UNITED NATION

  • At least 62 children killed in Yemen in past week: UNICEF Yesterday

    United Nations: At least 62 children have been killed and 30 injured in Yemen over the past week as fighting has escalated with a Saudi-led air campaign, the UN children's agency UNICEF said on Tuesday. "Children are in desperate need of protection, and all parties to the conflict should do all...
  • Pakistan sends 747 jumbo jets to evacuate distraught nationals from Yemen 3 days ago

    Peshawar: Pakistan, which has yet to decide whether to offer military support to a Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, is flying jumbo jets to the Middle Eastern country to evacuate hundreds of nationals, a Defence Ministry official said on Sunday. Saudi Arabia evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen on Saturday and the...
  • India supports Russian resolution opposing benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff 1 week ago

    United Nations: At a time when there is a raging debate calling for decriminalising gay sex back home, India has supported a Russian-drafted resolution that opposed benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff but it failed to pass in the General Assembly committee. The Fifth Committee of the General Assembly, that...
  • UN Women backs out of Uber partnership over security concerns March 24, 2015

    United Nations: The UN agency on women has pulled out of a partnership with Uber over concerns about the controversial app-based taxi firm's safety issues and pressure from trade unions, days after it announced a tie-up to create a million jobs for women. On International Women's Day on March 10, UN...
  • J&K: 12 years on since 24 Kashmiri Pandits died in Nadimarg massacre March 24, 2015

    Twelve years have passed since 24 Kashmiri Pandits in Pulwama District of Jammu and Kashmir were mercilessly gunned down by terrorists in 2003. After the Nadimarg massacre, the BJP and the RSS had blamed the 'pro-terrorism policies' of the PDP-led coalition government in which Congress was also a partner. The...
  • We only have one home: Pharrell Williams urges action on climate change March 21, 2015

    United Nations: It's time to go "from climate change to climate action" in efforts to save the planet, U.S. pop star Pharrell Williams said at the United Nations on Friday. Singer-producer Williams, 41, partnered with the United Nations Foundation on the International Day of Happiness to raise awareness and call for...
  • Ban Ki-moon condemns 'terrorist attacks' at Yemen mosques March 21, 2015

    United Nations: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned on Friday the "terrorist attacks" on Yemeni mosques that killed at least 142 worshippers. Friday's suicide bombings, claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group, were among the deadliest attacks yet in Yemen. In a statement from his spokesman Farhan Haq, Ban called on all...
  • AR Rahman partners with UN for International day of Happiness March 17, 2015

    United Nations: Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman has teamed up with the United Nations to contribute to a global music playlist to commemorate the International Day of Happiness on March 20. Rahman along with a host of superstars joined hands with the body and music streaming service 'MixRadio' to launch the '#HappySoundsLike'...
  • UN Secretary General condemns terror attack on churches in Pakistan March 17, 2015

    United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday strongly condemned the terrorist attacks on two churches in Pakistan and called on the government to bring the perpetrators to justice while ensuring that religious minorities are protected. The Secretary-General noted with "grave concern" the Pakistani Taliban's claim of responsibility for Sunday's...
  • Uber pledges to enlist 1 million female drivers by 2020 March 11, 2015

    San Francisco: Ride-hailing app Uber, under the microscope due to a handful of driver assaults on passengers in some cities, pledged in a blog post on Tuesday to sign up 1 million female drivers around the world by 2020. The ride service did not provide comparable figures for how many women...
  • UN rules out inquiry into allegations of sexual harassment against Rajendra Pachauri March 5, 2015

    United Nations: The United Nations has ruled out an inquiry into the allegations against former chair of the UN's panel on climate change Rajendra Pachauri and said a a new head will be elected later this year to replace him. "We're aware of the allegations, which refer to incidents that may...
  • Watch out for nasty global flu surprises, WHO warns February 28, 2015

    London: The world remains highly vulnerable to a possible severe flu pandemic and governments should increase surveillance, vigilance and preparedness, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. "Nothing about influenza is predictable including where the next pandemic might emerge and which virus might be responsible," the United Nations health agency...
  • Ajit Kumar appointed as India's Ambassador and permanent representative to the UN February 19, 2015

    New Delhi: Ajit Kumar has been appointed as Ambassador and permanent representative of India to the United Nations in Geneva, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday. "Ajit Kumar presently Consul General, Consulate General of India, Atlanta, has been appointed to the post. He is expected to take up...
  • UN estimates 14,000 Nigerians fleeing to Chad after Boko Haram violence January 29, 2015

    Libreville: More than 14,000 people fleeing Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria have streamed into Chad since the beginning of 2015, according to a United Nations report on Thursday. The report by the UN's Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) put the daily arrivals rate at 774 and said...
  • Progress on Ebola but no scope for complacency: India to UN January 22, 2015

    United Nations: India has lauded the progress made by the international community in containing the Ebola epidemic - that has claimed over 8,000 lives so far - but said there is "no scope for complacency" since the crisis is not over yet. "It is reassuring to hear of progress made in...
  • 2015 must be a 'time for global action' against terror, says UN chief Ban Ki-moon December 18, 2014

    United Nations: The year 2015 must be a "time for global action", UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said and asked the international community to do more to counter extremism and work on reforms of world body to adapt it to a new global landscape. Highlighting the key imperatives for...
  • UN talks agree building blocks for new-style climate deal in 2015 December 15, 2014

    Lima: About 190 nations agreed the building blocks of a new-style global deal due in 2015 to combat climate change amid warnings that far tougher action will be needed to limit increases in global temperatures. Under the deal reached in Lima, governments will submit national plans for reining in greenhouse gas...
  • India, Sweden for closer coordination among UN member states December 13, 2014

    United Nations: India and Sweden have stressed the need for closer cooperation among the UN member states on providing humanitarian aid in crises situations, saying sovereignty and territorial integrity of a nation must be fully respected in providing relief assistance. "The several ongoing humanitarian crises in different parts of world reflect...
  • United Nations adopts June 21 as World Yoga Day December 11, 2014

    In a proud moment for India, the United Nations has adopted June 21 as World Yoga Day on Thursday night 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. The decision...
  • 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....
  • AIDS campaigners say pandemic has finally reached tipping point December 1, 2014

    London: The world has finally reached "the beginning of the end" of the AIDS pandemic that has infected and killed millions in the past 30 years, according to a leading campaign group fighting HIV. The number of people newly infected with HIV over the last year was lower than the number...
  • Afghanistan signals Kabul's focus on ties with Pakistan, China November 21, 2014

    United Nations: Reflecting the new Afghanistan government's high priority on reconciliation with the Taliban, ending conflicts and curbing terrorism, Kabul's Ambassador to the UN Zahir Tanin signalled Kabul's focus on relations with Pakistan and China, which it feels can help it in these tasks. The visit of Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani...
  • Is engaging men crucial on issues of violence against women? November 11, 2014

    A study done by the United Nations has produced some alarming results. Six out of 10 Indian men have admitted to having perpetrated violence against their wives or partners. ...
  • 6 out of 10 men admit to having perpetrated violence against wives, partners: UN November 11, 2014

    New Delhi: A study done by the United Nations has produced some alarming results. Six out of 10 Indian men have admitted to having perpetrated violence against their wives or partners. The study goes on to say that men who experienced discrimination as children or faced financial stress are more likely...
  • UN secretary-general appoints Indian on Gaza probe panel November 11, 2014

    United Nations: An eminent Indian official has been named on a UN inquiry panel set up by the world body's chief Ban Ki-moon to probe the presence of arms in UN premises in the Gaza strip and the damage to its facilities during the conflict between Israel and Palestinian factions....
  • India calls for international action to strengthen nuclear security November 4, 2014

    United Nations: Recognising the threat of nuclear terrorism, India has called for effective international cooperation and responsible action by governments to strengthen nuclear security and prevent non-state actors from acquiring vulnerable atomic material. "There is widespread recognition that the threat of nuclear terrorism is one of the pressing challenges facing...
  • UN day to look at roadmap for future: Narendra Modi October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted the United Nations on the occasion of UN Day, the day in 1945 when the Charter of the United Nations was brought into force, and said it was also a day to "look at a roadmap for the future". In tweets, the...
  • PM Narendra Modi greets UN October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: On the United Nations Day on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the world body and said it was time for its member nations to further the cause of world peace and prosperity. "I convey my greetings on @UN Day. It is a day to celebrate the achievements...
  • US President appoints a 'czar' to streamline the administration's response to Ebola October 18, 2014

    The World Health Organisation has admitted to lapses in its response to the spread of EBOLA in West Africa. As the ebola scare haunts the US, President Barack Obama has appointed a "czar" to streamline the administration's response to the deadly disease. ...