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Report "Operation Blue Star" accepted by UNHRC

Report "Operation Blue Star" accepted by UNHRCNew York, June 23 - The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has accepted a report on the 1984 "Operation Bluestar", a code name given by the Indian Army for a security operation to flush out militants from the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar.

The report was tabled during the 26th session of the UNHRC on "Interactive Dialogue On International Solidarity".

The report was submitted by U. S.-based human rights NGOs "International Educational Development" (IED) and "Association of Humanitarian Lawyers" (AHL), and the "Sikhs for Justice" (SFJ) rights group.


US dismisses report on India covertly increasing nukes

US dismisses report on India covertly increasing nukesWashington: The US today dismissed a report suggesting that India is covertly enriching its nuclear weapons capabilities, describing it as "speculative".

"We're not in a position to speculate on its conclusions," State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference when asked about a report which alleged India is covertly enhancing its nuclear weapons capabilities.


US lawmaker seeks improvement in visa approval for Indian docs

US lawmaker seeks improvement in visa approval for Indian docsWashington: An influential US lawmaker today asked the State Department to improve the visa approval process for doctors from India and Pakistan.

In a letter to the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Consular Affairs, New York Congresswoman Grace Meng said international physicians set to do their residencies at American hospitals have encountered great difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas from their US Embassies, especially those located in India and Pakistan.


'Pak's strategy of supporting terror groups unsustainable'

'Pak's strategy of supporting terror groups unsustainable'Washington: The growth of an indigenous militant threat to Pakistan has made its strategy of supporting terror groups in the past an increasingly costly and ultimately unsustainable strategy, a top Obama Administration official has said.

"In the past, Pakistan has projected influence in Afghanistan by its toleration of and even support for Afghan militants," Special US Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins said during a Congressional hearing.


US special ops to assess situation in Iraq: Hagel

US special ops to assess situation in Iraq: HagelWashington: US special forces operatives will assess the situation on the ground in Iraq to help evaluate gaps in the Iraqi security forces and increase their capacity to counter the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said today.

"These special operators will assess the situation on the ground, help evaluate gaps in Iraqi security forces, and increase their capacity to counter the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant," Hagel said.


'Condoleezza Rice brought world's largest and oldest democracies together'

'Condoleezza Rice brought world's largest and oldest democracies together'Washington: Former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, played a key role in bringing the world's largest democracy, India, and the oldest democracy, the US, "together" and reached a civilian nuclear agreement, a top American diplomat has said.

At a portrait unveiling ceremony of Rice at the State Department, Secretary of State John Kerry praised his predecessor for her key diplomatic initiatives from January 2005 to January 2009.


Soulful sitar recitals at capital music fest

Washington, June 18 - Researchers have shown the "trophy wife" stereotype is largely a myth fueled by selective observation that reinforces sexist stereotypes and trivializes women's careers.

Using, for the first time, a nationally representative sample of young couples in which both partners were interviewed and rated for physical attractiveness, University of Notre Dame Sociologist Elizabeth McClintock, was able to control for matching on attractiveness. She says prior research in this area has ignored two important factors.

McClintock, who specializes in inequality within romantic partnerships, said she finds that handsome men partner with pretty women and successful men partner with successful women.


Hillary Clinton's book sells 100,000 copies since release

Hillary ClintonWashington, June 18 - Hillary Clinton's book has roughly sold about 100,000 copies since its release, according to reports.

Officials with Clinton's publisher, Simon and Schuster, insist her book has fared well amid reports of weak sales, and that it's succeeded despite a dramatically altered retail landscape since her last memoir.

The book sold roughly 100,000 copies from Tuesday when it was released through the following Saturday, according to a Simon and Schuster source.

The source added that the book, titled 'Hard Choices,' is debuting at No. 1 on the Indie Bestseller List, which reflects sales at independent bookstores, Politico reported.


Obama sending 275 US military personnel to Iraq

Obama sending 275 US military personnel to IraqNew York, June 17 : Around 275 military personnel are being deployed to Iraq on the orders of US President Barack Obama.

According to New York Daily News, the announcement came after Secretary of State John Kerry said the US could enlist the help of Iran, one of its staunchest enemies, to deal with the Al Qaeda-aligned militants who have seized several major Iraqi cities.

Obama said that the increased number of military personnel heading to Iraq would protect the US embassy in Baghdad and also other US interests in the conflict-prone nation.


US condemns attack on Russian Embassy in Kiev

US condemns attack on Russian Embassy in KievWashington: The US has criticised the attack on the Russian Embassy in Kiev, and called on Ukraine to provide adequate security for the diplomatic mission.

"The United States condemns the attack on the Russian Embassy in Kiev, and calls on the Ukrainian authorities to meet their Vienna convention obligations to provide adequate security," State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said.

Secretary of State John Kerry also called Ukrainian Prime Minster Arseny Yatsenyuk and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov over the latest developments in the region over the last few days.


Fathers play crucial role in society: Obama

Fathers play crucial role in society: ObamaWashington: Himself a proud father of two teenage daughters, US President Barack Obama on Father's Day today underscored the crucial role men play in society and asked dads to get more involved in their children's lives.

"I know how important it is to have a dad in your life, because I grew up without my father around. I felt the weight of his absence. So for Michelle (Obama) and our girls, I try every day to be the husband and father my family didn't have when I was young," Obama said in his weekly radio and web address to the nation.


Chelsea Clinton was paid $600k annually at NBC News

Chelsea Clinton was paid $600k annually at NBC NewsWashington, June 14 - Chelsea Clinton was paid 600k dollars at NBC News before she switched to a month-to-month contract earlier this year, according to reports.

A source spilled the beans that the network decided to keep the daughter of former US President Bill Clinton, on the payroll on a month-to-month basis, so the two parties could sever ties if Clinton's mother, Hillary Clinton, runs for president, Politico reported.


Extradited Indian convicted in US murder trial

Chicago - An Indian-origin computer scientist, extradited from India to face trial in the US for a 2008 triple murder, was today found guilty of killing his wife and two children by slashing their throats.

After deliberating less than two hours, a stone-faced jury convicted Lakshminivasa Nerusu of three counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the slashing deaths of his wife and two children five years ago.

Nerusu, 46, who did not deny killing his family, showed no emotion as the five men and seven women on the jury were polled by Oakland County Circuit Judge Nanci Grant, The Detroit Free Press reported.

Some jurors were emphatic in their reiteration of Nerusu's guilt. He will be sentenced to life in prison without parole on July 3 by the court in Michigan.


US President Barack Obama in excellent health, says his physician

Barack ObamaWashington: US President Barack Obama is in excellent health and is expected to stay that way for the rest of his term, his physician has said on the basis of results of medical tests conducted on him after a gap of three years.

"All clinical data indicates that the President is currently healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his Presidency," said Dr Ronny L Jackson, Physician to the President, and Director White House Medical Unit, who performed the tests on Obama during the month of May.

"The President's previous physical examination was completed in October 2011. The examination focused on evidence-based health screening and disease prevention.


US condemns detention of civil rights activists in Cuba

US condemns detention of civil rights activists in CubaWashington: The US has condemned detention of civil rights activists in Cuba and appealed to the Cuban government to respect the universal human rights of its citizens.

"We have seen reports of the latest arbitrary detentions by Cuban authorities of dozens of civil society members and activists, including prominent pro-democracy activist Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, also known as 'Antunez', his wife, Yris Perez Aguilera, Ladies in White spokesperson Berta Soler, and her husband, Angel Moya," US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said.


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