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Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Joe Biden Announces New Sanctions On Russia

Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Joe Biden Announces New Sanctions On Russia

After Russian President Vladimir Putin recognised the independence of two Ukrainian regions – Donetsk and Luhansk and ordered Russian troops to go there. As a retaliatory move, US President Joe Biden announced new sanctions against Russia and termed Putin’s action in Eastern Ukraine as the “beginning of Russian Invasion”. Speaking over the Russia-Ukraine crisis from the White House, Mr Biden said: “We are implementing full blocking sanctions on two large Russian financial institutions: VEB and their military bank. We are implementing comprehensive sanctions on Russia’s sovereign debt. That means we have cut off Russia’s government from Western financing. It can no longer raise money from the West and can not trade in its new debt on our markets or European markets either.” Reacting sharply to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s move, US President Joe Biden said: “Who in the Lord’s name does Putin think gives him the right to declare new so-called countries on territory that belongs to his neighbours? We will also impose sanctions on Russia’s elites and their family members. They share in the corrupt gains of the Kremlin policies and should share in the pain as well,” adding, “We have worked with Germany to ensure that Nord Stream 2 will not … move forward.” Notably, Russia had invaded and annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in 2014 in the same manner. Meanwhile, the Russian President said that its troop deployment at the Russia-Ukraine border has been done in response to NATO’s steady eastward expansion.

Covid-Bulletin: India Logs 15,102 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.42%

According to the data released by the union health ministry, India has recorded 15,102 covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 1,64,522. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases with registering 31,377 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. Total recoveries in the nation have reached 4,21,89,887. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 1.28% and 1.80%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 76.24 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 176.19 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

India’s EAM S. Jaishankar Says Ukraine Crisis Has Its Roots In The Post-Soviet Politics

On Tuesday, India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar commented amid escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent action on two Ukrainian regions. In an interactive session at a think-tank in France, EAM S. Jaishankar said: “The situation in Ukraine is the result of a complex chain of circumstances over the last thirty years. Most countries, such as India and France, which is very active, are seeking a diplomatic solution. The real question is: are you mobilised to find a good solution, or are you content with posturing? India can talk with Russia, with other countries, within the UN security council and support initiatives like those of France,” When asked to compare the Russia-Ukraine crisis with the China-Taiwan tensions, the EAM said: “Both are products of very complex histories of that particular region. In the case of Ukraine, a lot of it derives from the post-Soviet politics, the expansion of NATO, the dynamics between Russia and Europe, and Russia and the West broadly,” “I think, in the case of Taiwan, it is a product of what happened in Chinese history and what happened the way the Cold war and other developments played out in Asia,” he added. 

Assembly Elections 2022: BJP Will Score a Four In UP Says PM Narendra Modi

While the Bhartiya Janata Party continued its campaigning in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the BJP would win a four in the politically crucial northern state. The PM referred to BJP’s victories that started with winning the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, followed by 2017 State Assembly Elections and 2019 Lok Sabha Polls. While campaigning in Manipur, PM Modi said that Manipur would be the gateway of the East Asian countries, and for that, railway connectivity is being extended to the northeastern states. 

Shah Rukh Khan Dons The Pathan Look In The New Ad; Fans Says ‘Toofan Aagaya’ 

On Tuesday, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter and shared an advertisement in which he can be seen performing stunts on a train. Donning his Pathan look, King Khan looked rugged and raw from his upcoming film. Ever since the ad has been released, #ShahRukhKhan has been trending on Twitter, with fans demanding the release of Pathan. The upcoming film also features Deepika Padukone and John Abraham in pivotal roles. On working with King Khan, Deepika earlier said: “We just have one schedule left, but working with him is always great. I feel at home, I feel safe, I feel secure that he’s just the person he is. Even Siddarth Anand (Pathan’s director), for that matter, I’ve worked with him before and I think he has evolved so much as a director since I worked with him 10 years ago. So, yes, I think that working with SRK is something I look forward to. He is my safe place.”

Shibani Dandekar-Farhan Akhtar Wedding Pics Out And TBH, We Can’t Keep Calm! 

Bollywood’s love birds Farhan Akhtar and Shibani Dandekar recently tied the knot in a private ceremony on 19th February. The couple got married in Khandala, followed by court marriage and finally a party hosted by director Zoya Akhtar. The two enjoyed mandatory pre-wedding rituals and week-long festivities in the presence of family and close industry friends. Recently, Shibani took to social media and shared her dreamy wedding pictures. For the wedding, Shibani wore a stunning red and beige gown with veil, while Farhan looked dashing in a black coloured tux. After getting married, Shibani Dandekar and Farhan Akhtar gave their first public appearance as husband and wife and greeted media people with sweets. While Shibani opted for a shimmery beige saree, Farhan wore a kurta-pyjama with a jacket. Sharing beautiful greyscale pictures from the wedding, Farhan wrote: “A few days ago, Shibani and I celebrated our union, and we are deeply grateful to all those who did respect our need for privacy on the day. The celebration, however, is incomplete without sharing some precious moments with you and seeking your blessings as we begin our journey across the skies of time together. With love from us to you.”

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