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The big news: Centre says it will start sustained dialogue on J&K, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: SC asked Centre to decide if standing for anthem in movie halls is mandatory, and a Patidar leader said he was offered Rs 1 crore to join BJP.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Centre appoints former Intelligence Bureau chief Dineshwar Sharma special interlocutor on Kashmir: He will attempt to understand the legitimate aspirations of the people of the state, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.
  2. SC asks Centre to decide whether standing for the national anthem in movie halls is mandatory: Justice Chandrachud criticised the government for supporting a previous court order making it compulsory to stand up for the anthem.  
  3. Patidar movement leader claims he was offered Rs 1 crore to join BJP: Another Patidar leader Nikhil Sawani quit the BJP, and the Samajwadi Party announced it will contest five seats in the Gujarat elections.
  4. Rajasthan Assembly adjourned after Congress protests against Ordinance: A lawyer challenged the Ordinance in the High Court, while the Editors Guild of India said it was an ‘instrument to harass the media’.
  5. Man rapes woman sleeping on footpath as people walk past, shoot videos of it in Visakhapatnam: The police arrested Ganji Siva after an autorickshaw driver showed them a video of the crime.
  6. Polls earlier in Himachal Pradesh because there may be snow, chief election commissioner tells ANI: Achal Kumar Joti said the same government officials deployed for flood relief work in Gujarat would be pressed into service for the polls. 
  7. Why were policemen convicted in Bilkis Bano gangrape case reinstated, SC asks Gujarat government: The Supreme Court asked the state administration to file a detailed reply within four weeks on the departmental action, if any, taken against the officers.
  8. Rajasthan’s Bhiwadi was the most polluted city on Diwali, says Central Pollution Control Board: Kolkata and Agra occupied the second and the third spot on the list, respectively.
  9. Assam Congress files complaint after BJP MP allegedly equates ideas of Nehru, Gandhi to ‘garbage’:Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, a parliamentarian from Jorhat, said he was wrongly interpreted and that he did not make defamatory remarks.
  10. Police find body ‘most likely’ of missing three-year-old Indian girl in Texas: The body was found about half a kilometre from her house, but a medical examiner has not yet confirmed whether it was Sherin Matthews.
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