NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indian perspective’, on All India Radio. This is R.S. RAGHU and with me is PRASHANT KUMAR SINHA bringing glimpses of the major developments of the day from across t he globe. Over the next half an hour, we shall bring you the latest from the world of politics, economy, sports, entertainment and more.
⦁ India Pavillion at Dubai Expo 2020 launced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through video conferencing.
⦁ Prime Minister Modi invites global investors to invest in India; Addressing Dubai Expo, Mr Modi says India is a land of opportunities and powerhouse of talent.
⦁ India and United States to set-up joint working group in defence industrial security.
⦁ Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan says Canberra is looking to diversify trading relationships with India.
⦁ New Delhi to apply 10-day mandatory quarantine for British citizens trevelling to India in a reciprocal move.
⦁ Japan fully lifts state of emergency after declining in Covid-19 cases.
⦁ And, Smriti Mandhana becomes first Indian women to score a Test Cricket hundred on Australian soil at Queensland.
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PM-EXPO 2020 DUBAI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited global investors to invest in India and be a part of India’s growth story. Sharing his remarks at the launch of India Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020 through video conferencing on Friday, Mr Modi said, India is a land of opportunities, be it in the field of arts and commerce, industry or academia. He said, over the last seven years, the Government of India has undertaken several reforms to boost economic growth and it will keep doing more to continue this trend.
Let us listen his adress to the Dubai Expo:
Earlier, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal inaugurated the Indian Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020. The inaugural began with the sounds of the Conch or Shankh, heralding an auspicious beginning. Coinciding with India’s celebrations of Amrit Mahotsav, 75 years of Independence, Dubai Expo 2020 is a significant platform for India to showcase its vibrant culture and tremendous growth opportunities for the next six months. Mr Goyal said Dubai Expo 2020 is an opportunity to showcase India’s potential.
Coinciding with India’s celebrations of Amrit Mahotsav, 75 years of Independence, Dubai Expo is a significant platform for India to showcase its vibrant culture and tremendous growth opportunities for the next six months. The India Pavilion will feature an innovative kinetic facade made up of 600 individual colourful blocks. It represents the theme of ‘India on the move’ and is a unique amalgam of the rich heritage and technological advances of the nation, read the statement. Fifteen states and nine central ministries from India are participating in this six-month-long expo, which will be ending on March 31, 2022. They will exhibit their culture, food and business opportunities at the India Pavilion.
Large number of Indian conglomerates and global companies are also participating, and the names include Tata Group, Reliance, Adani, Vedanta, Hinduja Group, L&T and UAE based majors such as Lulu group, KEF Holdings, Aster, Malabar Gold, IFFCO etc. In addition several other organizations such as Hindustan Unilever Limited, PepsiCo, HSBC, ITC, Facebook, will take part in it.
India’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai will primarily focus on presenting the unlimited opportunities for the global community to participate in the country’s growth story, and benefit from it.
Eleven key themes will be represented at the India Pavilion, viz, Climate and Biodiversity, Space, Urban and Rural Development, Tolerance and Inclusivity, Golden Jubilee, Knowledge and Learning, Travel and Connectivity, Global Goals, Health and Wellness, Food Agriculture and Livelihoods and Water.
It is worth recalling that the first world fair to be held in the Middle East, Expo 2020 Dubai, opened on Thursday with a lavish ceremony of fireworks, music and messaging about the power of global collaboration for a more sustainable future. Stars headlining the opening ceremony, which was projected in public spaces around the UAE, included Italian tenor singer Andrea Bocelli, British singer Ellie Goulding, Chinese pianist Lang Lang and Saudi singer Mohammed Abdu. Dubai, the region’s tourism, trade and business hub, is hoping to boost its economy by attracting 25 million business and tourist visits to the world fair which has been built from scratch on 4.3 sq km of desert. The full expo site opened its doors to exhibitors from almost 200 countries on Friday after being delayed for a year by the pandemic. Chosen eight years ago to follow the 2015 Expo in Milan, Italy, the event cost around 6.8 billion dollars.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0, SBM-U and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation 2.0, AMRUT. The two missions have been designed to realize the aspiration to make all cities Garbage Free and Water Secure. These flagship missions signify a step forward towards effectively addressing the challenges of rapidly urbanizing India. It will also help in achieving the targets set under the Sustainable Development Goals-2030.
Launching the initiatives at a function in New Delhi, the Prime Minister said, the aim of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 is to make cities garbage-free while the Second Phase of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation is to make cities water secure.
The Prime Minister mentioned the recently launched National Automobile Scrappage Policy and pointed out that this new scrapping policy strengthens the campaign of Waste to Wealth and a circular economy. He stressed the need to ensure 100 per cent urban families receive water connections and sewer lines connectivity.
India and United States have decided to set-up a joint working group in defence industrial security. This group will meet periodically to align the policies and procedures expeditiously that will allow the defence industries to collaborate on cutting edge defence technologies. Defence Ministry said, the Industrial Security Agreement summit between India and the United States was held between 27th September to 1st October, 2021 at New Delhi. The summit was organised to develop protocol for the exchange of classified information between the defence industries of both the nations.
Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan on Friday said that Canberra is looking to diversify trading relationships with India. He also said Indian students will be able to return to Australia and business relations between the two countries will once again resume with Canberra reopening the international borders from next month. Mr. Tehan, who is on a visit to India on Thursday held a meeting with Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal. Talking about the discussion between himself and Mr Piyush Goyal, Mr Tehan said that both the Ministers have recognized the same ground regarding the economic partnership. He said both of us recognised that there is a lot more than we can to regards economic partnership. He further said the bilateral economic partnership has “untapped potential” and the relationship on the economic front doesn’t match the strategic partnership. This comes a day after India and Australia launched the resumption of negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement. Both have agreed to an exchange offers by the end of October, an interim agreement by Christmas and a full agreement by the end of 2022.
Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday announced the country’s international border will reopen in November for states that have reached 80 percent vaccination rates. He said the flight will start with New South Wales. Commercial flights out of Australia will resume for vaccinated Australians. Mr. Morrison said the government would consider quarantine-free travel between some countries, such as New Zealand. The Prime Minister said they have saved lives as well as livelihoods, but they must work together to ensure that Australians can reclaim the lives that they once had in the country.
Since March 2020, Australia has had some of the world’s strictest border rules – even banning its own people from leaving the country.
At present, people can leave Australia only for exceptional reasons such as essential work or visiting a dying relative.
Mr. Morrison said, Australia’s mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine – which costs each traveller three thousand dollars- would be phased out. It will be replaced by seven days of home quarantine for vaccinated travellers.
NAIDU – COLOMBIA
Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister of the Republic of Colombia Ms. Marta Lucía Ramírez called on the Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi on Friday and extended an invitation to him to visit Colombia. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Naidu noted that both the countries have maintained an upward trajectory in trade despite global disruptions. He called for continued efforts to increase trade in potential sectors such as Information Technology, pharmaceuticals, automobiles and auto parts and chemicals and textiles. Mr. Naidu invited Colombia to join the International Solar Alliance, a major initiative by India in the global efforts to combat climate change.
India has decided to impose reciprocity on UK nationals arriving in India from the UK. They will now have to go mandatory quarantine. Sources said the new regulations will come into effect from 4th of October. All such persons arriving in India, irrespective of their vaccination status, will have to undertake measures like Pre-departure Covid-19 RT-PCR Test within 72 hours before travel and on arrival at airport.
They will also have to undertake RT-PCR test on Day 8 after arrival and undergo mandatory quarantine at home or in the destination address for 10 days after arrival in India.
The step came days after the United Kingdom announced new travel rules which state that Indian travellers, even those who have received both doses of the Covishield vaccine, will be considered unvaccinated.
More than 890 milion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in India so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, over 6.4 million doses were administered on Thursday. More than 26 thousand new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. The Ministry said, the recovery rate is currently at 97.86 per cent. Over 28 thousand people have recovered in the last 24 hours. The Daily positivity rate is at 1.76 per cent which is less than three per cent for the last 32 days.
Tokyo’s train stations were packed with commuters on Friday as Japan fully came out of a coronavirus state of emergency for the first time in more than six months. Emergency measures had been in place for more than half of the country, including Tokyo. Outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga thanked the people for their patience and cooperation. Cases are declining, but he asked them to stick to their basic anti-virus measures. The emergency measures have mainly involved requests for eateries to curb alcohol and hours. They can now serve alcohol and operate an hour longer but still close at 9 p.m. Daily reported cases fell below 1,600 this week nationwide after the mid-August peak of 25,000. Health experts attributed the declining numbers to vaccinations and increased social distancing after alarm from the near collapse of medical systems during the summer. Nearly 59 percent of Japanese people have been fully vaccinated. Japan has reported 1.6 million cases and 17,641 confirmed deaths.
B’DESH- CABLE OPS
No foreign TV channel was available on the Cable network in Bangladesh on Friday as the Cable operators have stopped carrying foreign TV channels in compliance with the government decision not to allow foreign channels with advertisements in them. Bangladesh’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had issued an order that only ‘clean feed’ of foreign channels will be allowed to be broadcast in the country. The Cable Operators Association of Bangladesh has said that it is not possible to cut out the advertisement from the foreign channel’s broadcast and hence they are stopping the channels from being carried on the cable network. No foreign channels including some of the very popular Indian news and entertainment Channels are currently available on the cable network.
India and Nepal held the Joint Project Monitoring Committee (JPMC) meeting on post-earthquake reconstruction projects in the Himalayan nation. During the meeting in Kathmandu, a comprehensive review of the progress of the Indian government-assisted post-earthquake reconstruction projects in housing, education, health and cultural heritage sectors in Nepal was carried out. In a statement, Indian Embassy in Kathmandu said, both sides expressed satisfaction with the successful completion of 50,000 houses in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts of Nepal, constructed under the government of India’s assistance in the Housing sector.
The joint committee was set up in August 2017 to monitor the government of India assisted post-earthquake reconstruction projects in Nepal.
Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said, India is building global competencies to fulfill the 21st century aspirations. Mr Pradhan said this while addressing the 5th East Asia Summit Education Ministers’ meeting through video conferencing. He shared the objectives of India’s National Education Policy, including universalisation of education, ensuring equity, affordability and flexibility, technology-based learning and several others which uphold the principles of the Manila Action Plan on Education. He also spoke about the multi-modal digital interventions, like PM-eVidya, Swayam and Diksha which ensured continuity of learning during the Covid pandemic. Mr Pradhan said, India remains committed to forge meaningful partnerships in making education and skills more inclusive, affordable, equitable, vibrant and aspirational.
The High Commission of India in Bangladesh hosted a get together for the new batch of the ICCR scholars on Thursday. Around 65 awardees from among the total of 300 selected scholars from across Bangladesh participated in the event.
The selected students for ICCR scholarship will be going for higher studies in various disciplines at some of the premier universities of India. Among the awardees, engineering courses attracted the maximum numbers followed by social sciences, Dance and culture. Among those qualified 74 percent were men and 26 percent women. Studying at prestigious Indian university, they will also experience the diversity of India’s various regions, their culture and tradition.
ONGC Videsh Limited has started its first exploratory drilling campaign in Bangladesh for finding oil and gas. The first well, Kanchan-1 was spudded in the Maheshkhali island of the country on Wednesday. This exploratory well is planned to be drilled to a depth of 4,200 metres. It will target two prospective formations. The exploratory drilling will be followed by drilling at two more exploratory locations, said an official press release.
ONGC Videsh Ltd, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC). The pre-drilling activities were completed with the rig being on location in late 2019. The spudding scheduled for March 2020 was delayed due to COVID pandemic.
The United Nations has condemned the killing of Rohingya community leader Mohibullaha in the Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh on Wednesday and called on the authorities to investigate the incident, reports Reuters. The UN Spokesperson urged the Bangladeshi authorities to investigate the killing and hold the people responsible for it to account. The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Mohibullah a fierce advocate of the human rights of Rohingya Muslims around the world and demanded a transparent investigation into the case. UNHCR, US Ambassador to Bangladesh, UK High Commissioner and European Union in Bangladesh among several other diplomats in Bangladesh and international organisations expressed shock at the incident and demanded an investigation into the incident.
The United Nations on Friday condemned Ethiopia’s announcement that it was expelling seven senior UN officials. It also voiced concern for 5.2 million people in the Tigray region who are in need of urgent assistance as malnutrition rises. The expulsions were announced late on Thursday, two days after the U.N. aid chief warned that a government aid blockade had likely forced hundreds of thousands of people in Tigray into famine.
Jens Laerke, spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told at a Geneva briefing that it is critically important that the humanitarian operation to continue. International condemnation of the humanitarian situation in the northern Ethiopia has been growing.
France, the United Kingdom and the United States are concerned about North Korea’s latest missile test launches and will address the issue at the UN Security Council later today, French Ambassador to the United Nations Nicolas de Riviere said. De Riviere has said that North Korea’s test launches of hypersonic and other missiles are a major threat to international peace and security.He also said that North Korea is explaining that this hypersonic test is a success and if this is the case, it is another escalation step.
A group of women in Kabul on Friday protested against the closing of schools and colleges for female students, saying that this is a violation of their fundamental rights in Afghan society. Teachers and lecturers from schools and universities of Kabul said that the closing of schools and universities is a serious concern that can deeply affect the future of education of girls in Afghanistan and the Taliban should give serious attention to it.
IND-AUS WOMEN CRICKET
In a historic moment in women’s cricket, Smriti Mandhana became the first Indian women to score a Test hundred on Australian soil on Day two at the Carrara Oval, Queensland. India were 276 for five in 101.5 overs when the match was halted in the second session. Deepti Sharma was batting on 12 and Taniya Bhatia was yet to open her account as the players walked off the field and the covers were brought on. Earlier, flamboyant opener Smriti Mandhana shattered a few records en route to slamming a magnificent maiden Test century as India progressed to 231 for 3 at the dinner break. The 25-year-old Mandhana became the first Indian woman to hit a century in day-night Tests and also the first from the country to reach three figures in the game’s traditional format on Australian soil. Mandhana made 127 off 216 balls with the help of 22 boundaries and a six. The play will resume resume 30 minutes 9:30 AM IST on Saturday.
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 AUSTRALIA on their national day.
AND WITH THAT, WE END THIS BULLETIN. WE’LL BE BACK AT THE SAME TIME TOMORROW WITH THE NEXT EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.