A look at the headlines right now:

  1. LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti to face trial in Babri Masjid case as SC restores conspiracy charges: The bench excluded Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh from its judgement.
  2. Centre bans red beacons on official cars of all ministers, including PM, from May 1: Emergency services like ambulances, police vehicles and fire brigades can use blue lights.
  3. Cabinet approves proposal by EC to buy new paper trail voting machines: CEC Nasim Zaidi had written to the Centre in March saying the procurement cannot be delayed any longer.
  4. 44 feared dead after bus falls into Tons river in Himachal Praedsh’ Shimla district: There were more than 50 passengers in the private vehicle.
  5. Gunman who ‘did not like white people’ kills three in California’s Fresno city: The attack was not a ‘terrorist-related’ crime and was solely ‘based on race’, police chief Jerry Dyer said.
  6. Sasikala and Dinakaran booted out as AIADMK factions move closer to merger: Finance Minister D Jayakumar said 1.5 crore AIADMK cadres wanted the family kept away from all party affairs.
  7. After Dalai Lama’s visit, China announces its own names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh: Experts told Beijing’s Global Times that the step has been taken to ‘reaffirm its territorial sovereignty to South Tibet’.
  8. Indian on FBI’s 10 most wanted criminals list for allegedly killing his wife two years ago: A reward of up to $100,000 has been announced for any information that will lead to the arrest of Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel.
  9. SBI Card will charge you Rs 100 for paying bills under Rs 2,000 by cheque: The rule came into effect from April 1 and is meant to encourage digital transactions.
  10. New Zealand tightens visa rules so it can be ‘Kiwis-first’: With this, the government hopes to tackle problems like unemployment, housing shortage, congestion on roads and overcrowding.