Wednesday, October 20, 2021

World News – 24 Oct 2020

World News
2220 HRS
24.10.2020
NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indian perspective’, on All India Radio. This is PRASHANT KUMAR SINHA bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across the globe.

Headlines:-

United Nations turns 75; Secretary General António Guterres reminds the world of its enduring values.
UN Resident Co-ordinator says India deserves its rightful place at the UN Security Council.
Pakistan Senate questions legal status of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
WHO urges caution before approving Remdesevir for COVID treatment.
In football, Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3 goals to 1 in El-Clasico at Camp Nou in Barcelona.
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GUETERRES-UN DAY-

The United Nations-UN Day is being observed today. It was on the 24th of October in 1945 that the UN officially came into existence. It is currently made up of 193 Member States. On this occasion, UN Secretary General António Guterres reminded the world of the enduring values of the organisation.

He appealed to the member nations to work in the spirit of solidarity and cooperation embodied in the UN Charter to overcome the challenges.

On the eve of the UN Day, Mr. Guterres had appealed for a global ceasefire so that our collective energies could be devoted to fighting the COVID pandemic.

In a tweet he said, Let us act together to defeat the pandemic, prevent climate catastrophe, uphold the equality of women and men and pave the way for a better world.

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UNDAY-RENATA-

In an exclusive interview with All India Radio, the UN Resident Coordinator in India, Ms. Renata Dessallien underlined the importance of the UN in today’s world. She said the achievements speak for the organisation.

Ms Dessalien commended the pivotal role played by India during the formative phase of the UN and the support that India provides to the organization. She said India deserves its rightful place at the UN Security Council.

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UN-INDIA-

India’s two year term as non permanent member of United Nations Security Council-UNSC will begin on the 1st of January 2021.

This will be the eighth time that India will be serving on the UN security council. India’s work in the UNSC will be guided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a reformed multilateralism and the dynamic 5 S vision of Sammaan, Samvaad, Sahyog, Shanti and Samriddhi. Through this approach, India seeks to move towards a new orientation for a reformed multilateral system. As a founding member of United Nations, India is fully committed to the principles and purposes of the UN Charter. With Anand Kumar, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi.

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EAM-UN-

India’s External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar had highlighted the role of the United Nations in promoting the spirit of multilateralism. In a tweet Dr. Jaishankar said that as UN marks its 75th Anniversary, reformed multilateralism has become an essential imperative.

He reaffirmed India’s commitment to uphold the interests of the developing world and to strengthen the global consensus on key contemporary challenges in its capacity as a non permanent member of UNSC from January 2021.

Earlier, on the eve of the 75th founding day, Dr. Jaishankar had released a commemorative stamp for the UN on Friday.

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PAK-CPEC-

The Senate of Pakistan questioned the legality of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on Friday.

PPP leader Senator Raza Rabbani, speaking on a call-attention notice reportedly asked as to which provision of the law allows the CPEC Authority to continue to operate.

The CPEC Authority ordinance was promulgated last year and was extended by the National Assembly in January 2020, however, its life ended in June.

The CPEC projects in Pakistan have been mired with controversies and facing stiff resistance from Baluchistan, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and the Hunza valley.

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POLIO-TEDROS-

Today is World Polio Day. On the occasion, WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted the progress made by the global community in fighting Polio and urged for continued commitment to end the disease.

In a tweet, Dr. Ghebreyesus than ked to the leadership of countless polio champions from government officials to community leaders.

He also remarked upon how the polio program’s resources and expertise have played a critical role in fighting other diseases including COVID19 currently.

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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 42.05 million worldwide.

Polish officials announced that the President Andrzej Duda has tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday reinforced a message to Germans to curb social contacts and keep travel to a minimum as coronavirus infections continued to rise.

In India, the COVID-19 recovery rate has reached 89.78 per cent. Indian Health Ministry has stated that during the last 24 hours, more than 67 thousand have recovered.

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USFDA-WHO-

The WHO on Friday cautioned the countries reviewing Remdesivir against COVID-19 to consider all evidence, including a trial in which the medicine failed, before giving it the green light.

In a news conference, WHO informed that U.S. regulators appeared not to have done so.

The USFDA had approved the drug Remdesivir for treating patients hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier this week.

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SUDAN-ISRAEL-

US President Donald Trump today announced that Sudan and Israel have agreed to normalize ties. According to the White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere, it will be the first time the two countries have had diplomatic relations.

The announcement comes as Sudan seeks to improve its relationship with the United States. President Trump had earlier subjected Sudan, along with six other countries, to a travel ban shortly after he assumed office in 2017.

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US-22 DIALOGUE-

The US State Department on Friday said that it is more important now than ever to work with like-minded partners such as India. It is significant in the wake of China’s increasingly aggressive behaviour across the India-Pacific from the Himalayas to the South China Sea. The State department spokesman was briefing media ahead of the 22 dialogue scheduled to be held on the 27th of October in New Delhi. He added that the QUAD grouping comprising the United States of America, Japan, Australia, and India are getting together to cooperate over various issues.

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SPORTS-

News from the world of sports now, in football, the Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3 goals to 1 in El-Clasico at Camp Nou in Barcelona.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has inaugurated the Aquatics Centre for next year’s rescheduled Olympics, on Saturday.

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