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Without comprehensive reforms, UN faces ”crisis of confidence’: PM Modi

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti introduced Prime Minister Modi’s pre-recorded statement from the UN General Assembly Hall.

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United Nations, Sep 22: The United Nations faces a “crisis of confidence” without comprehensive reforms, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, asserting that the world needs a reformed multilateralism that reflects today’s realities, gives voice to all stakeholders, addresses contemporary challenges and focuses on human welfare.

Prime Minister Modi’s call for reformed multilateralism assumes special significance as it comes on the eve of India taking a seat at the powerful UN Security Council as an elected non-permanent member for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2021.

“We cannot fight today’s challenges with outdated structures. Without comprehensive reforms, the UN faces a crisis of confidence,” Modi said on Monday in his video address to the High-Level meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

As the UN marks 75 years of its existence, the 193-member UN General Assembly adopted a forward-looking political declaration that gave a clarion call for strengthening mechanism to combat terrorism, reformed multilateralism, inclusive development and better preparedness to deal with challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Noting that the declaration also acknowledges the need for reform of the United Nations itself, Modi said, “For today’s interconnected world, we need a reformed multilateralism that reflects today’s realities, gives voice to all stakeholders, addresses contemporary challenges and focuses on human welfare.”

He said India looks forward to working with all other nations towards this end.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti introduced Prime Minister Modi’s pre-recorded statement from the UN General Assembly Hall.

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Day after chaos, Delhi University’s pro-VC removed

Meanwhile, The DU Teachers’ Association condemned the series of events and termed them as “unprecedented chaos”.

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New Delhi, Oct 22 : The drama over the appointment of the new registrar has taken an ugly turn as Delhi University’s (DU) pro-Vice Chancellor, P.C. Joshi, has been removed from his position on Thursday.

The development came a day after he cleared the appointment of a new registrar, even as Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi had appointed another person for the same position.

Joshi will be replaced by Geeta Bhatt, a member of right-wing teachers’ group, National Teachers’ Democratic Front (NDTF).

Bhatt is also a leading member of the Group of Intellectuals and Academics (GIA), which had said that the Delhi riots of February were a conspiracy of “Jihadis” and “Urban Naxals”.

Soon after her appointment, Bhatt took out an order saying that Joshi is “without any jurisdiction and lawful authority”.

The chaos at the university began when the joint-registrar’s office issued a notification naming P.C. Jha as the Director of the university’s South Campus and as interim registrar from October 21.

“He has been appointed as Director of South Campus in place of Suman Kundua with immediate effect till further orders. He will also act as Registrar, University of Delhi, as an interim arrangement, with immediate effect till further orders,” the notification said.

According to university sources, the fight is between two factions, one backed by the Vice Chancellor, who backed Jha, and Joshi, who on the same day of Jha’a appointment, sent him a letter of “illegally occupying the office”.

“In case you are not vacating the office immediately, you will be forcibly moved out of office and action will be initiated against you,” Joshi said in the letter to Jha.

Meanwhile, professors and officials at the university have called the fiasco disturbing and humiliating for the university.

“The reputation of the university is built over decades and it can be lost within no time. Only one side can be right, but here both the sides are issuing letters, showing a situation of lawlessness. Those who are in power did not care about the reputation of the university, especially during admission time,” said a professor of the university.

Meanwhile, The DU Teachers’ Association condemned the series of events and termed them as “unprecedented chaos”.

Vice Chancellor Tyagi, who is on medical leave at the moment, did not respond to the reporter’s calls and messages.

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Andhra Pradesh Group-I mains exams postponed

“The revised dates will be announced on October 29 after complying with the instructions of the AP High Court,” he said.

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Amaravati, Oct 22 : The state government has postponed the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission’s (APPSC) Group-I mains examinations on the directions issued by the high court.

“It is hereby informed that the mains (descriptive type) examinations for Group-I services are postponed as per the directions issued by the Andhra Pradesh High Court,” said APPSC Secretary, P.S.R. Anjaneyulu.

The examinations for plum government posts were scheduled to be held between November 2 and November 13.

“The revised dates will be announced on October 29 after complying with the instructions of the AP High Court,” he said.

Meanwhile, the state public service commission has announced that the list of candidates provisionally selected for verification of original certificates and interviews for the posts of junior lecturers has been put up on its website.

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Covid like a forest fire, says Pinarayi Vijayan

The Chief Minister said that the state has 93,291 active cases, while 2,74,675 people have so far been cured. Meanwhile, there were 23 more deaths, taking the toll to 1,255.

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Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 23 : Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday compared Covid to a forest fire, stressing on maintaining vigilance to prevent the the disease’s spread.

“Covid is like a forest fire. Just like a forest fire… when it seems to have ended, it suddenly comes back with greater force. Covid is like that and hence there should be no relaxation of caution,” he said.

“It has also come to notice people are having an attitude that ‘let Covid strike’, but that’s dangerous because post Covid complications cannot be ruled out. One per cent of Covid patients seems to have post-Covid syndrome. Even after testing negative, 10 days quarantine should be undertaken,” Vijayan added.

His comments came as the state recorded 7,482 more coronavirus cases, while 7,593 patients tested negative.

The Chief Minister said that the state has 93,291 active cases, while 2,74,675 people have so far been cured. Meanwhile, there were 23 more deaths, taking the toll to 1,255.

He said that in the past 24 hours, 56,093 samples were tested, and it had been decided that the number of daily tests is increased.

Kerala has 2,80,926 people under observation, including 23,193 people in hospitals, while there are 618 hotspots.

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