A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Nirmala Sitharaman appointed new defence minister, Piyush Goyal gets railways: The new ministers who were sworn into PM Narendra Modi’s council of ministers are Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Shiv Pratap Shukla, and Anantkumar Hedge, among others.  
  2. North Korea says it successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test: The country’s official news agency KCNA claimed that all components of the hydrogen bomb were homemade.
  3. Demonetisation hit India’s poor very hard, Raghuram Rajan tells Times of India: A skewed measurement of the GDP will overlook the impact of the drive on the poor, he said.
  4. Be wary of emails with subjects like ‘please print and photos’, warns Centre about Locky ransomware: The cyber threat is currently in circulation through over 23 million messages, the alert said.
  5. Nasa’s Peggy Whitson returns with Expedition 52 crew, bags new record: The mission’s crew also included Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of Nasa and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Russian space agency Roscosmos.  
  6. Aam Aadmi Party will take on the BJP in Gujarat Assembly elections: The decision to contest the polls had been taken at a meeting of the party’s central and state office-bearers, Delhi Cabinet minister Gopal Rai said.
  7. ‘Largest wildfire’ in Los Angeles history triggers massive evacuation operation: Officials warned residents of erratic wind patterns which could spread the blaze even further.  
  8. Gauhati High Court asks CBI to take over investigation into Louis Berger bribery scam: The US-based firm had said it had paid bribes to the Assam and Goa state governments to secure contracts as consultants of water supply projects.  
  9. President should intervene in Tamil Nadu’s ‘extraordinary situation’, says Dinakaran: Protests broke out in the state after a Neet petitioner committed suicide.
  10. Uttar Pradesh Police arrest paediatrician Kafeel Khan: He was among nine people named in an FIR last week.