A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Linking Aadhaar with bank accounts is mandatory, clarifies RBI: The central bank dismissed media reports that its reply to an RTI query suggested that it had not issued a directive in this regard.  
  2. Congress invites Hardik Patel, Jignesh Mevani to join fight against BJP ahead of Assembly poll in Gujarat: OBC Ekta Manch leader Alpesh Thakor said he will join the Congress on October 23.
  3. 15 cadets killed in suicide bombing in Kabul: The explosion took place at the entrance gate of the Marshal Fahim Military Academy.  
  4. Twelve arrested for trying to immolate man suspected to be a braid chopper in Jammu and Kashmir: Sopore Senior Superintendent of Police Harmeet Singh said those detained were identified through videos of the incident on social media  
  5. Toll in twin blasts in Somalia rises to 358, country plans a ‘state of war’ against al-Shabab group: Somali Army spokesperson Abdullahi Iman said they would try to push the militants out of their strongholds.  
  6. Two arrested for Facebook posts criticising traffic restrictions in West Bengal’s Balurghat during Puja: The movement of vehicles, except battery-operated and cycle rickshaws, were restricted between 4 pm and 4 am during the festive season.  
  7. Rajasthan government is institutionalising corruption, says Congress leader Sachin Pilot: State Home Minister Gulab Chandra Kataria said the government had passed the ordinance to avoid people from making false allegations against public servants.  
  8. Three arrested for allegedly forcing villager to spit, lick his own saliva as punishment in Bihar: A case had been filed on Friday against eight people.  
  9. Harvey Weinstein rebuts Lupita Nyong’o accusation, Tarantino regrets his silence: The actor had accused Weinstein of unwanted advances in a ‘New York Times’ op-ed.  
  10. 54 policemen killed in exchange of fire with militants near Cairo, say reports: The country’s interior ministry said troops were still conducting combing operations on the al-Wahat road to apprehend militants.