A look at the headlines right now:

  1. IOA was responsible for providing marathon runner OP Jaisha with water, says Sports Minister Vijay Goel: The runner had claimed she could have died from the lack of refreshments, which athletes from other countries were given every few kilometres.
  2. ULFA releases video showing Assam BJP leader’s son held at gunpoint, demands Rs 1 crore as ransom: Kuldeep Moran is also the nephew of BJP MLA Bolin Chetia, who won from the Sadiya constituency during the recent Assembly elections in the state.
  3. Opposition delegation seeks ban on pellet guns in Kashmir, urges Narendra Modi to hold talks on unrest: The Omar Abdullah-led group warned the prime minister that delaying the dialogue will 'further deepen the sense of alienation' in the Valley.
  4. Cases registered against three Balochistan leaders for ‘supporting’ Modi’s Independence Day remarks: They were booked under two sections of the Pakistan Penal Code, include one for 'attempting to wage war' against the country.
  5. Status of national and state parties will be reviewed every 10 years instead of five, says EC: The move, announced through a notification, is likely to benefit parties that fared poorly in the last Lok Sabha elections, such as the BSP, CPI and NCP.
  6. Pfizer to buy American cancer drug firm Medivation in a $14-billion deal: The San Francisco-based company produces Xtandi, which is used to treat prostate cancer.
  7. Himachal Pradesh and Chhattisgarh ratify Goods and Services Tax Bill: The Virbhadra Singh-led state is the second non-BJP one to give its nod to the legislation that will pave way for a new indirect tax regime.
  8. Olympians PV Sindhu, Jitu Rai, Dipa Karmakar and Sakshi Malik to get Khel Ratna, suggest reports: After their stellar show at the Rio Olympics, the Indian athletes will be conferred India's highest sporting honour.
  9. Tehran says that Russia will not use Iranian air base anymore to launch attacks in Syria: The country said Moscow had been using Hamadan Air Base temporarily, and criticised the Putin government's announcement of the arrangement as 'inconsiderate'.
  10. Facebook launches Lifestage, a video-sharing app exclusively for teenagers: Available for iPhones, it takes visuals from various facets of users' lives, and compiles them into a video biography.