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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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PM wishes happy Diwali to INSV Tarini crew through video call

PM wishes happy Diwali to INSV Tarini crew through video call

New Delhi, Oct 19 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday made a video call to the crew of Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini, currently on a mission to circumnavigate the globe, to extend them Diwali greetings.

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19 Oct 2017 | 11:04 PM
43 Afghan troops killed as Taliban attack army base in Kandahar

43 Afghan troops killed as Taliban attack army base in Kandahar

Kabul, Oct 19 (UNI) At least 43 Afghan troops were killed and nine were wounded in a Taliban claimed suicide attack on an army base in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province, the defence ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

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19 Oct 2017 | 6:15 PM
PM celebrates Diwali on border; calls upon jawans to help in building 'New India'

PM celebrates Diwali on border; calls upon jawans to help in building 'New India'

Srinagar, Oct 19 (UNI) Continuing his tradition of celebrating Diwali with security forces, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reached Gurez valley, near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir to take part in the festivities along with jawans of Indian Army and BSF.

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19 Oct 2017 | 4:14 PM
India to grant medical visas to all needy as Diwali gift

India to grant medical visas to all needy as Diwali gift

New Delhi, Oct 19 (UNI) As a Diwali gift to people abroad, India on Thursday said it will give medical visa to all the needy.

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19 Oct 2017 | 5:00 PM
PM greets people on Diwali

PM greets people on Diwali

New Delhi, Oct 19 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday extended his good wishes to the people on the occasion of Diwali.

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19 Oct 2017 | 12:50 PM
India can keep an eye on Pakistan: Nikki Haley

India can keep an eye on Pakistan: Nikki Haley

Washington, Oct 19 (UNI) US Am­bassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said that India can help the United States in keeping an eye on Pakistan, as Washington cannot tolerate any government that shelters terrorists.

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19 Oct 2017 | 5:13 PM
Accountability Court rejects petitions of Nawaz, Maryam against indictment

Accountability Court rejects petitions of Nawaz, Maryam against indictment

Islamabad, Oct 19 (UNI) Accountability Court on Thursday rejected two separate applications - one by Maryam Nawaz and Captain (retd) Safdar and the other by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif - against their indictment.

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19 Oct 2017 | 2:54 PM

Dempo SC gets the better of FC Goa Development Team

19 Oct 2017 | 9:48 PM

Duler (Goa) Oct 19 (UNI) FC Goa development team lost 4-0 to Dempo Sports Club at the Duler Stadium in Mapusa in the second Goa Professional League game.

Eagerly awaiting public reaction for 'Secret Superstar': Aamir Khan

Eagerly awaiting public reaction for 'Secret Superstar': Aamir Khan

18 Oct 2017 | 6:17 PM

New Delhi, Oct 18 (UNI) As he awaits the release of his film 'Secret Superstar' on Diwali, superstar Aamir Khan says that he has not been able to sleep for the past one week and is eagerly waiting for the reactions of the public.

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