Saturday Morning News Brief, April 1

Saturday morning brief Apr 1 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
Liquor shops and bars along highways will go dry from today following the SC’s order. The apex court ruled that no such establishments should operate within 500 metres of National and State Highways as the easy availability of alcohol resulted in many drunk driving deaths. The top court added that hotels and restaurants operating near the highways will also be prohibited from serving liquor.
Gujarat will now punish cow slaughter with life in jail. The state government yesterday cleared the Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 2017, which raises the maximum jail sentence for cow slaughter to 14 years from the current 3-7 years. “We have equalled the killing of a cow or cow progeny with the killing of a human being,” minister of state for home Pradeepsinh Jadeja said.
A UP government school warden yesterday forced 70 girls to strip in class to check for menstrual blood. Furious over spotting blood in the bathroom, the warden forced the girls to strip to check if any of them was menstruating. The traumatised girls are in the age group of 12 to 14 years and study in classes six to eight. The district magistrate sacked the warden.
Post Brexit, Indian students in the UK may again get employment rights after their degrees. Indian students used to be allowed to work in Britain for up to two years with post-study work visas, but that was discontinued in 2012, due to European Union regulations. Reinstating the two-year post-study work visa is “very much on the bilateral agenda (now) and is being discussed,” said India’s High Commissioner to the UK, Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha.
PV Sindhu defeated Saina Nehwal in the quarter-final of the India Open Super Series yesterday. Sindhu played an attacking game to clinch the final point and chalk out a 21-16, 22-20 win. The Olympic silver medallist will now face Sung Ji Hyun of Korea in the semi-finals, while Spaniard Carolina Marin will play fourth seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.
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