The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) CSE 2022 preparatory exam will be held on June 5. With only a few months to go before the first part of the exam, candidates must keep scrolling through the latest news and review past events in order to achieve a good score on the exam. So here’s your weekly dose of news from the past week:
War in Ukraine: sanctions against Russia
As the war in Ukraine continues, the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom have imposed various restrictions on Russia. This includes sanctions against the Russian Central Bank, which would limit the Kremlin’s access to the more than $600 billion in reserves there. Furthermore, President Joe Biden said new US export restrictions will deprive Russia of more than half of its current high-tech supply. It also plans to remove major Russian banks from the SWIFT financial messaging system, which shuffles countless billions of dollars daily between more than 11,000 banks and other financial institutions around the world.
India abstains from UN Security Council resolution
India, along with China and the UAE, abstained from the UN Security Council resolution, with 11 members voting for it. It tried to condemn the Russian aggression and called for the immediate cessation of violence and the withdrawal of the Russian army from Ukraine. The resolution was subsequently rejected by Russia. The US has now vowed to take the issue to the General Assembly, where Russia has no veto.
India becomes the No. 1 team in the ICC T20I ranking after six years
India claimed the number one position in the ICC T20I men’s team rankings for the first time in six years. This came after the 3-0 series win over the West Indies in Kolkata last week. India surpassed England who had 269 rating points to take the top spot. India previously held the ICC T20I ranking on the format led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni from February 12 to May 3, 2016.
US visa interview
The United States has abolished the requirement of the in-person interview for many visa applicants in India until December 31 this year. The applicants eligible for the waiver are students (F, M and academic J visas), employees (H-1, H-2, H-3 and individual L visas), as well as culture and extraordinary skills ( O, P, and Q visas). Applicants must have previously obtained a US visa category to be eligible. Furthermore, they must never have been denied a US visa and unfitness.
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