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India’s Lieutenant General (retired) Abhijit Guha appointed member of UN panel on peacekeeping

Lieutenant General (retd) Abhijit Guha of Indian Army has been appointed as a member on a five-member UN expert panel on peacekeeping that will advice the international body on how to use new technologies and innovations in that field.

Guha has recently completed a term as director of the office for peacekeeping strategic partnerships in the department of peacekeeping operations and also served as the former deputy military adviser in the department from 2010 until 2012.

The panel would visit field missions and consult extensively with UN member nations, partner organizations with similar field operations, non-governmental and governmental research bodies and think tanks as well as industry leaders in areas of interest to United Nations peacekeeping.

The panel would suggest how UN peacekeeping can benefit from available and upcoming technological innovations and how it can be leveraged to facilitate peacekeepers to react more effectively to a rising number of complex, multidimensional tasks in challenging field environments.

Uttar Pradesh Govt. to launch helpline for women in every district

The UP government which is facing criticism from all quarters over resent assaults and killing of two teenage girls in Badaun district, has directed authorities to launch a helpline in every district of the state to deal with women harassment complaints.

The helpline would be monitored by the SSPs and SPs. The inquiries into the complaints of harrassment made by women will be ensured through women cell, which will also be supervised by the SSPs and SPs of the districts concerned.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Kumar has directed the district magistrates and police chiefs to rush to the spot as soon as they receive information of any rape and ensure effective action.