A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Opposition parties stage nationwide protests against demonetisation, services hit in a few states: The Congress, which is leading the agitation, clarified that this was not a ‘Bharat bandh’.
  2. Pay first tax instalment under declaration scheme by November 30, I-T department tells citizens: Declarants will have to pay off the entire amount by September 30, 2017.
  3. Khalistan leader Harminder Singh Mintoo arrested by Delhi Police a day after fleeing from Nabha jail: The armed men who had broken into the prison had reportedly not intended to free the insurgent group leader.
  4. Security forces exchange fire with militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Handwara: The encounter began at dawn after the Army was tipped off about the presence of infiltrators in the area.
  5. Trump will do to Muslims what ‘Hitler did to the Jews’, letters to California mosques say: The Council on American-Islamic Relations called on investigators to treat the mail as a ‘hate-motivated incident’.
  6. Don’t arrest on charges of radicalisation without proof, Rajnath Singh tells top police officers: The home minister, while addressing a conference with the force in Hyderabad, said he did not believe the Islamic State group was a threat to India.
  7. Earthquake of 5.5 magnitude hits Nepal, no casualties reported: Police said that it could take time for reports on injuries or damage to come in as the strong tremors were felt in remote villages.
  8. Indian IT firms rush to hire in the US fearing a tighter H1-B visa regime under Donald Trump: Companies such as Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys and Wipro are among the most frequent users of the programme.
  9. How did BJP’s Mahesh Sharma pay his daughter’s wedding bills, asks Arvind Kejriwal: However, Sharma said that it was his son who was getting married and that all the payments were made through his bank.
  10. Uber looking to make India regional operations hub, planning new features: The company’s South Asia president Amit Jain said that it would not expand beyond the 29 cities in which it currently operates.