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.
⦁ India and US sign defence pact BECA at the third 22 Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi.
⦁ India urges BRICS countries to intensify their collective fight against terrorism.
⦁ France says Turkey should not interfere in its domestic affairs.
⦁ WHO warns Europe needs serious acceleration in fight against COVID 19 pandemic.
⦁ And, NASA confirms presence of water on moon’s surface.
INDIA US 22
India and US today held the 3rd bilateral two plus two Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi . The two sides inked the landmark defence pact BECA. The Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement will allow India to use global geospatial maps of the United States for accuracy of stand-off weapons like cruise and ballistic missiles.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi appreciated the successful conclusion of the Dialogue. From the Indian side, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar led the delegation. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence Mark Esper led the US delegation. India and US signed five agreements in total.
In the press statement after the meeting, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar said discussions covered developments in India’s neighbouring countries. The leaders made it clear that cross border terrorism is completely unacceptable.
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, both sides agreed that upholding the rules based international order and respecting the rule of law & freedom of navigation in the international seas, upholding the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states are essential.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said US will stand with India as country confronts threats to their sovereignty and liberty. He added that US supports India’s permanent membership of UNSC.
BRICS PARLIAMENTARY FORUM
India has today said that BRICS countries need to intensify their collective fight against terrorism which poses the biggest threat to humankind. Virtually addressing the meeting of the 6th BRICS Parliamentary Forum, Speaker of Lower House of Indian Parliament, Om Birla said, as people’s representatives, parliamentarians can no longer be silent bystanders. They must unite to fight the challenges of terrorism and violent extremism.
He said, BRICS countries have to ensure that the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic does not jeopardize the progress towards achievement of the Agenda 2030 of Sustainable Development Goals. Mr. Birla shared India’s experience and strategies to deal with the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis.
SCO STARTUP FORUM
Commerce and Industries minister of India Piyush Goyal today launched first-ever SCO Startup Forum ahead of the SCO trade ministers meeting to be held virtually tomorrow. The forum will lay the foundation for multilateral cooperation and engagement among the SCO Member States to develop and hone their startup ecosystems, collectively.
Prasar Bharati Beijing Correspondent reports that Innovation and Startups will be the key focus area of SCO Heads of Government meeting on 30th November 2020 which will be hosted by India for the first time.
INDIA- MIDDLE EAST
India has called on concerned parties in the West Asia region to completely stop support to terrorist forces like Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and others. India’s Permanent Representative at the Security Council, T S Thirimurthi on Monday made this remark at an open debate on “The Situation in the Middle East”. India urged all parties in the region to work constructively and in good faith to promote peace, stability and development for the benefit of all people in the region.
Interior Minister of France, Gerald Darmanin said on Tuesday that Turkey should not interfere in France’s domestic affairs. Mr. Darmanin’s statement came after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called for a boycott of French goods, citing French government’s crackdown on radical Islamism.
The row has its roots in a knife attack outside a French school in last week. A man of Chechen origin beheaded Samuel Paty, a teacher who had shown pupils cartoons of Mohammad in a civics lesson on freedom of speech.
Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s. According to WHO data, the number of infected cases has crossed 43.34 million worldwide.
India records lowest daily New Cases after 3 months. The COVID-19 recovery rate has crossed 90.62 per cent. The total number of recoveries has gone up to over 7.2 million in the country.
WHO COVID EUROPE
WHO on Monday said that Europe needs a serious acceleration in the fight against the coronavirus. Head of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, Mike Ryan, has warned that lack of contact-tracing capacity could drive the disease into the darkness.
Meanwhile, protests flared across Italy on Monday against a new round of government restrictions aimed at curbing a resurgent coronavirus.
NASA WATER MOON
Meanwhile, a team of scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland has confirmed the presence of molecular water on the lunar surface. Scientists said, it could be trapped within natural glasses or between debris grains. Latest findings reveal that lunar water is more widespread than previously known, with water molecules trapped within mineral grains on the surface and more water perhaps hidden in ice patches residing in permanent shadows. The researchers used data from the SOFIA airborne observatory.
US -PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
With eight days to go until the U.S. election, President Donald Trump addressed boisterous rallies in Pennsylvania on Monday, while Democrat Joe Biden made a low-key appearance in the state considered crucial to the chances of victory for both the candidates.
Despite Biden’s solid lead in national opinion polls, the contest appears tighter in the most critical battleground states that could decide the outcome.
More than 63.6 million have aleady cast ballots ahead of the election. It could lead to the highest U.S. voter turnout by percentage in more than a century.
Moving on to sports. Cricket South Africa on Tuesday announced a busy international programme for the men’s team, for the 2020-2021 season against England, Sri Lanka, Australia, and Pakistan.
In UEFA Champions League, Borussia Monchengladbach will face Real Madrid on Wednesday. Olympique Marseille will be going head to haed with Manchester City in another match.
European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier on Tuesday resumed talks on Brexit trade agreement in London with his British counterpart. The two sides try to strike a last-minute trade agreement less than 10 weeks before the United Kingdom leaves EU.
The United Kingdom left the EU in January but the two sides are trying to clinch a deal of about a trillion dollars in annual trade before the transition period that ends on December 31.
The US Senate on Monday has confirmed Amy Coney Barrett as Judge of Supreme Court. The Senate approved President Donald Trump’s conservative nominee on Monday, with 52 – 48 votes.
Barrett succeeds the late liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last month. The nine-member bench will now have six conservatives and three liberals.
India is celebrating the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to VAISHNAV JAN, by artists from Turkmenistan.
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