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PM Modi In France: Only France Condemns Russian Action In Ukraine ‘Illegal’

PM Modi In France: Only France Condemns Russian Action In Ukraine ‘Illegal’

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron called for an ‘immediate cessation of hostilities’ in Ukraine. However, PM Modi only expressed his deep concern over the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and did not directly call out Russia for its action over its neighbouring country. French President Macron condemned Russian forces for ‘illegal and unjustified aggression against Ukraine’. A joint statement released after Narendra Modi-Emmanuel Macron meet read: “France and India expressed their deep concern over the humanitarian crisis and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Both countries unequivocally condemned the fact that civilians have been killed in Ukraine and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in order for the two sides to come together to promote dialogue and diplomacy and to put an immediate end to the suffering of the people.” India, a major importer of Russian military hardware, has been refusing to publicly denounce or vote against Russia. However, it has time and again called for diplomatic and peaceful talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. After meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, PM Narendra Modi told reporters that ‘there won’t be any winners in this war and everyone will lose’. The French officials said that France wants to help ‘India diversify their supply’, and the aim is ‘not to leave the Indians with no way out, but to offer solutions’. PM Modi and the French President share an ‘extremely warm friendship’. While PM Modi has visited France three times since 2017, the French President visited India in 2018. As of now, India has bought dozens of French Rafale fighter jets and six submarines. Meanwhile, the state-owned energy giant of France, EDF, wants to build six next-generation EPR Reactors in Jaitapur, Maharashtra, which would mark another milestone in India-France bilateral ties. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 3,275 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.74%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 3,275 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 19,719. Meanwhile, the nation has recorded 3,010 fresh recoveries in the previous 24 hours, and the total recoveries have reached to 4,25,47,699. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 0.77% and 0.78%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 83.93 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 189.63 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

‘Practised Nuclear Missile Strikes’ Says Russia Amid Its Military Campaign In Ukraine 

Amid Moscow’s ongoing military campaign in Ukraine, Russia said on Wednesday that the Russian forces have been practising nuclear-capable missile strikes in Kaliningrad. Its been around 70 days of Russian action in Ukraine, which has led to the killings of thousands and over 13 million people displaced in the worst refugee crisis that Europe has seen since World War II. After sending Russian troops to Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has time and again been hinting at possible nuclear warfare and his willingness to deploy nuclear weapons. Russia has already put its nuclear forces on high alert, and Putin has warned of ‘lightning fast’ retaliation if any country directly intervenes in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Recently, Russia also tested its nuclear-capable missile ‘Sarmat’, with the Russian President terming it the world’s most powerful weapon. 

The Taliban Has Stopped Issuing License To Women In Kabul, Says The Local Media 

According to the local media reports, the Taliban government in Afghanistan has stopped issuing the driving license to women in Kabul. Prior to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, many women drivers were spotted driving in some of the major cities of the country. However, now the Taliban has put a ban on women drivers at a time when the country is dealing with one of the worst humanitarian crises with an acute shortage of essential supplies, including food. The situation of human rights in Afghanistan has become worst ever since the fall of the Ashraf Ghani government and the Taliban’s capture of power in August 2021. The violent fighting has ended in the country, but there have been serious human rights violations, especially against women. Recently, the Taliban government also banned girls from attending school above grade six. The government justified the stance by saying that there is an acute shortage of teachers, and the right of girls to study beyond grade six will be restored soon. Afghanistan has the highest number of people in the world who are in emergency food insecurity, with over 23 million in need of help and 95% population having insufficient food for consumption. 

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