In­dia’s ICJ nom­i­nee gets over­whelm­ing back­ing in UNGA but not in UNSC

The Hitavada - - SPORTS - ■ By Lalit K Jha

AT LEAST 540 peo­ple were killed in Iran’s dead­li­est earth­quake in more than a decade, State news agency IRNA re­ported on Tues­day, adding that more than 8,000 oth­ers were in­jured.

Iran said on Tues­day that res­cue op­er­a­tions had ended in the western province of Ker­man­shah that was hit on Sun­day by the 7.3-mag­ni­tude quake.

Mean­while, Ira­nian of­fi­cials said there was lit­tle chance of find­ing more sur­vivors from the earth­quake that shook parts of western Iran on Sun­day, killing at least 450 peo­ple, and res­cue op­er­a­tions had now been called off, State tele­vi­sion­saidonTues­day.Sur­vivors,many left home­less by the 7.3 mag­ni­tude earth­quake that struck vil­lages and towns in a moun­tain­ous area bor­der­ing Iraq, bat­tled overnight tem­per­a­tures just above freez­ing and faced an­other bleak day on Tues­day in need DALVEER Bhan­dari, In­dia’ nom­i­nee for the last seat in the World Court, has re­ceived an over­whelm­ing sup­port from the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly mem­bers who de­fied per­ma­nent mem­bers of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to back him against Bri­tain’s can­di­date, re­sult­ing in a dead­lock.

The bat­tle be­tween Bhan­dari and Bri­tain’s Christo­pher Green­wood for the In­ter­na­tional Court of Jus­tice (ICJ) seat re­mained dead­locked on Mon­day as nei­ther could get the req­ui­site num­bers of votes in the lat­est face-off. Bhan­dari, 70, and Green­wood are seek­ing re-elec­tion at the Hague-based ICJ. of food and wa­ter.

Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani ar­rived in the morn­ing in the stricken area in Ker­man­shah province and promised that the Gov­ern­ment would “use all its power to re­solve the prob­lems in the short­est time.”

At least 14 provinces in Iran were af­fected by the quake which de­stroyed two whole vil­lages, dam­aged 30,000 houses and left thou­sands of peo­ple in­jured.

Thou­sands of peo­ple hud­dled in makeshift camps while many oth­ers chose to spend a sec­ond night in the open, de­spite low tem­per­a­tures, be­cause they feared more tremors after some 193 af­ter­shocks, State tele­vi­sion said. A home­less young woman in Sar­pol-e Za­hab, one of the hard­est-hit towns, told State TV that her fam­ily was ex­posed to the night cold be­cause of lack of tents. “We need help. We need ev­ery­thing.

The au­thor­i­ties should speed up their help,” she said. Tele­vi­sion showed res­cue work­ers comb­ing through the rub­ble of dozens of vil­lages im­me­di­ately after the quake. But Ira­nian of­fi­cials said chances of find­ing any more sur­vivors were re­mote.

One-third of the court’s 15mem­ber bench are elected ev­ery three years for a nineyear term, elec­tions for which are held sep­a­rately but si­mul­ta­ne­ously in the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly and Se­cu­rity Coun­cil in New York.

Last Thurs­day, four of the six can­di­dates in the fray were elected as per the UN laws, got ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity in both the Gen­eral Assem­bly Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

Ronny Abra­ham of France, Ab­dulqawi Ahmed Yusuf of So­ma­lia, An­to­nio Au­gusto WEST Ben­gal’s fa­mous Banglar Ra­so­golla has got Geo­graph­i­cal Indi­ca­tion (GI) tag from the In­dian patent of­fice.

The State has trumped Odisha which had re­port­edly sought the cov­eted sta­tus for its ra­so­golla. “Banglar Ra­so­golla from West Ben­gal gets Geo­graph­i­cal Indi­ca­tion (GI) tag. It is a pure white, spongy ball of ‘Ch­hana’ dipped in light sugar syrup,” CIPAM said in a tweet. Banglar Ra­so­golla is a syrupy dessert pop­u­lar all over In­dia and abroad.

An of­fi­cial said that there was no tus­sle or dis­pute be­tween West Ben­gal and Odisha over the GI tag Can­cado Trindade of Brazil and Nawaf Salam of Le­banon were elected after four rounds of elec­tions on Thurs­day.

On Mon­day, the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly and the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil met sep­a­rately to elect the re­main­ing one can­di­date for the ICJ.

In each of the five rounds of elec­tions, Green­wood of Bri­tain re­ceived nine votes and Bhan­dari got five in the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. The win­ner must se­cure 8 votes in the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. Given that Bri­tain is a Per­ma­nent mem­ber of the on the sweet. “West Ben­gal had ap­plied for this and we have granted them,” the of­fi­cial added.

The de­vel­op­ment as­sumes sig­nif­i­cance as the two States had claimed for get­ting the GI tag. Odisha has claimed that the sweet orig­i­nated from the Ja­gan­nath Tem­ple in Puri, where it is a part of the re­li­gious ri­tu­als since the 12th cen­tury. Odisha calls it Pa­hala Ras­gulla. On the other hand, West Ben­gal had as­serted that con­fec­tioner Nobin Chan­dra Das is widely known as the one, who cre­ated Ras­gulla in the 1860s.

A GI is a sign used on prod­ucts that have a spe­cific geo­graph­i­cal ori­gin and pos­sess qual­i­ties or a rep­u­ta­tion that are due to that ori­gin. Such a name con­veys an as­sur­ance of qual­ity and dis­tinc­tive­ness which is es­sen­tially at­trib­ut­able to its ori­gin in that de­fined geo­graph­i­cal lo­cal­ity.

Dar­jeel­ing Tea, Ma­ha­balesh­war Straw­berry, Blue Pot­tery of Jaipur, Ba­narasi Sa­rees and Tiru­pati Lad­dus are some of the GIs. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, Green­wood has an ad­van­tage over Bhan­dari.

Bhan­dari re­ceived ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity in the Gen­eral Assem­bly elec­tions in all the five rounds. In fact, he in­creased his vote tally from Thurs­day’s 115 to 121 votes in the Gen­eral Assem­bly elec­tions on Mon­day against the ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity num­ber of 97.

The vote tally of Green­wood dropped from 76 to 68 on Mon­day.

Both the Gen­eral Assem­bly and the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil an­nounced to ad­journ the meet­ing for the elec­tion to be con­vened at a later date. Ahead of Mon­day’s vot­ing, Congress leader and for­mer top UN of­fi­cial Shashi Tha­roor said that the “voice of the Gen­eral Assem­bly” has been ig­nored for too long.

2 YOUTHS IN­VOLVED IN BRAID CHOP­PING HELD IN KASH­MIR: Po­lice on Tues­day claimed to have ar­rested two youth al­legedly in­volved in a braid chop­ping in­ci­dent last month in cen­tral Kash­mir district of Gan­der­bal. “A girl last mon­thal­legedthather­braid­was chopped by uniden­ti­fied per­sons at Wakura in Gan­der­bal,” said SP Fayaz Ahmed Lone.

Dalveer Bhan­dari

School­child­ren pay­ing trib­utes to Pan­dit Jawa­har­lal Nehru on the oc­ca­sion of his birth an­niver­sary in Kolkata on Tues­day. (PTI) Peo­ple walk next to a de­stroyed house after an earth­quake, in the city of Dar­bandikhan, north­ern Iraq, on Tues­day. (AP/PTI)

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