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.
- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hits out at Beijing for the threats it poses to Quad countries.
- Afghanistan’s Chief Peace negotiator calls India a major stakeholder in the Afghan Peace Process.
- Azerbaijan and Armenia accuse each other of violating ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.
- Indian Visa services for Bangladeshi citizens resume after a gap of six months.
- Tennis, Polish teenager Iga Swiatek creates history, lifts her maiden French Open Trophy at Rolland Garros.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has hit out at Beijing for its bad behaviour and the threats it poses to the Quad countries – US, India, Australia and Japan. Pompeo said, the Quad Nations need to collaborate to deal with such threats.
Pompeo met Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar in Tokyo on Tuesday. The two leaders underlined the need to work together to advance, peace, prosperity and security in the Indo-Pacific and around the globe.
Taking a jibe at China, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said the country would continue to modernise its defensive combat capabilities. At the same time Taiwan will show resilience against military expansion and provocation from the other side of the Taiwan Strait. She was speaking on the occasion of the country’s National Day Celebrations on Saturday.
Ing-wen referred to recent developments like sovereignty disputes in the South and East China Seas and the China-India border conflict. She highlighted that democracy, peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific are facing serious challenges.
The Taiwanese President said, if Beijing can change the way it handles cross-strait relations and jointly facilitate reconciliation and peaceful dialogue, regional tension can surely be resolved.
Top Afghan Peace negotiator, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, said that the people of Afghanistan expect a settlement where no terrorist group will be able to work or use Afghan soil against any other country. He described India as an important stakeholder in the Afghan peace process.
The Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan is on a five-day visit to India. He said, the takeaway from the interaction with the Indian Prime Minister is that India wants an Afghan-led solution to the crisis. India has always stayed committed to an inclusive settlement which is acceptable to all Afghans, and a unified Afghanistan which does not harbour terror groups.
Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of violating the terms of a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone and shelling on settlements inside each other’s territories. It has come within minutes of the Moscow-brokered truce taking effect from midday on Saturday. Experts say, it has raised cast shadows on the efficacy of the truce.
The ceasefire was originally intended for exchanging prisoners and recovering the dead, between the warring parties in the conflict zone. It came after 10 hours of talks between the diplomats in Moscow, which was coordinated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The two sides met at the invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov strengthened his grip on power on Saturday by reshuffling top security officials. He has ordered detention of his principal opponent, ex-president Almazbek Atambayev, again just days after he left prison.
The Kyrgyz parliament meanwhile struggled to gather a quorum to vote in a new government and end the power vacuum. The central-Asian country has been gripped by unrest since a contested election on 4th of October. More than 1,200 people have been injured and one person has been killed in street clashes.
After a gap of about six months, the visa services have resumed for several categories of applicants at the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh. A report from our special correspondent in Dhaka-
The High Commission announced that online visa application services for medical, business, employment, entry and journalist category has been resumed. The online visa application process for diplomatic, official, UN official and UN Diplomatic categories have also been announced. The announcement said that the visa application process for other categories will also resume soon.
In the year 2019, more than 16 lakh visas were issued by the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh. The visa application process was suspended due to COVID 19 pandemic in March this year. Rajesh Jha, AIR News, Dhaka
World Mental Health Day is observed on the 10th of October every year. Speaking on the occasion today, UN Chief Antonio Guterres said that as millions of people globally are affected by mental health issues, a massive scale in investment in mental health is required by all countries.
Meanwhile, Health Minister of India Dr. Harshvardhan has said that due to lack of awareness about mental health issues as well as stigma attached to the illnesses, people hesitate to come forward and seek medical help. He reiterated the Government’s commitment to provide comprehensive and quality mental health services.
Egypt on Saturday ratified a maritime deal setting its Mediterranean Sea boundary with Greece. The demarcation of the maritime boundary has resulted in the form of an exclusive economic zone for oil and gas drilling rights.
The bilateral agreement is widely seen as a response to a rival deal between Turkey and Libya that spiked tensions in the East Mediterranean region, along with Turkey’s disputed oil and gas exploration in the seawaters.
The Ankara-Tripoli maritime deal has been dismissed by Egypt, Cyprus and Greece. They have called it as an infringement of their economic rights in the gas-rich Mediterranean Sea.
A tropical storm named Chan-hom is expected to skirt Japan’s main islands and is likely to cause heavy damage to the Izu islands south of Tokyo. Local governments throughout the southern regions have issued evacuation orders and advisories affecting over 8,000 people.
According to Japan’s Meteorological Agency, the storm has brought with it continuous heavy rains. It has already exceeded all October rain averages and caused landslides in the Nara and Mie prefectures of the main island.
Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s. According to WHO data, the number of infected cases has crossed 36.61 million worldwide. The United States saw a two-month high in new COVID-19 cases with over 58,000 infections reported on Friday. Russia registered a fresh single-day record of 12,846 COVID-19 cases.
Moving on to sports –
In Tennis, Polish teenager Iga Swiatek has defeated American Sofia Kenin in straight sets to win her maiden French Open title. She became the first player from Poland in the history to win the title at Rolland Garros.
Meanwhile, Serbian Novak Djokovic would face Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the summit clash on Sunday. Nadal, a 12-time French Open champion will be aiming to equal Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam titles.