A look at the headlines right now:

  1. AIADMK factions likely to announce merger today: CM Edappadi Palaniswami is expected to meet O Panneerselvam at the party headquarters later today to formalise the terms of their deal.
  2. Supreme Court grants bail to 2008 Malegaon blasts accused Lieutenant Colonel Purohit: The bench had reserved its verdict on his bail plea on August 17 after the NIA opposed it.
  3. US warship collides with an oil tanker near Singapore, ten sailors missing: The accident took place as the USS John McCain was passing the entrance of the Strait of Malacca.
  4. Uttar Pradesh Police say no proof of any terror links in Utkal Express derailment yet: Four officials have been suspended and three Railway Board members have been sent on leave.
  5. The JEE (Advanced) for admissions to IITs will be held online from 2018: The decision was made with the aim to make logistics and evaluations easier.
  6. Amid the Sikkim standoff, Centre wants to speed up the construction of roads along the China border: The Defence Ministry has granted the Border Roads Organisation more powers to ensure that projects are completed without delays.
  7. Comedian and filmmaker Jerry Lewis dies in Las Vegas at 91: Without elaborating, his publicist Candi Cazau said he had passed away after a brief illness.
  8. Train services to North East India unlikely to be restored before August 28 amid the floods: A number of new routes and bus services have been introduced.
  9. Bank unions to go on strike on August 22 to protest against proposed reforms: Services are likely to be hit as about 10 lakh bankers in 1,32,000 branches will not work on Tuesday.
  10. Spanish Police investigating Barcelona attack find over 100 canisters of flammable gas at a Catalonia terror cell: Investigators believe that the militants behind the van attack had planned to launch massive terror strike in the city.