NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indian perspective’, on All India Radio. This is Prashant Kumar Sinha, bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across the globe.
PM Modi to address high-level meeting to mark 75th anniversary of UN and General Debate next week.
Indian representative to UN says India committed to ensure water & sanitation to all.
India and Bangladesh agree to resume Joint Coordinated Border Patrolling.
Britain, France and Germany say U.N. sanctions relief for Iran to continue beyond September 20.
Thousands of protesters gather in Bangkok in a pro-democracy campaign.
And Indian Premier League kicks off in Abu Dhabi; Mumbai Indians sets a target of 163 runs for the Chennai Super Kings.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will address the high-level meeting to mark 75th anniversary of the United Nations and the General Debate next week. A report:
The annual session of the UN General Assembly begins in NewYork on 21st September with the high-level meeting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. To mark the historic occasion, the 193 UN member states will adopt a forward-looking political declaration, negotiated through an intergovernmental process, on the theme , ‘The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism.’ The General Debate will commence on 22nd September and will continue till 29th September. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will address the event on 26th September through a pre-recorded video statement. The vision Prime Minister Modi outlines at these meetings will be closely watched as it comes ahead of India taking a seat at the powerful UN Security Council as an elected non-permanent member for a two-year term beginning from 1st January, 2021. This is Arunmohan from news desk for AIR World News.
For the first time in the 75-year history of UN, Heads of State and Government will not be arriving in New York for the General Assembly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have submitted pre-recorded video statements that will be played in the iconic General Assembly hall.
India’s representative to United Nation has said that New Delhi is committed to ensuring access to water and sanitation in all and particularly in public spaces. He was addressing the 45th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on ‘Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation.
He said, India has accorded highest priority to ensuring access to water and sanitation for all citizens through the “Swachh Bharat Mission” and the “Jal Jeevan Mission.”
The 50th meeting of border guarding forces of India and Bangladesh has concluded in Dhaka. The biannual meeting discussed the issues related to India-Bangladesh border management and security.
Director General of India’s Border Security Force (BSF) Rakesh Asthana said the BSF and Border Guards Bangladesh agreed for real time sharing of intelligence to reduce criminal activities on the border.
Several other important issues were discussed during the meeting. A report on the meeting from our Special Correspondent in Dhaka-
The DG level meeting between BSF and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) took several important decisions to safeguard the India Bangladesh border. Both the countries have agreed to resume the joint coordinated border patrolling to reduce criminal activities like smuggling of cattle, weapons and narcotics on the border. Recognising the increasingly violent attacks on the border guarding forces, India and Bangladesh agreed for real time sharing of intelligence on smuggling syndicates and list of smugglers to ensure that the border remains peaceful and secure.They also agreed to take effective steps for the prevention of human trafficking and illegal crossing of the International Border (IB).Bangladesh reassured India that it will not allow any Indian Insurgent Groups (IIGs) to use its soil for anti-India activities. Rajesh Jha for World News, All India Radio, Dhaka
The UN Security Council has welcomed Afghanistan Peace Negotiations in Doha. It also strongly encouraged the parties to continue pursuing confidence-building measures. These include reduction in violence and to continue the engagement.
In a statement, the Security Council reaffirmed its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of war-torn Afghanistan.
The first-ever direct talks between the Afghan government representatives and the Taliban began on September 12.
Meanwhile, violence continues in Afghanistan. Ayub Gharwal, the deputy head of the provincial council of Afghanistan’s eastern Paktia province, was assassinated in a shooting attack on Saturday.
WN-UN SANCTIONS -IRAN
Britain, France and Germany told the U.N. Security Council on Friday that U.N. sanctions relief for Iran – agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal – would continue beyond 20 of September.
In a letter to Security Council, the three European parties to the nuclear deal said any action taken to reimpose U.N. sanctions won’t have legal validity.
However, United States has asserted that all the measures against Iran should be reimposed. United States quit the nuclear deal in 2018. But it has said, it can make the move because the 2015 Security Council resolution still names it as a participant. 13 of 15 the Security Council members have said that Washington’s move is void because it is no longer a party to the nuclear deal.
Thousands of protesters gathered in Thailand capital Bangkok in a pro-democracy campaign against the Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha government .
Protests have been building in the southeast Asian country since mid July. The protestors are demanding the dissolution of parliament with fresh elections, a new constitution and an end to intimidation of political activists.
Demonstrators wore face masks, but ignored a plea from Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to cancel the event. He had urged them to cancel the protests saying it risked spreading the coronavirus and derailing recovery of Thailand’s battered economy.
Meanwhile, the government spokesman said that People can protest but they should do that peacefully and within the law.
Amid Chinese intrusion into Taiwan’s air space, President Tsai Ing-wen has pledged deeper ties with the United States.
In a statement, Taiwan President has said that Taiwan and the United States will continue to work together to promote peace, stability, prosperity, and development in the Indo-Pacific, positively impacting the region.
Now, lets have a look at the global COVID-19 figures, the number of Corona virus infected cases has crossed 30.26 million worldwide. India on Saturday registered the highest single day recoveries of more than 95 thousand COVID patients.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that UK is experiencing the start of the COVID-19 pandemic’s second wave and the government would introduce new restrictions.
WN-INDIA- MEDICINE -MOZAMBIQUE
India has handed over 13 essential medicines to Mozambique, as support to its fight against COVID-19. These include around 22 million metric tonnes of hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol.
WN-HONG KONG JUDGE – RESIGNATION
A veteran Australian judge, one of the 14 foreign judges on Hong Kong’s highest court has resigned in protest of the new national security law imposed by Beijing on the city. Justice James Spigelman is the first senior judge to resign. The new security law was passed by China’s parliament on June 30 without any Hong Kong legislative process or consultation. It has sparked renewed debate about the city’s judicial independence.
Moving on to sports, after a long wait, cricket fans are seeing some action in the game as the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, IPL kicked off in Abu Dhabi this evening. The opening match is being played between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. Put into bat first, Mumbai Indians scored 162 for the loss of nine wickets in the stipulated 20 overs.
Chasing the victory target, Chennai Super Kings were _____________ for _________ in _________ overs, when the reports last came in.
India is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to his favourite bhajan VAISHNAV JAN, by a singer from Tanzania.
AND WITH THAT, WE END THIS BULLETIN. SEE YOU AT SAME TIME TOMORROW WITH THE NEXT EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.