UNICEF

  • 469 children killed in Gaza: UNICEF 14 hours 13 minutes ago

    United Nations: A senior official of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday that a total of 469 children were killed in the Gaza Strip, where the situation is "dire" because of its debilitating effect on the one million Gaza Strip inhabitants under the age of 18. "This situation...
  • Girls have the ability to transform their own lives: Priyanka Chopra August 12, 2014

    Actress Priyanka Chopra says that "girls have the ability to transform their own lives and help India's economy to grow". She feels that they should be given more opportunities to make a mark. "Girls have the ability to transform their own lives, develop their own enterprises and help grow India's economy,"...
  • Chhattisgarh lures doctors for Naxal-hit areas with fat salaries, accommodation August 8, 2014

    To overcome the acute shortage of doctors in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit regions, the state government is working on a "special package" to offer certain facilities, besides lucrative salary, to the specialists for their posting in such areas. "Unlike typical procedure of the appointment, we are trying to bring more flexibility in the...
  • Maharashtra, UNICEF launch campaign against diarrhoea July 28, 2014

    Mumbai: Maharashtra government and UNICEF on Monday launched a fortnight-long campaign to mobilise communities, health personnel and political leaders towards prevention of diarrhoea. The campaign titled 'Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF)' will be held from July 28 to August 8. "IDCF will mobilise communities, health personnel and political leaders to prioritise investment...
  • India home to one in every three child brides in the world: UN report July 22, 2014

    United Nations: India has the sixth highest prevalence of child marriage in the world with one in every three child bride living in India, a United Nations report said. Child marriage among girls is most common in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and India is among the top 10 countries with...
  • Not confirmed that Indians have been abducted in Iraq, UNICEF representative reiterates June 24, 2014

    New Delhi: A representative of UNICEF, Iraq, has also reiterated the sentiments of the Iraqi ambassador to India saying it is hard to confirm if the Indians who've gone missing in Mosul were captured or just trapped due to the ongoing conflict in the region. "We have been reported that...
  • 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...
  • 'There is a tremendous disparity in remuneration for male and female actors', Priyanka Chopra June 10, 2014

    Mumbai: Actress Priyanka Chopra today said that a huge disparity exists in remuneration accorded to male and female actors in Bollywood, which she feels can be reduced only if women-centric films fares well at the Box Office. "The male actors do get paid a lot more. There is a tremendous disparity...
  • 'Life of Pi' artiste Shri re-mixes potty noises (farts and flushing toilet) to make 'Poo Song' for UNICEF's hygiene campaign March 24, 2014

    "In India, more than 620 million people defecate in the open. That's practically half the population. The other half have become blind to the practice. So how do you get a blind population to open their eyes and see the big Poo Problem?" The 'Poo Party''s official YouTube channel tries...
  • Jharkhand records lowest infant mortality rate: UNICEF March 12, 2014

    Jharkhand has recorded the lowest infant mortality rate in 2012-13, the UNICEF said in a statement in Ranchi on Wednesday. "Jharkhand has the lowest infant mortality rate (IMR), as per the recently released Annual Health Survey 2012-13. The IMR (death rate of children below 1 year) declined from 41 per 1,000...
  • School dropout scenario in India 'extremely high': UNICEF March 11, 2014

    New Delhi: The school dropout scenario in the country is "extremely high" as over 80 million children are not completing the full cycle of elementary education, while eight million are out of school over a period of years, according to UNICEF. "The dropout is much much higher with girls," UNICEF representative...
  • Syria among 'most dangerous places on Earth' for children: UNICEF March 11, 2014

    The number of children affected by the civil war in Syria has more than doubled over the past year, with hundreds of thousands of young Syrians trapped in besieged parts of the country, the United Nations Children's Fund said on Monday. "After three years of conflict and turmoil, Syria is now...
  • These photos of Sachin Tendulkar demonstrating batting techniques to blind children will melt your heart March 5, 2014

    Sachin Tendulkar, Brand Ambassador, UNICEF South Asia Region, demonstrated batting techniques to visually impaired children at a blind school near Mandangad in Ratnagiri district on March 4, 2014. These PTI photos showed him also demonstrating hand washing to visually impaired children. ...
  • Speaker to discuss smooth functioning of House with leaders February 12, 2014

    With loss of business hours because of frequent disruptions in two Houses of Bihar Legislature, Speaker Udai Narayan Chaudhary on Wednesday said he would discuss the issue with leaders of all parties on Thursday. "I will put the issue in the Business Advisory Committee meeting of the Assembly on Thursday and appeal...
  • UNICEF seeks steps to protect rights of children January 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Declaring that "every child counts", UNICEF on Thursday sought greater effort and innovation to identify and address the gaps that prevent the most disadvantaged of the world's 2.2 billion children from enjoying their rights. The report released by the UNICEF, highlights the importance of data in making progress for...
  • After polio eradication, Big B wants women's emancipation January 7, 2014

    Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for polio eradication, is proud that the country has rid itself of the virus. His next focus is emancipation of the girl child. He hopes to achieve similar results as he helped for polio. "As UN ambassador for Girl Child, I hope and pray...
  • Tendulkar named UNICEF brand ambassador for South Asia November 29, 2013

    Mumbai: Recently-retired batting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday became UNICEF's first brand ambassador for South Asia and is all set to work in promoting hygiene and sanitation in the region. "Thanks for allowing me to start this wonderful second innings of my life. I'm looking forward to being an ambassador for...
  • J&K: Omar Abdullah seeks UNICEF's help over female foeticide September 22, 2013

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday underlined the need for focused attention by all towards eradicating the menace of female foeticide. Interacting with a United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) team led by its regional director Karin Halshof in Srinagar on Sunday, Abdullah said the state government...
  • Amitabh Bachchan joins UN for global humanitarian campaign August 23, 2013

    The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan has joined the UN and its humanitarian partners to promote 'The World Needs More__'   a global campaign seeking to turn words into real assistance for communities affected by humanitarian crises. In a new video interview released yesterday, the Bollywood star shares his personal mission...
  • UNICEF launches initiative on violence against children August 1, 2013

    United Nations: UNICEF on Wednesday launched a new initiative on violence against children, calling on the international community to speak out against it. The 'End Violence Against Children' initiative seeks to build on growing popular outrage following attacks against children, including the 2012 shooting of then 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai in...
  • Stronger action needed to ensure women's safety, says UNICEF April 20, 2013

    New Delhi: The UN on Saturday strongly condemned the rape of a five-year-old girl in Delhi and called for "stronger and immediate action" to improve the safety of girls in the country. "The rape that took place in the past days in Delhi where a five-year-old girl is now fighting...
  • Aamir to work for children's survival and development February 9, 2013

    Chennai: Bollywood actors and goodwill ambassadors of Unicef Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Sharmila Tagore pledged to work for children's survival and development. A three-minute audiovisual (AV) of the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) released here Friday featured Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Sharmila Tagore emphasising on the need to give...
  • Cute first look of Shakira's new born baby Milan February 5, 2013

    Madrid: Shakira is sharing the first public photograph of her recently born baby, with father Gerard Pique planting a kiss on his infant son's cheek. The 36-year-old Colombian singer announced Monday on Twitter that the photo of "my two angels" could be seen on the website of UNICEF. She has urged...
  • Shakira online baby shower, seeks donation for poor January 17, 2013

    New York: Singer Shakira and Spanish footballer Gerard Pique are asking fans to donate gifts like mosquito nets and vaccines for the world's poorest children in an online baby shower to mark the couple's first child. The 35-year-old Colombian pop star, who is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and the FC Barcelona...
  • Girls in India discriminated, mindset must change: UNICEF December 27, 2012

    New Delhi: Girls in the country are facing discrimination and to correct it, the prevailing mindset has to be changed, Louis Georges Arsenault, UNICEF's India head said in New Delhi on Tuesday. Millions of adolescent girls in India, and across the globe, are not given the same opportunities to grow and...
  • Priyanka: We live in a male dominated society December 26, 2012

    New Delhi: Sharing the nation's outrage over the gang-rape case in Delhi, actress Priyanka Chopra favoured a re-look into women's rights in the country while rejecting criticism that Bollywood only pays lip service to such causes. "What happened is a heinous crime. I call for stringent punishment for the accused, but...
  • India has highest child mortality rate in the world September 13, 2012

    New Delhi: With almost 19,000 children under five years of age dying every day across the world, India tops the list of countries with the highest number of 15.55 lakh such deaths in 2011, according to a UN agency. The 'Child Mortality Estimates Report 2012' released by Unicef in New York...
  • Syria's bloodiest week: 1600 dead in 7 days September 3, 2012

    The crisis in Syria is getting bloodier by the day. According to the UNICEF, 1,600 people were killed in the country last week. ...
  • Kim Clijsters withdraws from Unicef Open June 23, 2012

    Den Bosch, Netherlands: Kim Clijsters withdrew from the Unicef Open before the semi-finals on Friday because of a stomach muscle strain, saying she did not want to jeopardise playing in her last Wimbledon before retirement. Clijsters' physiotherapist, Sam Versleghers, said the 29-year-old Belgian felt the injury on Thursday during her tough...
  • Wheat allergy or celiac a cause of malnutrition May 28, 2012

    New Delhi: A recent study conducted by doctors at AIIMS and Maulana Azad Medical College has shown a startling increase in the number of celiac cases in the country. The study reveals that undiagnosed celiac or allergy to wheat may be a major cause of malnutrition in the country. Three-year-old...