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