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In UNGA address, PM Modi pushes for reformsRediff.com4 days ago
In his pre-recorded video statement to the landmark General Debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Modi said the stability in the United Nations and empowerment of the world body are essential for the welfare of the world.
Terrorism Pak's 'only crowning glory' for 70 yrs: India at UNRediff.com5 days ago
"This august forum witnessed a new low on its 75th anniversary. The leader of Pakistan today called for those who incite hate and violence to be outlawed. But as he went on, we were left wondering, was he referring to himself?" First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN Mijito Vinito said, making India's Right of Reply.
SEE: Indian delegate walks out as Pak PM rakes up Kashmir at UNGARediff.com5 days ago
In his pre-recorded video statement to the General Debate at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on Friday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan made references to India's internal affairs, including Jammu and Kashmir. The First Secretary in India's Permanent Mission to the UN, Mijito Vinito, walked out of the general assembly hall when Khan started his usual diatribe about India.
Turkey's remarks on J-K at UNGA 'completely unacceptable': IndiaRediff.com23 Sep 2020
India said Ankara should learn to respect the sovereignty of other nations and reflect on its own policies more deeply.
On UN's 75th anniversary, Modi calls for reformed multilateralismRediff.com22 Sep 2020
As the UN marks 75 years of its existence, the 193-member UN General Assembly adopted a forward-looking political declaration that gave a clarion call for strengthening mechanism to combat terrorism, reformed multilateralism, inclusive development and better preparedness to deal with challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic.
India beats China to win crucial election to UN commission on womenRediff.com15 Sep 2020
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The 54-member ECOSOC, holding the first plenary meeting of its 2021 session in the General Assembly Hall on Monday, held elections for two seats in the Asia-Pacific States category with Afghanistan, India and China in the fray.
7 Indian-Americans in Forbes' list of richest people in USRediff.com8 Sep 2020
The seven Indian-Americans are cybersecurity firm ZScaler CEO Jay Chaudhry, founder and chairman of Symphony Technology Group Romesh Wadhwani, cofounder and CEO of online home goods retailer Wayfair Niraj Shah, Silicon Valley venture capital firm Khosla Ventures founder Vinod Khosla, managing partner of Sherpalo Ventures Kavitark Ram Shriram, Airline veteran Rakesh Gangwal and Workday CEO and co-founder Aneel Bhusri.
UNICEF to lead global procurement, supply of COVID-19 vaccinesRediff.com7 Sep 2020
The UNICEF is the world's largest single vaccine buyer, procuring more than 2 billion doses of various vaccines annually for routine immunisation and outbreak response on behalf of nearly 100 countries.
Pak efforts to list 2 Indians as terrorists thwarted by UNSCRediff.com3 Sep 2020
Pakistan had submitted the names of Angara Appaji and Gobinda Patnaik for designation under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council.
UNSC reform talks being 'held hostage' by some nations: IndiaRediff.com1 Sep 2020
India's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador K Nagaraj Naidu, on Monday wrote a letter to President of the 74th Session of the General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, expressing New Delhi's strong disappointment over the decision regarding roll-over of the intergovernmental negotiations (IGN) on UNSC reforms into the next session of the General Assembly that begins this month.
'Never dreamed of it': Indian who became American at Trump eventRediff.com27 Aug 2020
Narayanan said she did not have an opinion about Trump's immigration policies and added that she found out that the ceremony aired during the Republican Convention "only when an excited friend called her later that night and told her she was on television," the report said.
Indian becomes US citizen in rare ceremony at White House hosted by TrumpRediff.com26 Aug 2020
Immigrants from five countries -- India, Bolivia, Lebanon, Sudan and Ghana -- stood in a line during the ceremony in the White House.
Trump again calls coronavirus as 'China Virus'Rediff.com25 Aug 2020
In March, he had said that China is responsible for the spread of the novel coronavirus and called the COVID-19 as the "Chinese Virus".
India exposes 'biggest terror sponsor' Pak at UNRediff.com25 Aug 2020
India said perhaps the Permanent Representative of Pakistan is "not aware that Osama bin Laden was hiding in their own country in plain sight, and it is the US forces which got him inside Pakistan. Nor have they heard their Prime Minister refer to Osama bin Laden as a martyr."
Trump hasn't grown into the job because he can't: ObamaRediff.com20 Aug 2020
Obama said that both Biden and Harris have the experience needed to get things done and they have concrete policies that will turn their vision of a better, fairer, stronger country into reality.
Trump 'wrong' president for US: Michelle ObamaRediff.com18 Aug 2020
The former first lady urged those who did not come out to vote in 2016 to make their vote count this time.
Pt Jasraj's mortal remains to be flown to Mumbai todayRediff.com18 Aug 2020
Disciples and followers of music legend Pandit Jasraj in the United States paid their tributes to the Indian classical vocalist and described his passing away as an irreparable loss to India and its cultural heritage while fondly recalling his humble and gentle nature.
I-Day: Indian tricolour hoisted for first time at Times SquareRediff.com16 Aug 2020
India's Consul General in New York, Randhir Jaiswal hoisted the Indian flag during a special commemoration of the Independence Day at Times Square, organised by the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), the leading umbrella diaspora organisation in the US.
China-backed Pak bid to discuss Kashmir at UN fails againRediff.com6 Aug 2020
The US took the lead, and many other council members also joined and made it clear that the Kashmir issue was not a matter for the UN body to discuss and is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.
Microsoft keen to buy TikTok in USRediff.com3 Aug 2020
TikTok has stressed that its US user data is already stored on US-based servers and backed up in Singapore, and is therefore not subject to Chinese law as some US officials have feared.
Images of Lord Ram to feature at Times Square on Aug 5Rediff.com30 Jul 2020
Beginning from 8 am on August 5 till 10 pm, images of the words 'Jai Shri Ram' in Hindi and English, Lord Ram's portraits and videos, 3D portraits of the temple's design and architecture as well as pictures of the laying of the foundation stone by Modi will be displayed across several billboards, which are among the most striking and popular features of Times Square, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Covid-19 has severely tested resilience of all nations: PMRediff.com17 Jul 2020
Referring to the COVID-19 pandemic, Modi said India has always prided itself as the first responder in the region - a friend in need.
India records largest reduction in poverty in 10 yrs, says UN reportRediff.com17 Jul 2020
The data, released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), shows that 65 out of 75 countries studied significantly reduced their multidimensional poverty levels between 2000 and 2019.
Top US doctor cautiously optimistic over COVID vaccineRediff.com9 Jul 2020
There are a number of vaccine candidates already in clinical trial and a few out of those candidates have completed phase 1/2 status, he said, adding that there are trials that will be going into phase three sometime at the end of July and then others will follow in the months of August, September and October.
Introspect why you are 'epicentre' of terrorism: India to Pak at UNRediff.com8 Jul 2020
'The international community should call upon Pakistan to take sustained, verifiable and irreversible actions against terror outfits operating on the territory under its control'
Foreign students in US may be deported if classes go onlineRediff.com7 Jul 2020
The guidance is certain to cause severe anxiety and uncertainty for the hundreds of thousands of international students who are studying in the country and for those who were preparing to arrive in the US to begin their education when the new academic session begins in September.
'Coronavirus is airborne': Over 200 scientists write to WHORediff.com6 Jul 2020
The WHOS has long held that the coronavirus is spread primarily by large respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
UNSC's first Covid-19 resolution backs India's standRediff.com2 Jul 2020
The resolution, drafted by France and Tunisia, 'demands a general and immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations on its agenda and supports the efforts undertaken by the Secretary-General and his Special Representatives and Special Envoys'.
PIOs aiding fight against COVID-19 among '2020 Great Immigrants'Rediff.com2 Jul 2020
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee, and Professor of Economics at Harvard University Raj Chetty have been named by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as '2020 Great Immigrants' honourees, the Corporation said in a statement on Wednesday.
700-km Brazil 'megaflash' sets lightning record: UNRediff.com26 Jun 2020
The new records for extreme lightning bursts, or 'megaflashes', during 2019, are more than double the size and duration of the previous record flashes.
World's first yoga university outside India launched in USRediff.com24 Jun 2020
The Vivekananda Yoga University was jointly launched on Tuesday by minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan and chairperson of the standing committee on external affairs P P Chaudhary during a virtual event held at the Consulate General of India in New York.
'Concerned over how quickly COVID-19 cases are rising in India'Rediff.com21 Jun 2020
Harvard Global Health Institute Director Dr Ashish Jha noted that the number of cases in India may be higher than what the data suggests because while testing has been improving, it has not been rolled out in a way that will capture all low-symptomatic patients.
India will be UN security council president for August, 2021Rediff.com19 Jun 2020
The presidency of the Council is held by each of the members in turn for one month, following the English alphabetical order of the member states' names. According to the information released by the office of the UN spokesperson, India will assume the rotating presidency of the Council for the month of August next year.
India overwhelmingly elected to non-permanent seat in UNSCRediff.com18 Jun 2020
New Delhi's candidature was unanimously endorsed by the 55-member Asia-Pacific grouping, including China and Pakistan, in June last year.
COVID-19 death toll in US could hit 2,00,000-mark by SeptRediff.com11 Jun 2020
Ashish Jha, the head of Harvard's Global Health Institute, said the 200,000 death toll is "not just a guess". Currently 800-1000 people are dying daily in America from the virus and all data suggest that the situation is going to get worse.
World leaders not to gather for UNGA for 1st time in 75 yrsRediff.com9 Jun 2020
The landmark 75th session of the UN General Assembly is expected to begin on September 15 and the first day of the high-level General Debate is likely to be on September 22, according to SDG Knowledge Hub website, an online resource center for news on the UN.
COVID-19 not 'exploded' in India but risk remains: WHO expertRediff.com6 Jun 2020
The WHO expert noted that measures taken in India such as the nationwide lockdown have had an impact in slowing transmission but the risk of an increase in cases looms as the country opens up.
George Floyd tested positive for coronavirus in AprilRediff.com4 Jun 2020
The report added that there is no indication that the virus played any role in his death.
George Floyd death: Curfew imposed in NYC as protesters loot storesRediff.com3 Jun 2020
People were seen breaking into high end stores around Manhattan's Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue, home to almost all luxury and high-end brands from around the world, and running way with merchandise from the shops. Groups of people also looted pharmacies, electronic stores and other businesses across the city.
Cyclone Amphan even more destructive than Cyclone Aila: UNRediff.com22 May 2020
The world organisation said UN humanitarians and partners were working hard to assist the people of Bangladesh and India suffering from the impact of the cyclone, which made landfall on Wednesday, wreaking havoc, causing high tidal surges, flooding and embankments to collapse.