Michelle Bachelet

UN Women's chief quits

UN Women's chief quitsUnited Nations, March 16 - UN Women's chief Michelle Bachelet has decided to step down, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement issued here.

"Michelle Bachelet has informed me of her intention to step down as executive director of UN Women," Ban said in the statement issued by his spokesman Friday.

Bachelet, a former Chilean president, is the first UN under-secretary-general and executive director of UN Women, which was established on July 2, 2010 by the UN General Assembly, reported Xinhua.

Bachelet underlines that US-Chilean ties have "matured"

Bachelet underlines that US-Chilean ties have "matured" Washington - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet stressed Tuesday that bilateral ties between her country and the United States have "matured," as she tackled the first day of her visit to Washington.

Bachelet was set to meet later Tuesday with US President Barack Obama, with whom she said she has an "excellent" relationship, in the White House. The meeting will be "a most important one," Bachelet anticipated at a breakfast meeting organized by the US Chamber of Commerce in her honour.

Chilean President Bachelet arrives in Paris

Chilean President Bachelet arrives in Paris Paris - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet arrived in Paris late Wednesday for a three-day visit that will include talks with her French counterpart, Nicolas Sarkozy, French radio reported.

Bachelet's schedule in France foresees meetings with Prime Minister Francois Fillon and the speaker of the National Assembly, Bernard Accoyer, on Thursday, according to a spokesman for the French foreign ministry.

On Friday, Bachelet will have a working lunch with Sarkozy and Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and then travel to Toulouse to visit the company EADS-Astrium.

School closes in Chile over case of swine flu

School closes in Chile over case of swine fluSantiago - The Chilean Health Ministry Monday increased to four the number of infections of the influenza virus A(H1N1), the so- called swine flu, as lessons were suspended at the school which one of the patients attends.

Of the four people infected, three were friends who had returned to Chile Saturday on a flight from the Dominican Republic, via Panama.

The fourth was a 6-year-old child who had never left the country but who had been in contact with people who had travelled to Mexico, said Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, a pediatrician and epidemiologist by training.

Chilean President in Chennai on two-day visit

Chilean President in Chennai on two-day visitChennai, Mar 20 : Chilean President Michelle Bachelet arrived in Chennai on a two-day visit last evening.

The visiting dignitary had a meeting with State Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, who hosted a dinner in her honour.

During her visit, Bachelet will meet scientists of the M. S Swaminathan Research Foundation, besides interacting with IT entrepreneurs and corporate leaders.

She is also scheduled to inaugurate an Indo-Chile cultural exhibition.

Later, she will be conferred with an honorary doctorate at a Madras University function.

Chilean President to meet Manmohan Singh today

Chilean President to meet Manmohan Singh todayNew Delhi, Mar 17 : The President of Chile, Dr. Michelle Bachelet, will meet Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here today to further strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries.

A number of agreements are expected to be signed during the meeting.

During her visit, Bachelet is also scheduled to meet President Pratibha Patil, Vice-President Dr. Mohammed Hamid Ansari, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the Leader of Opposition L. K. Advani.

Chilean President arrives in India

Chilean President arrives in IndiaNew Delhi, Mar 16 : The President of Chile, Dr. Michelle Bachelet, arrived here on a five-day official visit on Monday morning.

Bachelet is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including the Minister of Agriculture and Women Empowerment and a business delegation.

During the visit, the President of Chile will call President Pratibha Patil, who will host a State Banquet in her honour on Tuesday at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Chile's president arrives in Cuba for official visit

Chile's president arrives in Cuba for official visitHavana  - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet arrived for an official visit in the Cuban capital Havana Tuesday evening for a landmark visit.

Bachelet's trip is viewed as being of great bilateral importance, as it is the first time in 37 years that a Chilean leader visits the Communist island state.

She is scheduled to meet with her Cuban counterpart Raul Castro on Wednesday. A meeting with ailing revolutionary leader Fidel Castro was also possible, officials said.

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