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Russia-Ukraine War: Ukraine Recaptures Kyiv; Peace Talks Scheduled For Today

Russia-Ukraine War: Ukraine Recaptures Kyiv; Peace Talks Scheduled For Today

As Ukrainian negotiators are preparing to meet Russian counterparts for face-to-face peace talks in Istanbul today, Ukrainian forces recaptured a key Kyiv village. The Ukrainian troops are also clung onto recapturing the besieged city of Mariupol. Though both countries are scheduled for an interaction today, AFP journalists reported that there has been continuous shelling with bombs raining from the sky and people being killed in Ukraine. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has entered its second month, and Putin’s intention to oust the democratic government in Kyiv. The Russia-Ukraine war has killed around 20,000 people and forced more than 10 million people to leave their homes. Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Dymtro Kuleba said that the Istanbul talks would focus on easing the humanitarian situation. He said: “If we see that the mood has changed and they are ready for a serious, substantive conversation and balanced arrangements, then things will move forward,” “If it is a repetition of their propaganda,” he added.

Covid-Bulletin: India Logs 1,259 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.75%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has recorded 1,259 covid-19 cases in the previous 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 15,378. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases with, registering 1,705 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The total recoveries have now reached 4,24,85,534. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 0.22% and 0.25%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 78.79 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 183.53 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

Fuel Prices Continue To Rise For The 8th Day; Petrol And Diesel Prices Hiked By 80 Paise And 70 Paise Per Litre

On Tuesday, the petrol and diesel prices were hiked by 80 paise and 70 paise respectively, with increasing by almost Rs 5/per litre in eight days. In the national capital, petrol costs over Rs 100 a litre. As for Mumbai, Petrol and diesel cost Rs 115.04 and Rs 99.25 per litre after an increase of 85 paise and 75 paise, respectively. There was a pause in the hiking of fuel prices since November 4, 2021, which was broken on March 2022 due to crude oil prices going upwards following the Russia-Ukraine crisis. As per the fuel price trends, prices are expected to see a sharp jump in the international markets which will further have an impact on other items, leading to inflationary pressure and hurt growth. 

Pakistan Political Turmoil: No Confidence Motion Passed Against PM Imran Khan

Pakistan has been going through political turmoil as a motion of no confidence was passed in the Pakistan National Assembly against Prime Minister Imran Khan. Introducing the no-trust motion, the leader of the opposition Shahbaz Sharif said: “I am presenting a no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister.” 161 members in the Assembly voted in favour of the no-confidence motion against Imran Khan. The next session will take place on 31st March from 4:30 PM, as reported by the Pakistan media. Pakistan PM Imran Khan came to power in 2018 with the promise of a “Naya Pakistan”. As his party, Tehreek-e-Insaf is in a coalition government, Mr Khan needs at least 172 lawmakers on his side to remain in power. 

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