What hogged headlines in April

What hogged headlines in April
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April 1

Facebook takes down 687 accounts linked to Congress, flags 'inauthentic behaviour'

The social media firm claimed these accounts were part of a coordinated network and were removed not for its content.

April 2

Congress manifesto proclaims marriage of wealth and welfare

Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the party released its vision document for the next five years.

India put Space Station at risk by shooting down satellite: NASA

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said while the risk of the ISS went up 44 per cent, the astronauts are still safe.

April 4

Rahul Gandhi files nomination from Wayanad

The Congress chief was accompanied by AICC general secretary and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

April 5

SC allows BCCI ombudsman to decide punishment for Sreesanth

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and K M Joseph made the observation. The apex court gave the ombudsman three months to decide on the quantum of punishment.

April 6

Thodupuzha boy loses 9-day battle for life

The boy had landed in the hospital after his mother's live-in partner brutally assaulted him on March 28, leaving him in coma.

Shatrughan Sinha bids adieu to BJP, joins Congress

The former BJP MP joined Congress at the party headquarters in the presence of Congress general secretary K C Venugopal and Randeep Singh Surjewala.

April 7

I-T raids on people close to Kamal Nath

The searches are over tax evasion and suspected movement of hawala money ahead of the polls.

Saudi's first woman motor racer is ready for British F4

Reema Juffali became the first Saudi female licence holder to compete in a racing series.

April 8

SC orders 5 VVPAT checks in every Assembly segment

The court's order came on a plea by leaders of 21 opposition parties who wanted the use of more EVM's per Assembly segment.

BJP releases 'sankalp patra,' its manifesto for Lok Sabha polls

The ruling party is likely to make a slew of promises to woo different sections of the society, especially farmers, youth and women.

April 9

Kerala Congress (M) supremo K M Mani passed away

Mani represented the Pala constituency in the Kerala Legislative Assembly for an unbroken half century.

Abhaya case: HC confirms acquittal of Fr Jose; two others to face trial

Sister Abhaya was found dead inside St Pius Convent in Kottayam on March 27, 1992.

April 10

Rahul files nomination from Amethi

The Congress chief, who is also contesting from Wayanad in Kerala, filed his nomination papers there on April 4.

EC presses the pause button on Modi biopic release

The film, titled 'PM Narendra Modi' and directed by Omung Kumar, has been criticised by the opposition parties, who claim that the biopic could give undue advantage to the BJP in the polls.

April 11

Woman alleges rape by Rashtrapati Bhavan staffer

A case was registered at North Avenue police station and an investigation was taken up.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested from UK embassy hideout

Scotland Yard confirmed the arrest and said its officers had executed a warrant against Assange dating back to June 2012 for breach of bail conditions.

April 12

Solar case accused Biju Radhakrishnan acquitted in wife's murder

Biju was found guilty of murdering Reshmi by the Kollam District and Sessions Court in January 2014.

April 13

France gave Anil Ambani Rs 1,100 cr tax waiver after Rafale deal

A French media report revealed that Anil Ambani has a telecom company registered in France called Reliance Atlantic France.

A day after Bashir ouster, head of Sudan's military council steps down

News of the change sparked joyful celebrations by many thousands in the streets of Khartoum.

India pays tribute to Jallianwala Bagh massacre victims on 100th anniversary

The Jallianwala Bagh is considered a symbol of colonial cruelty and a turning point in the Indian freedom struggle.

April 14

World's largest plane makes historic flight

In the next three years, after completing the test phase, Stratolaunch expects to launch satellite-bearing rockets into space.

Lewis Hamilton wins Formula One's 1,000th race

The win was the 75th of Hamilton's career, second in a row after his lucky triumph in Bahrain two weeks ago, and sixth in China.

April 15

Shankar, Karthik, Jadeja in Indian squad for ICC World Cup

K L Rahul too made the cut, while middle order batsman Ambati Rayudu and young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant were left out of the 15-member squad.

Tharoor injured as weighing balance breaks during 'thulabharam' ritual

Images from the spot showed Tharoor clad in blood-soaked dress.

Fire guts Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

A massive fire consumed Notre-Dame Cathedral, gutting the roof of the Paris landmark and stunning France and the world, though firefighters saved the main bell towers and outer walls from collapse before bringing the blaze under control.

Yogi, Mayawati earn EC's wrath for communal remarks

While Adityanath was barred for 72 hours, Mayawati has been barred for 48 hours, separate EC orders said.

India test-fires Nirbhay subsonic missile successfully

As per the initial reports, the test firing of the 1,000-km range missile was successful.

April 16

'Only because of Sabarimala': SC to hear plea on entry of women in mosques

In the current petition, a couple has sought the apex court's direction to declare as 'illegal' and 'unconstitutional' the practice of prohibiting the entry of Muslim women into mosques.

Naresh Goyal opts out of bidding for ailing Jet Airways

The full service carrier, which is currently operating less than 10 aircraft, is awaiting fresh fund infusion under a debt resolution plan.

April 17

DGCA asks airlines to bring down fares following 'Jet' lag

The regulator would continue to monitor airfare movements on a daily basis and also engage with airline for appropriate action.

April 18

Case filed against Sreedharan Pillai for anti Muslim comment

The action was taken after the CPM leader, V S Sivankutty, filed a complaint against the state BJP president's remarks on the army's Balakot attack.

LGBTQ rights lawyers make it to TIME's 100 most influential people

Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy led the legal battle for LGBTQ rights in India.

April 19

Toddler tortured by mother dies in Aluva hospital

The news of the cruel attack surfaced even before the shock from the brutal assault and murder of a seven-year-old Thodupuzha boy by his stepfather.

Karkare died because of my curse, brags Sadhvi Pragya

Condemning the comments, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party came out demanding the BJP to apologise for the comment.

April 20

Supreme Court Chief Justice Gogoi faces sexual harassment charge

A former employee has described two incidents of alleged molestation by Gogoi in her affidavit, both of which allegedly took place in October 2018, only days after he was appointed as the CJI.

April 21

Terror strikes Sri Lanka: Keralite among 253 killed in multiple blasts

Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday. The Islamic State group has claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ) for the attacks.

April 22

Crew of Bengaluru-bound bus arrested for thrashing passengers

Employees of the bus named 'Kallada' thrashed three youth heading for their workplace in Bengaluru.

April 23

77.68% polling in Kerala; 80.31% turnout in Rahul's Wayanad

According to the figures released by the Election Commission, 77.68 per cent electors turned up in 24,970 polling stations across the state and all the constituencies crossed 70 per cent voting.

April 25

SC appoints retired judge to probe claims of conspiracy against CJI

Advocate Utsav Bains alleged a conspiracy against Gogoi after a former Supreme Court staffer alleged sexual harassment.

Congress fields Ajay Rai from Varanasi, ends speculation on Priyanka

The Congress also fielded Madhusudan Tiwari from Gorakhpur against BJP's actor-turned politician Ravi Kishan.

Farmers cry foul as PepsiCo sues them for growing their 'registered' potatoes

Nine farmers from Sabarkantha and Aravalli districts have been dragged to court by PepsiCo for allegedly growing a variety of potatoes for which it has claimed PVP rights.

April 26

PM Modi files nomination from Varanasi

Modi had won the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat in 2014 by defeating his nearest rival, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, by a massive margin of over three lakh votes.

Extremist leader behind SL attacks was killed in hotel blast

Sri Lankan Islamist extremist Zahran Hashim, said to be the top leader of an IS linked local militant group that carried out the Easter Sunday bombings, died in the blast at the Shangri-La hotel.

Nirav Modi denied bail in London over PNB fraud case

Modi, whose diamonds have adorned Hollywood stars, is among those accused in India's biggest banking fraud, which has shaken confidence in the country's state banking sector.

April 27

11 lakh to benefit from Kerala govt's health cover

The medical insurance scheme for almost 11 lakh Kerala government employees and pensioners will become a reality from June 1.

15 dead in Sri Lanka after gun battle with suspected militants

The shootout erupted on Friday evening in Sainthamaruthu, to the south of the town of Batticaloa, a site of one of the Easter Sunday blasts.

April 28

NIA raids in Kerala over visits of Sri Lankan blast mastermind

Sri Lankan media has reported that Zahran Hashim, the leader of the National Thowheed Jamath and the alleged mastermind of the Sri Lanka serial blasts, had visited Kerala on several occasions.

One dead as gunman fires at worshippers in California synagogue

The shooting in the town of Poway came exactly six months after a white supremacist shot dead 11 people at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue.

April 29

Sri Lanka bans burqa in public places

After the Easter Sunday terror attacks, Sri Lanka intensified its efforts to clamp down on terrorism and ensure safety of its people with a ban on burqa and covering of face in public places.

SP fields sacked soldier Tej Bahadur Yadav against Modi in Varanasi

Tej Bahadur Yadav was dismissed after complaining about the quality of food.

40 Trinamool MLAs in touch with me, claims Modi

The Prime Minister also accused TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee of nepotism, insisting she wants to politically establish her nephew in West Bengal.

Liverpool's Virgil Van Dijk wins PFA Player of the Year award

The Dutch international is the first defender to win the award since Chelsea centre-back John Terry in 2005.

April 30

Fani intensifies into 'extremely severe' cyclonic storm

The Met has predicted that strong winds and heavy rain are likely in Kerala over the next two days owing to the build up of the cyclone

Ness Wadia sentenced to 2-year jail in Japan for carrying cannabis

The heir of the Wadia group was arrested in Hokkaido and punished under a stringent narcotic law.

MHA questions Rahul Gandhi's citizenship status

The Home Ministry has served a notice to Congress President asking him to clarify within a fortnight his "factual position" on a complaint questioning his citizenship status.

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