NAMASKAR! A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indian perspective’, on All India Radio. This is R.S.RAGHU, bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across the globe.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi to co – chair 17th ASEAN-India Virtual Summit on Thrusday.
- Hong Kong disqualifies four pro-democracy lawmakers.
- UN chief stresses need for greater speed to achieve carbon neutrality.
- Philippines orders the evacuation of residents in eastern coastal region in the wake of Typhoon Vamco.
- Pacific island nation, Vanuatu announces its first Covid-19 case.
- In Cycling, Groenewegen gets nine-month suspension for crash with Jakobsen.
The 17th ASEAN-India Summit will be held on Thursday. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi along with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc will co-chair the summit.
The leaders of all ten ASEAN Member States will virtually participate in the Summit.
The Summit will review the status of ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership and take stock of progress made in key areas such as connectivity, maritime cooperation, trade and commerce, education and capacity building.
The Leaders will discuss ways to further strengthen ASEAN-India engagement and in this context will note the adoption of ASEAN-India Plan of Action 2021-2025.
HONG KONG LAWMAKER
Hong Kong on Wednesday disqualified four pro-democracy lawmakers of their seats, immediately after China allowed the city’s executive to expel legislators, deemed a threat to national security.
The disqualification came after China’s top legislature decided earlier during the day, to allow for immediate disqualification of Hong Kong legislators who endanger national security, seek the city’s independence or seek foreign interference, as reported by China’s official News Agency. The decision also applies to those running for the Hong Kong legislature or serving as its members in the future, in case of the occurrence of the above-mentioned circumstances. A report from our Beijing Correspondent:
“As per media reports, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy opposition lawmakers today reiterated that they will resign in protest against the dismissal of four of their colleagues from the 70-seat legislature which is having 19 pro-democracy lawmakers. This month, eight other opposition politicians were arrested in connection with a legislative meeting in May that descended into chaos. Chinese Foreign Ministry today said that the step was necessary move to safeguard the rule of law and constitutional order in Hong Kong. Anshuman Mishra, AIR News, Beijing”.
UN CHIEF CLIMATE ACTION
United Nations Chief, António Guterres has stressed the need for greater speed to achieve carbon neutrality. He added that the world is moving in the right direction towards Climate Action.
The UN chief made the statement in his message for the opening of the Race To Zero Dialogues, part of a global campaign that mobilizes businesses, cities, regions and investors to support net zero carbon emissions, in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
UN – NAGORNO KARABAKH PEACE DEAL
The UN has welcomed the ceasfire deal that has been agreed to on a cessation of hostilities in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict zone on Tuesday. Spokesman to UN Secretary General, Stephane Dujarric said that its consistent focus has been the need to protect civilians & the need for humanitarian access.
The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi expressed condolences on the passing away of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Sheikh Khalifa, the world’s longest serving prime minister has passed away on Wednesday.
INDIA – SRI LANKA MoU
India and Sri Lanka have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDP) under Indian assistance.
Under the HICDP a total of 64 projects using a total outlay of approximately 20 billion Sri Lankan Rupeese as aid from Government of India have been implemented in Sri Lanka. The scheme has been designed to contribute to the developmental aspirations and needs of Sri Lanka.HICDP reflects the abiding commitment of India to work closely with the Government and people of Sri Lanka for shared progress and prosperity.
PM WHO DG
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation today with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organisation. They discussed the ongoing global collaboration for countering the COVID-19 pandemic. WHO Chief appreciated Mr Modi’s unequivocal commitment to deploy India’s capacities as a leading manufacturer of vaccines and pharmaceuticals for the benefit of humanity.
The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation for WHO’s important role in facilitating a coordinated global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
US – BIDEN
President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday that nothing would stop the transfer of power in the U.S. government. Mr. Biden’s transition team has announced the names of more than 540 key members who will prepare government agencies for his inauguration in January.
The members were announced on Tuesday. They include researchers from think tanks and former senior government officials.
Earlier, a Biden official said that President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is considering legal action over a federal agency’s delay in recognizing the Democrat’s victory in last week’s election.
Philippinese government has ordered the evacuation of thousands of residents in eastern coastal region ahead of the landfall of Typhoon Vamco on Wednesday. Vamco is due to make landfall in Polilio Island.
Vamco, is the 21st tropical storm to hit the Philippines this year.
Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s from around the world.
According to WHO data, Global coronavirus infections crossed 50.45 million.
The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu announced its first Covid-19 case on Wednesday, ending its status as one of the few virus-free countries on earth.
The United States reported a record number of at least 134,000 new infections for the seventh day in a row on Tuesday.
The European Commission said that it had signed a deal with Pfizer and BioNTech for the supply of up to 300 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
Russia’s sovereign wealth fund said that its Sputnik V vaccine is 92% effective at protecting people from COVID-19.
Mongolia on Wednesday recorded its first domestic coronavirus transmission.
Hong Kong and Singapore have decided to begin A travel bubble on November 22.
In India, COVID 19 recovery rate has improved to 92.79 per cent.
Moving on to sports. The Union Cycliste Internationale on Wednesday suspended Dutch cyclist Dylan Groenewegen for nine months for causing a crash that resulted in compatriot Fabio Jakobsen being placed in a medically induced coma in August.
In football, Former Real Madrid and Boca Juniors midfielder Fernando Gago ended his playing career on Tuesday after finally succumbing to a series of serious injuries.
ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of video-sharing app TikTok, filed a petition on Tuesday with a U.S. Appeals Court. It challenged a US administration order set to take effect on Thursday requiring the company to restructure its ownership. The company said in a statement that it had asked the government for a 30-day extension. President Donald Trump in an August 14 order directed ByteDance to divest the app within 90 days. The Trump administration contends TikTok poses national security concerns as the personal data of U.S. users could be obtained by Chinese government.