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Putin Puts Conditions For Ending Ukraine Invasion; Says Recognise Russia’s Sovereignty Over Crimea

Putin Puts Conditions For Ending Ukraine Invasion; Says Recognise Russia’s Sovereignty Over Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday laid out conditions to end his invasion of Ukraine as western countries prepare for more sanctions and Moscow forces still holding on to its neighbour Ukraine. Putin’s ultimate came after the talks between Russia and Ukraine failed to stop the war. While speaking to the French President Emmanuel Macron, Putin laid out his prerequisites to end the war and agreed merely for a second round of talks. The Kremlin said: “Putin stressed that a settlement is possible only if Russia’s legitimate security interests are unconditionally taken into account, including the recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea, the demilitarisation and denazification of the Ukrainian state and ensuring its neutral status,” Even during the dialogue, both Russian forces and Ukrainian forces kept taking steps to keep each other at bay with at least 11 people killed by Russian attacks in Kharkiv. As per Ukraine, over 350 civilians have already been killed, while more than half a million people have left Ukraine.  

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 6,000+ Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.59%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has recorded 6,915 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 92,472. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases with registering 16,874 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached 4,23,24,550. The daily and weekly positivity rates stand at 0.77% and 1.11%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 76.83 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 170.70 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

PM Modi Briefs President Kovind On Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Today, prime minister Narendra Modi met the president of India, Ram Nath Kovind and briefed him about the situation in Ukraine. Meanwhile, the president also postponed his three-country visit scheduled from 2nd-13th March. He was supposed to travel to Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Serbia. Earlier, PM Modi also chaired a high-level meeting. The Indian government decided to send 4 union ministers to Ukraine’s neighbouring countries as India’s special envoys to evacuate Indians from the war-torn region. Hardeep Puri will travel to Hungary, and VK Singh will oversee Operation Ganga in Poland. While Jyotiraditya Scindia will take care of evacuation efforts from Romania and Moldova, Kiren Rijiju will be in Slovakia. Today morning, the 7th evacuation flight brought back 182 Indians who were stranded in Ukraine as part of Operation Ganga. 

Russia-Ukraine War: India Says Differences Can Only Be Bridged Through Sincere And Sustained Dialogue

During a special emergency session of the UN General Assembly on Monday, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti said that New Delhi firmly believes all differences between the concerned parties can only be bridged through honest, sincere and sustained dialogue. He said that India is deeply concerned over the situation in Ukraine and reiterated its call for an immediate cessation of violence. “My government firmly believes that there is no other choice but to return to the path of diplomacy,” said T S Tirumurti. “India is doing whatever it can to undertake immediate and urgent evacuation efforts of Indian nationals who are still stranded in Ukraine. The safety and security of Indian nationals, including a large number of students, remains our top priority,” he added. Meanwhile, India also thanked all the neighbouring countries of Ukraine who opened their border for Indian citizens to evacuate them to their homeland. 

Western Companies Pull Back From Russia Over The Latter’s Invasion Of Ukraine

Amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many western companies have curtailed their operations in Russia or decided to leave completely from the country. The latest to join is the British company Shell PLC who said that it will pull back from joint projects in Russia and also quit its role in financing the suspended Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. On Monday, Norwegian company Equinor AS A said that it would quit its Russian investments and Volvo Car AB also halted its business in Russia. The moves came following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and continued sanctions by the west.

List of companies that have pulled their hands back from Russian investments.

Adipurush Release Date Announced: This Is When Saif Ali Khan Will Grace The Big Screen With His Presence 

We all have been waiting eagerly to see Saif Ali Khan and Prabhas together in their upcoming film Adipurush. On Tuesday, the makers of the film announced the release date and wrote: “#Adipurush Worldwide Theatrical Release in 3D on 12th January 2023.” The much-awaited mythological film was earlier scheduled to release in 2022; however, fans will have to wait. Regarding the film, director Om Raut said: “Adipurush is set 7000 years ago, and all the touch points are as in the Ramayana, but with modern storytelling techniques. In the film, Prabhas’s character is not called Rama; he is Raghav, another name for Rama. Sita, played by Kriti Sanon, is called Janaki, while Saif Ali Khan’s Ravana is Lankesh, also derivatives of their Ramayana names. Adipurush literally means the first man, but here the interpretation is that of the best man,” The film is being made with a whopping budget of Rs 400 crores and is expected to be a treat for VFX fans. It is being reported that Adipurush will have triple VFX than the Baahubali series. 

Vidya Balan And Shefali Shah Starrer ‘Jalsa’ To Release On 18th March 2022

Amazon Prime Video recently announced the release date of the much-anticipated drama thriller Jalsa, which is directed by Suresh Triveni and jointly produced by Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar. The film has an ensemble cast, including Vidya Balan, Shefali Shah, Manav Kaul, Iqbal Khan, among others. Jalsa will mark the second collaboration between Suresh Triveni and Vidya Balan, who have already worked together in the critically acclaimed film Tumhari Sulu. Jalsa is set to have a global premiere on Amazon Prime Video on 18th March in India and across 240 countries worldwide. 

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