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World News – 08 Oct 2020

World News

2220 HRS
08.10.2020

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

THE HEADLINES:-

  • India’s Prime Minister tells Canadian investors, India is a lucrative investment destination, backed by reforms and ease of doing business.
  • Kamala  Harris calls  Trump  Administration’s handling of COVID devoid of a plan; Mike Pence accuses the Democrats of plagiarising the Republican strategy.
  • New Delhi reaffirms support for the Afghan peace process and its resolve to deepen ties with Kabul.
  • India calls UN to energise itself to eliminate terrorism and take strong measures against States supporting it.
  • Nobel Prize for Literature this year goes to American poet Louise Glück
  •  Tennis, Poland’s Iga Swiatek to face American Sofia Kenin in  Women’s Singles finals at French Open.

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MODI-CANADA-

Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi addressed the Invest India Conference in Canada through video conferencing today. Giving a clarion call to attract investors to India, he said, India has all the necessary vitals which make it a lucrative investment destination.

 

Mr. Modi highlighted the reforms brought in by the government like relaxation in FDI norms, easing the tax regime and significant changes for a robust bond market. This has resulted in substantial improvement in country’s ranking in terms of ease of doing business.

 

The Indian Prime Minister further said that the country emerged as a Pharmacy center of the world during the pandemic . It has also  extended assistance to more than 150 countries by ensuring supplies of life saving drugs.

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US-VP-DEBATE-VIRUS-

Moving on to US Elections. Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic challenger Kamala Harris faced off in the only vice presidential debate on Wednesday evening in Salt Lake City, Utah. The debate touched upon issues including handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, development of a vaccine, economic recovery, taxes, law and order, among others.

 

Harris launched a scathing attack on Vice President Pence, who leads the president’s coronavirus task force. She described the Trump administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic as the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of the US.

 

In his response, Pence accused the Democrats of plagiarism for calling Trump Administration’s strategy of handling the pandemic as theirs.

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MODI ABDULLAH-

Afghanistan’s top peace negotiator Dr. Abdullah Abdullah today met Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi to discuss the ongoing Afghan Peace process. Prime Minister Modi assured him of India’s support for the peace process.He also reaffirmed the country’s resolve to deepen ties with Afghanistan.

 

Dr. Abdullah is in Delhi on a five-day visit to build a regional consensus and support for the Afghan peace process. Yesterday, he held extensive talks with the Indian National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval.

 

India has been supporting a national peace and reconciliation process which is Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled. On September 12, an Indian delegation attended the inaugural ceremony of the intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha, while External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar joined it through video conference.

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INDIA-UN-

Taking a jibe at Pakistan, India has urged the United Nations to revive its energy to play a greater role in maintaining international peace and security to counter terrorism. India’s representative at the world body said that the UN needs to coordinate with agencies like Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to counter terrorism. He was addressing the Sixth Committee of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on ‘Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism’.

 

New Delhi urged the UN to focus on elimination of terrorists, disruption of terror organisations and networks. It also called for strong measures against States that encourage, support and finance terrorism. The Indian representative appealed to the UN and its member states to consider the rights of the victims of terrorism and obligation of states towards them under international law. India also highlighted the importance for an early finalisation of the Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism at the UN.

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NAGORNO-KARABAKH-

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has called on the international community to act decisively and recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh. This he said, will stop the humanitarian disaster and escalation of the conflict.

 

The fighting on the contact line in Karabakh began on 27th of September. Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of shelling peaceful settlements in the conflict zone.  Russia, US and France have  called to end the clashes and begin negotiations without preconditions. Meanwhile, Turkey has stated that it will provide Azerbaijan with any support it requests.

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BRICS-BANK-

The New Development Bank, also known as BRICS Bank, has approved infrastructure projects worth 741 million dollars in India. This includes a loan of 500 million dollars for the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System Project and 241 million dollars for Mumbai Metro Rail Line 6 Project. More details in this report filed by Prasar Bharati Special Correspondent from Beijing:

 

The Project is expected to reduce congestion in Delhi by providing fast commute between Delhi and Meerut. Once completed, it will provide a big fillip to urbanization in the hinterland. Mumbai Metro rail Line 6 will provide much needed rail-based connectivity between the western and eastern suburbs of Mumbai. Anshuman Mishra for All India Radio News, Beijing, for World News, All India Radio Beijing.

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NOBEL-

The 2020 Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to American poet Louise Glück.

A professor at Yale University, Glück made her debut in 1968 with her collection titled ‘Firstborn’. She is seen as one of the most prominent poet and essayist in American contemporary literature.

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COVID-UPDATE-

Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s from around the world. According to WHO data, the number of infected cases has crossed 35.89 million worldwide. Germany saw the biggest single day rise in new  cases on Thursday, since April.

 

In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a Campaign on COVID19 Appropriate Behaviour on Thursday, in view of the upcoming festive season. He appealed to the countrymen to unite against Coronavirus and rigorously practice prrecautionary measures to fight the pandemic. Meanwhile, with over 5.82 million recoveries, India’s COVID-19 Recovery rate reached 85.25%.

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SPORTS-

Moving on to sports.

In French Open Tennis, Poland’s Iga Swiatek would face American Sofia Kenin in Women’s Singles finals. Earlier she moved into the Women’s Doubles  Semifinals with N.Melichar from US.

 

In Athletics, Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei smashed the men’s 10,000 metres world record by clocking a stunning 26 minutes 11.02 seconds. In the women’s 5,000 metres, Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey demolished the earlier World record in 14 minutes 6.62 seconds, in Valencia on Wednesday.

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