Sulabh's international toilet festival begins in Delhi

Aimed at creating awareness about sanitation, a three-day International Toilet Festival kick-started in the city Tuesday, on the eve of World Toilet Day.

India's UN resolution on Yoga gets backing of about 130 states

In an overwhelming response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for commemorating an International Day of Yoga, about 130 countries have joined as co-sponsors to an India-led UN General Assembly resolution recognising yoga's benefits.

India stresses on need for having clear-cut mandates for SPMs

India has stressed on the importance for having clear-cut mandates for special political missions of the UN, saying that there should be for more consultation with member states to minimise disconnect between the mandates and the political reality.

India calls for global action to strengthen nuclear security

Recognising the threat of nuclear terrorism, India has called for effective international cooperation and responsible action by governments to strengthen nuclear security and prevent non-state actors from acquiring vulnerable atomic material.

UN votes to lift US embargo on Cuba, for 23rd time

For the 23rd straight year, the United Nations voted Tuesday in favor of lifting the US embargo on Cuba, with Iran saying the ban was undeserved given Havana`s help in fighting Ebola.

UN explores new rights initiative with North Korea

A UN rights investigator said Tuesday that an invitation from North Korea opens up possibilities to engage with Pyongyang on improving their dismal rights record.

Nations should accommodate each other's concerns: Modi

Underlining the need for a "genuine international partnership," Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said nations should accommodate each other's concerns and interests when crafting global trade pacts to ensure their efforts are "mutually supportive, not mutually damaging."

'India's re-election to UNHRC is endorsement of its position'

India's re-election on Tuesday to a second term on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is an overwhelming endorsement of the country's position on human rights and its pledge to the United Nations, according to Indian Ambassador Asoke Kumar Mukerji.

Angola, Malaysia, Venezuela, New Zealand elected to Security Council

The UN General Assembly Thursday elected Angola, Malaysia, Venezuela and New Zealand as new non-permanent members to the Security Council.

UN votes to fill coveted Security Council seats

The United Nations voted on Thursday to pick five new members to the Security Council, with New Zealand, Spain and Turkey locked in a tight race for seats at the world's "top table."

UN owes India $110 mn for peacekeeping operations

The United Nations owes India USD 110 million, the second highest outstanding payment to any country, for costs relating to peacekeeping operations and troops, a top UN official said.

UN committee approves USD 49.9 mn funding for Ebola response

A UN committee that deals with administrative and budgetary issues has approved a USD 49.9 million funding for the world body's large-scale response to tackle the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

Pakistan govt cracks down on anti-Sharif slogans

Stung by the political campaign to oust Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan's government has ordered a crackdown on those putting up slogans against the embattled premier on street walls across the country with an FIR lodged against five people including a woman.

PM Modi likely to meet Nawaz Sharif at SAARC summit: Sources

A month after India canceled planned talks with Pakistan, as per sources in the Ministry of External Affairs said on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi may meet Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at SAARC summit in November.

N Korea moving 'further away' from denuclearisation: US envoy

The US diplomat in charge of North Korea policy on Monday said a speech by its foreign minister at the United Nations shows the country is moving further away from a return to six-country nuclear talks.

Sure of Centre's support after PM Modi's reference to floods in UNGA address: Omar

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday said he has no doubt that his flood-hit state will get the Centre's support in reconstruction works as Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a pointed reference to the natural calamity in his address to the UN General Assembly.

Modi in US: PM to address a packed Madison Square Garden

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to address thousands of people at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, a day after his maiden address to the 193-member UN General Assembly.

Pakistan welcomes Modi's call for dialogue

A top Pakistani official has described as "encouraging" Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi's statement for dialogue with Islamabad.

'India is reaching for the stars under Modi'

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to the world stage with a stirring address to the UN General Assembly, an influential US daily noted how Modi once unwelcome in US was getting a "rock star" reception.

Modi pitches for UN reforms before Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for India's "significant contribution" to peacekeeping operations and voiced admiration for his focus on improving the socio-economic well-being of the country's people.