NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indian perspective’, on All India Radio. This is R. S. Raghu bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across the globe.
- India-US 22 Ministerial Dialogue to be held on 27th October, focus on bilateral, regional and global issues.
- New Delhi makes graded visa relaxation for more categories of foreign and Indian nationals.
- Members of European Parliament urge France and EU to impose sanctions against Pakistan on its unabated terrorist activities.
- US designates six Chinese media companies as foreign missions.
- Thailand cancels State emergency in a bid to end protests.
- US approves 1.8 billion Dollar arms sale to Taiwan.
INDIA US DIALOGUE:-
The third India-US 22 Ministerial Dialogue to be held on 27th October. External Affairs Ministry of India said that the ministerial dialogue will entail a comprehensive discussion on cross-cutting bilateral issues of mutual interest. India will be hosting the dialogue in New Delhi.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said both sides will also exchange views on regional and international issues.
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark Esper will visit India on October 26 and 27 for the high level dialogue. Indian side at the talks will be represented by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The visiting US delegation will also meet India’s National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval.
The India-US 22 Ministerial Dialogue is significant as it comes in the wake of India-China stand off in Eastern Ladakh and the quest of both New Delhi and Washington for an open, peaceful, and stable Indo-Pacific region.
INDIA AIR TRAVEL:-
India has decided to permit all OCI and PIO card holders and all other foreign nationals to visit the country for any purpose, except on a Tourist Visa to enter by air or water routes through authorized airports and seaport immigration check posts.
This includes flights operated under Vande Bharat Mission, Air Transport Bubble arrangements or by any non-scheduled commercial flights as allowed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. All such travelers will, however, have to strictly adhere to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on quarantine and other COVID-19 matters.
Members of European Parliament have urged France and EU to impose sanctions against unabated terrorist activities in Pakistan. Members of EU, Ryszard Czarnecki, Fulvio Martusciello and Gianna Garcia raised this demand on Wednesday in a letter to the French government and the European Union.
In the letter, the Parliament members stated that since its creation Pakistan has inflicted untold horrors on the world. The letter also mentioned the incident of genocide by Pakistani military in Bangladesh, earestwhile East Pakistan.
The members also pointed out that Pakistan was re-admitted to the FATF grey list for its continued failure to comply with obligations to prevent terrorism financing.
US CHINA MEDIA:-
The U.S. State Department has designated the U.S. operations of six more China-based media companies as foreign missions. The designations restrict the operations of Yicai Global, Jiefang Daily, Xinmin Evening News, Social Sciences in China Press, Beijing Review, and Economic Daily in the United States but don’t affect what they can publish in US. The US State Department in a statement said the outlets are “substantially owned or effectively controlled” by the Chinese regime. More from our Beijing Correspondent:
Latest move follow the designation of nine Chinese media outlets in this year, including Xinhua News agency, China Central television and China Global Television, in recognition that they are China-controlled propaganda outlets. The designation means they’ll be treated as foreign embassies or other diplomatic missions, and thus be required to register their employees and U.S. properties with the State Department. Chinese Foreign Ministry has opposed this US move. It said that China will make necessary and legitimate response and urged the US to immediately correct the course. The measure is among a range of Trump administration actions aimed at combating Chinese influence in the United States. Anshuman Mishra for AIR News, Beijing
India will be releasing a stamp on the eve of 75th anniversary of the United Nations on 23 October. Briefing the media , External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said India attaches highest priority to the expansion of the UN Security Council so that it reflects contemporary realities of the world.
India today successfully carried out final trial of 3rd generation Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) NAG with a warhead from Pokhran range in Rajasthan.
ATGM NAG has been developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to engage highly fortified enemy tanks in day and night conditions. The Nag anti-tank missile is ready for induction in the Indian Army.
Thailand government on Thursday ordered the removal of emergency measures imposed a week earlier. The move is aimed to end months of protests against the government and monarchy which brought protestors on to the streets.
The emergency decree had banned public gatherings of more than four people and allowed censorship of the media. It was challenged in court by an opposition party and a group of university students.
Meanwhile, protesters said that withdrawing the measures was not enough. They are pressing for a more democratic constitution and reforms to the monarchy. Protesters added that if their demands were not met, they would return in three days.
US TAIWAN DEFENCE DEAL:-
The U.S. State Department on Wednesday approved the sale of weapons systems worth around 1.8 billion dollar to Taiwan. The Pentagon said that the deal comprised three weapons systems, including rocket launchers, sensors and artillery.
Taiwan welcomed the decision and said that the weapons would help improve its defensive capabilities to deal with the enemy threat and new situation. It added that Taiwan was not looking to get into an arms race with Beijing.
Responding the U.S. approval of arms sale to Taiwan, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that the arms deal would impact on its relationship with the US.
Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s. According to WHO data, the number of infected cases has crossed 40.89 million worldwide.
Meanwhile, India continues to report one of the lowest cases per million population. The country’s COVID-19 recovery rate has crossed 89 per cent.
The Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) has validated the efficacy of COVIRAP for the detection of COVID-19. The diagnostic technology has been developed by researchers at Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT) Kharagpur. This COVID-19 diagnostic testing method has been designed to be fairly easy to conduct and affordable as well and can produce results within one hour.
In US presidential elections, Donald Trump and Joe Biden are scheduled to meet in their second and final debate on Thursday night. It’s one of the last high-profile opportunities for the trailing president to change the trajectory of an increasingly contentious campaign.
Speaking at a rally in Philadelphia on Wednesday for Democratic candiadtes, former President Barack Obama made a blistering attack on Donald Trump. He critized Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned action against China on COVID-19 pandemic if he is re-elected.
Saad Hariri has been re-elected as Lebanon’s new Prime Minister on Thursday in the wake of Mustapha Adib’s resignation in late September.
The President Michel Aoun has informed that a total of 65 lawmakers have backed Hariri’s candidacy for the post of the prime minister. 53 members abstained from voting while two were absent in the voting.
Moving on to sports. In the UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich had an emphatic 4 Nil win over Athletico Madrid while Manchester City beat Porto 3-1 on Thursday.