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UNESCO REGRETS THAI DECISION TO DENOUNCE WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 26-06-2011 23:52 GMT-0000
New York: The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today voiced deep regret after Thailand announced it would denounce the global convention aimed at preserving humankind's most outstanding shared cultural and natural heritage.

STATES MUST TAKE EFFECTIVE MEASURES TO PREVENT TORTURE

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 26-06-2011 23:49 GMT-0000
New York: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today exhorted States to take effective legislative, administrative and judicial measures to prevent torture, calling the practice a brutal attempt to destroy a victim's sense of dignity and sense of human worth that can never be justified.

HISTORIC CARIBBEAN CAPITAL LEADS LATEST INSCRIPTIONS TO UN WORLD HERITAGE LIST

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 25-06-2011 23:19 GMT-0000
New York: The historic section of the capital of Barbados today became the Caribbean country's first entry on the United Nations-managed World Heritage List after a committee of experts approved its inscription and that of two other sites.

INDIA-US INVESTMENT RELATIONS ON FAST TRACK

PRANAB’S VISIT TO GIVE FURTHER BOOST
Author: Anjan Roy - Published 25-06-2011 04:51 GMT-0000
In the intense summer of Delhi, ministers and other important persons find better work in cooler climes. Invariably come May-June, the VIPs fly out to attend other very important tasks in Europe and America. Sharad Pawar is in France, Anand Sharma in USA and Pranab Mukherjee is about to leave for the same destination next week. Many other smaller functionaries are all hovering around in western capitals. But India-US relations appear to be the season’s flavor. Next month, the India-US Strategic Dialogue will take place, this time however in New Delhi.

DRUGS AND CRIME THREATEN GLOBAL PEACE, WARRANT URGENT ACTION, SECURITY COUNCIL TOLD

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 24-06-2011 23:47 GMT-0000
New York: Illicit drugs and transnational organized crime can undercut security and development in countries and across regions, a top United Nations official told the Security Council today, stressing the need for concerted action to tackle these growing threats.

KENYAN LAKES, JAPANESE ISLANDS AND AUSTRALIAN COAST ADDED TO UN HERITAGE LIST

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 24-06-2011 23:44 GMT-0000
New York: The Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley, Australia’s Ningaloo Coast and the Ogasawara Islands of Japan were today added to the World Heritage List, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported.

WORLD FACES LOWER GROWTH AND FINANCIAL STABILITY RISKS IN 2011

EMERGING ECONOMIES URGED ON MONETARY AND FISCAL TIGHTENING
Author: S. Sethuraman - Published 24-06-2011 06:29 GMT-0000
Mid-2011, the world economy is battered by a host of challenges, fiscal and monetary, as post-crisis recovery slows - fiscal imbalances, weakened consumer and business confidence and unrelenting joblessness (USA), the protracted sovereign debt crisis in euro-zone periphery threatening a contagion across borders, and the toll on Japan’s economy and neighbourhood from its natural disasters.

TWELVE NATIONS AND EUROPEAN UNION JOIN UN PROTOCOL ON SHARING GENETIC RESOURCES

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 23-06-2011 23:31 GMT-0000
New York: Twelve nations and the European Union today added their signatures to a United Nations treaty on the equitable sharing of the planet’s genetic resources in a ceremony at UN Headquarters.

OMAN-INDIA PIPELINE PROJECT REVIVED

TALKS ON TAPI PROJECT ALSO MAKE PROGRESS
Author: Special Correspondent - Published 21-06-2011 05:32 GMT-0000
NEW DELHI: The ten year old proposal for the setting up of a 2000 km long deepwater transnational gas pipeline from Oman to India for transporting natural gas sourced from Turkmenistan, Iran and Qatar, has been revived. As per the present plan, the pipeline will originate from Oman and will end either in Gujarat or Maharashtra.

POOR COUNTRIES HOST 80 PER CENT OF WORLD’S REFUGEES

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 20-06-2011 23:40 GMT-0000
New York: An estimated 80 per cent of the world’s refugees now live in developing countries and yet anti-refugee sentiment is growing in many industrialized nations, the United Nations said in a report unveiled today, urging the richer States to address the deep imbalance.

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