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The big news: HC likely to declare Aarushi-Hemraj murder case verdict today, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: The Cabinet approved revised salaries for university and college teachers, and Spain gave Catalonia 5 days to withdraw its independence bid.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Allahabad High Court likely to deliver verdict on Aarushi Talwar’s parents’ appeal today: In 2013, a special Central Bureau of Investigation court convicted the couple for the murder and sentenced them to life in prison.  
  2. Cabinet approves revised salaries for university, college teachers under 7th Pay Commission: Around 7.58 lakh academic staff will benefit from this revision.   
  3. Spain gives Catalonia five days ultimatum to withdraw independence declaration: The Catalan administration had signed and suspended its bid to separate from Madrid.
  4. Sex with a minor is rape even after marriagesays Supreme Court: The court read down an exception to the law that protected a man from having sex with his underage wife. 
  5. Anupam Kher is the new FTII chairman: The Bollywood actor succeeds BJP leader Gajendra Chauhan, whose term at the Pune institute ended in March. 
  6. Donald Trump hints at challenging the licence of NBC News Network: He said the report, in which the broadcaster had claimed that the US president called for a tenfold increase in nuclear arsenal, was ‘pure fiction’.  
  7. Centre says it collected 15.8% more direct tax in April-September than corresponding period in 2016: The Finance Ministry said advance tax collection for the same months was Rs 1.77 lakh crore.
  8. Pakistan names former chief justice its ad hoc judge at ICJ for Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Currently, none of the judges at the international court is of Pakistani nationality.  
  9. At least 17 killed in California wildfires, new outbreaks expected because of dry weather: Cooler temperature, lower wind intensity and fog had allowed firefighters to conduct rescue operations on Tuesday.
  10. Ahmedabad court adjourns Jay Shah’s case against news portal after his lawyer fails to appear: Yashwant Sinha said the BJP had lost the ‘moral high ground’ since the news report had come to fore.   
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