A look at the headlines right now:

  1. BJP will observe ‘Anti-Black Money Day’ on November 8, says Arun Jaitley: The finance minister said black money cannot be eliminated by taking ‘baby steps’.  
  2. Gujarat Assembly elections to be held in two phases on December 9 and 14: The counting of votes will take place along with Himachal Pradesh on December 18.   
  3. Centre tells SC it is open to extending Aadhaar-linking deadline for those without UID to March 31: The Supreme Court will hear all pleas challenging the decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for various services on Monday, October 30.   
  4. Singapore has the most powerful passport in the world, India ranks 76: The ranking is based on the number of countries a particular passport-holder can travel without requiring a visa.   
  5. BadRabbit malware infects systems at Ukraine airport, three Russian media outlets: Russian cyber security provider Kapersky Lab said the ransomware had almost 200 targets.   
  6. ‘Too many terrorist outfits find a haven in Pakistan’, Rex Tillerson says after meeting Swaraj: The external affairs minister said she had raised the matter of H1-B visa with her American counterpart.   
  7. Maharashtra CM Fadnavis meets bankers over discrepancies in beneficiary lists created for loan waiver scheme: A report had showed that lists provided by banks had names of lakhs of farmers with the same Aadhaar and savings account numbers.   
  8. Gorkha leader Barun Bhujel dies after four months in jail, family alleges negligence: His brother claimed he was ‘chained and kept like a dog’ in the Siliguri jail since his arrest on June 16 on charges of arson and rioting.   
  9. BJP claims Congress ‘scripted’ President Ram Nath Kovind’s speech praising Tipu Sultan: The president had said that the 18th century Mysore ruler ‘died a historic death’ fighting the British.
  10. Albert Einstein’s note on happiness sold for $1.56 million in Jerusalem: The famous physicist had given the note to a courier who had gone to his room to deliver a message.