1)Arunachal Pradesh Capital Itanagar Put On India's Railway Map: Arunachal capital Itanagar was put on the country's railway map on Monday, with the first passenger train of about 400 commuters arriving at Naharlagun. The train with 10 passengers and two goods compartments, towed by a diesel engine, left Dekargaon at 7a.m. and arrived at 12.30 p.m., covering a distance of 181 kilometers. Itanagar thus becomes the second state capital among the eight north-eastern states after Guwahati to be put on the railway map of India.
2) India's growth likely to recover to 5.4% in 2014: IMF: Supported by slightly stronger global growth, improving export competitiveness and implementation of recently approved investment projects, India's growth is expected to recover from 4.4 percent in 2013 to 5.4 percent in 2014, the IMF said Tuesday. "India's growth is expected to recover from 4.4 percent in 2013 to 5. 4 percent in 2014, supported by slightly stronger global growth, improving export competitiveness and implementation of recently approved investment projects," the latest edition of the World Economic Outlook released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said.
3) Wal-Mart to open 50 wholesale stores in India in 4-5 years: Deciding to focus on the cash-and-carry segment in India, retail giant Wal-Mart plans to open 50 wholesale stores in the next four to five years to expand its footprint in the country. About six months after breaking up with the Bharti group, the Bentonville-based firm said on Tuesday that it is also strengthening compliance procedures following investigations into alleged corruption in its Indian arm.
4) Philippine top court approves controversial birth control law: Millions of poor people in the Philippines will have access to free contraceptives for the first time after the nation's top court on Tuesday approved a deeply controversial birth control law. The Supreme Court's ruling was hailed by supporters as a triumph in the battle to ease crippling poverty, empower women and curtail a population explosion in the Southeast Asian nation of 100 million people. But the Catholic Church, which had led a bitter campaign for 15 years against efforts to introduce any form of family planning laws, vowed to continue resisting what it termed an "unjust" law.
5) Mizoram poll put off to Friday after bandh: The Election Commission on Tuesday deferred polling for the lone Lok Sabha seat in Mizoram from April 9 to April 11 after several NGOs and student bodies called a 72-hour bandh in protest against the EC’s decision to allow voters from the Bru community to vote through postal ballots from relief camps in Tripura.
6) Ram Navami celebrated: Ram Navami, the birth of Lord Ram was celebrated on Tuesday with religious fervor and gaiety. President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have greeted the people on the occasion.