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India demonstrates clout, wins six elections for UN bodies

In a reflection of India's growing global status and influence, India has won six elections to Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) bodies, five of them unanimously. In the elections held on Monday, India won places on the executive boards of four UN bodies, three commissions and a committee.

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UN monitoring situation in Bangladesh; calls maintaining calm

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling on sides in Bangladesh to maintain calm in the aftermath of the jailing of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who was convicted of embezzlement, and the violent protests that have ensued, writes Arul Louis

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UN tells Maldive foreign minister about concerns over state of emergency

A senior UN official has told Maldives Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim about Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's concerns over the declaration of a state of emergency there by President Abdulla Yameen, according to a UN spokesperson. Miroslav Jenca, the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, spoke to Asim and directly relayed to him the concerns Guterres had expressed in his statement on the Maldives, Farhan Haq, the Secretary-General's spokesperson, said here Thursday.
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India says UNSC sanctions committees operates in 'subterranean universe'

India has hit out at the secretive functioning of Security Council sanctions committees, which operate in a “subterranean universe” with no accountability, and called for reforms to make their decision-making transparent. The “decisions of the Sanctions Committees are taken beyond the gaze of public knowledge, with no explanation of the inputs that go into their decision making,” India's Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin told the Council on Tuesday. “For want of a better depiction, it would appear these committees form the 'subterranean universe of the Council.”
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India contributes $1M to UN Development Partnership Fund

India has contributed an additional $1 million to the India-UN Development Partnership Fund earmarked for South-South cooperation. The contribution made on Thursday aims to intensify its partnerships with other developing countries, the UN Office of South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) said.

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India is paying a price for losing its grasslands

Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for "more productive" agricultural land. This greening of "wasteland" is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem -- the grasslands. And, as a result,

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IMF expects India's role in Indo-Pacific region to expand

The International Monetary Fund expects India's role in the Indo-Pacific region's development to continue to expand because of its robust growth, but it has to carry out more trade refor...

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