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1. The Defence Ministry says, a missile was fired accidentally from the Indian side into an area in Pakistan earlier this week, blaming the incident on a 'technical malfunction' that was 'deeply regrettable'. The Ministry of Defence says in a statement, 'On 9 March 2022, in the course of routine maintenance, a technical malfunction led to the accidental firing of a missile. The Government of India has taken a serious view and ordered a high-level Court of Enquiry'. 2. US President Joe Biden vows that Russia will pay a 'severe price' if it uses chemical weapons in Ukraine, while also pledging to avoid provoking Moscow into 'World War III'. Biden reactes after Russia accuses Ukraine and the United States of developing biological and chemical weapons, in what Western nations says is a ruse to lay the ground for Moscow's own possible use of them in the conflict. 3. As Russia called for a Security Council meeting on the issue of biological laboratories in Ukraine, India says any matters relating to obligations under the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention should be addressed through consultation and cooperation between the parties concerned. India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador TS Tirumurti says, 'We have repeatedly expressed serious concern over the ongoing situation in Ukraine'. 4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a roadshow in Gujarat, a day after a spectacular victory in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections and retaining power in three other states Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa. 5. NPP Chief Conrad Sangma says, our Manipur MLAs will decide whether to form alliance with BJP or not, after his party contested on it's own in the Manipur polls. 6. Punjab's Chief Minister-elect Bhagwant Mann tells the meeting of 92 MLAs including himself, 'We can have 17 cabinet ministers besides the Chief Minister. Nobody has to get upset. You are all cabinet ministers'. 7. The RBI asks Paytm Payments Bank to stop opening new accounts amid 'material supervisory concerns' observed in the bank. The central bank says in a statement, 'Reserve Bank of India has today, in exercise of its powers, inter alia, under section 35A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, directed Paytm Payments Bank Ltd to stop, with immediate effect, onboarding of new customers'.

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