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World News – 18 Oct 2020

World News

2220 HRS
18.10.2020

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

THE HEADLINES:-

  • 12 dead and over 100 injured in a blast in Afghanistan.
  • India rejects Chinese claims of a simultaneous outbreak of the Coronavirus across the world
  • US backed Israeli delegation to formalize relations with Bahrain.
  • Iran announuces termination of travel and trade restrictions on the 5th anniversary of the Iran Deal.
  • In Badminton, Japan’s Okuhara Nozomi beats Spain’s Carolina Marin to win the Denmark Open.

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AFGHAN-BLASTS:-

At least 12 people were killed and over 100 wounded by a powerful explosion in Afghanistan on Sunday Morning. The blast rocked outside a police office in Afghanistan’s western Ghor province, Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Interior Ministry of Afghanistan confirmed in a tweet. The officials say that many of the wounded are in a critical condition.

The Spokesman further tweeted, holding the Taliban responsible for the blasts.

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PAKISTAN-RALLY:-

Encouraged by the people’s response in Gujranwala rally, the 11-party opposition alliance, Pakistan Democratic Movement will hold its second power show in Karachi on Sunday.

 

The earlier rally  hosted by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), saw Pakistan opposition leaders and thousands of people protesting against the Prime Minister Imran Khan government

 

Pakistani Muslim League- Nawaz’s (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz will make her first public appearance in the metropolis. PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari expressed confidence about the success of the show and eventual fall of the Imran Khan-led government.

 

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HARSHVARDHAN-CHINA:-

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday refuted the claim made by China that there was a simultaneous outbreak of coronavirus across the world, citing lack of “clinching” evidence to support the argument.

 

Answering a question during his weekly public media interaction, the Minister asserted that Wuhan in China is recognized worldwide as the first instance of the outbreak of COVID-19 being reported.

 

In response to a question on India’s dependance on China for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, the Minister said that measures have been taken to make India self-reliant in the manufacturing of APIs.

 

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ARMENIA-AZER:-

Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other on Sunday of violating a new humanitarian ceasefire in fighting over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, hours after it was agreed.

The Armenian defence ministry said the Azeri army had fired twice during the night and used artillery while the Azeri defence ministry said that it was only taking retaliatory measures.

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THAI-PROTESTS:-

In Thailand, hundreds of anti-government protesters defied ban and demonstrated in Bangkok on Sunday against Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and the monarchy.

 

Demonstrations have persisted despite the arrest of dozens of protesters and their leaders, the use of water cannon and shutdowns on much of Bangkok’s metro rail system in a bid to quell over three months of street action.

 

The protests which is taking place across Thailand, is spreading to other parts of the world with solidarity protests being held or planned in Taiwan, Denmark, Sweden, France, the United States and Canada.

 

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BANGLADESH-INDIA FLIGHTS:-

The flights between Bangladesh and India will resume from October 28 under the ‘air-bubble’ arrangement between the two countries.

The Bangladeshi airlines will be operating flights from Dhaka to Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai while the Indian carriers will have flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai to Dhaka.

 

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The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation members have come together to develop and hone their startup ecosystems. The first-ever SCO Startup Forum will be launched on 27th October 2020 ahead of the SCO trade ministers meeting. Prasar Bharati Special Correspondent Anshuman Mishra reports from Beijing in a Yoga event, which saw a vibrant participation by officials of SCO.

The yoga event was part of many events to mark India’s presidency of SCO Council of Heads of Govt. It witnessed vibrant participation of Ambassadors of SCO Missions in China and Chinese officials. Mr. Misri noted that India’s association with SCO countries is a bonding born of shared history, shared culture and shared interests. He said, Yoga is a part of India’s contribution to strengthening cultural cooperation among SCO countries, he added. He expressed happiness that Chinese people across the country practice yoga with fervor. The International Day of Yoga is celebrated every year in many cities all over China. SCO Secretary General, Vladimir Norov also participated in Yoga event and appreciated its role in promoting people to people interaction among SCO countries. ANshuman Mishra for AIR News, Beijing.

 

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ISRAEL-BAHRAIN:-

An Israeli delegation accompanied by the U.S. treasury secretary flew to Bahrain on Sunday to formalise nascent relations and broaden Gulf cooperation.

 

Bahrain followed the United Arab Emirates in agreeing last month to normalise ties with Israel to the surprise of Palestinians who had demanded statehood before any such rapprochement.

 

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ISRAEL-UAE:-

Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have reached a bilateral agreement to protect and promote invesments in each other’s countries, both finance ministries said on Sunday.

 

The agreement is one of the first between the UAE and Israel after they agreed to normalise relations in August.

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MODI – NEW ZEALAND PM:-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern on her resounding victory. In a tweet, Mr. Modi said, he is looking forward to work together for taking India – New Zealand relationship to a higher level.

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COVID UPDATES

Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s. According to WHO data, the number of infected cases has crossed 39.44 million worldwide.

 

British senior minister Michael Gove ruled out imposing blanket restrictions across the country to tackle a surge in cases of the virus.

 

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has gone into quarantine after one of his bodyguards tested positive for Covid-19.

 

Germany recorded a higest daily spike in new infections yesterday.

 

India’s COVID-19 recovery rate has crossed 88 per cent and the Case Fatality Rate is at 1.52 per cent, which is one of the lowest, globally.

 

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IRAN-2231:-

The Iranian mission to the United Nations announced the termination of travel and arms restrictions on Saturday. The restrictions, imposed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231 stands terminated starting Sunday, which marks the fifth anniversary of the  Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA.

 

States are now no longer required to seek in advance case-by-case approval by the Security Council to engage in certain activities described in the resolution. These include the supply, sale or transfer of arms or related materiel to and from Iran.

 

The Press release added that the travel restrictions on the individuals named in the 2231 List is also lifted.

 

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BELARUS-PROTEST:-

Fifty-Eight people including students have been detained during unauthorized opposition protests across Belarus on Saturday the Belarusian Interior Ministry’s spokeswoman said on Sunday.

 

In addition, several dozen opposition supporters held a traditional women’s march in Minsk.

 

Nationwide protests have been ongoing in Belarus since the elections in which President Alexander Lukashenko secured his sixth term. The opposition refutes the legitimacy of his victory and is organizing protest rallies.

 

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CHINA-SHENZEN:-

China on Sunday detailed steps to grant more autonomy to Shenzhen, letting the southern financial and technology hub pilot reforms in market development and economic integration.

 

The changes announced by the National Development and Reform Commission include more flexibility to pursue reforms in cross-border arbitration, land use and other such areas.

 

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SPORTS- Moving onto sports:-

In Badminton, Japan’s Okuhara Nozomi defeated olypmic gold medalist Carolina Marin to clinch the Denmark Open.

In Football and the English Premier League saw Manchester united beating Newcastle 4-1 at the St. James’ Park on Sunday.

 

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