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1. A string of eight devastating blasts, including suicide attacks, struck churches and luxury hotels frequented by foreigners in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 215 people and shattering a decade of peace in the island nation since the end of the brutal civil war with the LTTE.

2. Campaigning for the third phase of polling scheduled for April 23 in 116 parliamentary constituencies ended Sunday with top leaders making a last-gasp effort to sway voters in favour of their respective parties.

3. India must be prepared for unilateral, limited military actions against terror groups in Pakistan as it can be assured of peace only if it demonstrates its capability to defend national interests through the use of force, according a report by the Congress-constituted task force on national security.

4. Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district Sunday ordered a time-bound survey of tenants and also asked house owners not to provide rental accommodation to anybody without proper verification.

5. Pakistan on Sunday deplored India's "unilateral" decision to suspend cross-LoC trade and rejected the allegations regarding its "misuse" by elements from across the border to smuggle weapons, narcotics, fake currency and foment terrorism.

6. Senior RSS leader Suresh Soni and former Rajya Sabha MP Mahmood A Madani Sunday separately met Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik.

7. Three Indians were killed in the serial bombings in Sri Lanka on Sunday, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Twitter.

8. Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma on Sunday said Rahul Gandhi will be the next prime minister of the country if the Congress gets the highest number of seats in the April-May Lok Sabha polls.

9. Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said he had warned Pakistan of consequences if it had not returned Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.

10. Accusing ‘institutional disrupters' of destabilising the institution of Chief Justice of India (CJI) by lending shoulder to unverified allegations against the head of the apex court, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Sunday suggested that those who peddle falsehood should be dealt in an exemplary manner.

11. BJP candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Thakur on Sunday denied all the charges in a written reply to a notice served on her by district election officer (DEO), Bhopal for her reported remarks on former Mumbai Anti Terror Squad (ATD) chief Hemant Karkare.

 

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