From the Men in Blue defeating Australia in the World T20 ‘virtual quarterfinal’ to President’s Rule being imposed in Uttarakhand and an Easter Sunday suicide blast in Lahore killing over 60, here’s are HT headlines for the morning:
The Men in Blue beat the Aussies on Sunday to seal their World Twenty20 semifinal against West Indies on March 31. With an unbeaten score of 82 of 51 balls, Virat Kohli’s magnificent form and sheer determination carried India past some doubts and plenty of pressure and forced Australia into submission at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium.
The judge hearing the bail plea of arrested Hyderabad Central University students and teachers could find herself in a potential conflict-of-interest row as her husband works for a BJP lawmaker who is facing allegations of abetting Dalit student Rohith Vemula’s suicide. Judge Varoodhini’s husband is an active BJP and Sangh Parivar member too.
Private educational institutions, business schools, and engineering colleges operating with the All India Council for Technical Education’s (AICTE) approval have been asked to reduce their tuition fees to comply with a national committee’s recommendations.
Jet Airways has come a long way from 2014 -- when it had posted a loss of Rs 3,667 crore in 2013-14. But with the airline posting its highest-ever net profit of Rs 467.1 crore in the December 2015 quarter, the turnaround strategy seems to be working faster than anticipated.
A suicide bomb blast at a public park in Lahore on Easter Sunday killed at least 65 people and injured over 300. The attack was claimed by a Taliban faction which has directly challenged the Pakistan government and claimed that the suicide bomber had targeted Christians. Spokesperson for the militant group said, “We want to send this message to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that we have entered Lahore.”
The Centre’s decision to impose President’s Rule in Uttarakhand on Sunday has turned the Harish Rawat-led state into a political battleground. The Congress condemned the decision as a “murder of democracy” and said a clear pattern was emerging of BJP engineering legislative splits after the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh was also toppled earlier this year.