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The big news: Delhi government drops odd-even after NGT rejects exemptions, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: The CBI said it did not torture the Class 11 student accused in the Ryan school murder case, and Farooq Abdullah said PoK belongs to Pakistan.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Delhi government calls off odd-even scheme after NGT refuses to exempt women and two-wheelers: United Airlines suspended its Newark-Delhi flights because of the pollution and smog in the Capital.
  2. CBI ‘tortured, brutally thrashed’ my son, claims father of Class 11 student: The agency has denied harming the 16-year-old, who is the main suspect in the Gurugram school murder case.
  3. PoK belongs to Pakistan, ‘independent Kashmir’ does not exist, says Farooq Abdullah: The National Conference leader also stressed that just holding talks with Interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma will not resolve the dispute in the region.
  4. All unlisted cases should be mentioned only before the chief justice, says Supreme Court: The order comes a day after a controversy erupted in the top court over the medical colleges bribery case being listed for hearing.
  5. Kerala woman claims man forged marriage documents, forced her to convert to Islam: In a petition filed at the Kerala High Court, she alleged that the man had also planned to sell her as a sex slave to Islamic State terrorists.
  6. Vladimir Putin has denied meddling in US election, says Donald Trump: The US president called the investigation into Russia’s alleged interference an ‘artificial Democratic hit job’.
  7. Congress will implement a ‘true GST’ with only one 18% slab: Rahul Gandhi says at Gujarat rally: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram said ‘common sense has prevailed’, a day after the GST Council reduced tax on 178 items.
  8. Adani Power posts 14% rise in net profit in second quarter: The company said it had profited from higher revenues and lower borrowing costs.
  9. Pune University scraps circular that said only vegetarians, teetotalers were eligible for gold medal: Registrar Arvind Shaligram said they would write to the family that sponsored the medal and ask it to drop the stipulation.
  10. Doctor suspended for Facebook posts on government hospitals treating dengue patients: The West Bengal Health Department deemed his comments ‘derogatory to the hospital administration’.
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