A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Explosions heard from government building in Pampore, Kashmir, as siege continues into second day: A number of militants are believed to be holed up inside the Entrepreneurship Development Institute complex.
  2. Pakistani journalist barred from leaving country for report on government-military exchange: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's office has issued a statement calling the news item, which was published in Dawn, 'false and fabricated'.
  3. UN appeals for $120 million to meet Haiti’s ‘most urgent needs’: The international body has already allocated $5 million from its Central Emergency Response Fund after Hurricane Matthew devastated the island country.
  4. Do not interfere in our religious practices, say Jain leaders after 13-year-old girl dies fasting: The Jain community in Hyderabad and Secunderabad, however, is expected to put out an informal directive advising parents to discourage minors from fasting.
  5. Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif are playing politics over dead bodies, says former Baloch CM: Akhtar Mengal said the Indian prime minister had no interest in Balochistan, and his Pakistani counterpart had similar disregard for Kashmiris.
  6. Shooter Jitu Rai wins 'Champion of Champions' title after reaching ISSF World Cup Final: The International Shooting Sport Federation announced the award for him, along with a cash prize of €5,000.
  7. China suggests India joining NSG is a possibility as long as ‘certain rules are respected’, reports Reuters: The country’s Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong said China ‘is willing to have further communications with the Indian side, to increase consensus’.
  8. Industrial output falls for second consecutive month in August: Output in capital goods fell a massive 22.2%, while the mining and manufacturing sectors also recorded losses.
  9. Ravichandran Ashwin’s six-wicket haul extends India's dominance on Day 3: At the close of play, the hosts finished with a lead of 276 after bowling New Zealand out for 299 in the first innings.
  10. Two arrested in Tamil Nadu for allegedly spreading rumours about Jayalalithaa’s health: The AIADMK also launched a social media campaign on Monday, urging supporters to help end speculation about the chief minister’s condition.