NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indian perspective’, on All India Radio. This is NISHIT KUMAR bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across the globe.
⦁ US Presidential elections poised for a nail biting finish, Trump campaign says it’s winning big, Biden camp says the game is on.
⦁ UN General Assembly adopts two India-spondored resolutions on nuclear disarmament.
⦁ Myanmar Army Chief alleges unacceptable mistakes in preparations for the November 8th elections.
⦁ India and UK exchange views on security, fight against terrorism and new & emerging threats and challenges.
⦁ Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester city win respective UEFA Champions league matches.
Counting US Presidential Elections
The counting of votes for the US Presidential elections is on. And the race for the top job at the White House is poised for a close finish. CNN reports that the Joe Biden team is marginally ahead with 224 seats while Trump team has 213 seats so far, when the reports last came in. However, its early to call the results since mail in votes are yet to be counted in several states. All eyes are on now on states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona. The electoral college in US consists of 538 seats and the magic figure is 270.
However, Trump campaign is upbeat and says he is winning big. Addressing his supporters, President Trump said Democrats are trying to steal the results and he may move Supreme Court to stop counting of votes.
Team Biden is keeping its fingers crossed yet confident that he will win the majority. Joe Biden told his supporters that the race is on and he will wait till the last vote is counted.
Meanwhile, Security at the White House, government buildings and major commercial avenues across the United States has been beefed up in the wake uncertainty over the outcome of election results. The authorities have also erected a non-scalable temporary wall around the presidential complex to avert any untoward incident. A report –
United Nations General Assembly has adopted two India-sponsored resolutions on nuclear disarmament. The resolutions aim to reduce risk of nuclear accidents and call for a prohibition on the use of nuclear weapons.
The two resolutions adopted include Convention on the Prohibition of the Use of Nuclear Weapons and Reducing Nuclear Danger under the Nuclear weapons cluster.
The resolution on Convention on the Prohibition of the Use of Nuclear Weapons was tabled by India and was backed by a majority of UN Members. The aim is that a universal and legally binding agreement would generate the necessary global political will that can lead to the total elimination of nuclear weapons.
The resolution on Reducing Nuclear Danger puts the focus on unintentional or accidental use of nuclear weapons and underscores the need for a review of nuclear doctrines. The resolution asks for concrete steps to reduce such risks, including through de-ing and de-targeting of nuclear weapons.
MYANMAR ARMY CHIEF
The Commander in Chief of the Defense Services of Myanmar Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has accused the civilian government of the country of making ‘unacceptable mistakes’ in the preparation for the elections scheduled for November 8. Our Dhaka correspondent reports that in an interview to a local news outlet on Tuesday, the Army Chief reportedly said some opposition parties had complained about the avoidable irregularities in the voter list.
In a statement, the military said that weakness and deficiencies are appearing now which can have adverse impacts on the credibility of the election.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman parried a direct response to its stand on Pakistan granting provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir at a press conference in Beijing today.
The seemingly quiet response of the Chinese establishment vis a vis Pakistan’s move in forcibly occupied Gilgit-Baltistan is in contrast to its diatribe against India scrapping article 370 from Jammu & Kashmir in August last year.
India has firmly rejected attempts by Pakistan to bring material changes to a part of Indian territory, under its illegal and forcible occupation. It has made clear that the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, including the area of so-called “Gilgit-Baltistan”, are an integral part of India by virtue of the legal, complete and irrevocable accession of Jammu and Kashmir to the Union of India in 1947.
The so-called claims made by Beijing that countries have shown interest in joining China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) have also fallen flat. When asked to name which other country has shown interest, the Chinese foreign ministry even failed to mention the name of a single country and preferred to use the garb of trilateral or multilateral cooperation
India’s Foreign Secretary Mr. Harshvardhan Shringla on Wednesday called on UK’s acting NSA Mr. David Quarrey. They reviewed progress of the growing India-UK cooperation in security sector, fight against international terrorism and new & emerging threats and challenges.
On Tuesday, addressing UK’s leading think tank, Policy Exchange Mr. Shringla outlined the significance of the Indo-Pacific region for the world today, and India’s vision for the region.
He defined the Indo-Pacific region as a seamless whole from the western coast of North America to the eastern shores of Africa.
Mr. Shringla noted that the rise of China and the imperative for a global rebalancing for a rules-based international order is achievable only with a rules-based Indo-Pacific.
He said an Indo-Pacific guided by norms and governed by rules, with freedom of navigation, open connectivity, and respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states, is an article of faith for India.
Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s.
According to WHO data, the number of infected cases has crossed 47 million worldwide.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged in Parliament on Wednesday to roll out new types of COVID-19 testing on a “scale never seen before” once the lockdown ends in early December.
In India, recovery rate has reached 92.09 per cent. With overall recovery of over 7.6 million patients, the recovered cases in the country is over 14 times the number of active cases.
Severe air pollution in cities around the world adds significantly to the risk posed by the coronavirus. The WHO has voiced its concern over the growing double burden of air pollution and COVID-19 and calls for urgent measures to reduce air pollution.
Governor of India’s Federal Bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Mr. Shaktikanta Das on Wednesday inaugurated and chaired the 40th meeting of the SAARC FINANCE Governors’ Group.
The RBI Governor highlighted the close partnership and co-operation among the member countries in jointly fighting the pandemic.
News from the world of sports now, In tennis, Ugo Humbert beat second-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas in a big upset at the Paris Masters.
In football, Real Madrid beat Inter Milan in a 5 goal thriller to win their UEFA Champions league tie 3-2 on Tuesday night.
India is celebrating the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to VAISHNAV JAN, by artists from FIJI.
AND WITH THAT, WE END THIS BULLETIN. SEE YOU AT SAME TIME TOMORROW WITH THE NEXT EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.