- India says China should refrain from making any attempts to unilaterally change the status quo at LAC.
- New Delhi blasts Islamabad at UN, says Pakistan has no locus standi on the internal affairs of India.
- External Affairs Minister of India highlights Cross Border Terrorism as key challenge at SAARC meet.
- India hands over 13 million dollars to Nepal as post-earthquake reconstruction assistance for its housing & school sector.
- Cricket legend Dean Jones passes away in Mumbai.
India has said the way ahead on India and China border standoff is to refrain from making any attempts to unilaterally change the status quo, while both sides continue their discussions to achieve complete disengagement in all friction areas. Briefing media virtually this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the two sides have decided to have the next meeting of the Senior Commanders at the earliest.
The 6th meeting of the Senior Commanders of Indian and Chinese armies took place on 21st of this month in Moldo. The two sides decided to strengthen the ground communication to avoid any further misunderstandings and misjudgments, stop sending more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground, and avoid taking any actions that may complicate the situation.
Mr Srivastava said as such, it reflects the stated commitment of both sides to disengage along the LAC.
Meanwhile, China has once again parried questions on permanent membership of the UN Security Council for India. Yesterday at a virtual meeting on the sidelines of 75th session of UN General Assembly, India and other G4 countries have called for start of text based negotiations without delay. More from our Correspondent Anshuman Mishra in Beijing:
China has not spelt out its stand regarding permanent seat for India at the Security Council. Chinese Foreing MInistry spokesperson chose to deflect the G4 countries’ demand for UNSC reforms saying that there is enormous division and lack of a widespread consensus on it.
G4 countries comprising India, Japan, Brazil and Germany have been demanding the expansion of UN Security Council through substantive negotiations based on a single comprehensive text which is formal. It is also worthwhile to note that except China, all other four permanent members of security council support India’s candidature for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council. This is Anshuman Mishra from Beijing…
India has stated that Pakistan has no locus standi to comment on India’s internal matters. Replying to media query on statements by the Pakistani leadership and media reports in this regard, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said India’s position has always been clear and consistent in this matter.
On Jammu and Kashmir issue raised in CICA and SAARC Meeting by Pakistan, the spokesperson said it is very typical of Pakistan to use such fora to raise bilateral and contentious issues which is inconsistent with the principles and charter of such organizations and their meetings. He asked what else can be expected of a country that indulges in cross-border terrorism as a part of its state policy.
External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S. Jaishankar has highlighted cross-border terrorism, blocking connectivity and obstructing trade as three key challenges before the SAARC Nations. He was addressing the Informal Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the member countries of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.
The Minister said, only when South Asia overcomes these challenges will the region see enduring peace, prosperity and security. He reaffirmed India’s commitment to Neighbourhood First policy and towards building a connected, integrated, secure and prosperous South Asia.
In a tweet, Dr. Jaishankar said India has extended foreign currency swap support to a number of SAARC countries like 150 million dollar support to the Maldives, 200 million dollars to Bhutan and 400 million dollars to Sri Lanka during this year.
The Minister also highlighted India’s COVID Cooperation efforts in the region. India has committed 10 million dollars to COVID-19 Emergency Fund created for the region. It has already supplied essential drugs, medical consumables, COVID protection and testing kits etc. to the member nations.
India handed over cheques amounting to over 13 million dollars to Nepal as post-earthquake reconstruction assistance, for the housing & school sector.
With this handover, India has reimbursed about 72 million dollars of the committed 150 million dollars grant and Line of Credit to Government of Nepal, for housing sector reconstruction. India has already assisted rebuilding 92% of the committed 50,000 houses, in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts.
Similarly, Government of India has committed support for reconstruction of 70 schools and a library under the 50 million dollars grant assistance. Out of this, the first tranche of 4.2 million dollars for ongoing schools was reimbursed to Government of Nepal.
Protesters took to streets in Minsk on Wednesday evening, hours after the inauguration of Alexander Lukashenko for another term as president. Lukashenko held the ceremony earlier in the day, without formal announcements.
Opposition leaders and European politicians immediately denounced his inauguration as illegitimate. Lukashenko’s claim to have won elections on 9 August with 80% of the vote sparked massive and ongoing protests in the country, which continued on Wednesday night.
Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s from around the world.
According to WHO data, the number of infected cases has crossed 31.66 million worldwide.
In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the country is already experiencing a second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The Israeli cabinet decided on Thursday to tighten Israel’s coronavirus lockdown, as over the past week, the number of daily new cases has reached nearly 7,000.
Meanwhile, in India COVID-19 recoveries have exceeded new cases consecutively for the past six days. Over 87 thousand recoveries have been registered in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate has crossed 81.55 percent.
This is Arun Mohan, from News Desk for AIR World News.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday during a Security Council meeting that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund should provide enhanced access to facilities and tools to countries impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Health Minister of India Dr. Harshvardhan has said that India has accorded high priority for ending tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr. Harshvardhan was addressing the Ministers of Member Nations of WHO, Heads and Representatives of UN Agencies through virtual interaction.
Bangladesh Christian Association has expressed grave concerns over the persecution of Christians and other minorities in Pakistan. It has demanded that the Imran Khan-led government repeal the blasphemy law, and release people, who have been arrested under the legislation on fabricated charges.
The association described the law as “vague, arbitrary and leaves scopes for misuse” by some people for their personal interests and fanning communal hatred and promoting enmity against the minorities.
Moving on to sports, Former Australia batsman Dean Jones, one of the finest exponents of ODI cricket, died of sudden cardiac arrest on Thursday. He was in Mumbai with the Star Sports’ commentary team for the Indian Premier League. Jones played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia and was part of the 1987 World Cup winning team.
In Indian Premier League Cricket, Kings Eleven Punjab posted a mammoth _206_for _3_ wickets, in their stipulated 20 overs. In its reply, Royal Challengers Bangalore had scored _63_ for _5_ wickets in _10_ overs, as per the latest s.
In Football, Uruguay striker Luis Suárez has reached a deal for 6 million euros to move from Barcelona to Atlético Madrid Football club.
India is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to his favourite bhajan VAISHNAV JAN, by artists from Japan.