Thu, Feb 23, 2017 | updated 03:45 PM IST

International Democracy Day being observed today

Updated: Sep 15, 2016 14:44 IST

New York [US], Sept. 15 (ANI): International Democracy Day is being observed today across the globe to raise public awareness about the democratic system.

The theme for this year is "Democracy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development".

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on the occasion urged the people to rededicate themselves to democracy and dignity for all.

"The implementation of the goals must be underpinned by a strong and active civil society that includes the weak and the marginalized. We must defend civil society's freedom to operate and do this essential job. On this International Day of Democracy, let us rededicate ourselves to democracy and dignity for all," Ban Ki-moon said.

The Government agencies and non-governmental organizations across the globe are holding various activities and events to promote democracy.

The UN General Assembly had decided in November 2007 to observe 'International Democracy Day' every year on September 15. (ANI)

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb 23 (ANI): Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested the Director General of National Database and Regulatory Authority (NADRA), Tahir Akram, over corruption charges.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): The Pakistan Supreme Court (SC) today reserved its verdict on the Panama Leaks case and stated that a verdict would be announced at a later date.

Full Story >>

Lahore [Pakistan], Feb 23 (ANI): At least eight people have been killed and several others injured after a powerful explosion rocked an under-construction building in Lahore's busy Defence Y block area.

Full Story >>

Four killed, six injured in Lahore blast

Updated: Feb 23, 2017 13:07 IST

Lahore [Pakistan], Feb 23. (ANI): At least four persons were killed and six others injured after an explosion in Lahore's DHA Z-Block.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): Pakistan and Iran have agreed that the Border Security Commission of the two countries will meet soon to ensure that terrorists and smugglers are not able to operate from each other's territories.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived at the Esenboga Airport in Ankara on a three day official visit to Turkey.

Full Story >>

Kampala (Uganda), Feb. 23 (ANI): Amin M. Mawji, OBE, Diplomatic Representative, Aga Khan Development hailed the growing partnership between India and Uganda, saying the relationship is building the foundation for future economic progress.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb 23 (ANI): Pakistan has speeded up its efforts to fight terrorists as it is silently enhancing its military capability by acquiring equipment and weapons required to combat terrorism.

Full Story >>

Kampala [Uganda], Feb. 23 (ANI): Rahul Sikka, Larsen and Toubro's Vice President and Head Africa Power Transmission and Distribution, has welcomed the decision to manufacture in Uganda with Indian skills and expertise, saying the local population needs to be empowered for long-term goals.

Full Story >>

Kampala (Uganda), Feb. 23 (ANI): Rahul Sikka, Larsen and Toubro's Vice President and Head Africa Power Transmission and Distribution, has said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's move to demonetise high-denomination currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 has brought more people into the periphery of tax-related activities.

Full Story >>

New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): Russia hits back over allegations that Moscow was involved in a failed coup in Montenegro and an attempt to assassinate the country's former Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, stating the claims may damage relation between the two nations.

Full Story >>

New York[USA], Feb. 23(ANI): According to a recent poll, US President Donald Trump's approval rating has dropped over the last month, with a majority of voters now disapproving of his job performance.

Full Story >>

New York[USA], Feb. 23(ANI): Mexico indicated that it intends to take hard stand against Trump administration's new immigration directives that could have dramatic implications for the United States' southern neighbours, ahead of a visit by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Full Story >>

New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): The Indian-Americans are likely to be impacted by the Donald Trump administration's issuance of tough new orders for a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Feb. 23(ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump's government revoked landmark guidance issued to public schools, in defense of transgender student rights, which would permanently scrap transgender student protections in schools.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Feb. 23(ANI): U.S. Vice President Mike Pence condemned "vile act of vandalism" at a suburban St. Louis Jewish cemetery, where more than 150 headstones were damaged earlier this week.

Full Story >>

New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): Former leader of Hong Kong Donald Tsang has been sentenced 20 months imprisonment for misconduct in public office.

Full Story >>

Marine Le Pen's aides under investigation

Updated: Feb 23, 2017 05:07 IST

New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): The chief staff of French leader Marine Le Pen was put under formal investigation after a day of questioning over the alleged misuse of European Union(EU) funds to pay parliamentary assistants.

Full Story >>

New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): Iceland's President Gudni Johannesson's strong views on pizza have caused an international stir as he disclosed his opposition to pineapple on pizza to Icelandic high school students last week.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Feb. 23(ANI): Cressida Dick is all set to become the first ­female head of the Metropolitan police, completing a remarkable career comeback by vowing to reform Britain's largest police force.

Full Story >>