A look at the headlines right now:

  1. No demonetisation exemption for political parties, clarifies Arun Jaitley: The finance minister denied media reports, and said the ‘political class is no exception’.
  2. Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat named next Army Chief, superseding two senior officers: The selection was made reportedly on the basis of ‘merit and suitability’.
  3. Mobile internet services suspended in Imphal West district: The government said the decision was taken to avoid spreading of rumours that may lead to ‘social tension among the public’.
  4. AgustaWestland scam middleman says investigators pressuring him for information against Opposition: James Christian Michel said he was ready to appear before the CBI for questioning if the Red Corner Notice against him was withdrawn.
  5. China has agreed to return US drone seized in South China Sea, says Washington: However, Beijing accused the United States of ‘hyping up’ the entire incident.
  6. Vijender Singh wins via knockout to defend Asia Pacific super middleweight title: Singh took just three rounds to get the better of Francis Cheka and keep his unblemished record in professional boxing intact.
  7. 13 killed in Indonesian military plane crash: The incident took place only minutes before the aircraft was scheduled to land.  
  8. Official of Robert Vadra-linked firm asked to appear before ED in money laundering case: The Congress said the latest development was an example of ‘sheer political vendetta’.
  9. Venezuela puts demonetisation on hold after protests and looting: At least one person died and shops were destroyed in the violence that ensued the government’s announcement about scrapping 100-bolivar currency notes.  
  10. Indian films will be screened in Pakistan from December 19: The owners of cinema houses said they had stopped showing Indian films, but had not banned them.