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World News – 15 Nov 2020

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

THE HEADLINES:

India lodges strong protest over unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

President Donald Trump says election was rigged; Clashes erupt in Washington DC over voter fraud allegations.

United Arab Emirates to extend its “golden” visa system to certain professionals, specialised degree-holders and others.

Tributes pour in as doyen of Indian Cinema Soumitra Chaterjee passes away at the age of 85.

Lewis Hamilton wins seventh Formula One title at the Turkish Grand Prix.

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WN-MEA-PAK FIRING

India today lodged a strong protest over unprovoked ceasefire violations along the Line of Control by Pakistan on Friday. The Ministry of External Affairs summoned the Charge d’Affaires of the High Commission of Pakistan over unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces, on multiple sectors along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir on 13th of this month, resulting in the death of four innocent civilians and serious injuries to 19 others.

The MEA said India condemns, in the strongest terms, the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by Pakistani forces. It is highly deplorable that Pakistan chose a festive occasion in India to disrupt peace and perpetrate violence in Jammu and Kashmir through coordinated firing along the length of the LoC using heavy calibre weapons, including artillery and mortar on Indian civilians.

New Delhi also said India strongly protested Pakistan’s continued support to cross border terrorist infiltration into India, including through supporting cover fire provided by Pakistan forces. The Ministry said Pakistan was once again reminded of its bilateral commitment to not allow any territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India in any manner.

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WN-TRUMP-ELECTIONS

President of the United States of America, Donald Trump on Sunday rubbished the results of the latest presidential election in a continuation of his denial of the legitimacy of democrat Joe Biden’s victory.

In a tweet, Mr. Trump said : He won because the Election was Rigged. He called the Mail-in elections, a sick joke.

The development comes amidst clashes which broke out in Washington D.C. on Saturday between supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump and counter protesters.

The US election officials had earlier this week dismissed allegations of voter fraud and called the November 3rd elections, the most secure in American history.

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WN-RCEP-INDIA

Ministers from 15 countries signed the regional free trade Agreement RCEP on Sunday.

In a tweet, the ASEAN grouping said the agreement offers mutually beneficial partnership through series of commitments. These include market access, rules, & economic-technical cooperation.

India has on several occasions indicated it had several issues which prevented it from joining RCEP. India has since indicated it is not in a position to sign the Agreement however, it reaffirmed its commitment to deepening trade with ASEAN.

The RCEP Trade Negotiating Committee had issued a joint statement on 30th of April 2020 in the throes of the COVID pandemic. In the statement the 15 RCEP Participating Countries RPCs agreed to step up cooperation and accelerate global efforts to enable a swift and resilient economic recovery from the crisis brought about by COVID-19.

The 15 RPCs reaffirmed their commitment to continue working with India to address its outstanding issues, as instructed by RCEP Leaders at the 3rd RCEP Summit in November 2019.

The statement further read : Recognizing India as a valuable original participant, the 15 RPCs would welcome India’s return to the RCEP negotiations.

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WN-INDIA-PALESTINE

India’s External Affairs Minister Dr. Jaishankar greeted the Foreign Minister of Palestine Dr. Riyad Al-Maliki, the Government and people of the State of Palestine on their Declaration of Independence Day.

Dr. Jaishankar affirmed that India remains supportive to the aspirations of Palestinians in their pursuit of statehood, peace and prosperity.

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WN-UAE-GOLDEN VISA

The United Arab Emirates Vice President on Sunday said that it will extend its “golden” visa system to certain professionals, specialised degree-holders and others.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed tweeted that UAE has approved granting the 10-year Golden Visa to all PhD holders in the UAE. Also eligible are those with specialised degrees in artificial intelligence, big data and epidemiology and top graduates from UAE.

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WN-WPR-VOTING

The Indian government has granted voting rights to refugees from West Pakistan.

About 5764 Hindu and Sikh families popularly known as West Pakistan Refugees (WPRs) entered India in 1947 and settled down in various parts of Jammu.

The Refugees were disenfranchised since 1947, but can now vote and contest elections. The move comes in the wake of abrogation of Article 370 and new domicile laws that have sought to increase the ambit of voting right and contesting elections in the Union Territory.

Now numbering over 20 thousand the WPRs are now allowed to purchase land and apply for jobs in J&K . Besides they can also contest elections after the abrogation of Article 370.

The move also benefits the marginalised Valmiki community.

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WN-ETHIOPIA-UN

The U.N. refugee agency on Sunday said that the number of people who have fled into Sudan from the conflict in northern Ethiopia has risen to at least 20,000.

The conflict in the Tigray region has been widening and threatens to engulf the northern countries of Sudan and Eritrea. Meanwhile Ethiopian Government has said it is a constitutional mandate to uphold the rule of the law. in response to the attacks by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front TPLF.

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WN-CHINA-DIWALI

Diwali celebrations at Indian Embassy in Beijing this year saw a huge participation from diplomatic corps in Beijing. Ambassador Vikram Misri hosted over hundred members from the diplomatic community, heads of multilateral institutions and foreign media to celebrate the Festival of Lights, Diwali.

Mr. Misri highlighted the global outreach of Diwali, including Ramayana, the main epic related to Diwali which has multiple variants in India’s ASEAN neighborhood also.

The attendees were left spelbound by the classical and folk-dance performances by the artists.

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WN-US-DEEPAVALI

US President-elect Joe Biden, his deputy Kamala Harris and incumbent President Donald Trump have extended Deepavali greetings to those celebrating the festival of lights.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has also extended his greetings greeted on the occasion of Diwali and called it a testament to the resilience of the great cultures.

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WN-COVID-UPDATE

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

According to WHO data, Global coronavirus infections crossed 53.5 million.

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WN-SOUMITRA-FELUDA

Veteran Indian actor and Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Soumitra Chatterjee passed away in Kolkata today. The 85 year old had tested positive for COVID19 but had subsequently tested negaative and succumbed to other ailments,hospital sources say.

Condolences poured in from various corners including from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind.

He started his career in All India Radio as an announcer and won accolades for his work globally.

All India Radio celebrates the life of Soumitra Chaterjee with a vignette as Feluda, the fictional super sleuth created by Satyajit Ray and immortalized by Mr. Chaterjee.

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WN-SPORTS

Moving on to sports. In Formula One, Britain’s Lewis Hamilton won the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday to clinch a record-equalling seventh world championship.

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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 MYANMAR.

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