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OK, now contrast with the Ukraine situation. In this invasion, 400-2000 Ukrainians have been killed, according to Ukrainian Govt (who knows, but let's go with that). Meanwhile, at least 3000

Indian colonial policies in Punjab exactly mirror the British colonial policies in India. Just as it was in the British economic interest to turn India into a raw materials suppliers which could then

For them, sex isn’t that big of an issue though. I’m sure plenty of them will have sex for money or any other exchange. Then they might cry about sexual exploitation later. lol.

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Households in the UK will be offered £350 a month to open their homes to people fleeing the war in Ukraine.

Housing Secretary Michael Gove told the BBC tens of thousands of people could come to the UK under the scheme and he may offer a room to a refugee.

But the Refugee Council is concerned about the level of support for those traumatised by war.

Labour said there were unanswered questions, accusing the government of "dragging its feet" over the crisis.

Under the Homes for Ukraine scheme, people will be able to nominate a named individual or a family to stay with them rent-free, or in another property, for at least six months. A website to express an interest in being a sponsor will launch on Monday.

Mr Gove also told the BBC's Sunday Morning programme the government was looking at using the properties of Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the UK for "humanitarian purposes" but there was "quite a high legal bar" and this measure would lapse as sanctions ended.

Retailers Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer and Morrisons are among the UK companies offering to employ Ukrainian refugees.

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Homes for Ukraine refugee scheme launches in UK

The government has launched its Homes for Ukraine site for those wanting to register to host a refugee, with 25,000 signing up in the first three hours.

Housing and Communities Secretary Michael Gove said the UK had a history of "supporting the most vulnerable during their darkest hours".

He said there would be no limit to how many Ukrainians could enter the UK under the visa sponsorship scheme.

Each household housing a refugee will be offered £350 a month, tax free.

 

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I don't blame India for this at all. 

 

'Russia is offering oil at a heavy discount. We will be happy to take that': India looks to bail out Putin as it considers taking up Moscow's offer to buy crude oil at a reduced rate amid Western sanctions

  • India may take Russian offer to buy crude oil, other supplies at discounted price
  • New Delhi exploring logistics but otherwise ready to take up offer, officials said 
  • India is latest country to offer a sanction-busting lifeline to Russia, joining China 
  • Beijing lifted wheat import restrictions after the invasion of Ukraine in February

India may bail out Russia by taking up an offer to buy crude oil and other commodities at a discount despite Western attempts to isolate Moscow through sanctions.  

India, which imports 80 per cent of its oil needs, usually buys only about 1 per cent from Russia. But with oil prices up 40 per cent so far this year, the government is looking at increasing this if it can help reduce its rising energy bill.

'Russia is offering oil and other commodities at a heavy discount. We will be happy to take that,' an Indian government official said, declining to elaborate on how much oil was on offer and what the discount was. 

 

The official added that such trade required preparatory work including transportation, insurance cover and getting the right blend of crude, but once that was done India would take Russia up on its offer. 

Iraq was the top crude oil supplier to India in 2021, accounting for 25 per cent of the country's total crude imports.

Saudi Arabia (16 per cent), the UAE (11 per cent), Nigeria (8 per cent) and the US (7 per cent) were other key suppliers. 

India is the latest country to offer a sanction-busting lifeline as the Russian-waged war enters its third week after China lifted wheat import restrictions at the end of February. Imports had been restricted amid concerns over Russia's measures to prevent plant diseases, particularly in agricultural crops.

Neither Beijing nor New Delhi have condemned the invasion in Ukraine and both abstained from a vote at the United Nations calling out Russian aggression last month. 

Both governments are walking a diplomatic tightrope in order to preserve their vital trade links with Russia which is now facing serious economic woes after being targeted by sanctions.  

Meanwhile the UK will send India - a country with its own space programme - £55.3million in aid in 2021/22, up from £41.5million in 2020/21.  (Dalsingh's comment - well don't f**king send it then. Like we all don't know it's bribery money anyway.......)

 

 

US officials have said in recent weeks they would like India to distance itself from Russia as much as possible, while recognising its heavy reliance on Moscow for everything from arms and ammunitions to missiles and fighter jets.

One person within India's security apparatus said the West understood India's position, given that it needs to keep its armed forces well supplied amid simmering territorial disputes with China.

Reuters has reported that Indian officials are trying to set up a rupee-rouble mechanism with Russia to continue bilateral trade. 

Russia has urged what it describes as friendly nations to maintain trade and investment ties.

Apart from oil, India is also looking for cheaper fertiliser from Russia and its ally Belarus, according to one of the officials. 

Indian officials said they could not suddenly replace Russia with other suppliers, particularly in the defence sector.

India's dependence on Russia for its military hardware still runs as high as 60 per cent, despite a significant reduction over the last decade.

US officials have declined to say if India would be sanctioned should Russia send S-400 missile systems as part of a $5.5 billion deal signed in 2018 for five of them.

 

Initial supplies of the system started late last year despite a US law aimed at deterring countries from buying Russian military hardware.

Ely Ratner, US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, told a US Congress hearing last week that India was diversifying its defence suppliers.

'We recognise that India has a complicated history and relationship with Russia. The majority of the weapons that they buy are from the Russians,' he said.

'The good news is that they are in a multi-year process of diversifying their arms purchases away from Russia - that's going to take some time. 

'But they are clearly committed to doing that, including the indigenisation of their own defence industry and that's something we should support.'

British Foreign Minister Liz Truss also said last week that London should pursue closer economic and defence ties with India to help it reduce its reliance on Russia.

Since 2011, New Delhi has cut its defence imports from Russia by 53 per cent.

D. Bala Venkatesh Varma, a former Indian ambassador to Russia, said New Delhi should not be expected to pay a price for a standoff between global powers.

'This is not a fight we have created,' he told an online seminar on Monday.

It comes days after Ukrainian President Vlodymyr Zelensky asked US President Joe Biden to cut Russia off from international waters during their Friday phone call.

His requests included more sanctions on Kremlin elites and further blocking Russia out of global trade, people familiar with the call told CNN.  

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10611333/India-looks-bail-Russia-considers-taking-Moscows-offer-buy-crude-oil-discount.html

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3 hours ago, proactive said:

Great news. In the current climate this will only lead to the further isolation of India which is good in my view. Modi had a chance here to become the darling of the west and try and replace China as the destination of western investment. Don't ever under estimate the power of the woke in the west who would rather see their own country's economic interests hurt as long as they can display their virtue signals. There will be increasing pressure for the western governments to act against Indian companies. Watch as western companies and investors jump ship from India especially if they come under pressure from the woke. Some Chinese companies have already suffered from rumours that they might get delisted from NY stock exchange even though the Chinese have tried to remain somewhat neutral. India might gain support from some third world countries whose populations are on the side of the Russians but this will not make up for the damage to India's image that it's take up of Russia's offer will cause. 

As for cheap fertiliser, the farmers will never see this, the corrupt Indian system will turn the 40% or 50% cheaper fertiliser into a 1 or 2% cheaper fertiliser by the time it reaches the farmers. The godi media will then blow their trumpets about how the farmers are so lucky to get such cheap fertiliser! 

The bigger picture is that the Russians and Indians are not buying/selling in dollars.

The US Dollar is not going to be the pre-eminent currency in the future.

There is a de-coupling from the western economy taking place.

India is going to take advantage where it sees fit.

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1 hour ago, Ranjeet01 said:

The bigger picture is that the Russians and Indians are not buying/selling in dollars.

The US Dollar is not going to be the pre-eminent currency in the future.

There is a de-coupling from the western economy taking place.

India is going to take advantage where it sees fit.

So what are they going to be buy the oil in? Mickey mouse rupees or worthless roubles. At the moment the only currencies that could challenge the dollar are the Euro or to a lesser degree the pound sterling. The Chinese Renminbi could take the dollars place at some stage but not at this time. 

 

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5 hours ago, proactive said:

Great news. In the current climate this will only lead to the further isolation of India which is good in my view. Modi had a chance here to become the darling of the west and try and replace China as the destination of western investment. Don't ever under estimate the power of the woke in the west who would rather see their own country's economic interests hurt as long as they can display their virtue signals. There will be increasing pressure for the western governments to act against Indian companies. Watch as western companies and investors jump ship from India especially if they come under pressure from the woke. Some Chinese companies have already suffered from rumours that they might get delisted from NY stock exchange even though the Chinese have tried to remain somewhat neutral. India might gain support from some third world countries whose populations are on the side of the Russians but this will not make up for the damage to India's image that it's take up of Russia's offer will cause. 

As for cheap fertiliser, the farmers will never see this, the corrupt Indian system will turn the 40% or 50% cheaper fertiliser into a 1 or 2% cheaper fertiliser by the time it reaches the farmers. The godi media will then blow their trumpets about how the farmers are so lucky to get such cheap fertiliser! 

Eye opening stuff in that article. I had no idea India essentially gets 52% of its oil from arab sources with Iraq the biggest supplier..

Do you think there is any chance of Panjab going a bit more natural with fertilisers? I know this can be an issue in unexpected ways. I just reconditioned my garden soil with some chicken manure pellets (from Aldis at £3.99 a box!), and some fish blood and bone mixture. Young nephews who usually like goofing around in the garden run off at the smell of it and refused to go out!! lol!

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2 hours ago, Ranjeet01 said:

The bigger picture is that the Russians and Indians are not buying/selling in dollars.

The US Dollar is not going to be the pre-eminent currency in the future.

There is a de-coupling from the western economy taking place.

India is going to take advantage where it sees fit.

I know Russia's stocked up on a lot of foreign currency. India may have done something similar? 

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2 hours ago, MisterrSingh said:

Will the West's propaganda start targetting overseas Indians like they've tried with Russians? Will the classic Indian cornershop be boycotted? Will Reuben Singh be sanctioned? 😢😥😉

The west's hypocrisy stanks to high heaven in this. Also the above might explain india's recent belligerence towards the west as shown in some of those videos you posted. 

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29 minutes ago, proactive said:

So what are they going to be buy the oil in? Mickey mouse rupees or worthless roubles. At the moment the only currencies that could challenge the dollar are the Euro or to a lesser degree the pound sterling. The Chinese Renminbi could take the dollars place at some stage but not at this time. 

 

I think it was purchased in rupees. 

 

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