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EU reaches deal to ration gas amid Russian cut-off fears

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Eu Reaches Deal To Ration Gas Amid Russian Cut-Off Fears

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union governments agreed Tuesday to ration natural gas this winter to protect themselves against any further supply cuts by Russia as Moscow pursues its invasion of Ukraine.

EU energy ministers approved a draft European law meant to lower demand for gas by 15% from August through March. The new legislation entails voluntary national steps to reduce gas consumption and, if they yield insufficient savings, a trigger for mandatory moves in the 27-member bloc.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomed the move, saying in a statement that “the EU has taken a decisive step to face down the threat of a full gas disruption by (Russian President Vladimir) Putin.”

On Monday, Russian energy giant Gazprom said it would limit supplies to the EU through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to 20% of capacity, heightening concerns that Putin will use gas trade to challenge the bloc’s opposition to the war in Ukraine.

“The winter is coming and we don’t know how cold it will be,” said Czech Industry Minister Jozef Sikela, whose policy portfolio includes energy. “But what we know for sure is that Putin will continue to play his dirty games in misusing and blackmailing by gas supplies.”

The ministerial agreement was sealed in less than a week. It’s based on a proposal last Wednesday from the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm. Keen to maintain a common EU front over a conflict that shows no sign of ending, the commission said coordinated rationing would enable the bloc as a whole to get through the winter should Russia stop all gas deliveries.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February and the West protested with economic sanctions, 12 EU countries have faced halts to, or reductions in, Russian gas deliveries.

Although it has agreed to embargo oil and coal from Russia starting later this year, the EU has refrained from sanctioning Russian natural gas because Germany, Italy and some other member states rely heavily on these imports.

“Germany made a strategic error in the past with its great dependency on Russian gas and faith that it would always flow constantly and cheaply,” said German Economy Minister Robert Habeck, who is also responsible for energy and serves as the country’s vice chancellor. “But it is not just a German problem.”

The disruptions in Russian energy trade with the EU are stoking inflation already at record levels in Europe and threatening to trigger a recession in the bloc just as it was recovering from a pandemic-induced slump.

The energy squeeze is also reviving decades-old political tests for Europe over policy coordination. While the EU has gained centralized authority over monetary, trade, antitrust and farm policies, national sovereignty over energy matters still largely prevails.

In a sign of this, the energy ministers scrapped a provision in the draft gas-rationing law that would have given the European Commission the power to decide on any move from voluntary to mandatory actions. Instead, the ministers ensured any decision on mandatory steps will be in member-state hands.

They also diluted other elements of the original proposal, including with exemptions for island countries.

Nonetheless, Tuesday’s deal marks another milestone in EU policy integration and crisis management.

The accord comes just six days after the commission rushed out the draft law — a stark contrast to past EU legislative initiatives in the area of energy that often involved months or years of negotiations among national governments.

In that respect, the new gas-rationing plan resembles developments in EU health policy two years ago when, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, member states agreed to act in unison. This included letting the commission negotiate agreements with pharmaceutical companies on the supply of vaccines to all 27 countries.



ASK IRA: Is it big or bust with Heat salary ballast?

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Ask Ira: Is It Big Or Bust With Heat Salary Ballast?

Q: What is more important: Trading Duncan Robinson now for a strong power forward like Jae Crowder, or keeping him as a trade piece for a big fish down the road? – Bob, Davie.

A: Which is why I downplayed Duncan Robinson (if the Suns even would want to take on such a long-term contract) in yesterday’s response to the question about Jae Crowder. If the Heat are going to make a big move that does not involve Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler or Kyle Lowry, then they have to hold on to Duncan’s contract as salary ballast. Similarly, the Heat are not in position to randomly deal away a first-round pick (or two) when it comes to a trade smaller than for a legitimate or potential star. So, yes, I agree – you wait. The question then becomes whether you hold on to Tyler Herro for a similarly significant move. If so, that means you have chosen not to sweat the small stuff at the moment.

Q: Ira, the Heat didn’t want to sign P.J. Tucker for $10 million a year for three years, however they may end up paying the same or more for Jae Crowder if they bring him back in a trade. Is Jae an upgrade over P.J.? – Carl, Kapaa, Hawaii.

A: This has more to do with the intricacies of the salary cap than valuations of the players. If the Heat were to bring in Jae Crowder at his $10.2 million for this season, they would not be hard capped, because it would be via trade. If the Heat signed P.J. Tucker for that same amount for 2022-23, they would have been hard capped, because it would have been a free-agent signing. It doesn’t matter if that makes sense, it’s just the rules. And I happen to believe Jae would be excellent as a P.J. replacement, if the cap-o-nomics could work.

Q: Ira, in looking at your recent list of eligible free agents,. there are several players that could help the Heat. Pat Riley, Andy Elisburg, please, please do not sign Udonis Haslem to the last spot. – Joel.

A: The open offer has already been extended. So this no longer is a Pat Riley or Andy Elisburg decision; it is a Udonis Haslem decision. And solely a Udonis Haslem decision.


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Protest camp in Sri Lanka evacuated after 4 months in action against leaders

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Protest Camp In Sri Lanka Evacuated After 4 Months In Action Against Leaders

Demonstrations began on April 9 to protest against shortages of basic necessities. (Case)


Protesters in Sri Lanka who toppled the previous government announced on Wednesday they were dismantling their main protest site near the president’s office following a crackdown on their leaders.

The group led by university students and left-wing parties said it was clearing its tents along the Galle Face seafront promenade in the capital.

A spokesman said they also withdrew four legal challenges to a police order ordering them to leave the area which claimed their tents were an obstacle to nearby hotels.

Activists were seen tearing down their tents and removing other structures they had erected to support their struggle against the administration.

The demonstrations began on April 9 to protest against shortages of essentials such as fuel, food and medicine in Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis.

They culminated when tens of thousands of people poured into Colombo and stormed Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s presidential palace on July 9, forcing him to flee and eventually resign.

Days after Rajapaksa fled to Singapore and announced his resignation, troops evicted the protesters occupying the palace and the prime minister’s home and office.

Security forces have been accused of using excessive force to evict protesters, with more than 80 people sustaining injuries that required hospitalization.

Since then, dozens of activists have been arrested for damaging state property.

A prominent labor leader, Joseph Stalin, was released on bail on Monday following international criticism of his arrest last week for causing damages worth $90.

Rajapaksa’s successor, Ranil Wickremesinghe, drew a distinction between “protesters” and “rioters” and promised firm action against “all troublemakers”.

Shortly after protesters swarmed the palace, there were social media posts showing them frolicking in the pool and bouncing on four-poster beds inside the sprawling compound.

But protesters also handed authorities around 17.5 million rupees ($46,000) in cash found in one of the rooms.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)


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PM Kisan 12th Installment: Here’s New Registration, Village Wise Beneficiary List, Installment Date And Other Details

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Pm Kisan 12Th Installment 2022 Release Date – Check Beneficiary Status Link, Documents Required

PM Kisan 12th Installment: Here’s New Registration, Village Wise Beneficiary List, Installment Date And Other Details

PM Kisan 12th Installment: Although the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PMKSNY) was announced in the year 2018 it officially came into power in 2019 and since then farmers in a huge amount have received the benefit of the scheme. Under this Yojana, small farmers get financial support by receiving Rs 6000 annually. Moreover, one member of one family can take advantage of the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana.

Now, the Central Government of India is all set to announce the PM Kisan 12th Installement 2022. Therefore, the 12th Installment will be directly added to the farmer’s bank account. If your Adhaar card is linked with your bank account, you can take the maximum benefit of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana.

12th Installment: PM Kisan Beneficiary Status Check Online

  • Follow these steps to see who is on the list of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana beneficiaries:
  • First, a farmer who is eligible needs to go to the PM Kisan Yojana website at
  • On the official website’s home page.
  • In the farmers’ corner section, click on the “beneficiary list” link.
  • When you click on it, you’ll be taken to a new page called “beneficiary status.”
  • There will be a form for you to fill out on the beneficiary status page.
  • First, you have to decide whether you want to search by your mobile number or your registration number.
  • If you pick a cell phone number,
  • Then you have to type the mobile number into the “Enter Value” box, type the image from the “Captcha Code,” and click “Get Data.”
  • If you choose a registration number, you’ll need to enter the value you got from your registration number in the “Enter value” text box, then enter the captcha code and click the “Get data” button.
  • After that, you’ll see a list of things you can sort by.
  • You might have to type in your state, district, sub-district, block, and village, then click “Get Report.”
  • When you click on “Get Report,” you will see a list of the people who will get the money.
  • At the end of the list, you can see if your name is on it or not.

PM Kisan 12th Installment: How to do PM Kisan Registration Online

PM Kisan New Farmer Registration 2022: All new farmers who are eligible under PMAY conditions can do PM Kisan registration online and claim their benefits from government moreover, the new list will be released later which contains the names of the farmers who have conmpleted the registration.

  • In order to register under PM Kisan Yojana First, you must visit the official website.
  • There is a section titled Farmers’ Corner on the site; click on it.
  • your farmer registration will open when you click it, and a new page will appear before you.
  • You must fill out the form on the new page; in the part for urban areas, choose the option for urban farmer registration; then click on the data provided, including your cellphone number, Aadhar number, and OTP confirmation.
  • After receiving your OTP on your mobile device, continue with the registration process.
  • On a new page, enter all needed information and upload all relevant documents before clicking the submit button.
  • The registration form for PM Kisan 2022 is submitted.

12th Installment: PM Kisan Status Check 2022 12th Installment Date & Time

All the eligible farmers were expecting 12th Installment List is releasing from ist September 2022 till 31st November,2022. Now as per a statement from PMO (Prime Minister Office), PM Kisan Beneficiary List 2022 for ₹2000 will be transferred directly in the bank account of  beneficiaries.

PM Kisan 12th Installment: PM Kisan Beneficiary List Village Wise 2022

On the PM Kisan website, you may enter your Aadhar card number and mobile phone number to check your PM Kisan status for 2022. After submitting your application for the PM Kisan Yojana 12th Installment Registration 2022, you will need to check the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana Beneficiary List 2022.

There is a download option for the PM Kisan 2022 Beneficiary List PDF organized by village and an option organized by the district on the official website for PM Kisan, which can be found at

Prior to the closing date of the installation in 2022, applicants are required to complete their PM Kisan KYC requirements.

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Taylor Swift Says She Never Listened to 3LW Before Writing ‘Shake It Off’: NPR

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Taylor Swift Says She Never Listened To 3Lw Before Writing 'Shake It Off': Npr

Taylor Swift attends the premiere of “All Too Well” in New York on Nov. 12, 2021. Swift this week responded to a copyright lawsuit regarding her 2014 hit “Shake It Off.”

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Taylor Swift Says She Never Listened To 3Lw Before Writing 'Shake It Off': Npr

Taylor Swift attends the premiere of “All Too Well” in New York on Nov. 12, 2021. Swift this week responded to a copyright lawsuit regarding her 2014 hit “Shake It Off.”

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Taylor Swift told federal court she wrote all the lyrics to her 2014 hit “Shake It Off,” and said she had never heard of the band 3LW or their 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play” before legal action was taken against her.

Swift made these statements in a statement this week on the case originally filed in 2017 by Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, who wrote ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ and claim Swift stole some of his lyrics for “Shake It Off”.

The lawsuit focuses on Swift’s chorus, which includes the lines “”players gonna play, play, play” and “haters gonna hate, hate, hate”. 3LW songwriters point out that the 2001 song contains the lyrics, “playas, they’ll play, and haters, they’ll hate”.


She said the phrases “players gonna play” and “haters gonna hate” were part of popular culture while she was growing up, and often used “to convey the idea that negativity can or should be ignored. “.

Swift said her lyrics had no influence from 3LW and instead were about “independence and ‘getting rid’ of negative personal criticism through music and dance”.

“In writing the lyrics, I was partly inspired by the experiences of my life and, in particular, the relentless public scrutiny of my personal life, ‘clickbait’ reporting, public manipulation and other forms of criticism. personal negatives that I’ve learned to just shake off and focus on my music,” Swift said.


In her statement, Swift provides examples to illustrate her point that the phrases have been widely used, including a 2013 performance by Eric Church at the Country Music Awards. Church performed his song “The Outsiders”, which also includes the lyrics “gamer gon’ play and a hater gon’ hate”.

During one of her own performances in 2013, Swift said she wore a t-shirt with the phrase “haters gonna hate” on it, and added that she bought the shirt from Urban Outfitters.

Swift concluded that she had “never heard the song Playas Gon’ Play and had never heard of this song or the band 3LW”, before the lawsuit filed by Hall and Butler in 2017.

“None of the CDs I listened to as a kid, or after that, were from 3LW,” Swift said. “I’ve never heard the song Playas Gon’ Play on the radio, on TV or in a movie. The first time I heard the song was after this claim.”

Here is more of his statement:

“I’ve never seen a music video for Playas Gon’ Play, I’ve never attended a concert where 3LW performed, and I’ve never attended a concert where the song Playas Gon’ Play was I do not own any 3LW albums or singles, nor any Playas Gon’ Play recordings. I do not own and have never listened to the Now That’s What I Call Music! 6 or Now That’s What I Call Music! 7 albums. I did not discuss Playas Gon’ Play or 3LW with anyone before this lawsuit I never subscribed to Billboard magazine and had never read anything in the magazine until I moved to Nashville and immersed myself in the music industry.”

Hall and Butler said they coined the phrase and while it “may seem like common parlance today”, it was “completely original and unique” when they wrote the song.

The next hearing in this case is scheduled for September 19.

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Freeway plane crash: Pilot and passenger escape after single-engine plane lands on State Route 91 in Corona, California

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Freeway Plane Crash: Pilot And Passenger Escape After Single-Engine Plane Lands On State Route 91 In Corona, California

CORONA, Calif. — A single-engine plane landed and caught fire on a Southern California highway on Tuesday and the pilot and a passenger were able to escape to safety, authorities said.

The Piper PA-32 was flying toward Corona Municipal Airport when the pilot reported engine trouble and landed in the eastbound lanes of State Route 91 in Riverside County, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Our sister station KABC showed dash cam footage of the plane landing in moving traffic and catching fire on the freeway near Corona. No injuries were reported.

The pilot, Andrew Cho, told the Southern California News Group that he and his passenger had time to get out before the flames spread.

Cho, 54, said they had taken off from Corona airport about an hour earlier and were planning to return when the engine suddenly lost power.

“There was an empty spot (on the freeway) so we drove there,” Cho said. “Thank God we didn’t really hit anyone.”

The aircraft severed the left rear of a Toyota Tundra pickup.

Cho said he is the co-owner of the Piper.

The FAA said it was investigating.

ABC-owned television stations contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2022 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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LPG gas cylinder Big update: Big update regarding subsidy, now it is decided to get this much money

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Lpg Gas Cylinder Big Update: Big Update Regarding Subsidy, Now It Is Decided To Get This Much Money

LPG gas cylinder Big update: Big update regarding subsidy, now it is decided to get this much money

The government had stopped giving subsidy to the people on gas cylinders, but now the government is planning to give subsidy on gas cylinders. Let us know the complete information in the news below.

According to some media reports, it has been learned that people will get subsidy on LPG gas cylinder again. It is being told that the government is planning to give subsidy again. This subsidy is given by the government to help the economically weaker people of the country. In fact, the government stopped giving subsidies from the first wave of the chrono epidemic. According to media reports, from 2023, all people will be given subsidy on LPG cylinders.

Through this article, we will tell all of you who will get the subsidy on LPG gas cylinder and when will you get it as well as how you can check your LPG gas cylinder subsidy money and from where. To get complete information, definitely read this article of ours till the end.

Big News regarding subsidy on LPG

Before the first wave of the corona epidemic, the government was giving subsidies to all the people. But since the first wave of the corona epidemic, the government has stopped giving subsidies to all the people, but there are some people who still get the subsidy. In fact, a subsidy of Rs 200 on LPG cylinder is being sent to the accounts of all those who had taken gas cylinders under the Ujjwal Vikas Yojana or who had received them from the government.

According to media reports, after the

end of the budgetary subsidy on liquefied petroleum gas in the year 2022, the central government can now start it again in 2023. If the government does this, then many people of the country will get a big relief in this inflationary era. About 9 crore people will get relief from this expensive LPG.

Know about, Some important things related to LPG gas

In the year 2020, from the first wave of the corona epidemic, the government had stopped giving subsidy to the people, although in the meantime subsidy money has come in the account of many people but not in everyone’s account. Subsidy 200 has been coming in the account of all those people who had taken cylinders under the Ujjwal scheme.

If some media reports are to be believed, in the meantime, the government has saved about 11654 crores by closing LPG subsidy in the year 2021-22. During this, the government has deposited only Rs 242 crore as LPG subsidy in the account of the LPG cylinder taker under the Ujjwal scheme. It is believed that or if some news is to be believed, then in the next year 2023, LPG subsidy will be deposited in the account of all the people.

These people will get LPG subsidy

All those who had taken LPG gas cylinder under the Ujjwal scheme are still getting ₹ 200 as subsidy in their account. All those who are financially weak will get subsidy from the central government from next year 2023. Economically weak means that all the people whose annual income is less than 10 lakh rupees.

If your annual income is more than Rs 1000000, then you will not be given any subsidy of any kind. We want to tell you that the annual income is calculated by adding the income of both husband and wife to 10 lakhs annually.

Know LPG gas cylinder price

At present, the price of LPG cylinder has increased 2 times and at the same time no subsidy is being given. Talking about 2 years ago, the price of LPG cylinder was half as compared to now and along with it subsidy was also given.

The price of LPG cylinder varies from state to state, but if we talk about its average price, at present, its price is Rs 1053 per cylinder, which is 14.2 kg in a cylinder.

How to check LPG cylinder subsidy money?

At present, no subsidy is being given to the people taking LPG. But there are some people who are getting subsidy of up to Rs 200 for taking LPG cylinder. All those who had taken LPG cylinder under the Ujjwal scheme are being given this subsidy. Some media reports believe that from 2023, all the people who are financially weak will also be given subsidy again as before. If you want to check your subsidy money then follow the below mentioned procedure.

1. If you want to check your subsidy money, then you check the message on the mobile number linked with your bank account. Can check money.

2. If for some reason the message has not arrived on your mobile number, then you can check the bank balance of your account by visiting your nearest bank branch and CSC center, so that you will know whether the subsidy money has arrived in your account or not.

3. If you have the facility of update machine in your bank branch, then you can update your passbook on your own and check the details of all the transactions done in your account, so that you will know that subsidy money has arrived in your account or No.

4. If you use applications like Google Pay, PhonePe, Paytm in your mobile, then you can check your bank balance by going to your Paytm application, so that you will know whether LPG subsidy money has arrived in your account or not.

Know conclusion

LPG cylinder will be subsidized again, according to some media reports, people will be given subsidy on LPG cylinder again in 2023. From the first wave of the corona epidemic, the government had stopped giving subsidies to the people. Meanwhile, all the people who had taken LPG cylinder under the Ujjwal scheme, have been getting Rs 200 as subsidy in their account. During this, the government has saved 11654 crores. Subsidies of only 242 crores have been given to the people.

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