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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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Move beyond red lines to move Security Council reform forward: UNGA President

United Nations General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak has called for “shining a light on new possibilities for convergence” on Security Council reform and breaking the cycle of hardened positions and “red lines” that have prevented efforts to make it reflect the new realities. India is heavily invested in the reform process as it is aiming for a permanent seat on an expanded Council.

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India: Security Council reform negotiating text should represent views of all

India has said that the various options and the differing views of countries on Security Council reform should be presented in a negotiating text and no one should insist that their submissions should take precedence over that of others.

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UN, India invest $168m to boost tribal farming incomes

The UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Indian government signed a $168 million pact to sustainably raise incomes and food security for tribal farming households in northeast India, IFAD reported. The six-year project will help 201,500 rural highland farming households in tribal villages in 12 districts located in the uplands of Mizoram and Nagaland States, IFAD said.

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UN putting peacekeepers at risk; use of force for protection urged: Report

The UN has been accused of putting peacekeepers at risk through "lack of will, determination, and accountability" - in a scathing report that urged them to "not fear to use force when necessary" The report by a panel that looked into the rising fatalities in UN operations, and was released on Monday, said, "The blue helmet and the United Nations flag no longer offer 'natural' protection" and called for changes to adapt to the new threats.

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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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