Ukraine Crisis Live Updates: Ukraine appeals to NATO for more ‘weapons to fight Russia

Ukraine appealed to NATO for more weapons in its fight against Russia to help prevent further atrocities like those reported in the city of Bucha, and urged Germany to slash red tape so that more supplies can get in. “We know how to fight. We know how to win. But without sustainable and sufficient supplies requested by Ukraine, these wins will be accompanied by enormous sacrifices,” Kuleba said.

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McDonald’s India to display Allergen & Nutritional info for entire menu

  • McDonald’s India (West and South) on Thursday said it will now also display Allergen & Nutritional information for the entire menu of in-store and on McDelivery app to enable customers to make the right food choices.
  • McDonald’s India (West and South) has also eliminated artificial colours, artificial preservatives and artificial flavouring from select food items.

EU’s full ban on Russian coal to be pushed back to mid-August

European Union envoys are set to approve on Thursday a ban on Russian coal that would take full effect from mid-August, a month later than initially proposed, an EU source told Reuters, following pressure from Germany to delay the measure.

The phase-out of EU imports of Russian coal is the cornerstone measure in a fifth package of sanctions against Russia that the EU Commission proposed this week, as a reaction to atrocities in the Ukrainian town of Bucha.

Once approved, it will be the EU’s first ban on any import of energy from Russia since the start of what the Kremlin calls a “special operation” in Ukraine on February 24.

Oil and gas, which represent far bigger imports from Moscow, are still untouched.

India to boost arms output, fearing shortfall from Russia

India on Thursday said it would ramp up its production of military equipment, including helicopters, tank engines, missiles and airborne early warning systems, to offset any potential shortfall from its main supplier Russia.India depends on Russia for nearly 60% of its defense equipment, and the war in Ukraine has added to doubts about future supplies.Defense Ministry officials say India, with the world’s second-largest army, fourth-largest air force and seventh-largest navy, can’t sustain itself through imports.

Ukraine calls for ‘weapons, weapons, weapons’ at NATO talks

  • Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Thursday called on NATO members to provide Kyiv with all the heavy weaponry it needs to fight Russia’s invading forces.
  • “I call on all allies to put aside their hesitations, their reluctance, to provide Ukraine with everything it needs,” he said.
  • Ukraine is pushing the West to increase its arms supplies with heavier weaponry, including air defence systems, artillery, armoured vehicles and jets, as Moscow refocuses its offensive on the east of the country.

Ambedkar University to hold all UG admissions through CUET

  • Delhi government-run Ambedkar University on Thursday announced it will hold all undergraduate admissions through Common University Entrance Test (CUET).
  • “It is mandatory for all the candidates to appear in CUET, 2022, including those seeking admission to supernumerary seats. The eligibility criteria will be decided on the basis of marks obtained in CUET,” University VC said.

INS Vikrant ‘crowd-funds scam’: Mumbai Police book BJP’s Somaiya, son

  • The Mumbai Police have registered a case against BJP activist Kirit Somaiya and his son Neil K. Somaiya in connection with the alleged siphoning of around Rs 57 crore collected through ‘crowd-funding’ to save the decommissioned aircraft carrier Vikrant.
  • The development comes a day after Shiv Sena MP and Chief Spokesperson Sanjay Raut made the sensational allegations that an amount of Rs 57-crore collected from the masses under the guise of saving Vikrant, which bowed out of service in 1997 and later scrapped, was swindled off by Somaiya.

BSF recovers arms, ammunition near Indo-Pak border in Jammu; troops on alert

  • The Border Security Force (BSF) Thursday recovered a cache of arms and ammunition during a special search operation (SSO) along the International Border (IB) in Jammu, officials said.
  • The SSO was launched on the zero-line ahead of the fence along the IB in sub-sector Pargwal of Akhnoor during which a bag full of weapons and ammunition was recovered, they said.
  • The recoveries include one AK-47 rifle, 20 rounds of AK-47 rifle, two magazines, two made-in-Italy pistols, 40 rounds of pistol and four pistol magazines, they said, adding the troops averted a major tragedy by ensuring the consignment smuggled from Pakistan did not enter India.

Shell writes down up to $5 bln after Russia exit

Shell will write down up to $5 billion in the first quarter as a result of its decision to exit Russia, higher than previously disclosed, while its oil and gas trading activities are set to get a boost from soaring energy prices, the company said on Thursday.

Court reserves order on Amnesty chief Aakar Patel’s plea to revoke LOC

A Delhi court on Thursday reserved for later in the day the order on a plea filed by chair of Amnesty International India Board Aakar Patel against a Look Out Circular (LOC) issued against him in a case of alleged violation of the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act.

2 killed, one injured as cooking gas cylinder explodes

  • Two men were killed and one injured after an LPG cylinder exploded when they were cooking in their rented accommodation in Ballia, police said on Thursday.
  • According to police, Prakash Yadav (40) and Neeraj Yadav (20) were killed in the explosion on Wednesday while Bhim Chauhan was critically injured.

Uber to add train, bus, flight bookings in UK this year

  • The move is part of a pilot that could be expanded to other countries at a later date if it goes well, reports CNBC.
  • While Uber will not provide these travel services itself, it will allow users to book them through its app following software integrations with platforms that sell tickets.

Marathi actor Asawari Joshi joins NCP

Maruti starts bookings for new Ertiga, launch enxt week

  • The next-gen Ertiga, powered by a 1.5 litre petrol engine with a smart hybrid technology, will be launched next week.
  • The company said it can be booked with a payment of Rs 11,000.

Budget Session of Parliament ends

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die, a day ahead of schedule

Zee Entertainment shares fall over 3% as Invesco funds to divest up to 7.8% stake

  • The stock went lower by 3.38 per cent to Rs 281.10 on the BSE. At the NSE, it declined 2.50 per cent to Rs 283.60.
  • Invesco said three funds managed by its developing markets investment team, including Invesco Developing Markets Fund, will sell up to 7.8 per cent of the share capital of Zee Entertainment Enterprises to align exposures to the firm with other funds managed by the team.

Flights to and from Bagdogra to get affected

  • Due to runway closure in Bagdogra till 1100 hours, all departures/arrivals and their consequential flights might get affected: SpiceJet
  • Some civil work is in progress on runway (repair) by IAF, said a senior Airport Authority of India official on partial shut down of operations at Bagdogra Airport.

Apple to provide new Face ID repair option for iPhone X

  • American tech giant Apple is adding a TrueDepth camera repair option for easier Face ID repairs to its iPhone X users.
  • As per The Verge, Apple reportedly will soon provide a new Face ID repair option for iPhone X that doesn’t involve replacing the whole device.

US cautions citizens against travelling to Sri Lanka

  • The United States has advised its citizens against travelling to Sri Lanka, pointing to the fuel and medicine shortages, as well as the COVID-19 and terror threats in the Island nation where the worst-ever economic crisis has triggered political unrest.
  • Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence from the UK in 1948.

Rupee slips in early trade

Rupee slips 12 paise to 75.96 against US dollar in early trade.

Yes Bank shares jump 10% after rating upgrade

Shares of Yes Bank jumped over 10%, hitting a 52-week high level of ₹16 apiece on the BSE in Thursday’s opening deals after rating agency CARE upgraded the bank’s ratings assigned to its debt instruments such as Infrastructure Bonds, Tier II Bonds among others.

Global Covid caseload tops 494.8 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 494.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 6.16 million and vaccinations to over 11 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Heat wave likely in Delhi today, max temperature can reach 40 deg C

  • The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the minimum temperature in the city on Thursday was recorded at 19.4 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the season.
  • The weather office said that days will get warmer over the next few days.

Sensex, Nifty decline in opening trade

Sensex tanks 354.54 points to 59,255.87 in early trade; Nifty declines 91.35 points to 17,716.30.

Active COVID-19 cases in India dip to 11,639; Single day rise in new cases drops to 1,033

  • Single day rise of 1,033 new COVID-19 infections, 43 fatalities push India’s tally of cases to 4,30,31,958, death toll to 5,21,530: Govt
  • Active COVID-19 cases in country dip to 11,639:Union Health Ministry.

Union Cabinet meeting to be held this evening at PM residence

  • Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) to meet this evening at PM residence in Delhi today.
  • The meeting is likely to be held at 6:30 pm today.

CNG price in Delhi hiked by Rs 2.5 per kg

  • Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) on Thursday increased the price of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in Delhi by Rs 2.5 per kg.
  • With this hike, the CNG prices have jumped Rs 9.10 in the last six days.
  • CNG will now cost Rs 69.11 per kg from today

COVID case rates hit new high for England, study finds

  • Coronavirus infections in England climbed to a new record high with one in 16 or 6.37 per cent testing positive for COVID-19 last month — more than double the one in 35 reported in February, according to a new study.
  • The vast majority of the analysed positive samples were the Omicron BA.2 “stealth variant”.
  • A very small number of recombinant Omicron variants – XE and XL – were also detected during the surveillance, which are hybrids of the original BA.1 Omicron strain and the BA.2 mutation.

PM Modi expresses gratitude to the health sector on the World Health Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses gratitude to the health sector on the occasion of World Health Day; tweets “we are strengthening our Ayush network to further boost overall wellness.”

Global crude oil prices rise $1 as emergency oil release seen as band-aid

  • Global crude oil prices clawed back some losses today after tumbling more than 5% to a three-week low yesterday.
  • Brent crude futures climbed $1.32 to $102.39 a barrel
  • US crude futures rose $1.18 to $97.41 a barrel

Markets in Asia & Pacific open lower

Tracking Wall Street, markets in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong open lower today.

China launches new satellite for Earth observation

  • China launched a new Earth-observation satellite on Thursday.
  • The satellite, Gaofen-3 03, was launched by a Long March-4C rocket at 7:47 a.m. and has entered the planned orbit successfully, Xinhua news agency reported.
  • The launch marks the 414th mission for the Long March series carrier rockets.

‘First’ XE variant case in India?

  • Mumbai yesterday reported India’s first case of XE variant, the most transmissible Covid-19 strain to date.
  • But INSACOG, India’s genomics consortium, claimed that the samples detected in Mumbai, which is said to have the XE strain of Covid-19, do not suggest the presence of the variant after genomic sequencing of the case.

Petrol, Diesel prices unchanged today

  • Prices in Delhi: Petrol: Rs 105.41, Diesel: Rs 96.65

Encounter breaks out in J&K’s Shopian

An encounter has started between terrorists and security forces at Haripora area in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, police officials said.

Ukrainian president orders formal halt of trade with Russia

krainian President Volodymyr Zelensky instructed the government to formalize the cessation of Ukraine’s trade with Russia, the presidential press service said.

Number of Indian students in US rose by 12%

The number of Indian students in the US increased by over 12% in 2021, while those from China which accounts for the largest number, dropped by more than 8%.

India, Netherlands sign four agreements during President’s state visit

Indian President has visited the Netherlands after 34 years. Four agreements were signed on the sidelines of the visit. First is the Extension of MoU on bilateral cooperation in the field of Ports, Maritime Transport and Logistics.

Mariupol mayor puts the number of dead at over 5,000

The mayor of the besieged port city of Mariupol put the number of civilians killed there at more than 5,000 Wednesday, as Ukraine collected evidence of Russian atrocities on the outskirts of Kyiv and braced for what could become a climactic battle for control of the country’s industrial east.

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