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  • Karunanidhi slams Centre's abstention from vote against Lanka at UN 28-03-2014 12:02 PM

    Chennai: DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Friday slammed the Centre for abstaining from vote against Sri Lanka at United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) meeting in Geneva on Thursday. He said that India has gone against international human rights issues by not voting against Lanka. He said that despite his...
  • After Italy's plea, UN to raise marines issue with India 19-03-2014 11:07 AM

    New York: UN General Assembly President John Ashe has informed Italy that he will try and raise with India the issue of the two Italian marines who are being tried for killing two Indian fishermen during his three-day visit that begins today. Italy's Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Angelino...
  • 'Disappointed' UN chief Ban concerned about Ukraine unity 18-03-2014 07:02 AM

    United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday expressed deep disappointment at the crisis in Ukraine, saying that the Crimea referendum will exacerbate the situation and urged all parties concerned to intensify efforts and engage constructively toward a peaceful solution. "The Secretary-General continues to closely follow the situation in...
  • MP inks MoU with UN to make women's squads in villages 19-02-2014 11:42 PM

    Madhya Pradesh Government on Wednesday inked an MoU with the United Nations to constitute women's squads in every village. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while attending the event said the government has signed an MoU with 'UN Women', a United Nations' organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of...
  • Italian marines issue bilateral: Ban Ki-moon 13-02-2014 05:10 PM

    In a blow to Italy's attempt to internationalise the case of two Italian marines being tried in India for killing two fishermen, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked Rome to resolve the issue bilaterally. "It's better for the question to be addressed bilaterally, rather than with the involvement of the...
  • Former UN envoy Hardeep Puri joins BJP 03-01-2014 09:22 AM

    New Delhi: Retired career diplomat Hardeep Puri, who served as India's permanent representative at the UN, on Thursday joined BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, following in the footsteps of former Home Secretary RK Singh and Petroleum Secretary RS Pandey. Puri, a 1974-batch Indian Foreign Service Officer, had put...
  • UN, US condemn terrorist attack in Russia 30-12-2013 10:25 AM

    The United States and the United Nations have condemned the terrorist attack in Volgograd in Russia that killed at least 16 people. "The United States condemns in the strongest terms today's terrorist attack in Volgograd," the State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Sunday. "We send our sincere condolences to...
  • UN gives accreditation to Devyani Khobragade 23-12-2013 02:31 PM

    New Delhi: Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, who was arrested for alleged visa fraud in the United States of America, has now been given accreditation by the United Nations. She has also been exempted from personal appearance in the case in the US. Devyani was moved to India's Permanent Mission at...
  • US aircraft hit by gunfire in South Sudan as conflict worsens 22-12-2013 09:56 AM

    Three US aircraft came under fire from unidentified forces on Saturday while trying to evacuate Americans from a spiralling conflict in South Sudan. The US military said four of its members were wounded in the attacks. Nearly a week of fighting in South Sudan threatens to drag the world's newest...
  • United Nations adopts resolution to protect privacy in digital age 19-12-2013 08:33 AM

    United Nations: The UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at protecting the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance in the digital age on Wednesday in the most vocal global criticism of US eavesdropping. Germany and Brazil introduced the resolution following a series of reports of US surveillance, interception,...
  • UN says 90 of its peacekeepers killed in 2013 14-12-2013 07:07 AM

    United Nations: The UN peacekeeping chief said 90 of his colleagues have been killed in 2013, with 29 of them in "deliberate attacks." Herve Ladsous noted in particular the deaths of 14 peacekeepers in the bloody Darfur region of Sudan. He calls that "totally unacceptable." Ladsous gave his end-of-year briefing...
  • Malala awarded United Nations Human Rights Prize 06-12-2013 11:26 AM

    United Nations: Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012, has been awarded the 2013 UN Human Rights Prize, an honour previously given to icons like late Nelson Mandela in recognition of outstanding achievement in human rights. The prize is awarded every five years and...
  • Mexico finds stolen radioactive material amid dirty bomb fear 05-12-2013 11:16 AM

    Mexico city: Mexican police have found dangerous radioactive medical material stolen by thieves that the United Nations said could provide an ingredient for a "dirty bomb," the country's national nuclear safety commission CNSNS said on Wednesday. The truck was found on Wednesday close to where it was stolen outside Mexico...
  • Vietnam appreciates India's role in South China Sea 18-11-2013 05:29 PM

    Vietnam, on Monday, appreciated India's "constructive role" in the disputed South China Sea region notwithstanding China's objections to Indian involvement in that area. General Secretary of Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong, who will arrive in New Delhi on a four-day trip on Tuesday, also stressed the need for...
  • US Senate will wait before moving on Iran sanctions: Aides 12-11-2013 10:38 AM

    US lawmakers will wait for a briefing by Secretary of State John Kerry this week before deciding whether to impose tough new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, Senate aides said on Monday. Kerry is expected to lead the Obama administration's latest effort to prevent imposition of further punitive...
  • US will have to grant Modi visa once he becomes PM: Shatrughan Sinha 10-11-2013 07:05 PM

    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....
  • Polio outbreak in northeast Syria risks spreading: WHO 29-10-2013 06:55 PM

    Polio has broken out among young children in northeast Syria, the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed on Tuesday, and could spread inside and outside the country, where civil war has led to falling vaccination rates. The highly contagious crippling disease, transmitted via contaminated food and water, can spread rapidly among...
  • Saudi Arabia rejects seat on UN Security Council 18-10-2013 08:43 PM

    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia on Friday rejected its freshly-acquired seat on the UN Security Council, saying the 15-member 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 non-permanent members...
  • Indian youth founder of 'Open Curriculum' wins prestigious UN award 11-10-2013 12:28 PM

    United Nations: A young man from India is among 10 people from around the world selected for a prestigious United Nations award in recognition of their work as entrepreneurs and use of technology to change the world. The recipients of the 10 Young Innovators Competition organized by the International Telecommunication...
  • Fight against terrorism has to be unrelenting: Arun Jaitley 09-10-2013 05:25 PM

    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...
  • Development board for transgender community in Maharashtra 03-10-2013 11:58 PM

    Mumbai:Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday announced to set up a board for the development of the transgender community in the state. He was speaking at a convention for transgenders in Maharashtra in Mumbai. The convention was jointly organised by the state Women and Child Welfare Department, NGO Astitva,...
  • Be inspired by Mahatma Gandhi: Ban Ki-moon 02-10-2013 03:14 PM

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the world to be inspired by the courage shown by Mahatma Gandhi, the apostle of non-violence who was born on this day in 1869. "Today we celebrate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and his resonant legacy of non-violence," Ban said in a...
  • India to be world's most populous nation by 2050: study 02-10-2013 01:34 PM

    India will overtake China as the world's most populous country by 2050, according to a new French study which predicts the global population to surge to 9.7 billion people by the middle of the century. The report by the French Institute of Demographic Studies (INED), predicts India will take the...
  • Global study: World not ready for aging population 01-10-2013 07:22 PM

    The world is aging so fast that most countries are not prepared to support their swelling numbers of elderly people, according to a global study being issued Tuesday by the United Nations and an elder rights group. The report ranks the social and economic well-being of elders in 91 countries,...
  • Baghdad: Car bombs in Shi'ite districts kill at least 42 people 30-09-2013 03:07 PM

    A series of car bombs exploded in busy areas in predominantly Shi'ite neighborhoods of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 42 people and wounding dozens more, police and medical sources said. The deadliest attack took place in Sadr City, where a car bomb blew up near a place where workers...
  • Syria will respect UN chemical weapons accords, says Bashar al-Assad 30-09-2013 08:49 AM

    Syria will respect United Nations accords on chemical weapons, President Bashar al-Assad told Italian television station RaiNews24 on Sunday. "We joined the international agreement against the acquisition and use of chemical weapons even before this resolution was passed," he said when asked if Syria would comply with Friday's UN resolution....
  • Manmohan, Nawaz Sharif accept each other's invitations for visits 29-09-2013 09:41 PM

    New York: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on Sunday accepted each others invitations to visit their countries. Though no dates have been fixed as yet for the visits. The two met at New York at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly summit. Terror topped...
  • Poverty alleviation needs to be top priority, says Manmohan to UN General Assembly 28-09-2013 11:47 PM

    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...
  • UN must be reformed to reflect political realities: Manmohan Singh 28-09-2013 11:39 PM

    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 non-permanent members. Addressing the UN General Assembly, he also said multilateral financial institutions should give developing...
  • No military solution for conflict in Syria: Manmohan Singh 28-09-2013 09:59 PM

    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...