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PM Modi Asks Opposition-Ruled States To Reduce VAT On Fuels; CMs Disagree

PM Modi Asks Opposition-Ruled States To Reduce VAT On Fuels; CMs Disagree

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked opposition-ruled states to reduce VAT on petrol and diesel prices so as to provide consumer relief. However, the Chief Ministers of the states doesn’t seem to agree with PM Modi. PM Modi hitting out at the opposition states said that they were doing injustice while also harming neighbouring states. Speaking about ‘cooperative federalism’, PM Narendra Modi said: “To strengthen India’s economy, there needs to be coordination between the Central and state governments in economic decisions. This is more necessary than ever. You all are aware of the situation of war which has arisen and the way the supply chain has been affected, He also added that the central government had reduced excise duty on fuels last November and had also urged states to reduce their taxes and provide its benefit to the citizens. Meanwhile, opposition leaders like West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao, among others pointed out that the centre is giving them a ‘step-motherly’ treatment and also blamed their policies for high fuel prices. While PM Modi said that the BJP-ruled states like Karnataka and Gujarat had undertaken tax reduction steps, other opposition states like Maharashtra, West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and Kerala did not do so ‘for some reason’.

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 3,303 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.74%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 3,303 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 16,980. Meanwhile, the nation has recorded 2,563 recoveries in the previous 24 hours and the total recoveries have reached to 4,25,28,126. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 0.66% and 0.61% respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 83.64 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 188.40 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

Maharashtra Power Crisis: State Government Blames Centre; Says Coal Left For Less Than 2 Days

As Maharashtra is facing a power crisis, state power minister Nitin Raut accused centre of playing power politics. Speaking about the same, Mr Raut said: “Because Maharashtra is in the hands of the MVA (Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi) government, the government of India is not cooperating properly with Maharashtra and that’s why the shortage is fabricated here,” “The coal shortage is there. There is no question about it. Because the agreement which we have with CIL (Coal India Limited) after the bridge linkage is also there and some MO is also there with WCL, ACCl, ECL,” added the power minister. In an exclusive interview to a news portal, Maharashtra minister revealed that there is a shortage of 20,000 lakh metric tones and the primary power plants operating in the state will run out of coal in less than 2 days. Meanwhile, on Monday, country’s financial capital Mumbai suffered an hour-long blackout and citizens experienced a power cut again today in Mumbai and its suburbs.

Russia-Ukraine War: Russian President Putin Says Warns Of ‘Lighting Response’ If Any Country Intervenes

As the Russia-Ukraine war continues to intensify further, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that if any country tries to intervene in Russia’s operation in Ukraine, Moscow will launch a quick-fire military approach. Speaking about the same, Putin said: “If anyone sets out to intervene in the current events from the outside and creates unacceptable threats for us that are strategic in nature, they should know that our response… will be lightning-fast.” The Russian President also added that the military will not think twice before using the most modern weaponry to counter any country’s intervention in Ukraine. “We have all the tools for this, that no one else can boast of having. We won’t boast about it: we’ll use them, if needed. And I want everyone to know that,” said Putin. Earlier this month, Moscow tested the new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, which was referred by Putin as world’s most powerful weapon.

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