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The big news: Arun Jaitley says Congress is misusing impeachment provision, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: The Gujarat High Court acquitted Maya Kodnani in the Naroda Patiya riots case, and the BJP swept the municipal elections in Jharkhand.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. ‘Congress, its friends are using impeachment as a political tool,’ says Arun Jaitley: The Opposition moved a motion to impeach Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
  2. Gujarat High Court upholds Babu Bajrangi’s conviction, acquits Maya Kodnani in Naroda Patiya riots case: The trial court had held Kodnani, a former BJP minister, the kingpin of the riot and sentenced her to 28 years in jail.
  3. BJP sweeps Jharkhand municipal elections, wins 21 mayoral seats: Chief Minister Raghubar Das attributed the success to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah.
  4. Petrol, diesel rates hit 55-month high as global crude price rises: On Friday, petrol cost Rs 74.08 a litre in Delhi, Rs 76.78 in Kolkata, Rs 81.93 in Mumbai and Rs 76.85 in Chennai.
  5. North and South Korea set up hotline between leaders: South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will meet at a historic summit on April 27.
  6. Suspected Hindutva activists attack home of artist who drew cartoons condemning Kathua rape: Durga Malathi said she had also received abuses and death threats on social media.
  7. Bombay High Court stays trial against 26/11 terror attacks accused Abu Jundal till June 11: The court stayed the proceedings as the Delhi Police’s petition against a lower court’s order is pending.
  8. One more brother of mining baron G Janardhana Reddy gets BJP ticket in Karnataka: Karunakara Reddy will contest from Harapanahalli in Ballari district.
  9. Rajinder Sachar, former Delhi High Court chief justice, dies at 94: He led a committee set up by the Congress-led government in 2005 to look into the social, economic and educational conditions of Muslims in India.
  10. Kerala asks Adani Group to pay Rs 18-crore compensation for delays in Vizhinjam seaport project: The state sent a legal notice to the group for not complying with the terms of the contract.  
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