A look at the headlines right now:

  1. This wasn’t the first cross-border strike, announced it strategically, Centre tells Parliamentary panel: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar is also believed to have said that this was the first such operation in which the Army had crossed the Line of Control.
  2. GST Council discusses rate bands with highest cess on luxury and demerit goods: Items such as tobacco, cigarettes, aerated drinks and luxury cars might attract the highest tax rate of 26%.
  3. ‘My head hangs in shame’, says Narendra Modi on Dalit atrocities: While launching the National SC/ST Hub, the prime minister said the government must sharpen its focus on correcting the problems.
  4. MakeMyTrip, ibibo announce merger in $1.8-billion deal: The combined entity will function under the MakeMyTrip brand and will include its home stay service Rightstay and ibibo's Ryde ride-sharing service.
  5. We want a Ram temple in Ayodhya, not a 'lollipop' like the proposed Ramayana museum, says Vinay Katiyar: The BJP MP's remarks came as Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma visited the plot for the structure, some 15 km from the disputed Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site.
  6. Karan Johar won't 'engage with talent' from Pakistan, says he respects Indian sentiments: The filmmaker urged people to take into account the 300 Indians who had 'put their blood, sweat and tears' into his upcoming movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
  7. Triple talaq practice and uniform civil code are separate issues: Petitioners tell Centre: Muslim women's bodies have condemned all attempts to politicise the matter, drawing out the differences between the two.
  8. Iraqi troops, militias secure 20 villages from Islamic State group during mission to recapture Mosul: Officials said militant fighters were lighting oil fires to hamper the security forces' progress and were attacking soldiers with suicide car bombs. 
  9. SBI blocks nearly six lakh debit cards after security breach in external ATM network: Officials said new cards will be re-issued to the clients affected, and called on banks with infected systems to acknowledge the problem.
  10. Can’t call a donkey a horse: Congress MLA suspended for remarks against Rahul Gandhi: A disciplinary panel recommended that Chhattisgarh legislator RK Rai be expelled from the party.