A look at the headlines right now:

  1. GST council meeting begins, relief for small and medium business likely to be discussed: The panel is trying to ease difficulties that have risen from shifting to the new tax regime, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said.
  2. Yashwant Sinha says lack of employment will be a major factor in the 2019 election: The BJP leader said that the government had not responded to any of his criticisms, but was happy that the issues flagged by him were being debated.
  3. Seven military personnel killed after Indian Air Force helicopter crashes in Arunachal Pradesh: The chopper was on an air maintenance mission when it went down near the Chinese border, killing five air force officers and two armymen.
  4. VK Sasikala gets parole, Tamil Nadu BJP demands inquiry into transplant for AIADMK leader’s husband: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Tamil Nadu President Tamilisai Soundararajan alleged that several rules were violated to help M Natarajan.
  5. ‘Never share personal details on phone’, IT minister responds to Scroll.in report on Aadhaar fraud: People need to ‘be more aware about safety in using financial transactions’, Union Minister for Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad’s office said. 
  6. India, European Union pledge to step up cooperation and fight terrorism: India, as a neighbour, ‘stood first in line to respond’ to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar, said European Council President Donald Franciszek Tusk.
  7. Tropical storm Nate leaves 22 dead, several missing in Central America: At least 11 people were killed in Nicaragua, seven were missing and thousands had to evacuate their homes because of flooding.
  8. International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons receives Nobel Peace Prize 2017: Ican has achieved a treaty-based prohibition of nuclear weapons through international agreements, the committee said.  
  9. US gun lobby group calls for a review of ‘bump fire stocks’ after Las Vegas shooting: The device, when attached to a gun, allows the shooter to fire bullets rapidly.   
  10. Don’t expect restraint if our nuclear sites are struck, Pakistan’s foreign minister tells India: Khawaja Asif added that India was not responding to Pakistani efforts to improve the ties between the two nations.