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World News- 25 Sep 2021

World News

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25.09.2021

NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indian perspective’, on All India Radio. This is MANOJ SINGH RANA and with me is PRASHANT KUMAR SINHA bringing glimpses of the major developments of the day from across the globe. Over the next half an hour, we shall bring you the latest from the world of politics, economy, sports, entertainment and more.

THE HEADLINES

⦁ Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses 76th Session of United Nations General Assembly in New York; Stresses on the need to ensure that Afghanistan soil is not used to spread terrorism.

⦁ Prime Minister expresses concern over danger of regressive thinking and rising extremism in the world.

⦁ New Delhi slams Islamabad for misusing UN platforms to spread false and malicious propaganda against India.

⦁ QUAD leaders call for free and open Indo-Pacific; Welcome India’s decision to resume exports of COVID19 vaccines.

⦁ And In IPL Cricket; Delhi Capitals beat Rajathan Royals by 33 runs at Abu Dhabi; Sunrisers Hyderabad take on Punjab Kings at Sharjah.

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COVID OPENING

As the nationwide free COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign at Government facilities for those above 18 years is underway, we advise our young listeners to get vaccinated and help others get vaccinated. We also advise our listeners not to lower their guard as COVID-19 remains a threat to our health. Please stay at home unless it is essential to go out and continue to follow these three simple steps:

⦁ Wear a face mask.

⦁ Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing &

⦁ Focus on hand and face hygiene.

For any COVID related information and guidance contact the National helpline numbers — 011-23978046 and 1075. And now the News in detail;

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PM ADDRESS-UNGA

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 76th session of UN General Assembly on Saturday. It was a message of hope, caution and earnesty. He warned the global community to be aware of  the challenges of terrorism. The Prime Minister said that those who use it as a political tool must understand that terrorism is a double edged sword and can be a  threat for them as well. He expressed concern over danger of regressive thinking and rising extremism in the world.

Mr. Modi said that it must be ensured that Afghan soil is not used for terror activities. Without naming any country, he told that

some nations are trying to use the fragile situation in Afghanistan as a tool, which must be stopped.

The Prime Minister said the women, children and minorities need help and we must reach out to them.

Pointing at the relevance of United Nations , Prime Minister said, it needs to improve its effectiveness and enhance reliability. He referred to the fact that questions have been raised about its role in the origin and handling of COVID crisis, climate crisis,  proxy wars and the developments in Afghanistan. In this background, he called for global order and to strengthen global laws and the global values.

Referring to the maritime security, Mr. Modi stressed the need to have a rule based order. He said we can take a leaf out of the UN Security Council Resolution passed under the Presidency of India.

Highlighting India’s strides in COVID care , the Prime Minister said, India not only successfully tackled the challenge but now exporting the vaccine to the needy countries.

Mr Modi urged the vaccine manufacturers to COME AND MAKE VACCINES IN INDIA.

Citing the example of how the Government’s program reached to last mile with the use and help of technology, Mr. Modi told  that India has clearly shown to the world that democracy can deliver.

Mr Modi said that it is the strength of India’s democracy that a person of humble origins rise to the ranks as the Prime Minister of the country after starting his journey as tea seller at a Railway station. He mentioned of Antyodaya as the Integrated Equitable Development as his theme.

The Prime Minister said that the global economy needs diversification and hence we need to expand the global value chain. It requires a democratic and reliable partner, which India can provide. However it is required to have a balance in economy and ecology.

He cautioned that the ocean resources should be used and not abused and we must be wary of the dangers of expansion and exclusion. Mr. Modi announced that India is developing the world’s largest Green Hydrogen hub. Mr. Modi summed up his address with a poem by Gurudeb Rabindranath Tagore. Mr. Modi has departed for home, concluding his US trip.

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JOINT STATEMENT

Earlier, the first ever in person meeting between US President, Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also held in Washington. It was followed by delegation level talks between the two sides. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Harshavardhan Shringla and Indian Ambassador to USA, Taranjit Singh Sandhu participated from the Indian side.

In a joint statement issued after the meeting, India and United States denounced cross border terrorism. They have asked that the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack must be brought to justice.

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QUAD Joint Statement

The first ever in-person summit of the leaders of the Quad group of countries was held in Washington on Friday. The meeting saw the participation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrisson and Japanese premier Yoshihide Suga. Prime Minister Modi has described the QUAD as a force for global good.

In a joint statement issued after the summit, the QUAD leaders called for a free and open Indo-Pacific which is also inclusive and resilient. They said, the UN convention on the law of the sea must be adhered to in the South China sea.

On QUAD vaccine initiative, the four nations pledged to donate over 1.2 million doses of COVID vaccine. They welcomed India’s decision to resume exports of COVID-19 vaccines from October this year. To tackle climate change, the four countries called for reducing carbon footprints towards global net zero emissions by 2050 and to establish resilient clean energy supply chains.

Talking tough on terrorism, QUAD leaders said, Afghan soil must not be used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train or fund the terrorists. They asked Taliban to stick to their commitments on human rights.

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HOTSPOT

Foreign Secretary Harshavardhan Shringla said that Prime Minister’s visit to United States has been a comprehensive and useful visit which allowed for high level interactions. He was addressing mediapersons in NewYork after the Prime Ministers address to UN General Assembly. In today’s HOTSPOT section, we bring you HIS COMMENTS ON “PRIME MINISTER’S VISIT TO USA: A NEW CHAPTER IN INDIA-US & INDIA-QUAD TIES”.

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NEW DELHI-ISLAMABAD

New Delhi has slammed Islamabad for misusing platforms provided by the United Nations to propagate false and malicious propaganda against India. In its right to reply in response to the reference made by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, India’s first secretary at the United Nations, Sneha Dubey said, Islamabad has an established history of aiding and abetting terrorists.

The Indian representative at the United Nations stated that Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh were, are and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India, and Pakistan must vacate all areas under its illegal occupation.

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RAJNATH – ARMED FORCES

India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has called for proactive synergy among the Armed Forces in future military strategies and responses to safeguard the interests of the nation. He was addressing the graduates of 59th National Defence College during their convocation ceremony in New Delhi on Saturday. Mr Singh said, the bold approach of the Government on issues like border disputes and cross-border terrorism has made India stronger in the recent past and it has now assumed a greater global role and responsibility.

Sharing his views on the situation in Afghanistan, Mr Singh said the developments have highlighted the reality of our times. The Minister emphasised on the need to draw lessons from the situation in Afghanistan, far beyond the immediate reverberations being felt in the region and beyond.

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COVID-NATIONAL UPDATE

India has crossed yet another milestone in the COVID vaccination drive with the total vaccination crossing the 85 crore mark today. Union Health Ministry has termed it as yet another achievement in its fight against COVID-19.

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has said that world’s largest vaccination drive is creating new benchmarks.

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WASHINGTON ART EXHIBITION

To commemorate six lakh Americans who lost their lives to COVID-19, a unique art exhibition has been arranged at the National Mall in Washington DC,and is drawing the attention of visitors.

Conceptualised by artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, the memorial exhibition displays hundreds and thousands of simple white flags with personalised messages by those who lost their loved ones to COVID-19.

The Exhibition titled, ” In America Remember’ has over 600000 plastic flags spread over 20 acres of land and narrate heart rending tales of woe and tragedy that has struck the world in the form of the  pandemic.

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World Pharmacist Day

World Pharmacist Day is being celebrated today.  The day aims to recognise the role of pharmacists in the field of health sector. International Pharmaceutical Federation first observed the World Pharmacist Day in 1912.

The theme of the day for this year is “Pharmacy: Always Trusted For Your Health”. The theme has been chosen to draw special attention to the trust in the health sector and the practice of pharmacy.

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PM-ARTEFACTS AND  ANTIQUITIES

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is bringing home 157 artefacts and  antiquities from the US. These were handed over by the United States during his visit. Mr Modi and President Biden committed to strengthen their efforts to combat the theft, illicit trade and trafficking of cultural objects.The list of 157 artefacts includes a diverse set to items ranging from the one and a half metre bas relief panel of Revanta in sandstone of the 10th CE.  Also there is a 8.5cm tall, exquisite bronze Nataraja from the 12th CE.

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PM-MANN KI BAAT

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people of the country and abroad in the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme on All India Radio tomorrow at 11 AM. It will be the 81st episode of the monthly radio programme.

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FPR

Now let us take a look at the major developments around the world, as reported in the foreign press:

⦁ Wall Street Journal reports Islamic State Attacks in Eastern Afghanistan Challenge Taliban Rule.

⦁ The Guardian says, China frees detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.

⦁ The Washington Post writes Biden defends his social agenda bill, saying the cost will be zero .

⦁ Gulf Times reports Qatar and Madagascar establish diplomatic relations.

⦁ Financial Times says Olaf Scholz leads by whisker in last hours before German election.

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BANGABANDHU-BAPU EXHIBITION

The Bangabandhu-Bapu digital exhibition was opened for public viewing in Dhaka on Saturday. Education Minister of Bangladesh Dr. Dipu Moni, State Minister for Culture K.M.Khalid and High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami opened the exhibition at the Shilpkala Academy in Dhaka.

The exhibition showcases in a thematic manner the lives of the father of the nation of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi. The exhibition has been specially curated by the two governments to commemorate the Mujib Boarsho, birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib and 150 years of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi as well as the golden jubilee of India-Bangladesh bilateral relations.

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IPL

In IPL Cricket,  chasing the target of 126 runs set by Punjab Kings, Sun Risers Hyderabad were ———- for _____ in _____ overs at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, when reports last came in.

In another match, Delhi Capitals defeated, Rajasthan Royals by 33 runs at Abu Dhabi.

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REPEAT HEADLINES

A QUICK LOOK AT THE HEADLINES ONCE AGAIN –

⦁ Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses 76th Session of United Nations General Assembly in New York; Stresses on the need to ensure that Afghanistan soil is not used to spread terrorism.

⦁ Prime Minister expresses concern over danger of regressive thinking and rising extremism in the world.

⦁ New Delhi slams Islamabad for misusing UN platforms to spread false and malicious propaganda against India.

⦁ QUAD leaders call for free and open Indo-Pacific; Welcome India’s decision to resume exports of COVID19 vaccines.

⦁ And In IPL Cricket; Delhi Capitals beat Rajathan Royals by 33 runs at Abu Dhabi; Sunrisers Hyderabad take on Punjab Kings at Sharjah.

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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 BRAZIL.

AND WITH THAT, WE END THIS BULLETIN. WE’LL BE BACK AT THE SAME TIME TOMORROW WITH THE NEXT EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.

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