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World News – 01 Nov 2020

World News

2220 HRS
01.11.2020

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.

THE HEADLINES

  • New Delhi asks Islamabad to vacate all areas under its illegal occupation.
  • India says it will press for reformed multilateralism which makes United Nations more representative of contemporary realities.
  • UN Secretary-General calls for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.
  • Campaign reaches its zenith for US Presidential Election; Over 90 million American cast their vote.
  • UK announces one month lockdown to curb COVID 19 pandemic.
  • Lewis Hamilton wins Emilia Romagna Grand Prix for a record-extending 93rd Formula One victory.

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WN-INDIA PAK

India has firmly rejected the attempt by Pakistan to bring material changes to a part of Indian territory, under its illegal and forcible occupation. New Delhi said, instead of seeking to alter the status of Indian territories, Pakistan should immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation.

The statement has come in response to media queries on remarks by Pakistani Prime Minister in Gilgit today regarding his government’s decision to accord “provisional provincial status” to the so-called “Gilgit-Baltistan”. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, Pakistan has no locus standi on territories illegally and forcibly occupied by it.

He reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, including the area of so-called “Gilgit-Baltistan”, are an integral part of the country by virtue of the legal, complete and irrevocable accession of Jammu and Kashmir to the Union of India in 1947.

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WN-JAISHANKAR – CHINA

External Affairs Minister of India S Jaishankar has said that India will press strongly for reformed multilateralism that would make the UN more representative of contemporary realities. He was delivering Sardar Patel Lecture on All India Radio on Saturday, Dr Jaishankar said, India will enter the UN Security Council for the eighth time as a non-permanent member on 1st January 2021. He said, with the passage of time, the case for a permanent presence has only grown stronger.

Dr. Jaishankar said, India will approach the world in a more proactive way in the aftermath of COVID-19 pandemic.  He added that Indian diplomacy will be more integrated with the defence and security needs. It will be more supportive of the economic and commercial interests, more aware of the technology capabilities and offerings and more sensitive to the diaspora.The External Affairs Minister said, the COVID19 pandemic has now shored up the perception of India as the pharmacy of the world.

Speaking about India-China border tensions, the Minister said,  to restore normalcy, agreements between the two countries must be respected scrupulously in their entirety.

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WN-UN CHIEF ON AZERBAIJAN-ARMENIA

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has fully supported the call of the co-chairs OSCE Minsk Group for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in  Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.

The UN Chief condemned the continued violence in conflict zone. He reiterated that both Azerbaijan and Armenia have the obligation, under international humanitarian law, to take utmost care to spare and protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.

He urged the warring parties to engage in substantive dialogue for  a peaceful and sustainable settlement of the conflict.

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WN-US ELECTIONS

A record of more than 90 million Americans have already cast their vote till Saturday, as the campaign reaches its zenith for the Presidential Election 2020.

President Donald Trump and Democratic Contender Joe Biden launch their final phase of campaigning across the battleground states.

President Donald Trump will stage 10 rallies – five a day – making it the campaign’s busiest stretch. Joe Biden, will campaign today in Pennsylvania, a state that may  decide the winner of the election.

The high number of early voters, about 65% of the total turnout in 2016, reflects intense interest in the contest, with two days of campaigning left.

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WN-HONGKONG ARRESTS

In Hong Kong, seven pro-democracy opposition politicians, including four sitting lawmakers, were arrested today over charges related to a scuffle that broke out in its legislative council in May this year. Hong Kong Police said they were arrested on charges of “contempt” and “interfering” with members of the city’s Legislative Council on 8th May. More from our Beijing Correspondent in this report:

According to local media reports, Authorities made a series of early morning arrests of politicians from the Democratic Party, the Labour Party, and the pan-democratic camp. Police said the seven were charged under a law governing conduct in the chamber, an offense that carries up to 12 months in prison. The seven were later released on bail and are expected to be produced in court on Thursday. Those arrested were among a group of pro-democracy legislators who tried to storm the chairperson’s seat in the Legislative Council after pro-Beijing councillors forcibly installed one of their politicians as the committee leader following months of deadlock. Anshuman Mishra for AIR News, Beijing>

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WN-COVID UPDATE

Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s. According to WHO data, the number of infected cases has crossed 45.67 million worldwide.

Israel began human trials for its COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday.

In Sri Lanka President Gotabya Rajapaksa has made several concrete decisions to curb covid spread withoout disturbing public life and the economy.

India continues to report a trend of steadily declining active cases. The active cases have dropped dramatically to only 6.97 per cent of the total positive cases of the country demonstrating a steady falling percentage of the total cases.

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WN-UK LOCKDOWN

In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered the nation back into a one month lockdown. At a news conference in London, Johnson said that the lockdown across England would start from midnight on Thursday morning and last until Dec. 2.

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WN- BANGLADESH COVID

Prime Minister of Bangladesh  Sheikh Hasina has asked the airport and port authorities to ensure that all inbound passengers are tested for COVID 19 . They will be  put under compulsory quarantine. 1568 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Bangladesh on Sunday.

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WN-ALGERIA REFERNDUM

Algerians are voting in a referendum on Sunday. It  is meant to cement constitutional changes pushed by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune as a way to turn the page on last year’s popular unrest.

The new constitution includes presidential term limits and more powers for the parliament and judiciary.

The referendum is seen as a test of strength for both Mr. Tebboune and the  opposition Hirak protest movement that brought thousands of people onto the streets weekly to demand radical change in constitution.

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WN-SPORTS

Moving on to sports. In Rugby Union, Six Nations England won the Six Nations Championship after France beat Ireland 35-27 points. Ireland would have taken the crown if they had beaten France by six points or more.

Lewis Hamilton won the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday for a record-extending 93rd Formula One victory.

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WN-NEW ZEALAND PM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party on Sunday signed an agreement with the Green Party to form government in the Pacific nation.

Ms. Ardern earlier this month has secured the biggest election victory for  Labour Party in half a century. Although she no longer needs support from other parties to govern, coalitions are the norm in New Zealand as parties look to build consensus.

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India is celebrating the 151st  birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to VAISHNAV JAN, by artists from Bangladesh.

AND WITH THAT, WE END THIS BULLETIN. SEE YOU AT SAME TIME TOMORROW WITH THE NEXT EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.

 

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