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World News – 06 Oct 2020

World News

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06.10.2020

THE HEADLINES:-

  • QUAD Member Nations call for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.
  • Prime Minister of India stresses on responsible use of artificial intelligence and prevent its weaponisation by non-state actors.
  • Afghanistan hails India’s role in establishing lasting peace in the region.
  • Syrian President  alleges Turkey is deploying militants from Syria to instigate clashes in Nagorno Karabakh conflict zone.
  • Kyrgyz Election Commission declares the results of October 4 parliamentary elections void, amid violent protests.
  • In Tennis, Third seed  Elina Svitolina crashes out of the French Open.

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JAISHANKAR-QUAD

The foreign ministers of the QUAD member countries – India, United States, Japan and Australia – are meeting in Tokyo. On day one the focus was on issues like connectivity and infrastructure development, counter-terrorism, cyber and maritime security, among others.

In his address, External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S. Jaishankar said the  four quad members are vibrant and pluralistic democracies with shared values. He underlined the importance of maintaining a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific for the quad member nations.

 

Dr. Jaishankar also met US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo today. He expressed pleasure at the progress of Indo-US partnership in many fields and said both the countries will work together for stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.

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PM – RAISE 2020 SUMMIT

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has called for a responsible use of artificial intelligence and protecting the world against weaponisation of AI by non-state actors. He was addressing  RAISE 2020, a Mega Summit on Artificial Intelligence with the theme – Responsible AI for Social Empowerment.

 

Mr. Modi emphasized how India’s digital readiness played a key role in tackling the challenge of COVID19 pandemic situation. He laid his vision for India becoming a global hub for Artificial Intelligence.

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DR ABDULLAH-INDIA VISIT

The Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation in Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has hailed India’s role as a  strategic partner of Afghanistan and in establishing lasting peace in region. Accompanied by a high-level delegation, he arrived in New Delhi on an official visit today. During the visit, Dr. Abdullah would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and exchange views on the Afghan Peace Process.

Dr. Jaishankar had participated in the opening ceremony of Afghan peace negotiations in Doha through video conferencing. India has maintained that it is committed a peace process that is Afghan-led, Afghan-owned, and Afghan-controlled, and that it should protect the interests of minorities and women.

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ASSAD-ERDOGAN

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan of being the main instigator in the deadliest fighting between Armenian and Azeri forces for more than 25 years. He also said militants from Syria were being deployed in the conflict zone. Turkey , on the other hand has denied involvement in the Nagorno Karabakh clashes. It has dismissed reports that it sent mercenaries to the area.

The fighting that broke out on September 27 has increased concern that a wider conflict could be triggered. Turkey has expressed solidarity with Azerbaijan while Russia has a defence pact with Armenia.

Meanwhile, Britain and Canada on Tuesday called for stopping military action in and around Nagorno-Karabakh. They have urged all parties to return to the negotiating table.

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INDIA-MYANMAR

India and Myanmar have agreed to work for the operationalization of the strategically important Sittwe port in the Rakhine state of Myanmar, in the first quarter of 2021. The announcement came after the two-day visit of Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla to Myanmar.

The Indian delegation also presented 3000 vials of Remdesivir to the State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in the fight against COVID19.

Both sides agreed to further strengthen their partnership in defense, border security, trade, economy, cultural exchanges, power and energy. The progress of the ongoing Indian-assisted infrastructure projects such as the Trilateral Highway and the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project was also discussed.

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KYRGYZ-PROTESTS

The Kyrgyz Central Election Commission on Tuesday declared the results of the parliamentary elections held on October 4 void, amid violent protests.

On Monday, about 2,000 supporters of parties that did not make it to the republic’s Parliament in Bishkek gathered on the central Ala-Too square. They demanded that election results be cancelled and a repeat vote be held.

On Tuesday, protesters broke into the White House building, which hosts the Parliament and Presidential office and freed the former leader of the country, Almazbek Atambayev from custody.

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KUWAIT

Kuwait’s government, chaired by Prime Minister Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah, has submitted its resignation to Emir Nawaf Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah in anticipation of the upcoming general elections.

The current cabinet however would continue to perform its constitutional duties and finish arrangements for upcoming legislative elections, to be held in late November this year.

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NOBEL

Britain’s Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel of Germany and American Andrea Ghez have won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Physics for their discoveries about one of the most exotic phenomena in the universe, the black hole.

Penrose, a professor at the University of Oxford, proved that black holes are a direct consequence of the general theory of relativity. While, Genzel of the Max Planck Institute and Ghez, at the University of California, Los Angeles, discovered that an invisible and extremely heavy object governs the orbits of stars at the centre of our galaxy.

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COVID-UPDATE

Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s. According to WHO data, the number of infected cases has crossed 35.34 million worldwide. WHO Chief has said that a COVID-19 vaccine may be ready by the year-end.

US President Donald Trump returned to the White House after being discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center. Moscow has restricted transport for students and elderly after coronavirus cases rose to its highest since 11th of May.

Meanwhile, India continues to lead the global tally, with over 5.6 million recoveries so far. It has achieved a recovery rate of over 84 per cent.

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SPORTS

Moving on to sports.

In French Open Tennis, Argentinan Nadia Podoroska has reached the women’s singles semi-finals. She stunned the third seed Elina Svitolina in straight sets. The Argentine became the first qualifier in Open Era history to reach the women’s semi-finals at Roland-Garros.

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