A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Tata Steel votes to replace Cyrus Mistry with independent director OP Bhatt as interim head: Officials said an Extraordinary General Meeting will be held on December 21 to decide on the dismissal of the ousted chairperson and Nusli Wadia.
  2. Water that belongs to India cannot be allowed to go to Pakistan, says Narendra Modi: The prime minister said the Centre has formed a task force to make sure that farmers in Punjab and the rest of the country ‘get each drop of water due to them’
  3. Waqf board recruitment scam: CBI registers case against AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan: In October, Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had declared the reconstitution of the body following accusations against the Okhla MLA.  
  4. Discrepancies in new Rs 500 notes cause concern, but RBI says there’s no need to panic: Different designs were spotted on some of the new notes, while others varied in colour.
  5. Winter Session: Proceedings stalled as Opposition demands PM’s apology for black money remark: Leaders said Narendra Modi had made serious allegations when he said that the critics of demonetisation were favouring such illegal practices.
  6. Jayalalithaa now using speakers to communicate, says Apollo hospital: The institution’s chairperson Dr Prathap Reddy said the next target was to get the Tamil Nadu chief minister to start walking.
  7. Detention order against Khurram Parvez quashed by Jammu and Kashmir High Court: He had been booked under the Public Safety Act, a move that had been widely criticised.
  8. Centre banned my NGO for communal reasons and to distract from demonetisation, says Zakir Naik: In a statement, Naik said the ban was the “most unique ban to be applied in the history of India”.
  9. Narendra Modi leads TIME’s Person of the Year Reader’s Poll, ahead of Julian Assange, Donald Trump: However, the final decision will be taken by the magazine’s editors.
  10. Supreme Court bans sale of firecrackers in Delhi and National Capital Region: The bench told the Central Pollution Control Board to file a report on the harmful effects of the firecrackers in three months.