A look at the headlines right now:

  1. ‘Judge Loya’s death was natural,’ says SC as it dismisses pleas seeking inquiry into the case: The petitioners tried to ‘malign judiciary’, the Supreme Court said.  
  2. ‘Rape is rape, do not politicise it’, says PM Modi during London trip: The prime minister said the recent cases of sexual assault were a matter of shame for India. 
  3. Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik joins Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal: The 1979-batch Indian Police Service officer said he will contest the Assembly elections in Odisha if the party asked him to.  
  4. Dalit student found dead in his IIT-Kanpur hostel room: The police said they found what appeared to be a suicide note in the room, but that it was torn to pieces.  
  5. Cuba nominates Miguel Diaz-Canel to succeed Raul Castro as president: This is the first time a person from outside the Castro family will lead the country since 1959.  
  6. Fiftieth witness in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case turns hostile, say reports: The witness, a co-passenger on the bus from which Sheikh, his wife, and associate Tulsiram Prajapati were allegedly abducted, said she does not remember details.
  7. UN security team fired upon while visiting suspected chemical attack site in Syria’s Douma: The team was forced to withdraw following the gunfire, reports said.
  8. Centre to set up high-level committee for defence planning under national security adviser: The panel is expected to meet soon after Ajit Doval returns from Germany on April 21.  
  9. New rule allows US senators to bring babies into the chamber: The move comes after Tammy Duckworth became the first senator to give birth while in office.
  10. Karnataka Police dismiss Union minister Anantkumar Hegde’s claim of an attempt on his life: A police officer said the truck driver had made a wrong turn and then rammed into the minister’s vehicle while driving in the opposite direction.