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Russian Oil Heading To India Despite Sanctions – Bloomberg

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Several tankers have reportedly been spotted anchored near the Asian country’s ports

Three tankers loaded with Russian Sokol-grade oil have arrived at Indian ports, despite being targeted by Western sanctions, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing vessel-tracking data.

Supertanker Nireta has been anchored near Visakhapatnam on India’s east coast, according to the media outlet. Two other vessels, Vostochny Prospect and Erecter, reportedly shipped crude to Jamnagar in the west, both signaling Sikka Port as their destination. Meanwhile, Clyde Noble, another tanker hauling Sokol crude, is currently on its way to Sikka.

According to Bloomberg, in the month to mid-January, ten shipments of Russian crude headed for India failed to discharge at the country’s ports, with at least five vessels returning through the Malacca Strait. Further cargoes added to the backlog, which reached as much as 18 million barrels.

Earlier this year, Reuters reported that Indian state refiners had to stop buying Russian crude last year, after New Delhi advised them against implementing payments in Chinese yuan, due to strained relations with Beijing.

Refiners in India have become major buyers of Russian crude since Western importers opted to stop purchasing it as a sanction against Moscow. However, Indian buyers have, since late last year, faced major difficulties, due to tougher enforcement of restrictions.


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Washington levied new sanctions on exports of Russian crude in February, having blacklisted Sovcomflot and more than a dozen tankers linked to the Russian state-owned firm. One of the tankers currently off the Indian coast, Vostochny Prospect, is owned and managed by the Russian state-owned corporation.

The news agency noted that it’s not clear if the tankers would discharge in India, or whether issues with delivery and payments due to the sanctions have been overcome.

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Victims of Domestic Violence Rally Against Proposed Joint Custody Laws in Japan, Citing Legal System Flaws

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In Japan, the debate over joint custody laws reveals deep societal concerns about family violence and its impact on victims. Critics argue the proposed joint custody laws could endanger victims by inadvertently reconnecting them with abusive ex-partners. Demonstrations have taken place, with advocates arguing that the system lacks effective measures to protect those affected by family violence.

Women, disproportionately impacted, represent a higher percentage of abuse reports. Allegations of physical abuse backed by photographic evidence and medical reports have been dismissed by the courts, leaving victims feeling helpless and ignored. On the other hand, parents deprived of their children’s presence argue the legal system fails to address their grievances or consider the emotional harm inflicted on both children and parents.

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Electricians’ Union Raises Alarm Over Unsafe Practices in Solar Industry

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In Australia, safety and employment conditions in the solar farm industry are raising concerns. There have been reports of unqualified workers, including backpackers on working holiday visas, doing electrical tasks that legally require licensed electricians. The electrical trades union has pointed out cases where trade assistants without proper qualifications or supervision performed risky electrical work.

Incidents include workers installing solar panels in water, posing a risk of electrocution. Poor working conditions have led to dissatisfaction among electricians, who feel their safety concerns and expertise are being ignored. The industry is currently facing a significant demand for electricians due to the rapid expansion of solar farm constructions, with 34 projects underway. The union is urging the renewable energy sector to invest in training a new generation of electricians to meet this demand.

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Tesla Faces Backlash from Cybertruck Owners Citing Multiple Performance Flaws

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