A look at the headlines right now:

  1. 714 Indians named in financial data leak of companies with dealings in tax havens: Union minister Jayant Sinha, who featured in the list, defended himself, and market regulator Sebi said it will investigate Indian firms named in it. 
  2. PM Narendra Modi promises Centre’s assistance with flood relief work for Tamil Nadu: Although the intensity of rainfall in Chennai has fallen sharply in the past 24 hours, more showers are expected on Monday.       
  3. GST is the ‘Great Selfish Tax’, says Mamata Banerjee: The West Bengal CM urged social media users to change their profile pictures to black on Wednesday, to mark a year since demonetisation was announced. 
  4. After demonetisation, 35,000 companies deposited and withdrew Rs 17,000 crore, says Centre: So far, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has deregistered 2.24 lakh companies and disqualified at least 3.90 lakh directors 
  5. Shooting at a church in Texas, United States, leaves at least 26 dead: The gunman is believed to have served as an airman with the Pentagon at one point.     
  6. Time for politicking over demonetisation is over, economy needs to be rebuilt, says  Manmohan Singh: In an interview to BloombergQuint, the former prime minister urged Narendra Modi to accept the blunder that was the note ban and its damaging effects.  
  7. Eminent citizens write to data privacy committee chief, seek balanced and unbiased panel: Most of the panel’s members have expressed support for Aadhaar in the the past, they said in a letter to Justice (retired) BN Srikrishna.   
  8. No one has the audacity to export cow meat, hurt cows in UP, CM Adityanath tells gau rakshaks: At an event for cow protectors organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister said anyone talking about killing cows will be jailed.    
  9. Tamil Nadu cartoonist G Bala gets bail a day after arrest: ‘I have no words to express my sorrow, so I drew the cartoon out of rage,’ Bala said before the hearing.  
  10. Kamal Haasan requests fans to contribute funds to launch political party: On his birthday on Tuesday, the actor will launch a mobile app meant to help him reach his fans and keep an account of party funds.