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Jammu, July 31, 2015 (Agency)

A soldier shot himself with his service rifle late Thursday inside a barrack in Jammu, police said.

"The soldier identified as Gokula Kumar, resident of Kollam (Kerala), shot himself with his service rifle inside the Chatha camp in Jammu city," police said here on Friday.

"Inquest proceedings have started and the body has been shifted to government medical college for postmortem examination."Yes Punjab

United Nations Office GloUnited Nations, July 31, 2015 (Agency)

Solutions to global problems are best found outside the Security Council in forums like the General Assembly that are democratic, inclusive and transparent, India declared on Thursday.

Speaking at a Council debate on peace and security challenges of small island developing states (SIDS), Permanent Representative Asoke Kumar Mukerji said that in dealing with their problems, "it is clear effective international cooperation on the concerns has been most viable outside the UN Security Council" where "a democratic, inclusive and transparent approach" can be taken.

Asserting that "we must look beyond the Security Council in redressing the concerns", Mukerji gave the example of international anti-piracy efforts. Although the Security Council tried address the piracy issue through two resolutions, "it has been through a much wider grouping, the 60-member Contact Group on Piracy off the coast of Somalia, that the security and economic concerns related to piracy have actually been addressed", he said.

This effective "democratic and transparent approach" could be the model for broader international cooperation to tackle piracy concerns of the SIDS under the framework of the General Assembly, he added.

Another example he cited was the UN Convention on the Law of the Seas, which came about after decades of General Assembly negotiations, effectively deals with issues like illegal exploitation of natural resources and illicit fishing, he said.

India has long been critical of the functioning of the Security Council which is dominated by the five veto-wielding nations, China, Britain, France, Russia and the United States. Pushing for reforming and expanding it, New Delhi has faulted it for not being open or democratic and for not adequately consulting other members who are directly affected or who are helping deal with issues on which the Council mandates.

Mukerji said that India has been working with SIDS on development, infrastructure building and climate change adaptation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) for dialogue with the Pacific SIDS and forum will be meeting next month in India, he said.

Turning to a matter of dire urgency to the SIDS, Mukerji said that they "are at the frontline of the threat from climate change and sea level rise, the worst sufferers of a global problem they did not contribute to".

Therefore, he said, the international community should support their climate change adaptation initiatives and give them priority in distributions from the Green Climate Fund.Yes Punjab

Bobby Jindal NRIWashington, July 31, 2015 (Agency)

Indian-American Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal has declined to say what he would do with the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, including about 300,000 Indians, living in the US.

"What we need from the federal government is to secure the border", with Mexico, Louisiana governor Jindal, who is trailing in national polls told CNN on Thursday.

The US doesn't need an amnesty plan or a "comprehensive approach" to dealing with the undocumented immigrant population living in the US, he said.

Jindal, according to CNN, didn't directly answer whether he would support or rule out a path to "legal status".

He insisted he would not discuss a plan for the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the US until the US-Mexico border is secured.

"I think the American people will be pragmatic and compassionate about the people here. But I don't think they want that as part of the discussion on securing border. We need to secure the border first," Jindal said, when pressed on his plan.

Jindal insisted that previous efforts to address illegal immigration have failed because politicians have looked to remedy both border security and the status of undocumented immigrants living in the country at the same time.

Jindal's comments come one day after Republican frontrunner Donald Trump told CNN that he would support a path to "legal status" for undocumented immigrants living in the US, but only after they leave the country and return through what Trump described as an "expedited process".

As for the details of Jindal's immigration plan that he would share, Jindal said the US needed a "higher wall" at the border and more resources to stop people from crossing into the US illegally.

Jindal said that he wanted to make legal immigration into the US easier, insisting that the immigration of individuals willing to assimilate and learn English would "make our country stronger".

One week after a gunman killed two people in a Lafayette theatre in his state, Jindal also told CNN that people should be allowed to carry guns anywhere in public, including movie theatres.

"I'm a big believer that where you are legally allowed to be, you should be able to have your Second Amendment rights as well," he was quoted as saying.Yes Punjab

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