A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Public holiday declared as cyclone Vardah inches closer to Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh: Weather officials said the storm will make a landfall on Monday afternoon near Pulicat with winds travelling up to 100 kmph. It will subside by evening.
  2. GST Council meet inconclusive, ‘April 1 deadline out of the picture’: The Centre and states did not debate issues such as the dual control of assessees because of a discussion on the three draft laws related to the new regime.
  3. Bill English will succeed John Key as PM of New Zealand: The current finance minister said he was ‘excited and humbled’ to be elected as the new leader of the governing National Party.
  4. Pakistan’s ISI gets new director general in a major reshuffle by Army chief: Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar has extensive experience in the field of intelligence and has served as the chief of the agency’s counter-terrorism wing in Islamabad.
  5. Demonetisation will empower the poor, says Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh: The prime minister, who addressed the audience in Bahraich via phone, blamed the Opposition parties for stalling the Parliament proceedings.
  6. Cyrus Mistry misled 2011 selection committee set up to appoint Ratan Tata’s successor, alleges Tata Sons: Mistry’s office, on the other hand, accused Tata Sons director Vijay Singh of playing a pivotal role in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland choppers scam.
  7. Pakistan will not succeed in dividing India along religious lines, says Rajnath Singh: The home minister said it because of Indian Muslims that the Islamic State group has not been able to gain grounds in the country.
  8. Virat Kohli’s golden run gives advantage to India in fourth Test against England: India’s Test skipper scored his third double century to help his side post 631; At stumps, England trailed India by 49 runs with four wickets remaining.
  9. Karnataka Administrative Service officer arrested after driver blamed him in suicide note: Ramesh Gowda had claimed that he was being threatened for being privy to information that BJP leader Janardhan Reddy converted his black money to white.
  10. At least 25 killed in blast at main Coptic Christian cathedral in Cairo: No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the incident yet.