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World News – 17 Oct 2020

World News

2220 HRS
17.10.2020

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

THE HEADLINES:-

  • Jacinda Ardern re-elected as Prime Minister of New Zealand.
  • Russian Sputnik-V vaccine against COVID19 given go ahead for clinical trials in India.
  • Former Pak Premier Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan army and ISI ousted him to install Imran Khan led puppet government.
  • Myanmar announces cancellation of elections in areas of Rakhine state.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hardens stance for no-trade deal Brexit.
  • In the English Premier League, the derby between Everton and Liverpool ends in a draw

 

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NZ-ELECTIONS:-

New Zealand’s  Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a landslide victory in the general election on Saturday.

 

With this, the Ardern led centre-left Labour Party has secured a second term after her success in tackling the Coronavirus situation in the country.

 

Ardern came out of her home in Auckland, waved and hugged gathered supporters.

 

Opposition National Party leader Judith Collins called the result outstanding and said she had congratulated Ardern over call.

 

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PM-COVID:-

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, reviewed Covid-19 situation and the preparedness of vaccine delivery, distribution and administration in the country. Mr Modi noted the steady decline in the daily Covid cases.

 

Meanwhile, Indian Scientists and Research Teams are collaborating and strengthening the research capacities in neighbouring countries. These include Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

 

The Indian Prime Minister  directed that the country should reach out to the entire world in providing vaccines, medicines and IT platforms for vaccine delivery system.

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RUSSIA-VACCINE:-

The Drug Controller General of India DGCI has given approval to the The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Limited to conduct late-stage human clinical trials in India of the Russian SPUTNIK V vaccine against COVID-19 on Saturday.

 

In a statement, RDIF said that, India will now carry out an adaptive second and third phase human clinical trials involving 1,500 participants.

 

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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 39.02 million worldwide.

 

Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg has tested positive for the coronavirus.

 

Thailand on Saturday recorded its first two locally transmitted cases of the coronavirus in more than one month.

 

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans on Saturday to curb social contacts and keep travel to a minimum, as the country struggles to contain a second wave of coronavirus infection.

 

Meanwhile, India has achieved a significant milestone as the caseload falls below 800,000 after one and a half months. India has seen over 6.5 million recoveries so far.

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NAWAZ SHARIF-COUP:-

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday accused the country’s army pressuring the judiciary, orchestrating his ouster and bringing Imran Khan to power in the 2018 elections.

 

He also accused the Chief of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence spy agency of being involved in conspiring against his government.

Sharif was speaking to a gathering of thousands of protestors via video link from London. The occasion marked the launch of  a countrywide protest campaign to oust the incumbent government.

 

Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto, the son of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) too slammed Imran Khan government. They took the Government to task for bad governance and mismanagement of the economy. The move is significant in view of the coming together of mainstream opposition in Pakistan. The 11 party alliance, Pakistan Democratic Movement, PDM is scheduled to hold a rally in Karachi in Sunday.

 

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MYANMAR-RAKHINE-ELECTIONS:-

Myanmar’s Union Election Commission has announced the cancellation of elections, as initially planned in some areas of conflict-ridden Rakhine state.

 

The country is headed for elections on 8th November this year. The comission justified the decision saying  that the conditions do not allow for for free and fair elections in the areas mentioned in the announcements.

 

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INTERNATIONAL DAY-POVERTY:-

Today is  International Day for Eradication of Poverty . It presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that they are the first ones to fight against poverty.

 

In an exclusive interview with AIR News,  the Deputy Resident representative of UNDP India, Nadia Rasheed has said, poverty is multidimensional and it is important for us to address all of them.

 

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UNSG-IDP:-

The UN Secretary General on the occasion of the International Day for Eradication of Poverty warned that this year, up to 115 million people could be pushed into poverty because of COVID19.

He called for solidarity and strong collective action to deal with the pandemic.

 

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INDIA-CHILE:-

Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Chilean counterpart Andres Allamand Zavala virtually in their first joint commission meeting yesterday. The two sides agreed to add new momentum to their relations in a wide range of fields.

 

India welcomed Chile’s decision to designate India as a priority country in its foreign policy. Chile will also be opening its Consulate General in Mumbai.

 

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TRUMP-BIDEN-ELECTIONS:-

U.S. President Donald Trump reached out to seniors in the state of Florida on Friday, while rival Joe Biden criticized Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in Michigan.

 

Biden criticized Trump for often playing down the seriousness of the crisis. He said the administration was allegedly seeking to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. However,  Trump reiterated that the country was rounding the turn on the outbreak, even as the number of U.S. cases crossed 8 million on Thursday, rising by 1 million in less than a month.

 

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BORIS-BREXIT:-

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that it was now time to prepare for a no-trade deal Brexit unless the European Union fundamentally changed course.

 

The European Union heads of government, said that they wanted a trade deal and for talks to continue, though not at any price in the recently concluded summit in Brussels on Friday.

 

In a related news, Ratings agency Moody’s downgraded the United Kingdom’s debt rating from AA2 to AA3  on Friday.

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TRUDEAU-CHINA:-

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he will continue to stand up against what he described as China’s coercive diplomacy and human rights abuses in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

 

However, Trudeau added that he was not looking to escalate tensions with China.

 

Earlier this week, the Chinese government took issue with Trudeau’s earlier comments. Also, on Thursday the Chinese envoy to Ottawa warned Canada against granting asylum to Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters.

 

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SPORTS- Moving onto sports:-

In Tennis second-seeded Canadian Denis Shapovalov beat fifth-seeded Swiss international Stan Wawrinka on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the St. Petersburg Open in Russia.

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