India Shuts Embassy In Kyiv, Plans To Operate 26 Flights Over Next 3 Days To Evacuate Citizens | Key Points
Experts close to the developments told a news channel that the Indian embassy is likely to be relocated to western Ukraine's Lviv, for which office space has been identified.
Russia-Ukraine War Latest Update: The Indian embassy in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv was on Tuesday shut down and as per reports, the Ambassador and the staff are on their way to western part of the country. As the Russian invasion came from the eastern side of Ukraine, the Indian government has been advising stranded students and others to move to the western borders. Notably, the Indian embassy in Kyiv was shut down after it ensured that there are no Indians left in the city, which is facing a large incoming Russian invasion force.Also Read - Will Russia-Ukraine War Delay LIC IPO Launch? FM Sitharaman Says Will Review Timing
The Indian government earlier today said all Indians have left Kyiv, where a massive Russian bombardment is expected on Wednesday. Also Read - Five Dead, Several Others Injured as Russia Bombs TV Tower In Kyiv, Ukrainian Channels Go Off Air
Sources told NDTV that the Indian embassy is likely to be relocated to western Ukraine’s Lviv, for which office space has been identified. Also Read - Russia Tells Kyiv Residents Living Near Ukraine’s Intelligence Infrastructure To Evacuate Quickly
However, the embassy staff are on the roadways to western Ukraine and communication with them is spotty, sources said. They added that every possible attempt has been made to save Indian lives in Ukraine.
Earlier in the day, 21-year-old Naveen Shekharappa, a final-year medical student from Karnataka’s Haveri, died when Russian soldiers blew up a government building in Kharkiv.
In the meantime, India is planning to operate 26 flights over the next three days to fly back citizens who have moved from Ukraine to neighbouring countries, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said. He said this after Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting on the country’s evacuation efforts.
Beneficiaries Of Ayushman Bharat May Now Opt For Treatments Not Part of Govt’s Packages: Report
The Ayushman Bharat programme was launched by the Union government in 2018 with the aim to provide healthcare benefits to crores of Indians who cannot afford proper medical facilities.
New Delhi: The beneficiaries of the Ayushman Bharat national public health insurance scheme will now be able to opt for medical procedures that are not part of the designed health benefits packages, according to a news report. The governing panel of the Ayushman Bharat scheme has allowed flexibility to states and union territories for deciding and approving the procedures to be booked under the unspecified surgical package up to Rs 5 lakh, reported News18.com.Also Read - PM Modi Lays Foundation Stone of 4 Medical Colleges in Rajasthan, Says Each District Should Have 1 College For PG Medical Education
According to the report, the states will now have option to decide the prices of health benefits packages (HBPs) and can also choose the list of procedures given to beneficiaries under the scheme suited to the local context. Also Read - PMJAY Ayushman Bharat Yojana 2021: Centre Announces Free Health Insurance of Rs 5 Lakh For Children Up to 18
The Ayushman Bharat programme was launched by the Union government in 2018 with the aim to provide healthcare benefits to crores of Indians who cannot afford proper medical facilities. Also Read - Telangana Gets Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY: 1.3 Crore People Eligible For Health Benefits
The National Health Authority (NHA), the implementing agency of the scheme, said that a large number of treatment procedures are covered under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) but in several cases, patients had to undergo treatment for procedures not defined under health benefits packages.
In such cases, patients are registered by using the category of unspecified surgical procedures (USPs), reported News18.com quoting an NHA official.
“We convinced the governing board by sharing our concern that the existing process is time-consuming. Granting flexibilities to states will bring relief to the beneficiaries as decisions regarding such packages can be taken expeditiously,” the official added.
Bitcoin surges as the Russian ruble crashes
(From CNN Business' Paul R. La Monica)
The collapse of the Russian ruble following the latest round of sanctions from the United States and Western Europe may be manna from heaven for cryptocurrency bulls.
That's because the ruble's fall is a sign that government-backed currencies, which are typically viewed as being relatively safe, can still be incredibly risky.
Bitcoin prices surged more than 10% Monday to above $41,500, their highest level in nearly two weeks.
"Western allies are delivering harsher sanctions and restrictions on Russian banks and that is bolstering the argument for blockchain products that will compete with the SWIFT network," said Edward Moya, senior market analyst with OANDA, in a report Monday.
"Bitcoin and all the top altcoins are rallying today as investors realize the likelihood of massive investments into DeFi following the latest round of Russian sanctions," he added.
To that end, the price of ethereum — the world's second most valuable cryptocurrency after bitcoin — surged more than 8%, while binance coin and XRP were each up about 7%.
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