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World News

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14.09.2021

NAMASKAR ! A warm welcome to 'World News: an Indian perspective', on All India Radio. This is R.S.RAGHU and with me is ABHINEET SHUKLA 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

⦁ India asserts, UNSC resolution should shape world’s response to Afghanistan.

⦁ In Japan, ruling party's top politician Taro Kono likely to replace Yoshihide Suga as the Prime Minister.

⦁ In Bangladesh, High Court orders shutdown of unregistered online news portals within a week.

⦁ Delhi Police Special Cell busts terror module; Arrests six including two Pakistan-trained terrorists in a multi-state raid.

⦁ Tropical storm Nicholas downgraded from hurricane after making landfall on Texas coast.

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COVID OPENING

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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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SHRINGLA - UN

Foreign secretary of India Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said the resolution specifically refers to terror groups designated by the UN and the need for the safe departure of all those who want to leave Afghanistan.

Mr. Shringla on Tuesday said the world community’s approach to Afghanistan should be in line with UN Security Council resolution 2593, which demands Afghan soil shouldn’t be used in any way for terrorism and seeks an inclusive and negotiated settlement to the crisis in the war-torn country.

He said the resolution, adopted during India’s presidency of the Security Council last month, specifically refers to terror groups designated by the UN such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed and the need for the safe departure of all those who want to leave Afghanistan.

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JAPAN PM

In  a significant political development  in Japan, a top politician in country's ruling party Taro Kono is all set to replace Yoshihide Suga as the Prime Minister.

The move comes after another top contender Shigeru Ishiba, has opted not to stand in the race for the Prime Minister's post and is considering supporting Taro Kono.

It is reported that the move could increase Kono's chances of taking over from outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga as head of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) as Ishiba is well liked by rank-and-file party members.

Kono, currently the minister in charge of Japan's vaccination drive, is considered a leading contender to replace Suga after a surprise announcement this month that he would not seek to stay on in the post.

The vote to elect New Prime Minister will be held on the 29th of September.

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B'DESH-HC

The Bangladesh High Court on Tuesday ordered the authorities to shut down all unregistered online news portals in the country within a week. A report from our Dhaka Correspondent:

A HC division bench passed the order on the  plea filed by two advocates from Bangladesh.

The court in its order told the Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) and Chairman of Bangladesh Press Council to execute the order within seven days of getting the copy of this order.

The writ was filed by the lawyers following media coverage of an incident in April in which a 21 year old women committed suicide allegedly mentioning the name of a prominent business personality of Bangladesh in her suicide note. The petitioners contended that the online portals in the country are running defamatory reports amounting to character assasination of people.

Earlier, the High Court in its order on August 16 had sought response from the authorities as to why an ethical code of conduct should not be formed for news media and a Broadcasting Commission set up for the electronic media as well as putting a ban on the unregistered online news portals. Rajesh Jha, World News, All India Radio, Dhaka.

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DELHI POLICE - TERROR

In India, Delhi Police Special Cell has busted a Pakistan organised terror module by arresting six people including two terrorists who received training in Pakistan. The suspects were planning to carry out terror attack in some major cities of the country. Briefing reporters in New Delhi, Delhi Police Special Cell, Special Commissioner, Neeraj Thakur said, the raids were conducted in several states as part of the operation. He said, one person arrested from Kota in Rajasthan, two persons arrested from Delhi and three people from Uttar Pradesh. Mr Thakur said, the police has recovered explosives, firearms and ammunitions from their possession.

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CHINA ZERO COVID FAILURE

Chinese authorities are rushing to contain a widening Delta variant outbreak in the southern province of Fujian ahead of a major upcoming national holiday, when hundreds of millions of people are expected to travel across the country. A report from our Beijing Correspondent:

Fujian outbreak despite China’s much touted tough Zero-COVID policy is a matter of concern ahead of the weeklong National Day holiday beginning on 1st October. Repeated outbreaks have also put question marks on the sustainability of China’s Zero COVID policy and the crushing border restrictions which have also discriminated against 11 countries including India by blocking their visas.

China has not shown any signs of issuing visas to Indians which have been stopped since November 2020. China has recently allowed chambers of commerce from Germany, France and Italy to bring back their employees and family members to China. In response to a question in this regard today, Chinese Foreign Ministry said that with reference to the practices of other countries, China adjusts its management measures on in-bound travelers accordingly as the epidemic situation evolves. ANSHUMAN MISHRA, AIR News Beijing.

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PM-QUAD UNGA

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will participate in the Leaders’ Summit of the Quadrilateral Framework in Washington DC on 24th of September along with Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga and US President Joseph R. Biden. The Leaders will review progress made since their first virtual Summit on 12th March this year and discuss regional issues of shared interest.

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HOTSPOT

In today's HOTSPOT section, we bring you a discussion on Prime Minister's visit to USA. In conversation are Bhaswati Mukherjee, former diplomat and Nilova Roy Chaudhary, journalist.

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INDIA - ASEAN

India has assured ASEAN partners of its support in its recovery efforts in the post pandemic period. Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Anupriya Patel and Minister of Finance and Economy of Brunei Darussalam Dr. Amin Liew Abdullah on Tuesday virtually co-chaired the 18th ASEAN-India Economic Ministers Consultations. The meeting was attended by the Economic Ministers of all the ten ASEAN countries Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The Ministers took stock of the current pandemic situation and reaffirmed their commitment to take collective actions in mitigating the economic impact of the pandemic and ensuring resilient supply chains in the region. The Ministers appreciated the deepening trade and investment between ASEAN. India is ASEAN’s seventh largest trading partner and one of the largest sources of Foreign Direct Investment.

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RBI-SINGAPORE-PROJECT

The RBI and the Monetary Authority of Singapore have announced a project to link their respective fast payment systems, Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and PayNow. The linkage is targeted for operationalisation by July 2022.

According to an RBI press statement, the UPI-PayNow linkage will enable users of each of the two fast payment systems to make instant, low-cost fund transfers on a reciprocal basis without a need to get onboarded onto the other payment system.

UPI is India’s mobile based, 'fast payment' system that facilitates customers to make round the clock payments instantly using a Virtual Payment Address created by the customer. 

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hurricane-Texas

Tropical storm Nicholas has been downgraded from a hurricane after making landfall on the Texas coast in the US, bringing heavy rain and the risk of life-threatening flooding. The storm was upgraded to a hurricane after reaching land, but has now weakened.

President Joe Biden declared an emergency in Louisiana.

It comes just weeks after Hurricane Ida - the fifth strongest to ever hit the US mainland - killed dozens and left more than a million Louisiana residents without power.

Meanwhile, Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared states of emergency in 17 counties and three cities. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner warned of flooding and urged the city's roughly 2.3 million residents to stay off streets and motorways.

Dozens of schools across the two states have been closed, and hundreds of flights have been cancelled or delayed at airports in the Texas cities of Corpus Christi and Houston.

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NORTH KOREA NUKE TALKS

Top nuclear envoys from Japan, the United States and South Korea have  held talks in Tokyo on Tuesday to discuss North Korea’s missile and nuclear programmes. The development took place a day after Pyongyang said it tested a new long-range cruise missile.

Analysts said the weapon, described by North Korean state media as “strategic”, could have nuclear capabilities.

The three countries have been discussing ways to break a standoff with North Korea over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, which have drawn international sanctions.

The White House has said the US was still prepared to engage with Pyongyang despite the recent missile test.

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Qatar-Kabul airport

Qatar on tuesday said that it would not take responsibility of Kabul airport without 'clear' agreements with all involved, including the Taliban, about its operations.

Doha has become a key broker in Afghanistan following last month's withdrawal of US forces, helping evacuate thousands of foreigners and Afghans, engaging the new Taliban rulers and supporting operations at Kabul airport.

Since the US pullout, Qatar Airways planes have made several trips to Kabul, flying in aid and Doha's representatives and ferrying out foreign passport holders.

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BUSINESS CAPSULE

And now, a report from the Business World,

At the stock markets, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange gained 69 points, or 0.1 percent, to end at 58,247, today. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange added 25 points, to 17,380.

At the domestic forex market, the rupee ended flat at 73 rupees and 68 paise, against the US dollar.

Among global markets, Asian stock markets ended mixed. So, Japan's Nikkei-225 index rose 0.7 percent, to close at a more than 31-year high. South Korea's Kospi index also ended 0.7 percent higher and Singapore's Straits Times index edged up 0.2 percent. But China's Shanghai Composite index ended 1.4 percent lower and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index slipped 1.2 percent and

In Europe, London's FTSE-100 had fallen 0.4 percent; France's CAC-40 had dropped 0.6 percent and Germany's DAX had shed 0.2 percent, in intra-day trade.

Global crude oil prices hit a six-week high today as another hurricane threatened to bring heavy rain to Texas and parts of Louisiana that were still recovering from Ida, and as the International Energy Agency forecast a big demand rebound for the rest of the year. So, Brent crude futures rose 50 cents, to trade at 74.01 dollars a barrel. US crude futures gained 43 cents, to 70.88 dollars a barrel. Nishit Kumar for World News, All India Radio.

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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

The UEFA Champions League, Europe's biggest club competition begins this evening with Manchester United kick-off their campaign away to the Swiss champions Young Boys. Today, Manchester United will be looking to extend their unbeaten start to the new season. In other match, Sevilla FC  is playing with Red Bull Salzburg.

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FPR

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

⦁ The Washington Post writes Pew research survey finds people around the world see climate change as a major threat.

⦁ The Wall Street Journal says Taliban’s Pledge of Amnesty for Security Officials Meets Widespread Distrust.

⦁ Financial Times reports Pace of US consumer price rises cools slightly in August.

⦁ The Washington Post says British government to start booster shots for vulnerable populations next week.

⦁ The Wall Street Journal reports Google Fined 177 Million Dollar in South Korea Over Thwarting Potential Android Rivals.

⦁ Financial Times writes Former UK hedge fund partner plots return of Trump-era social network Parler.

⦁ The Globe and Mail reports Raducanu can become one of world’s most marketable athletes.

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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 BHUTAN.

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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