Archive | May, 2012

Bikram Singh assumes charge as new Army Chief

Posted on 31 May 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Friday 01st  June 2012

PTI News  New Delhi: Gen Bikram Singh, veteran infantry officer, today took over as 25th Chief of Indian Army succeeding Gen V K Singh whose 26-month tenure was mired in controversies.

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Mixed response to bandh against petrol price hike

Posted on 31 May 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Friday 01st  June 2012

PTI News  New Delhi: The nationwide bandh against the petrol price hike evoked a mixed response amid stone pelting, arson and blockades in Karnataka, Maharashtra and W Bengal.

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More than $427 million provided for humanitarian relief in 2011, says UN report

Posted on 30 May 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Thursday 31st  May 2012

29 May 2012 –

The United Nations humanitarian office provided more than $427 million last year to assist countries that suffered from emergencies such as drought, floods, and food insecurity, according to a report released today by the Organization.The report – the 2011 Annual Report of the Central Emergency Response Fund – highlights the contributions of the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to humanitarian partners in 45 countries in 2011.

Financed by voluntary contributions from Member States, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local governments, the private sector and individual donors, the CERF is a humanitarian fund established by the United Nations to enable more timely and reliable humanitarian assistance to those affected by natural disasters and armed conflicts, helping agencies to pre-position funding for humanitarian action.

Climate-related emergencies due to drought, floods and storms, received more than $149 million from CERF last year, according to a news release issued by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which helps administer the Fund.

CERF also gave more than $128 million to the Horn of Africa for people affected by drought and food insecurity, and provided needed money to help humanitarian partners intervene early in the Africa’s Sahel region to help people affected by drought-related hunger in Niger, Chad and Mauritania.

As in previous years, the World Food Programme (WFP) remained CERF’s top-funded agency, and was given $127 million – almost 30 per cent of all CERF funds – due to its role providing emergency food aid. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was the second-highest funded agency in 2011, receiving $109 million in support of 130 projects in 38 countries.

The report also highlights stories and programmes from Cambodia, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Kenya, Niger, the Philippines, the Republic of the Congo, Somalia, South Sudan and Turkey, which have received resources from the Fund.

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Team Anna seeks independent probe into charges against PM

Posted on 30 May 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Thursday 31st  May 2012

PTI News New Delhi: With PM declaring that he will quit public life if corruption allegations are proved against him, Team Anna demanded an independent probe into charges.

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Suu Kyi meets PM in Yangon; receives invitation to visit India

Posted on 29 May 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Wednesday, 30th May 2012

PTI News  Yangon: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today held talks with Myanmar’s democracy icon Suu Kyi and invited her to visit his country which has a “long-standing association” with her.

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EC not to intervene with regard to Jagan’s arrest

Posted on 29 May 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Wednesday, 30th May 2012

PTI News  New Delhi: The Election Commission is understood to have decided not to intervene in the matter concerning the arrest of YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy, whose mother has sought his release in view of the coming bypolls in Andhra Pradesh.

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Jagan Mohan Reddy sent to jail by CBI court

Posted on 28 May 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Tuesday, 29th May 2012

PTI News Hyderabad: Jagan Mohan Reddy, arrested in disproportionate assets case, was remanded in judicial custody for 2 weeks till June 11 by CBI court. Principal Judge A Pullaiah dismissed agency’s plea for 14 days’ CBI remand. Court allowed petition of Jagan seeking special prisoner status under AP prison rules. He was later taken to Chanchalguda central prison.

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Top UN human rights official urges Zimbabwe’s president to ensure peaceful elections

Posted on 28 May 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Tuesday, 29th May 2012

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On her first-ever visit to Zimbabwe, the top United Nations human rights official has urged President Robert Mugabe to ensure that the country’s next elections will be free and fair and held in a peaceful atmosphere.“It was a very important meeting with President Mugabe, where he recounted to me the past history of Zimbabwe and attributed some of the current problems to the past,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said after meeting Mr. Mugabe in the capital, Harare, yesterday.

“I commended the President for making a call that there should be no violence in future elections. I urged him to continue to make such calls. I also urged him to ensure that the future elections will be free and fair and free from violence,” said the High Commissioner, who arrived in the country last Sunday on a five-day mission.

While a date for Zimbabwe’s next elections has not been set, they are due sometime in the next year.

During her visit, Ms. Pillay has also met other Zimbabwean leaders, including Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who told her that there are still challenges in the country, despite the formation of the Government of National Unity (GNU) in 2009. The GNU was formed as part of an effort to stop the violence that accompanied elections the previous year, when Mr. Tsvangirai ran against Mr. Mugabe in the presidential polls.

“The Prime Minister was very firm, forthright and convinced me of his commitment towards protecting human rights and his goal is also to have successful elections here,” Ms. Pillay said about her meeting with Mr. Tsvangirai.

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Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare in Satara

Posted on 28 May 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Monday, 28th May 2012

PTI News  Satara: Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare during the Jahir Sabha.

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PM meets Myanmar President in landmark visit

Posted on 28 May 2012 by admin

AIHRA News Monday, 28th May 2012

PTI News  Nay Pyi Taw: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today held talks with Myanmar President Thein Sein as India suggested the two countries should work out a joint strategy to tackle terrorism and insurgency along their border and enhance security cooperation.

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