A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Human rights panel seeks report on NTPC plant explosion, asks state to check for negligence: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi met the injured and the families of the victims at the hospital in Rae Bareli as the toll rose to 26. 
  2. Delhi lieutenant governor should not sit on files for too long, says Supreme Court: The Aam Aadmi Party told the court that an elected government cannot function without any power at all.
  3. Two uncles sentenced to life for raping, impregnating 10-year-old niece in Chandigarh: The child got pregnant after they sexually assaulted her multiple times.  
  4. Goa is the safest for women in India, Delhi, UP and Bihar rank lowest on Gender Vulnerability Index: Meanwhile, India fell 21 places in a global gender equality report, and ranked 108 in the 144-nation list.
  5. Congress has become a laughing club, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Himachal Pradesh rally: Even a child won’t believe the Congress’ promise of zero tolerance of corruption, he added.
  6. UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon resigns amid sexual harassment allegations: Earlier this week, he had apologised for putting his hand on the knee of a journalist in 2002.
  7. Civil aviation ministry issues draft rules governing use of civilian drones: The drones will be classified into five categories based on maximum take-off weight, and most of them will be issued a unique identification number.  
  8. Myanmar leader Suu Kyi makes first visit to troubled Rakhine state, asks people to ‘not quarrel’: Arakan Project monitoring group member Chris Lewa said the State Counsellor met a group of Muslim religious leaders.
  9. Three killed in shooting inside Walmart store in Denver suburb: Investigators are talking to witnesses and reviewing security footage to find information about the attacker.  
  10. Army to induct first Indian canine breed into its ranks: Six Mudhol hounds, which have undergone intensive training in Meerut, will now face tests in operational areas such as Jammu and Kashmir.