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World News -19 Oct 2020

World News

2220 HRS
19.10.2020

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

THE HEADLINES:-

  • Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi gives a clarion call to invest in Science and Innovation to fight global pandemics.
  • New Delhi to return the apprehended Chinese Army soldier who strayed across the LAC.
  • Early voting for the US presidential election has begun in the crucial battleground state of Florida.
  • Australia to join the Malabar 2020 naval exercise with India, US and Japan.
  • Israel and Bahrain ink deal to establish diplomatic relations.

 

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GCAM MEETING:-

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi today said that the future will be shaped by societies that invest in science and innovation. He was delivering the virtual keynote address at the inaugural session of Grand Challenges Annual Meeting (GCAM) 2020. Mr. Modi  said, the journey to these innovations must be shaped by collaboration and public participation. He said, science will never prosper in silos and the Grand Challenges Programme has understood this ethos well.

 

The three-day brainstorming programme will feature leaders talks, panel discussions and virtual informal conversations . The topics range from scientific interventions to  fight the pandemic and global solutions to counter it and prevent future one.

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PM-EDUCATION:-

Prime Minister Modi, addressing another event today, said that infrastructure enhancement and structural reforms over the past  six years would transform India into a global hub in higher education sectorand make the youth competitive giving them an edge over others.

 

The Prime Minister stressed that reforms have provided greater autonomy to the educational institutions to take decisions according to their needs.

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PLA SOLDIER:-

Indian Army has apprehended a Chinese soldier in Demchok Sector of Eastern Ladakh. The Defence Ministry of India said in a statement that a People’s Liberation Army soldier was apprehended today after he had strayed across the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

 

The soldier has been provided medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes to protect him from the vagaries of extreme altitude and harsh climatic conditions.

 

It was also informed that a request has been received from the Chinese Army about the whereabouts of the missing soldier. As per established protocols, he will be returned back to Chinese officials at the Chushul-Moldo meeting point after completion of formalities.

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CHINA:-

Amid US-China trade tensions, China has said that it welcomes US companies to actively participate in its market and would strive to create a fair and just environment.  The statement by China’s Industry ministry comes after Xiao Yaqing, China’s Minister of Industry and Information Technology, held a video meeting with a delegation of US-China Business Council. Heads of many US companies including Qualcomm Inc and General Motors took part in the deliberations.

 

The meeting comes even as tensions between China and US escalated in recent times specially over restrictions which have affected Chinese companies like Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC), TikTok owner ByteDance and Tencent Holdings. During the meeting, China tried to project good market prospects amid the news of 4.9% GDP growth in third quarter after it recorded steepest GDP slump in first months of 2020. However, Chinese National Bureau of Statistics warned that growth remained patchy as it missed the expected headline growth. Anshuman Mishra, AIR News, Beijing.

 

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MALABAR EXERCISE:-

Australia would be joining the annual naval exercises Malabar 2020 scheduled with the United States and Japan later this year. The exercise being hosted by India would strengthen the coordination between the Navies of the QUAD countries.

 

The Malabar exercises started in 1992 as a bilateral Indian Navy-US Navy exercise. Japan joined the Naval exercise in 2015. Australia will be returning to the joint maneuvers after its participation in 2007 that drew criticism from China.

 

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ELECTIONS:-

Early voting for the November 3 presidential election has begun in the crucial battleground state of Florida on Monday. A record 28 million Americans have already cast ballots with barely two weeks remaining in the campaign.

 

Florida is widely seen as a must-win for Donald Trump. His road to  victory becomes razor-thin if he loses the southern state. Biden and Trump would be debating for a final time on Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee.

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ISRAEL BAHRAIN-TIES:-

Israel and Bahrain have formally established diplomatic relations after signing the US brokered deal in Bahrain capital Manama. Top officials from the two countries signed eight bilateral agreements last night. These include a joint communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic, peaceful and friendly relations. The next step is expected to be the opening of embassies by the two nations.

Bahrain is now the fourth Arab country in the Middle East – after the UAE, Egypt and Jordan – to recognise Israel.

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JAPAN-VIETNAM:-
Japan hailed an agreement in principle to supply Vietnam with military gear and technology. The  two governments pledged on Monday to strengthen security and economic ties amid mounting concerns about China’s assertiveness in the region.

Addressing the media after the meeting, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called the agreement a big step in the field of security for both countries. He said that it is important for all countries concerned not to rely on force or threat but to work toward peaceful resolution based on international law.

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PM-BANGLADESH:-

Bangladesh and India will celebrate former’s 50 years of independence together next year. In a statement, the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr. A K Abdul Momen expressed hope that Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi would join the celebrations in Dhaka.

 

Dr. Momen said that the existing relations between Bangladesh and India have set an example for the world by resolving bilateral issues through dialogue and discussions.

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THAI-PROTESTS:-

Thai police said on Monday they had ordered an investigation of four news outlets under emergency measures introduced last week. They have imposed curbs on messaging app Telegram. The move is being seen as an attempt to quell  three months of protests against the government and monarchy.

 

The move prompted anger from media groups which termed it as  an attack on press freedom by the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.

 

Meanwhile, Thai lawmakers would meet for an extraordinary parliament session to discuss the demands put forward by the protestors.

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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 39.94 million worldwide. Wales imposed two-week lockdown and Slovenia declared a 30-day nation-wide emergency amidst rising cases.

 

South African Health Minister has tested COVID Positive.

 

Meanwhile, India’s national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 88.26 per cent. The Indian Health Ministry has said that the decline in positivity rate has been brought about by high level of comprehensive country-wide testing, which has crossed 90 million so far.

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SPORTS-Moving onto sports.:-

In Tennis, Former World Number one, Britain’s Andy Murray has pulled out of this week’s ATP Tour event in Germany due to a lingering pelvic problem.

 

In Football, Former England striker Wayne Rooney on Monday announced that he has tested negative for COVID-19

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