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MARKED RISE IN ATROCITIES AGAINST WOMEN IN UP

‘MAYAWATI HAS FAILED TO ENSURE SAFETY OF WOMEN’
Author: Pradeep Kapoor - Published 19-02-2010 06:11 GMT-0000
LUCKNOW: There has been a substantial rise in the cases of atrocities on women ever since the Mayawati government assumed power in Uttar Pradesh in May 2007.

Philippines: Recovery is expected in 2010

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 19-02-2010 06:06 GMT-0000
Supportive macroeconomic policies in Philippines, together with resilient remittances, cushioned the impact in 2009 of the global economic crisis. Recovery is expected in 2010, led by private demand as confidence and remittances improve. A timely return toward a sustainable fiscal path while avoiding a premature exit from a supportive monetary policy will be important, along with continued reforms to ensure sustained growth in the medium-term.

REPORTED COUP IN NIGER : BAN CLOSELY FOLLOWING DEVELOPMENTS

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 19-02-2010 05:58 GMT-0000
New York: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is closely following developments in Niger, where renegade soldiers reportedly stormed the presidential palace earlier on 18th February and the whereabouts of the West African nation's leader remains unclear.

HAITI: UN LAUNCHES LARGEST-EVER APPEAL FOR NATURAL DISASTER

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 19-02-2010 05:54 GMT-0000
New York: The United Nations and its aid partners issued a call for nearly $1.5 billion to assist 3 million Haitians - one third of the Caribbean nation's population - following last month's colossal earthquake, making it the largest-ever humanitarian appeal launched in the wake of a natural disaster.

PROMINENT WORLD FIGURES SEEK TO BRIDGE CULTURAL DIVIDES TO BOLSTER PEACE

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 19-02-2010 05:50 GMT-0000
New York: The United Nations today inaugurated a panel of prominent political, intellectual and religious figures from all regions entrusted with furthering peace founded on justice, respect for human rights, gender equality and solidarity in the context of an increasingly globalized world.

MILLIONS OF EGYPTIAN CHILDREN STILL LIVE IN POVERTY

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 19-02-2010 05:46 GMT-0000
New York: Millions of Egyptian children continue to live in poverty, despite recent gains made for young people, particularly on the legislative front, a study commissioned by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has found.

ENCOURAGING SIGNS IN TIMOR-LESTE BUT CORE CHALLENGES PERSIST

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 19-02-2010 05:42 GMT-0000
New York: Many of the underlying causes that contributed to the 2006 political crisis in Timor-Leste remain, despite recent encouraging signs, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns, calling the country's security and justice institutions fragile and possibly unable to withstand another major crisis.

WORLD'S POOREST COUNTRIES MUST DIVERSIFY ECONOMIES TO BEAT POVERTY

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 19-02-2010 05:34 GMT-0000
New York: Economic diversification is vital if the world's most poverty-stricken countries, some of them depending on a single or a few raw materials or commodities, are to escape their predicament, a top United Nations trade official has said.

Suriname's medium-term prospects favorable, sustaining economic recovery a challenge

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 19-02-2010 03:14 GMT-0000
Suriname's medium-term prospects are favorable, with large alumina and gold projects expected to come on stream. The key challenge will be to sustain the economic recovery and enhance the long-term growth potential, while ensuring continued macroeconomic stability and fiscal sustainability.

'SERIOUS' ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN TALKS UNDER CONSIDERATION

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 18-02-2010 18:53 GMT-0000
New York: The United Nations remains deeply concerned at the current stalemate in the Middle East peace process, the world body's political chief said today, voicing the hope that both the Israelis and the Palestinians will accept a proposal put forward to restart talks.

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