A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Airlines will now have to pay extra tax between Rs 7,500 and Rs 8,500 for domestic flights: The Centre’s move is an attempt to raise money to fund subsidised regional flights.
  2. Centre approves 34 of 77 judges recommended to high courts by the collegium: Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the Supreme Court that no files on the matter were pending with the central government.
  3. Had an excellent conversation with President-elect Donald Trump, says Barack Obama: The New York businessman said it was ‘a great honour’ to meet the president, whom he described as a ‘good man’.
  4. China asks India, Japan to respect ‘legitimate concerns’ of neighbours, as Modi and Abe hold talks: Beijing had no problems with New Delhi and Tokyo developing ‘normal relations’, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.  
  5. 1,248 children injured during action to quell Kashmir protests since July, reveals government data: While 243 of them were below the age of 12, 1,005 were between 12 and 15.
  6. International Monetary Fund advises caution while supporting India’s demonetisation exercise: The organisation said the transistion must be executed ‘prudently’ to ensure ‘minimum disruption’.
  7. At least 13 people dead in Sahibabad garment factory fire in Uttar Pradesh: Fire tenders and police personnel have been deployed to the location.
  8. Salman Khan gets Supreme Court notice in 1998 Chinkara case: In October, the Rajasthan government had moved the apex court challenging the actor’s acquittal.
  9. Supreme Court says Delhi Noida Direct flyway will stay toll-free, upholds high court ruling: It also appointed an auditor to examine the accounts of the Noida Toll Bridge Company Ltd to determine its costs and profits.
  10. Governments have power to impose entry tax on goods from other states, says Supreme Court: The apex court listed several tests to ascertain whether a local law was valid.