A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Election Commission freezes AIADMK’s party name and ‘two leaves’ symbol: This comes ahead of the by-election to Tamil Nadu’s RK Nagar seat, left vacant since Jayalalithaa’s death.
  2. Five killed in ‘terrorist incident’ outside British Parliament, assailant shot dead: At least 40 people were hurt on London’s Westminster Bridge – some with ‘catastrophic injuries’ – after the suspect ran over them in a car.
  3. Centre claims infiltrations from Pakistan along the LoC have decreased since ‘surgical strikes’: There were 110 incidents in the three months before the Army’s operation, but only 89 in the same period after, minister Hansraj Ahir said in Parliament.
  4. Supreme Court asks Centre to respond to plea that questions lifetime pension to MPs: Notices have been issued to the Secretary Generals of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, and the Election Commission.   
  5. Delhi’s civic polls postponed by a day to April 23 to avoid clashing with Class 12 board exams: The election results will be declared on April 26.
  6. Windfall for Team India as BCCI doubles players’ salaries: Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are among seven players who will receive Rs 2 crore per annum.
  7. At least 33 civilians killed after US-led coalition bombs Syrian shelter, says monitor: The chief of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the toll is expected to rise as they were still pulling out bodies from the rubble.
  8. Subramanian Swamy claims Muslim outfits are not ready for out-of-court talks: A few Muslim organisations, however, have said they are ready to settle the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid row through negotiations as per the SC’s suggestion.
  9. Lok Sabha passes Finance Bill, which makes Aadhaar compulsory for I-T returns and PAN cards: The 92-page document includes 40 amendments to a number of Acts, proposed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday.
  10. Railways’ new Vikalp scheme will give waitlisted passengers berths in other trains at no extra cost: They can choose the new service, which will be rolled out on April 1, only after the charts for their current train are prepared.