A look at the headlines right now:

  1. ‘Digvijay Singh behind Goa floor test loss’, says Congress leader Savio Rodrigues as he quits party: The NCP issued a show-cause notice to its lone MLA for supporting the BJP during trust vote in the Assembly.
  2. Sushma Swaraj seeks updates from Pakistan on two missing Indian clerics: There are conflicting reports on where Syed Asif Ali Nizami, 80, and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami were last seen.
  3. Priest, nuns accused of concealing the rape of a minor surrender to police in Kerala: Father Thomas Joseph Therakam, Betty Jose and Sister Ophelia had protected Father Robin Vaddakumchiryil, who allegedly raped the teenager last year.
  4. AIIMS nurses go on mass leave to demand better pay, ER services shut down in Delhi: Only essential surgeries have been carried out on Friday at the premier hospital.
  5. Fifteen of 37 Indian fishermen detained in Iran ports get ‘freedom order’ from court: They have been in custody since October 2016. 
  6. EVMs are tamper-proof, says Election Commission: The polling monitor clarified that its voting machines were different from those used abroad and said comparisons were ‘misplaced’.  
  7. New UP chief minister to be sworn in on March 19 though BJP remains undecided: State party chief Keshav Prasad Maurya will decide on the CM, but reports claimed Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha is likely to be appointed to the post.
  8. Irish woman was raped before being killed near Goa’s Deobagh beach, confirm police: They have also located the murder weapon – a broken beer bottle – from a bag that was stuffed with the woman’s clothes.
  9. Justice CS Karnan demands Rs 14-crore compensation from seven judges for ‘disturbing his mind’: Calcutta High Court judge also passed an order directing the CBI to investigate his complaint of corruption against 20 sitting and retired judges.
  10. Nifty opens above 9,200 for the first time, Sensex soars over 120 points: ITC’s stocks climbed 7.25% after the GST Council limited the cess on tobacco and cigarettes at 290%, while other cigarette manufacturers also made gains.