GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  • Watch: Training expert Vesna Jacob teaches yoga moves December 11, 2014

    The UN is to declare June 21 as World Yoga Day after Narendra Modi urged the world community to celebrate Indian yoga at the international level. "We are so excited that yoga will get international recognition," said a yoga instructor. ...
  • After Modi's appeal, United Nations to declare June 21 as World Yoga Day today December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: In a proud moment for India, the United Nations will declare June 21 as World Yoga Day on Thursday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged the world community to celebrate Indian yoga at the international level in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in September....
  • India asks UN departments to highlight peacekeeping success stories October 25, 2014

    United Nations: India, the single largest troop contributor to UN peacekeeping operations, has asked the UN's public information department and the peacekeeping office to collaborate in highlighting peacekeeping success stories and providing accurate and impartial information about activities of the peacekeepers in strife-torn lands. Participating in a UN General Assembly session...
  • No question of India joining NPT as non-nuclear weapon state October 22, 2014

    New York: India has made it clear that there is no question of it joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a non-nuclear weapon state while reaffirming its commitment to check further proliferation of atomic weapons. India also reiterated its stand of "no first use" of nuclear weapons and not...
  • Nawaz Sharif's speech on Kashmir has imprints of Pakistan military hawks: Congress September 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Criticising Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for raising the Kashmir issue in United Nations General Assembly, the Congress on Saturday said his speech had "imprints" of Pakistani military hawks as he and his government were "under siege" in Islamabad. The party said thar it was "unbecoming" of the Pakistan...
  • Modi discusses city policing, urban space with New York City mayor September 27, 2014

    New York: With an eye on his pet project of rejuvenation of urban spaces, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday had a meeting with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio during which the issues related to large cities, especially common threats of terror, policing, public housing and crowd management in...
  • As Modi reaches US, Pak PM Nawaz Sharif rakes up Kashmir issue at UN, says world can't draw a veil on it September 26, 2014

    New York: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday raked up the Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, saying that the international community could not "draw a veil on it". Blaming India for the cancellation of the Foreign Secretary-level talks, which were scheduled to be held...
  • Pakistan likely to raise Kashmir issue once again in UN General Assembly September 26, 2014

    New York: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would raise the Kashmir issue in his address to the UN General Assembly on Friday, the government said while ruling out resumption of any dialogue with India unless the initiative in this regard is taken by New Delhi. Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Ajaz Ahmad Chaudhry...
  • Swaraj discusses UN Security Council reform with counterparts September 26, 2014

    New York: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj raised the issue of early reform of the UN Security Council during her meetings with counterparts from China and the IBSA and G4 blocs, saying that concerted efforts should be made to complete the reform process by 2015, coinciding with the 70th anniversary...
  • China agrees to withdraw troops from Ladakh after Sushma meets Chinese counterpart in US September 26, 2014

    New York: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj raised the issue of Chinese incursions into Indian territory across the Line of Actual Control with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Wednesday during their meeting in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. After the talks, the Chinese government...
  • With coalition, US will dismantle ISIS's 'network of death': Obama to UN September 24, 2014

    United Nations: Amid a US-led bombing campaign against Islamic State terrorists, President Barack Obama told the United Nations that he will build a coalition to "dismantle this network of death." Obama told the assembled leaders on Wednesday that the "only language understood by killers like this is the language of force." In...
  • World leaders to gather at UN in shadow of Islamic State, Ebola crises September 21, 2014

    United Nations: World leaders gather in New York this week to tackle a host of crises: the violence Islamic State militants are wreaking in Iraq and Syria, the exponential spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa and deadlocked negotiations on Iran's nuclear program. There is little hope the 193nation UN...
  • 69th session of UN General Assembly begins September 17, 2014

    United Nations: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) started its 69th session at the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, Uganda's foreign minister who was elected President of the 69th UNGA session June 11, said in his opening remarks that the coming year will be a momentous...
  • PM Narendra Modi to address UN General Assembly in Hindi September 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver his speech in the United National General Assembly in New York in Hindi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday. Addressing a function organised on the occasion of Hindi Divas, the Home Minister said Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first Prime Minister to...
  • Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi to meet in US September 13, 2014

    Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi are scheduled to meet in New York this month during the UN General Assembly (UNGA), media reported on Saturday. This would be the first meeting between Modi and Hasina after the BJP came to power in India in May. Permanent...
  • India does not rule out ModiSharif meeting in New York: Sushma Swaraj September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: India on Monday did not rule out a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of UN General Assembly session later this month, with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj saying the government will respond according to the situation that develops. Talking to...
  • Narendra Modi likely to address UN General Assembly on September 27 August 2, 2014

    United Nations: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, giving his first global speech to an audience of nearly 200 world leaders and foreign ministers at the annual gathering of the world body's policymaking organ. According to a first provisional list of...
  • Modi accepts Obama's invitation to visit US in September June 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Another hightable diplomatic meeting is on the cards with Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepting US President Barack Obama's invitation for a meeting in late September. The dates of the meeting to be held in Washington DC are yet to be finalised. "A date was offered by the US...
  • Devyani Khobragade had full diplomatic immunity at the time of arrest December 26, 2013

    In a new twist, it has now emerged that senior Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade enjoyed full diplomatic immunity including from personal arrest and detention on December 12 when she was taken into custody by the US authorities in a visa fraud case. 39yearold Khobragade, who was posted as Deputy Consul General...
  • US will have to grant Modi visa once he becomes PM: Shatrughan Sinha November 10, 2013

    Narendra Modi does not have any compelling reason to visit the US but once he becomes India's Prime Minister and such a need arises, America will have to grant him visa, senior BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha said on Sunday. "Modi does not have any compelling reason to visit the US. It...
  • Pakistan opposes new permanent seats in UNSC November 9, 2013

    Pakistan has opposed the creation of new permanent seats in the 15member UN Security Council during the twoday UN General Assembly debate on Security Council reform. "There should be no new centres of privilege," Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) quoted Masood Khan, Pakistan's ambassador to UN, as telling the 193member assembly...
  • Nawaz Sharif to travel to the US on Sunday October 18, 2013

    Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will travel to the US on Sunday for a meeting with President Barack Obama, during which key bilateral issues, the drawdown in Afghanistan and IndoPak ties are expected to be discussed. This will be Sharif's first bilateral official visit to the US during his current term....
  • Saudi Arabia rejects seat on UN Security Council October 18, 2013

    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia on Friday rejected its freshlyacquired seat on the UN Security Council, saying the 15member body is incapable of resolving world conflicts such as the Syrian civil war. The move came just hours after the kingdom was elected as one of the Council's 10 nonpermanent members on...
  • Fight against terrorism has to be unrelenting: Arun Jaitley October 9, 2013

    United Nations: India has said that the fight against the scourge of terrorism has to be unrelenting and nations cannot adopt selective approaches in dealing with terrorist groups. Talking tough on terror, visiting Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said resorting to the use of terrorism as an instrument...
  • Syria says 'terrorists' eat human hearts and dismember people September 30, 2013

    United Nations: Syria's foreign minister claimed on Monday that his government is fighting a war against alQaidalinked terrorists who eat human hearts and dismember people while they are still alive, then send their limbs to family members. Walid alMoallem, addressing world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York, also...
  • Nawaz Sharif assures action on 26/11 Mumbai attacks September 30, 2013

    New York:Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday assured India of "action" on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case in the wake of a Pakistani judicial commission having visited India. In his talks with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Sharif said...
  • Poverty alleviation needs to be top priority, says Manmohan to UN General Assembly September 28, 2013

    United Nations: With over a billion people living in abject poverty globally, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday emphasised the need for "inclusive growth" and said poverty alleviation should be a top priority for the international community. "The problems of over a billion people living in abject poverty around the world...
  • UN must be reformed to reflect political realities: Manmohan Singh September 28, 2013

    United Nations: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday made a strong case for urgent reform of the UN Security Council to reflect current political realities by including more developing countries as both permanent and nonpermanent members. Addressing the UN General Assembly, he also said multilateral financial institutions should give developing countries...
  • Issues highlighted by PM of utmost importance: Salman Khurshid September 28, 2013

    Foreign Affairs minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while addressing at the UNGA came up with the topics that were of highest priority for the nation. Khurshid added nothing that the PM said was out of context and to act on the issues highlighted by him is...
  • No military solution for conflict in Syria: Manmohan Singh September 28, 2013

    United Nations: India on Saturday strongly pitched for a political settlement to the Syrian crisis, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying there is no military solution to the lethal conflict that threatens regional stability. Addressing the UN General Assembly, Singh endorsed efforts by the US and Russia to bring Syria's chemical...