st time voter Eshna Kutty, 22, wants India’s next leader to giv

  a voice to all the nation’s many minorities.

  ”I am Hindu, I come from a privileged background, so for people like me, no matter which part

y comes to power, we aren’t going to face the brunt of it. The most affected are the minorities and

the poor… If a certain party comes to power, these people will face huge problems.

  ”They are the people I want to keep in mind when I choose a party.”

  For Aastha Kulshrestha, a 23-year-old law student from New Delhi, her expectation of the n

ext government is that it should not pit one group or religion against the other. “It is a great impe

diment to the growth of the nation, a nation that is democratic, socialist and a republic,” she told CNN.

  ”If you want to make a change… you vote”oung voters could have a huge influence on the

outcome. For some, casting their ballot is an exciting “coming of age” moment. But many are disenchanted.

  John Simte, 22, a law student in Bengaluru, says he is “thrilled to be a part of the world’s la

rgest democratic project.” He admits a “deep sense of apathy” amongst his peers but is nonetheless optimistic.

China’s top political advisory body concludes annual session

  The closing meeting of the second session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consul

tative Conference (CPPCC) is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 13, 2019.

  BEIJING — The Second Session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conf

erence (CPPCC), the top political advisory body, held its closing meeting Wednesday morning.

  Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders attended the closing meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

  Political advisors will vote on a draft resolution on the work report of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC Natio

nal Committee, a draft report on the examination of proposals, and a draft political resolution.

hinese judicial authorities have strived to prevent wron

ngful convictions and better protect human rights in the past year and will continue to

do so this year, according to the work reports of the top court and top procuratorate, which were released on Tuesday.

In 2018, 819 defendants were declared not guilty and 10 high-profile wrongful convictions w

ere overturned, Chief Justice Zhou Qiang said in the annual work report of the Supreme People’s Court to the top legislature.

He said judges have upheld two key principles: that no punishment should be handed

down in cases where doubt exists, and evidence obtained illegally should not be allowed.

Procuratohe country have also intensified their e

fforts to supervise other law enforcement agencies to prevent wrongful prosecutions.

Sarah Sanders says it’s too “early in the process” for US to ground

  White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Fox News Tuesday said that it’s too “early in the process” for the United States to ground the fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8s.

  Sanders said the decision will ultimately be a process and that the administration

will be in constant contact with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation.

  “We know a lot of people in the industry have started to voice concerns about the amount of technology and taki

ng the power out of the hands of the pilots,” Sanders said. “You saw the President talk about that in his tweets earlier today,” she added.

  President Trump tweeted earlier Tuesday that “airplanes are becoming far too com

plex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT.”

  Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but ra

ther computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnec

essary step further, when often old and simpler is far better. Split second decisions are….

We don’t know if there’s a link to the Lion Air crash

  Until flight data recorder data is analyzed, it’s impossible to say whether the two disasters are linked.

  There are a number of apparent similarities between the two flig

hts, aside from the obvious fact that both flew on new MAX 8 jets. Each flight crashed mi

nutes into its journey, during a phase of flight where fatal accidents are not at their most common.

  The Lion Air flight flew for 13 minutes before crashing, while the Ethiopian

Airlines jet crashed at six minutes into the journey. Both flights also dipped and then regained altitude, acc

ording to flight data, though the erratic movements on the Lion Air plane were more extreme.

  ”The similarities with Lion Air are too great not to be concer

ned,” CNN aviation expert Mary Schiavo said after the se

cond disaster — and that concern has prompted numerous countries to ground Boeing MAX jets out of caution.

hina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iceland, Germany and the air

  rlines TUI Airways, GOL Linhas Aereas, Aeromexico, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Cayman Airways, Comair Airways, Eastar Jet, Jet Airways, Mon

golian Airlines, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lion Air and Silkair have suspended the MAX 8 model.

  Turkey and Poland have suspended the 737 MAX 8 and 9.

  These airlines are still flying 737 MAX planes: American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Fiji Airways, Icelandair, Flydubai, Spicejet and WestJet.

  Two crashes, 6 months: What to know about the Boeing 737 MAX 01:54

  Those decisions on Tuesday followed the lead of China’s aviation administration, who on Monday ordered that all

domestic Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets be out of the air by 6 p.m. local time, due to its principle of “zero tolerance for safety hazards.”

  China has one of the world’s largest fleets of Boeing 737 MAX 8, operating 97 of the planes, according to Chinese state-run media.

  The fallout has appeared to affect Boeing’s bottom line. The aircraft maker’s stock dropped 8% Monday, with investors voicing concerns about the 737 and B

oeing’s future in China, predicted to soon become the world’s first trillion-dollar market for jets.

Highlights: Press conference on market regulationinister of th

hinese officials speak on strengthening market regulation and safeguarding market order

at a news conference during the second Session of the 13th National People’s Congress on March 11, 2019.

Minister of State Administration for Market Regulation Zhang Mao, Head of National Medical Products Admin

istration Jiao Hong and Commissioner of National Intellectual Property Administration Shen Changyu meet the press.

hina will improve its long-term regulatory mechanism for vaccines and implement the toughest possible over

sight on related products, Jiao Hong, head of the National Medical Products Administration, said on Monday.

She said domestically made vaccines were safe overall, affirming comments made by the head of Ch

ina’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention on March 4, who urged the public not to lose trust in the country’s vaccine sector.

Jiao said a new draft law on vaccine management, to tighten the supervision and

management of production, research, and distribution of these products, had

been reviewed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, and released to solicit public opinion.

Wang said science and technology is a double-edged

sword. For example, the development of artificial intelligence repr

esents progress in the use of digital tools, but there are privacy concerns in the use of biometric ide

ntification. Gene-editing technology offers ways for humans to better understand themselves but raises debate.

Wang stressed the development of science and technology should be focused on fostering advantages while avoiding harms.

Scientific research and science commercialization require a strong sense of s

ocial responsibility and scientists should take into account all aspects, including morality, ethics, social resp

onsibilities, academic conduct and laws when doing research or putting their achievements into practice, he said.

To build an innovative country, scientific literacy of members of the public also needs to be improved so they will form a natu

ral tendency to discern and respect science and do more positive things in society, he said.

When the US military decides to build a base it commits th

  geopolitical equivalent of man spreading,” says Immerwahr — “taking out quite a lot of space for low density uses.”

  So, on the Chagos Islands, for example, all of the inhabited atolls had to be cleared despite the fact only one would be used by the Americans.

  In 2015, Canadian photographer Diane Selkirk moored her sailboat off Ile Boddam in the Cha

gos archipelago — sailors who seek permission from the British Indian Ocean Territory can stay for

one month. The Indian general election will begin on April 11, the country’s Election Commission ann

ounced Sunday, with voters poised to decide whether to renew their faith in nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  Politicians are already in campaign mode for what is the world’s lar

gest exercise in democracy, with around 900 million people eligible to cast a vote.

  Indians will be voting for the 545-seat lower house of parliament — called the Lok Sabha — and polling will unfold over seve

n phases around the country ending on May 19. Of the total, 543 seats will be up for grabs in the coming election.

But the move to curtail internet freedom and the crackd

  own on religious minorities reflect broader official paranoia about internal threats. Russia’s top leadership has a conspiratorial view of the world, with Rus

sia opposed by foreign adversaries from without and of fifth columnists from within.

  Putin talks pocketbook issues, but still brandishes missiles

  In a speech last weekend, Russia’s top military officer, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, poi

nted to the “aggressive vector” of the foreign policy of the US and its allies, suggesting they were employing tec

hnology of “color revolutions” and “soft power” to promote regime change around the globe, including in Russia.

  ”Their goal is the elimination of the statehood of unwanted c

ountries, the undermining of sovereignty, the change of lawfully elected bodies of state power,” Ger

asimov said. “So it was in Iraq, in Libya and in Ukraine. Currently, similar actions are observed in Venezuela.”

  Such talk reflects wider worry about internal dissent, particularly in a country where the

political opposition has no access to state airwaves and Putin has a monopoly on power.