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News in Short - 09-April-2022

Europe agrees to stop buying Russian coal

Date: 09 April 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The European Union is poised to ban Russian coal in the first sanctions on the vital energy industry over the war in Ukraine.
  • The coal ban, expected to be approved in a new package of sanctions this week, would cost Russia 4 billion euros ($4.4 billion) a year.
  • The move is significant because it breaks the taboo on severing Europe’s energy ties with Russia. It’s also certain to fuel already record-high inflation.

US sanctions Russian Diamond company Alrosa

Date: 09 April 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • US government has announced stringent sanctions on Russian Diamond company Alrosa, which has a significant presence in India.
  • Diamond has been a major component of India-Russia trade in recent years and the sector also received attention at the top political level.
  • Alrosa which has been recognised as a state-owned entity (SOE) by the U.S. Department of the Treasury was targeted by the U.S. authorities during the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine.

UN suspends Russia from UNHRC

Date: 09 April 2022 Tags: India & World
  • The United Nations suspended Russia from the UN Human Rights Council for “systemic violations” by Russians troops in Ukraine.
  • While India abstained from the vote, China strongly opposed the US-backed resolution on grounds that it would aggravate the situation by “adding fuel to the fire”.
  • Libya was the last country to be suspended in 2011 because of violence by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi against angry protestors.

China uses AI software to enhance surveillance capabilities

Date: 09 April 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Chinese companies have created software that uses artificial intelligence to classify data collected on residents, amid high demand from authorities seeking to update their surveillance tools.
  • The new software improves Beijing’s current approach to surveillance. Although China’s existing systems can collect data on individuals, it has been left to law enforcement and other users to orchestrate it.
  • Another limitation of current surveillance software is its inability to connect a person’s personal data to a location in real time, except at security checkpoints like those at airports.

Pakistan Supreme court orders to conduct no trust vote

Date: 09 April 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Pakistan Supreme Court set aside the ruling of the Deputy Speaker which rejected the no-confidence motion against the Imran Khan government.
  • The court set aside all the subsequent steps taken after the rejection of the no-confidence vote and reinstated the National Assembly.
  • It also declared that the Prime Minister and federal ministers, ministers of state, advisers, etc, stand restored to their respective offices as on April 3.