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Your Attention Should Be On Europe Says S Jaishankar To US on Russian Energy Imports

Your Attention Should Be On Europe Says S Jaishankar To US on Russian Energy Imports

On Monday, the United States told India that buying Russian energy is not in its interest amid the ongoing cold war between the United States and Russia due to the latter’s action in Ukraine. While the US is trying hard to get India on its team alongside its western allies, India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was quick to remind the United States to look closely at the Russian imports of its western allies before advising India over importing energy resources from Russia. Speaking about the same to US media persons present in Washington, EAM S Jaishankar said: “If you’re looking at energy resources from Russia, I’d suggest your attention should be on Europe. We buy some energy necessary for our energy security. But I suspect, looking at figures, our purchases for the month would be less than what Europe does in an afternoon,”

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 796 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.76%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 796 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 10,889. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases, with recording 946 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 0.20% and 0.24%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 79.45 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 185.90 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

India-US Talks: Modi, Biden Discusses Ukraine Situation As Well As Regional And Global Issues

On Monday morning, US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi met virtually as External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were in Washington for the Fourth ‘2+2’ Foreign and Defence Ministry Dialogue with their US counterparts. Both Biden and Modi, in their opening remarks, mentioned the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. The government read out the meeting of the two leaders, which said that both discussed Ukraine and other regional and global issues, including the global economy, climate and the covid-19 pandemic. Speaking to reporters, a senior US administration official said that the issues of Sri Lanka and Pakistan had been touched on but not discussed in a detailed manner. Describing the situation in Ukraine as “very worrying”, PM Modi said that he had spoken to both Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin several times and urged direct talks between them. Meanwhile, the United States is not very happy with India not calling out Russia directly for its attack on Ukraine, but US Officials hope that the countries having a relationship with Moscow might leverage them to bring a resolution to the Russia-Ukraine war

Nirav Modi Case: Close Aide Mr Parab Brought To India By Cairo Says CBI Sources

As per the Central Bureau of Investigation official sources, a close associate of absconded jeweller Nirav Modi, Subash Shankar Parab, was deported from Egypt today. Officials said that Mr Parab fled to Cairo in 2018 and landed in Mumbai this morning and will be produced in a CBI Court at 12 PM today. Mr Parab was the Deputy General Manager (Finance) in Firestar Diamond and a key accused in the INR 7,000 crore Nirav Modi bank fraud case. Mr Parab can be the key to unlocking India’s biggest financial scam in the state-run Punjab National Bank, allegedly carried out by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi as per officials. While Nirav Modi is currently locked in a London prison after repeated denials of bail, Mehul Choksi had taken the citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda in 2017 even before fleeing India in 2018. 

Pakistan Political Turmoil: Former PM Imran Khan Demands Immediate Elections

A few hours after Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif took the oath as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan, former Pak PM Imran Khan demanded immediate elections in the country. Taking to Twitter, Imran Khan wrote: “Let the people decide, through fair and free elections, whom they want as their prime minister. We are demanding immediate elections as that is the only way forward — to let the people decide, through fair & free elections, whom they want as their prime minister,” In another tweet, Mr Khan said: “On Wednesday I will be holding a jalsa in Peshawar after Isha – my first jalsa after being removed through a foreign- instigated regime change. I want all our people to come, as Pakistan was created as an independent, sovereign state, not as a puppet state of foreign powers,” On Saturday night, voting was held on the no-confidence motion against Imran Khan, wherein 174 members of the country’s National Assembly voted in favour of the motion that ousted the Imran Khan government. 

 

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