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World News – 23 Oct 2020

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


  • Pakistan to remain on the Grey List of the Financial Action Task Force.
  • India assumes Chairpersonship of International Labour Organization after 35 years.
  • The US Presidential debate draws to a close amidst heated discussions over Trump Administration’s COVID response.
  • United States imposes sanctions against Iranian ambassador to Iraq.
  • India’s indigenous COVID-19 vaccine candidate COVAXIN receives nod for phase three clinical trials.




The global anti-terror financing watchdog, Financial Action Task Force, FATF has decided to keep Pakistan in the grey list .The FATF has told Pakistan to swiftly complete its full action plan by February next year. It said, Pakistan needs to do more to check terror funding. The decision was announced by the president of FATF, Marcus Pleyer after the three day plenary session in Paris. The decision is significant in the wake of Pakistan’s history of lack of compliance with the FATF’s action plan


The implementation plan to curb money laundering and terror financing was supposed to be put in place by the end of 2019. However, the dead line was extended in the wake of COVID pandemic.


The FATF is an inter-governmental body set up in 1989 to combat money laundering, terror financing and other related threats to the international financial system. It currently has 39 members. These include two regional organizations- the European Commission and Gulf Cooperation Council. Valsa Williams, AIR World News




India has assumed the Chairpersonship of the Governing Body of International Labour Organization. This marks a new chapter in a century of productive relationship between India and ILO.


The Governing Body is the apex executive body of the ILO which decides policies, programmes, agenda, budget and elects the Director-General. India’s Labour Secretary Apurva Chandra has been elected as the Chairperson of the Governing Body for the period between October 2020- June 2021.




India’s External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar today released a commemorative postage stamp on the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Organizations.


In his remarks, Dr. Jaishankar welcomed the timely initiative  on the eve of the founding of the United Nations.


He highlighted that as a founding member of the United Nations, India was deeply invested in UN’s success and has been at the forefront of UN Peacekeeping Operations.



India’s Minister of External Affairs (MEA) S Jaishankar on Friday said that the Indian High Commission in Kenya is working on the return of 33 Indians stuck in Mogadishu and Somalia.


In a tweet, Dr. Jaishankar added that the High Commission  has taken up their predicament with the Somalian authorities . The External Affairs Ministry is also in touch with the Somali Embassy in India. He expressed hope for an early resolution of the matter.






In the final edition of the US Presidential Debate, Donald Trump and Joe Biden exchanged words over the tackling of Covid-19 pandemic.


During the debate, Trump insisted that Covid-19 would soon go away through medical breakthroughs and pointed to his own recovery. He  defended his push to reopen the United States as soon as possible.


He said that US has a vaccine that’s coming, is ready and would be  announced within weeks.


In response, Biden alleged that President Trump to had no plan to stop a winter of coronavirus deaths. He said anyone who is responsible for so many deaths should not remain as president of the United States.




The Indian Defence and Foreign Minister and their US counterparts are scheduled to hold the 22 Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi next week. The meeting assumes significance as it comes close on the heels of the recent QUAD meet in Tokyo, Japan. Talking to All India Radio, the noted Defence Analyst and Director at Society for Policy Studies, Uday Bhaskar said, we can expect a significant outcome from the deliberations.




Now let’s take a look at the COVID s, from around the world.


The Scientific advisor to the French government on Friday warned that the COVID-19 virus is spreading more quickly than during its initial outbreak in the spring.


France and Britain are witnessing a recent spurt in number of Covid19 positive cases.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the antiviral drug Veklury or Remdesivir for the treatment of COVID-19. FDA said that Remdesivir is the first treatment for COVID-19 to receive their approval.


According to Drug controller General of India, Russian Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 will be tested in India on 100 volunteers.


Meanwhile, India’s trend of registering decreasing active cases continues. A high number of COVID patients are recovering every day along with a steadily falling and sustained low mortality rate.




India’s indigenous COVID-19 vaccine candidate, COVAXIN has received the nod for phase 3 clinical trials in the country from the country’s regulator, Drug Controller General of India.


The vaccine has been developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Another indigenously developed vaccine candidate by Zydus Cadila Limited is also in Phase 2 of human clinical trials.






The United States has imposed sanctions on the Iranian ambassador to Iraq on Thursday. The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control OFAC designated  Iraj Masjedi, Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq, for acting for or on behalf of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.


It can lead to blocking of property of Masjedi, subject to U.S. jurisdiction, and prohibiting U.S persons from engaging in transactions with him or the blocked property. Foreign Financial Institutions engaging in transactions with Masjedi also risk US sanctions.




Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is expected to declare a new goal for the country to reduce green house gases emission to zero by 2050. According to the reports, it is anticipated in his general policy address to the Japanese Parliament on Monday. It will be his first policy speech after taking over from Shinzo Abe.


Japan is the fifth largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world. The commitment will bring the country in line with the European Union and over 60 other nations in efforts to combat climate change.






Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from France, Maxette Pirbakas joined the Indian diaspora during a silent protest organised on Thursday near the Pakistan embassy in Paris.

The protest was held to mark Pakistan’s invasion of Kashmir in India on October 22 in 1947 as a Black Day for Global Peace.


Ms. Pirbakas noted that India, being a truly secular country, has been battling these radical forces for decades and it was apt that October 22 is being observed as Black Day.




In sports, an investigation into the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) by the World Anti-Doping Agency has found evidence of impersonation by athletes during the sample collection process on Thursday.


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