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Headlines: Union Budget Session 2022 Begins From Today

Union Budget Session 2022 Begins From Today

The budget session for union budget 2022 is set to begin from today, and opposition parties are likely to raise issues, including Pegasus allegations, farmers’ issues, and border tensions with China. The budget session will take place amid heavy campaigning in five states ahead of assembly elections 2022. Recently, The New York Times claimed that India purchased the Pegasus spyware from Israel in 2017 as part of a defence deal, and the opposition parties are likely to lock horns with the ruling party over the Pegasus row. However, sources close to the development revealed that the union government is unlikely to agree on a discussion over the Pegasus issue and continue with its legislative business. The budget session has started with President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to a joint sitting of both houses in the central hall. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the economic survey 2021-22 today and present the union budget for the 2022-23 financial year on Tuesday. While the upper house or the Rajya Sabha will sit from 10 AM – 3 PM, the lower house or the Lok Sabha will sit from 4 PM – 9 PM. The first part of the budget session will take place from 31st January to 11th February. After the first session, the parliament will go into the recess to examine the budget allocations for different departments. The 2nd part of the session will begin on 14th March and end on 8th April. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Logs 2,09,918 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 94.37%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 2,09,918 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 18,31,268. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases, with recording 2,62,628 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached 3,89,76,122. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 15.77% and 15.75%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 72.89 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 166.03 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

PM Modi Says Plenty Of Opportunities Exists For India Ahead Of Budget Session 2022

Ahead of the budget session 2022 in Parliament, prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday said: “Today the budget session is starting. I welcome all of you and all the respected MPs across the country in this budget session. In today’s global scenario, plenty of opportunities exists for India. In this budget session, India’s economic progress, vaccination campaign in India, vaccine made in India is creating confidence in the whole world,” “I hope that all respected MPs, political parties will definitely help in taking the country on the path of progress by having a constructive discussion with an open mind,” added the PM while speaking to the media persons. “This budget session in a way, draws the blueprint for the whole year, so it is very important. As much as we make this budget session more fruitful with full commitment, the coming year will also become a huge opportunity to take us to new economic heights,” said PM Modi. 

Ukraine-Russia Tensions: Kyiv Urges Moscow To Pull Back Its Troops If It Doesn’t Want A New War

Amid rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia, Kyiv on Sunday urged Moscow to pull back its troops from Ukraine’s border if it’s serious about de-escalating tensions that have arisen due to a fear of Russian invasion. Kyiv’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted: “If Russian officials are serious when they say they don’t want a new war, Russia must continue diplomatic engagement and pull back military forces it amassed along Ukraine’s borders and in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine,” According to the west, the Kremlin has deployed more than 100,000 troops along Ukraine’s border. However, Moscow has denied invasion plans and said that it does not want a war but wants security guarantees from Washington and NATO. The guarantee includes that NATO will not add up new members, especially Ukraine, and the United States will not establish new military bases in ex-Soviet countries. 

Bigg Boss 15: Gauahar Khan Takes A Dig At BB15 Winner Tejasswi Prakash; Says Pratik Is The Real Winner!

Yesterday, TV personality Tejasswi Prakash lifted the Bigg Boss 15 trophy and took home Rs 40 lakh cash prize. Pratik Sehajpal became the first runner up, and Karan Kundrra became the 2nd runner up of the Salman Khan-hosted show. However, ex-Bigg Boss contestants are not quite happy with Tejasswi Prakash winning the trophy. Bigg Boss 7 winner Gauahar Khan took a dig at Tejasswi’s win and tweeted: “Lol!!! The silence in the studio at the announcement said it all. #bb15 there is only one deserving winner, and the world saw him shine. #PratikSehajpaI you won hearts. Every single guest who went in, you were their fave, the public loves you. Keep your head held high.” At the night of the Bigg Boss 15 grand finale, it was revealed that Tejasswi Prakash would be the lead cast for Ekta Kapoor’s hit show Naagin 6. Well, Bigg Boss 15 was surely quite successful for Tejasswi Prakash. Meanwhile, the highlight of the night was Salman Khan congratulating Katrina Kaif on her wedding with Vicky Kaushal on national television. 

New Couple Alert: Has Hrithik Roshan Found New Love In Saba Azad? 

Hrithik Roshan’s fans were shocked after the actor was spotted walking out of a restaurant with his new lady love! Over the weekend, Hrithik Roshan was spotted with Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge fame Saba Azad. Not only this, he was spotted holding hands with Saba and appeared quite unconcerned about the presence of the paparazzi. Well, one can’t confirm, but there is undoubtedly something brewing up between Hrithik and Saba as when an entertainment channel called Saba to know her equation with Hrithik. The actor said hastily: “I’m sorry, but I’m in the midst of something. I’ll return your call.” However, Saba did not deny being with Hrithik Roshan! 

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