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The big news: CRPF says it won’t stop using pellet guns in Kashmir, and nine other top stories

At least 19 people were killed in a home for the disabled in Japan, and Sheena Bora murder accused Sanjeev Khanna was not present at the crime scene.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. CRPF won’t give up pellet guns in Kashmir, says it’s the ‘least lethal’ option: The director general of the force said they only use them in 'extreme situations', when crowds get out of control and the life of jawans is at risk.
  2. At least 19 people killed in Japan in a knife attack at a medical centre for the disabled: The attacker is believed to have said that he wanted the people with disabilities to disappear.
  3. Sanjeev Khanna was not present at the crime scene when Sheena Bora was murdered, says his lawyer: The Kolkata businessman's attorney pointed out a disparity in the information provided by the CBI, which puts Khanna in two different places at the same time.
  4. Former ASI official who found supposed temple remains in Ayodhya appointed head of National Museum: Buddha Rashmi Mani’s team had in 2003, put out a report saying they had found a 10th century temple while excavating the site where the Babri Masjid once stood.
  5. Citing female foeticide and infanticide, Centre says relaxation of abortion laws might be misused: Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, with the 2002 amendment, is equipped to handle emergent pregnancy situations.
  6. India makes Pakistan 'no school-going mission', asks diplomats to withdraw children from schools: Till further notice, the Ministry of External Affairs advised its high commission staff to make other arrangements for their wards' education outside Islamabad.
  7. US telecom giant Verizon confirms $4.8-billion deal to buy Yahoo’s internet business: The company is expected to combine Yahoo's operations with that of AOL – another once-popular internet firm it owns.
  8. I resigned from the Rajya Sabha as I was asked to stay away from Punjab, says Navjot Singh Sidhu: The 53-year-old said no political party is above the state for him, but did not mention his plans for the future.
  9. At least two killed, 17 injured in a shooting at a Florida nightclub: Club Blu Bar and Grill in Fort Meyers was hosting a 'teen night' when the incident took place. One suspect has reportedly been detained.
  10. Ansbach blast: Bomber pledged allegiance to Islamic State group in a video: A security official said they found a clip on phone belonging to the Syrian man, who was supposed to be deported after his request seeking asylum was rejected.
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