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Russia-Ukraine War: US Announces Ban On Russian Oil, Gas And Coal Imports

Russia-Ukraine War: US Announces Ban On Russian Oil, Gas And Coal Imports

On Tuesday, the United States President Joe Biden announced a ban on US imports of Russian oil, gas and coal. He added that Ukraine would never be a victory for Putin. The ban on Russian oil, gas and coal imports has led to a western assault on Moscow’s economic pipeline. Britain also said that it would phase out Russian oil imports by the end of 2022. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that he is no longer pressing for a NATO membership for Ukraine, one of the issues stated by Russia for invading Kyiv. On the other hand, the European Union has announced humanitarian aid to Ukraine worth 500 million euros. It said that it has already taken two million refugees who fled the Russian invasion and also expected to take a million more. Moreover, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss would meet her US counterpart Antony Blinken to discuss what more can be done to help Ukraine and reduce energy dependency on Russia

Covid-Bulletin: India Records 4,575 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.69%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has recorded 4,575 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 46,962. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases with registering 7,416 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries currently stand at 4,24,13,566. The daily and weekly positivity rates stand at 0.51% and 0.62%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 77.52 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 179.33 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

Assembly Elections: Officer Appears To Admit To Lapse In The Movements of EVMs

Recently, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav’s sensational claim that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were moved illegally in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. A day after the incident, the party tweeted the on-camera statement of an official who appeared to have admitted to the lapses during the movement of EVMs. This came just 48 hours before the final counting of votes begins. Last evening, Varanasi’s Commissioner Deepak Agarwal spoke to reporters and appeared to have admitted to the lapses. However, he added that those voting machines were only for training purposes. Mr Agarwal said: “If you talk about the protocol for the movement of EVMs, there was a lapse in the protocol, I accept that. But I can guarantee you, it is impossible to take away machines used in voting,” “Political party workers can even sit outside the centres to keep an eye,” he added. Tagging the Election Commission of India, the Samajwadi Party’s official handle tweeted: “There is information of violations in EVMs from various districts. On whose order is this happening? Are officials under pressure from the Chief Minister’s (Yogi Adityanath) Office? The Election Commission must clarify,” On Tuesday, Akhilesh Yadav accused the BJP of trying to steal elections and alleged that the EVMs were moved out of a counting centre in three trucks. Refuting all claims, BJP leader and UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said: “I would ask Akhilesh Yadav to be patient. What is in the EVMs will be known on March 10 (Thursday) when votes are counted.” 

The US Rejects Poland’s Appeal To Send MiG-29 Fighter Jets To Ukraine 

On Tuesday, the United States rejected Poland’s offer to send MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine by saying that the proposal raises serious concerns for the entire NATO alliance. In a statement, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said: “We will continue to consult with Poland and our other NATO allies about this issue and the difficult logistical challenges it presents, but we do not believe Poland’s proposal is a tenable one,” “It is simply not clear to us that there is a substantive rationale for it,” he added. Ever since Russia invaded Ukraine, the war-torn country has stepped up calls for western allies to supply military jets but providing Kyiv with war weapons would pose severe risks for NATO members. 

Kangana Ranaut’s Dig At Gangubai Kathiawadi: “Kya Majbooriyaan Rahi Hongi….”

Gangubai Kathiawadi starring Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn and directed by ace filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali is touching heights, especially a film that was released during covid-19 restrictions. The film has already reached the Rs 100 crore mark at the box office and is continuing to receive applauds from both critics and the audience. However, Kangana Ranaut is not too satisfied with Gangubai Kathiawadi’s success at the box office. Taking a dig at the performance of Alia Bhatt, Kangana Ranaut, sharing the screenshot of a random blind article, said: “Achcha doodh mein pani to suna tha lekin pani me doodh…hmm… kya majbooriyaan rahi hongi becharon ki… (We have heard about the trend of diluting milk with water but here water seems to have been diluted with milk…. the helpless people must have had some obligations) (sic).”

Mission Manju Starring Sidharth Malhotra, Rashmika Mandanna To Release On 10th June 2022

Mission Manju, the espionage thriller starring Sidharth Malhotra and Rashmika Mandanna in lead roles, has got a new release date. The film directed by Shantanu Bagchi, which was earlier set to release on 13th May 2022, will now release on 10th June. The film is a spy thriller featuring Sidharth as a RAW agent who leads a covert operation in Pakistan. Announcing the new release date, the production banner RSVP wrote: “The target is set! Get ready to be a part of India’s most daring RAW mission in the heart of Pakistan. Inspired by true events, #MissionMajnu releasing on 10th June 2022,” The film would mark the Bollywood debut of Rashmika Mandanna, who recently featured in the blockbuster film Pushpa: The Rise

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