A look at the headlines right now:

  1. BJP, Army say new chief has experience fighting terror as Opposition questions his appointment: The BJP said Bipin Rawat was the most suitable officer, though he was chosen over two more senior commanders.  
  2. Gunmen kill 10 at a Crusader castle in Jordan’s Karak: The four shooters have been killed, but officials are yet to ascertain if they were affiliated to a militant group.
  3. Vaiko accuses DMK of planning protests against him during Saturday visit to Karunanidhi: The MDMK chief also said that MK Stalin was not his political enemy, even as he claimed that the former state deputy chief minister was insecure about him.  
  4. India win Junior Hockey World Cup title after beating Belgium 2-1 in final: Gurjant Singh and Simranjeet Singh scored early in the first half, while goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya made exceptional saves to hold the opposition back.
  5. Election Commission wants a ban on anonymous donations above Rs 2,000 to political parties: The restriction is part of its efforts to crackdown on black money used during elections in the country.
  6. Revenue Secretary says he was misquoted on exemptions for political parties: Hasmukh Adhia had been cited as saying that these outfits would not face income tax scrutiny for deposits made after the currency ban.
  7. Malayalam writer Kamal Chavara arrested for Facebook post allegedly insulting national anthem: The theatre activist was slapped with sedition charges after Yuva Morcha activists filed a complaint against the content.
  8. Syrian rebels burn buses meant to evacuate sick and injured refugees: The vehicles were on their way to the villages of Foah and Kefraya in Idlib province.
  9.  Curfew imposed, mobile internet suspended in Imphal: The restriction was implemented as a precaution after a 24-hour bandh against the National Socialist Council of Nagaland paralysed the region.  
  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.