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British PM Boris Johnson Arrives In India; To Meet PM Modi Tomorrow

British PM Boris Johnson Arrives In India; To Meet PM Modi Tomorrow

As part of his two-day India visit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrived in Gujarat this morning. He is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow and discuss trade and defence, among other issues. As per reports, Mr Johnson is ready to offer more visas to India in return for a free-trade deal that could boost the annual bilateral trade between both countries. While on his way to India on the plane, Mr Johnson said: “I have always been in favour of talented people coming to this country,” “We are short to the tune of hundreds of thousands of people in our economy, and we need to have a progressive approach and we will,” he added. As per today’s schedule, the British PM will visit the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad and is also likely to meet businessman Gautam Adani. Then, Mr Johnson will fly to Vadodara and visit the heavy machine firm JCB’s plant. From there on, he will go to the Gujarat International Tec-City or GIFT City situated in Gandhinagar. In the evening, he will fly to Delhi. The UK has already cleared its stance and said that it would not look to lecture India over its perspective on the Russia-Ukraine war or Russian energy imports. Mr Johnson’s visit is likely to push the bilateral trade between India and the UK, boost defence ties and enhance cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. Both UK and India are trying to conclude a free-trade deal by the end of this year.

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 2,380 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.76%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 2,380 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 13,433. Meanwhile, the nation has recorded 1,231 recoveries in the previous 24 hours, and the total recoveries have reached 4,25,14,479. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 0.53% and 0.43%. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, India has conducted 83.33 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, the country has administered 187.07 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

Delhi Jahangirpuri Demolition: The Supreme Court To Hear The Matter Today

On Wednesday, a demolition drive took place in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area, which sparked widespread protests all over India. The Jahangirpuri area witnessed back to back violent clashes between two communities on April 16 during the Hanuman Jayanti processions and on April 18. After the clashes took place, the Delhi BJP said that those accused in the riots case had built illegal constructions in the area and ordered the demolition of the same. Later, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) announced an anti-encroachment drive. However, the Supreme Court on Wednesday itself ordered an immediate stay on the Jahangirpuri demolition drive and also directed for a status quo until the matter is heard in the court. As per reports, the demolition drive continued for at least 1.5 hours after the Supreme Court was passed. The Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana, then stepped in and ordered an immediate stay on demolition. The Supreme Court is hearing the Jahangirpuri case today.

India’s Growth Rate Projected At 8.2%; Positive News For The World Says IMF Managing Director

This week, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva projected a staggering growth rate of 8.2% for India in 2022 in the latest World Economic Outlook. The growth rate projected for India makes the country the fastest-growing major economy in the world and almost twice faster than China, whose growth rate is 4.4%. Speaking about India’s growth rate, Mr Georgieva said: “India is one of the economies that are growing at a high rate. Even with the small downgrade, growth is projected for this year to be 8.2 percent. Healthy for India, but also positive in a world where growth slowdown is creating a major problem,” On Monday, the IMF Managing Director also met India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and applauded what India is doing for Sri Lanka which is going through an economic crisis.

Russia Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable Missile; Putin Calls The Weapon ‘World’s Most Powerful’

On Wednesday, Russia tested the Sarmat missile, a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic weapon, nearly two months after it invaded the neighbouring country Ukraine. Speaking about the Sarmat missile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the missile would provide food for thought for those who try to threaten Russia, while the country’s Defence Ministry called the weapon world’s most powerful missile. The Sarmat missile was launched from the Plesetsk in northwestern Russia and hit the target at the Kamchatka Peninsula, which is nearly 6,000 km away. As per the Russian media, the missile is a 3-stage, liquid-fueled missile that can travel at a range of 18,000 km and is 35.3 meters long and 3 meters wide. The most advanced feature of the Sarmat missile is that it has a short initial boost phase, which gives enemy surveillance systems little to no window of tracking the missile. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that ‘the Missile has highest tactical and technical characteristics and is capable of overcoming all modern means of anti-missile defence and can hit any target on Earth.’ 

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