A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Modi lays foundation stones for projects in Bihar, announces funding for universities: Modi said the Union Railway Ministry had started four special trains in the state so that people could reach home in time for Diwali and Chhath Puja. 
  2. Karnataka SIT releases sketches of suspects in Gauri Lankesh murder, says they cannot be linked to any organisation: US Congressman Trent Franks has expressed concern about free speech in India after Lankesh’s killing.
  3. At least 5 reported dead after heavy rain lashes Bengaluru, more showers expected: The city recorded 1,540 mm of rain by October 14 this monsoon. 
  4. Mob beats 5 people suspected of carrying beef in Faridabad, case filed against victims and attackers: The meat samples have been sent for a forensic examination.   
  5. Allowing women inside Sabarimala shrine will lead to ‘immoral activities’, says temple board chief: The Travancore Devaswom Board president said ‘self-respecting’ women will not visit the shrine even if the court opens its doors.   
  6. Maharashtra Congress General Secretary Mahadev Shelar found dead at his home in Mumbai: Police have registered a case of accidental death. 
  7. Canadian hostage freed from Taliban captivity in Afghanistan says his child was killed, wife raped: Joshua Boyle flew from Pakistan to London and then to Toronto with his wife and three surviving children. 
  8. Two weeks after Mumbai stampede, ceiling tile falls on women’s head at Elphinstone Road station: A 7-inch-long piece of the false ceiling fell on Basak’s head, injuring her.   
  9. Fifteen Dadri lynching accused secure jobs with National Thermal Power Corporation Limited, says report: Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Tejpal Nagar reportedly met senior NTPC officials on October 9 to enable the accused to get jobs.   
  10. ‘Every BJP reform burdened the poor’, RSS trade union chief attacks Centre on economic policies: The government is going in ‘a wrong direction’, Saji Narayan wrote in an exclusive article for Outlook India.