Monday, Oct 23 2017 | Time 11:38 Hrs(IST)
image
  • Pound up; USD,Euro yen down
  • Rupee down by 7 paise against USD
  • Bullion Market Opening Rates
  • Bengal Govt to train medical students in martial arts
  • Brazil into semis after 2-1 win in the U-17 World Cup
  • Hick, Cooley to coach against England in Ashes tour match
  • Bengal Govt to set up centres of National Institute of Virology
  • Bengal Government to provide food packs for malnourished mothers and their kids
  • Philippine defence minister declares end of fighting in Marawi City
  • Mamata to inaugurate Sister Nivedita’s house today
  • Japan's Abe to push pacifist constitution reform after strong election win
  • Australia to spend up to $195 million housing refugees after PNG detention centre closes
  • Despite ceasefire violation, Karvan-e-Aman bus resumes after a week
  • Abe, Trump agree to raise pressure on North Korea -Japan govt
  • SSB succeeds where others fail: IG Lucknow Frontier
World Share

Anti-nuclear campaign ICAN wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

By Nerijus Adomaitis and Stephanie Nebehay
OSLO/GENEVA, Oct 6 (Reuters) - The Norwegian Nobel Committee, warning of a rising risk of nuclear war, awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday to a little-known international campaign group advocating for a ban on nuclear weapons.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) describes itself as a coalition of grassroots non-government groups in more than 100 nations. It began in Australia and was officially launched in Vienna in 2007.
"We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time," said Berit Reiss-Andersen, the leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
In July, 122 nations adopted a U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, although the agreement does not include nuclear-armed states such as the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France.
"This award shines a needed light on the path the ban treaty provides towards a world free of nuclear weapons. Before it is too late, we must take that path," ICAN said in a statement on its Facebook page.
"This is a time of great global tension, when fiery rhetoric could all too easily lead us, inexorably, to unspeakable horror. The spectre of nuclear conflict looms large once more. If ever there were a moment for nations to declare their unequivocal opposition to nuclear weapons, that moment is now."
The Nobel prize seeks to bolster the case of disarmament amid nuclear tensions between the United States and North Korea and uncertainty over the fate of a 2015 deal between Iran and major powers to limit Tehran's nuclear programme.
The Iran deal is seen as under threat after U.S. President Donald Trump called it the "worst deal ever negotiated". A senior administration official said on Thursday that Trump is expected to announce soon that he will decertify the pact, a step towards potentially unwinding it.
The committee raised eyebrows with its decision to award the prize to an international campaign group with a relatively low profile, rather than giving it to the architects of the Iran deal, who had been widely seen as favourites after hammering out a complex agreement over years of high-stakes diplomacy.
"Norwegian Nobel Committee has its own ways, but the nuclear agreement with Iran achieved something real and would have deserved a prize," tweeted Carl Bildt, a former Swedish prime minister who has held top posts as an international diplomat.
The leader of the Norwegian Nobel committee denied that the prize was "a kick in the leg" for Trump and said the prize was a call to states that have nuclear weapons to fulfil earlier pledges to work towards disarmament.
"The message is to remind them to the commitment they have already made that they have to work for a nuclear free world," Reiss-Andersen told Reuters.
The United Nations said the award would help bolster efforts to get the 55 ratifications by countries for the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons to come into force.
"I hope this prize will be conducive for the entry into force of this treaty," U.N. Chief Spokeswoman Alessandra Vellucci told a news briefing.

REUTERS AKC1536
Top News
SSB succeeds where others fail: IG Lucknow Frontier

SSB succeeds where others fail: IG Lucknow Frontier

By Raj Silvano Lucknow, Oct 23 (UNI) A uniformed force raised primarily for guarding India’s borders with Nepal and Bhutan is going through a transformation process and very soon it might be saddled with multifarious tasks.

see more..
   
23 Oct 2017 | 9:55 AM
Despite ceasefire violation, Karvan-e-Aman bus resumes after a week

Despite ceasefire violation, Karvan-e-Aman bus resumes after a week

Srinagar, Oct 23 (UNI) Despite ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Uri sector, the Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), resumed on Monday after remaining suspended last week due to Diwali festival.

see more..
   
23 Oct 2017 | 9:58 AM

Bengal Govt to train medical students in martial arts

Kolkata, Oct 23 (UNI) In a first-of-its-kind intuitive, the West Bengal Government has decided to provide training in the 2,000-year-old martial art of taekwondo to medical students studying in the government medical colleges.

see more..
   
23 Oct 2017 | 10:42 AM

Bengal Govt to set up centres of National Institute of Virology

Kolkata, Oct 23 (UNI) The West Bengal Government is going to set up centres for testing of viruses in collaboration with the National Institute of Virology, Pune.

see more..
   
23 Oct 2017 | 10:39 AM

Bengal Government to provide food packs for malnourished mothers and their kids

Kolkata, Oct 23 (UNI) In a unique initiative, the state Food and Supplies department has tied up with the Health department to distribute free foodgrains among mothers and their newborns suffering from malnutrition.

see more..
   
23 Oct 2017 | 10:37 AM
Mamata to inaugurate Sister Nivedita’s house today

Mamata to inaugurate Sister Nivedita’s house today

Kolkata, Oct 23 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the restored house of Sister Nivedita on October 23 to commemorate her sesquicentennial birth anniversary.

see more..
   
23 Oct 2017 | 11:12 AM
PM Modi defends demonetisation,GST ; says economy is on right track

PM Modi defends demonetisation,GST ; says economy is on right track

Bhavnagar, Oct 22 (UNI) In his third visit to his home state Gujarat this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday defended his government’s decision on demonetisation and Goods and Service Tax and said that the economic indicators show that India is moving in the right direction.

see more..
   
22 Oct 2017 | 8:48 PM
Despite ceasefire violation, Karvan-e-Aman bus resumes after a week

Despite ceasefire violation, Karvan-e-Aman bus resumes after a week

23 Oct 2017 | 9:58 AM

Srinagar, Oct 23 (UNI) Despite ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Uri sector, the Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), resumed on Monday after remaining suspended last week due to Diwali festival.

Brazil into semis after 2-1 win in the U-17 World Cup

23 Oct 2017 | 10:39 AM

Kolkata, Oct 22 (UNI) Two goals in six minutes into the second half propelled Brazil into the semifinal of the FIFA U-17 World Cup with 2-1 victory over strong Germany and the South American side would now face England in Guwahati on Wednesday.

image