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World News – 25 Sept 2020

World News

2220 HRS
25.09.2020

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.

THE HEADLINES

  • Indian and Japanese Prime Ministers exchange  views on the Special strategic and global partnership .
  •  IMF lauds India’s Self reliance initiative.
  • US announces 150 million Dollar for H-1B One Workforce training programme.
  • UN Secretary General calls for Climate Action for health, security & prosperity for all.
  • International Civil Aviation Organisation advises Pakistan to suspend issuance of new pilot licenses
  • Sri Lankan apex court  to hear petitions against 20th amendment to its Constitution.

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WN – PM-JAPAN

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Suga Yoshihide have called for deepening of bilateral relations.. Both the leaders agreed that the bilateral Special Strategic and Global Partnership between the two countries have made great advances over the last few years. Prime Minister Modi spoke to his Japanese counterpart on phone and congratulated Mr. Yoshihide on his appointment as the Prime Minister of Japan and wished him success.

The two leaders concurred that the partnership between the two countries is even more relevant in the wake of global challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. They emphasized that the economic architecture of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region must be premised on resilient supply chains.

The two leaders lauded the progress in the economic partnership between the two countries. They  welcomed the finalization of the text of the agreement pertaining to specialized skilled workers.

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WN- US-LD H1B

The US Department of Labour said that  US will invest  150 million Dollar  in training for middle-to-high-skilled H-1B occupations in key sectors. These include information technology which employs tens of thousands of Indian professionals.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.

The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.

Prominent among these sectors are information technology, cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, transportation,. The H-1B  Workforce grant programme would be used to upskill the present workforce and train a new generation of workers for future.

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WN-IMF-AATMANIRBHAR

International Monetary Fund, on Thursday hailed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a self-reliant India under the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat”  initiative.

The IMF Director Communications Department,Gerry Rice said that the economic package under the initiative, announced in the aftermath of the coronavirus shock, has supported the Indian economy. It has also mitigated significant downside risks.

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WN-UN-CLIMATE ACTION

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has called for a sweeping Climate Action that can lay the foundations for a world of health, security & prosperity for all. He was speaking  at  High-level Roundtable on Climate Ambition.

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WN-AUS-XINJIANG-CAMPS

An Australian think tank, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute said that China appeared to be expanding its network of secret detention centres in Xinjiang. According to reports here the  Muslim minorities are targeted in a forced assimilation campaign.

The group used satellite images and official construction tender documents to map more than 380 suspected detention facilities in the remote Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.  The findings highlights re-education camps, detention centres and prisons that have been newly build or expanded since 2017.

In another set back tio China ,  Executive Director of UN Watch, a human rights NGO, Hillel Neuer told UN Human Rights Council about the massive human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province. He also slammed the countries for ignoring the plight of minorities in Xinjiang.

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LANKA-20A

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has appointed a five-member bench  to hear the petitions filed against the government’s proposed 20th Amendment to the country’s Constitution.

12 groups, including Main Opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) , have filed petitions in the apex court against the proposed amendment. They have expressed concern over the amendment impinging the fundamental rights of the citizens.

Amendment 20A proposes to restore full executive power and legal immunity to the president. It removes the provisions of Amendment 19 which lay down the procedure to take legal action against the president.

However, President Gotabaya has defended the amendment, saying that he had obtained public approval at the recently held polls where the amendment was a poll issue.

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WN-PAK-UNHRC

Atrocities by Pakistan on the people of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir have been raised at UN Human Rights Council. The  Human Rights activist Sajjad Raja has appealed to the UN body to stop Pakistan from treating them like animals.

He was speaking at the 45th Session of the UNHRC in Geneva . He said that the POK election Act 2020 has taken away all constitutional, civil and political rights of the citizens of the POK region.

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WN-PAK-PILOT

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has advised Pakistan to undertake immediate corrective actions and suspend the issue of any new pilot licenses. The move comes in the wake  of a scandal over falsified licenses.

The recommendations from ICAO, a specialized agency of the United Nations that works to ensure safety in international air transport have cast a shadow on flight safety by Pak pilots.

Pakistan has opened a criminal probe into 50 pilots and five civil aviation officials who allegedly helped them falsify credentials to secure pilot licences.

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WN-COVID-UPDATE

Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s from around the world.

According to WHO data, the number of infected cases has crossed 32.02 million worldwide.

European stocks slipped on Friday, on course for their worst weekly showing in over three months.U.S. coronavirus cases topped 7 million, accounting for more than 20% of the world’s total.

Brazil, which has the world’s second-highest coronavirus death toll, has decided to join the global COVID-19 vaccine partnership known as COVAX and  earmark 454 million Dollar  for securing vaccines through it. Meanwhile, Rio de Janeiro’s carnival parade, due to be held next February, has been postponed indefinitely.

In India,  over 4.7 million people have recovered from the disease so far and the recovery rate improved to 81.74 per cent.

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WN- NORTH KOREA -APOLOGY

In an apparently  rare gesture, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has apologised to Seoul for the killing of a South Korean citizen by North Korean military earlier this week. He described the incident as disgraceful.

A South Korean fisheries department official was shot dead by North Korean troops on Tuesday after he allegedly entered the North Korean waters illegally. The killing provoked outrage in South Korea. This was  the first instance of a South Korean citizen being killed by North Korean forces in about a decade.

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WN-SPORTS

Moving on to sports. In Indian Premier League Cricket, Delhi Capitals sets a target of  176 runs for 3 wickets, against Chennai Super Kings . In its reply, Chennai Super Kings has scored 84 for 3 wickets in 13 overs, as per the latest s.

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WN-TIK TOK- AUSTRALIA

TikTok has informed  an Australian government committee that it will allow government officials to review its algorithm and test its source code,. It is being seen as a step to overcome distrust surrounding the video-streaming app operator’s China ownership.

Earlier, TikTok’s owner ByteDance reached a deal with Oracle Corp and Walmart Inc that it hopes will end U.S. plans to ban TikTok in the United States on security grounds.

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India is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to VAISHNAV JAN, by artists from Saudi Arabia.

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

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