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World News – 13 Sept 2020

World News

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13.09.2020

NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to World News: an Indian perspective on All India Radio.This is GAURAV SHARMA, bringing glimpses of major developments of the day fromacross the globe.

 

THE HEADLINES:

  • Global COVID-19 figurescross 28.58 million mark.
  • The ‘Rule of Six’ restrictions on largegatherings to come in force in the UK from Monday.
  • Tony Blair and John Major join hands to opposePrime Minister Boris Johnson’s Internal Market Bill, ahead of debate in Houseof Commons.
  • Afghan Government calls for a humanitarianceasefire with the Taliban.
  • In the run up to US Presidential Elections,Donald Trump says he did more in 47 months as Presidentthan Joe Biden did in 47 years.
  • And in Tennis, Dominic Thiem faces AlexanderZverev in the US Open Men’s singles final.

 

WN-GLOBAL-COVID19-UPDATE

Thescourge of COVID19 continues to spread across the globe.The number of Corona virus infected cases has crossed 28.58million worldwide. The US and India have the largest number of cases followedby Brazil. In India, over 3.7 million people haverecovered from the infection so far. The national recovery rate has improved to77.88 per cent. Early identification, wide scale testing,prompt and effective treatment have actively led to a high recovery rate in thecountry. The race to find a vaccine against COVID19 is on.Nine leading companies developing the vaccine have said they will not hurry andfollow the safety protocols and guidelines.

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WN-SECOND-COVID-WAVE-UK

Experts in the UK have warned of a second wave ofthe coronavirus pandemic in the country. They have called for stricter measuresto be put in place, else  anothercomplete nation-wide lockdown would become imperative, amid rising number ofcases.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said thenew “rule of six” restrictions on large gatherings, which comes in force fromMonday is extremely crucial.

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WN-UK-INTERNAL-TRADE-BILL

Britain’s former Prime Ministers from rivalparties, Tony Blair and John Major have urged the British parliamentarians toboycott PM Boris Johnson’s proposed law to override parts of the Brexit divorceagreement. The Internal Market Bill will be coming up for debate in the Houseof Commons on Monday. Ahead of the debate, both the former Prime Ministerswarned what is being proposed by Johnson is “shocking”. They have said the movehas wide-ranging ramifications on all the future trade negotiations, not onlywith the European Union, but with other nations. The Bill focuses on theNorthern Ireland Protocol – the part of the Brexit deal – designed to prevent ahard border on the island of Ireland.

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WN-POLITICS-US-TRUMP

US President Donald Trump said that “real polls”revealed that his campaign was doing well in key swing states, includingFlorida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. He claimed that he didmore in 47 months as President than Joe Biden did in 47 years.

While, Joe Biden said that he would mobilize thetalent, grit, and innovation of the American people and the full power of thefederal government to bolster American industrial and technological strengthto  ensure the future of America’sworkers.

Mr. Biden told that, if elected, his governmentis going to invest an additional 400 billion dollar inpurchasing American-made products and keep good-paying jobs at home.

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WN-Intra-Afghan peace Talk

Afghan government has called for a humanitarianceasefire with the Taliban, as the first-ever peace talks between the two sidesbegan in Qatar. These are the first direct talks between the Taliban and therepresentatives of the Afghan government.

The Country’s acting Foreign Minister MohammedHaneef Atmar thanked India’s unwavering support to the Afghan cause. In atweet, he conveyed his sincere appreciation to India for reaffirming itssupport for peace and free will of the Afghan people. Meanwhile, the UNSecretary General António Guterres has hailed the move:

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WN-27th ARF

The US Deputy Secretary of State, Stephen E.Biegun had underlined the importance of the international rules-basedorder  to address increasing tensions andmilitarisation in the South China Sea. He was speaking at the foreign ministersmeeting of 27th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). The forumexpressed concern over the erosion of autonomy and human rights in Hong Kong.The meeting further advocated cessation of violence in Rakhine State anddiscussed the US support for a path to lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula.

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GREECE-TURKEY

In the Mediterranean, Greek Prime MinisterKyriakos Mitsotakis announced the country’s plan to upgrade the country’sdefense capabilities, amid heightened tensions with Turkey. Greece and Turkeyhave deployed naval and air force units to assert competing claims over energyrights in the eastern Mediterranean.

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MALI TRANSITION GOVERNMENT

Taking a step towards Democracy, Mali’s militaryleadership has agreed  to an 18-month transition government led by a military or civilianleader that would pave the way to elections. Earlier, the 15-nationWest African regional bloc ECOWAS has warned the military leadership todesignate a transitional civilian leader by the next week or face econimicsanctions.

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WN-NEPAL-LANDSLIDE

India on Sunday handed over to Nepal aconsignment of disaster relief material including tents and plastic sheets fordistribution to flood and landslide affected families in the five districts ofthe Himalayan nation. Nine people were killed and 22others were missing after a massive landslide triggered due to an overnightrainfall.

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WN-Sports-Capsule

Now, lets take a look at our daily reckoner ofmajor sporting events from around the world –

In the US Open Men’s singles finals, DominicThiem will be taking on Alexander Zverev, in some time from now. They are bothchasing their first ever Grand Slam Title, in what promises to be a fiercelycontested Final.

Earlier, Naomi Osaka came from behind anddefeated Victoria Azarenka to claim the US open Women’s Singles Finals. This isOsaka’s second US open title. In Football, Liverpool defeated newly promotedclub Leeds United 4-3 to kick off their 2020PremierLeague campaign with a win. In Cricket, the ICC on Sunday provisionallysuspended UAE cricketers Amir Hayat and Ashfaq Ahmed on match fixing charges.The players have 14 days from 13September to respond to the charges. This is Nishit Kumar, from Sports Desk for AIR WORLD NEWS.

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WN CLOSING

India is celebrating the 150thbirth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to hisfavourite bhajan VAISHNAV JAN, by a singer from Zimbabwe.

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AND WITH THAT, WE END THIS BULLETIN. SEE YOU ATTHE SAME TIME TOMORROW WITH THE NEXT EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.

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