NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indian perspective’, on All India Radio. This is GAURAV SHARMA 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.
External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar to embark on a five day visit to Israel tomorrow.
India allows foreign tourists on chartered flights to enter the country.
17th Edition of Indo- US joint training exercise – EX YUDH ABHYAS-21 commences at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Alaska.
South-east Asian regional group, ASEAN decides not to invite military government’s leader from Myanmar.
US to ease travel curbs for fully vaccinated foreigners from 8th of November.
And, In Football India defeat Nepal 3-0 in SAFF Championship.
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External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar will be on a five day official visit to Israel from tomorrow at the invitation of Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Israel Yair Lapid. This will be his first visit to the country as External Affairs Minister. He will hold a bilateral meeting with the Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Israel. He will also call on the President, the Prime Minister and the Knesset Speaker.
India and Israel elevated bilateral relations to a Strategic Partnership during the historic visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel in July 2017. Since then, the relationship between the two countries has focused on expanding knowledge-based partnership, which includes collaboration in innovation and research, including boosting the Make in India initiative.
The External Affairs Minister will interact with Indian-origin Jewish community in Israel, Indologists, Indian students who are currently pursuing their education in Israeli universities and business people from the hi-tech industries.
External Affairs Ministry said, the visit will also be an occasion to pay tribute to the valiant Indian soldiers who laid their lives in the region, especially during the First World War.
MoS MEA-SUDAN VISIT
Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan will be on a five day official visit to Sudan and South Sudan from 18th of this month. This will be his first official visit to both the countries.
On the first leg of his visit to Sudan, Mr Muraleedharan will hold talks with Foreign Minister Dr. Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi and other dignitaries on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.
He will call on the President of the Sovereign Council of Sudan First Lt. General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Al Burhan and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The Minister will also interact with the Indian community in Sudan during the visit.
On the second leg, in South Sudan, Mr Muraleedharan will call on President General Salva Kiir Mayardit.
HOME MINISTRY – TOURIST VISA
The Government has allowed foreign tourists on chartered flights to enter the country on chartered flights. The Union Home Ministry has started granting fresh Tourist Visas to foreigners coming to India through chartered flights with effect from the 15th of this month. The Ministry in a statement said that all COVID-19 protocols and norms notified by the Health Ministry are to be adhered to by the foreign tourists and carriers bringing them into India and other stakeholders at landing stations.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all visas granted to foreigners were suspended last year. Various other restrictions were also imposed on international travel by the Central Government to arrest the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. After considering the evolving COVID-19 situation, foreigners were later on allowed to avail any kind of Indian visa other than Tourist Visa for entry and stay in India.
ARMY CHIEF SRI LANKA
Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane who is on a five day visit to Sri Lanka visited Headquarters of Sri Lankan Navy on Saturday and interacted with Commander of Sri Lankan Navy Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne and other senior officers. Views on bilateral defence partnership between both Nations were exchanged.
INDIA – SRI LANKA MITRA SHAKTI
The 8th Edition of joint military exercise MITRA SHAKTI between the Indian Army and the Sri Lankan Army culminated today in Ampara, Sri Lanka. The exercise was commenced on 4th of this month. Exercise Mitra Shakti, based on counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations in semi urban terrain is the largest bilateral exercise being undertaken by the Sri Lankan Army and it forms a major part of India and Sri Lanka’s growing defence partnership.
Defence Ministry said, during the past 14 days, both the contingents displayed great enthusiasm and professionalism while practising joint drills. The participating contingents expressed immense satisfaction at the termination of the exercise in terms of standards achieved during the conduct of the exercise.
Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting and fisheries Dr. L. Murugan has appealed to External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar to take steps to immediately secure the release of 23 fishermen from Tamil Nadu who are detained by Sri Lankan Navy.
In a letter to the External Affairs Minister, Dr. Murugan referred to the memorandum received from 66 fishermen villages of Nagapattinam, Karaikal and Mayiladuthurai seeking the release of the fishermen alongwith their boats. The fishermen were apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy a few days back for fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
NAVAL COMMANDERS CONFERENCE
The second edition of Naval Commanders’ Conference of 2021 will be held in New Delhi from the 18th to the 22nd of this month. The conference serves as a platform for Naval Commanders to discuss important maritime matters at the military-strategic level as well as interact with the Senior Government Officials through an institutionalised forum. Due to the rapidly changing geostrategic situation of the region, the significance and importance of the Conference is manifold. It is an institutionalised platform to deliberate, direct, devise and decide issues of utmost importance, which will shape future course of the Indian Navy.
During the Conference, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will address and interact with the Naval Commanders on matters pertaining to national security.
In today’s HOTSPOT section, we bring you a discussion on “WOMEN TRANSFORMING INDIA”. In conversation are ANNA ROY, SENIOR ADVISOR AT NITI AAYOG and AIR CORRESPONDENT, SUPARNA SAIKIA.
US-INDIA ARMIES-EX YUDH ABHYAS
The 17th Edition of Indo- US joint training exercise – EX YUDH ABHYAS-21 commenced at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Alaska yesterday. 300 US Army soldiers and 350 soldiers of the Indian Army are participating in the exercise. The 14-day training schedule includes activities on joint training in a counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism environment under United Nations mandate. The joint exercise will facilitate both Armies to know each other better, share their wide experiences and enhance their situational awareness through information exchange. This will help them in undertaking joint operations at Battalion level in mountainous terrain with cold climatic conditions under the ambit of United Nations. The opening ceremony saw the unfurling of the National Flags of both countries amidst playing of the National anthems.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Jonas Gahr Store on assuming the office of Prime Minister of Norway. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, he is looking forward to working closely with him in further strengthening India-Norway relations.
FOOD DAY-FPI MINISTRY
To commemorate the World Food Day, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, under the Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises PMFME Scheme, organised a Food Tech Summit today. The Food Tech Summit 2021 aimed at setting the stage for all the food-tech stakeholders to impart, discuss and acquaint micro enterprises on the new emerging trends in food processing and technological innovation.
Joint Secretary in Ministry of Food Processing Industries Minhaj Alam addressed the Food Tech Summit and highlighted the importance of the micro food processing sector as the growth driver of the Indian economy and through the PMFME Scheme the government’s efforts to encourage food processing in India.
IMF LAUDS INDIA
International Monetary Fund IMF has commended India’s swift and substantial response to the pandemic and noted that there is a possibility of a faster than expected recovery.
The IMF has projected India’s economic growth at 9.5 per
cent in Fiscal Year 2021-22 and 8.5 per cent in 2022-23. Headline
inflation is projected at 5.6 per cent in 2021-22, amid elevated
In its “Article IV” consultations report, IMF has further said that a persistent negative impact of Covid-19 on investment and
other growth drivers could prolong the economic recovery.
The regional grouping of Southeast Asian nations, ASEAN has decided to invite a non-political representative from Myanmar for the summit meeting to be held from the 26th to the 28th of October, said the ASEAN Chair, Brunei. The statement by the ASEAN Chair was issued after an emergency meeting of the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN countries last night.
The statement implies that the military government will not be invited for the summit meeting which is an unprecedented move for the group. The meeting was called to discuss the failure of Myanmar to allow unrestricted access to the special representative of ASEAN to Myanmar and adhere to the peace roadmap agreed to in April.
US- MIX-COVID VACCINE
The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that it will accept mixed-dose Corona virus vaccines from international travelers, a boost to travelers from Canada and other places. The CDC said, last week that it would accept any vaccine authorized for use by US regulators or the World Health Organization. A CDC Spokesperson said, while the CDC has not recommended mixing types of vaccine in a primary series, they ecognize that this is increasingly common in other countries so should be accepted for the interpretation of vaccine records.
British Police investigating the murder of a Conservative lawmaker is treating the case as a terrorist incident. Sir David Amess was stabbed multiple times at his constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex yesterday. A 25-year-old British man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. The Metropolitan Police said, there was a potential link to Islamist extremism.
India clinched the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship for eighth time defeating Nepal 3-0 at Maldives National Football Stadium in Male today. Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri scored the first goal of the match in 49th minute when he headed in Pritam Kotal’s lofted pass. Then minutes later Suresh Singh Wangjam finding free space inside the box placed the ball past the Nepal goalkeeper into the back of the net. Sahal Abdul Samad further increases India’s lead by scoring the third goal just 2 minutes before ending the game.
Now let us take a look at the major developments around the world, as reported in the foreign press:
The Globe and Mail writes, UN official says Taliban to announce secondary school for girls.
Financial Times reports, Georgieva row reveals a murky truth about global financial institutions.
The Guardian writes, Boris Johnson’s climate credibility at stake in run-up to Cop26 summit.
The Sydney Morning Herald says, NASA launches first space probe to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.
South China Morning Post writes, US nuclear submarine accident sparks safety fears in South China Sea.
The Washington Post reports, Italy begins enforcing one of the world’s strictest workplace vaccine mandates, risking blowback.
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 SRI LANKA.
AND WITH THAT, WE END THIS BULLETIN. WE’LL BE BACK AT THE SAME TIME TOMORROW WITH THE NEXT EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.