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World News – 14 Oct 2020

World News

2220 HRS
14.10.2020

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.

THE HEADLINES

  • India re-elected as President  of International Solar Alliance for a term of two years.
  • IMF revises the global growth figure upwards; Warns recovery to be long, uneven and highly uncertain.
  • India contributes 1 million dollars to the UN for relief works for Palestine Refugees.
  • US slams UNHRC for electing Pakistan, China, Russia and Cuba despite their abysmal human rights records.
  • Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of trying to attack its gas and oil pipelines in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict zone.

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WN-INDIA SOLAR ALLIANCE

India has been re-elected as the President  of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) while France  will be the  Co- President for a term of two years.  This was decided at the virtual meeting of third assembly of the alliance.  53 member countries and five signatory and prospective member countries participated in the assembly.

President of the ISA assembly and India’s Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister, R.K. Singh said, by 2030 solar energy will become most important source of energy for electricity production.

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WN-IMF-WORLD ECONOMY

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted  a somewhat less severe recession than it predicted in June. According to the latest IMF report on Global Economic Outlook, the global growth is expected to contract to 4.4 percent this year from the earlier estimate of 5.2 percent.

IMF Chief economist Gita Gopinath warned that the ascent out of the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to be long, uneven, and highly uncertain.

The IMF said India’s public debt ratio is projected to jump by 17 percentage points to nearly 90 per cent because of increase in public spending due to COVID-19.

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WN-INDIA-PALESTINE

India has contributed 1 million dollars to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. This aid will support the Agency’s programmes and services, including education, health care, relief and social services.

The Representative Office of India in Ramallah said, India’s support for the Palestinian cause is an integral part of the nation’s foreign policy. It shall continue supporting the UNRWA’s activities in providing vital services and necessary humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees.

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WN-UNHRC

Pakistan along with China, Russia and Cuba have been elected on the UN Human Rights Council despite their abysmal human rights records. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed the UN body tasked with defending human rights for this election.

Last week, a coalition of human rights groups from Europe, the US and Canada called on UN member states to oppose the election of China, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Uzbekistan. It said,  their human rights records disqualified them for this position.

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WN-TRUMP-BIDEN

US Presidential Election campaign has entered in its last phase with an intense campaign in critical battleground states by both candidates. The race for the top job is close one amid record numbers of early votes cast.

Almost 12 million ballots have been cast so far. These include , more than 1.6 million in Florida, according to the U.S. Elections Project at the University of Florida, shattering previous records.

President Donald Trump blasted Democratic rival Joe Biden on his environmental and energy policies at a rally in Pennsylvania. While Biden attacked Trump in Florida for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump plans to hold rallies the rest of the week as he seeks to close what polls say is a significant gap with Biden nationwide. However it is a tighter one in some battleground states.

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WN-RUSSIA-US-START

Moscow has said that it does not see prospects for extending the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Washington. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov  however maintained that the two sides plan to continue talks nonetheless.

The New START accord was signed in 2010. It limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads that Russia and the United States can deploy. It is due to expire in February next year. Failure to extend the pact would remove the main pillar maintaining the balance of nuclear arms between Moscow and Washington.

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WN-ISRAEL-LEBANON

Lebanon and Israel began unprecedented talks over their disputed maritime border on Wednesday. The countries have no diplomatic relations. Each side claims about 330 square miles of the Mediterranean Sea within their own exclusive economic zones.

The US-mediated talks began at a UN post along the border known as Ras Naqoura. The head of the Lebanese delegation said that the Wednesday’s meeting is the first step of a thousand-mile journey.

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WN-NAGORNO KARABAKH

Tensions have mounted in the Caucasian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, as Azerbaijan accused Armenia on Wednesday of trying to attack its gas and oil pipelines and warned of a severe response. On other hand, Armenia has denied targeting Azeri pipelines, which supply world markets with oil and gas.

There is a growing concern over the failure of a four-day-old Moscow-brokered ceasefire to end the worst fighting in decades, in which more than 500 people have perished.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has called on his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts to fully implement the recently reached agreements on Nagorno-Karabakh.

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WN-EU-TURKEY

Despite an EU summit deal aimed at persuading Ankara to stop exploring for natural gas in East Mediterranean waters disputed by Greece and Cyprus, Turkey said it was restarting operations of a survey ship.

Turkey had withdrawn the vessel Oruc Reis last month, just before the EU summit, at which economic sanctions were discussed, only to redeploy it on Monday. Ankara’s decision has raised the risk of conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

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WN-THAI-PROTESTS

Thousands of anti-government protesters took to streets in Bangkok on Wednesday to demand the departure of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and a reform of the monarchy.

Among the pro-democracy protesters’ demands are curbs on the constitutional powers of the king. The protests have become the greatest challenge in years to the ruling establishment and the palace.

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WN-INDIA-BANGLADESH

The Bangladesh Information Minister, Dr. Hasan Mahmud has said that the depth of Bangladesh-India relations is  incomparable. The reason- Indian soldiers gave their blood for the liberation war of Bangladesh.

Dr. Masud said that a biopic directed by renowned Indian filmmaker Shyam Benegal is planned to be completed within the Mujib centenary year. Bangladesh is celebrating the birth centenary year of its founding father, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

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WN-ISS

NASA’s Kate Rubins along with Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos lifted off on Wednesday morning from the Baikonur space launch facility in Kazakhstan for a six-month stint at the International Space station.

For the first time, they tried a two-orbit approach and docked with the space station in just a little over three hours after lift-off. Previously, it took twice as long for crews to reach the station.

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WN-COVID-UPDATE

Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s. According to WHO data, the number of infected cases has crossed 38.02 million worldwide. The World Bank has approved 12 billion dollars in financing to help developing countries buy and distribute coronavirus vaccines, tests, and treatments. It aims to support vaccination of up to 1 billion people.

Meanwhile, India’s COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 87.05 per cent, with over 6.3 million recoveries so far. A new milestone has been reached with 90 million tests so far in the country.

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WN-SPORTS

In Football, Neymar’s hatrick powers Brazil to a 4-2 win over Peru. Lionel Messi leads Argentina to beat Bolivia 2-1 in the South American World Cup qualfiers.

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WN CLOSING

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

 

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