The war between Russia and Ukraine is now on its Day 13. The third round of negotiation talks was held between the two countries on Monday, March 7, which showed some tentative progress but failed to reach a deal on creating humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of citizens.
Russia has claimed that it will stop the ongoing invasion of Ukraine at once if its demand is met. Russia has demanded that Ukraine cease its military actions, modify its constitution to include neutrality, recognise Crimea as Russian territory, and recognise the separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk as sovereign states.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held telephonic conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and sought continued support from both countries for the evacuation of Indian nationals stranded in Ukraine.
Russia Ukraine War Updates:
Russia attacks evacuation bus, three wounded, claims Ukraine
In an ongoing war, Russian troops have attacked an evacuation bus and a number of villages in the Kyiv region claimed authorities. According to the reports, three people were wounded in the attack.
Approximately 1.2 million Ukrainians have fled to Poland, says report
Since the Russian invasion on February 24, almost 1.2 million Ukrainians have fled to Poland, including 141,500 on Monday, according to the Polish Border Guard.
At least nine people dead in bombing of Ukraine city Sumy, says report
According to the rescue services, at least nine persons, including two children, were killed in an air strike on the Ukrainian city of Sumy, around 350 kilometres east of Kiev.
Russian offensive slows as residents flee bombed-out cities, says Ukraine
According to Ukrainian military and intelligence, Russia’s offensive in Ukraine still continues, but at a much slower pace as terrified residents fled bombed-out cities. Reports also state that a second senior Russian commander has been killed.
Australia, Japan announce new round of sanctions on Russia
Australia has imposed another round of sanctions against Russia for its unwarranted invasion of Ukraine and is targeting Moscow’s senior military officers, as well as state propagandists peddling pro-Kremlin disinformation. Meanwhile, following the invasion of Ukraine, Japan has blocked the assets of an additional 32 Russian and Belarusian officials and oligarchs, according to the Ministry of Finance. The newly added sanctions are aimed at 20 Russians, including deputy chiefs of staff for President Vladamir Putin’s administration, deputy chairs of state legislatures, the Chechen Republic’s president, and executives of companies with close ties to the government such as Volga Group, Transneft, and Wagner.
Despite repeated urgings, no safe corridor for students stranded in Sumy
India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador T S Tirumurti, expressed deep concern at the UN Security Council meeting that the safe corridor for Indian students stranded in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sumy did not materialise despite India’s repeated urgings to both Russia and Ukraine.
FIFA to suspend contracts of foreign players tied to Ukrainian, Russian clubs
After the suspension of Russian from international soccer games last week, FIFA has now announced that it will suspend the contracts of all those who are tied to Ukrainian and Russian clubs for the rest of 2021-22 season.
Russia declares ceasefire for humanitarian corridors in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Mariupol
Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that from 10 am (Moscow time) on March 8, the Russian Federation declares a ceasefire and is ready to provide humanitarian corridors in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv and Mariupol.
The statement also added that the Ukrainian side should also inform in accordance with the established procedure, about the planned humanitarian operation before 3 am (Moscow time) on March 8.
Oil prices will hit $300 a barrel if US, Europe ban imports, warns Russia
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said that A ban on Russian oil will lead to catastrophic consequences for the global market. The surge in prices will be unpredictable, more than $300 per barrel, if not more.
Children among dead after Russia air raid on residential buildings in Sumy, says report
Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, the head of the Sumy Regional State Administration, said in a video message on March 7 that at least ten people had been murdered as a result of Russia’s targeted bombings on Sumy.
AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh arrested in connection with money laundering case linked to Delhi liquor policy
The Enforcement Directorate has mentioned Sanjay Singh’s name in its charge sheet. According to the investigating agency Dinesh Arora a middle man said he had met Singh during a party in his restaurant. The name of the restaurant is Unplugged Courtyard.
The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday arrested Aam Aadmi Party Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh after searches were conducted at his residence in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case. The central investigating agency questioned Sanjay Singh for 10 hours before arresting him.
Houses of several people close to the AAP MP were also searched. The Enforcement Directorate had named Sanjay Singh in its charge-sheet. According to the investigating agency, Dinesh Arora, a middle-man, said he had met Singh during a party in his restaurant, Unplugged Courtyard.
Before leaving his home with the ED officers, Sanjay Singh touched his mother’s feet to take her blessings. Sanjay Singh’s father said they would cooperate fully with ED officials. He added he told his son Sanjay not to worry. He said the future was positive for them as the government will change soon.
AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the move showed BJP’s desperate measures as it stares at defeat in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Delhi Education Minister Atishi tweeted the BJP’s fear of losing to the INDIA alliance is clearly visible. She said Sanjay Singh worked for the people of Delhi and wondered why they don’t open an ED office in the AAP headquarters itself. Atishi added the BJP is surviving by making false allegations against AAP.
The Enforcement Directorate had arrested then Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case. Large number of comments from different political leaders of different parties started coming immediately. BJP MP Manoj Tiwari said the way the AAP leaders used to write letters it seemed there was no one as honest as them. Tiwari added the AAP leader’s co-accused have turned approvers. He said the flame will not end with Sanjay Singh, Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain but will reach Arvind Kejriwal as well.
Government hikes subsidy for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries from Rs 200 to Rs 300 per LPG cylinder
Ujjwala beneficiaries are paying Rs 703 per 14.2 cylinder as against the market price of Rs 903. After this announcement they will pay Rs 603.
Union Minster Anurag Thakur announced the Central government has hiked the subsidy amount for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries from Rs 200 to Rs 300 per LPG cylinder on Wednesday. Anurag Thakur said the subsidy will bring an additional financial implication of Rs 7680 crore for the financial year 2023-24.
Ujjwala beneficiaries are paying Rs 703 per 14.2 cylinder as against the market price of Rs 903. After this announcement they will pay Rs 603. The decision has been made one month after the central government reduced the price of the price of cylinders for domestic cooking gas by Rs 200 for all customers.
The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was launched by PM Modi on May 1, 2016 in UP’s Ballia. The scheme aims to provide cooking gas like LPG to the people of rural India. The scheme focuses on offering LPG connections to women from disadvantaged groups, forest dwellers, Antyoday Anna Yojana (AAY), Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), SC/ST communities and BPL households.
The Union Cabinet has approved the extension of PMUY for release of 75 lakh LPG connections over three years from the financial year 2023-24 to 2025-26. The 75 lakh additional Ujjwala connections take total number of PMUY beneficiaries to Rs 10.35 crore.
The decision to give additional subsidies for Ujjawala beneficiaries has come ahead upcoming elections in Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Congress has repeatedly attacked the BJP government at the centre as it is an important issue. It was also a part of BJP’s election campaign in 2014 when Congress was in power at the centre. The decision has been taken by the Union government at a time when domestic LPG cylinders are available at a retail price of Rs 1103 per LPG cylinder.
Rasabali: Famous sweet dish of Odisha’s Kendrapara district gets GI tag
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to X (formerly twitter) and said it is a matter of pride for Odisha to get the GI tag for Kendrapara Rasabali. Patnaik added Rasabali has special importance to tradition and food culture of Odisha.
The Geographical Indications Registry, Chennai under the ministry of Commerce and industry gave the GI tag to the sweet dish, which is known as Kendrapara Rasabali. Kendrapara Rasabali Mistanna Nirmata Sangha and the rural infrastructure development and employment department had applied for GI tag for Rasabali. They had submitted the supporting documents to the registry.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to X (formerly twitter) and said it is a matter of pride for Odisha to get the GI tag for Kendrapara Rasabali. Patnaik added Rasabali has special importance to tradition and food culture of Odisha. The origin of the sweet dish is from the 262 year old Sree Baladevjew temple. The presiding diety of the shrine is offered Rasabali as bhog. Rasabali finds its place among the chappan bhog at Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri.
The tag is a matter of pride for the sweetmakers. The recognition gives the product its own identity and image. Baishnab Panda, president of Kendrapara Rasabali Makers association was delighted and said the sweet will get better exposure now. Kendrapara’s Rasabali is one of the most delicious sweets in India. But it is not getting marketed properly due to poor export facilities and poor promotion.
Kendrapara Rasabali Mistanna Nirmata Sangh had prepared a dossier in the year 2021 in order to claim geographical identification tag for the sweetdish. Basudev Das a researcher of Kendrapara said the request had been submitted to the state government. The government further forwarded the request to the office of Geographical Indications Registry in Chennai.
The GI tag will help Kendrapara Rasabali to get more prominence in the market. This will in turn help the makers to fetch a better price for the sweetdish. According to NandaKishore Parida This GI certification will help in stopping the adulteration of Kendrapara Rasabali. As a result the sweet dish will fetch better prices in the market.