Sri Lanka Appoints Panel to Investigate Findings of Former War Commissions

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (Image: Reuters) The move comes as the UN rights body in its next session starting from February is to examine Sri Lanka’s rights progress in the backdrop of UNHRC resolutions, which called for the island nation’s rights accountability. PTI Colombo Last Updated: January 22, 2021, 17:51 IST FOLLOW US ON: … Read more Sri Lanka Appoints Panel to Investigate Findings of Former War Commissions

Climate activist Greta Thunberg to feature on Swedish stamps – Times of India

STOCKHOLM: Climate activist Greta Thunberg is to feature on a set of stamps issued by Sweden’s postal service. She will join a hall of fame of Swedish personalities, from Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Greta Garbo, who have been depicted on the country’s postage stamps. The stamps go on sale from PostNord on Thursday and show Thunberg … Read more Climate activist Greta Thunberg to feature on Swedish stamps – Times of India

WHO reform needed in wake of pandemic, public health experts say

LONDON: The role and remit of the World Health Organization (WHO) should be examined in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and reforms will likely be needed to free it from politics and give it more independence, public health experts said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Reuters Next conference, British epidemiologist Neil Ferguson, Sweden’s state … Read more WHO reform needed in wake of pandemic, public health experts say

Pandemic delays leave many nations facing climate action catch-up in 2021 – Times of India

BARCELONA: Less than half of countries that committed to strengthening their climate action targets in 2020 did so by the end of last year, as the pandemic slowed climate diplomacy and efforts to update national plans, a developing-nation group said on Friday. A tracker run by the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) showed 73 nations submitted … Read more Pandemic delays leave many nations facing climate action catch-up in 2021 – Times of India

10 ways Covid-19 has changed the world economy forever – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Economic shocks like the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 only arrive once every few generations, and they bring about permanent and far-reaching change. Measured by output, the world economy is well on the way to recovery from a slump the likes of which barely any of its 7.7 billion people have seen in their … Read more 10 ways Covid-19 has changed the world economy forever – Times of India

India’s economy could prove to be “most resilient” in subregion over long term: UN

India’s fast-growing telecom and digital space, in particular, could see a faster rebound, the UN report said. India’s economy could prove to be the “most resilient” in the subregion of South and South-West Asia over the long term, according to a report by the UN, which says a positive but lower economic growth post COVID-19 … Read more India’s economy could prove to be “most resilient” in subregion over long term: UN

UN refuses to take position on Pak claim of India firing at UN vehicles

New Delhi: The United Nations has refused to take a position on Pakistani claims of Indian forces firing at UN Vehicles at the Line of control. In response to a WION question, Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for UN Secretary-General said United Nations Military Observer Group (UNMOGIP) vehicle carrying UN military observers “was impacted by an … Read more UN refuses to take position on Pak claim of India firing at UN vehicles

World Soil Day: Equivalent of one soccer field is lost due to soil erosion every 5 seconds

New Delhi: On the occasion of the World Soil Day on Saturday (December 5, 2020), the United Nations (UN) said that every 5 seconds, an equivalent of one soccer field is lost due to soil erosion. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Soil organisms process 25,000 kg of organic … Read more World Soil Day: Equivalent of one soccer field is lost due to soil erosion every 5 seconds

UN calls for restraint after killing of Iranian nuclear scientist – Times of India

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations urged restraint Saturday after tensions rose in the Middle East with the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist. Iran has blamed Israel for Friday’s killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and vowed revenge. “We urge restraint and the need to avoid any actions that could lead to an escalation of tensions … Read more UN calls for restraint after killing of Iranian nuclear scientist – Times of India

Terror flow across Durand Line should stop: India slams Pakistan for destabilising Afghanistan

New Delhi: In a strong statement India has slammed Pakistan at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for destabilising Afghanistan, saying, “terror flow across Durand Line should stop”. Durand Line is the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. India’s envoy to United Nations, TS Tirumurti speaking at Arria Formula Meeting of United Nations Security Council said, … Read more Terror flow across Durand Line should stop: India slams Pakistan for destabilising Afghanistan