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UN food agency urges to join global treaty to root out scourge of illegal fishing

UN food agency urges to join global treaty to root out scourge of illegal fishing

United Nations, Oct 7 (UNI) The United Nations food security agency -- calling for strengthening the fight against illegal fishing -- has urged all countries to join a landmark global treaty that aims to rid the world of the multibillion-dollar scourge. The Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) – approved by the Conference of the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) in November 2009 – entered into force last June, making it legally binding on its parties to conduct rigorous inspections of vessels by port rather than flag States, according to a UN News Centre press release here. According to José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of FAO, the PSMA is not only the “main tool” to tackle illegal fishing, it also helps to tackle other serious problems including trafficking of drugs and persons. “We need all countries around the world to be part of the [the Agreement] for it to be highly effective,” he said, speaking at a conference in Malta. So far about 50 countries are parties to the treaty, but many more are needed, added Mr Graziano da Silva. As part of its commitments to implement the Agreement, FAO has set aside seed money to fund support programmes for poorer countries develop their technical, scientific and legal capacity. These resources will be bolstered by voluntary contributions. Also in his remarks, the FAO Director-General announced pledges of $41.9 in funding initiatives for programs aimed at the fisheries sector, including improving fisheries management and livelihoods around the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. With these funds FAO aims to reverse the trend of over-exploitation of fish stocks and strengthen the livelihoods of poor coastal communities, which depend heavily on small-scale fishing. The UN agency also announced today that it will spend some $1 million to assist small island developing States through its Blue Growth initiative, geared at providing developing countries with a framework which allows them to rebuild and grow their aquatic economies in a sustainable ecological manner while benefitting coastal communities. UNI XC-SNU 0708

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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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