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The big news: States fail to reach consensus on GST rate at council meet, and nine other top stories

A court dismissed Arvind Kejriwal's plea seeking a stay on Arun Jaitley's defamation case against him, and the top court reserved its order on the Cauvery row.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. GST Council meet ends ahead of schedule as states fail to reach consensus on rates: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the final slabs would depend on the source of funds meant to compensate states for revenue losses.
  2. Court dismisses Arvind Kejriwal's plea seeking stay on criminal defamation case against him: The Delhi High Court said the chief minister's petition, which challenged Arun Jaitley's charges against him, was 'devoid of merit'.
  3. Supreme Court reserves order on validity of appeals against 2007 Cauvery tribunal verdict: The apex court bench reportedly hinted that the judgment in the case could be pronounced in two weeks.
  4. Pakistan media regulator bans airing of Indian content on satellite TV channels and FM radio: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority said they have decided to withdraw the 'one-sided concession given to India in 2006 by Pervez Musharraf'.
  5. MNS workers protest against release of 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' outside Mumbai theatre, 12 arrested: Raj Thackeray's party had rejected Karan Johar's statement that he will not 'engage with talent' from Pakistan, saying they will not let the film hit cinemas.
  6. Bengaluru FC make history, become first Indian team to enter AFC Cup final: Sunil Chhetri's side defeated Malaysian opponents Johor Darul Ta'zim 3-1 in the tournament's second semi-final in the city.
  7. Babul Supriyo's convoy allegedly attacked by Trinamool workers in West Bengal's Asansol: The Union minister claimed that TMC leader Malay Ghatak was behind the assault, during which he sustained minor injuries and his vehicle was also vandalised.
  8. Human rights commission issues notice to Odisha government after hospital fire: After visiting the facility in Bhubaneshwar, Health Minister JP Nadda said there were a number of safety issues that needed to be addressed.
  9. RSS, BJP deliberately spreading violence in Kannur, says Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan: He said his government was open to the idea of holding an all-party meeting to restore peace in the district, urging the BJP and CPI(M) to stop the bloodshed.
  10. Saudi Arabian prince executed for murdering a civilian, say reports: Royal family member Prince Turki bin Saud bin Turki bin Saud Al Kabeer had pleaded guilty for shooting a fellow Saudi in a brawl.
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Children's Day is not for children alone

It’s also a time for adults to revisit their childhood.

Most adults look at childhood wistfully, as a time when the biggest worry was a scraped knee, every adult was a source of chocolate and every fight lasted only till the next playtime. Since time immemorial, children seem to have nailed the art of being joyful, and adults can learn a thing or two about stress-free living from them. Now it’s that time of the year again when children are celebrated for...simply being children, and let it serve as a timely reminder for adults to board that imaginary time machine and revisit their childhood. If you’re unable to unbuckle yourself from your adult seat, here is some inspiration.

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Pull a prank, those not resulting in revenue losses of course. Prank calls, creeping up behind someone…pull them out from your memory and watch as everyone has a good laugh. Dress up a little quirky for work. It’s time you tried those colourful ties, or tastefully mismatched socks. Dress as your favourite cartoon characters someday – it’s as easy as choosing a ponytail-style, drawing a scar on your forehead or converting a bath towel into a cape. Even dinner can be full of childish fun. No, you don’t have to eat spinach if you don’t like it. Use the available cutlery and bust out your favourite tunes. Spoons and forks are good enough for any beat and for the rest, count on your voice to belt out any pitch. Better yet, stream the classic cartoons of your childhood instead of binge watching drama or news; they seem even funnier as an adult. If you prefer reading before bedtime, do a reread of your favourite childhood book(s). You’ll be surprised by their timeless wisdom.

A regular day has scope for childhood indulgences in every nook and cranny. While walking down a lane, challenge your friend to a non-stop game of hopscotch till the end of the tiled footpath. If you’re of a petite frame, insist on a ride in the trolley as you about picking items in the supermarket. Challenge your fellow gym goers and trainers to a hula hoop routine, and beat ‘em to it!

Children have an incredible ability to be completely immersed in the moment during play, and acting like one benefits adults too. Just count the moments of precious laughter you will have added to your day in the process. So, take time to indulge yourself and celebrate life with child-like abandon, as the video below shows.

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