A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Three found dead after building collapses in Hyderabad, several feared trapped in debris: Civic officials believe the under-construction property could have caved in because of a weak foundation.
  2. Centre announces 0.5% discount on card payments for suburban railway ticket bookings: Promoting a cashless economy, Arun Jaitley said people making digital payments for petrol or diesel will also enjoy 0.75% concession.
  3. American space icon John Glenn dies: The 95-year-old was the first man from the US to orbit the Earth.
  4. Solomon Islands hit by 7.7 earthquake, initial tsunami warning lifted: Several buildings collapsed, but no casualties have been reported yet.
  5. Tamil Nadu CM Panneerselvam, senior ministers meet Sasikala amid talks about next AIADMK chief: The party has yet to make an announcement about the post that was held by Jayalalithaa, who died on Monday.
  6. Narendra Modi should step aside as PM after ’demonetisation disaster’, says Mamata Banerjee: The West Bengal chief minister compared the government to a ‘salesman selling plastic cards’ and questioned the hurry to pass the GST.
  7. India declared a ‘major defence partner’ of the US: A joint statement released after a meeting between Manohar Parrikar and Ashton Carter said the designation was unique to the country.
  8. Pakistan does not want hostility with India, but it takes two to tango, says Abdul Basit: The Pakistan High Commission said Delhi and Islamabad must decide whether they want to maintain status quo or ‘make a new beginning’.
  9. Kuwait decides against penalising over 24,000 Indians working illegally in the country: The government said workers would not be jailed if they volunteered for deportation or transfer of job visas, provided they had not violated other laws.
  10. Paris introduces odd-even rule to cope with worst winter pollution in a decade: The French capital has also made all public transport free as it attempts to bring down the level of particulate matter in the air.