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World News – 26 Sept 2020

World News

2220 HRS
26.09.2020

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.

THE HEADLINES

  • Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi addresses the 75th UN General Assembly; calls for reforms at the UN & collective efforts to tackle COVID19.
  • India asks Pakistan to vacate all illegally occupied Indian territories in Kashmir.
  • New Delhi extends15 million dollars grant to Colombo for promotion of Buddhist ties.
  • US President Donald Trump vows to end his country’s reliance on China, if voted to power.
  • World Bank approves 200 million dollar aid for safe water and sanitation in Bangladesh.

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WN-PM-UNGA

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi gave a clarion call for reforms in the United Nations and asserted that it is the need of the hour. Addressing the 75th United Nations General Assembly session this evening, Mr Modi asked for how long will India be kept out of the decision making structure of the UN.

Mr Modi stressed that India has always worked for the interests of mankind and not been driven by its own interests.

The Prime Minister called for a concerted fight against Corona virus pandemic with the United Nations. Highlighting India’s role, he said that the Indian pharmaceutical industry has sent essential medicines to more than 150 countries. He assured that India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used to help all in fighting the COVID pandemic.

Mr Modi said, India is moving forward with the vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. He stated that a Self-reliant India will also be a force multiplier for the global economy.

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WN-UNGA-INDIA-PAK

India has once again lashed out at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran  Khan’s attempt to raise the Kashmir issue at the 75th United Nations General Assembly on Friday.

Responding to Khan, India firmly called upon Pakistan to vacate all illegally occupied territories of India. Indian delegate Mijito Vinito, in a strongly-worded reply, presented India’s stand at the UN.

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WN-SRI-LANKA

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi announced a grant assistance of 15 million dollars to Sri Lanka for the promotion of Buddhist ties between the two countries. Mr Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa held the first-ever India-Sri Lanka Virtual Bilateral Summit today. Briefing media this afternoon, the Indian External Affairs Ministry described the ambit of the grant.

The Indian External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson said , Prime Minister Modi called upon the new government in Sri Lanka to work for realizing the expectations of Tamils.

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US-TRUMP-CHINA

US President Donald Trump has vowed to end his country’s reliance on China once and for all, if voted to power. Addressing an election rally at Newport Virginia, he said the US economy was doing great, then it got hit with the virus from China. Over 200,000 Americans have lost their lives and devastated the country’s economy, resulting in the loss of millions of jobs.

The US on September 14th banned the import of five goods from China, including computer-parts, cotton and hair products. It has alleged that these goods are produced at forced labour camps in the restive Muslim-majority Xinjiang province.

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WN-EU-CHINA

In another development, the European Union has called on China to allow meaningful access to Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region for independent observers. This includes the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. A statement to this effect was released by the German envoy on behalf of the EU, at the 45th Human Rights Council on Friday.

The European Union reiterated its call on China to uphold its national and international obligations, and to respect human rights. These include the rights of persons belonging to minorities, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet. It has urged China to ensure the rule of law and establish fair trial guarantees. The EU has also sought a thorough investigation into reported cases of arbitrary detentions, ill-treatment, and torture, and harassment of human rights defenders and their families.

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WN-WB-BANGLADESH

The World Bank approved a 200 million dollar loan for Bangladesh to improve access to safe water and sanitation services in its rural areas. The Bangladesh Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project will help 6 hundred thousand people to have access to clean water through piped water schemes. It will provide sanitation services to over 3.6 million rural people.

The World Bank said that the project will help prevent diseases  and protect from pandemics like COVID 19 by providing better access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene facilities at homes and in public places.

Bangladesh currently has the largest ongoing IDA program totaling over 13.5 billion dollars.

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WN-COVID-UPDATE

Now, let’s take a look at the Coronavirus s from around the world. According to WHO data, the number of infected cases has crossed 32.43 million worldwide.

Russia’s daily tally of new coronavirus cases has hit its highest level since June 22 on Saturday.

It crossed 7 thousand and 5 hundred. The Philippines surpassed 3 hundred thousand confirmed cases, while Peru has prolonged the coronavirus-linked state of emergency until October 31.

In Iran, as the cases rise, the country is preparing to impose new coronavirus lockdowns.

Meanwhile, thousands gathered at London’s Trafalgar Square to protest lockdowns and social distancing rules imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

On the other hand, in India, the total number of recoveries has reached over 4.81 million so far.

The recovery rate has improved to 82.14 per cent. Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is at 1.58 per cent, which is one of the lowest globally.

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WN-SPORTS

Moving on to sports-

In Tennis, French Open 2020 draw positions Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep as favorites.

In Indian Premier League Cricket, Sun Risers Hyderabad has set a target of  142 runs for 4 wickets, in their stipulated 20 overs. In its reply, Kolkata Knight Riders had scored 72 for 3 wickets in 10 overs.

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WN-LEBANON

Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Mustapha Adib quit on Saturday after trying for almost a month to line up a non-partisan cabinet. Adib was picked on August 31st to form a cabinet after French President Emmanuel Macron’s intervention secured a consensus on his name.

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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 ITALY.

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