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Joe Biden-Vladimir Putin Agrees To Meet But On THIS Condition 

Joe Biden-Vladimir Putin Agrees To Meet But On THIS Condition

On Monday, France announced a new round of diplomacy and said that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden have agreed for a summit only if Moscow does not invade Ukraine. Proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron, both leaders have said yes in principle to the summit. A senior administration official said: “Timing to be determined. Format to be determined, so it’s all completely notional,” Macron announced the summit moments after he held his second marathon call with Putin. In a 105-minute discussion, Putin reportedly blamed the increase in violence on provocations carried out by the Ukrainian security forces. The Russian President also called for “the United States and NATO to take Russian demands for security guarantees seriously”. Meanwhile, as per reports, the summit will be expanded to relevant stakeholders, and the preparations will start on Thursday.

Covid-Bulletin: India Records 16,051 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.33%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 16,051 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 2,02,131. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases, with recording 37,901 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries in India have reached 4,21,24,284. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand 1.93% and 2.12%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 76.01 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 175.46 crore covid-19 vaccines so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

Assembly Elections 2022: Healthy Turnout In UP, Punjab

On Sunday, both Uttar Pradesh and Punjab saw healthy turnouts. While Punjab voted in a single phase, Uttar Pradesh saw the third phase of polling with over 60% voter turnout. Meanwhile, as per election officials, the overall voter turnout in Punjab was approximately 70%. An electoral officer said: “The voter turnout was 70% with chances of the final figures likely to increase marginally. Rural areas saw a high percentage of polling compared to urban ones,” In Uttar Pradesh, the third phase of the Assembly Elections was done for 59 assembly constituencies, and the updated approximate voting percentage was 60.63% till 5 pm.

EAM S. Jaishankar’s Sharp Reply To Bangladesh FM AK Abdul Momen Over China Remark

Recently, Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen asked whether QUAD countries can offer the same financial assistance as China. In a sharp reply to Bangladesh FM, the External Affairs Minister of India, S. Jaishankar, said countries who are seeking loans should worry about unsustainable infrastructures like ports and airports that are empty. During the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, S. Jaishankar said that India and China’s bilateral ties are going through a difficult phase which stems from the state of the border and China’s transgressions along the Line of Actual Control since 2020. When asked about the future of the Indo-Pacific region, the EAM said: “We have seen now countries including in our region being saddled with large debts. We have seen projects which are commercially unsustainable: airports where an aircraft doesn’t come, harbours where a ship doesn’t come,” “It’s obviously in the interest of the consumer country concerned, but it’s also in the interest of the international community because unsustainable projects don’t end there. Often the next is debt becomes equity, and that becomes something else,” he added.

Dadasaheb Phalke International Awards 2022: Pushpa Wins ‘Film Of The Year’ Award

The Allu Arjun-Rashmika Mandanna starrer Pushpa: The Rise has received great appreciation from both fans and critics ever since its release. Now, the mega-hit film has been awarded the ‘Film of The Year’ award at the Dadasaheb Phalke International Awards 2022. Taking to Instagram, the official handle of Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival wrote: “Congratulations to ‘Pushpa: The Rise’ for winning the award for Film Of The Year at Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2022. Your hard work and perseverance have paid off. Team DPIFF wishes you good luck in your future endeavours..” Meanwhile, Ranveer Singh bagged the ‘Best Actor’ award for 83, and the ‘Best Actress’ award was won by Kriti Sanon for her film ‘Mimi’. The ‘Critics Best Actor’ award was won by Sidharth Malhotra, and the ‘Critics Best Actress’ award was bagged by Kiara Advani for their film Shershaah.

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Shaakuntalam First Look Out: Samantha Ruth Prabhu Looks Ethereal And Demure

On Monday, the makers of Shaakuntalam unveiled the first look from the film, subsequently releasing the first look of Samantha Ruth Prabhu as Shakuntala. The actor took to Instagram and wrote: “Presenting.. Nature’s beloved.. the Ethereal and Demure.. “Shakuntala” from #Shaakuntalam,” As per the theme of the film, Samantha is dressed in a white sari with ornaments made of flowers. She is surrounded by animals and birds with a pitcher next to her. The Mythological drama is based on the life of Shakuntala, who was the daughter of Rishi Vishwamitra and Meneka. She lived in a forest where she fell in love with King Dushyant. King Dushyant promises to return to her soon but forgets everything about Shakuntala due to a sage’s curse. The film is directed by Gunasekhar and also features Allu Arjun’s daughter Allu Arha. The film will release in Telegu, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada.

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