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.
- India reiterates its commitment to universal, verifiable and non-discriminatory nuclear disarmament at the UN.
- UN Secretary General warns, world lives in the shadow of nuclear catastrophe fuelled by growing distrust and tensions.
- World’s longest all weather double lane tunnel opens in India
- New Delhi asks WTO to waive Intellectual Property rules to speed up efforts against COVID 19.
- Sudan government and rebels ink Juba peace agreement to resolve decades old conflict in the region.
WN – INDIA-NUCLEAR WEAPONS
India has reiterated its commitment to universal, verifiable and non-discriminatory nuclear disarmament leading to the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla shared India’s view at the Plenary meeting to mark the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. He said, nuclear disarmament can be achieved through a step-by-step process by a universal commitment and a multilateral framework. India has underlined the need for meaningful dialogue among all States possessing nuclear weapons, for building trust and confidence.
The Foreign Secretary said, India espouses the policy of No First Use against nuclear weapon states and non-use against non-nuclear weapon states.
Mr. Shringla expressed hope that the high-level event would bring in focus the need to mobilise global will towards a nuclear weapons free world.
The high-level event was held on the International Day of Non-violence, on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on 2nd of October.
Speaking at the meeting, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the world is living in the shadow of nuclear catastrophe. It is fuelled by growing distrust and tensions between the nuclear powers.
The secretary-general said that the nuclear non-proliferation treaty marks its 50th anniversary this year and remains the cornerstone of nuclear disarmament and efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
The five-year review of its implementation was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic until next year. Mr. Guterres urged all parties to use the extra time to strengthen the treaty. This includes making tangible progress towards the elimination of nuclear weapons.
The world’s longest double lane tunnel opened in India on Saturday. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi inuagrated a the strategically important all-weather Atal Tunnel at Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh.
Atal Tunnel, Rohtang is the world’s longest 9.02- kilometre double lane tunnel located at an altitude of 10,040 feet.
India and South Africa have asked the World Trade Organization to waive some provisions in the international agreements that regulate intellectual property rights. This would speed up efforts to prevent, treat and contain the COVID-19 pandemic and make sure developing countries are not left behind.
Both the nations are concerned if the new treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 would be made available promptly and affordably to meet global demand.
Sudan’s transtion government and several rebel groups signed a peace agreement on Saturday. The Juba peace agreement is aimed at resolving decades of regional conflicts which left millions displaced and hundreds of thousands dead.
Sudan’s civilian and military leaders said that ending conflicts is a top priority to help bring democracy and peace to a country in crisis.
The deal sets out terms to integrate rebels into the security forces. It offers political representation, economic and land rights to rebels.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said, the signing of the Juba Peace Agreement signals the dawn of a new era for the people of Sudan.
Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s from around the world. According to WHO data, the number of infected cases has crossed 34.39 million worldwide.
India continues to occupy the top global position as the country with the maximum number of recoveries. The total recoveries has crossed 5.4 million today. India has maintained its global position with one of the lowest case fatality rates (CFR) when compared to several other countries. While the global CFR stands at 2.97% as on date, the comparative figure for India is 1.56%.
US President Donald Trump has been shifted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland. The US President informed about his trip to the hospital through a short video that he shared on Twitter. In his message, Mr Trump thanked his well-wishers for their support and said, he is doing very well.
The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump is being evaluated by a team of experts and they would be making recommenations to the president and first lady in regards to the next best steps.
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday.
Mr Trump’s campaign manager said, all campaign events involving the US President and his family will either be turned into virtual events or postponed until further notice.
WN-US-VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
Meanwhile, the Vice Presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris next week will go on as scheduled. An official with the Commission on Presidential Debates confirmed that no changes are anticipated to 7th October debate in Salt Lake City.
The “Quad group of India, US, Australia and Japan are set to launch an initiative to achieve supply chain resilience in the Indo-Pacific region. The move is being seen as an apparent bid to reduce trade dependence on China.
Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne said that she will travel to Tokyo to meet counterparts from “Quad” group of nations next week. The group would discuss regional security, economic recovery, disinformation and supply chains.
The comments allude to developing alternatives to China’s Belt and Road Initiative . The focus is on financing infrastructure projects around the globe and build up supply chains that are not so heavily dependent on China.
India will observe one day of state mourning on October 4 as a mark of respect for the departed dignitary His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement.
Moving on to sports. In Indian Premier League Cricket, Delhi Capitals sets a target of 228 runs for 4 wickets, against Kolkata Knight Riders. In its reply, Kolkata Knight Riders has scored ______ for _____wickets in ______ overs, as per the latest s.
India is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to VAISHNAV JAN, by artists from Turkmenistan.
AND WITH THAT, WE END THIS BULLETIN. SEE YOU AT SAME TIME TOMORROW WITH THE NEXT EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.