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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.


  • Japan's ruling party elects Yoshihide Suga as its new leader to succeed PM Shinzo Abe.

  • WHO Chief invites all countries to join its COVAX vaccine facility in the fight against COVID19.

  • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights raises concerns over rights violations against China's Uyghur population.

  • Foreign Ministers of Bahrain and the UAE arrive in Washington to sign landmark peace treaties with Israel.

  • In US Open, Dominic Thiem becomes first Austrian to win the Men's Singles Grand Slam Title.



Japan is all set to have a new Premier in the form of Yoshihide Suga. He was today elected as the new head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He received 377 votes in the Party election to pick a successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Mr. Abe had announced his resignation last month, due to health problems.

Suga is currently the chief Cabinet secretary of Abe's government.  He would be confirmed as the Prime Minister, by a special session of the country's parliament this week.



The scourge of COVID19 continues to spread across the globe. Number of Corona virus infected cases has crossed 28.87 million worldwide. US and India have the largest number of cases followed by Brazil.

In India, recovery rate has improved to 78 per cent and post COVID Unlock activities are gathering pace. The Monsoon Session of Parliament of India began this morning. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Upper House, Rajya Sabha, will sit in the morning shift and the Lower House, Lok Sabha, will sit in the evening shift.



Newzealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that New Zealand will lift Corona virus restrictions across the country on September 21, except in its biggest city Auckland, which is the epicentre of a second wave of infections.

On other hand, Israel is set to impose a new national lockdown after it witnessed a second wave surge of new cases. The three week second lockdown will come into effect on Jewish new year this Friday.



WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus invited countries to join World Health Organization’s COVAX vaccine facility to ensure that immunizations are fairly and efficiently distributed across the world. He was speaking at 70th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe.



The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has raised concerns over rights violations in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. She was giving her inaugural statement at the 45th session of the Human Rights Council, in Geneva on Monday. Ms. Bachelet also said that her office is keeping a close eye on developments in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, the US State Department released a new webpage highlighting the China's human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other minority groups in Xinjiang in northwestern China.

US State Secretary Pompeo  said  that the Chinese Communist Party is engaged in  bullying its neighbours from the Taiwan Strait to the Himalayas.


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In a major diplomatic jolt to China, Germany has decided to focus on maintaining stronger partnerships with democratic countries in the India-Pacific region in order to promote the rule of law.

Berlin's drift towards the India-Pacific strategy is significant. It comes at a time when  Europe has expressed concerns over China's track record on human rights and its economic dependence on the Asian country.



The Foreign Ministers of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have arrived in Washington to attend a signing ceremony of the landmark peace treaties with Israel.

The other two Arab countries, which have diplomatic ties with Israel are Egypt and Jordan. Expectations have been voiced ever since that the other countries of the region will follow the UAE's example.

Calling the trip "historic," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the normalisation of relations would mean an economic boon for Israel. Among other things, the developments would also entail Israel giving up its plans to expand sovereignty over the West Bank's territories.



The head of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi expressed hope that Iran's decision to let inspectors in to two disputed sites could lead to greater trust with Tehran. He was delivering his opening statement on the meeting of IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna today.

In late August, Mr. Grossi secured an agreement with Iran to inspect the two sites. Iran is suspected of having stored undeclared nuclear material at these sites and possibly having conducted nuclear-related activities.



The Indian and Japanese army chiefs agreed to advance defence cooperation and exchanges between the two countries to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane and Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) Chief of Staff, General Goro Yuasa, had a telephonic discussion on Monday.

The discussion took place in the backdrop of Beijing's rising assertive territorial claims in the East- and South-China Sea region. China's territorial claims in the South China Sea and its efforts to advance into the Indian Ocean are seen to have challenged the established rules-based system.



India is celebrating the Hindi Diwas today. On this occassion, AIR News brings  you a message from China where Hindi is being taught in around 18 universities and around 500 Chinese students are learning Hindi.

Qin Xiaoping, an alumnus of Visva-Bharati University, India, now based in Shenzhen sends his Hindi Divas greetings from China with a rendition of Raj Kapoor's evergreen Hindi Film song.



India is celebrating 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to his favourite bhajan VAISHNAV JAN, by a singer from Vietnam.


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