Q8India.com https://www.q8india.com A complete portals for Indians living in Kuwait about news, interesting articles, discussion forums, buy and sell, classifieds Fri, 24 Jun 2022 16:04:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.15 https://www.q8india.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/cropped-74729_491463030886834_1253908683_n-32x32.jpg Q8India.com https://www.q8india.com 32 32 Airbnb is giving away $10 million to build the craziest places on the planet. https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/airbnb-giving-away-10-million-build-craziest-places-planet/ https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/airbnb-giving-away-10-million-build-craziest-places-planet/#respond Fri, 24 Jun 2022 16:04:46 +0000 https://www.q8india.com/?p=113341 Airbnb Inc. has launched a $10 million fund to inspire the creation of the wackiest and most unique property destinations on the planet. The vacation-rental site will offer 100 people $100,000 to create unforgettable stays, like a “livable donut in the desert,” according to the application form. Designs must possess a wow factor, consider the environment, and […]

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Airbnb Inc. has launched a $10 million fund to inspire the creation of the wackiest and most unique property destinations on the planet.

The vacation-rental site will offer 100 people $100,000 to create unforgettable stays, like a “livable donut in the desert,” according to the application form. Designs must possess a wow factor, consider the environment, and be completable by August 2023. A panel of judges, including American designer Iris Apfel and Sydney-based architect Koichi Takada, will evaluate submissions and select the projects. In May, Airbnb redesigned its website to help visitors discover off-the-beaten-path locations. The OMG! Fund is designed to highlight more one-of-a-kind destination homes like the Big Idaho Potato Hotel in Boise, Idaho, which looks like a giant spud from the outside and features cozy accommodations including a fireplace and antler-carved chandelier. The Deluxe Covered Wagon farm stay near Las Vegas offers horse rides, cattle drives, and rodeos.

Airbnb, along with its rivals Expedia Group Inc. and Booking Holdings Inc., have said they expect this summer to be one of the best the industry has ever seen, despite higher gas prices and flight cancellations. Focusing on unique properties helps the company distinguish its offerings, as debates rage over the merits of staying at an Airbnb versus a hotel room. The San Francisco-based company said nights booked at unique properties increased globally by more than 49% from 2019 to 2021.

Source- Hindustan Times.

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Afghanistan quake: 1,150 dead, 3,000 homes destroyed, 118,000 children affected. https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/afghanistan-quake-1150-dead-3000-homes-destroyed-118000-children-affected/ https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/afghanistan-quake-1150-dead-3000-homes-destroyed-118000-children-affected/#respond Fri, 24 Jun 2022 16:02:38 +0000 https://www.q8india.com/?p=113338 The death toll from Wednesday’s earthquake in Afghanistan has risen to 1,150 and over 3,000 homes have been destroyed, the Associated Press reported citing data from state-run media. The Bakhtar News Agency said Friday the toll had climbed from previous reports of 1,000 killed and that at least 1,600 people had been injured in the 6.0 magnitude […]

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The death toll from Wednesday’s earthquake in Afghanistan has risen to 1,150 and over 3,000 homes have been destroyed, the Associated Press reported citing data from state-run media. The Bakhtar News Agency said Friday the toll had climbed from previous reports of 1,000 killed and that at least 1,600 people had been injured in the 6.0 magnitude earthquake.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates 770 deaths while UNICEF’s Afghanistan rep said the toll was 1,036 and counting. Mohammad Nassim Haqqani, a spokesperson for the disaster ministry, told Reuters 2,000 were injured and 10,00 homes destroyed.

Wide variations in death tolls and devastation figures are expected given how difficult it is to access villages in more remote areas of the Taliban-ruled country. However even the most conservative estimate makes for grim reading – this is Afghanistan’s deadliest earthquake in two decades.

Reports suggest the eastern district of Paktika is the worst-hit with hundreds dead. In Gayan at least 1,000 homes were damaged and another 800 were reduced to rubble in Spera district.

Most modern buildings can withstand magnitude 6 earthquakes but mud-brick homes and landslide-prone mountains in Afghanistan make such quakes more dangerous.

Communications have also been hit as phone towers and power lines have been destroyed.

Save the Children said more than 118,000 children had been impacted by the disaster. “Many are now most likely without clean drinking water, food and a safe place to sleep.”

In villages across Gayan Associated Press journalists reported on families that spent all night in the open lifting pieces of timber of collapsed roofs and pulling away stones by hand to looking for missing loved ones.

Taliban fighters were seen but only a few offered to help.

One 6-year-old boy in Gayan wept as he said his parents, two sisters and a brother were all dead. He had fled the ruins of his own home and took refuge with the neighbors.

The disaster poses a huge logistical challenge for the Taliban government, which has isolated itself from much of the world by introducing hardline Islamic rule.

Global aid for Afghanistan has been delayed not just because of logistics issues but also because most international agencies withdrew from the country after the Taliban seized power last year.

The remaining are scrambling to get medical supplies, food and tents to affected areas and are forced to use dangerous mountain roads worsened by rains.

Germany, Norway and other countries have said they will send aid but only via United Nations agencies and not to the Taliban. Japan plans support ‘promptly’. The European Commission said it would give give 1 million euros.

Trucks of food and other necessities have already arrived from Pakistan and planes full of humanitarian aid have landed from Iran and Qatar.

India has also sent assistance but, like western nations, will hand supplies over to an on-ground UN agency rather than the Taliban.

Afghanistan’s deadliest recent earthquake killed 5,000 in 1998 in the northeastern provinces of Takhar and Badakhshan.

Source- Hindustan Times.

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US Supreme Court ends constitutional right to abortion, states can ban it now. https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/us-supreme-court-ends-constitutional-right-abortion-states-can-ban-now/ https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/us-supreme-court-ends-constitutional-right-abortion-states-can-ban-now/#respond Fri, 24 Jun 2022 16:00:29 +0000 https://www.q8india.com/?p=113335 The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years in a decision by its conservative majority to overturn Roe v. Wade. Friday’s outcome is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states. The decision, unthinkable just a few years ago, was the culmination of decades […]

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The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years in a decision by its conservative majority to overturn Roe v. Wade. Friday’s outcome is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.

The decision, unthinkable just a few years ago, was the culmination of decades of efforts by abortion opponents, made possible by an emboldened right side of the court that has been fortified by three appointees of former President Donald Trump.

The ruling came more than a month after the stunning leak of a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito indicating the court was prepared to take this momentous step.

It puts the court at odds with a majority of Americans who favored preserving Roe, according to opinion polls.

Alito, in the final opinion issued Friday, wrote that Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 decision that reaffirmed the right to abortion, were wrong the day they were decided and must be overturned.

“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision,” Alito wrote.

Authority to regulate abortion rests with the political branches, not the courts, Alito wrote.

Joining Alito were Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. The latter three justices are Trump appointees. Thomas first voted to overrule Roe 30 years ago.

Chief Justice John Roberts would have stopped short of ending the abortion right, noting that he would have upheld the Mississippi law at the heart of the case, a ban on abortion after 15 weeks, and said no more.

Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan — the diminished liberal wing of the court — were in dissent.

“With sorrow—for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection—we dissent,” they wrote.

The ruling is expected to disproportionately affect minority women who already face limited access to health care, according to statistics analyzed by The Associated Press.

Thirteen states, mainly in the South and Midwest, already have laws on the books that ban abortion in the event Roe is overturned. Another half-dozen states have near-total bans or prohibitions after 6 weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant.

In roughly a half-dozen other states, the fight will be over dormant abortion bans that were enacted before Roe was decided in 1973 or new proposals to sharply limit when abortions can be performed, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.

More than 90% of abortions take place in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, and more than half are now done with pills, not surgery, according to data compiled by Guttmacher.

The decision came against a backdrop of public opinion surveys that find a majority of Americans oppose overturning Roe and handing the question of whether to permit abortion entirely to the states. Polls conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and others also have consistently shown about 1 in 10 Americans want abortion to be illegal in all cases. A majority are in favor of abortion being legal in all or most circumstances, but polls indicate many also support restrictions especially later in pregnancy.

The Biden administration and other defenders of abortion rights have warned that a decision overturning Roe also would threaten other high court decisions in favor of gay rights and even potentially, contraception.

But Alito wrote in his draft opinion that his analysis addresses abortion only, not other rights that also stem from a right to privacy that the high court has found implicit, though not directly stated, in the Constitution. Abortion is different, Alito wrote, because of the unique moral question it poses.

Whatever the intentions of the person who leaked Alito’s draft opinion, the conservatives held firm in overturning Roe and Casey.

In his draft, Alito dismissed the arguments in favor of retaining the two decisions, including that multiple generations of American women have partly relied on the right to abortion to gain economic and political power.

Changing the composition of the court has been central to the anti-abortion side’s strategy. Mississippi and its allies made increasingly aggressive arguments as the case developed, and two high-court defenders of abortion rights retired or died. The state initially argued that its law could be upheld without overruling the court’s abortion precedents.

Then-Gov. Phil Bryant signed the 15-week measure into law in March 2018, when Justices Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were still members of a five-justice majority that was mainly protective of abortion rights.

By early summer, Kennedy had retired and was replaced by Justice Brett Kavanaugh a few months later. The Mississippi law was blocked in lower federal courts.

But the state always was headed to the nation’s highest court. It did not even ask for a hearing before a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ultimately held the law invalid in December 2019.

By early September 2020, the Supreme Court was ready to consider the state’s appeal.

The court scheduled the case for consideration at the justices’ private conference on Sept. 29. But in the intervening weeks, Ginsburg died and Barrett was quickly nominated and confirmed without a single Democratic vote.

The stage now was set, although it took the court another half year to agree to hear the case.

By the time Mississippi filed its main written argument with the court in the summer, the thrust of its argument had changed and it was now calling for the wholesale overruling of Roe and Casey.

The first sign that the court might be receptive to wiping away the constitutional right to abortion came in late summer, when the justices divided 5-4 in allowing Texas to enforce a ban on the procedure at roughly six weeks, before some women even know they are pregnant. That dispute turned on the unique structure of the law, including its enforcement by private citizens rather than by state officials, and how it can be challenged in court.

But Justice Sonia Sotomayor noted in a searing dissent for the three liberal justices that their conservative colleagues refused to block “a flagrantly unconstitutional law” that “flouts nearly 50 years of federal precedents.” Roberts was also among the dissenters.

Then in December, after hearing additional arguments over whether to block the Texas law known as S.B. 8, the court again declined to do so, also by a 5-4 vote. “The clear purpose and actual effect of S. B. 8 has been to nullify this Court’s rulings,” Roberts wrote, in a partial dissent.

In their Senate hearings, Trump’s three high-court picks carefully skirted questions about how they would vote in any cases, including about abortion.

But even as Democrats and abortion rights supporters predicted Kavanaugh and Gorsuch would vote to upend abortion rights if confirmed, the two left at least one Republican senator with a different impression. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine predicted Gorsuch and Kavanaugh wouldn’t support overturning the abortion cases, based on private conversations she had with them when they were nominees to the Supreme Court.

Barrett was perhaps the most vocal opponent of abortion in her time as a law professor, before becoming a federal judge in 2017. She was a member of anti-abortion groups at Notre Dame University, where she taught law, and she signed a newspaper ad opposing “abortion on demand” and defending “the right to life from fertilization to natural death.” She promised to set aside her personal views when judging cases.

Trump, meanwhile, had predicted as a candidate that whoever he named to the court would “automatically” vote to overrule Roe.

Source- Hindustan Times.

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Jasem Al-Budaiwi to become Kuwait’s new ambassador to US. https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/jasem-al-budaiwi-become-kuwaits-new-ambassador-us/ https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/jasem-al-budaiwi-become-kuwaits-new-ambassador-us/#respond Fri, 24 Jun 2022 15:53:18 +0000 https://www.q8india.com/?p=113332 Kuwait has reportedly appointed Jasem Al-Budaiwi as its new ambassador to the United States, succeeding outgoing envoy Sheikh Salem Al-Sabah. Budaiwi was most recently Kuwait’s ambassador to Belgium, the European Union and NATO. Meanwhile, Kuwait’s long-time Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mansour Al-Otaibi is reportedly moving to become the Gulf state’s envoy in Russia, […]

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Kuwait has reportedly appointed Jasem Al-Budaiwi as its new ambassador to the United States, succeeding outgoing envoy Sheikh Salem Al-Sabah. Budaiwi was most recently Kuwait’s ambassador to Belgium, the European Union and NATO. Meanwhile, Kuwait’s long-time Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mansour Al-Otaibi is reportedly moving to become the Gulf state’s envoy in Russia, while he is set to be replaced at the UN by Nasser Al-Heen.

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Parameswaran Iyer, ex-bureaucrat who ran Swachh Bharat Mission will be new NITI Aayog CEO. https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/parameswaran-iyer-ex-bureaucrat-ran-swachh-bharat-mission-will-new-niti-aayog-ceo/ https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/parameswaran-iyer-ex-bureaucrat-ran-swachh-bharat-mission-will-new-niti-aayog-ceo/#respond Fri, 24 Jun 2022 15:51:18 +0000 https://www.q8india.com/?p=113329 The Narendra Modi government on Friday announced the appointment of retired IAS officer Parameswaran Iyer as the new chief executive officer of NITI Aayog, after incumbent Amitabh Kant’s tenure ends on June 30. He will be holding a post for a period of two years. A retired 1981 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, Iyer […]

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The Narendra Modi government on Friday announced the appointment of retired IAS officer Parameswaran Iyer as the new chief executive officer of NITI Aayog, after incumbent Amitabh Kant’s tenure ends on June 30. He will be holding a post for a period of two years.

A retired 1981 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, Iyer headed the empowered Covid group for logistics management set up in April. He had quit the IAS in 2009 to work in the World Bank. It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who brought him back to run the flagship Swachh Bharat Mission.

Iyer was also in the news in 2017 when he was seen cleaning a toilet pit during his visit to a Telangana village. The action of the chief of then Swachh Bharat Mission had caught the attention of PM Modi, who had hailed him during his Mann Ki Baat address. “This toilet pit emptying exercise undertaken by the Drinking Water & Sanitation Ministry is remarkable!” the prime minister had tweeted as well.

Source- Hindustan Times.

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India to roll out e-passports for safe, easy international travel: Jaishankar. https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/india-roll-e-passports-safe-easy-international-travel-jaishankar/ https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/india-roll-e-passports-safe-easy-international-travel-jaishankar/#respond Fri, 24 Jun 2022 15:47:41 +0000 https://www.q8india.com/?p=113327 The central government is working to roll out e-passports that would make international travel easier and enable protection against identity theft, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Friday. In a message delivered on the occasion of Passport Sewa Diwas, Jaishankar reaffirmed the government’s commitment to improving citizen experience and public delivery. “It gives me great pleasure […]

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The central government is working to roll out e-passports that would make international travel easier and enable protection against identity theft, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Friday. In a message delivered on the occasion of Passport Sewa Diwas, Jaishankar reaffirmed the government’s commitment to improving citizen experience and public delivery.

“It gives me great pleasure to join all our Passport Issuing Authorities in India and abroad on the occasion of the Passport Seva Divas 2022,” he said. “As we commemorate the Passport Seva Divas on 24th June this year, we continue our commitment to deliver the next level of citizen experience,” he added.

He noted that the passport services were rendered with the same vigor and enthusiasm during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. The government, he said, has set a record while dealing with the increased demand built up due to the pandemic, with a monthly average of 9.0 lakhs and 4.50 lakhs additional applications granted in last one month”.

Jaishankar also announced that the Passport Seva Programme (PSP) will be embarking on an improved and upgraded version PSP V2.0 to ensure a digital ecosystem among all stakeholders and offer enhanced passport services to citizens.

“It would ensure smooth governance end-to-end through standardized and liberalized processes, use of latest and emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Chat-Bot, Use of Big-Data, Advance Analytics etc. The Ministry is also working to roll out ePassports for Indian citizens which would make easier international travel and enable protection against identity theft and greater data security,” he added.

Jaishankar informed that the Passport Seva System has been integrated with the DigiLocker system to facilitate a paperless documentation process.

“The Ministry in collaboration with the Department of Posts operationalized 428 Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSKs) to reach out to our citizens at their doorsteps. The Ministry has successfully integrated the passport issuance systems in 178 of our Embassies and Consulates abroad,” the minister said.

Source- Hindustan Times.

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Kuwait Airways website hacked. https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/kuwait-airways-website-hacked/ https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/kuwait-airways-website-hacked/#respond Fri, 24 Jun 2022 15:31:43 +0000 https://www.q8india.com/?p=113325 Kuwait Airways Corporation restored its website two hours after being hacked recently, reports Al-Rai daily quoting a high-ranking official in the corporation. The source confirmed that none of the corporation’s data had been leaked, as all the necessary measures were taken to strengthen protection for information about KAC and its passengers. The source stressed the […]

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Kuwait Airways Corporation restored its website two hours after being hacked recently, reports Al-Rai daily quoting a high-ranking official in the corporation. The source confirmed that none of the corporation’s data had been leaked, as all the necessary measures were taken to strengthen protection for information about KAC and its passengers. The source stressed the recovery of the hacked website succeeded in cooperation with KAC’s subsidiary, the Automated Systems Company.

Source- Arab Times.

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80 ‘media outlets’ go to prosecution. https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/80-media-outlets-go-prosecution/ https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/80-media-outlets-go-prosecution/#respond Fri, 24 Jun 2022 15:30:08 +0000 https://www.q8india.com/?p=113322 The Minister of Information and Culture, Dr. Hamad Rouh Al-Din, has referred 80 media outlets to the Public Prosecution during the past two weeks, to take the necessary legal measures, reports Al-Qabas daily. The decision also included withdrawing the licenses of 90 electronic newspapers for violations media-related laws. According to the Ministry of Information, the […]

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Dr. Hamad Rouh Al-Din, has referred 80 media outlets to the Public Prosecution during the past two weeks, to take the necessary legal measures, reports Al-Qabas daily. The decision also included withdrawing the licenses of 90 electronic newspapers for violations media-related laws.

According to the Ministry of Information, the decision came in implementation of the laws and legislation regulating media work, and a commitment to control media practice in line with responsible freedom and not to allow violating regulatory laws or slipping into media chaos.

The ministry spokesman, Anwar Murad, said the Media Violations Monitoring Committee recommended referring these media outlets, which include electronic newspapers and satellite channels, to the Public Prosecution for broadcasting and publishing news and explicitly violating the media laws (the audio-visual law, the print and publications law and the law on regulating electronic media). The committee has revoked the licenses of the violating electronic newspapers.

Meanwhile, the sources indicated that the Ministry, through the recently formed Media Violations Monitoring Committee, monitors all news accounts, electronic newspapers and satellite channels to ensure compliance with the laws regulating this matter. The committees also stressed on the need to investigate accuracy in publishing news and verify it through official sources, stressing the Ministry’s intention to directly address any media outlet found violating regulatory laws.

Source- Arab Times.

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Austria to scrap mandatory Covid vaccination, months after it became law. https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/austria-scrap-mandatory-covid-vaccination-months-became-law/ https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/austria-scrap-mandatory-covid-vaccination-months-became-law/#respond Fri, 24 Jun 2022 02:56:20 +0000 https://www.q8india.com/?p=113318 The Austrian government said Thursday it will scrap the country’s controversial policy of mandatory vaccination against the coronavirus, just months after it became law. The measure — which was an EU first — came into legal effect at the beginning of February and the first checks had been planned for mid-March, with those refusing to […]

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The Austrian government said Thursday it will scrap the country’s controversial policy of mandatory vaccination against the coronavirus, just months after it became law.

The measure — which was an EU first — came into legal effect at the beginning of February and the first checks had been planned for mid-March, with those refusing to get the jab facing fines of up to 3,600 euros ($4,100).

However, the measure was suspended in March before any checks took place, with the government saying such a far-reaching measure could no longer be justified by the danger the coronavirus posed.

Health Minister Johannes Rauch told a press conference that the measure had caused deep divisions in the country of nine million and said that the element of compulsion had even deterred some people from getting the jab.

“The mandate isn’t bringing anyone to get vaccinated,” he said.

The Omicron variant had also “changed the rules”, Rauch added, as the wave driven by that variant tended to lead to cases with milder symptoms.

The mandate had applied to all over-18s except pregnant women, those who had the virus fewer than 180 days prior and those with medical exemptions.

August Woeginger, head of the parliamentary grouping of the ruling People’s Party (OeVP), told the same press conference he expected the law mandating compulsory vaccination to be repealed in the coming weeks.

Ever since it was first floated last year as a way of boosting Austria’s vaccination rate, the prospect of compulsory vaccination prompted frequent street protests drawing tens of thousands of people.

Current official figures show just 62 percent of the population currently have a valid vaccination certificate, lagging behind many other Western European countries.

More than 18,700 people have died after contracting the virus in Austria.

Source- Hindustan Times.

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US to send $450 million in advanced rocket systems, military aid to Ukraine. https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/us-send-450-million-advanced-rocket-systems-military-aid-ukraine/ https://www.q8india.com/blog/2022/06/24/us-send-450-million-advanced-rocket-systems-military-aid-ukraine/#respond Fri, 24 Jun 2022 02:53:25 +0000 https://www.q8india.com/?p=113315 The United States will send another $450 million in military aid to Ukraine, including some additional medium-range rocket systems, to help push back Russian progress in the war, officials announced Thursday. The latest package includes four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, which will double the number they have now. The first four HIMARS […]

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The United States will send another $450 million in military aid to Ukraine, including some additional medium-range rocket systems, to help push back Russian progress in the war, officials announced Thursday.

The latest package includes four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, which will double the number they have now. The first four HIMARS that the U.S. previously sent have already gone into Ukraine and are in the hand of troops there.

According to the Pentagon, the aid also includes 18 tactical vehicles that are used to tow howitzers, so the weapons can be moved around the battlefield, as well as 18 coastal and riverine patrol boats, thousands of machine guns, grenade launchers and rounds of ammunition, and some other equipment and spare parts.

The new aid comes just a week after the U.S. announced it was sending $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine, and as the Russian military continues to slowly expand its control in the eastern Donbas region. Ukrainian leaders have persistently asked for the more advanced, precision rocket systems in order to better fight back against Russia.

The Russian military captured two villages in eastern Ukraine on Thursday and is fighting for control of a key highway in a campaign to cut supply lines and encircle frontline Ukrainian forces, according to British and Ukrainian military officials.

Russian forces have been bombarding the city of Sievierodonetsk for weeks with artillery and air raids, and fought the Ukrainian army house-to-house. The HIMARS gives Ukraine the ability to strike Russian forces and weapons from further away, making it less risky for Ukrainian troops. The systems are mounted on trucks, which carry a container with six precision-guided rockets that can travel about 45 miles (70 kilometers).

It took about three weeks to train Ukrainian troops on the first four HIMARS, before the systems were moved to the fight.

The aid is part of the $40 billion in security and economic assistance passed last month by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden. And it is the 13th package of military weapons and equipment committed to Ukraine since the war began.

Overall, since the war started in late February, the U.S. has committed about $6.1 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, including this latest package. The $450 million in equipment and weapons will be from drawdown authority, which means the Defense Department will take it all from its own stocks and ship it to Ukraine.

Source- Hindustan Times.

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