UN organisations call for accountability for Chhattisgarh deaths

United Nations: The UN Population Fund and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) have come out against "any forms of incentives" for adopting contraceptives and sought accountability for Chhattisgarh sterilisation deaths.

Hamas warns of war with Israel if reconstruction obstructed

Gaza: The armed wing of Islamic Hamas movement warned Thursday of another war with Israel, in case the process of reconstruction in the Gaza Strip is obstructed.

Abu Obeida, spokesman for the al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas armed wing, made the warning during a ceremony to reward families whose children were killed during the July Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, Xinhua reported.

Obama reiterates ASEAN investment, pledges to strengthen ties

Nay Pyi Taw : US President Barrack Obama Thursday reiterated his country's investment in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and commitment to building links between the two sides to better face global challenges.

In a short statement ahead of a US-ASEAN summit, Obama was upbeat about the strong relations between the two aides and vowed to work on the ties beyond summits "on a day-to-day basis".


UN chief presses Thai PM on martial law

Nay Pyi Taw : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon expressed concern over continuing martial law during a meeting with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha and urged a prompt return "to civilian rule and constitutional order" in that country, media reported Thursday.


Modi calls for global partnership against terrorism

Nay Pyi Taw : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday called for rejecting any linkages between religion and terrorism and said that comprehensive response against terrorism requires a genuinely international partnership "against all terrorism".

Addressing the East Asia Summit here, Modi said that India supports the EAS declaration on the Islamic State terrorist group, according to tweets posted by external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.

UN Security Council expansion move gets new impetus

By Arul Louis,

United Nations : General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kahamba Kutesa and several nations called Wednesday for the creation of a negotiating document for the expansion of the Security Council in a bid to give a new impetus to the reform initiative ahead of the 70th anniversary next year of the UN's founding.

Kutesa told the UNGA, "What is now required is a firm commitment to move the (Council reform) process to text-based negotiations."


Modi meets Medvedev, attends East Asia Summit

Nay Pyi Taw : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday met Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and called for greater cooperation between their states and regions.

On day three of his visit to Myanmar, Modi met Medvedev ahead of the East Asia Summit.

Modi recalled his visit to Russia in 2001 and told the Russian leader "Am sure India-Russia ties will be strengthened", according to tweets posted by the Prime Minister's Office.

The Russian prime minister conveyed that India is a "close and valued partner for us".

UN seeks ASEAN' support on post-2015 development

Nay Pyi Taw : Expressing his support for the ASEAN members, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday urged them to back a post-2015 development agenda in the light of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

"(The year) 2015 will be a crucial year for the international community to usher in a new era of sustainable development as we reach agreement on a post-MDG agenda and its financing," Xinhua quoted the UN chief as saying during the 6th ASEAN-UN summit here.


Gadkari meets Nepal PM, discusses statute, cooperation

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : Visiting Indian Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, who is here to participate in an infrastructure summit, paid a courtesy call on Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala at his official residence Wednesday.

During the meeting, the two leaders discussed various issues, including Nepal-India relations, India's experience in infrastructure development, the ongoing constitution drafting process in Nepal and Nepal-India development assistance.

Modi meets Brunei Sultan, Singapore PM

Nay Pyi Taw : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday held a string of meetings here with leaders of Southeast Asian neighbours, including Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Modi told the Brunei ruler that ties between India and Brunei are very close and that India is ready to cooperate further with the Southeast Asian nation.

The Brunei ruler said: "We welcome India's continued support. We welcome the Act East policy," according to tweets posted by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).