A look at the headlines right now:

  1. A digital economy should be transparent, effective and a ‘way of life’, Narendra Modi tells BJP MPs: Soon after, a Congress delegation led by Rahul Gandhi met Modi to hand over a memorandum on loan waivers for farmers.
  2. Nusli Wadi sues Tata Sons for defaming him, seeks Rs 3,000 crore in damages: The ousted independent director said the steps taken against him by Tata Sons were hasty and vindictive.
  3. M Karunanidhi admitted to hospital for second time in a month after breathing complaints: A statement issued by the Kauvery Hospital said the DMK chief and former Tamil Nadu chief minister was in stable condition after undergoing a tracheotomy.
  4. CNN-News18 served defamation notice for linking Gandhi family to AugustaWestland scam on its show: The anchor of the programme had said that CBI officials had told them about an imminent interrogation of the Congress party heads in connection with the case.
  5. Ratan Tata has no plans of stepping down at this point, says company after reports to the contrary: A statement said that a process is being put in place merely to ensure there is a smooth succession at an appropriate time.
  6. How are you seizing crores in new notes every day if banks say they don’t have money, SC asks Centre: The apex court also asked why the government could not extend the exemption on the use of demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes at hospitals and petrol pumps.
  7. Weapons installed on South China Sea part of normal defence, not militarisation, says China: Beijing said the anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems would be used like a ‘slingshot’ only to deter threats.
  8. Maharashtra minister says child deaths declining, avoids queries on malnutrition in tribal areas: Pankaja Munde said the government had set up a task force to look into the problem, and several schemes had been cleared to address it.
  9. White supremacist found guilty of all 33 charges in Charleston church shooting, which killed nine: The jurors in the case will reconvene on January 3 to decide whether Dylann Roof should be sentenced to death or life in prison.
  10. Arnab Goswami to start a new venture called ‘Republic’, reports say: There is speculation that it will be based out of Mumbai, though there has been no official confirmation of any other details.