Russia-Ukraine News Live Updates: Russia strikes Ukrainian explosives factory

The Russian military says it has struck a Ukrainian explosives factory, several artillery depots and hundreds of other targets. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Sunday that the Russian military used precision-guided missiles to destroy a factory making powder and explosives near Pavlohrad in the Dnipro region in central Ukraine. Konashenkov said Russian forces also struck several depots with artillery munitions and rockets in Barvinkove, Nova Dmytrivka, Ivanivka, Husarivka and Velyka Komyshuvakha in the Kharkiv region. He added that the Russian artillery hit 423 Ukrainian targets overnight, including fortified positions and troops concentrations, while Russian warplanes destroyed 26 Ukrainian military targets.

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Fire in Shimla’s Taradevi forest area continues to raze

Indian wrestler Deepak Punia wins silver medal at Asian Championship after losing final 1-6 to Kazakhstan’s Azamat Dauletbekov

Encounter breaks out in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama

An encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday, police said. Based on specific inputs about the presence of militants in Pahoo area of Pulwama in south Kashmir, security forces launched a cordon and search there, a police official said.

Germany: Left party to hold leadership vote amid turmoil

Germany’s Left party said Sunday that it will hold a leadership vote in June amid a series of internal spats including over the handling of sexism allegations. Co-leader Susanne Hennig-Wellsow resigned Wednesday, citing the sexism spat and unfulfilled hopes for the party’s renewal.

Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish surrenders in Lakhimpur court

Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra on Sunday surrendered at a local court, days after the SC cancelled his bail in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. “Ashish has surrendered in the court. We were given a week’s time but as Monday was the last day, he surrendered a day ahead,” Ashish’s counsel Awadesh Singh told PTI.

Russian ambassador to U.S. says mission’s work ‘blockaded’ – RIA

The working of the Russian embassy in Washington is “blockaded”, with its bank accounts closed and staff receiving threats, state news agency RIA cited ambassador Anatoly Antonov as saying on Sunday. “The embassy is in essence blockaded by U.S. government entities. Accounts of our two consulates in Houston and New York have been closed by Bank of America,” Antonov was quoted as saying.

Nissan to stop making cars under Datsun brand, reports Reuters

Pakistan logs 105 new Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours

With the addition of new cases, the total Covid-19 cases reported in Pakistan so far mounted to 1,527,856, including 3,489 active cases.

Karnataka | Former CM and senior BJP leader BS Yediyurappa writes to CM Basavaraja Bommai to reconsider his decision of naming under-construction Shivamogga airport after him; suggesting to consider someone who has worked for development of the nation, state and has a historic name.

China Covid death toll rises as Beijing warns of ‘grim’ situation

Shanghai reported 39 Covid deaths Sunday, its highest daily toll despite weeks of lockdowns, while China’s capital Beijing warned of a “grim” situation with rising infections. The world’s second-largest economy has been struggling to stamp out its worst outbreak in two years with a playbook of harsh lockdowns and mass testing as it sticks to a strict zero-Covid policy, taking a heavy toll on businesses and public morale.

South Africa has seen “worrying signs” of a daily spike in Covid-19 infections over the last week, Health Minister Joe Phaahla has said, as he expressed hope that an increase in the number of cases won’t be disruptive enough to divert the country’s vaccination programme.

If you want to understand the soul of India, you should listen and read Sri Aurobindo. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Dwarka to Bengal, somewhere the same culture binds us all: Union Home Minister Amit Shah at the inaugural function of the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo

Taliban in fresh decree bans co-education in varsities

After imposing stringent rules upon the Afghan civilians, the Taliban have now segregated weekdays of male and female university students, at two institutes to put an end to co-education. In a bid to end co-education, the Taliban Ministry of Higher Education has announced the allocation of specific days in a week for male and female students to attend universities separately. This diktat, for now, will be followed at Kabul University and Kabul Polytechnic University, reported Khama press. According to the new timetable, three days will be assigned for the female students of the universities where no males will be allowed. Similarly, the other three days will be appointed solely to the male students where no presence of a girl is permitted.

An earthquake of magnitude 4.2 occurred at around 2:53pm, 195km NNE of Kargil, Ladakh today: National Center for Seismology

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, along with Delhi CM & AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal, will visit Delhi govt schools and mohalla clinics on April 25. Education and Health Ministers and top officials of both the states will also be present during the visit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanks the people of Guwahati

Central govt has given instructions to take precautions regarding Covid. Scientists are doing research on Covid variants. We will bring guidelines after video conference of PM Modi with CMs regarding Covid on April 27. People must take precautions

– Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai

As the trend shows BJP victory in Guwahati Municipal Corporation polls, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma says, “I bow my head to the people of Guwahati for giving BJP & its allies a historic win of 58/60 wards in the GMC Polls.”

“With this massive mandate, people have reaffirmed their faith on our development journey under the guidance of Hon’ble PM”, says Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

Gadkari announces expressway project worth Rs 10,000 crore

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday said an access- controlled expressway will be constructed between Aurangabad and Pune at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore to considerably reduce the travel time between the two Maharashtra cities. Gadkari on Sunday dedicated to the nation 86 km of roads on National Highway no. 52 worth Rs 3,216 crore here. He also laid the foundation stone of four other road projects here worth Rs 2,253 crore.

Navneet Rana, Ravi Rana sent to juducial custory for 14 days

Maharashtra: Rana couple to appear for remand proceedings

Mumbai Police take Amravati MP Navneet Rana & her husband MLA Ravi Rana to Holiday and Sunday court of Metropolitan Magistrate, Bandra. Advocate Rizwan Merchant will represent the Rana couple during remand proceedings today

When I speak about ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’, our focus is on connectivity and bridging distances. Our aim is to provide all-weather connectivity to Jammu and Kashmir

– Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Be it democracy or development, today Jammu and Kashmir, is setting a new example. New dimensions of development have been created in Jammu and Kashmir in the last two-three years

– Prime Minister Narendra Modi

With the inauguration of a 500 KW solar power plant at Palli in Samba District, it is moving towards becoming the country’s first panchayat to become carbon neutral…The people of Palli have demonstrated what ‘sabka prayas’ can do

– Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jammu

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates the Banihal-Qazigund Road Tunnel

Built at a cost of over Rs 3100 crores, the 8.45 Km long tunnel will reduce the road distance between Banihal and Qazigund by 16 km, and reduce journey time by around one and a half hour

Prime Minister Modi has given a new industrial scheme in Jammu and Kashmir. Since independence till now there was just Rs 15,000 crore investment, now we’ve proposal of Rs 52,000 crore while projects of Rs 38,000 crore will be inaugurated by the PM. We expect investment to cross Rs 70,000 crore

– Lt Governor Manoj Sinha

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters third month

Russia heads into the third month of its invasion of Ukraine on Sunday with no end in sight to fighting that has killed thousands, uprooted millions and reduced cities to rubble. In the face of mounting sanctions and fierce Ukrainian resistance bolstered by Western arms, Russia has kept up its long-distance bombardment and opened up a new offensive in the east.

A panchayat awaits the Prime Minister

Thousands of Sarpanches, Panches, DDC (District Development Council), BDC (Block Development Council), & local people plugged in to listen to PM Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’, in Samba where the PM is scheduled to address all Gram Sabhas across India today.

People should go for ‘Cashless Dayout’, now even in small villages and town people are using UPI. It’s benefitting both shopkeepers and customers. Online payments are developing a digital economy, everyday Rs.20,000 crore online transactions are taking place

– Prime Minister Modi during Mann Ki Baat

It’s specified in our scriptures that water is basic necessity of every creature, it’s an important natural resource. In Valmiki Ramayan, water preservation was emphasised. During Harappan civilisation, there was advanced engineering for saving water

– Prime Minister Modi

Mann ki Baat

People are donating many items to museums, & are adding to the cultural heritage of India. Amid the Covid pandemic, the focus on the digitisation of museums has increased. Young people must visit museums with their friends in upcoming vacations

– Prime Minister Modi, during Mann ki Baat

The country has got a ‘Pradhan Mantri Sanghralay’, it has been opened for the people of the country. It’s a matter of pride that we are remembering the contribution of PMs, it’s connecting the youth of the country with them

– PM Modi, on the newly inaugurated museum about India’s Prime Ministers, during Mann ki Baat

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Sri Lanka looks for foreign investors to stabilise currency

Sri Lanka is looking for investors that can bring in more than $2 billion into the central bank, Finance Minister Ali Sabry said. Sabry said that the next few months will be difficult for Sri Lankans, reports Xinhua news agency. “There is a need to attract investments in U.S. dollars into Sri Lanka’s central bank,” he said. The Minister said that the government is talking with several countries to get funds as soon as possible.

India-Argentina ministers meet

External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar and Argentine Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero meet at Hyderabad House in Delhi

At least one miner dead, six trapped after tremor in Polish coal mine

One miner was confirmed dead after a tremor at the Borynia-Zofiowka coal mine in Poland, and rescuers are still trying to reach six more underground, mine owner JSW said. The tremor shook the mine in southern Poland on Saturday morning. There were 52 workers in the area, 42 got out on their own, and 10 remained underground.

Guterres to meet Erdogan ahead of mediation visits with Putin, Zelensky

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will be kicking off his mediation mission to end the Moscow-Kiev conflict with a visit to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday ahead of his meetings with Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Volodymyr of Ukraine. In a brief note to correspondents on Saturday evening, the UN chief’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said that Guterres will be “received” by Erdogan in Ankara. Turkey has been the hub of diplomacy for Russia and Ukraine and consulting with Erdogan could help Guterres prepare for his meetings with Putin on Tuesday and with Zelensky on Thursday.

Active COVID-19 cases in country rise to 15,873

With 2,593 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 4,30,57,545, while the active cases increased to 15,873, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The death toll climbed to 5,22,193 with 44 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. The active cases comprise 0.04 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded as 98.75 per cent, the ministry said. An increase of 794 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

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“In strength of panchayats lies prosperity of new India”

Mumbai Police has refused to lodge my FIR, instead, they lodged a bogus FIR stating that only one stone was hurled; 70-80 Shiv Sainiks attacked me, no action by Khar Police despite intimation. Third attempt by Uddhav Thackeray to take my life – Washim, Pune and now Khar

– BJP leader Kirit Somaiya

I will go to Khar PS to meet Ravi Rana & Navneet Rana, let’s see who stops me. Those who were protesting at Navneet Rana’s place today are not Shiv Sainiks, they are goons. The end of this govt has come, people here will expose the scam

– BJP leader Kirit Somaiya, in Mumbai

China reports 1,566 new local COVID-19 cases

The Chinese mainland on Saturday reported 1,566 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 1,401 were in Shanghai, according to the National Health Commission’s report Sunday. China’s financial hub, Shanghai, has been facing the worst COVID-19 outbreak and has been desperately seeking medical care and basic supplies like food.

Bilawal Bhutto to take oath as Pakistan’s foreign minister

Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari will take oath as Pakistan’s foreign minister in a day or two, a senior party leader said on Saturday, ending speculation that all allies of the government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif are not on the same page. The Bhutto-Zardari family’s 33-year-old scion who is the front-runner for the coveted post of the foreign minister did not take the oath on Tuesday, giving rise to speculation about his reluctance to join the new government.

Oil facility damaged during clashes in western Libyan town

Clashes between government-allied militias in western Libya caused damage to a sprawling oil facility, the state-run oil company said Saturday, the latest blow to the energy sector in the chaos-stricken Mediterranean nation. The fighting erupted Friday in the coastal town of Zawiya between two rival militias allied with the government of Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, which is based in the capital of Tripoli. The National Oil Corp. said the fighting damaged at least 29 sites, including storage tanks, at the Zawiya refinery complex. It said an assessment was continuing to determine the extent of the damage. The refinery is a major source of domestic fuel raising fears of an energy crisis amid the heat of the summer.

Wildfires merge in New Mexico, threatening rural villages

Over a dozen sizable fires were burning in Arizona and New Mexico, destroying dozens of homes and as of Saturday burning more than 174 square miles (451 square kilometers). Winds that howled Friday remained a concern on Saturday in northern New Mexico where two fires merged and quadrupled in size to a combined 66 square miles (171 square kilometers) in mountains and grassland northwest of Las Vegas.

Turkey closes its airspace to Russian civilian and military flights between Russia and Syria

Turkey’s top diplomat says Ankara has closed the Turkish airspace to Russian civilian and military flights between Russia and Syria. Mevlut Cavusoglu told a group of Turkish journalists during a visit to Uruguay that Russia had permission to use the Turkish airspace for flights to Syria until April. But Haberturk television reported that Cavusoglu said Saturday that he asked Moscow to stop using the airspace during a visit there in March, and that Moscow agreed to the Turkish request.

Russians try to storm Mariupol plant, strike Odesa

Russian forces in Ukraine tried to storm a steel plant housing soldiers and civilians in the southern city of Mariupol on Saturday in an attempt to crush the last corner of resistance in a place of deep symbolic and strategic value to Moscow, Ukrainian officials said. The reported assault on the eve of Orthodox Easter came after the Kremlin claimed its military had seized all of the shattered city except for the Azovstal plant, and as Russian forces pounded other cities and towns in southern and eastern Ukraine.

Explosion at illegal oil refinery in Nigeria kills over 50

More than 50 people have been killed and many wounded in southeast Nigeria in an explosion that rocked an illegal oil refinery, state officials and the police said Saturday. The death toll may be more than 100, according to a report in the Lagos-based Punch newspaper. The fire is reported to have spread to nearby properties.

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