A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Media must discuss, debate on democracy in political parties, PM Modi tells journalists: The prime minister urged for transparency in the recruitment and functioning of the parties.
  2. After journalist’s arrest, Chhattisgarh Congress chief charged in case of alleged sex CD: Reporter Vinod Verma had been arrested for allegedly using the CD to try to extort money from the state minister.
  3. Hardik Patel warns Congress of protests if it does not make its stand clear on Patidar reservation: The Patidar Amanat Andolan Samiti convener said the Congress would face protests similar to what Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah faced in Surat.
  4. Constable posts on social media that he has joined LeT, Jammu & Kashmir Police order probe: The new Kashmir interlocutor said the state will become like Syria and Libya if radicalisation picks up.
  5. DMK, AIADMK richest among regional parties in 2015-’16, JD(U) spent 200% more than its income, says ADR report: Of the total 47 regional parties, 15 did not submit their audit report to the Election Commission, including the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal.  
  6. Everyone in this Uttarakhand village has the same birth date on their Aadhaar cards: The government said it would find out how the error happened and promised to take action against the wrongdoers.  
  7. Bangladesh introduces birth control programmes for Rohingya refugees, eyes sterilisation, reports AFP: Dhaka officials said so far around 600 women had given birth after arriving in the border district of Cox’s Bazar. 
  8. Kerala Women’s Commission asks police for report on Hadiya’s condition: In a video that surfaced on Thursday, the woman, who is confined to her father’s house, is heard saying that her life is in danger. 
  9. First possible interstellar object spotted travelling through the solar system: A/2017 U1, a small asteroid or comet, entered the solar system from the direction of the constellation Lyra.
  10. New app helps cow-lovers win prizes for ‘selfie with gomata’: The Goseva Parivar said that the app is ‘a platform for people who want to build a better world by saving the life of Gomata’.