Are Indians really unhappy? On happiness index, Pak, war-hit Ukraine fare better than India
In a list of 146 countries, India has ranked 125, in the World Happiness report released on March 20, 2023. The Report revealed that Indians are unhappier than people in even war-torn countries Ukraine and Russia. Though India has improved from its previous year's ranking of 136, it still lags behind Pakistan, which is facing the worst-ever economic crisis.
In a first, Putin makes surprise visit to occupied Ukrainian cities
For the first time since Ukraine's invasion, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise trip to Mariupol and Sevastopol. The cities of Mariupol and Sevastopol were largely destroyed in the year-long war between Russia and Ukraine. He was seen driving a car in Sevastopol, while he traveled to Mariupol in a helicopter.
WATCH | US releases video showing Russian fighter jet intercepting American drone over the Black Sea
The US military released a minute-long video showing the Russian fighter jet colliding with an American drone over the Black Sea on March 14. The video was released after Russia denied that the two aircraft made direct contact.
Major events of 2022: A lookback
Here is a lookback at the events that grabbed attention worldwide. From Russia-Ukraine war to Pakistan floods to Argentina's marvelous World-cup victory, 2022 has seen it all.
Poland blast caused by missile fired by Ukraine at Russia, 2 dead
Two missiles landed in the territory of #Poland on Tuesday, Sputnik news agency reported citing Polish media. Initially, it was speculated that Russia fired the missiles. Later, three U.S. officials said preliminary assessments suggested the missile was fired by Ukrainian forces at an incoming Russian missile amid a crushing salvo against Ukraine's electrical infrastructure Tuesday.
Russia bombs Kyiv with "suicide drones"; second attack in a week
Ukraine's capital Kyiv was rocked by blasts for the second time in a week. Several residential buildings were damaged in the central Shevchenkivskyi district. The attacks were carried out with so-called "Kamikaze Drones" or "suicide drones".
"Global Catastrophe": Putin's big warning to NATO
Putin has warned that any direct clash of NATO troops with the Russian army will result in global catastrophe. He said that Moscow was "doing everything right" in its nearly eight-month invasion of Ukraine despite consecutive setbacks lately.
Ukraine denounces Russia as 'terrorist state' at UN meet after airstrikes
Ukraine denounced Russia as a "terrorist state" at an urgent United Nations General Assembly meeting Monday following its neighbour's latest attacks, as Western powers sought to underscore Moscow's isolation.
Russia bombs multiple Ukranian cities in response to cremian bridge explosion
After consecutive setbacks, Russia fired 75 missiles on several Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kyiv. Kyiv had not faced such intense missile attacks since the early weeks of the fighting. According to Reuters, the bombs struck central Kyiv, with reports of at least five people killed and 12 wounded.
India abstains, Russia vetoes UNSC resolution on Moscow's 'illegal referenda' in Ukraine
India abstained on a draft resolution at the UNSC condemning Russia’s “illegal referenda” and annexation of four Ukrainian territories. The 15-nation UNSC had voted on the draft resolution tabled by the US and Albania. The resolution failed to get adopted as Russia vetoed it.
Russia school shooting: 13 people including seven children shot dead; Gunman kills himself
A gunman opened fire at a school in central Russia on Monday, which left thirteen people dead including seven children, Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement on Telegram. "Thirteen people, including six adults and seven minors, were killed because of this crime," Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement. Those wounded are 14 children and seven adults.
Explained: Why Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan visit intensified geopolitical tensions between US & China?
China's People's Liberation Army has begun military drills in the seas around Taiwan -- some of the world's busiest waterways, following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taipei. China launched projectiles into the Taiwan Strait on July 4, as Beijing's military announced "long-range live ammunition firing" in the area. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, landed in Taiwan on August 2 evening amid the warning issued by President Xi Jinping to US President Joe Biden last week, to “not play with fire” (by provoking China). Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is the highest-level visit by an American official to the island in a quarter century.
WATCH | CCTV captures deadly missile strike on Ukrainian shopping mall
Two Russian missiles hit a crowded shopping centre in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk on June 27, killing at least 16 people and wounding 59. On June 28, Ukraine President Zelensky posted a new shocking video showing the moment a Russian missile struck a busy shopping centre. Shocking CCTV footage shows people running for their lives after the cruise missile strike. Meanwhile, Russia denied hitting the shopping mall with missiles. President Zelensky has called the attack “one of the most daring terrorist attacks in European history”
Explained: How the Russia-Ukraine war triggered a global food crisis
One of the most notable ramifications of the Russia-Ukraine war is a worldwide hike in food prices, which is driving up inflation and making groceries more expensive.
Russia is not going to be isolated: President Putin; Biden accuses Putin of genocide
#Russia vowed to continue its bloody offensive in Ukraine as the war neared its seventh week Wednesday, as President Vladimir #Putin insisted the campaign was going as planned despite a major withdrawal and significant losses.
'India buys less oil from Russia than what Europe does in afternoon': S Jaishankar
India's total purchase of oil from Russia in a month is probably less than what Europe does in an afternoon, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Monday.
UNGA ousts Russia from Human Rights Commission; India abstains from voting
The United Nations General Assembly on April 7 suspended Russia from Human Rights Council after killings in Ukraine's Bucha. The US-led push garnered 93 votes in favour, while 24 countries voted no and 58 countries abstained. India, sticking to its strictly neutral stand, has abstained again from voting in the United Nations General Assembly.
Sri Lanka's grave economic crisis | TNIE Explainer
Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis in memory. Sri Lanka has been bit by severe shortages of essentials like food, medicine, milk powder, cooking gas and fuel. The Russia-Ukraine war which has led to a steep hike in oil prices has further amplified Sri Lanka’s economic problems. The situation has led to protests against the pathetic management by the government.
Ukraine Crisis: Russian forces bomb art school in Mariupol housing 400 refugees
Russian forces have bombed an art school in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, where about 400 residents had taken shelter. Meanwhile, #Russia denies targeting civilians. Mariupol has been one of the main targets of Russia's attacks. Russian shelling has hammered the eastern Ukrainian port for days, and the city has seen a near-total communication blackout.
India buys Russian oil despite pressure for sanctions, complicates Biden’s efforts against Putin
The state-run Indian Oil Corp. bought 3 million barrels of crude oil from Russia earlier this week to secure its energy needs, resisting Western pressure to avoid such purchases, an Indian government official said Friday. The official said India has not imposed sanctions against buying oil and will be looking to purchase more from Russia despite calls not to from the U.S. and other countries.
36 dead as roof of temple stepwell collapses in Indore, CM Chouhan visits injured
Right-wing Hindu Americans now seek to stop California from banning caste bias
Hyderabad University accused of casteist grading system in PhD admissions
‘A whole generation of kids’ finds ‘Friends’ offensive: Jennifer Aniston
'I still can't walk properly', says Imran Khan months after assassination attempt
Eight AAP workers held in Gujarat for putting up 'Modi Hatao Desh Bachao' posters