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India support UNHRC resolution to probe Israel’s offensive on Gaza

India voted in support of a UN Human Rights Council resolution to begin an investigation of Israel’s offensive on Gaza.

In the 47-member council, 29 countries which also included other BRICS member voted in support of the Palestinian-drafted resolution on “Ensuring Respect for international law in The Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jersusalem” while 17 others abstained from voting.

The U.S. was the only country to vote against the resolution. European nations abstained.

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine has resulted in a large number of civilian casualties and heavy damage to property. Over 680 Palestinians and 31 Israelis have been killed in the conflict so far.

India has asked Israel and Palestine to exercise political will to agree to a ceasefire and to resume negotiations for a comprehensive resolution of the Palestinian issue.

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Sim Bhullar: First Indian-origin player in NBA also the tallest player in NBA at present

Sim Bhullar (21) has become the first player of Indian origin to join the National Basketball Association (NBA) after he inked a summer contract with the Sacramento Kings, a professional basketball team in the US.
Bhullar is originally from Canada but his parents hail from Punjab. He is 7.5 feet tall, weighs 360 pounds and is a centre from New Mexico State University. Bhullar is the tallest player in the NBA right now, and needs only to stand on his tiptoes to make a basket.

Interestingly, in 2013, the Kings became the NBA’s first team to have an Indian-origin majority owner – Vivek Ranadive. Since assuming the charge of the Kings, which was performing low in recent years, Ranadive has transformed the organization into one of the better ones in the association.

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