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Final Test in Ahmedabad

India need to win or draw this fourth test in Narinder Modi in Ahmdabad to qualify for the world Cup.

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England have won the toss & elected to bat against #TeamIndia.

England, Dan Lawrence & Dom Bess picked in the team.

England XI: D Sibley, Z Crawley, J Bairstow, J Root, B Stokes, O Pope, D Lawrence, B Foakes, D Bess, J Leach, J Anderson.

India XI: R Sharma, S Gill, C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rahane, R Pant, R Ashwin, A Patel, W Sundar, M Siraj, I Sharma.

TeamIndia as Mohammed Siraj named in the playing XI Jasprit Bumrah not playing.

TeamIndia captain @imVkohli congratulates England skipper @root66, who will be playing his 50th Test as captain.

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Emergency in Finland

Finland declares a state of emergency.

Finland declares a state of emergencyThe Government, in cooperation with the President of the Republic, has declared a state of emergency in Finland due to COVID-19. 

Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen held a briefing. 

The latest news from the local authorities is that we are not closing the school building after spring break. Finland has declared a state of emergency but the local Covid situation here in Lapland is calm.

Government Communications Department 1.3.2021 13.10PRESS RELEASE 126/2021

The Government, in cooperation with the President of the Republic, has declared a state of emergency in Finland due to COVID-19. In its plenary session on Monday 1 March, the Government declared that the country is in a state of emergency as referred to in section 3, paragraph 5 of the Emergency Powers Act. The state of emergency will enter into force immediately.

Section 3, paragraph 5 of the Emergency Powers Act states that a widespread outbreak of a serious infectious disease, the effect of which is comparable to a major disaster, meets the definition of a state of emergency. 

The number and incidence of COVID-19 cases in Finland have risen very rapidly since the beginning of February 2021. The number of infections caused by new virus variants has clearly increased, which may further accelerate the epidemic and place significant strain on hospital and intensive care capacity if we are unable to bring the number of infections down. 

At this stage, there is no immediate need to adopt the powers laid down in Part II of the Emergency Powers Act, which restrict the fundamental rights of citizens, but the need to introduce them will depend on how the epidemic progresses in the near future. However, the Government estimates that it will be necessary to apply the provisions of sections 106 (communication by the state administrative authorities in emergencies) and 107 (powers in emergencies) of Chapter 15 of the Act once the state of emergency enters into force. 

The government decision declaring the state of emergency will enter into force immediately and will remain in force until it is repealed.

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Drop in Schengen Visa application

All International Students who graduate from SCHENGEN Countries are allowed to stay back,work full time & become Permanent Resident after staying 5 years.

Major drop in Schengen visa applications submitted at Finnish missions because of entry restrictions and health security measures due to COVID-19 pandemic

Ministry for Foreign Affairs 3.3.2021 13.28PRESS RELEASE

In 2020, Finland processed a total of 152,543 applications for a Schengen visa. The decrease in the visa applications received was 83% as compared to the number of visas processed in 2019 (895,781).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Finland, like the other Schengen countries, suspended the reception of regular visa applications, including tourist visas, on 19 March 2020. Since that date, the reception of visa applications has been continued for certain exceptional categories identified jointly within the EU and by the Finnish Government, observing Finland’s national entry restrictions. Constraints on all activities, including the provision of entry services in both Finnish missions abroad and through the reception services of external service providers, have moreover been imposed by the local authorities, depending on each country’s specific disease situation. The great majority of visa applications for Finland and a significant number of residence permit applications are normally received by an external service provider.

Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a clear downturn in the number of visa applications across the world. This decline is reflected not only in Finland’s visa records but also in those kept by the other Schengen countries. These exceptional circumstances are ongoing.

In 2020, by far the largest number of applications received by Finland were made by Russian nationals, like before. Whereas in 2019 Russians submitted 786,407 visa applications, the number fell significantly in 2020, being a mere 116,818.

There was similarly a significant decrease in the number of visa applications submitted in China, a country that had shown a growing interest in travel to Finland before the pandemic. Visa applications received from Beijing decreased by 81% and those submitted in Shanghai fell by 77% in 2020 as compared to the previous year.

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Ramesh Jarkiholi Resigns

Ramesh Jarkiholi’s resignation has been accepted by Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa and sent to Governor for approval.

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Karnataka minister Ramesh Jarkiholi resigns allegations of sexual harassment Social activist Dinesh Kallahalli lodged a police complaint against the former water resources minister, accusing him of sexually harassing a woman seeking a govt job.

Karnataka Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi resigns after a video purportedly showing him seeking sexual favours from a woman emerged on Tuesday.

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Sweden terrorist attack

Interior Minister Damberg said It is a terrible deed.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said a possible terrorist motive was being investigated.

A man armed with an axe attacked and injured eight people in a southern Swedish town on Wednesday before being shot and arrested, police said.

Sweden: Police have shot man who wounded several persons in attack in Vetlanda. Police investigate potential terrorism motives in Vetlanda attack

Victims’ condition unclear, suspect is alive.Eight people were injured in the attack, which took place Wednesday afternoon in the southern Swedish town, three of them have life-threatening injuries, according to a local hospital.


A suspect was shot by police and is now in custody. Police are classing the attack as attempted murder, but are investigating whether there were any terrorism motives behind the crime.

Interior Minister Mikael Damberg made the comments about the attack in Vetlanda.
Commenting on police investigations into possible motives for the attack, he said it was important to wait and see what they found.


“When I listen to the police they say they are both investigating the crime as attempted murder, but are also looking into any possible links to terrorism”, he says.

Man injures 8 with axe in Sweden before being shot, arrested.

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Russia on Fresh Sanctions

US imposes fresh sanctions against Russia over Navalny issue.Alexei Navalny quipped that “everything is fine” and made jokes about prison life as he sent his first message from detention center outside Moscow.

The United States has slapped sanctions on Russian individuals and entities over the near-fatal poisoning of prominent opposition figure Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent. Speaking to reporters, the senior White House officials said the sanctions were being imposed in coordination with the European Union, and urged the release of Navalny from prison.

The white house said these sanctions mark the first of several steps by the Biden administration to respond to a number of destabilizing actions. The sanctions are the first against Russia by the Biden administration. Meanwhile, Russia has condemned moves to impose sanctions. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said those who continue to depend on these measures should probably give it some thought. Vladimir Chizov, Russia’s envoy to the EU, said Moscow would respond to the latest round of EU sanctions imposed.

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India Rail Network be fully electrified

Entire rail network in the country will be fully electrified by 2023: Piyush Goyal

The entire rail network in the country will be fully electrified by 2023 while all rail networks will run on renewable energy by 2030. This was stated by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal while addressing the Maritime India Summit-2021. He said, the government is working on multi-modal logistical solutions to bring down the cost of transportation and increase the supply chain efficiency.

The Minister said, integration of Road, Rail and Waterways can truly make India ‘One Nation, One Market, One Supply’. Mr. Goyal added that upgrade, create and dedicate are the three Mantras of the government for the infrastructure sector. He said, the capacity of India’s major ports has almost doubled in the six years. The government has developed smart cities and industrial parks and integrated ports with the coastal economic zones.

The Minister said the Maritime India-2030 vision launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlights the priorities of the government. He added that the proposed investment of three lakh crore rupees in various port projects will help create 20 lakh new jobs in this sector. He added that the maritime sector is a very critical sector for Atmanirbhar Bharat and the Centre is working to turn the country’s coastal region into a role model for ease of living & ease of doing business. 

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India Norway Ocean Initiative

India and #Norway agree to conduct marine spatial planning in Lakshadweep and Puducherry. This is a part of the Indo-Norway Integrated Ocean Initiative under the Memorandum of Understanding signed

India and Norway have agreed to jointly work in the area of marine spatial planning in the oceanic space for the next five years. 

The two countries have decided to extend support for sustainable ocean resources utilisation to advance economic and social development in coastal areas. 

The initiative known as Marine Spatial Planning will be implemented by the Ministry of Earth Sciences through National Centre for Coastal Research for India.

In this regard, the first project steering committee meeting was successfully conducted virtually recently, after which the two countries have charted out a plan to ensure that human activities at sea take place in an efficient, safe, and sustainable manner in areas such as energy, transportation, fisheries, aquaculture and tourism. 

This is a part of the Indo-Norway Integrated Ocean Initiative under the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two countries in 2019. Lakshadweep and Puducherry have been identified as pilot sites for the project.

India and Norway have agreed to jointly work in the area of marine spatial planning in the oceanic space for the next five years. In this regard, the first project steering committee meeting with representatives from both the countries was successfully conducted virtually recently, after which the two countries have charted out a plan to ensure that human activities at sea take place in an efficient, safe, and sustainable manner in areas such as energy, transportation, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism etc. across  multiple sectors.This is a part of the Indo-Norway Integrated Ocean Initiativeunder the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two countries in 2019. Lakshadweep and Puducherry have been identified as pilot sites for the project. 

The two countries have decided to extend support for sustainable ocean resources utilisation to advance economic and social development in coastal areas. The initiative known as Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) will be implemented by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) through National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR) for India. In its primary phase, NCCR will develop a marine spatial planning framework for Puducherry and Lakshadweep. These sites have been chosen for the pilot project in view of their setups with unique opportunities for multiple sectors (such as industries, fisheries, and tourism) to flourish. The Government of India’s initial investments for undertaking the studies and planning are estimated to be around INR 8-10 crores per annum. In the future, marine spatial planning framework of these two environmentally critical areas can be replicated to other coastal regions of the country. Notably, the World Bank and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have expressed interest in supporting MoES in conducting MSP, a societal-beneficial initiative for India’s coastal regions.

The MSP initiative will be implemented by MoES and the Norwegian Environment Agency through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway. Earlier, NCCR had developed coastal management plans for Chennai, Goa, and Gulf of Kachchh which proved very successful. Now, the MSP initiative will aid development of multiple economic sectors and stakeholders in greater number of coastal areas of the country.

In addition to MoES, the first project steering committee meeting was attended by representatives from several stakeholder ministries namely Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of External Affairs; Ministry of Shipping; Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries; Ministry of Fisheries,Animal Husbandry and Dairying; Ministry of Tourism; and state governments of Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep.

The Government of India’s vision of New India by 2030 highlights blue economy as one of the ten core dimensions of growth. 

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UK opts 10Mn vaccine doss from India

UK to receive 10 Million AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine doses from India

UK to receive 10 Million AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine Doses from India. 

The  vaccine doses made by the Serum Institute of India (SII).

The UK government said in a statement  that  Britain  has ordered 100 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, of which 10 million doses will come from the Serum Institute of India. 

A slew of low-and middle-income countries ranging from Bangladesh to Brazil are dependent on SII’s AstraZeneca vaccine, branded COVISHIELD, but demand has been growing from Western countries. 

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Greece 6.3M Quake

6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded Near Tyrnavos in Greece, USGS Says .Monster 6.2 Magnitude Quake Rocks Major City Larissa.Damage reported to the the sanctuary of Agios Dimitrios in Larissa

M6.3 Earthquake – Greece
Preliminary Report
Magnitude 6.3
Date-Time
3 Mar 2021 10:16:10 UTC
3 Mar 2021 12:16:10 near epicenter
3 Mar 2021 14:16:10 standard time in your timezone
Location 39.764N 22.176E
Depth 10 km
Distances
10.2 km (6.3 mi) WNW of T�rnavos, Greece
25.1 km (15.6 mi) NW of L�risa, Greece
42.0 km (26.0 mi) ENE of Tr�kala, Greece
49.4 km (30.6 mi) NNE of Kard�tsa, Greece
55.1 km (34.2 mi) NNW of F�rsala, Greece.

Athens observatory, the epicentre of the quake was 21 kilometres (13 miles) south of the town of Elassona, near Larissa and was eight metres (26 feet) deep.

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit central Greece on Wednesday, damaging several buildings, including schools, and prompting residents near the epicentre to rush into the streets.