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Indonesia Turns Away Boat Containing 120 Rohingya Refugees Amid Humanitarian Crisis

Dec 29, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

Despite pleas made by the UNHCR, Indonesia moves to turn away a boat containing Rohingya refugees amid heightening humanitarian crisis.

UN Experts Ask India Again To Release Kashmir's Human Rights Activist Khurram Parvez

Dec 23, 2021 Naseer Ganai

The United Nations experts have sought the release of Kashmir's human rights activist Khurram Parvez and asked the government to ensure his rights to liberty and security.

India-Central Asia Dialogue: Countries Pitch For Immediate Humanitarian Assistance To Afghans

The foreign ministers of the participating countries resolved to support Afghanistan while reiterating the importance of UNSC Resolution 2593 (2021) which says that Afghan territory must not be used for terrorist activities.

Iran All Set To Allow Reinstallation Of UN Cameras At Nuclear Site: Reports

Dec 15, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

Since a sabotage attack that damaged the Karaj nuclear site in June, Iran had refused The United Nation's nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to replace the damaged cameras.

UNICEF Urges South Asian Schools To Reopen As Education Witnesses Increased Digital Divide

UNICEF has urged South Asian countries to open schools as interruptions in education are said to have dire consequences in these countries. Here's a look at India's digital divide created by online education.

10 December, 2021

16-Day Long UN Campaign To End Violence Against Women Concludes On Human Rights Day

Outlook Web Desk

A UN campaign, 'Orange the world: End violence against women', ended on International Human Rights Day. The campaign, a part of the UN's multi-year programme, assumes additional significance during the covid times when crimes against women have reportedly skyrocketed.

10 December, 2021

UN Chief Antonio Guterres: Climate Change Aggravates Conflict And Terrorism

Associated Press (AP)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a U.N. Security Council meeting that hindrance in the government's ability to provide public services due to climate disruptions fuels grievances and mistrust towards authorities.

10 December, 2021

UN Political Chief Urges Taliban To Be Inclusive On Three-Day Visit To Afghanistan

Associated Press (AP)

'The progress that was made in this area must not be erased.', said The United Nations' Political Chief Rosemary DeCarlo in a statement while expressing concern over the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan.

04 December, 2021

Hyderpora Encounter: Arrest Of Khurram Parvez Brings Focus Back On Human Rights In Kashmir

Naseer Ganai

Alleging abuse of anti-terror laws, the United Nations and international human rights bodies seek release of rights activist Khurram Parvez and inquiry into the Hyderpora encounter killings in Srinagar.

01 December, 2021

UN Seeks Release Of Kashmiri Activist Khurram Parvez, Amendment In UAPA

Naseer Ganai

The UN has sought probe into civilian killings in Jammu and Kashmir’s Hyderpora and called on the security forces and armed groups to exercise restraint

04 November, 2021

WHO Negotiates With Bharat Biotech To Join UN Agency's Tech Access Pool

Outlook Web Desk

Covaxin was assessed under the WHO EUL procedure based on the review of data on quality, safety, efficacy, a risk management plan and programmatic suitability.


03 November, 2021

Ethiopia's War Marked By 'Extreme Brutality': UN Report

Associated Press (AP)

The conflict that erupted in Ethiopia's Tigray region has killed thousands of people since the government of Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed allowed soldiers from neighboring Eritrea to invade Tigray and join Ethiopian forces

02 November, 2021

COP26 Climate Summit: India Will Achieve Net Zero Carbon Goal By 2070, Says PM Modi

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Addressing the world leaders at the UN COP26 underway at Glasgow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India is the only country that is delivering in ‘letter and spirit’ the commitments on tackling climate change under the Paris Agreement.

29 October, 2021

US To Roll Out USD144 Million In Humanitarian Aid For People Of Afghanistan: Antony Blinken

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According to the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the financial assistance would be directly received by humanitarian organizations including UNHCR, UNICEF and WHO.

21 October, 2021

Samyukt Kisan Morcha Lauds United Sikhs For Extending Free Legal Aid To Protesting Farmers

Outlook Web Bureau

SKM convener held a meeting with United Sikhs Director Parvinder Singh at organization’s camp office set up at the morcha site on the border of Delhi, last week. Both United Sikhs and the SKM have reached an understanding to work in a tandem.

20 October, 2021

Australia Branded Worst Climate Performer Ahead Of UN Summit

Associated Press (AP)

The report of the Climate Council ranked Australia last among 31 wealthy, developed countries on the criteria of emissions reduction performances and pledges.

20 October, 2021

Jailed Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Wins Top EU prize

Associated Press (AP)

In awarding the Sakharov Prize to the 45-year-old activist, the European Parliament praised his 'immense personal bravery' who was poisoned with a nerve agent last year.


17 October, 2021

The Dixon Plan Of 1950 And Davinder Singh Rana

Naseer Ganai

The ‘Dixon Plan’ named after the U.N. Representative Sir Owen Dixon assigned Ladakh to India, the Northern Areas and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK) to Pakistan, split Jammu between the two and envisaged a plebiscite in the Kashmir Valley.

Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

PTI Photo

Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

PTI Photo

A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

PTI Photo

Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

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The Future of Universities: Can India Overcome The Digital Divide?

The pandemic has made it clear that virtual learning is here to stay. In the West, the big question is whether it will dilute the quality of the college experience and education. In India, which grapples with digital divide, the question remains whether this will reach most people at all.

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Even after two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, many 'informed' individuals in India continue to deny the virus with unscientific claims and unfounded data. The latest? Omicron will end the pandemic.

Jan 08, 2022 Rakhi Bose

What Is The Future Of The Liberal Arts In Asia?

Across Asia there are deeply entrenched obstacles to a mode of higher education that is liberal in multiple senses – disciplinary and epistemological but also social and political.

Jan 01, 2022 Saikat Majumdar

Nagaland To Lakhimpur Kheri: Rights, Regimes And Restitutions in Times Of Turbulence

The two incidents in the recent past, one in Mon district of Nagaland and the other at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, undermined the core principles democracy and federalism.

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