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Two Indian peacekeepers to be honored posthumously with UN medal on May 24

Rifleman Brijesh Thapa who served with the UN Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Private Ravi Kumar who was deployed with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon will be honoured.

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UN owes India $55 million for peacekeeping operations

The UN reimburses troop-contributing countries for costs they incur for sending personnel and equipment to the operations.

World Press Freedom Day: ‘Must stand for our right to truth,’ says UN Secretary-General António Guterres

World Press Freedom Day: “A free press advances peace and justice for all.”

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Arabs protest UN’s withdrawal of Israel ‘apartheid’ report

The meeting with U.N. chief Antonio Guterres “was not a pleasant experience for all of us,” said Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour

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UNSC permanent membership: India offers to temporarily give up veto power

UNSC membership: India, Brazil, Germany and Japan constitute the G4, which lobbies for Council reforms and they mutually support each other’s candidatures for permanent seats on an expanded body.

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At UNHRC, India slams Pakistan on terror, says ‘monster now devouring its own creator’

“Pakistan has created terrorist outfits against India. This monster is now devouring its own creator.”

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UN chief says Trump travel ban should be ‘removed sooner rather than later’

“This is not the way to best protect the U.S. or any other country in relation to the serious concerns that exist about possible terrorist infiltration,” Guterres said to reporters.

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India’s economy projected to grow by 7.7 per cent in FY 2017: UN report

The report said India has positioned itself as the most dynamic emerging economy among the largest countries and is expected to remain the fastest growing on the back of robust private consumption and significant domestic reforms.

UN welcomes US decision to ease sanctions on Sudan

Barack Obama issued a decision cancelling two executive orders imposing economic sanctions on Sudan

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China’s double standards are self-defeating events to recite: M J Akbar on Masood Azhar

“14 out of 15 UNSC members want action against Masood Azhar. There is 1 hold out,” said Akbar.

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Ban Ki-moon regrets world body’s role in Haiti cholera outbreak, says sorry

Ban Ki-moon acknowledged that the outbreak was “a blemish on the reputation of UN peacekeeping.”

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If marginalised, Arab youth can become a power of destruction: UN report

The central focus of the report is young people in the Arab region. It sheds light on them and argues that they’re not a problem or a burden on development, rather a key resource for resolving the problems afflicting the region.

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UN human rights experts ask India to repeal law curbing NGO funding

The experts’ call comes as India’s Ministry of Home Affairs suspended earlier in June for six months the registration of the non-governmental organisation Lawyers Collective, under the FCRA.

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Israel to chair a UN committee for the first time, triggers protests from Arab countries, Palestinians

Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon won the chair of the legal affairs committee of the General Assembly on Monday.

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India calls for flexibilities in Intellectual Property Rights to combat AIDS

India will need to front load its investments substantially to almost double the number of people on ARV treatment in less than five years, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, J P Nadda said at UNGA.