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The big news: Hardik Patel demands that Congress declare stance on Patidars, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for debates on democracy in political parties, and Chhattisgarh orders CBI investigation into sex CD case.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Chhattisgarh announces CBI investigation into alleged sex CD case involving BJP minister: Reporter Vinod Verma had been arrested for allegedly using the CD to try to extort money from the state’s PWD minister, Rajesh Munat.
  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. Only woman has the right to give birth or terminate pregnancy, husband’s consent is not needed, rules SC: The Supreme Court upheld the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s 2011 ruling that the woman’s family and doctors cannot be held liable for the abortion.
  6. Sacked Catalan president asks supporters to start ‘democratic opposition’ of Madrid’s takeover: Carles Puigdemont condemned the suspension of Catalonia’s autonomy and vowed to keep working to build a free country.
  7. Bangladesh introduces birth control programmes for Rohingya refugees, eyes sterilisation, says report: Dhaka officials said so far around 600 women had given birth after arriving in the border district of Cox’s Bazar.
  8. 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.
  9. UIDAI denies goof-up in Aadhaar enrolment process of Haridwar villagers, says report: If applicants know only their age but not their date of birth, January 1 is taken as the default date of birth, the agency said.
  10. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos surpasses Bill Gates to become the richest person in the world: The e-commerce giant’s shares rose 13%, the most in two-and-a-half years, on the Nasdaq stock exchange on Friday.
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Before dinner, fashionable women would retire to the powder room and suited-up men would indulge in hors d’oeuvres, surrounded by plush upholstery. A gourmet meal would soon follow, served in fine tableware. Flying, back in the day, was like an upscale party 35,000 feet up in the air.

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