The big news: BJP targets farmers in its Karnataka manifesto, and nine other top stories
Other headlines: Ten people died in thunderstorms in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and the US cautioned Beijing against militarisation in South China Sea.
A look at the headlines right now:
- BJP promises farm loan waivers, separate agriculture budget in Karnataka election manifesto: Earlier in the day, the party’s election candidate for Jayanagar, BN Vijayakumar, died after suffering a cardiac arrest.
- At least ten people killed in thunderstorms in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana: More than 100 died and dozens were injured as squalls and sandstorms hit parts of North India.
- United States warns China of consequences for militarisation in disputed South China Sea: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said the country was involved in peaceful construction of in the region.
- OYO Rooms’ manager arrested for allegedly raping guest in Gurugram: The accused, who worked as a demand manager with OYO Rooms, has been suspended, the company said.
- Karnataka says it cannot comply with Supreme Court order to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu: Water Resources Minister MB Patil said the storage level in four reservoirs was not enough even to fulfil Karnataka’s own needs.
- Supreme Court says preliminary inquiry ‘not a must’ for complaints filed under the SC/ST Act: However, the top court refused to issue an interim stay on its March 20 order prohibiting the arrest of a public servant without investigation.
- Hotelier who allegedly killed Kasauli official arrested from Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura: Vijay Singh Thakur was reportedly found at a temple.
- UP CM Adityanath says Jinnah divided India and should not be celebrated: The Uttar Pradesh chief minister’s comments came after clashes over a portrait of the founder of Pakistan at the university.
- Kolkata Police arrest man who allegedly ran meat supply racket: The police said they are interrogating the accused to find out if any influential person had helped him.
- China scraps import tariff on 28 drugs, envoy says it will help India’s pharmaceutical industry: Chinese ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said the country ‘welcomed’ Indian businesses in China.