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After banning Instagram, Russia launches clone called Rossgram

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After placing a ban on Instagram in the country following its invasion of Ukraine, Russia is set to launch a ‘perfect’ clone to be called Rossgram, which looks very similar in design to Instagram.

Russian tech developers were charged by the Kremlin to develop a replacement for the online photo sharing and social network platform after the American app was banned in the country.

According to its website, Rossgram is set to roll out Monday, March 28, with the developers sounding out investors, sponsors, and the media, before opening to bloggers and other users.

Alexander Zobov, the co-founder of the app, wrote on the VKontakte social platform, announcing the platform:

“My partner, Kirill Filimonov and our group of developers, were already ready for this turn of events and decided not to miss the opportunity to create a Russian analog of a popular social network beloved by our compatriots.

“Rossgram is a new social network with a familiar and understandable interface, rich features, and simple working conditions.”

Before the ban, Instagram was a hugely popular platform in Russia and a crucial source of income for many small businesses and bloggers.

The app was banned on March 14, following the country’s move to declare the platform’s parent company, Meta, an “extremist organisation” under Russian law.

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Transport cleaning staff in UK to join strike train over pay – union

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As industrial actions continue to across the United Kingdom, cleaners have joined other transport workers to strike over pay in Britain, the Rail, Maritime, and Transport union.

The union made the position known on Saturday, stressing that its members, working as cleaners throughout the transport network, had voted to hold their first national strike action.

Over 1,000 contracted-out cleaners working for the likes of Churchill, Italian Servest, and Mitie are said to be eligible to strike.

The union is demanding that the cleaners be paid 15 pounds ($18.14) an hour, with sick pay, holiday entitlement, and better pensions.

Industrial actions have been on the rise in Britain lately with railway workers, nurses, doctors, and teachers, as well as emergency services, postal services, and telecoms workers have either on strike or planning action.

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Britain introduces policy to reduce influx of international students

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Britain in an attempt to manage the influx of Africans into Europe has introduced plans to reduce the rate of immigration to the United Kingdom by limiting the number of foreign students entering the country.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that approximately 560,000 people migrated to the UK as of June. This marked a sharp increase from the comparable period last year, driven by the influx of Ukrainian refugees.

Under the new arrangement, there will be limitation on the number of family members that international students are allowed to bring into the country.

The policy move would be a reversal of the 2019 International Education strategy which sought to boost the country’s education exports to £35 billion per year.

Africa, particularly Nigeria has a large number of students in the United Kingdom. Nigerians consistitute a third non-EU country with the most students in the UK with 21,305 students currently enrolled in UK institutions, ahead of the United States with 19,220 students.

China and India with 143,820 and 84,555 students respectively have the highest number of students in the UK.

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