Tuesday, October 19, 2021

World News -14 Nov 2020

NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indian perspective’, on All India Radio. This is PRASHANTH KUMAR SINHA, bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across the globe.

THE HEADLINES:

Prime Minister of India calls expansionist mindset a sign of destructive psyche

Donald Trump says time will tell if the next administration will go into lockdown in his first public address since the US elections.

External Affairs Minister of India hails increasing global synergy on Indo-Pacific outlook at the East Asian Summit

Conflict in Ethiopia escalates as Junta fires rocket at airport

In Tennis, Jannik Sinner clinches the Sofia Open title

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PM MODI-EXPANSIONISM

The Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi said that expansionism is a form of destructive psyche. He said that countries of the world today are distressed by the policy of expansionism. He added that it betrays a mindset belonging to the 18th century.

Mr. Modi stated that India is increasingly becoming a vociferous opponent to the expansionist mentality of a few nations at the global level.

Addressing soldiers of the Indian Army at the forward posts of Jaisalmer, he commended the role played by the Armed Forces in securing India’s borders.

He said that the brave soldiers of India have multiplied the negotiating power of India in the global high table. He said that they have increased India’s stature in the world through the sheer force of their courage and determination.

Commenting on the menace of terrorism, Mr. Modi asserted that Indian soldiers are capable of giving a befitting reply to terrorists and the sponsors of terrorism.

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TRUMP-STATEMENT

The President of the USA on Friday made his first public address since the November 3rd elections.

Mr. Trump denied the possibility of another lockdown in the country under his administration, in an apparent refusal to acknowledge the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the latest elections.

Mr. Trump also spoke about the Operation Warp Speed which is his administration’s effort to develop and distribute COVID-19 vaccines.

He said that pharmaceutical company Pfizer had announced a vaccine which was more than 90% effective agains the coronavirus. He said that 3 other vaccines are in the final stages of their trials.

He added that the vaccines once approved will be distributed to the general population with the exception of the State of New York and a few others. He said that Governor of New York had, for political reasons, not given the green signal to the vaccine.

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ISRAEL-BIDEN

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on saturday released a video congratulating U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their victory in the recent US elections.

Mr. Netanyahu called Mr. Biden, a ‘big friend of the state of Israel,’. He added that a strong alliance between the two nations could be burdened by differences over policy on Iran and the Palestinians.

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USA-ASEAN

President Donald J. Trump announced the United States participation in the US-ASEAN summit and the East Asia Summit on Saturday.

The USA attended the 8th ASEAN-US summit through videoconferencing on Saturday

In a joint statement issued by the White House, the USA underscored its shared commitment to strengthening the ASEAN-U.S strategic Partnership. The statement reiterated the importance of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP), which is based on the principles of openness, transparency, inclusivity and a rules-based framework.

It added that the U.S. vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific region is committed to supporting these principles.

It reaffirmed the commitment to work to advance human capital development in the region.

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JAISHANKAR-EAS

The External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. S. Jaishankar represented India at the 15th East Asia Summit (EAS) on Saturday. The Summit was chaired by the Prime Minister of Vietnam H.E. Nguyen Xuan Phuc in his capacity as ASEAN Chair. All the eighteen EAS countries participated in the virtual Summit.

Dr Jaishankar in his remarks, re-affirmed the importance of EAS as the Leaders-led forum to exchange views on strategic issues. He spoke of the importance of adhering to international law, respecting territorial integrity and sovereignty, and promoting a rules-based global order.

He noted the growing interest in the Indo-Pacific as an integrated and organic maritime space centred around ASEAN and appreciated the synergy between the ASEAN Outlook and India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative.

Dr. Jaishankar expressed concern about developments in the South China Sea which erode trust in the region. He stated that the Code of Conduct negotiations should not be prejudicial to legitimate interests of third parties and should be fully consistent with UNCLOS.

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ETHIOPIA-STATEMENT

In a further escalation of the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s office has said that a rocket was fired towards Bahir Dar & Gondar cities late in Friday night.

The tweet read that the airport areas have sustained damages in the attack and the details of the incident is currently under investigation.

It accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front or TPLF junta to be utilising the last of the weaponry within its arsenals.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister has also issued a statement clarifying the causes and objectives of the ongoing military operations in the Tigray region of the country.

The statement read that the law enforcement operations in the region was necessitated by an act of unprovoked aggression by the TPLF on November 4th 2020.

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CHINA-SHIP

The Indian Embassy in Beijing is in contact with the provincial government of Hebei in China which has offered to provide any medical assistance to the crew in case of any emergency. It also stated that the ship is in the queue for berthing and crew change cannot be allowed due to COVID-19 protocols. The response of the Hebei government has been conveyed to the shipping company.

The ship carrying a huge consignment of Australian coal to China has been stuck at Jingtang port since June, waiting for permission to unload the cargo. The 23 stranded crew members sought immediate relief as the vessel remained in the queue since its arrival and put a heavy toll on their mental and physical well-being.

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TYPHOON-VAMCO

Vietnam is bracing for Typhoon Vamco as the death toll in the Philippines rose to 53. Typhoon Vamco is expected to make landfall in the country’s central coast early on Sunday.

The Prime Minister of Vietnam has warned that it is a very strong typhoon and asked provinces in Vamco’s projected path to brace for impact.

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COVID-UPDATE

Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s from around the world.

According to WHO data, Global coronavirus infections crossed 52.85 million.

In India, the COVID-19 recovery rate has reached 93.05 per cent. The actual caseload currently comprises 5.48 per cent of the total positive cases in the country.

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BANGLADESH-PEACE PRIZE

A Bangladeshi teenager Sadat Rahman has been awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize for his work to stop cyber bullying of teens.

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SPORTS

Moving on to sports

Italian Jannik Sinner beat Canadian Vasek Pospisil to win the Sofia Open title

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

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

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