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The big news: Chidambaram says PM Modi did not read his comment on Kashmir, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: UP Police were ordered to verify if a minister’s convoy ran over a child, and Chhattisgarh minister called the alleged sex CD case a ploy.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. PM Modi is attacking an imagined ghost, P Chidambaram says in defence of his Kashmir comment: The prime minister had said that Congress leaders’ comments on Kashmir were an insult to soldiers.
  2. Car in Uttar Pradesh minister’s convoy allegedly flees after running over an 8-year-old boy in Gonda: Om Prakash Rajbhar claimed he was unaware of the hit and run.
  3. Chhattisgarh minister Rajesh Munat claims ‘political conspiracy’ behind alleged sex CD: He has also filed cases against state Congress President Bhupesh Baghel and journalist Vinod Verma for maligning his image.  
  4. Jammu and Kashmir Police constable killed in encounter in Bandipora, militants escape: The police said the gunbattle ensued after the militants fired at security personnel during search operations.  
  5. Nine newborns die at Ahmedabad civil hospital in 24 hours, Gujarat sets up investigation panel: Chief Minister Vijay Rupani met senior health officials on Sunday to review the situation.  
  6. Security forces end operations after militant attacks in Mogadishu, toll rises to 23: Extremist group Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.
  7. Mobile Aadhaar is now a valid identity proof to enter airports: It is among the 10 documents listed by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security.
  8. BJP releases election manifesto for Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley released the party’s vision document in Shimla.  
  9. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader injured in clash with hawkers outside Malad station: The MNS has been conducting an anti-hawker drive across the city, while local Congress leaders have voiced their support for the vendors.
  10. Iran will continue to build missiles and will use them if needed, says President Hassan Rouhani: The president said that doing so violates no international agreements.  
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