A look at the headlines right now:

  1. NIA judge who delivered verdict in Mecca Masjid blast case resigns: The NIA court acquitted all accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, and Opposition leaders allege lax investigation.
  2. Three BJP-ruled states implement top court order on SC/ST Act even as Centre files plea against it: The Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan governments have issued formal orders asking the police to implement the Supreme Court judgement.  
  3. ‘Pick up courage, speak up and save the democracy,’ Yashwant Sinha urges BJP MPs: In an editorial for The Indian Express, he highlighted the ‘grim’ state of the economy and women’s safety, and said Parliament was reduced to a joke.
  4. ‘Wait till the chief justice retires’: Jurist Fali Nariman says rift in SC ‘like never before’: Nariman told The Indian Express that the dissenting judges had to accept that the CJI had always been the master of the roster and fixed the benches.  
  5. Kerala doctors end strike, accept extending out-patient timings after state promises to deploy staff: The doctors began their strike on April 13, protesting against the government’s move to extend out-patient facility timings without increasing staff.  
  6. The New York Times, New Yorker win Pulitzer Prize for investigations into Harvey Weinstein scandal: The New York Times also shared the award for national reporting with The Washington Post, for coverage of the inquiry into Russian meddling in the US elections.  
  7. Bomb goes off at Indian consulate office in Nepal near border, no casualties reported: Authorities suspect the involvement of a local political party that had called for a protest earlier in the day.  
  8. Delhi High Court dismisses plea to reschedule CBSE Class 12 economics re-test: The exam, which was held on March 26, will be conducted again on April 25.  
  9. Girl’s parents booked for accepting bribe from her alleged rapists to withdraw case: The police have arrested her mother, but the father is still on the run.  
  10. India summons Pakistan envoy, protests against Khalistan posters in gurudwaras: The Ministry of External Affairs issued a press release asking Islamabad to stop activities that undermine India’s sovereignty.