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World News – 03 Nov 2020

World News

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03.11.2020

THE HEADLINES:-

  • India, USA, Japan and Australia, flag off the 24th edition of the Malabar Naval Exercise.
  • India and Germany aligned in reform of multilateral institutions for 21st century
  • Massive turnout in the voting for US Presidential elections.
  • Five persons dead & 15 others injured in a terror attack in Vienna.
  • UN Joint Mission on Libya holds meeting to maintain peace in Ghadames.

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MALABAR NAVAL EXERCISE

The First Phase of the 24th edition of the Malabar Naval Exercise began in Visakhapatnam today.

Naval forces of India, United States, Japan and Australia are taking part in the Exercise. It is being conducted as non-contact exercise at sea in view of COVID-19 pandemic. The operations will showcase synergy and coordination among the friendly navies.

Scheduled to be held in two phases, Phase 1 of Malabar-20 will witness complex and advanced naval exercises. These include surface, anti-submarine and anti-air warfare operations, cross deck flying, seamanship evolutions and weapon firing exercises.

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SHRINGLA-GERMANY

Foreign Secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla met German Federal Foreign Office Niels Annen on Monday. They held a productive exchange on shared priorities, including strengthening of multilateral structures. The Foreign Secretary arrived in Berlin from France on his second leg of the three-nation European tour that also includes the UK. He met with Jan Hecker, the Foreign and Security Policy Advisor to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. They  discussed multi-dimensional and rapidly growing cooperation between the two democracies.

In a talk with interlocutors, Foreign Secretary focussed on India-Germany alignment in reform of multilateral institutions for 21st century realities. Germany’s Indo-Pacific strategy and its compatibility with India’s approach and Germany as a stakeholder in India’s modernisation too came up for discussions.

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CHINA-IPO

The World’s largest IPO gets halted in China with Chinese fintech giant Ant Group’s dual listing  getting postponed in Shanghai and HK exchanges.

This would be the largest Initial Public Offering in global finance, worth around 35 billion USD, has been delayed just two days ahead from its trading debut, following a meeting of the groups’s co-founder Jack Ma by the Chinese market regulators on Monday.

The unexpected regulatory meeting came as China’s top market regulators on Monday released a new set of rules for tight regulations on the country’s rapidly growing micro lending market, a move which experts say, could reduce the profits of the country’s fintech giants and control the funds to small businesses. The draft rules are awaiting public feedback before being considered for enactment.

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US-ELECTIONS

The voting for the 59th four-yearly US Presidential Election is underway in the United States of America. The election to the next American President is witnessing a significant voter turnout. Nearly 100 million votes have already been cast through mail ballots and in-person early and advanced voting. Its a keen contest between President Donald Trump and the Democrat candidate Joe Biden.

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US ELECTIONS-DIASPORA

The Indian-American electorate is expected to make a considerable difference in the US Presidential polls. Both the Republicans and Democrats have been making all out efforts to woo the 4 million strong Indian American community ahead of the elections. Our correspondent has filed this report –

 

Indian Americans are the second-largest immigrant group in the US after Mexicans. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Google CEO Sunder Pichai, former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi are some of the notable Indian Americans. Democratic party candidate Joe Biden’s campaign issued a manifesto targeting Indian American voters. US President Donald Trump’s campaign recently shared an online advertisement with images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President Trump at Hody Modi event. The affluence and influence of Indian Americans in political circles have grown and these efforts are geared towards securing their votes. Suparna Saikia, World News, AIR.

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VIENNA- KILLINGS

In Austria, five people including an assailant have died while 15 others were injured in a shooting near a synagogue in the capital Vienna.  Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told reporters that two men and two women have died from their injuries in the attack late Monday. A suspect attacker carrying an assault rifle and fake suicide vest was shot and killed by police. Austrian News Agency said it was an attack bt Islamist terrorist.  The Austrian Interior  Minister said the suspect had sympathized with Islamic State.

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LIBYA TALKS

The joint 5 plus 5 military commission led by UN’s Libya mission met with representatives from the two parties to the country’s conflict on Tuesday.

UN’s Libya mission said that the second day work of the Libyan Joint Military Committee commenced in the city of Ghadames, in the presence of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, Stephanie Williams. They will discuss the implementation of the ceasefire agreement signed by both parties on October 23 in Geneva. Libya is beset with conflict for nearly a decade, since the overthrow and killing of Moamer Kadhafi in an uprising in 2011.

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NARAVANE-NEPAL

India’s Army Chief General MM Naravane’s visited Nepal on Tuesday and met his counterpart General Purna Chandra Thapa. The visit is intended to deepen the long-standing and customary bonds of friendship between the two Armies. Mr. Naravane expressed his delight and optimism at the visit.

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COVID UPDATE

The French government spokesman Gabriel Attal on Tuesday said that France will reimpose an evening curfew on Paris to tackle worsening COVID-19 figures.

Meanwhile in India, the Health Ministry today said that the COVID 19 recovery rate is near 92 percent and cumulative positive rate is 7.4 percent. It added that a declining trend has been observed for weekly new cases over the last 7 weeks.

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TEDROS-MEDIA

The WHO chief, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who went into self quarantine on Monday said that he is well and remains asymptomatic. In a virtual media briefing he warned countries that we are approaching a critical stage in the fight against the pandemic.

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SUDAN-SAGAR II

Indian Naval Ship, Airavat reached Port Sudan yesterday as a part of Mission Sagar-II.  INS Airavat is carrying a consignment of 100 Tonnes of food aid for the people of Sudan. Under Mission Sagar,

Indian government is providing assistance to Friendly Foreign Countries to overcome natural calamities and COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of Mission Sagar Second, INS Airavat will deliver food aid to Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti and Eritrea.

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SPORTS

News from the world of sports now, In football, the UEFA Champions League is set to host some exciting matches later tonight. Real Madrid will take on Inter Milan and Manchester City will clash with Olympiakos amongst other ties on Matchday 3.

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