1) High Courts to get 25 per cent more judges to clear backlog: In an attempt to clear the backlog of over 40 lakh cases, the Centre has increased the strength of judges in all High Courts by 25 per cent. As a result, the number of judges will go up from 906 to 1,112. At present, there are about 250 vacancies in the High Courts. In addition, 206 new vacancies have to be filled in view of the proposed increase in the strength.
2) EC to track election ads on Twitter, Facebook: With political parties using social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook in a big way for campaigning in Lok Sabha elections, Election Commission (EC) has issued detailed guidelines for political advertisements on such platforms that include obtaining certification for contents before putting them in public domain. The EC has also asked the social media sites to maintain expenditure incurred by the political parties and individual candidates on advertisements so that they can be produced to the commission when requested for.
3) UAE to host 20 matches in IPL 7 first leg: The United Arab Emirates was on Wednesday awarded the hosting rights of 20 matches in the IPL's first leg with defending champions Mumbai Indians opening the tournament by squaring off against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 16 in Abu Dhabi. The IPL Governing Council announced the schedule for the first phase of the tournament after a meeting. UAE leg of the IPL, a part of which has been shifted out of the country due to general elections, will wind up on April 30 with Mumbai facing Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai.
4) Nissan rolls out Datsun GO at Rs. 3.12 lakh: Japanese auto maker Nissan, on Wednesday, launched the Datsun brand in India with the first offering 'GO' priced between Rs.3.12 lakh and Rs.3.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The car is likely to intensify competition in the popular small car category and will compete with cars such as Maruti Suzuki's Alto 800 and Hyundai's Eon.
5) Bank, ATM services may be hit as Windows XP support ends on April 8: Banking operations, including ATM services, may be hit as support from Microsoft for Windows XP operating system will end from April 8, the RBI said on Wednesday asking banks to take immediate steps to control this. The end of support for Windows XP is likely to increase the probability of attacks on such a system and may affect ATM operations as well, RBI said.Read more daily updates from here.
6) Pakistan's first LNG terminal to be ready by November: Pakistan first ever LNG Terminal to be ready for operation soon at Karachi by November. Pakistan is going through severe energy crisis and LNG is seen as short term solution to meet its energy needs.
7) Government allows more banks to import gold in easing of curbs: Government has allowed five domestic private sector banks to import gold, in what industry officials say could be a significant step towards easing of tough curbs on the metal imposed last year to cut the country's trade deficit. The move could boost gold supplies and bring down premiums for the metal in the world's second-biggest consumer after China.
8) World Twenty20 warm-up: Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina set up India's 20-run win over England: India comprehensively defeated England by 20 runs in their second and final warm-up fixture of the ICC World Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday. Chasing India's total of 178/4, England could only manage 158/6 in their quota of 20 overs.