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  • Tens of thousands expected at New York climate march Yesterday

    New York: Celebrities, activists and political leaders are expected to join more than 100,000 people in New York on Sunday for what could be the largest climate change protest in history, organizers said. Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, former US vice president turned advocate Al Gore, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon...
  • 'The Full Moon Bride' review: Shobhan Bantwal's latest book is a pleasant read 1 week ago

    I have said this earlier and I have no qualms in saying this again that Shobhan Bantwal is a reader's delight. You expect certain things from every Shobhan Bantwal book after reading its blurb and she delivers exactly the same. Nice, breezy and uncomplicated stories make her books absolute page-turners...
  • UN names new envoy for West Africa September 13, 2014

    United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday appointed Mohammed Ibn Chambas of Ghana as his special representative and head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA). Chambas will succeed Said Djinnit of Algeria to whom the Secretary General is grateful for his dedication and effective leadership at...
  • China to launch second space lab in 2016: Official September 10, 2014

    Beijing: China will launch its second orbiting space laboratory in two years' time, a top official said on Wednesday, the latest step in an ambitious space programme Beijing says will one day land a Chinese man on the moon. Astronaut Yang Liwei, who in 2003 became China's first man in space...
  • UN to hold high-level Ebola event on outbreak September 10, 2014

    United Nations: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will hold a high-level event later this month to spur international efforts to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that the meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's annual ministerial meeting, which starts on September 24,...
  • UN chief calls for more support to fight Ebola September 9, 2014

    United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon has called leaders of some countries and organisations to urge more support in the fight against the deadly Ebola, a spokesman said on Monday. "He spoke to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, Cuban President Raul Castro and President of the...
  • UN chief hails new government in Iraq September 9, 2014

    United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Monday welcomed the formation of a new government in Iraq, saying that it "is a positive step towards political stability and peace in the country". "The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement of the formation of a new inclusive government in Iraq and congratulates Haider...
  • Year's last 'supermoon' tonight September 9, 2014

    Boston: Sky watchers and others who spend time outdoors at night in the United States are in for a treat on Tuesday night in the form of an apparently larger-than-average, shinier full moon, the last of this summer's three "supermoons." A "supermoon" occurs when the moon is full and at the...
  • Two moons hoax: Mars won't be as big as the moon on August 27; ignore those social media messages August 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Every year, for more than a decade now, in the months of July and August an old Internet hoax resurfaces for the gullible to consume and share. The message that has been around from the days of email forwards has now also embraced Whatsapp. The Mars hoax even has...
  • US snaps back at Egypt's criticism of Ferguson unrest August 20, 2014

    Ferguson: A US official on Tuesday snapped back at Egypt after criticism from Cairo over possible human rights violations in the racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. "We here in the United States will put our record for confronting our problems transparently and honestly and openly up against any other countries in...
  • UN chief urges restraint after protests over teen's killing in US August 19, 2014

    United Nations: As protests intensify over the killing of an American teenager in Missouri, UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged all parties to exercise restraint and for authorities to respect the right to peaceful assembly. According to Ban's spokesperson, the UN chief is aware that US federal authorities have announced...
  • UN chief commends al-Maliki's decision to quit as Iraq's PM August 15, 2014

    United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has commended the decision of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to give up his candidature and support Haider al-Abadi to succeed him. "The secretary general commends the decision of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to withdraw his candidature and his pledge to support Haider al-Abadi...
  • Watch: Is there an alien on the moon? NASA's video shows a human figure walking on the surface of the moon August 13, 2014

    New York: Watch this NASA image carefully. In all probability, you may agree to see a humanoid figure walking along the surface of the moon. NASA is yet to confirm what this image is all about but for YouTube users, the image is not less than an alien and its shadow. The...
  • Supermoon illuminates skies around the world; next bigger, brighter moon expected on September 9 August 11, 2014

    New Delhi: A supermoon rose above cities on Sunday night, the second of three times this year the full moon will orbit nearer the earth and appear unusually large and bright. The next supermoon is expected on September 9. The first of the three supermoons of summer 2014 was seen...
  • Ban Ki-moon calls Israeli attack on UN-run school a 'criminal act' August 4, 2014

    United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned an Israeli attack on a UN-run school in the Gaza Strip that killed 10 Palestinians, terming it as a "moral outrage and a criminal act" and demanding that those responsible for the act should be held accountable. "It is a moral outrage...
  • Ban urges Israel, Hamas to build on Gaza lull July 28, 2014

    United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged Israel and Hamas to build on a lull in fighting in Gaza to lay the groundwork for talks on a lasting peace. The appeal came a few hours after the UN Security Council called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza during...
  • Iraq gets new president, UN chief urges more urgency July 24, 2014

    Baghdad: Kurdish politician Fuad Masum became the new president of Iraq on Thursday, in a step towards forming a new government that visiting UN chief Ban Ki-moon said must be inclusive for the country to survive. A June onslaught on Sunni Arab areas north and west of of Baghdad led by...
  • Accidentally missed out Moon Moon's name in award list: Mamata Banerjee July 24, 2014

    Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Wednesday veteran actors Moon Moon Sen and Arindam Seal would also be honoured with the Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Samman instituted by her government. The names of both stars were missing during the announcement of West Bengal's top cine award a day earlier. Sen, a Trinamool Congress...
  • UN chief arrives in Cairo for talks on Gaza July 21, 2014

    Cairo: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Cairo on Monday afternoon for talks with Egyptian officials on achieving a ceasefire in the war-stricken Gaza Strip, media reported. Ban is currently on a regional tour that includes Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority for discussions on reaching a...
  • Scores dead in first major ground battle in Gaza July 21, 2014

    Gaza: The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price on Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their neighborhood, reportedly used to launch rockets at Israel and now devastated by the fighting. Israeli...
  • Gaza toll crosses 300, UN chief heads to the region to bolster truce efforts July 19, 2014

    Gaza: Fresh Israeli air strikes killed 10 people in Gaza on Saturday, hiking the death toll above 300 as UN chief Ban Ki-moon headed to the region to bolster truce efforts. The new peace push came as Israel's campaign against the besieged Palestinian territory entered day 12 in the bloodiest conflict...
  • Family of 8 killed in Gaza, as UN's Ban heads to region July 19, 2014

    Gaza: Israel's Gaza ground assault sent the Palestinian death toll soaring to 296 as UN chief Ban Ki-moon headed to the region on Saturday to bolster efforts to clinch a truce. The new peace effort came as eight members of a single family were killed in Israeli tank fire in northern...
  • UN chief urges transparent probe of Malaysia jet crash July 18, 2014

    United Nations: United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has called for a full investigation into the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine as he expressed his condolences to the families of the 298 victims who died in the disaster. "I am closely monitoring the reports, along with the International Civil...
  • Supermoon to be seen tonight; two others will be visible on August 10, September 9 July 12, 2014

    New Delhi: The first of the three supermoons of summer 2014 will be seen tonight (July 12), while the two other supermoons will be visible on August 10 and September 9. The one in August would be closest to Earth. A supermoon is when the moon makes its closest approach to...
  • UFOs, Mars, and the desolate place called Moon: 5 interesting things Buzz Aldrin discussed on his Reddit AMA that no one knew July 10, 2014

    American astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk the moon, launched a social media campaign yesterday called Apollo 45. On the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Aldrin launched a YouTube channel and conducted an extremely insightful Reddit AMA. There are things from this AMA that left...
  • Ramzan to begin from Monday June 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Ramzan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims, will begin from Monday as the new moon could not be sighted anywhere in the country on Saturday. Maulana Mufti Mukarram Ahmed, President of Fatehpuri Royat Hilal Committee and Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Mosque, announced that since the new moon...
  • Today is Friday the 13th and a full moon; an event that will happen next only after 35 years June 13, 2014

    New Delhi: While there is no major astronomical significance of a full moon happening on Friday the 13th, but for the superstitious it might hold some spookiness. More so, given that this concurrence will happen the next time only after 35 years on August 13, 2049. The moon will rise in...
  • UN body talks tough on Badaun gangrape, says no justification or impunity for rapes June 11, 2014

    A UN body has demanded justice for the families of the young girls raped and killed in Badaun, saying there can be no justification for such "unspeakable crimes" against girls and women and "certainly no impunity" for those who commit such acts. UNICEF "renews the call for justice: justice for the...