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Rehearsal of ‘Victory Day’ parade to be held in Moscow

News4u-News Desk- A rehearsal of a military parade to mark the 67th anniversary of Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany in WWII will take place in Moscow on Monday night.

Over 14,000 soldiers and officers and about 100 vehicles and other military hardware will participate in the drill.

Two columns of combat vehicles will enter the square after the march by ceremonial crews.

They will pass by the History Museum, roll through Red Square and will turn to the right to the Moskva River embankment to return to a place of temporary dislocation at Khodynka field.

Traffic will be restricted on some Moscow streets tonight because of the rehearsal. The first rehearsal was held in Moscow on April 26. The next two are scheduled for May 3 and 6.



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UN’s Ban meets Myanmar leader to encourage reforms

News4u - News Desk :  UN chief Ban Ki-moon held landmark talks with Myanmar’s president on Monday in a high-profile show of support for changes sweeping through the former pariah state.

During his three-day visit, Ban is expected to urge further steps towards democracy and appeal for unfettered humanitarian access to tens of thousands of refugees who have fled ethnic conflict.

“I would like to extend a warm welcome from the people of Myanmar,” said President Thein Sein as the pair met at his official residence in the capital Naypyidaw ahead of an address by the UN leader to the country’s parliament.

Ban is also due to meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on what is his first trip to the country formerly called Burma since decades of military rule ended last year. It is a far cry from his previous visit in 2009 when the junta dismayed Ban by refusing to allow him to see the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who was under house arrest at the time.

Suu Kyi has spent much of the past two decades locked up but was freed in 2010 and recently won her first ever seat in parliament in the most visible sign of change under a new quasi-civilian government.

The veteran activist, however, will not be in parliament to hear Ban’s address — the first by a visiting foreign dignitary to the fledgling legislature — because she and other opposition members are refusing to take their seats in a dispute over the swearing-in oath.

Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has said it will not pledge to “safeguard” an army-created constitution, in the first sign of tension with the government since the April 1 by-elections.

The UN leader is now set to meet Suu Kyi in Yangon on Tuesday.

During his visit to Naypyidaw for talks with President Thein Sein, the UN announced that it would help Myanmar to conduct its first census in 31 years, offering technical support and help mobilising financial support.

Thein Sein, a former army general, has ushered through a broad range of changes since coming to power last year, including welcoming Suu Kyi’s party into the political mainstream and freeing political prisoners.

Ban is expected to urge the regime to grant the UN unhindered humanitarian access to tens of thousands of refugees who have fled fighting between the military and ethnic minority rebels in northernmost Kachin state.

Although the UN recently managed to send aid convoys into hard-to-reach parts of Kachin, many refugees remain in dire need of assistance and with the monsoon looming, conditions are expected to become even more desperate.

Ban’s visit comes amid a flurry of diplomatic activity to bring the long-isolated state back into the international fold.

The European Union’s top diplomat Catherine Ashton is also in Myanmar for talks with Thein Sein following the recent suspension of EU sanctions against the long-isolated country to reward political changes.


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News4u-Feature Desk- S. C. Chaturvedi- In most cases of reincarnation type, the previous personality had died some years before the birth of the present personality. The present case has the unusual feature that the previous personality with which the subject became identified did not die until about 3 and half years after the birth of the “physical body of the present personality.”

In the spring of 1954, Jasbir, 3-1/2 years old , son of Shri Girdharilal Jat of Rasulpur, Distt. Muzaffarnagar, UP, was thought to have died of small pox.  Jasbir’s father went to his brother and other men of the village proposing that they assist him in burying his ‘dead’ son.  As it was then late at night, they advised postponing burial until the morning. Some few hours later Girdharilal Jat happened to notice some stirring in the body of his son which then gradually revived completely. Some days passed before the boy could speak again, and some weeks before he could express himself clearly. When he recovered the ability to speak he showed a remarkable transformation of behavior. He then stated that he was the son of Shankar of Vehedi  village and wished to go there. He would not eat food at the home of the Jat on the ground that he belonged to a higher caste, being a Brahmin. This obstinate refusal to eat would surely have led to a second death if a kindly Brahmin lady, a neighbour of Girdharilal , had not undertaken to cook food for Jasbir,  in the Brahmin manner. This she did for about a year and a half. Jasbir’s father supplied the material for the food she prepared. But his family some times deceived Jasbir and gave him food not prepared by the Brahmin lady. He discovered the deception and this realization together with pressure from his family, led him gradually to abandon his rigid Brahmin dietary habits and join the rest of the family in their regular meals. The period of resistance lasted under two years altogether.

Jasbir began to communicate further details of ‘his’ life and death in the village of  Vehedi. He particularly described how during  a wedding procession from one village to another he had eaten some poisoned sweets and alleged that a man to whom he had lent money had given him these sweets. He had become giddy and had fallen off the chariot on which he was riding, suffered a head injury, and died.

Jasbir’s  father told he tried to suppress the information of Jasbir’s strange claims & behavior in the village, but the news of it leaked out. The special cooking for Jasbir in the Brahmin style was naturally known to the Brahmins of the village and eventually (about 3- years later) came to the attention of one of their group, Smt Shyamo, a Brahmin native of Rasulpur who had married a native of Vehedi, Shri Ravi Dutt Shukla. She on rare occasions  (at intervals of seven years) returned to Rasulpur. On one such trip in 1957 Jasbir recognized her as his “aunt”. She reported the incident to her husband’s family  and to the members of the Tyagi  family in Vehedi. The details of ‘his’ death and other  items narrated by Jasbir corresponded closely with details of the life & death of a young man of 22, Sobharam, son of Shankarlal Tyagi of Vehendi. Sobharam had died in May 1954 in a chariot accident as related by Jasbir and in the manner described , although the Tyagi family knew nothing of any alleged poisoning or any debt of money owed Sobharam  before they heard of Jasbir’s ststaement. Afterwards they entertained suspicions of poisoning.

Later Ravidatt  Shukla , husband of Smt. Shyamo, visited Rasulpur and heard reports of jasbir’s statement and met him. Then Sobharam’s father and other members of his family went there and Jasbir recognized them and correctly placed them as to their relationships with Sobharam.

A few weeks later, at the instance of the Manager of the Sugar Mill near Vehedi, a villager from Vehedi, Jagannath Pd Shukla, brought Jasbir to Vehedi, where he put him down near the Railway station and asked him to lead the way to Tyagi quadrangle. This Jasbir did  without any difficulty. Later Jasbir was taken  to the home of Shri Ravidatt Shukla and from there led the way (a different route) to the Tyagi home. He remained some days  in the village and demonstrated to Tyagi family & other villagers a detailed knowledge of the Tyagi  family and its affairs. He enjoyed himself greatly in Vehedi and returned to Rasulpur with great reluctance. He still wanted to live in Vehedi and felt isolated and lonely in Rasulpur.

Particularly I would like to draw attention to the fact that the transformation in Jasbir took place rather quickly when he was about 3=-1/2  yrs old. Prior to that age he had seemed a normal child, apart from difficulty in speaking. It will be recalled that the period of transformation of personality in Jasbir coincided with the recovery of his body from an apparently mortal illness. During his early convalescence there was not much scope for any expression of personality and it is therefore impossible to state over what length of time the change in personality occurred. But the complete change took almost a few weaks and perhaps much less time. Moreover we have to do here with a profound change of personality, including refusal to eat his family’s food because of their alleged lower caste. The case therefore differs markedly from those of other children who seem to recall previous lives over a period of several years and in doing so more or less blend the previous personality with the presently developing one.


Jasbir had continued visiting Vehedi. His parents said he went over there every 3 or 4 months and Jasbir himself said he had gone there just two months before the Author’s visit. On that visit he had remained in Vehedi 2-1/2 months working in the Tyagi family’s fields. Sobharam’s father Shankarla Tyagi was still living then. The Tyagis regarded Jasbir as a full member of their family. They had consulted him about the marriage of Sobharam’s son and he had attended the wedding ceremony. Jasbir had also been consulted about the marriage of one of Sobharam’s daughters.When I asked Jasbir to who, if any  in particular, he was attached at Vehedi, he replied that his attachment was to Sobharam’s father and ( as mother Rajkali had died many years earlier, even before Sobharam himself) his children.

Jasbir denied that the memories of previous life had faded. He said he still remembered clearl;y falling off the chariot on his return from the wedding he attended (as Sobharam) at the village of Nirmana. He even mentioned the exact place hwere he fell off the chariot, a detail which he had not earlier mentioned . He still belived that he had been poisoned at the wedding ceremony by a man whom Sobharam had loaned some money, which the man did not wish to repay. This man according to Jasbir,  thought to avoid the debt by killing Sobharam. The man in question later paid Jasbir(not Sobharam’s family) 600 Rupees. In 1971 Jasbir said this was the amount of the debt although in 1961, he had mentioned  the figure of 300-400 rupees. We should not consider the payment of this large sum of Jasbir as confession of guilt on the part of the alleged poisoner, but we certainly can consider it as evidence of this man’s conviction that Jasbir was in fact Sobharam reborn.

Jasbir had retained a number of Brahmin habits and attitudes. He still believed Brahmins a superior group of persons compared to members of other casts. He still would not eat food cooked in earthen pots. To accommodate him, his family cooked food for him in metal vessels and allowed him to eat first. Jasbir also wore around his neck the sacred thread which is a distinctive habit of upper caste Hindus(Jats do not wear this thread). He gave his correct mailing address as Jasbir Singh Tyagi S/o Girdharilal Jat. Thus he acknowledged the reality of the paternity of his body, but at the same time also claimed membership in the caste of the previous life.

When asked if he had any idea as to what happened to the mind or personality that had occupied the body of Jasbir before it apparently died of small pox and before that body had seemingly been taken over by the mind of Sobharam. He did not know , Jasbir said that in dreams he sometimes still saw the discarnate Sadhu (holy man) whom he had said (when a achild) he (as Sobharam) had met after the death of Sobharam.  Jasbir had earlier said this sadhu  had advised the discarnate Sobharam to “take over” in the body of Jasbir who had ostensibly dies. Jasbir spoke with some reluctance about these later contacts with the sadhu and gave the impression that he might be violating confidence in mentioning them. He said however, that the sadhu gave him correct predictions of future events in his life. In 1971 Jasbir said that his older brother, who had formerly been particularly hostile to his pretensions or superiority, fully accepted him in the family. Notwithstanding the remarkable healing within the family of Girdharilal Jat, Jasbir felt that the Tyagi family showed him even more affections. He took the demotion of socio-economic circumstances from one life to another not necessarily the one immediately preceding that in which it occurs.

Copied from Book of Dr. Ian Stevenson, Division of Parasychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Virginia , Charlottesville, Virginia 22901.



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Need to scale up capacity to fight cyber crime: HM

News4u-News Desk- Law enforcement agencies need to quickly scale up capacity to fight cyber crime as dimensions of security problem increase manifold in the online space, Home Min P Chidambaram said.

“We have taken numerous steps to protect the physical infrastructure…I think all that we have done to protect the infrastructure in the physical space seems to be a lighter task than when we face threats that have been outlined in the cyber space,” Chidambaram said while launching a report on cyber security prepared by software industry body Nasscom.

He said the dimension of the security problem “grows manifold in crimes on cyber space” with offences such as identity theft, hacking, financial fraud, child pornography and corporate espionage.

“From a national security point of view, this is an important report and law enforcement agencies should quickly scale up their capacity to deal with these new crimes,” Chidambaram said in New Delhi on Monday.

The report, ‘Securing Our Cyber Frontiers’, by Nasscom and Data Security Council of India (DSCI) suggested setting up a national structure for cyber security, which would clearly define the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders.

It has also recommended establishing a National Threat Intelligence Centre, which would integrate all existing information sources.

Chidambaram said some of the recommendations overlap with several ongoing initiatives of the government.

“Discussions have been held and we are on advanced stage of creating a national structure for cyber security. We are also thinking of setting up a National Threat Intelligence Centre.

“Needless to say capacities have to be built in the various law enforcement agencies in cyber crime investigations and cyber forensics. We have to build lawful interception capabilities,” he added.

Nasscom also recommended creating and maintaining an inventory of critical information infrastructure.

The work is underway to “prepare inventory critical information infrastructure…testing labs for accreditation of ICT products are also being set up,” the Minister said.

“Cyber space is a national asset…the way forward is obviously to work together. While the government and government agencies will remain principal players, the undeniable fact is that there are millions of private sector players and the challenge to cyber security can not be met unless they work together,” he added.

Other recommendations by Nasscom include designing and implementing a competency framework and setting up a Centre of Excellence for best practice in cyber security.

Besides, it has suggested establishing a cyber command within the defence forces.

“The cyber command should be equipped with defensive and offensive cyber weapons and manpower trained in cyber warfare,” the report said.



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Fall in per capita availability of water: Govt

New4u-News Desk : Per capita availability of water in the country has declined to one-third in the past 65 years, Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal informed the Rajya Sabha on Monday.

Enough water was still available if the scarce natural resource was used judiciously, he said during Question Hour.

“65 years back water available per capita has reduced to one-third,” he said. “A national water policy is on the anvil. I will soon announce that.”

Bansal said he felt Rajasthan was not getting its share of Yamuna water.

Water being a state subject, the role of the Centre is of a facilitator in inter-state water disputes, he said urging state governments to quickly arrive at mutually agreeable solutions.

The Upper Yamuna River Board (UYRB) has identified the possible reasons as losses in the carrier system and unauthorised lifting of water by farmers in Haryana.

UYRB has advised Haryana and Uttar Pradesh from time to time to release the full quantum of Rajasthan’s share of Yamuna water at Okhla and to stop the unauthorised lifting of water, he said.

“Haryana has informed the UYRB that all the pumps drawing water illegally have been shut down, all pipes have been removed and special Police Stations have also been established to stop unauthorised lifting of water,” he said.

As the carrying capacity of existing carrier system was inadequate, Rajasthan had submitted a proposal for construction of new canals and structures along with modernisation and extension of existing canal system.

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Aarushi case: Nupur Talwar’s bail plea rejected

News4u-News Desk-  A CBI court on Monday rejected the bail plea of Nupur Talwar, an accused in the 2008 murder of her daughter Aarushi and the family’s domestic help Hemraj.   

Her lawyer said an appeal would be filed in a sessions court.

Nupur, who surrendered in the court of Special CBI Magistrate Priti Singh, was immediately taken into custody by the agency.

Her lawyer R K Saini moved the court for Nupur’s bail but the Magistrate reserved the order for two hours, during which the agency will also file its reply.

Nupur, who was accompanied by her husband Rajesh Talwar, was seen reciting ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ in the court room.

She had reached the court around 1015 hours. Nobody was allowed in the court room except the CBI officials and lawyers for the dentist couple.

On 27th April, the apex court had refused to stay the non-bailable warrant issued against Nupur by the Ghaziabad court.

Nupur surrendered on Monday after a Supreme Court bench of justices A K Patnaik and J S Khehar had asked her to approach the trial judge for bail.

The bench had also turned down her plea for granting protection against any arrest after her surrender.

“We should not anticipate about what the trial court is going to do. You appear before it and the court shall consider your bail. If you do not get bail then there are higher courts,” the bench had told Nupur.

The bench had also pointed out that her husband got bail in the twin murder case.

“We are not inclined to stay the operation of the order of non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued by the Special Judge, Ghaziabad….We direct that petitioner (Nupur) will appear on Monday and move her bail. In case application for bail is moved, the same shall be considered expeditiously,” the bench had said.

Aarushi was murdered on the intervening night of 16th -17thMay, 2008 at her Noida residence and the body of domestic help, Hemraj, was found on the terrace of the house the next day.

Nupur had faced arrest after the Ghaziabad court had issued non-bailable warrant against her on 11th April following which the CBI had carried out searches at her Delhi premises.

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US special forces help in hunt for African warlord Kony

News4u-News Desk-OBO, Central African Republic - Deep in the jungle, this small, remote Central African village is farther from the coast than any point on the continent. It’s also where three international armies have zeroed in on Joseph Kony, one of the world’s most wanted warlords.

Obo was the first place in the Central African Republic that Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army attacked in 2008; today, it’s one of four forward operating locations where US special forces have paired up with local troops and Ugandan soldiers to seek out Kony, who is believed likely to be hiding out in the rugged terrain northwest of the town. For seven years he has been wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity after his forces cut a wide and bloody swath across several central African nations with rapes, abductions and killings.

Part of the LRA’s success in eluding government forces has been its ability to slip back and forth over the porous borders of the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Congo. But since late last year, U.S. forces have been providing intelligence, looking at patterns of movement, and setting up better communications to link the countries’ forces together so that they can better track the guerrilla force.

Sent by US President Barack Obama at the end of 2011, the 100 US soldiers are split up about 15 to 30 per base, bringing in American technology and experience to assist local forces.

Exact details on specific improvements that the American forces have brought to the table, however, are classified, to avoid giving Kony the ability to take countermeasures.

“We don’t necessarily go and track into the bush but what we do is we incorporate our experiences with the partner nation’s experiences to come up with the right solution to go out and hopefully solve this LRA problem,” said Gregory, a 29-year-old captain from Texas, who would only give his first name in accordance with security guidelines.

The US troops also receive reports from local hunters and others that they help analyze together with surveillance information.

“It’s very easy to blame everything on the LRA but there are other players in the region - there are poachers, there are bandits, and we have to sift that to filter what is LRA,” he said.

Central African Republic soldiers largely conduct security operations in and around the town, while Ugandan soldiers, who have been in the country since 2010, conduct longer-range patrols looking for Kony and his men.

Since January, they have killed seven LRA fighters in the area and captured one, while rescuing 15 people abducted by the group including five children, said their local commander, Col. Joseph Balikuddembe.

There has been no contact with the LRA since March, however, according to Ugandan Army spokesman Col. Felix Kulayigye, who said the LRA now is in survival mode. The LRA is thought to today number only around 150 to 300 die-hard fighters.

“They’re hiding,” he said. “They are not capable of doing.”

But with Kony still around, there are wide ranging-fears that the LRA will be able to rebuild.

“There’s periods of time when the LRA will lie low when the military pressure is too high or where there’s a threat that they don’t understand such as the American intervention,” said Matthew Brubacher, a political affairs officer with the U.N.’s mission in Congo, who was also an International Criminal Court investigator on the Kony case for five years.

“But then after a while after they figure it out, if they have the opportunity they’ll try to come back, so it’s just a matter of time they’ll try to come back. Kony always said ‘if I have only 10 men, I can always rebuild the force.”

Right now, expectations are high of the Americans serving in Obo and Djema in the Central African Republic, as well as those in Dungu in Congo and Nzara in South Sudan.

“For all the communities, the U.S. bases in Obo and Djema means one, Kony will be arrested, and two, there will be a lot of money for programs, humanitarian programs,” said Sabine Jiekak of the Italian humanitarian aid agency Coopi.

Central African Republic Deputy Defense Minister Jean Francis Bozize said it’s been difficult for the poor country’s small military to deal with Kony in the southeast as well as several other militant groups in the north.

An African Union mission expected to begin later this year should help expedite the cross-border pursuit of the LRA.

In the meantime, Bozize said the American forces could make a big difference.

“The involvement of U.S. forces with their assistance in providing information and intelligence will allow for all forces to operate from the same base-level of intelligence … (giving) better coordination with better results,” he told reporters in the capital, Bangui.

But the military mission is not a simple one.

How do you find small groups of seasoned fighters hidden deep in the jungle, who have eluded authorities for decades? How do you prevent brutal reprisal attacks on civilians? How can you bring together several countries’ troops to cooperate on cross-border pursuits?

The LRA usually attacks late at night, then melts back away into the jungle. Seasoned bush fighters, they employ many techniques to elude pursuit - walking along rocks or along streams to avoid leaving tracks, for example, and sometimes even marching backward to fool trackers.

Kony has reportedly stopped using radios and satellite phones for communications, instead relying on an elaborate system involving runners and multiple rendezvous points.

Key to his capture is good information from local residents - which they will only give when they can be sure of their own safety, according to American commanders.

“The population have to believe that they are secure and once they believe they are secure from the LRA, you start to deny the LRA the opportunity to attack villages to get people, to get food, to get medicine,” Gen. Carter Ham, the head of U.S. Africa Command, told reporters in Stuttgart.

That may take some time in Obo, a town of some 15,000 where around 3,500 people have sought refuge to escape LRA violence in the area.

Rural farmers and others stick to within 5 kilometers (3 miles) of the village for safety - originally the area that Central African Republic soldiers were able to patrol but now more a rule of thumb followed by the locals.

They’ve started recently to venture out farther, emboldened by the presence of the Ugandans and Americans to help the government forces, but are too nervous to stray too wide from the safety of the village.

“They’re still scared, they’re still wary because Joseph Kony is still out there,” said Mayor Joseph Kpioyssrani, looking at the jungle behind him.

Kony’s LRA sprung up in 1986 as a rebel movement among the Acholi people in northernUganda to fight against the Kampala government, but has for decades been leading its violent campaign without any clear political ideology.

Emmanuel Daba, 33, was one of 76 people abducted in the first LRA raid on Obo in 2008 and forced to fight for the guerrillas for two years before managing to escape.

“We were trained to kill - forced to kill - otherwise we’d be killed ourselves,” he said outside the tiny radio station where he now works broadcasting messages to try and encourage others with the LRA to defect or escape. “I still have dreams - nightmares.”

This year, the U.S. Defense Department is committing $35 million to efforts to find and fight Kony.

Since 2008, the U.S. State Department has sent some $50 million in funds to support the Ugandan military’s logistics and non-lethal operations against the LRA, including contracting two transport helicopters to ferry troops and supplies. Another $500 million has been given over that time for the broader northern Uganda recovery effort in the aftermath of Kony’s presence there.

In Stuttgart, Ham keeps a “ Kony 2012″ poster hanging on his office door.

Though he isn’t committing to the goal of the viral YouTube campaign to see Kony neutralized by the end of the year, he does define success as either capturing or killing the LRA leader eventually.

“I’m confident that the mission will be successful, but I can’t give you a timeline when that’s going to occur…” Ham said. “It is one of those organizations that if you remove the senior leader and the small number of those who surround him, I believe this is one of those organizations that will not be able to regenerate.” AP

US soldiers walk near Bargram Air Base, about 60 kms from Kabul, in January. US forces have detained a senior police officer in northeastern Afghanistan for alleged corruption and links to insurgents, an Afghan official and NATO said Sunday

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Suu Kyi ‘to swear oath’ in Myanmar parliament

News4u-News Desk-  YANGON: Myanmar opposition leader Aung SanSuu Kyi on Monday said she will swear an oath in Myanmar parliament, after a political row that saw her delay her debut in the legislature.

The people of Myanmar eagerly awaits Suu Kyi’s debut in Legislature, as their beloved leader won the parliamentary election and now all set to sit on a power chair , through which a definite welfare of the people is destined , reports a follower.

The Nobel laureate told reporters at her National League for Democracy (NLD) party headquarters in Yangon that she would take the swearing-in oath “according to the desire of the people” without mentioning any date.AFP


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Australian billionaire to build Titanic II, to sail in 2016

News4u-News Desk-CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA: An Australian billionaire has announced plans to build a replica of the Titanic that will make its maiden voyage from England to New York in 2016.

Weeks after the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the original Titanic, Clive Palmer announced on Monday he has signed a memorandum of understanding with state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard to build theTitanic II.

Palmer says in a statement: “It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic, but … will have state-of-the-art 21st-century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems.”

More than 1,500 people died in the sinking of the Titanic, which at the time was the world’s largest and most luxurious ocean liner.AP

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Justice Dalveer Bhandari elected as ICJ judge

News4u-News Desk- After a gap of more than two decades, India’s nominee Justice Dalveer Bhandari was on Friday overwhelmingly elected as a judge of the International Court of Justice.

Justice Bhandari defeated his Filipino rival in the UN General Assembly as well as the Security Council. 64-year-old Justice Bhandari, a senior Supreme Court Judge, will serve a 2012-18 term in the ICJ, which is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations based in The Hague, Netherlands.

In simultaneous elections held at UN headquarters United Nations on Friday, Bhandari obtained 122 votes in the General Assembly and 13 votes in the 15-nation Security Council against his Filipino rival Justice Florentino Feliciano, who received just 58 votes in the General Assembly.

An eminent legal luminary, Bhandari has been on the Supreme Court of India since 2005 and has served in the higher Indian judiciary for over two decades. Prior to that, he had a distinguished and successful career as an attorney at law for 23 years.

The present vacancy at the ICJ was created by the resignation of Judge Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh of Jordan from the Asia-Pacific region at the end of 2011. India was last represented at the ICJ by former Supreme Court Chief Justice RS Pathak from 1988 to 1990.

A statement from the Indian mission in United Nations said Bhandari’s significant contributions to constitutional law, environmental law, human rights jurisprudence, gender justice, rule of law, protection of fundamental rights, protection of Intellectual Property Rights and to comparative law are widely recognized.

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