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The big news: Despite NGT approval, Delhi government halts odd-even plan, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: The Class 11 student of the Gurugram school was the CBI’s key suspect, and Chidambaram thanked Gujarat after GST Council reduced taxes.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Delhi government calls off odd-even scheme after NGT refuses to exempt women and two-wheelers: The National Green Tribunal had approved the policy with riders earlier in the day and had asked the government to reconsider the plan to increase parking fees in Delhi.  
  2. Class 11 student was CBI’s main suspect from the beginning in Gurugram school murder case: According to a Haryana court order, the agency had raided the teenager’s house on September 29 and seized a few articles and documents.  
  3. Common sense has prevailed, P Chidambaram says a day after GST Council reduces tax on 178 items: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi reiterated his demand for a structural change to the system and said the Goods and Services Tax should be simplified.
  4. Congress likely to allot 20-25 seats to Hardik Patel’s outfit in Phase 1 of Gujarat polls, say reports: Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi is reportedly willing to consider fielding at least 50 candidates from the community.  
  5. 20 companies bid to complete Jaypee Infratech’s real estate projects: JSW Group, Vedanta Ltd, Lodha Group, Essel Group and Deutsche Bank are among the firms that have expressed interest.  
  6. Income Tax officials continue searches for third day at Jaya TV and other locations in Tamil Nadu: Jailed All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader VK Sasikala, her family, and their business associates are being investigated for alleged tax evasion.  
  7. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah accuses Saudi Arabia of declaring war on Lebanon: The leader of the militant group said that Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s resignation was part of Riyadh’s effort to stoke sectarian tensions in Lebanon.  
  8. Australian government loses its majority after MP resigns over dual citizenship: The prime minister ruled out the possibility of a no-confidence motion, and claimed that independents in the lower House would support his government.  
  9. Arunachal Pradesh honours singer Bhupen Hazarika with a 10-foot statue in Bolung village: Sculpted by Biren Singh of Guwahati, it will be unveiled in early 2018.  
  10. Google celebrates women’s labour movement leader Anasuya Sarabhai’s 132nd birthday with a doodle: Sarabhai had founded the Ahmedabad Textile Labour Association, India’s oldest union of textile workers, in 1920.  
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