UN says Taliban captives in Afghanistan subjected to abuse

The group was freed on April 25 when Afghan troops raided a Taliban-run detention facility in the Khas Uruzgan district in southern Uruzgan province. The UN says Taliban captives in Afghanistan have been subjected to abuse, ill-treatment and actions that may amount to torture. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says it interviewed 13 detainees […]


UN praises IMD for ‘Pinpoint accuracy’ on Cyclone Fani

The United Nations agency for disaster reduction has commended the Indian Meteorological Department’s “almost pinpoint accuracy” of early warnings that helped authorities conduct a well-targeted evacuation plan and minimise the loss of life as extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani made landfall near the coastal city of Puri. The powerful cyclone, strongest to hit India in […]


Masood Azhar terror listing: A victory for India and its diplomacy, says BJP

Opposition not celebrating U.N. designating Masood Azhar a global terrorist for fear of paying a political price The BJP on Thursday said the U.N. designating Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist was a victory for India and Indian diplomacy, adding that the Opposition parties appeared reluctant to celebrate the achievement fearing that they may […]


Pak will prop up LeT if JeM goes off the radar

The June 2010 interrogation of Mumbai attacks accused David Coleman Headley by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) provides a fascinating insight into the competitive rivalry among Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) fighters to hurts India the most by killing innocents. Headley, a US national of Pakistani origin, recounted that it was after the success of LeT’s Abdur Rehman […]


Complete UNSC statement on listing of Masood Azhar as global terrorist

United Nations on Wednesday designated Jaish-e-Mohammed founder Masood Azhar as a global terrorist for being associated with Al-Qaida. The UNSC’s Sanctions Committee 1267 decision came after China, which had blocked the proposal four times, lifted its hold decision following the global pressure, mainly from France, UK and the US. Here is the complete summary of […]


India asks China to be sensitive to its concerns

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Monday held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and discussed the progress in bilateral ties since the Wuhan summit last year and said both sides were implementing the decisions in a manner in which “we are sensitive to each other’s concerns”. His meeting with Wang, who is also the […]


Protectionism doesn’t really help preserve jobs: Raghuram Rajan

Delivering the keynote address at the 2019 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development at the UN Headquarters on Monday, Rajan said the open liberal democratic market system that brought the world enormous prosperity in the six decades or so after the Second World War is now under attack. Protectionism does not really help preserve jobs […]


‘Non-communicable diseases are on rise, unhealthy lifestyle is bane of Chandigarh’

In Chandigarh, non-communicable diseases are on the rise due to an unhealthy lifestyle and less physical activities, use of addictive substances including tobacco, odd sleeping hours, unhealthy diet, pollution, and increased migration. Dr B S Chavan, Director Principal of Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, Chandigarh, speaks to Chandigarh Newsline about challenges faced […]