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News in Short - 09-March-2022

No confidence motion against Pakistani PM Imran Khan

Date: 09 March 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Pakistan’s Opposition parties submitted a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan, seeking to remove him from office after holding his government responsible for the uncontrolled inflation.
  • The motion document, which was signed by about 100 lawmakers from the Pakistan Muslims League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), was submitted with the National Assembly Secretariat.
  • As per rules, signatures of at least 68 Members of Parliament were required to force the Speaker to summon a session, which should be convened between three to seven days to conduct a vote on a no-confidence motion.

US to ban Russian oil

Date: 09 March 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • President Joe Biden has decided to ban Russian oil imports, toughening the toll on Russia’s economy in retaliation for its invasion of Ukraine.
  • The move follows pleas by Ukrainian President VolodymyrZelenskyy to U.S. and Western officials to cut off the imports.
  • Energy exports have kept a steady influx of cash flowing to Russia despite otherwise severe restrictions on its financial sector.
  • Natural gas from Russia accounts for one-third of Europe’s consumption of the fossil fuel. The U.S. does not import Russian natural gas.

International Women’s Day

Date: 09 March 2022 Tags: Days & Dates
  • International Women’s Day commemorates the cultural, political and socioeconomic achievements of women.
  • The day marks a call to a gender equal world – free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination and one that is diverse, equitable, inclusive while differences are valued and celebrated.
  • The United Nation’s theme for this year’s observance is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”.

Russia becomes the most sanctioned country

Date: 09 March 2022 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • Due to its war on Ukraine, Russia has become the most sanctioned in the world, according to a New York-based sanctions watchlist site.
  • The sanctions were first imposed by the US and its allies on Russia on February 22 a day after President Vladimir Putin declared the two Ukrainian rebel regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as “independent states”.
  • The countries and regions targeting Russia with sanctions are Switzerland (568), the European Union (518), Canada (454), Australia (413), the US (243), the UK (35) and Japan (35).

Israel detects first case of polio since 1989

Date: 09 March 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Israeli Ministry of Health has detected polio infection in a 4-year-old child in Jerusalem. This is the first case of polio detected in Israel since 1989.
  • The source of the disease in this case is a strain of polio virus that has changed and can cause disease in those who are not vaccinated.
  • The virus has been recently found in sewage samples in Jerusalem, but so far there has been no clinical cases.