Morning Summary | Overthrowing the Ukrainian government is not our goal, says Russia; Moods change as BJP and SP await UP poll results; and more

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A selection of stories to read before starting your day.

A selection of stories to read before starting your day.

Moods change as BJP and SP await UP poll results

On the eve of crucial Uttar Pradesh Assembly election results, there is an atmosphere of mistrust and doubt in the air, with Samajwadi Party (SP) Chairman Akhilesh Yadav raising questions about voting machines (EVM) and urging members of his party to be vigilant against any attempt to steal the mandate.

Overthrowing the Ukrainian government is not our goal, according to Russia

Russia will achieve its goal of securing Ukraine’s neutral status and will prefer to do so through talks, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

Moscow’s goals do not include overthrowing the Kyiv government and it hopes to make more significant progress in the next round of talks with Ukraine, Zakharova told a briefing, adding that the military operation to Russia was proceeding strictly according to its plan.

Removal of the upper age limit for NEET-UG

The upper age limit to participate in the national eligibility and entrance test (undergraduate) [NEET-UG] has been removed. The announcement was made by a circular issued by the National Medical Commission (NMC) on Wednesday after a meeting.

Modi calls Hungarian PM as Operation Ganga enters final phase

India is expected to end the evacuation drill – Operation Ganga – on Thursday, an official said urging the few remaining Indians to opt for the last flights out of Ukraine.

Shortly after the announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban to thank him for facilitating the smooth transfer of Indian nationals across the Ukrainian-Hungarian border and welcoming them.

A look at the Covovax vaccine for the 12-17 age group

India’s medicines regulator has granted restricted emergency use authorization for the Serum Institute Covovax COVID-19 vaccine for the age group 12-17 under certain conditions.

It is the fourth vaccine to receive regulatory approval for use in under-18s. However, only one vaccine – Covaxin from Bharat Biotech – is being used for the 15-18 age group in the vaccination campaign in the country after government approval.

The old pension system back in Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel in his budget speech on Wednesday announced the government’s decision to revert to the old pension system (OPS) for state government employees and double the annual MLA local development fund.

China hopes LAC talks ‘move forward’ towards ‘acceptable solution’

China said on Wednesday it hoped military-level talks with India scheduled for Friday would “advance” the long-running disengagement negotiations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) toward “an acceptable solution.” ” for both parties.

This week’s talks, the 15th round held to advance disengagement since the 2020 crisis, will focus on Patrol Point 15 in Hot Springs. Disengagement has already been undertaken on the northern and southern shores of Lake Pangong, Galwan and Gogra.

SC adjourns hearing on Mallya punishment in contempt case

The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned until March 10 the hearing on the question of the punishment of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya, found guilty of contempt.

A bench led by Judge UU Lalit is debating whether the court can punish Mr Mallya in absentia or whether he should appoint a amicus curiae for him.

More than a million children have fled Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion -UNICEF

More than a million children have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries in less than two weeks since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund said on Wednesday ( UNICEF).

At least 37 children were killed and 50 injured, chief executive Catherine Russell said in a statement.

South Korean conservative claims presidential victory

A former conservative prosecutor declared victory in South Korea’s presidential election on Thursday after his rival from the ruling Liberal Party conceded defeat after a fierce battle in the politically divided country.

With around 98% of the ballots counted at 4 a.m., People Power Party candidate Yoon Suk Yeol won 48.59% of the vote, narrowly edging out his liberal rival Lee Jae-myung who garnered 47.80%.

Joe Biden signs order on cryptocurrency as its use explodes in the United States

The President of the United States (United States), Joe Biden, on Wednesday signed an executive order on government oversight of cryptocurrency that urges the Federal Reserve to consider whether the central bank should step in and create its own digital currency.

American who underwent first pig heart transplant dies two months after surgery

The first person to receive a heart transplant from a pig has died, two months after the groundbreaking experiment, the Maryland hospital that performed the operation announced on March 9.

David Bennett, 57, died March 8 at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Doctors did not give an exact cause of death, saying only that his condition had begun to deteriorate several days earlier.

Samsung aims for double-digit growth in smartphone business

Samsung India eyes ‘strong double-digit growth’ in its mobile business in 2022, driven by a focus on expanding its premium segment offerings, including the recently introduced S-22 series and foldable phones , said Raju Pullan, senior vice president at Samsung India.

Soaring energy prices could hurt growth and consumption, warns S&P

Soaring energy prices due to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict could trigger a “terms of trade” shock for large net energy importers like India, impacting current account balances as well as on domestic consumption and investment, S&P Global Ratings said on Wednesday.

India aim for better batting show against fearsome New Zealand

After beating rivals Pakistan in a one-sided lunge opener, India will face an infinitely tougher challenge in New Zealand and will strive to put on an improved batting spectacle in their second match. stage of the ICC Women’s World Cup here on Thursday.

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