United Nations (UN): News

12 Jan 2021

Human Rights Watch

Antonio Guterres to seek second term as UN Secretary-General

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that he will be seeking a second term as chief of the world organization.

WHO: COVID-19 herd immunity unlikely in 2021 despite vaccines

The World Health Organization's chief scientist warned that even as numerous countries have started rolling out vaccination programs to stop COVID-19, herd immunity is highly unlikely this year.

India to chair UNSC's crucial Taliban and Libya Sanctions Committees

India will chair the crucial Taliban and Libya Sanctions Committees and the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the UN Security Council during its tenure as non-permanent member of the powerful 15-nation UN body.

05 Jan 2021


Nearly 60,000 babies born in India on New Year: UNICEF

UNICEF said more than 3,71,500 babies were born worldwide on New Year's Day and India is estimated to have recorded the highest number of births at around 60,000, according to the UN's children's agency.

05 Jan 2021


US welcomes India to UN Security Council

The United States welcomed India to the United Nations Security Council, saying that it looks forward to working over shared interests toward a peaceful and secure India-Pacific region and the world.

02 Jan 2021


26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi arrested in Pakistan

The 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, has been arrested in Pakistan on Saturday.

02 Jan 2021


India begins its two-year tenure as non-permanent member of UNSC

India, which has been at the forefront of years-long efforts to reform the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), on Friday began its two-year tenure as a non-permanent member of the powerful organ of the world body.

WHO approves Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday granted "emergency validation" to the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, making it the first vaccine to be given such an approval by the United Nations body.

23 Dec 2020


'Good riddance,' says China as Germany exits UN Security Council

"Good riddance, Ambassador Heusgen." That is what China's deputy United Nations envoy, Geng Shuang, said to Germany's ambassador as the latter completed a two-year term on the UN Security Council.

24 Nov 2020

Joe Biden

Biden fills key posts, India's "friend" named Secretary of State

Weeks after winning US elections, President-elect Joe Biden filled key positions in the cabinet, naming Antony Blinken as his Secretary of State.

09 Oct 2020

Nobel Peace Prize

War against hunger: World Food Programme gets Nobel Peace Prize

For its relentless work toward combating hunger, the World Food Programme (WFP) was on Friday awarded the Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. The prize is worth $1.1 million.

26 Sep 2020


Was UN's response effective in handling pandemic, asks PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today delivered a virtual address at the United Nations General Assembly.

20 Aug 2020

North Korea

Give up pet dogs for meat: Kim Jong-un to citizens

Adding to the long list of bizarre orders that he has given since coming to power, North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un asked his countrymen to give up pet dogs, a move political watchers believe would assuage the country's hunger problem.

06 Jun 2020


LAC tensions: Crucial India-China talks on border situation today

Top military officers from China and India will attempt to defuse the raging tensions in Eastern Ladakh through talks today.

Donald Trump stops WHO funding for 'covering up coronavirus spread'

Not long ago, the United States President Donald Trump said he was upset with how the World Health Organization handled the coronavirus pandemic.

17 Feb 2020

Jammu And Kashmir

India rejects UN chief's offer to mediate on J&K

India on Sunday rejected an offer from United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' to mediate on the Jammu and Kashmir issue.

30 Jan 2020


400GB-data stolen from UN servers in July; organization remained mum

The United Nations has confirmed to have been hacked in, what looks like, a state-sponsored espionage operation.

04 Dec 2019


Kailaasa: Here's what we know about Nithyananda's new 'Hindu nation'

Last month, it was reported that controversial self-styled godman Nithyananda has fled India on an expired passport, however, his whereabouts remained unknown.

18 Nov 2019


Paneer roll, Poha, Upma: UNICEF suggests healthy recipes for children

Dishes like Paneer kathi rolls, sprouted dal parantha, poha, and upma, found a place in a booklet recently released by the the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), on how to deal with serious health problems such as underweight, obesity and anaemia among children and adolescents.

14 Nov 2019


#CareerBytes: About IFS Officers and the salary, perks they enjoy

The Indian Foreign Service (IFS) is one of the most coveted Civil Services in India just like other premier ones like Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS).

13 Nov 2019

Pakistan News

Pakistan might change Army Act allowing Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal

Since 2016, Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav has been denied justice repeatedly by Pakistan. An army court had in 2017 sentenced him to death for espionage.

12 Oct 2019

Antonio Guterres

UN faces severe cash crisis, shuts ACs, escalators, empties water-coolers

The United Nations is facing a cash crisis, forcing the international body to make severe budget cuts.

Mohammad Kaif slams Imran Khan, calls him "puppet" of terrorists

The way Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan is handling varied issues has earned him flak not only from the political corridors but also from the cricketing world, to which he belonged earlier.

03 Oct 2019

Saudi Arabia

At Jamal Khashoggi's memorial, Jeff Bezos hugs his fiancée

A year ago, journalist Jamal Khashoggi was inhumanely murdered inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul. On Wednesday, activists and his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz gathered outside the embassy to remember him.

02 Oct 2019


Before killing Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi operatives made "chilling" jokes: Report

Exactly a year ago, journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul to collect documents needed to marry his fiancee. He didn't come out alive.

29 Sep 2019


I stayed awake all night: PM Modi recounts surgical strikes

Last evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to India from an eventful week-long trip of the United States, where he attended the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

28 Sep 2019


Brinkmanship, not statesmanship: India rebuts Imran Khan at UN

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan went on an anti-India rant for the most part of his maiden speech at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York yesterday.

24 Sep 2019

Donald Trump

You're failing us: Teen climate-activist delivers fiery speech at UN

Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered an impassioned speech criticizing world leaders at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in the UN headquarters in New York on Monday.

22 Sep 2019

Pakistan News

Pakistan PM reaches US in Saudi Crown Prince's 'special jet'

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan reached the United States on Saturday on a Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's "special aircraft," according to reports.

11 Sep 2019

Narendra Modi

Meet PK Mishra, PM Modi's Principal Secretary

On Wednesday, retired IAS officer Pramod Kumar Mishra was appointed as the new Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and will immediately take charge of his duties. He was earlier PM Modi's Additional Principal Secretary.

29 Aug 2019

Rahul Gandhi

Not just Rahul, Pakistan's UN letter quotes BJP's Khattar too

On Wednesday, BJP shredded into Congress' Rahul Gandhi, after reports suggested that the latter's take on Kashmir issue was used by Pakistan in its letter to United Nations.

27 Aug 2019


UN chief agrees to support India in its NSG bid

In a welcome development for India, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he would help New Delhi in its bid to get a seat on table of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

27 Aug 2019


IAS or IFS- Which one should you choose?

Joining the Indian Civil Services is a dream for many youngsters. The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) are two of the most prestigious and coveted services.

18 Aug 2019


Talks with Pakistan only on PoK, not J&K: Rajnath Singh

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday reiterated India's tough stand to Pakistan, asserting that bilateral talks, if any, will now focus only on Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir and not Jammu & Kashmir.

02 Aug 2019


Now, Saudi women can travel without male guardian's "permission"

A draconian rule in Saudi Arabia has come to an end, sending waves of joy across women in the Islamic nation.

09 Jul 2019


Career Bytes: IAS or IFS- Which one should you choose?

Joining the Indian Civil Services is a dream for many youngsters. The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) are two of the most prestigious and coveted services.

18 Jun 2019


#CareerBytes: About IFS Officers and the salary, perks they enjoy

The Indian Foreign Service (IFS) is one of the most coveted Civil Services in India just like other premier ones like Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS).

It's official! 'Gaming disorder' is a WHO-recognized disease

Your inability to ditch PUBG, Fortnite, CoD or any other title could actually be a 'gaming disorder'!

07 May 2019

Mahatma Gandhi

Mumbai: 21-year-old cleans Dadar beach, gets felicitated by the UN

A 21-year-old Mumbaikar, Malhar Kalambe, along with his friends initiated a drive to clean-up the beach in Dadar, in 2017.

11 Apr 2019


India's population grew at 1.2% average annual-rate between 2010-2019: Report

India's population grew at an average annual rate of 1.2% between 2010 and 2019 to 1.36 billion, more than double the annual growth rate of China, according to a report by the United Nations Population Fund.