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Alok Sharma has been leading the UK’s climate diplomacy, since assuming the role in February 2020, and will now focus on it exclusively.(REUTERS)

Alok Sharma made president of UN climate conference in Glasgow

By Prasun Sonwalkar , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 11:49 PM IST
COP26, the conference of parties of UN climate negotiations, will be the largest summit the UK has ever hosted, bringing together representatives from nearly 200 countries, including leaders, experts, and campaigners.
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“We call on leaders from across the political spectrum, including the President of the United States, to disavow false and dangerous narratives, and encourage their supporters to do so as well,” she said.(AP)
“We call on leaders from across the political spectrum, including the President of the United States, to disavow false and dangerous narratives, and encourage their supporters to do so as well,” she said.(AP)

UN human rights official asks Trump to renounce false, dangerous narratives

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | United Nations
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 02:03 PM IST
Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday and clashed with police, resulting in four deaths and interrupting a constitutional process by Congress to affirm the victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the November 3 election.
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TS Tirumurti, India’s envoy to the UN.(PTI)
TS Tirumurti, India’s envoy to the UN.(PTI)

India to chair Taliban sanctions committee, to keep focus on terrorists, sponsors

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 01:25 PM IST
After a recent visit to Pakistan by a Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, videos emerged of the group’s leaders visiting terror training camps on Pakistani soil
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Throughout January 2020, the WHO publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the novel coronavirus.(AP)
Throughout January 2020, the WHO publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the novel coronavirus.(AP)

Covid-19: Timeline of events that led to China blocking WHO’s team

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 08:34 PM IST
After the WHO chief publicly expressed disappointment in a rare rebuke to Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said that “there’s no need to read too much into it.”
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Indian envoy to China Vikram Misri said the world needed more trusted and capable players and India believes it can play the role.(@VikramMisri/Twitter)
Indian envoy to China Vikram Misri said the world needed more trusted and capable players and India believes it can play the role.(@VikramMisri/Twitter)

Covid-19 pushed India to be a force for good on the global stage: Indian envoy to China

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Beijing
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 02:41 PM IST
In an opinion piece published in the Hong-Kong based South China Morning Post, India’s ambassador to China Vikram Misri said “Atmanirbhar Bharat is a self-reliant India but not a self-centred one.”
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India’s term got underway on Monday with a flag installation ceremony, accompanied by the four other countries joining as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.(AFP/United Nations/Eskinder Debebe)
India’s term got underway on Monday with a flag installation ceremony, accompanied by the four other countries joining as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.(AFP/United Nations/Eskinder Debebe)

India starts UN Security Council term vowing to speak against terror

By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:36 PM IST
“India will be a voice for the developing world,” said TS Tirumurti, the Indian permanent representative to the UN.
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India will be the UNSC President in August 2021 and will preside over the Council again for a month in 2022.(REUTERS)
India will be the UNSC President in August 2021 and will preside over the Council again for a month in 2022.(REUTERS)

Indian tricolour to be installed at UN Security Council stakeout as country begins 2-year tenure

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | United Nations
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 10:19 PM IST
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador T S Tirumurti will install the tricolour and is expected to make brief remarks at the ceremony.
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T S Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.(pminewyork.gov.in)
T S Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.(pminewyork.gov.in)

India will try to bridge fissures, says T S Tirumurti, India’s UN ambassador

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington, DC
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 10:27 AM IST
India’s eighth stint as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council will begin on Friday
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Employees test mobile phones on an assembly line in the mobile phone plant of Rising Stars Mobile India Pvt., a unit of Foxconn Technology Co., in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. Regarding the ICT sector, the report said the investment to India has evolved from information technology services for Multinational enterprises (MNEs) to the thriving local digital ecosystem where many domestic players, especially in e-commerce, have attracted considerable international investment.(Bloomberg)
Employees test mobile phones on an assembly line in the mobile phone plant of Rising Stars Mobile India Pvt., a unit of Foxconn Technology Co., in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. Regarding the ICT sector, the report said the investment to India has evolved from information technology services for Multinational enterprises (MNEs) to the thriving local digital ecosystem where many domestic players, especially in e-commerce, have attracted considerable international investment.(Bloomberg)

Indian economy could be ‘most resilient’ in subregion over long term: UN report

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | United Nations
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 03:04 PM IST
The growth, however, was mainly driven by India, which accounted for 77 per cent of the total inflows to the subregion and received USD 51 billion in 2019, up 20 per cent from the previous year.
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Kerala Minister for Health, Social Justice and Women & Child Development K K Shailaja announced the conduct of the conference by releasing the brochure.(ANI)
Kerala Minister for Health, Social Justice and Women & Child Development K K Shailaja announced the conduct of the conference by releasing the brochure.(ANI)

Kerala: Gender Park to host 3-day global meet at Kozhikode in February

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2020 09:27 PM IST
The three-day conference, beginning on February 11, will be held at The Gender Parks Kozhikode campus in a partially- digital (hybrid) format, given the prevalence of Covid-19.
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Lebanon is host to more than 1 million refugees, nearly a quarter of the country’s population of 5 million.(AFP)
Lebanon is host to more than 1 million refugees, nearly a quarter of the country’s population of 5 million.(AFP)

Syrian refugee camp burnt to ground in northern Lebanon

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Beirut
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2020 05:26 PM IST
The fire ensued following a fight between a Lebanese family in al-Miniyeh in the country’s north and Syrians living in the camp, according to Lebanese media reports.
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World is observing the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness today(ANI)
World is observing the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness today(ANI)

World celebrates 1st International Day of Epidemic Preparedness

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 07:47 AM IST
The UNGA called on nations to observe the day “in accordance with national contexts and priorities” through education and awareness-raising activities.
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack by unidentified armed combatants on Central African national defence and security forces.(Reuters file photo)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack by unidentified armed combatants on Central African national defence and security forces.(Reuters file photo)

3 UN peacekeepers killed, 2 injured in attack in Central African Republic

By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma | New York
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 10:09 AM IST
The Secretary-General also recalled that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may constitute a war crime.
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US President Donald Trump departs on travel to West Point, New York from the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, US.(REUTERS)
US President Donald Trump departs on travel to West Point, New York from the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, US.(REUTERS)

UN rights office criticizes Donald Trump pardons of ex-contractors

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 02:54 AM IST
“These four individuals were given sentences ranging from 12 years to life imprisonment, including on charges of first-degree murder,” UN human rights office spokeswoman Marta Hurtado said in a statement released in Geneva.
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Pakistan says the attack on the UN vehicle was deliberate, as such vehicles are clearly marked and “recognizable even from long distances.”(REUTERS)
Pakistan says the attack on the UN vehicle was deliberate, as such vehicles are clearly marked and “recognizable even from long distances.”(REUTERS)

Imran Khan warns India against ‘false flag’ attacks in Kashmir

By Associated Press| Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Islamabad, Pakistan
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2020 11:59 AM IST
Pakistan blamed Friday’s attack on India, implying it was aimed at embarrassing Islamabad and harming relations with the international community. The two UN observers in the vehicle escaped unharmed.
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Indian officials had on Friday rejected claims by the Pakistani military’s media arm and Foreign Office that a vehicle carrying two officers of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) was “specifically targeted” by Indian troops from across the LoC.(PHOTO: @OfficialDGISPR.)
Indian officials had on Friday rejected claims by the Pakistani military’s media arm and Foreign Office that a vehicle carrying two officers of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) was “specifically targeted” by Indian troops from across the LoC.(PHOTO: @OfficialDGISPR.)

India rejects Pakistan’s allegations about targeting of UN vehicle

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 06:38 PM IST
Shortly before India made clear its position on Sunday evening, Pakistan’s Foreign Office said it had taken up the incident with the UN and asked it to “initiate a transparent investigation” into the matter.
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The report was posted May 13 after it had received necessary approvals within the UN system.(AP)
The report was posted May 13 after it had received necessary approvals within the UN system.(AP)

Covid-19: WHO was warned lives were at risk over yanked report on Italy

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Rome
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 09:13 PM IST
The comprehensive report examined how the Italian government and health system reacted after the country became the epicenter of the European outbreak in late February.
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The minister was, however, caught on the UN TV camera asking whether he should start his speech again from the salutations!(HT Archives)
The minister was, however, caught on the UN TV camera asking whether he should start his speech again from the salutations!(HT Archives)

How SM Krishna slipped up at UNSC

By Manjeev S Puri
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 08:33 PM IST
Krishna began by recognising the UNSG. We had not included him in the salutations. He appreciated the presence of two Portuguese-speaking nations. It was not in our prepared text. His third sentence was about Timor-Leste. The penny dropped
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The UN Women Multi-Country Office located in Delhi would support Gender Park to develop it into a South Asia hub for gender related activities.(REUTERS)
The UN Women Multi-Country Office located in Delhi would support Gender Park to develop it into a South Asia hub for gender related activities.(REUTERS)

Kerala’s Gender Park to sign MoU with UN Women

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON DEC 18, 2020 02:58 PM IST
The Memorandum of Understanding to formalise the partnership would be signed in the presence of the state’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday.
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US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, meets with Taliban chief negotiator, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, and Taliban's peace negotiation team, amid talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, in Doha, Qatar November 2020.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, meets with Taliban chief negotiator, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, and Taliban's peace negotiation team, amid talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, in Doha, Qatar November 2020.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

Afghanistan fears lenient sanctions against Taliban will adversely affect peace process

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Kabul
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 05:55 PM IST
The Security Council has extended the mandate of the Monitoring Team assisting the 1988 Afghanistan Sanctions Committee for another year.
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has repeatedly said Tehran’s nuclear steps were reversible if the US lifted sanctions.(AP)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has repeatedly said Tehran’s nuclear steps were reversible if the US lifted sanctions.(AP)

Iran rejects IAEA chief’s call that new agreement needed after Biden takes office

By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Dubai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 18, 2020 02:38 PM IST
After President Donald Trump quit the deal in 2018 and reimposed US sanctions, Iran responded by breaching many of the deal’s restrictions.
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Indians wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus shop at a market in New Delhi, India.(AP)
Indians wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus shop at a market in New Delhi, India.(AP)

India slips a spot in UN’s human development index, ranks at 131 now: 8 points

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 08:02 PM IST
Human Development Index is the measure of a nation’s health, education, and standards of living.
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The world’s worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen is the result of more than five years of brutal conflict, disease, economic collapse and a breakdown of public institutions and services(REUTERS)
The world’s worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen is the result of more than five years of brutal conflict, disease, economic collapse and a breakdown of public institutions and services(REUTERS)

5 million Yemenis ‘one step away from famine’ in 2021, UN warns

By Asian News International | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Aden
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 08:40 AM IST
In a brief statement posted on its official Twitter account, the UN organization said that more than half of Yemen’s overall population could head further into hunger in 2021. An estimated 50,000 people will be living in famine-like conditions in the war-ravaged Arab country during 2021, the statement added.
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Chef Vikas Khanna was the director, writer, spotboy, art director and even helped the child actors help memorise their lines on the sets of The Last Color
Chef Vikas Khanna was the director, writer, spotboy, art director and even helped the child actors help memorise their lines on the sets of The Last Color

With love from Banaras

By Karishma Kuenzang | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2020 08:08 AM IST
Brunch date with Chef Vikas Khanna and actor Neena Gupta: “If a film has no objective, it won’t work!”On the eve of the release of their movie with a message, the chef/filmmaker and acclaimed actor get talking
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File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Global Climate Summit via video conferencing on Saturday.(ANI)
File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Global Climate Summit via video conferencing on Saturday.(ANI)

‘India will achieve targets, exceed expectations’: PM Modi at UN Climate Ambition Summit

By Jayashree Nandi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindusta Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 12:39 AM IST
The PM said that on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, the world shouldn’t lose sight of historical emissions.
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The UN General Assembly approved a resolution over Russian objections Thursday commending progress in peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban(AFP)
The UN General Assembly approved a resolution over Russian objections Thursday commending progress in peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban(AFP)

UN backs Afghan peace talks in resolution, Russia votes ‘no’

By Associated Press | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | New York
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 01:17 PM IST
The resolution reiterates the General Assembly’s “serious concern” about the security situation in Afghanistan and stresses the need to continue to address the threat to the country’s stability from violence committed by the Taliban
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More than 80 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide as of mid-2020, with existing and new conflicts as well as the Covid -19 pandemic dramatically affecting their lives this year, a UN report has said.(Reuters)
More than 80 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide as of mid-2020, with existing and new conflicts as well as the Covid -19 pandemic dramatically affecting their lives this year, a UN report has said.(Reuters)

Over 80 million people forcibly displaced globally as of mid-2020, Covid further worsened crisis: UN

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni | Geneva
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2020 03:07 PM IST
According to its report on trends in global forced displacement released on Wednesday in Geneva, The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR estimates that global forced displacement surpassed 80 million at mid-year.
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UN human rights experts urged Pakistan, which was re-elected to the 47-member Human Rights Council in October, to lead by example by showing its commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights.(AP file photo)
UN human rights experts urged Pakistan, which was re-elected to the 47-member Human Rights Council in October, to lead by example by showing its commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights.(AP file photo)

UN human rights experts raise concerns over scourge of enforced disappearances, torture in Pakistan

By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Geneva
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2020 02:41 PM IST
The experts highlighted the government’s failure to fully investigate the case of human rights defender Idris Khattak who was taken into custody by Pakistani Military Intelligence.
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The theme of Human Rights Day 2020 is to “Recover Better - Stand Up for Human Rights”.
The theme of Human Rights Day 2020 is to “Recover Better - Stand Up for Human Rights”.

Human Rights Day 2020: ‘Recover better - stand up for human rights’

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 11:11 AM IST
The theme of Human Rights Day 2020 is to “Recover Better - Stand Up for Human Rights”. This chosen theme is in sync with the Covid pandemic. It focuses on creating equal opportunities for everyone and addressing the failures and disappointments we all were exposed to due to Covid -19.
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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference at UN headquarters in New York City, New York, US.(Reuters/ File photo)
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference at UN headquarters in New York City, New York, US.(Reuters/ File photo)

UN chief says will take Covid-19 vaccine publicly, calls it his ‘moral obligation’

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni | New York
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2020 10:16 AM IST
“Of course, I intend to receive the vaccine when it becomes available for me in whatever the situation that will be justified for that. And, obviously, I will have no doubt in doing it publicly,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday.
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