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Budget 2022: How Opposition Parties Reacted During The Budget Speech?

Budget 2022: How Opposition Parties Reacted During The Budget Speech?

On Tuesday, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the union budget 2022 in parliament. FM’s 90-minute budget speech continued with occasional remarks by the opposition members and regular applause from the government. Most of the members were seen wearing face masks, including prime minister Narendra Modi. In the budget speech, Nirmala Sitharaman mentioned about setting up an international arbitration centre at GIFT city to which Trinamool member Saugata Roy and DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran were heard saying: “Is this Union Budget or Gujarat Budget? This is good only for Gujarat,” When the finance minister mentioned the gross GST collection of Rs 1.4 lakh crore for January 2022, the duo tabled for greater allocations for states from the GST collections. Opposition members also demanded the allocation of the 5G spectrum to BSNL. Congress members protested against the disinvestment of Air India and Neelanchal Ispat Nigam Limited and the planned IPO of LIC. Congress member TN Prathapan was heard saying: “It is a sell-off of institutions,” 

Covid-Bulletin: India Logs 1,61,386 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 94.91%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has recorded 1,61,386 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 16,21,603. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases, with recording 2,81,109 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The total recoveries in the country have reached 3,95,11,307. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 9.26% and 14.15%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 73.24 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 167.29 crore covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive.

Budget 2022: RS Opposition Leader Mallikarjun Kharge Terms Union Budget’ Pro Capitalist’

On Wednesday, Rajya Sabha’s opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge reacted to the union budget 2022 and termed it ‘pro capitalist’. He said that the budget has been drafted keeping in mind the poll states only, which are due for assembly elections this year. While speaking to the news agency ANI, Mr Kharge said: “This is a pro-capitalist budget that has nothing to offer to farmers, MGNREGA workers, and SC/ST and OBC communities. This budget has been prepared, keeping in view of the ensuing Assembly Elections,” Mallikarjun expressed his displeasure over the union budget 2022 and said that the government has nothing to say on the budget.

Ukraine – Russia Tensions: India Abstains On Voting Over Ukraine Issue In The UN

On Monday, a procedural vote was taken in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) over a discussion on the situation at the Ukraine border. However, India decided to abstain from the procedural vote. Russia, a permanent UNSC and veto-wielding member, called for a procedural vote to determine if an open meeting should be done over the Ukraine border issue. While Russia and China voted against the meeting, India, Gabon and Kenya abstained. However, all the other 10 Council members, including Norway, France, The UK, The US, France, Ireland, Mexico and Brazil, voted in favour of the meeting. The council needed only 9 votes to proceed with the discussion, and subsequently, the Ukraine border issue was discussed. Hailing India’s move, First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy, tweeted: “US diplomacy at its worst. Thanks to 4 of our colleagues, China, India, Gabon and Kenya, who were brave to withstand US hand-twisting before the vote,” Reportedly, Russia has massed an estimated 100,000 troops near Ukraine border with strong warnings from the west that Moscow intends to invade Ukraine. However, Russia has denied any plans of invading Ukraine. However, Moscow has demanded that NATO needs to promise that it will never allow Ukraine to join the military alliance and also urging the west to stop the deployment of NATO weapons near Russian borders and roll back all of its forces from Eastern Europe. As of now, the US and NATO have rejected all Russian demands and have not ruled out any talks to ease the ongoing Ukraine-Russia crisis.

Happy Birthday Shamita Shetty: #ShaRa Romance Reaches A Notch Higher As Raqesh Bapat Lifts His Lady Love

On February 2, actor Shamita Shetty turned 43. Her boyfriend and actor Raqesh Bapat marked the special day for his lady love with lots of hugs, kisses and love. In one of the photos, Raqesh can be seen holding Shamita in his arms. While Shamita looked dazzling in a silver dress with a side slit, Raqesh looked handsome in a black shirt and cream coloured pants. Well, it seems like #ShaRa romance is reaching higher day by day. For the unversed, Shamita and Raqesh fell in love with each other during their stint in Bigg Boss OTT. Fellow contestant and singer Neha Bhasin also took to social media to wish Shamita and wrote: “Happy birthday @shamitashetty_official Shetty. I’d much rather love you Unfiltered as I always have than any other way. I’ll catch you when you fall, baby, and ill always crash your dates with @raqeshbapat because it’s best that way, baby.” Shamita Shetty was recently seen in Bigg Boss 15

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No Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 – RRR Clash; Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 Gets A New Release Date

On Wednesday, the makers of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 announced a new release date of the Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani starrer film. Instead of 25th March 2022, the film will now hit the theatres on 20th May 2022 instead. Though there is no clear cut information on why Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’s release date has been postponed, sources claim that it has been done to avoid clashes with SS Rajamouli’s film RRR. On Monday, RRR makers announced the new release date for the film and confirmed that RRR would hit the theatres on 25th March 2022, thereby clashing with Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. Therefore, the change of release date is being seen as an attempt to avoid the big box office clash. 

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