties in defence, security, and foreign policy. They explored opportunities for enhancing ongoing cooperation in these fields based on mutual interest. They also exchanged views about regional developments and agreed to pursue their quest for a free, open, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific.
WN – INDO US-JOINT STATEMENT
India and the United States of America have asked Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of terror attacks, including the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and the Pathankot airbase attack to justice. In a joint statement, the two countries denounced the use of terrorist proxies and strongly condemned cross-border terrorism in all its forms. India and US have also shared information about their priorities for pursuing sanctions against terrorist groups and individuals.
WN – EU-UK BILL
The United Kingdom published a bill to rewrite parts of the BREXIT withdrawal agreement it signed in January this year.The European Union has stated that the new bill on trade would be an extremely serious violation of the Brexit deal. It said this had seriously damaged trust.
Meanwhile UK’s cabinet minister Michael Gove said, the country had made it perfectly clear that it would not withdraw the bill.
The UK government said that the Parliament is sovereign and can pass laws which breach the UK’s international treaty obligations.
WN – COVID19 UPDATES
The number of COVID19 cases continue to rise globally and the figures crossed 27.97 million mark. US and India have the largest number of cases followed by Brazil.
India witnessed recoveries of more than 70 thousand patients from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Early identification , wide scale testing, prompt and effective treatment have actively led to a high recovery rate in the country.
WN – WHO VACCINE
Meanwhile, WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned countries that bilateral vaccine deals and vaccine nationalism could compromise equitable access and hold up progress in fight against COVID19 . At a virtual media briefing in Geneva he said, accelerating the development and equitable access to vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics for COVID19 has been a priority for WHO.
WN – TALIBAN – ATTACK
In Afganistan, atleast 16 policemen have been killed in an attack by Taliban Islamist movement in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The attack took place before the intra-Afghan peace talks that are expected to begin in Qatar on Saturday following the mutual release of prisoners by Kabul and the Taliban.
WN – United in Science 2020 report
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has launched the high-level multi-agency United in Science 2020 report. Mr.Guterres appealed for urgent climate action to ensure a liveable planet for this and future generations. While launching the report he said:
The United in Science 2020 report, presents the very latest scientific data and findings related to climate change to inform global policy and action.
WN – US – OPEN
Moving on to sports news. In the US Open, Belarusian Azarenka will face Japan’s Naomi Osaka in the women’s singles tiltle .Earlier, in women’s singles semifinals, Serena Williams’s bid for a 24th Grand Slam singles title ended as Victoria Azarenka rolled back the years to reach the US Open final.
WN – CRICKET
In cricket, England and Australia play their first ODI at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester. England won the toss and elected to field. Australia set a target of 295 and England has scored ____ at the loss of _____ wicket(s) after _____ overs.
WN – FOOTBALL
Moving on to Football, Lionel Messi can play in Argentina’s opening World Cup qualifier next month as his ban ends. This was announced by the president of the Argentine Football Association. Messi was banned at the during Copa America last year after being sent off against Chile and for levelling accusations of “corruption” at South American soccer chiefs.
WN – CALIFORNIA – WILDFIRE
Wildfires burning across Central and Northern California have killed six people so far. It has spread to areas more than double in size and is threatening small towns in the path of the flames.
The conflagrations, which broke out over the last week, have destroyed more than 500 homes and other structures. In addition to the fatalities, 43 firefighters and civilians have been hurt.
India is celebrating 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Before we end, let us listen to his favourite bhajan VAISHNAV JAN, by singers from Iraq.
AND WITH THAT, WE END THIS EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.