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Russia-Ukraine War: Russia Promises To Scale Down Military Operations Around Kyiv

Russia-Ukraine War: Russia Promises To Scale Down Military Operations Around Kyiv

As the Russia-Ukraine peace talks proceeded in Istanbul, Russia promised to scale down military operations around Kyiv. Speaking about the same, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexander Fomin told reporters: “In order to increase mutual trust and create the necessary conditions for further negotiations and achieving the ultimate goal of agreeing and signing (an) agreement, a decision was made to radically, by a large margin, reduce military activity in the Kyiv and Chernihiv directions,” However, it made no mention of other areas that has been witnessing heavy fighting including Mariupol, Sumy, Kharkiv, Kherson and Mykolaiv. Though Russia promised to reduce its position around Kyiv, the western countries expect that Moscow will intensify its military operations in other parts of the country. Reacting to Russia’s promise, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said: “Ukrainians are not naive people. Ukrainians have already learned during these 34 days of the invasion, and over the past eight years of the war in Donbass, that the only thing they can trust is a concrete result.” “The general staff of the Ukrainian armed forces said that Russia’s promise to curtail military operations in some areas was probably a rotation of individual units and aims to mislead”Zelensky added. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 1,233 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.75%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 1,233 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 14,704. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases, with recording 1,876 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have now reached 4,24,87,410. The daily and weekly positivity rates stand at 0.20% and 0.25%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 78.85 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 183.82 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

Historic Deal: Assam And Meghalaya Sign Agreement To Resolve 50-Year-Old Border Dispute

On Tuesday, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma signed a “historic deal” to partially resolve the 50-year-old border dispute in 6 of the 12 sectors along the 885-km boundary between the states. The agreement has been signed to close the 6 disputed sectors that were taken up for resolution. The agreement between Assam and Meghalaya was signed in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The 6 disputed sectors include Tarabari, Gizang, Hahim, Boklapara, Khanapara-Pillangata and Ratcherra. Speaking about the agreement, Amit Shah said: “We will resolve the problem in the six other areas in the near future. I congratulate both sides on behalf of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modiji and the Government of India,” In June 2021, both sides had decided to adopt a “give and take” policy to start the process of resolving the boundary dispute. Apart from Meghalaya, Assam also has boundary disputes with other northeastern states, including Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland. 

Pakistan Political Turmoil: Pak PM Imran Khan Loses Majority As (MQM) Strikes A Deal With Opposition Party (PPP)

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party, Tehreek-e-Insaf received a massive blow after its key ally Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM), struck a deal with the opposition party Pakistan Peoples Party. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said: “The united opposition and MQM have reached an agreement. Rabta committee MQM and PPP CEC will ratify the said agreement. We will then share details with the media in a press conference tomorrow IA. Congratulations Pakistan,” Meanwhile, Pak PM Imran Khan-led government has lost its majority, days ahead of the no-confidence motion passed against him. The Pakistan National Assembly has a total strength of 342 members. The PTI formed the government with the support of 179 members. However, now that MQM-P has sided with the opposition, PTI stands with only 164 members in support, while the opposition party has 177 members in support. During a rally, Pak PM Imran Khan said: “Attempts are being made through foreign money to change the government in Pakistan. Our people are being used. Mostly inadvertently, but some people are using money against us. We know from what places attempts are being to pressure us. We have been threatened in writing, but we will not compromise on national interest.” The no-trust vote against Pak PM Imran Khan is expected to take place on 3rd April. 

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