Thursday, July 29, 2021

World News – 22 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:

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi calls on the G20 leaders to unite in fight against climate change

Donald Trump says he looks forward to working with the G-20 in the future

France demands that Pakistan withdraw inflammatory comments against President Emmanuel Macron

Australian Military Chief says country’s forces must own up to reports of war crimes in Afghanistan.

Navies of India ,Thailand and Singapore conduct trilateral maritime exercise SITMEX.

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WN-PM MODI-CIRCULAR CARBON

Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi has said that climate change must be fought not in silos, but in an integrated, comprehensive and holistic way.

He was addressing the 15th edition of the G20 Summit convened by Saudi Arabia in a virtual format. Mr. Modi said that India is not only meeting its Paris agreement targets but exceeding them. He listed out a slew of measures taken in India to encourage a circular carbon economy.

Prime Minister Modi also highlighted India’s initiative the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, CDRI.

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President of the United States of America Donald Trump also participated in the virtual G20 Leaders Summit. A statement from the White House read that Mr. Trump discussed with other world leaders the need to work together to restore strong economic growth and jobs as we overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr.Trump reaffirmed the importance of the G20 working together for future economic growth and prosperity.

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The Israeli military on Sunday said that Palestinian militants have fired a rocket into Israel, drawing Israeli

air strikes in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli police reported that there were no casualties on either side of the border but a factory in the southern city of Ashkelon was damaged.

The Israeli military said its aircraft struck in response against several military sites belonging to Hamas.

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Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing targeting Indian forward posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control(LoC) in Nowshehra sector of Rajouri district today.

India’s Defence spokesperson stated that at about 1115 hours, Pak troops started firing with Small Arms & shelling with Mortars along LoC in Nowshera Sector. Indian Army troops retaliated and gave a befitting reply to Pak firing.

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Elsewhere in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, India’s Border Security Force (BSF) troopers discovered an underground tunnel on the international border at Regal area in Samba district on Sunday.

AIR Correspondent reports that the underground tunnel was discovered by a patrol party. It could have been used for infiltration from across the border. It is suspected that the four Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists who were killed in an Army operation on Thursday in Nagrota may have used this tunnel to sneak into this side of the border from Pakistan.

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The French foreign ministry has demanded Pakistan authorities to withdraw comments made by Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari. He had accused French President Emmanuel Macron of treating Muslims like Nazis had treated Jews in the Second World War.

The comments were posted on Twitter by Ms. Mazari on Saturday . It has come amidst war of words between Pakistan and France over the publication of images of the Prophet Mohammad by a French magazine. The images have sparked anger and protests in Pakistan.

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Australia’s top military official said on Sunday the country’s defence force must ‘own’ a recent report on soldiers committing crimes in Afghanistan.He also pledged changes to ensure that atrocities do not happen again.

The Afghanistan Inquiry Report published on Thursday disclosed 39 unlawful killings by or involving ADF members and instances of cruelty during 2005-2016.

Defence Force Chief General Angus Campbell told Australian Public Broadcaster, ABC that he would ensure the report was dealt with thoroughly.

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Secretary-General of the United Nation, Mr. Antonio Gutterres condemned the rocket attacks in Kabul on Saturday, which resulted in the death and injury of many civilians.

In a statement, the Secretary-General underlined the urgency of ending the violence in Afghanistan. He expressed hope that the upcoming Afghanistan Peace Negotiations can swiftly achieve a de-escalation of the conflict and cessation of attacks in order to save lives.

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Global terror financing watchdog – FATF has said that G20 nations must start leading by example and act now to stop money laundering.

Financial Action Task Force president Marcus Pleyer said, financial systems of many countries are exposed to money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation financing. He said, even though G20 publicly calls for the full implementation of FATF standards around the globe, not all G20 members have taken effective action to make a real difference.

In an article titled ‘Lead by Example’, the FATF president said, failing to take action means organised criminals will indulge in trafficking people, drugs, arms and wildlife. It will also result in corrupt stakeholders and terrorists operating with impunity.

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WN-SOLAR ENERGY

India’s Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy R K Singh said that India is going to replace the safeguard duty with the custom duty to protect the local manufactures of solar equipments. He said, some countries are dumping solar equipments at very low prices in the country to destroy local manufactures.

Talking to AIR News, Mr. Singh said, India wants to expand its export base in the solar energy sector like wind energy wherein the country is not only self sufficient but also an exporter. He said, India has the maximum growth and demand of renewable energy as per capita energy consumption is very low in the country.

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The 2nd edition of the trilateral maritime exercise SITMEX are underway in the Andaman Sea. The naval forces of India, Thailand and Singapore are participating in the exercise.

The exercise, being conducted as a ‘non-contact, at sea only’ exercise in view of COVID-19 pandemic, highlights growing synergy, coordination and cooperation in the maritime domain between the three friendly navies and maritime neighbours.

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WN-COVID-UPDATE

Now, the Coronavirus s from around the world.

The French government has decided to exit the lockdown imposed to curb the coronavirus transmission under a strict three-tiered process.

WHO Chief has urged G20 leaders to ensure COVID19 vaccines are allocated fairly as global public goods, fully implement the International Health Regulations and help finance the ACT-Accelerator

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WN-SPORTS

In Tennis, World Number 3 Dominic Thiem will take on Daniil Medvedev in the title match at ATP Finals tonight. Thiem shocked Novak Djokovic in the Semifinals.

In Football, Athletico Madrid beat Barcelona 1 Nil in Spanish La Liga.

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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.

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