A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Air quality drops in Delhi, Mumbai and other cities ahead of Diwali: Corporate India cut costs on Diwali gifts this year by at least 35%, according to Assocham survey.
  2. India and US stand shoulder to shoulder against terrorism, says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: He said India may become the second-largest economy by 2050.
  3. Maharashtra begins process to waive farmers’ loans, releases Rs 4,000 crore: Rs 3,200 crore will be used to write off the loans, and the rest will be distributed as incentives among farmers who pay their loans back on time.
  4. Man carries 9-year-old daughter’s body for 4 km after Patna hospital allegedly refuses ambulance: Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Prabhat Kumar Singh said he had no information about the incident, and there will be an inquiry.
  5. US urges United Nations to confront Iran for allegedly violating resolutions on nuclear policy: Nikki Haley said Iran was only complying with the technical provisions of the 2015 nuclear deal with the US and not changing its ‘outlaw behaviour’.
  6. Congress questions Modi’s use of chartered flights as Gujarat CM after BJP targets Robert Vadra: Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the trips had cost Rs 16.56 crore, according to an RTI query in 2007, and questioned who funded them.
  7. Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh to vie for post again, Congress releases candidate list for poll: The party has fielded 59 candidates for the November 9 Assembly elections.
  8. ‘Hardly new,’ says former NDTV anchor Barkha Dutt after channel takes down Jay Shah story: The journalist claims that she left the network after being punished for taking a stand against news censorship.
  9. Google Doodle marks Nobel-winning astrophysicist S Chandrasekhar’s 107th birth anniversary: He is known for his theories on the evolution of stars.
  10. At least six killed and nine injured in explosion at firecracker factory in Odisha’s Balasore: The toll may rise as several people may be trapped beneath the debris in Balasore and rescue efforts have been hindered by rain, officials said.