morning digest march 15 2023

A Russian fighter jet on March 14, 2023 collided with the propeller of a US MQ-9 drone surveillance drone over the Black Sea, causing American forces to shoot down the unmanned aerial vehicle in international waters, the military of US. | Photo Credit: AP

Russia said its fighters did not use weapons, affecting the US drone

The Russian Defense Ministry said Russian fighter jets did not use weapons or affect a US drone that went down after an encounter in the Black Sea.

The Ministry said the US drone was flying near the Russian border and had entered an area declared by Russian authorities. It said the Russian military scrambled fighters to intercept the drone, which it claimed plunged into the water after a sharp maneuver.

RBI allows banks from 18 countries to trade in rupee: government in Rajya Sabha

Banks from 18 countries have been authorized by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to open Special Vostro Rupee Accounts (SVRAs) for settling payments in Indian rupees, the government told the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Ticket examiner, who urinated on woman, sacked by Railways

Following the shocking incident of a ticket examiner urinating on a passenger, Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on March 14, 2023 that there is no tolerance for such behavior and that the ticket examiner in question has been removed from service with immediate effect.

Congress counters BJP’s narrative on Rahul, citing instances of PM’s ‘insulting’ remarks against India abroad

Countering the BJP’s narrative that former Congress president Rahul Gandhi insulted the nation on foreign soil, the Congress party in a meeting chaired by Rajya Sabha Chairperson Jagdeep Dhankhar on Tuesday listed six instances when the Prime Minister Minister Narendra Modi has spoken “against” the country during his foreign trips as Prime Minister.

US Ambassadorial nominee Eric Garcetti is nearing the final hurdle before confirmation

US Ambassadorial nominee to India Eric Garcetti entered its final stages on Tuesday, with the US Senate set to consider a “cloture motion”, the final step before a full Senate vote that will allow him to do his duty in New Delhi.

Congress has stepped up its campaign against the Modi government in the Adani row

The Congress on March 14 not only continued its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the charges against the Adani group but intensified its attack by circulating a social media video of Rahul Gandhi if where he asked if the country’s foreign policy was about Adani’s business expansion policy.

India emerges as first responder in humanitarian aid and disaster relief: Gen Anil Chauhan

India has emerged as a first responder in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) efforts at the global level, said Chief of Defense Staff General Anil Chauhan in his virtual message at a workshop on humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, risk mitigation and disaster resilience as part of India’s leadership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) which also saw the participation of officials from Pakistan and China.

18 people from Afghanistan participated in MEA course: IIM-Kozhikode

The Indian Institute of Management-Kozhikode (IIM-K) said on Tuesday that 18 participants from Afghanistan attended the sessions on the first day of the External Affairs Ministry’s Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) program through online mode.

The Cabinet Secretary convened a summer preparatory meeting

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on March 14 chaired a meeting with secretaries and senior officials in several Ministries to ensure the country’s preparedness for the summer season.

The Congress is facing heat in Rajasthan over the demands of widows of CRPF personnel

The Congress government in Rajasthan is facing heat over demands raised by the widows of three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, killed in the 2019 terror attack in Pulwama, over naming roads and schools to their slain spouses and changing the norms of providing employment to their family members. The Opposition BJP’s support to the three women has given a political twist to the issue.

Harmanpreet’s Mumbai Indians sealed a playoffs berth in style

Sometimes, some teams find ways to beat even the law of averages. Mumbai Indians are doing just that in the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League, in front of its adoring fans, who never stopped cheering them on at the top of their voices at the Brabourne Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Harmanpreet Kaur-led team stormed to its fifth straight win, clinching a playoffs berth with three matches to go.

Alok Kumar

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