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Russia-Ukraine War: Joe Biden Calls Putin ‘War Criminal’ ; Lays Out Phase Of Responses

Russia-Ukraine War: Joe Biden Calls Putin ‘War Criminal’ ; Lays Out Phase Of Responses

On Monday, the United States said that it will be putting more sanctions on Moscow, supplying more weapons to Ukraine and would be conducting a probe into alleged war crimes committed by Russian soldiers. The Russia-Ukraine war is shifting to the eastern regions with Russia pulling away from Ukraine’s capital Kyiv. The US President Joe Biden, during his recent interaction with the media, called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” and said that the killings occurred in Bucha a “war crime” . He also added: “You can expect further sanctions announcements this week,” Meanwhile, the United States is working to increase the volume of weaponry that it is providing to Ukraine’s armed forces.

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 795 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.76%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has recorded 795 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 12,054. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases with recording 1,280 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached to 4,24,96,369. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stands at 0.17% and 0.22% respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 79.15 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 184.87 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

Lok Sabha Passes The Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill

On Monday, the Lok Sabha passed The Criminal Procedure (identification) Bill which will repeal The Identification of Prisoners Act, 1920. The bill would allow the collection, storage, and analysis of physical and biological samples of the convicted, arrested and detained persons. Almost the entire opposition opposed the passing of the bill fearing that it might be misused against individual citizens by police forces and other law enforcement agencies as there is no law for data protection in the country yet. However, Union Home Minister Amit Shah assured that the bill’s objective is only to improve the conviction rate in the country and protect the human rights of crores of law-abiding citizens. Most of the opposition parties urged that the bill should be sent to a Parliamentary Standing or Select Committee for detailed discussion.

Pakistan Political Turmoil: Pak PM Imran Khan Proposes Ex-CJP Gulzar Ahmed’s Name As The Caretaker PM

On Monday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan proposed the name of former Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed’s name as the caretaker Prime Minister of the country. Recently, Mr Khan was de-notified as the PM of Pakistan. However, later President Alvi issued an order and said that Imran Khan would continue as interim Prime Minister until the appointment of a caretaker PM under Article 224 A of Pakistan’s constitution. Taking to Twitter, PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) tweeted: “In response to the President’s letter, after consultation and approval from the PTI Corps Committee, Prime Minister Imran Khan has nominated former Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed for the post of caretaker Prime Minister,” As per the government, new elections will be taking place in the country within the next 90 days.

Sri Lanka Economic Crisis: Opposition Parties President Rajapaksa’s Invitation To Join Proposed Unity Government

On Monday, oppositions parties of Sri Lanka rejected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s invitation to join the proposed unity government. The opposition parties termed the invitation as “nonsensical” and said that instead he should resign for leading the island country to the worst economic crisis in decades with shortages of food, fuel and medicines. As protesters continues to demand the resignation of the Sri Lankan President, Lanka’s Parliament is likely to convene today in its first session since a state of emergency was declared in the country. While full cabinet has resigned, President Rajapaksa has named four ministers to maintain the stability of the Parliament until the appointment of a new cabinet. The economic turmoil in Sri Lanka is trigged by foreign exchange crisis and the balance of payment issues.

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