A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Family of Indian shot dead in Kansas says racial attacks on a rise since Donald Trump took over: A former Navy man was arrested for shooting Srinivas Kuchibhotla dead and injuring his friend after ‘mistaking them for Arabs’.
  2. Deepa Jayakumar launches MGR Amma Deepa Peravai on aunt Jayalalithaa’s birth anniversary: She said ‘loyal All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party members’ would support her.
  3. Narendra Modi unveils controversial 112-foot Shiva statue at Isha Foundation: Dedicated to ‘Adiyogi’, a form of Shiva, the Jaggi Vasudev-led organisation scheduled the ceremony at 6 pm on Mahashivratri, amid protests.
  4. Cricket: Steve O’Keefe’s six-wicket haul puts Australia in firm control of first Test against India: The left-arm spinner picked up six Indians in 24 balls to help bowl out the hosts for just 105 and take a commanding 298-run lead.
  5. Pakistani woman killed after crossing border fence in Jammu, says BSF: The paramilitary force said another intruder had been arrested near the international fence and was being interrogated.
  6. China made a mistake by not hiring more Indian talent in science and technology, says state-run media: Because of lower labour costs in India, high-tech firms have been turning their attention there, the column said.
  7. Insurgent groups impose curfew in Manipur ahead of Narendra Modi’s visit to Imphal on Saturday: A hand grenade was found outside the residence of BJP candidate Soibam Subhachandra in Imphal.
  8. ‘Don’t twist my words’: Sheila Dixit clarifies her comments on Rahul Gandhi’s lack of maturity: Earlier, the former Delhi chief minister was quoted as saying that the Congress vice-president needed more time as he was ‘still not mature’.
  9. Telangana chief minister to offer gold moustache at temple amid allegations of public funds misuse: K Chandrasekhar Rao also plans to donate a golden crown and nose stud to various temples in Warangal, Vijayawada and Tiruchanur.
  10. Your cat won’t give you mental disorders, says new study: Earlier studies suggested that people who grew up with cats as pets were more susceptible to mental illness.