THE HEADLINES :-
- India reiterates its commitment for peace, prosperity and stability in Afghanistan.
- World Food Program for its role in combating hunger and food insecurity.
- Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan to attend peace talk in Moscow.
- Kyrgyzstan President declares emergency in Bishkek amid anti-government protests.
- Former PoK Prime Minister blasts Prime Minister Imran Khan for the plan to merge Gilgit Baltistan with Pakistan.
- In Tennis, Rafal Nadal faces Diego Schwartzman in first semi-finals of French Open.
Afghanistan leader and Chairman of High Council for National Reconciliation, Dr Abdullah Abdullah met External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S Jaishankar in New Delhi . Dr. Jaishankar assured him that India is committed to peace, prosperity and stability in Afghanistan. The two leaders held discussions on bilateral cooperation and regional issues.
In a tweet, Dr Abdullah Abdullah said, both sides exchanged views on the Afghan Peace Process. This is the first visit of Abdullah to India after the formation of a new government in Afghanistan.
His visit comes at a time when the Afghanistan government and Taliban are trying to negotiate a deal in order to restore peace in the country.
The peace talks between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban began on September 12 in Qatar’s capital Doha.
Azerbaijanese and Armenian forces continued to fight on Friday over Nagorno-Karabakh region as Russia prepared to host talks with both sides
Foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan are expected to attend the peace talks in Moscow. The meeting comes a day after France, Russia and the United States launched a concerted peace process in Geneva to end the clashes in the region.
More than 400 people have been killed in the fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh. It is a mountain enclave , which under international law belongs to Azerbaijan but is populated and governed by ethnic Armenians.
Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov has declared a state of emergency in Bishkek till October 21 amid anti-government protests. The spokesperson for the presidential office said that the decision was made to protect citizens life, health and safety and promote stabilization of the social and political situation.
Earlier, the president had informed that he was ready to resign once a new cabinet was appointed. The country has seen a power vacuum with the opposition groups quarrelling among themselves. They have seized government buildings and forced the cancellation of parliamentary election results.
India has said that Non Aligned Movement never was & never can be a platform for pursuits aimed at undermining territorial integrity of a State by another State.
Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan made this statement at a virtual Ministerial Meeting of the Non Aligned Movement on Sidelines of 75th UN General Assembly.
Mr. Muraleedharan said that COVID19 has reminded the world of their interconnectedness & dependence on each other. He said, just as this disease doesn’t respect borders, our fight against it must be coordinated to be effective.
This year marks 65th anniversary of landmark Bandung Conference that resulted in adoption of founding principles of Non-Aligned Movement.
The foreign ministers of Japan and Mongolia have agreed to cooperate in promoting a Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP). The move is being seen as a step to counter China’s growing assertiveness in the region.
The recent meeting of foreign ministers of QUAD nations- India , US, Australia and Japan held in Tokyo had agreed to seek more countries support for the Free and Open Indo-Pacific.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has Congratulated and wished His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for assuming charge as the Amir of the State of Kuwait. He also congratulated His Highness Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on his taking charge as the Crown Prince.
Mr. Modi expressed confidence that Kuwait will continue to play an important global role under their leadership, and the historic India-Kuwait ties will be strengthened.
Pakistan-occupied Kashmir former ‘Prime Minister’ Sardar Attique Khan has said Gilgit Baltistan is a part of Kashmir and not Pakistan. He condemned Prime Minister Imran Khan’s plan to merge Gilgit Baltistan with Pakistan.
A wave of anger has swept towns and villages across the illegally occupied Gilgit Baltistan after the Pak administration launched a crackdown against the political activists and dissenting political leaders.
People across the region have taken to streets . They are demanding immediate release of activists who have been falsely implicated and awarded rigorous punishment.
The United Nations food agency, the World Food Programme , won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and improve conditions for peace in areas affected by conflict.
The announcement was made in Oslo by Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Nobel Committee.
The Nobel Committee said that the Corona virus pandemic has added to the hunger faced by millions of people around the world and called on governments to ensure that WFP and other aid organizations receive the financial support necessary to feed them.
World Food Programme Chief David Beasley said, the award is an incredible recognition of the dedication of the WFP family, working to end hunger everyday in more than 80 countries.
According to WHO data, the number of infected cases has crossed 36.23 million worldwide. Meanwhile, India continues to lead the global recovery, with over 5.9 million recoveries so far. It has achieved a recovery rate close to 86 per cent. Thanks to test, track and treat strategy, there has been a steady fall in the number of active COVID cases over the past three weeks.
In US presidential elections, President Donald Trump is stepping up his plans to return to the campaign trail after being sidelined for a week with COVID-19. He is considering to hold weekend rallies in the states of Florida and Pennsylvania.
Earlier, Mr. Trump pulled out of an October 15th debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden, blasting the debate commission’s decision to make it a virtual event.
Moving on to sports. In French Open tennis, the men’s singles semifinal match between Rafal Nadal and Diego Schwartzman is underway. Nadal, a 12-time French Open champion is trying to equalize Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam titles.
In another semifinal, Novak Djokovic will clash with Stefanos Tsitsipas . The winners will meet in the final on Sunday.
India is celebrating the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to VAISHNAV JAN, by artists from Vitenam.