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World News – 21 Oct 2020

World News

2220 HRS
21.10.2020

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:-

  • India returns missing Chinese soldier who strayed across LAC.
  • UNCTAD reports that the value of global trade is set to fall by 7% to 9% in 2020 from the previous year in the wake of COVID19 Pandemic.
  • New Delhi and Dhaka to operate 28 flights per week under air bubble agreement.
  • In US Presidential elections, Joe Biden and Donald Trump to meet in final debate on Thursday.
  • NASA spacecraft grabs sample of rocks from asteroid Bennu.

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CHINA – SOLDIER:-

India has returned the missing Chinese soldier today who strayed across the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. He was apprehended in Eastern Ladakh by the Indian troops on 18th of October. Indian Army  in a statement had said earlier that as per established protocols, he will be returned back to Chinese officials after completion of formalities.

 

Chinese Defence Ministry has confirmed that the PLA soldier has been returned to the Chinese border troops by the Indian Army. It said that the soldier went missing while helping local herdsmen find the lost yak near the China-India border on Sunday.

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INDIA BANGLADESH:-

An air bubble arrangement is now in place between India and Bangladesh to further widen international civil aviation operations.

 

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep S Puri said in a tweet that carriers of India and Bangladesh will operate 28 flights per week each between the two countries.

 

He said the number of such air bubble arrangements with other countries have now reached 18.

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US ELECTION:-

With barely 13 days left before the Nov. 3 US Presidential Elections,  Joe Biden and Donald Trump are set to face each other  in their second and final debate on Thursday night. The event will give President Trump an opportunity to change the trajectory of a race that Biden is leading in national polls. Stakes are high for both the sides. Former U.S. President Barack Obama is to make his first appearance on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania’s biggest city, Philadelphia on Wednesday for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

 

President Donald Trump on Tuesday campaigned in the crucial battleground state of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Trump told his supporters  that  he needed a second term in the White House to ensure a successful recovery from the novel coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout.

 

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US GOOGLE:-

The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday sued Google on harming competition in internet search and search advertising. It said Google was putting its search tool over others whenever consumers browsed the web. Charges are that the 1 trillion dollar  company was  illegally using its market muscle to hobble rivals  through distribution agreements and other restrictions.

 

Google has termed the lawsuit as deeply flawed. It said that people use Google because they choose to – not because they are forced to or due to lack of  alternatives.

 

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FRANCE BAN:-

France said on Wednesday that it will ban an Islamist group named after the late Sheikh Yassin. The move is a part of a crackdown on militants following the murder of a French schoolteacher last week.

 

Samuel Paty, a French school teacher, was beheaded on October 16 by an 18-year-old of Chechen origin. The reason – he wanted  to avenge use of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad by Samuel Party in a class on freedom of expression. The attacker was shot dead by Police.

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MEA-UNHRC:-

India on Tuesday strongly reacted to the  comments of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on an issue relating to the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.

 

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava has said, India is a democratic polity based on the rule of law and an independent judiciary. The framing of laws is obviously a sovereign prerogative. Violations of law, however, cannot be condoned under the pretext of human rights. He added that a more informed view of the matter was expected of a UN body.

 

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet had expressed concern over the restrictions on foreign funding for the Non-Governmental Organisations in India.

 

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INDIA KOREA:-

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Wednesday spoke on phone with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. They took stock of  important global developments including the progress in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing diversification of international value chains.

 

In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs of India said the two leaders also reviewed the need to preserve a transparent, rules-based global trading order and the important role of WTO.

 

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CABINET-MOUs:-

The Indian Cabinet was apprised today of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU signed between India and Nigeria on cooperation in the exploration and uses of outer space for peaceful purposes. The MoU will provide impetus to explore newer research activities. It will give a fillip to application possibilities in the field of remote sensing of the earth, satellite communication, satellite navigation, space science and exploration of outer space.

 

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UN REPORT TRADE:-

The UN Conference on Trade and Development on Wednesday said that the value of global trade is set to fall by 7% to 9% in 2020 from the previous year.

 

The report added that if the pandemic resurges in coming months, that could lead to a deteriorating environment for policy-makers and sudden increase in trade restrictive policies.

 

Meanwhile, China’s exports rebounded strongly in the third quarter after falling in the early months of the pandemic, and have posted year-on-year growth rates of nearly 10%.

 

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COVID-UPDATE:-

Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s from around the world. According to WHO

data, the number of infected cases has crossed 40.45 million worldwide.

United Nations Chief, António Guterres has today said that the wrong information can be deadly during the COVID19 pandemic and urged all to help stop the spread of misinformation online.

UN CHIEF-ANTONIO:-

Meanwhile, In India, the Health Ministry said that COVID-19 cases on oxygen support in ICUs, through ventilators and Oxygen supported beds have shown a significant decrease since the last week of September. The country’s COVID-19 recovery rate reached close to 89 per cent.

 

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EU VACCINE:-

The European Commission said on Wednesday that it had signed a contract on behalf of EU states with U.S. drugmaker Johnson & Johnson for the supply of 400 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

 

The move follows an advance purchase agreement signed by Brussels with Johnson & Johnson earlier in October.

 

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NASA SPACECRAFT:-

A NASA spacecraft touched down on the  surface of the Bennu asteroid on Tuesday.  The minivan-sized OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, plucked the sample of rocks, dating back to the birth of our solar system,  from north pole of Bennu.  The spacecraft launched in 2016 from Kennedy Space Center for the journey to Bennu will arrive in Earth in 2023. Japan is the only other country to have already accomplished this achievement.

 

Bennu, located over 100 million miles from Earth and whose acorn-shaped body formed in the early days of our solar system, could hold clues to the origins of life on Earth.

 

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EU:-

The European Union Agriculture Ministers agreed on Wednesday to set aside part of the bloc’s massive farming policy budget for programmes that protect the environment.

 

As per the new Common Agricultural Policy,   about  a third of the EU’s 1.30 trillion dollar budget for 2021-2027, to be split between direct payments to farmers and other support for rural development. 20% of the payments to farmers will be earmarked for green schemes such as organic farming or agroforestry. Farmers will not be able to access the cash for other purposes.

 

The policy will kicks in from 2023 and ministers agreed a two-year pilot phase for the green schemes. It would become binding from 2025.

 

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BANGLADESH-DURGA PUJA GREETINGS:-

Bangladesh President M. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have greeted the Hindu community of the country on the occasion of the Durga Puja.

 

In Bangladesh 5 day long Durga Puja celebration will start from October 22 with the unveiling of the face of the deity and it will conclude on October 26 with the immersion of the idols.

 

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WN SPORTS:-

Moving onto sports. In Indian Premier League Cricket,  Royal Challengers  Bangalore beats Kolkata Knight Riders by chasing down the easy target of 84 runs in 13.3 overs with a loss of 2 wickets.

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