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The big news: Actor-politician Ramya 'won't apologise' for Pakistan remark, and 9 other top stories

Kavita Raut disagreed with Jaisha's claims on Indian officials' apathy at Rio, and Opposition protested in UP Assembly over the state's law and order situation.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Lawyer files sedition complaint against actor-politician Ramya for saying 'Pakistan is not hell': The 33-year-old, however, said she was 'entitled to freedom of speech' and there was 'no question of apologising' for her comments.
  2. Athlete Kavita Raut refutes OP Jaisha's claims on lack of refreshments from Indian officials at Rio: The marathoner said the Athletics Federation of India had provided all facilities and also asked her a day before the race whether she would need any drinks.
  3. Opposition MLAs protest against law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, asked to leave Assembly: BJP leaders staged a walkout, but BSP legislators continued to agitate against the ruling Samajwadi Party government.
  4. United Nations committee finds three of nine Dawood Ibrahim addresses provided by India inaccurate: One of the locations listed in the dossier, prepared in August, was found very similar to the residence of Pakistan's envoy to the UN Maleeha Lodhi.
  5. Airlines ask Centre to allow them to avoid Pakistan airspace, according to a report: An official said security concerns stemming from deteriorating relations between the two countries and rising cost were the driving factors.
  6. Gujarat journalist stabbed to death by unknown assailants in office, police suspect personal enmity: Kishore Dave was the bureau chief of a Gujarati daily, and the police have registered a case against unidentified persons for the murder in Junagadh.
  7. People with 'vested interests' are inciting violence among youth in Kashmir, says Mehbooba Mufti: The chief minister blamed protests on 5% of the people in the Valley, saying they were hampering any progress made towards 'constructive work'.
  8. Archaeological Survey of India suggests limiting visiting hours at Taj Mahal to 3-4 hours: It also proposed issuing tickets in a number of colours – one for a particular duration or session that would be invalid beyond the specified time.
  9. One killed in clashes as protesters attack TV station in Karachi for biased media coverage: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement was blamed for the incident, but its leader Amir Liaquat Hussain denied any role and said the party was against violence.
  10. Worsening flood situation forces schools to shut down in parts of Uttar Pradesh: National Disaster Response Force personnel are carrying out relief and rescue operations in the districts of Gonda, Ballia, Varanasi, Balrampur and Allahabad.
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