A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Nearly 99% of demonetised notes back in the system, says RBI’s annual report: It said suspicious banking transactions rose by three lakh in 2016-17 and high-value notes still make up two-thirds of the currency in circulation, and also warned of the risk of farm loan waivers.
  2. Seven dead, several feared trapped as building collapses in Bhendi Bazaar, Mumbai: A civic body official said the exact number of people staying in the building is not known.  
  3. Donald Trump says ‘talking not the answer’ to resolve the North Korean crisis: Meanwhile, the Russian foreign minister asked the US to refrain from any military action in the Korean Peninsula.
  4. 14 shopkeepers arrested in Pakistan’s Buner for selling women’s undergarments openly: District Additional Assistant Commissioner Zahid Usman Kakakhel said such practices were ‘against the cultural norms of the region’.  
  5. Hope India has learnt lessons from the Doklam standoff, says Chinese foreign minister: Wang Yi added that there was a lot of scope for cooperation between the two countries in the Brics summit next month.  
  6. Government approves major reforms for armed forces, 57,000 Army personnel to be redeployed: The decision was a big reform for the Indian Army since Independence, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said.
  7. Demonetisation a disaster, PM Modi should apologise for this anti-national act, says Opposition: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram said the economists who recommended the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes deserved a Nobel Prize.
  8. Over 22 lakh people affected in Bihar, power supply hit in several villages: Meanwhile, the Weather Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Sub-Himalayan West Bengal.  
  9. Over 18,000 Rohingyas flee Myanmar violence in five days: Thousands more are stuck at the Bangladesh border, trying to get in.
  10. BJP has the most parliamentarians with cases of crimes against women, finds study: They are followed by the Shiv Sena and Trinamool Congress.