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Pakistan loses re-election bid for UN Human Rights Council

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United Nations: Pakistan lost its bid Tuesday to be re-elected to the UN Human Rights Council when its current term ends this year.

Pakistan was considering running for the Council’s presidency next year, according to diplomatic sources, and had been putting out feelers. The defeat deals Islamabad a diplomatic set-back as it seeks to burnish its international reputation.

Islamabad ran for one of the five slots this year for Asian and Pacific nations on the Council for which there were seven contestants.

United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea and the Philippines were elected from the Asia-Pacific region to serve a three-year terms. Laos was the other country to lose the election.

A total of 18 countries were elected on Tuesday representing the various regions.

The Human Rights Council is considered the second most important body in the UN after the Security Council.

The Council has 47 members elected by the General Assembly and it is responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world and dealing with violations.

India is a member of the Council and was re-elected last year to another term on the Council.

(IANS)

 

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Sushmita Sen Shares An Emotional Note, Recalls Her Memories

On Monday, Sushmita shared an emotional note on her Instagram along with a close up shot of herself.

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Actress Sushmita Sen, who won the Miss Universe title for India in the Philippines on May 21, 1994, says nothing has changed since the time she won the title except for the years gone by.
Sushmita Sen had won the Miss Universe title for India in the Philippines on May 21, 1994. Wikimedia commons

Actress Sushmita Sen, who won the Miss Universe title for India in the Philippines on May 21, 1994, says nothing has changed since the time she won the title except for the years gone by.

At the time when she won, she was just 18.

On Monday, Sushmita shared an emotional note on her Instagram along with a close up shot of herself.

She wrote: “I was 18-years-old when India won Miss Universe for the very first time on May 21, 1994. I am 42 now, still a ‘miss’ with a ‘universe’ inside me. Nothing has changed except the years.”

“Thank you guys for the letters, cards and gifts but mostly for remembering the universe is lovingly abundant and so what we give out, we get more of. I celebrate with you India and Philippines (my second home),” she added.

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After completing her reign as Miss Universe, Sushmita began receiving various offers to act in films. She started her career with the Hindi film “Dastak” in 1996.

Since then, Sushmita has worked in films like “Aankhen”, “Main Hoon Na”, “Zindaggi Rocks” and “No Problem”. (IANS)

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