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Country will have a COVID19 vaccine in the next few weeks: PM Modi            Covid-19 recovery rate in country improves to 94.20 pct            Polling for the third phase of District Development Council elections concludes            Counting underway for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections            Reserve Bank keeps repo rate unchanged at 4 %           

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NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to 'World News: an Indian perspective', on All India Radio. This is RENUKA bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across the globe.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India aims to ensure energy justice with its commitments for sustainable development goals.

  • India and US will hold 22 Ministerial Dialogue on Tuesday, focus on bilateral, regional and global issues.

  • Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says the country will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050.

  • WHO Chief warns vaccine nationalism will prolong the pandemic, not shorten it.

  • Britain's Tao Geoghegan Hart wins the Giro d'Italia after beating Australian Jai Hindley by 39 seconds.



Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi said, India's energy plans strive for energy justice in compliance of its commitments for sustainable development goals. Inaugurating the Fourth India Energy Forum by CERA Week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, India's  energy sector will be growth-centric, industry-friendly and environment conscious.

He told that  in the last six years, over 11 million smart LED street lights have been installed in India. It has enabled an estimated energy saving of 60 billion units per year. The estimated greenhouse gas emission reduction with this programme is over 45 million tonnes of CO2 annually.

Mr. Modi said, it is due to such interventions that reports have said that India is the most attractive emerging market for clean energy investment.



The Third Annual India-US, two plus two Ministerial Dialogue will begin on Tuesday, 27th october in New Delhi.

The third annual India-US, 2 plus 2 Ministerial Dialogue scheduled for tomorrow will focus on advancing the Indo-US comprehensive global strategic partnership and further strengthening cooperation to promote stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the World. As the world's oldest and largest democracies, the two countries nourish deep rooted democratic traditions and bond. The growth in partnership reflects deepening strategic  convergence on host of issues including energy, aviation, science, space , infrastructure and health among others. Third Ministerial dialogue in just over two years span demonstrates high level commitment by both the countries towards the shared diplomatic and security objectives. Secretary Pompeo and Esper will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow afternoon after the 2 plus 2 Ministerial meeting. The leaders will also be making a visit to the War Memorial in the National Capital tomorrow morning for a wreath laying ceremony. Anand Chaturvedi, AIR NEWS, DELHI.

Ahead of the scheduled ministerial meeting, Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh held bilateral delegation level meeting with US counterpart Mark Esper this evening in New Delhi. The two Ministers reviewed bilateral defence cooperation spanning military to military cooperation, secure communication systems and information sharing, defence trade and industrial issues.

External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S Jaishankar also met his US counterpart Mike Pompeo this evening.The US Secretary of State and Defence Secretary arrived in New Delhi this afternoon.



Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of violating a new U.S. supported ceasefire in fighting over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. The latest developments have cast a shadow over the efforts to end a month long clashes.

The latest ceasefire was agreed on Sunday after separate talks in Washington between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan.



The campaign for US Presidential elections has entered its final phase.

The campaign for US Presidential elections has entered its  final phase. President Trump said there has been progress in combating the Coronavirus. On the other hand  Joe Biden alleged that the Trump administration was surrendering to the pandemic. COVID19 has claimed over  225,000 lives in the United States so far.  President Trump will be visiting the crucial battleground state of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Arizona and Nevada in the coming days. Biden will be in his home state  Delaware today. He is scheduled to travel to Georgia, Atlanta and Warm Springs on Tuesday. Valsa Williams, AIR World News.



India has decided to provide 270 Metric Tonnes of food aid to Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti and Eritrea, to alleviate the suffering of the people affected by natural calamities and the COVID pandemic.

External Affairs Ministry said in a release that the strong bonds of friendship and brotherly relations between India and countries in Africa have been forged and strengthened over several centuries. It said, India has always stood in solidarity with the countries and people in Africa and has partnered in undertaking development, capacity building and humanitarian assistance programmes.



The Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga said on Monday that the country will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050. The remarks came in  his policy speech at the first parliamentary session in Tokyo since he assumed office last month.

He said, he intends to make a sustainable economy, a pillar of his growth strategy and put maximum effort into achieving a green society. Mr. Suga has portrayed the need to shift away from fossil fuels to counter climate change as an opportunity rather than a burden. As per Japan’s current energy plan, 56% of its energy reqirements come from fossil fuels.



Now, lets take a look at the Coronavirus s. According to WHO data, the number of infected cases has crossed 42.74 million worldwide.

Countries across Europe are implementing new measures to combat the spread of coronavirus, as infections surge and new cases hit record highs in the European Union.

Israel Defence Ministry has informed that the country will begin human trials for a potential COVID-19 vaccine on November 1 after receiving the regulatory approval.

India has achieved a significant milestone in its fight against COVID as the national recovery rate has reached 90.23 per cent.  With overall recovery of over 7.1 million patients so far, the recovered cases in the country stand at nearly 11 times more than the active cases.



The WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called for global solidarity in the rollout of any future coronavirus vaccine.  He said, vaccine nationalism will prolong the pandemic, not shorten it.



Thailand’s Parliament began a special session on Monday. Parliament was called to discuss the months of pro democracy protests. Pro-democracy protests in Thailand have been drawing students and other demonstrators into the streets demanding the prime minister’s resignation and consitutional reforms.

Opposition leader Sompong Amornvivat criticized Prime Minister Prayuth for his handling of the crisis. He urged the government to listen to the protesters’ demands.



The Moscow has proposed that Russia and the United States agree not to deploy land-based missiles in Europe. The proposal includes the mechanisam of mutual verification measures to build trust following the demise of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) arms control treaty between the both countries.

The United States withdrew from INF last year. The INF treaty was formed in 1987.  It reduced  the ability of both countries to launch a nuclear strike at short notice. It prohibited land-based missiles with a range of 310-3,400 miles.



Moving on to sports. British driver Lewis Hamilton made Formula One history on Sunday, winning the Portuguese Grand Prix for a 92nd career victory . With this win, he has moved  ahead of German great Michael Schumacher.

In Cycling, Britain's Tao Geoghegan Hart won the Giro d'Italia after beating Australian Jai Hindley by 39 seconds.


India is celebrating the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to VAISHNAV JAN, by artists from Egypt.


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