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The big news: Sabarimala women’s entry case referred to Constitution bench, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are likely to walk out of jail today, and the Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will be held on November 9.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Five-judge Constitution bench will decide on ban on women’s entry into Kerala’s Sabarimala temple: The Supreme Court referred the matter to the new bench, which will have to rule on whether women should be allowed inside the inner sanctum of the temple.
  2. After acquittal in Aarushi-Hemraj murder case, Talwars likely to walk out of Dasna jail today: Prison authorities are waiting for a copy of the court order.
  3. Himachal Pradesh Assembly election to be held on November 9, Gujarat dates not yet announced: Counting for both the states’ polls will be held on December 18.
  4. Actor Rose McGowan’s suspension from Twitter prompts #WomenBoycottTwitter: Supporters of the movement will stay off the social media site for a day, in protest against its move to block the actor who spoke up against Harvey Weinstein.
  5. Donald Trump signs order to weaken Obamacare: The US president’s new order makes it easier for citizens to buy basic health insurance plans, but they have fewer benefits for consumers.
  6. UAE ends North Korea’s diplomatic mission, will stop issuing new visas to its citizens: There are thousands of North Korean workers in the US-allied Gulf region, mainly working on construction sites.
  7. India worse than Bangladesh, Nepal in tackling hunger, situation serious, says report: India, which was placed at 97th position in 2016, has now been ranked 100th out of 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index this year. 
  8. SC threatens to imprison those who try to obstruct the auction of Sahara’s Aamby Valley: The court’s comments came after Sebi said that the Sahara Group had raised the issue of law and order on the property with the Pune Police.
  9. Retail inflation remained steady at 3.28% in September: The rise in food prices has slowed down, according to data released by the Central Statistics Office. 
  10. Gurmehar Kaur features in Time magazine’s list of Next Generation Leaders for 2017: She had protested against the ABVP for triggering violence at Ramjas College in Delhi earlier this year.
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