A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Special Investigation Team to look into journalist KJ Singh and his mother’s murder in Mohali: He was found with his throat slit and his 92-year-old mother was strangulated, reports said.
  2. Earthquake of magnitude 3.4 detected near North Korea’s nuclear test site: It is not clear yet whether it was a man-made quake, a South Korean agency said.
  3. Arvind Subramanian’s term as chief economic advisor extended for a year: He will now remain in the post till October 2018.
  4. Iran conducts ballistic missile test defying United States warnings: The missile, Khorramshahr, has a range of 2,000 km.
  5. China limits oil exports to North Korea to comply with United Nations sanctions: Beijing will also ban textile imports from Pyongyang, one of its last major sources of foreign revenue.
  6. Seven injured after Pakistan shells border posts in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba, Poonch, say officials: More than 20,000 people have fled their homes in Arnia and RS Pura sectors since Pakistani troops targeted villages along the International Border.  
  7. Demonetisation was an ‘unnecessary adventure’, says Manmohan Singh: The former prime minister said the economy was currently seeing a ‘downhill path’.
  8. Self-styled godman arrested in Rajasthan for allegedly sexually assaulting 21-year-old woman: Phalahari Maharaj, 70, had been hospitalised since Wednesday.
  9. Trump may replace travel ban with tailor-made restrictions for certain countries: Officials have recommended stricter rules and enhanced screening for some nations, but the US president has not yet made a decision, said reports.
  10. Dam in Puerto Rico develops crack after Hurricane Maria, prompts mass evacuation: Many parts of the US territory are already inundated, and more than 3 million people do not have electricity.