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The big news: BJP’s Jayant Sinha backs Centre after his father’s criticism, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: A BSF jawan was shot dead by suspected militants in Kashmir, and Mark Zuckerberg rejected allegations that Facebook was anti-Donald Trump.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. After Yashwant Sinha’s attack, his son and BJP minister says articles make ‘sweeping conclusions’: The Congress asked the government to admit that the economy is sinking. 
  2. Suspected militants shoot dead BSF constable on holiday in Bandipora: Director General of Police SP Vaid said the militants accused Rameez Parray of being behind a cordon-and-search operation in the area.  
  3. Mark Zuckerberg dismisses Donald Trump’s claim that Facebook is against him: Both the US president and liberals are upset about ideas and content they don’t like, the Facebook CEO said.
  4. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dies at 91: He died of natural causes, a statement issued by his company said.
  5. Passengers on board Delhi-bound SpiceJet aircraft have a narrow escape during attack at Kabul airport: A US airstrike, targeting insurgents, caused civilian casualties after a missile malfunctioned. 
  6. Niti Aayog vice chairman says economic downturn is over, GDP growth to improve in next two quarters: Rajiv Kumar claimed that the services and manufacturing sectors had reached their lowest point in July, and had now started growing faster.
  7. Army says it inflicted ‘heavy casualties’ on Naga insurgents in response to Myanmar border attack: No Army soldier died in the incident, which took place around 4.45 am on Wednesday.
  8. We got request to exchange Kulbhushan Jadhav with Peshawar attack militant, says Pakistan: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif claimed there were 66 militant groups operating in India, of which only four or six were related to Islamabad.  
  9. India will become the third-largest economy by 2027, says Morgan Stanley report: The global financial services firm said India would achieve an upper-middle income status over the next 10 years.
  10. Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda barred from contesting polls for three years: The Election Commission said the politician had filed incorrect details of election expenditure before the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.  
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