2nd April News in Nutshell: Important stories of the day
Masood Azhar is not a terrorist, says China after vetoing India’s request to ban JeM chief
An unapologetic China has asserted that it vetoed India's move to ban Masood Azhar because the JeM chief cannot be considered a terrorist under existing UN provisions. Read more
Pilibhit fake encounter: 25 years later, court holds 47 cops guilty of killing 10 Sikh men
In a judgment that will bring some sense of closure to the families of the victims who were killed by policemen after being dubbed as militants 25 years ago, a special CBI court on Friday pronounced 47 policemen guilty of killing 10 innocent Sikh men in three fake encounters in Pilibhit in the year 1991. Read more
Locals stop women from entering Shani temple; Trupti Desai-led activists in police custody
Bhumata brigade activists led by Trupti Desai who were all set to march to Shani Shinganapur Temple, have been taken into police custody after they indulged in a fight with local women. Read more
All have right to say 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai': Smriti Irani responds to Darul Uloom Deoband fatwa
A day after India's largest Islamic seminary 'Darul Uloom Deoband' issued a "fatwa" saying Muslims should not say "Bharat Mata Ki Jai", Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani today responded saying everybody had the right to say the slogan for the sake of the motherland. Read more
Violence in Varanasi prison, officials held hostage
At least a dozen people suffered injuries in a jail riot in Varanasi when inmates attacked prison guards on Saturday and held hostage two senior jail officials, police said. Read more
Terrorists will use nuclear weapon if they get it: Barack Obama
Terrorist organisations like al Qaeda and ISIS will use nuclear weapons if they ever get hold of it, US President Barack Obama warned today a day after he hosted leaders from over 50 countries including India for the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). Read more
'India has no right to question Pakistan's nuclear programme'
India has "no right" to question Pakistan's decision to develop its nuclear material as its own nuclear programme is highly ambitious, a Pakistani daily has said. Read more
EPFO puts fresh norms on PF withdrawl on hold till April 30
Retirement fund body EPFO has deferred the implementation of new norms regarding the withdrawal of provident fund by members till April 30. Read more
Vijay Mallya not to appear before ED today; seeks a month's time
Liquor baron Vijay Mallya will not present himself before ED investigators in Mumbai on Saturday even as he sought time till May to depose before the agency which is probing his role in a money laundering case in the over Rs 900 crore IDBI loan fraud case. Read more
Indian economy the 'engine of global growth' under PM Modi: Shinzo Abe
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has acknowledged that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, the Indian economy was now serving as the ‘engine of global growth’. Read more
Pratyusha Banerjee applied ‘Sindoor’ on forehead in her birthday party. Had she secretly married?
Pratyusha Banerjee breathed her last yesterday after she allegedly hung herself from the ceiling fan of her residence in Goregaon, Mumbai. The 24 year old chirpy actress shot to stardom after she played the role of Anandi in hit television serial Balika Vadhu. Read more
Azhar trailer out: From match-fixing to affairs, Emraan Hashmi tells all about India’s controversial cricket captain
While much has been written and said about Azharuddin’s career, Ekta Kapoor decided on making it into a movie - Azhar. Starring Emraan Hashmi in the titular role, the movie also features Prachi Desai and Nargis Fakhri. The almost three-minute-long trailer, which has now been released, suggests that the film will be taking viewers close to the life of Mohammad Azharuddin. Read more
India Open: Saina suffers heartbreaking loss to Li Xuerui in semifinal
Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal went down to reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui as the Chinese beat the defending champion 22-20, 17-21, 21-19 at the India Open semi-finals.
Shift IPL matches out of Maharashtra due to drought: BJP
Mumbai BJP Secretary Vivekananda Gupta has demanded that Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches scheduled to be played in Maharashtra should be shifted out of the state due to prevailing drought conditions.
Would love to coach Team India, says Shane Warne
Legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne has expressed his desire to coach the Indian cricket team if he is approached for the role. Read more