A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Army using standard protocol to bring back Indian soldier captured in Pakistan, says Manohar Parrikar: The Union defence minister clarified that Chandu Babulal Chavan did not take part in the Army’s strike along the Line of Control on Wednesday. 
  2. Donald Trump could have avoided income tax payments for up to 18 years, says The New York Times: A declared loss of $916 million in 1995 would have been large enough for the US presidential candidate to not pay duties on $50 million a year.
  3. India to ratify Paris climate agreement today as President Pranab Mukherjee gives assent: Environment Minister AM Dave said the decision was not linked to the country’s application for membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
  4. Baloch leader thanks India for supporting movement, alleges human rights violations by Pakistan: ‘We believe in democracy,’ said Mazdak Dilshad Baloch at a conference organised by the RSS-linked Indian Policy Foundation.
  5. Largest hospital in rebel-held side of Syria’s Aleppo hit with barrel, cluster bombs: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had called a previous bombing at the M10 facility a war crime.
  6. Swaraj Abhiyan to launch political party today: The new outfit will provide an ‘alternative political vehicle’, according to Yogendra Yadav.
  7. China once again stalls India's move to get JeM chief Masood designated a terrorist by UN: The country extended its 'technical hold' on the matter at the Security Council, which means a decision on his status has been pushed by another six months.
  8. Tamil Nadu governor visits Chennai hospital where J Jayalalithaa is admitted: AIADMK leaders maintained that the Tamil Nadu chief minister is recovering from her illness and that they hope she will soon be discharged.
  9. BCCI falls in line, adopts some Lodha panel recommendations: The board agreed to form an apex council with a representative from the CAG.
  10. SBI chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya to serve for one additional year: The move will help her see through the merger of the country's biggest lender with five of its subsidiaries and the Bharatiya Mahila Bank.