Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President JP Nadda reached Jammu to offer prayers at the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi shrine on Monday.
The BJP chief will also address the party workers of the union territory after his visit to the temple. Nadda's visit to the revered shrine comes on the day of the polling for the last phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
The Indian stock markets key indices, Sensex and Nifty, plunged by around three per cent on Monday, to hit the lowest level in eight months, as oil prices soared to the highest level in 14 years and rupee plunged to record low amid worsening Russia-Ukraine crisis.
New Delhi [India]: After paying an inspection visit to the construction site of the Ashram underpass in Southeast Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday announced the opening of the underpass for the public from March 22.
"I have inspected the Ashram underpass. Due to COVID-19 and the lockdown which was imposed time and again, the work of the underpass was delayed. Once the lockdown is imposed, the labourers go, the work gets stalled, then it takes time in speeding up the work. But now the work has sped up and in the next 15 days, we will open the traffic here," said Sisodia.
Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs shared the details of the losses that Russia has incurred since the invasion of Ukraine started noting that a total of 11,000 Russian forces were killed till Monday (local time).
According to the MFA data, 999 armoured vehicles of different types, 46 aircraft, 68 helicopters, 290 tanks, 117 artillery pieces and 50 MLRs were hit during the combat. Furthermore, the destroyed facilities also include 60 cisterns, 454 vehicles, 3 vessels, 7 UAVs and 23 Russian anti-aircraft warfare systems.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and stressed the importance of the safe evacuation of Indian citizens from Ukraine's Sumy city at the earliest. He also urged him to hold direct talks with President Zelensky of Ukraine, in addition to the ongoing negotiations between their teams. The two leaders discussed the evolving situation in Ukraine in a phone call that lasted about 50 minutes, government sources said.
46.40% voters turnout recorded till 3 pm in the seventh and final phase of UP elections.
The average voter turnout in the last leg of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections on Monday was reported to be at 35.51 per cent till 1 pm.
Election Commission of India's data shows that the highest voter turnout was witnessed in Chandauli with 38.45 per cent, followed by 38.05 per cent in Mirzapur and 37.08 per cent in Mau district. Jaunpur saw a voter turnout of 35.80 per cent while 35.68 per cent was recorded in Sonbhadra, 35.60 per cent in Bhadohi, 34.60 per cent in Azamgarh and 34.15 per cent in Ghazipur.
Amritsar (Punjab): Swiss Ambassador to India Dr Ralf Heckner visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Monday and offered prayers.
Ambassador Heckner was guided around the temple premises by the temple officials. He also joined 'langar' at the temple. "It was an incredible experience for me. I felt the spirituality of the place and I was privileged to be able to pray with his holiness ('Jathedar' of 'Akal Takht'). I prayed for the Sikh community and I also prayed for peace in the world," the Swiss Ambassador said.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday expressed China's willingness to mediate in the ongoing crisis between Russia and Ukraine.
He said that China can work to facilitate dialogue between Russia and Ukraine. The Foreign Minister made the remarks while addressing a press briefing on China's foreign policy and international relations at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday slammed the BJP-led Centre over 'Operation Ganga', saying he would have applauded if stranded students were evacuated from war-hit Ukraine directly.
Speaking on the matter, Yadav questioned the claims of having evacuated the students from Ukraine, saying the Centre "failed to evacuate Indians".
Independent MLA from Amravati Ravi Rana on Monday alleged that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil pressurised the police to file a false case against him of throwing ink on Amravati Municipal Commissioner.
"I was not even present in Amravati during a program where some workers threw ink on the face of Amravati Municipal Commissioner for allegedly removing Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue," said Rana during the Question-Answer session in Maharashtra Assembly.