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Pakistan has the highest fertility rate in South Asia

There is stark contrast between the fertility rates of the three largest Hindi-speaking states and six non-Hindi-speaking states even as India is nearing the population replacement level of fertility, a UN report shows.

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UNGA approves ex-Chilean president as UN human rights chief

In an unanimous vote full of symbolism, the UN General Assembly on Friday approved the appointment of a victim of human rights abuses, Michelle Bachelet, as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Former Chilean president nominated as UN human rights chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has nominated former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to succeed the controversial Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.  India had accused Zeid of being biased after he had issued a report on human rights violations in Kashmir and called for a Council investigation.

UN chief expresses support for Pakistan Election Commission

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed support for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) amid allegations from two of the major parties that the polls were rigged.

The UN's grand SDR plan won't be achieved without the grassroots

This week in New York, the United Nations' grandly-titled High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is reaching a crescendo.

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Cyclonic storm Gaja batters South India

A severe cyclonic storm, Gaja, battered the coast of the southern Indian state Tamil Nadu on Friday, leaving at least 15 people dead and causing widespread destruction.


Iran, India discuss trade cooperation under US sanctions

India and Iran discussed ways of continuing biliateral trade under reimposed US sanctions, Eghtesad Online news website reported.