Protests in TN, general strike in Kerala, and other news in pictures

Congress members stage a protest in Tiruchi on April 2, 2018 condemning the Centre for failing to constitute a Cauvery management board.   | Photo Credit: M. Srinath

 

12.30 p.m.

Protests in Tiruchi, Madurai

Congress members staged a demonstration in front of their party office in Tiruchi condemning the Central government for failing to constitute a Cauvery management board as per the Supreme Court direction.

There were protests by Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam and other outfits in Madurai too, on the same issue.

The DMK has given a call for a State-wide bandh on April 5 to condemn “the failure of the Centre to constitute a Cauvery management board as per the Supreme Court direction and the indifference of the AIADMK government."

 

11.40 a.m.

Strike in Kerala

G.B. Road, the commercial hub of Palakkad town, wears a deserted look during a strike on April 2, 2018.

G.B. Road, the commercial hub of Palakkad town, wears a deserted look during a strike on April 2, 2018.   | Photo Credit: K.K. Mustafah

 

Sixteen trade unions in Kerala have called for a general strike on Monday to protest against the Centre's order permitting companies to ‘hire-and-fire' by opening up the contract labour rules.

11.00 a.m.

Smog plagues China again

A polluted day where a blue alert is issued in Beijing on April 2, 2018.

A polluted day where a blue alert is issued in Beijing on April 2, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

 

China’s environment ministry has urged 28 northern cities to shut factories to tackle a bout of heavy smog in the region, the Shanghai Securities News reported, a sign that tough winter curbs could be extended for the rest of the year.

As many as 34 northern Chinese cities issued smog alerts this week amid concerns that industrial activity was starting to ramp up again following six months of tough output curbs.

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment said on Sunday that the heavy smog, expected to last until Wednesday, was caused by warm and humid air as well as the resumption of large swathes of industrial production in the region.

- Reuters

9.45 a.m.

Big win for ruling party presidential nominee in Costa Rica

A supporter of presidential candidate Carlos Alvarado, of the Citizen Action Party, waves a party flag after polls closed during a presidential election runoff in San Jose, Costa Rica, on April 1, 2018.

A supporter of presidential candidate Carlos Alvarado, of the Citizen Action Party, waves a party flag after polls closed during a presidential election runoff in San Jose, Costa Rica, on April 1, 2018.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

Costa Rica's governing party won a big presidential election victory on Sunday as many voters rejected an evangelical pastor who had jumped into political prominence by campaigning against same sex marriage.

The head of the Supreme Electoral Council, Luis Antonio Sobrado, said that with 95 percent of ballots counted till night, Carlos Alvarado of the ruling Citizen Action Party had 60.8 percent of the votes in the runoff election. His opponent, Fabricio Alvarado of the National Restoration party, had 39.2 percent. The two men are not related.

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10.15 a.m.

Protest against medical Bill

House surgeons and post-graduate students of the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital stage a protest against the National Medical Council Bill, in Coimbatore on April 2, 2018.

House surgeons and post-graduate students of the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital stage a protest against the National Medical Council Bill, in Coimbatore on April 2, 2018.   | Photo Credit: M. Periasamy

The Students’ Parliament had declared strike in all the medical colleges of the country from April 2, if the government failed to withdraw the National Medical Commission Bill. They also said that all medical colleges would be closed and students would boycott classes and exams.

9.30 a.m.

Christchurch Test

England's Mark Wood bowled by New Zealand's Colin de Grandhomme during Day 4 of the second Test between the two countries on April 2, 2018.

England's Mark Wood bowled by New Zealand's Colin de Grandhomme during Day 4 of the second Test between the two countries on April 2, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

England set New Zealand 382 to win the second cricket Test when captain Joe Root made a declaration hastened by a flurry of wickets before tea on Monday on the fourth day.

Root declared at 352-9 midway through the second session after England led by 29 on the first innings.  If New Zealand reaches its target it will be the fourth-highest successful run chase in test history after the West Indies' 418 against Australia in 2003, Australia's 404 against England in 1948 and India's 403 against the West Indies in 1976.

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