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For how long will India be kept out of UN’s decision-making structures, Modi asks

In his address at the UN General Assembly, PM Modi says India will continue to raise its voice against terrorism, and also calls for ‘serious introspection’ of the work of the United Nations.

Stigmatise and shame nations that keep nukes if treaties are futile in banning them

Stigma could, in time, turn domestic opinion in China, sway public attitudes in Russia, India & elsewhere, or even bring the U.S. back to the arms-control negotiating table.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Need for reformed multilaterlism, Modi says at UN as India joins Security Council

Speaking at the General Assembly on the occasion of the UN's 75th anniversary, Prime Minister Modi said it faces a crisis of confidence without comprehensive reforms.
File image of United Nations General Assembly building | @UN/Twitter

Climate crises, global conflicts & Covid fallout — World’s problems get worse as UN turns 75

The UN is going through one its most challenging periods ever, and keeps churning out increasingly grim reports on the global threats it was created to ameliorate.
File image of United Nations General Assembly building | @UN/Twitter

Virtual UN General Assembly to see record participation of world leaders, says Guterres

Heads of State and Government will submit a pre-recorded video statements for summits and sessions that will be played in the iconic General Assembly hall this year.
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Trump to kill what’s left of Iran nuclear deal before confronting UN

The US and a few Mideast allies are declaring the end of the nuclear deal while most other Security Council members disagree with the latest example of Trump’s 'America First' foreign policy.
Photo from a previous meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women | un.org

India beats China in highly-contested election to UN Commission on Status of Women

The win is significant as it comes on the eve of India gearing up to sit at the UN Security Council high table as non-permanent member for a two-year term beginning 2021.
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Near-record violence in Afghanistan risks derailing peace talks between govt & Taliban

The planned negotiations stem from a landmark pact the US signed with the Taliban in February to promote a peaceful settlement to the Afghan war.
India Sees Children Dying as $2 Billion Program Proves Defective

Hunger could kill more people than the Covid pandemic in 2020

With the pandemic upending supply chains and livelihoods, an estimated 132 million more people could go hungry by the end of this year than previously projected.
There has been a 55 per cent increase in the number of child trafficking cases in Assam in 2019 | Illustration by Soham Sen

On World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, a look at the numbers in India

For this year's UN observance against trafficking, the spotlight is on first responders and the challenges they have faced in the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Retiring early can be bad for the brain

Retiring early and working less has many benefits, such as reduced stress, better diets and more sleep. But as we found, it also has adverse effects.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

No ‘major’ build-up at LoC but Pakistan pushing new Chinese-made assault rifles into Kashmir

Security forces have recovered EMEI Type 97 NSR rifles, manufactured by Chinese firm Norinco, which they believe were dropped into J&K through drones.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.