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This is ABHINEET SHUKLA and with me is RENUKA 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.
- India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches PM Gati Shakti, the National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity; Prime Minister says, Master Plan will provide GatiShakti to 21st century India with multimodal connectivity and next-generation infrastructure.
- Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to meet her US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen at India Economic and Financial Partnership meet in United States.
- New Delhi strongly rejects Bejing’s objection to India’s Vice President’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh; Asserts, the state is an integral and inalienable part of India.
- India and Armenia agree to develop broad agenda of practical cooperation for mutual benefit; Both sides decide to enhance cooperation in trade, education and cultural exchanges.
- United States to reopen land borders in November for fully vaccinated.
- In Sports, Indian men’s badminton team storm into Thomas Cup quarterfinals after 11 years.
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PM GATI SHAKTI
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated the PM Gati Shakti-National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity and new exhibition complexes of the India Trade Promotion Organisation at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. He also reviewed a model of the new exhibition complex at Pragati Maidan. In his address, the Prime Minister said the National Master Plan will provide GatiShakti to 21st century India with multimodal connectivity and next-generation infrastructure.
The Prime Minister said, the India of the 21st Century is leaving behind old thinking and is moving forward. He said today’s mantra is – Will for progress, Work for progress, Wealth for progress, Plan for progress, Preference for progress.
The Prime Minister underlined that Master Plan Gati Shakti strengthens Atmanirbar Bharat and also lays the foundation for the coming 25 years of development programmes.
Mr Modi said the Gatishakti Plan will also provide an analytical and decision making tool for investors, and all stakeholders involved in policy making of the country. This will help the government in effective planning and policy making. He said it is important for India’s development that all departments linked to infrastructural growth come together and use each other’s collective power.
Speaking on the occasion, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said India is progressing at a fast pace and the PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan is a symbol of Mr Modi’s foresight. He also said that the Gati Shakti plan will help in finishing development projects within the given time frame.
In today’s HOTSPOT section, we bring you a discussion on PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan. In conversation are Sharad Kohli, Economic Analyst and Sonu Sood, AIR Correspondent.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will meet US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Thursday for India Economic and Financial Partnership (EFP) meet. She is currently on nearly a week-long trip to the United States. The eighth meeting of the US-India Economic and Financial Partnership to be held with Chair of the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve System Jerome Powell, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and RBI Governor Shantikanta Das. The Finance Minister is also scheduled to attend meetings of G-20 and interact with investors at a round table hosted by the US India Business Council and CII.
Yellen will host the next round of the meet with Ms Sitharaman, on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, officials said.
The US Department of Treasury said in a statement that this meeting is build on the recent momentum in the US-India relationship. It will address a range of critical issues, including economic recovery from the global pandemic, climate finance, multilateral priorities, financial regulation.
India on Wednesday strongly rejected China’s objection to a recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu. New Delhi has asserted that the state is an integral and inalienable part of India. In response to a media query about Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson’s comments on the recent visit of Mr Naidu, MEA Spokesman Arindam Bagchi said, Indian leaders routinely travel to the state of Arunachal Pradesh as they do to any other state of India. He said, objecting to the visit of Indian leaders to a state of India does not stand to reason and understanding of Indian people.
Mr Bagchi said, further, the current situation along the Line of Actual Control, LAC in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas has been caused by unilateral attempts of Chinese side to alter the status quo in violation of the bilateral agreements. The Spokesman said,therefore, India expect the Chinese side to work towards early resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh while fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols rather than trying to link unrelated issues.
India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar arrived in Yerevan, Armenia on Wednesday on the third and last leg of visit to Central Asia. Dr. Jaishankar called on Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. He conveyed greetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The meeting brought out the many convergences and shared outlook of the two countries. Both sides agreed to develop a broad agenda of practical cooperation that is to the mutual benefit.
The External Affairs Minister had a warm and productive meeting with Foreign Minister of Armenia, Ararat Mirzoyan. They discussed a roadmap to take the bilateral cooperation forward.
Both agreed on enhancing the trade, education and cultural exchanges.
The Ministers recognised the shared interests in strengthening connectivity, including the International North South Transport corridor. Dr. Jaishankar said, India supports the OSCE Minsk process and assured to cooperate closely in international organisations and multilateral forums.
The External Affairs Minister met President of the National Assembly of Armenia Alen Simonyan. They discussed the importance of nurturing the bonds between the two Parliamentary democracies. They spoke about bringing the people closer together through greater cooperation in different domains. Dr. Jaishankar appreciated the National Assembly President’s perspective on regional and international issues of shared interest.
Dr. Jaishankar and paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at his statue in Yerevan. Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan also paid tributes. Together, they planted a tree of friendship. He met Indian students and Armenian friends of India in Yerevan. He appreciated the efforts made by the Government of Armenia for the welfare of Indian students. It is the first ever visit by an External Affairs Minister of India to Armenia.
RAJNATH – SCO
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will deliver the inaugural address at a Webinar on the Role of Women in Armed Forces being organized by Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Thursday. The international webinar in video conference mode is hosted by the Defence Ministry. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat will deliver the welcome address. Representatives of the SCO member countries will share their experiences which will enrich and inform policy makers and practitioners alike.
INDIAN ARMY-SRI LANKA
India Army Chief General Manoj Naravane called on Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and discussed issues of mutual and strategic cooperation. He called on CDS and Commander of Sri Lankan Army General Shavendra Silva and discussed issues related to boosting bilateral defence cooperation between two countries. The Indian Army Chief also interacted with the senior officers of the Sri Lankan Army.
General Naravane called on Defence Secretary General G.D.H. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd.) and discussed steps to take forward the excellent defence cooperation between Sri Lanka and India.
He also called on Foreign Secretary of Sri Lanka, Admiral (Prof.) Jayanath Colombage and discussed issues of bilateral cooperation.
General Manoj Naravane, who is on a five-day visit to Sri Lanka, laid a wreath at Indian Peace Keeping Force War Memorial and paid tributes to the bravehearts of Indian Army who laid down their lives during the Peace Keeping Operations in the country.
India is marching fast towards touching the mark of one billion COVID-19 vaccination coverage.
More than 967 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. The Union Health Ministry said, more than three million vaccine doses were administered today. The recovery rate is currently at 98.06 per cent, which is the highest since March 2020.
The World Health Organisation on Wednesday proposed 26 experts to form its new Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of novel pathogens, including several who served on its mission to Wuhan, China, to probe the source of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
The statement named the 26 proposed members ahead of a two-week period of public consultation, including Marion Koopmans, Thea Fischer and Hung Nguyen who took part in the joint investigation with China this year. The WHO launched the request for applications last August, saying it was looking for the greatest scientific minds to advise on investigations into new high-threat pathogens that jump from animals to humans and could spark the next pandemic.
United States has said it will reopen its borders with Mexico and Canada to fully vaccinated travellers from November this year. In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security said it will allow travel for non-essential purposes via land and ferry crossings. From January 2022, it will also require proof of vaccination for any travel over these crossings, essential or not.
United States has restricted travel from its northern and southern neighbours since March 2020,due to the Covid pandemic.
CHILE – EMERGENCY
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has announced a state of emergency and deployed troops to two southern regions where clashes have broken out between Mapuche Indigenous people and security forces. The Mapuche are demanding the restoration of their ancestral lands and self-determination.
The 71-year-old leader said the four provinces in question have seen repeated acts of violence linked to drug-trafficking, terrorism and organised crime committed by armed groups. Pinera said, that innocent civilians and police officers have been killed in the violence.
The Group of 20 major economies is determined to tackle the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, even if it means having to coordinate efforts with the Taliban. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said this on Tuesday after hosting an emergency summit. Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan on August 15, the country has seen its economy all but collapse, raising the specter of an exodus of refugees. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden and many European leaders took part.
In a joint statement, after the virtual format meeting, the G20 leaders called on the Taliban to tackle militant groups operating out of the country. They said future humanitarian programs should focus on women and girls, and that safe passage should be given to those Afghans who wished to leave the country.
The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange climbed 453 points, or 0.8 per cent, to end at a new closing high of 60,737. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange advanced 170 points, or 0.9 per cent, to end at 18,162. In broader market, the BSE mid-cap index jumped 1.6 per cent and the Small-cap index rose 0.6 per cent.
At the forex market, the rupee apprecaited 14 paise to end at 75.37 against the dollar today.
Amongst global markets, Key Asian markets ended mixed. China’s Shanghai Composite index gained 0.4 per cent. China’s export growth unexpectedly accelerated in September, provided some relief to those worried about a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy.
Singapore’s Straits Times index jumped 1.4 per cent and South Korea’s Kospi Index rose nearly one per cent. But Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dipped 1.4 per cent and Japan’s Nikkei-225 index declined 0.3 per cent, as high energy prices and a weak yen mean trouble for a country that buys the bulk of its oil from overseas.
In Europe, London’s FTSE-100 had lost 0.2 per cent but France’s CAC-40 rose 0.2 and Germany’s DAX was up 0.7 per cent, in intra-day trade.
Brent crude oil futures fell 68 cents to 82.74 dollars a barrel. Back home, Gold futures for December delivery on the Multi Commodity Exchange rose 103 rupees to 47,301 rupees per ten grams. Silver futures for December delivery jumped 497 rupees to 62,083 rupees per kilo. Nishit Kumar for World News, All India Radio.
The Indian men’s badminton team beat Tahiti 5-0 in a Group C match to storm into the quarterfinals of the Thomas Cup for the first time since 2010. It was a second straight 5-0 win for India, the team having beaten the Netherlands with an identical margin on Sunday.
India will take on China in the final match on Wednesday. B Sai Praneeth began the proceedings with a 21-5 21-6 win over Louis Beaubois in the opening singles.
India is celebrating the 152nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to his favorite Bhajan VAISHNAV JAN, by artistes from AUSTRALIA.