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World News – 05 Oct 2020

World News

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NAMASKAR !  A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indian perspective’, on All India Radio. This is MANOJ SINGH RANA bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across the globe.


  • Health Minister of India Dr. Harsh Vardhan presides over WHO Executive Board Special Session on COVID-19 response.
  • India hands over 3,000 vials of Remdesivir to Myanmar.
  • QUAD group Foreign Ministers  to meet in Tokyo on 6 October.
  • NATO calls for a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.
  • Hepatitis C virus identifying scientists win Nobel Prize 2020 for medicine.
  • World no. 3 Dominic Thiem enters his fifth straight French Open quarter-final.




Health Minister of India Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that emergency preparedness and  risk management are  key to address the health risks posed by emerging diseases. This will also help in the progress towards sustainable development goal. Dr. Harsh Vardhan presiding over WHO Executive Board Special Session on COVID-19 response virtually. He said, therapeutic, diagnostics and  vaccines are  the only way out of this pandemic and it needs global collaboration.  The Indian Health Minister said, the World Health Organisation is looked at to pave the way for a brighter and a disease-free world. The challenges like Covid pandemic demand a shared response and responsibility which is  the core philosophy of the WHO.




Meanwhile India has been providing medical supplies to the countries in the fight against CIVID19. Indian Army chief Gen. M M Naravane and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla  handed over 3,000 vials of Remdesivir to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The intravenous antiviral drug, Remdesivir, is used to treat COVID-19. Gen. Naravane and Shringla are in Myanmar on a two-day visit  to Myanmar to further expand ties in areas like connectivity, defense and security. The Indian delegation, called on Suu Kyi at Naypyitaw today. They  discussed important bilateral issues.




The foreign ministers of Quad nations – India, US, Japan, and Australia shall be meeting in Tokyo on 6th October. The talks will focus on strategic and security challenges in the region. A joint strategy is likely to be discussed. Increased cooperation to promote their shared vision for a free and open Indian Pacific will be high on the agenda.


Issues like China’s dealings with the coronavirus, trade issues , new security law in Hong Kong, Tension in the South China Sea are likely to figure in the deliberations.


The quad grouping is seen as a response to China’s growing military assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region. It will be the first meeting of Quad foreign ministers amid border tensions between India and China.




The 2020 Nobel Prizes kicked off on Monday with the naming of the winners, in the field of medicine.


Harvey Alter, Charles Rice of USA and Briton Michael Houghton of UK won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Medicine. Their work relates to  identifying the Hepatitis C virus, which causes cirrhosis and liver cancer. While the Nobel awards will go ahead as planned this year, they have been overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic.


The Nobel Foundation has cancelled the traditional banquet in December. It will hand out the medals and diplomas in a televised event rather than live in Stockholm.




NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has called for a ceasefire between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces  in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. The death toll continued to rise from clashes in the breakaway enclave in the South Caucasus as the fighting between two forces continued over the region.


Meanwhile, Armenia has alleged that Turkey is involved in the conflict. It accused Turkey of  sending fighters from Syria to the region. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian said earlier this week that a cease-fire can be established only if Turkey is removed from the South Caucasus.


On Thursday, leaders of Russia, France and the United States – co-chairs of Minsk Group, issued a joint statement calling for an immediate cease-fire in the region.



Today is World Habitat Day. UN Secretary General, António Guterres in his message said that 1 billion people live in overcrowded settlements with inadequate housing.


He called for action to provide low-income families & vulnerable populations with affordable housing and easy access to water, sanitation & other basic services.


In an exclusive interview to All India Radio, Country Program Manager, UN Habitat India, Parul Agarwala underlined the importance of Sustainable Development Goal no.11 for India on sustainable cities and communities.




Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s from around the world. According to WHO data, the number of infected cases has crossed 35.02 million worldwide.


New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that the country will lift coronavirus restrictions in its largest city Auckland this week. she  expressed confidence that a second COVID-19 wave has been almost eliminated in the country.


In India, recovery rate among the COVID-19 patients has improved to  84.34 per cent while the total number of recoveries about to reach 5.6 million.




The World Health Organization said on Monday that roughly 1 in 10 people may have been infected with the novel coronavirus. It has left a vast majority of the world’s population vulnerable to the related COVID-19 disease.


In another development, WHO has submitted a list of experts to take part in an international mission to China to investigate the origin of coronavirus, for consideration by Chinese authorities.




The 12th BRICS Summit will be held on 17th November 2020 via video conference.


The theme of the Meeting of the Leaders of BRICS countries which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa is “BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”.




Moving on to sports. In French Open, World no. 3 Dominic Thiem has entered his fifth straight men’s quarter-final. He joins Novak Djokovic and Rafale Nadal in the last 8.


In Indian Premier League Cricket, Delhi Capitals sets a target of  196  runs for 4 wickets against Royal Challengers Bangalore. In its reply, Royal Challengers Bangalore has scored 75 for 4 wickets in 12 overs, as per the latest s




India is celebrating the 151st  birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to VAISHNAV JAN, by artists from Cyprus.



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