A look at the headlines right now:

  1. RBI tells banks to stay open this weekend for public to exchange demonitised Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes: Any amount deposited beyond beyond Rs 2.5 lakh could face a 200% penalty for tax evasion.
  2. Barack Obama says the US needs a sense of unity while wishing Donald Trump the best: The president said he hoped the president-elect could begin his new presidency with respect for the country's institutions and way of life.
  3. 'Gladiator-type' jallikattu cannot be permitted, Supreme Court tells Centre: The apex court said the traditional bull-taming sport involved cruelty to animals, and it was 'our constitutional obligation' to show compassion.
  4. At least 7 killed, more than 59 injured after tram gets derailed in London’s Craydon town: The police are investigating whether the driver dozed off behind the wheel or the tram was travelling at a high speed while negotiating a sharp bend.
  5. Pakistan claims five more Indian diplomats have left amid espionage row: Officials said they were among the eight people Islamabad declared spies.
  6. Supreme Court asks CBI to probe all 76 FIRs in Rs 45,000-crore land scam involving Pearl group: The bench said it would make sense for one agency to investigate all the different complaints together.
  7. Experts say Delhi’s air quality has improved after nearly a week: The improvement was attributed to a rise in wind speed from western regions instead of north-western ones, where stubble burning is heavily practised.
  8. Two LeT militants, one soldier killed in separate incidents of firing in Kashmir: External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said India had lodged a protest with a Pakistani envoy regarding the ceasefire violations by the country.
  9. Joe Root, Moeen Ali propel England to 311/4 on Day 1 of first Test: India was made to toil after taking three wickets in the first session.
  10. Rescue team finds body of one Kannada actor who drowned while filming: A case of culpable homicide had been filed against the producer, stunt director and filmmaker in connection with the deaths of Uday and Anil.