UN suspends Russia from UNHRC; India abstains from voting

Geneva: The United Nations on Thursday suspended Russia from its Human Rights Council (UNHRC) after a majority of the members voted in favour of the suspension. India once again abstained from voting, continuing with its neutral stand and calling for diplomatic solution to the war. A total of 93 members voted for Russia’s suspension from...

Russia opens new evacuation corridor, allows Ukrainians to choose their path

Moscow: Russia on Tuesday announced opening of a new humanitarian corridor, allowing Ukranians to evacuate to the place of their choice. On Monday, Ukraine had rejected Moscow’s earlier plan where most proposed routes led to the country with which it was at war. It had called the plan “immoral”. The new corridors opened on Tuesday...

Taliban go hunting for journalist, kill his relative: Broadcaster

Berlin: The worst fears seem to be coming true. After reports of the Taliban going door-to-door hunting for people who may have worked for the US and NATO, it has emerged that journalists, too, are on their radar. German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle said that Taliban fighters in Afghanistan have shot dead a relative of...

Covid-hit tourism could leave $4 trillion hole in global economy: UN report

The estimate of losses is based on direct impact on tourism and ripple effect on related sectors   Geneva: Covid-19 has deeply impacted all sectors, but among the worst sufferers is the tourism industry. The impact of the pandemic on the sector could result in a more than $4 trillion loss to the global economy,...

UN ropes in Indian activist to tackle climate crisis

A climate activist from India, Archana Soreng, has been included by the UN in an advisory group to tackle climate crisis. Soreng has been named by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Antonio Guterres has included the activist to his new advisory group comprising of young leaders. The group is supposed to provide perspectives and solutions to...

As Trump offers to mediate between India & China, UN says let the parties decide

The United Nations has urged restraint from both India and China amid the tension along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Reacting to US President Donald Trump’s offer, the UN Secretary General’s spokesperson also said that it is for the parties involved to decide who they want to mediate. “It would be for parties involved...

US President Donald Trump halts WHO Funding for “covering up” Spread of coronavirus

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday cut off funding to the World Health Organisation, accusing the UN body of mishandling the coronavirus crisis as governments grapple with how and when to get their struggling economies back to work. The deadly pandemic has already killed more than 125,000 people and infected nearly two million worldwide since...

40 crore workers in India at risk of falling deeper into poverty: ILO

About 40 crore workers in India working in the informal economy are at risk of falling deeper into poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) said in a report that the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting 2.7 billion workers globally due to lockdowns. COVID-19 is already affecting tens of millions of informal...

India Slams UN Human Rights Body for Intervening in Petition Challenging CAA In Supreme Court

In a move that has not gone down well with the Indian government, the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner has filed an intervention application in the Supreme Court on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act enacted last year. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has severely criticised the UN body’s move claiming that the Act is...