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 from across the globe.
- Prime Ministers of India and Denmark to hold Virtual Bilateral summit on 28th September.
- WHO Chief praises India’s commitment to fight COVID 19 pandemic.
- Syria accuses Turkey of being main sponsor of terror in the region.
- Pakistan opposition parties to boycott meeting on Gilgit Baltistan Elections
- Tensions flare between Armenia and Azerbaijan over clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh region.
WN – INDIA-DENMARK
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen will be holding a Virtual Bilateral Summit on Monday. An MoU in the field of intellectual property cooperation between India and Denmark will be signed on the occasion. Here is a report:-
The Virtual Bilateral Summit will give an opportunity to the two leaders to comprehensively review the broad framework of the bilateral relationship in the context of the time-tested friendly ties between the two countries and give broad political direction for a strengthened and deepened collaborative partnership on key issues of mutual interest. A major outcome of the meeting will be the joining of International Solar Alliance, ISA by Denmark.Bilateral trade in goods and services between India and Denmark has grown by 30.49 per cent in 2019. Around 200 Danish companies have invested in India in sectors such as shipping, renewable energy, environment, agriculture, food processing and smart urban development. Several major Danish companies have built new manufacturing factories under the ‘Make in India’ scheme. Around 25 Indian companies are present in Denmark in IT, renewable energy and engineering.This is Arunmohan from News Nesk for AIR World News.
WN- WHO – MODI
Director General of World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has thanked Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi for his speech at the UN General Assembly. In a tweet, the WHO DG thanked Mr Modi for his commmitment and solidarity in fight against Coronavirus pandemic. The WHO Chief said, COVID-19 pandemic can be ended only by mobilizing forces and resources jointly for the common good.
In his address to the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on Saturday, Mr. Modi assured that India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used to help all in fighting the COVID pandemic.
The US President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the new justice of the Supreme Court.
Ms. Barrett is a former law clerk to the late right-wing beacon Justice Antonin Scalia. If confirmed by the Senate, she would fill the seat vacated by liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ms. Barrett has been a federal judge for three years on the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.
Meanwhile, US Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden urged the Senate to fill the vacancy only after the next president is elected.
Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem accused Turkey on Saturday of being one of the main sponsors of terror in his country and the region. He was speaking at the high-level meeting of the 75th U.N. General Assembly. Mr. Al-Moallem said Turkey’s policies and actions, which threaten the security and stability of the whole region, must be stopped. He also accused Turkey of moving terrorists and mercenaries from Syria to Libya and laying claim by force to energy resources in the Mediterranean.
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s ruling coalition has won a key state election today. The vote in eastern Sabah state was widely seen as a referendum on his seven-month-old administration.
He came to power in March after forming an alliance with opposition parties following the shock resignation of his predecessor, Mahathir Mohamad.
Analysts said the victory could push Muhyiddin to call for early national elections to bolster his coalition that has a thin two-seat majority in Parliament.
The win could also help Muhyiddin thwart a challenge from opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who declared on Wednesday he has secured majority support in the national Parliament to oust Muhyiddin and form a new government.
WN – PAK-BALOCH
Pakistan opposition parties have decided to boycott a meeting to discuss the impending elections in the military occupied region of Gilgit-Baltistan.
The country’s parliamentary leaders meeting on Monday was convened by National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser.
Announcing the boycott decision, Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said National Assembly speaker and the federal ministers have nothing to do with the elections in Gilgit-Baltistan. They condemned the interference of the federal government with elections and called for fair elections.
In response to Pakistan’s decision to usurp Gilgit Baltistan, India had responded strongly saying that any action by Pakistan to alter the status of the militarily occupied so-called ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’ has no legal basis whatsoever and is totally void ab-initio.
Fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan broke out on Sunday around disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The Armenian Defence Ministry said that they shot down two Azerbaijani helicopters and hit three tanks. However, Azerbaijan’s defence ministry denied has it.
Nagorno-Karabakh is an ethnic Armenian enclave within Azerbaijan that has been out of Azerbaijan’s control since the end of a war in 1994. Both sides have heavy military presence along a demilitarized zone separating the region from the rest of Azerbaijan.
Tensions last flared into open conflict in 2016, when both sides clashed over the disputed territory for four days. One of the most severe outbreaks of fighting in recent times, atleast 16 people from both sides were dead in July. The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe has long been trying to mediate a settlement of the conflict, with diplomats from France, Russia and the US.
WN -YEMAN- PRISONERS
The Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels reached a deal on Sunday to exchange 1,081 prisoners during UN-supported talks in Switzerland.
The UN Special Envoy for Yemen , Martin Griffiths made the announcement at the conclusion of a week-long meeting between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels in Switzerland.
The deal will be implemented in two weeks, as the International Committee of the Red Cross will oversee the transportation of the released troops to their families.
Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s from around the world. According to WHO data, the number of infected cases has crossed 32.73 million worldwide.
Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has eased lockdown restrictions, allowing most children to return to school from next month and sending more than one million people back to work.
In India, COVID-19 recovery rate improved to an impressive 82.46 per cent as the number of people having recuperated from the disease crossed 4.9 million.
Moving on to sports. In Indian Premier League Cricket, Rajasthan Royals sets a target of 223 runs for 2 wickets, against Kings XI Punjab. In its reply, Kings XI Punjab has scored 114 for 2 wickets in 11 overs, as per the latest s.
Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate resigned on Saturday amid a political impasse over government formation.The announcement by Moustapha Adib nearly a month after he was appointed to the job further delays the prospect of getting the foreign economic assistance needed to rescue the country from collapse.
India is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to VAISHNAV JAN, by artists from United Arab Emirates.
AND WITH THAT, WE END THIS BULLETIN. SEE YOU AT SAME TIME TOMORROW WITH THE NEXT EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.