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G7 Countries Pledges To Phase Out Dependency On Russian Oil

G7 Countries Pledges To Phase Out Dependency On Russian Oil

On Sunday, the G7 countries pledged to phase out their dependency on Russia and issued a strong statement against Russian President Vladimir Putin. The G7 group consisting of major western economies, including the United States, France, Canada, Germany, Japan, Italy and the United Kingdom, did not precisely specify how they move away from Russian oil. The joint statement from the G7 countries read: “We commit to phase out our dependency on Russian energy, including by phasing out or banning the import of Russian oil. We will ensure that we do so in a timely and orderly fashion, and in ways that provide time for the world to secure alternative supplies,” In the ongoing campaign of the west against Russia, this came as an important development which is being done to pressure Vladimir Putin. The pledge was taken at the third meeting of the G7 countries this year, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky participating. Though the United States has already banned Russian oil and energy imports, Europe relies on Russia more than the US. Meanwhile, on Sunday, the White House announced new restrictions on Russia by taking access of Russian companies to world-leading US accounting and consulting services, stopping the exports of American products to Russia and it also added that it would impose visa restrictions on 2,600 Russian and Belarus officials. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 3,207 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.74%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has administered 3,207 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 20,403. Meanwhile, daily recoveries have outnumbered active covid-19 cases with registering 3,410 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached 4,25,60,905. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 0.95% and 0.82%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 84.10 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 190.34 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

Cyclone Asani Likely To Get Stronger Predicts IMD

Cyclone Asani, which has formed over the Bay of Bengal, is likely to get intensified in the coming days as it has started moving northwestwards in the direction of the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coasts. The Indian Meteorological Department said that Cyclone Asani is likely to get stronger; however it will not make landfall and fizzle out next week. Confirming the same, the IMD tweeted: “Cyclonic storm ‘Asani’ intensified into a severe cyclonic storm at 1730 hours IST of today, the 8th May, over Southeast BoB, about 610 km northwest of Car Nicobar (Nicobar Islands).To move NW till 10th May night & reach Westcentral NW BoB off North Andhra Pradesh & Odisha coast,” The weather department has already put Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal on alert as coastal areas are expected to experience heavy winds and rains. As per Asani’s track and intensity, the cyclone is likely to turn into a cyclonic storm by May 11 and further into a deep depression by May 12. 

Aviation Minister To Investigate IndiGo’s Special Child Handling Incident

Over the weekend, IndiGo airlines faced a massive backlash after the airline did not allow a child with special needs to board a flight with his family members at the Ranchi airport. On Monday, Aviation Minister Jyotiradiya Scindia said that he would personally investigate the matter. Taking to Twitter, Mr Scindia wrote: “There is zero tolerance towards such behaviour. No human being should have to go through this! Investigating the matter by myself, post which appropriate action will be taken,” Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has also asked for a report on the matter. The development came after the video was widely shared on social media, triggering an outrage. However, IndiGo, in its official statement, claimed that the child posed a threat to other passengers and added that it takes pride in being ‘inclusive’ and turned down the allegations of being discriminatory. “In view of the safety of passengers, a specially-abled child could not board the flight with his family on May 7, as he was in a state of panic. The ground staff waited for him to calm down till the last minute, but to no avail,” read the statement. 

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