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ICAN's Nobel Peace Prize win spotlights need to end nuclear nightmare: UN officials

ICAN's Nobel Peace Prize win spotlights need to end nuclear nightmare: UN officials

United Nations, Oct 7 (UNI) Congratulating the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on being awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, top United Nations officials said that the recognition was a reminder of the need to grim threats posed by such weapons to humanity. “This Prize recognises the determined efforts of civil society to highlight the unconscionable humanitarian and environmental consequences that would result if [nuclear weapons] were ever used again,” read a statement attributable to the spokesperson of the Secretary-General, the UN News Centre press release said here yesterday. “At a time when nuclear anxieties are at the highest level since the Cold War, the Secretary-General calls on all countries to show vision and greater commitment for a world free of nuclear weapons,” it added, noting the urgency to end the threat of a “nuclear nightmare.” Concerted efforts by ICAN as well as many other civil society organizations contributed to the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, in July this year, the first multilateral legally binding instrument for nuclear disarmament in decades. Also, the UN's top disarmament official offered her own congratulations to ICAN and underscored that achievement of a nuclear-weapon-free world continues to be an urgent priority for the UN. Expressing hope that the Nobel Peace Prize would give new momentum to the agenda, Izumi Nakamitsu, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs called for “serious efforts by the international community to pursue disarmament as a means for preventing conflict, reducing international tensions and achieving sustainable peace and security.” More than 15,000 nuclear weapons remain in global stockpiles, with many on high levels of alert. Furthermore, tensions have flared over the nuclear weapons development programme of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea since past few months. Nuclear disarmament has been an objective for the UN since the very first General Assembly resolution in 1946, which established the goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction. UNI XC-SNU 0716

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B'desh JS passes Digital Security Bill pertaining to punishment for illegal access to info on state affairs

19 Sep 2018 | 9:32 PM

Dhaka, Sep 19 ( UNI) The "Digital Security Bill, 2018" was passed in the Bangladesh parliament keeping a provision of minimum seven years and maximum fourteen years imprisonment and monetary fine of minimum Tk2.

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Hasina says her govt firmly believes in freedom of press in Bangladesh

Hasina says her govt firmly believes in freedom of press in Bangladesh

19 Sep 2018 | 7:51 PM

By Mir Afroz Zaman
Dhaka, Sep 19 (UNI) Reiterating that her government firmly believes in the freedom of press, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the journalists to play a constructive and responsible role that will be helpful for the country's development.

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Its actually survival of the laziest!

19 Sep 2018 | 7:30 PM

Washington, Sep 19 (UNI) Being couch potato is not such a bad thing after all, with a recent study suggesting that laziness might be a fruitful strategy for survival of individuals, species and even communities of species.

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Now, gut bacteria to produce electricity

19 Sep 2018 | 6:59 PM

California, Sep 19 (UNI) Scientists from University of California, Berkeley have found an unusual source of electricity in the human body- the gut bacteria!
While bacteria that produce electricity have been found in exotic environments like mines and the bottoms of lakes, researchers have discovered that a common diarrhoea-causing bacterium, Listeria monocytogenes, which produces electricity using an entirely different technique from known electrogenic bacteria.

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Sentences of Nawaz, Maryam, Safdar suspended

Sentences of Nawaz, Maryam, Safdar suspended

19 Sep 2018 | 6:34 PM

Islamabad, Sep 19 (UNI) The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday ordered the release from jail of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt Safdar, suspending the sentences they received from an accountability court in July.

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