A look at the headlines right now:

  1. New India is about ‘EPI – Every Person is Important’, not VIP, says Narendra Modi in Mann ki Baat address: The prime minister urged the youth to lessen the use of technology, get out of their comfort zone and gain new experiences.
  2. Section 144 imposed in Telangana’s Khammam district a day after chilli farmers vandalise market yard: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has alleged that Opposition leaders had organised the protest as part of a political conspiracy.
  3. CRPF suspends road opening duties in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, for two weeks: A senior officer said the security forces will focus on anti-Maoist operations for the time being.
  4. Election Commission to announce an ‘open challenge’ to all to discredit EVM manipulation claims: EC chief Nasim Zaidi said political parties will be called for a meeting to clear their doubts over the voting machines.
  5. Turkey blocks Wikipedia after accusing it of running a ‘smear campaign’: Wikimedia Foundation, which supports the online encyclopaedia, said it was seeking judicial review of the decision.
  6. Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif fires adviser over security meeting being leaked to Dawn: The meeting that was reported by the Pakistan daily had highlighted an alleged rift between the military and civilian government.
  7. Digvijaya Singh removed as Congress’ general secretary in Goa, Karnataka: The party had won the most seats in Goa’s Assembly polls but could not manage to cobble together an alliance to form the government.
  8. My first 100 days as president were ‘just about the most successful’ in US history, says Donald Trump: North Korea fired a ballistic missile as the new president completed 100 days in office.
  9. Farmer suicides are caused by lack of ‘spirituality’, claims Ravi Shankar: The Art of Living founder said yoga and pranayam would help farmers ease their ‘suicidal tendencies’.
  10. Google’s Sundar Pichai received almost $200 million as compensation in 2016: Alphabet, Google’s parent company, attributed the numbers to the Indian-born executive’s ‘numerous successful product launches’.