A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Even if SC provides a solution, the Ayodhya dispute will reappear, says Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: After meeting the stakeholders in Ayodhya, the spiritual guru said Muslims by and large were not opposed to the idea of a Ram temple at the site.
  2. Cabinet approves setting up a National Anti-profiteering Authority under GST: The authority will ensure that consumers are protected from arbitrary increases in prices in the name of the Goods and Services Tax.
  3. BJP leader and his security guard shot dead in Greater Noida: The police suspect Shiv Kumar was killed over a property dispute.
  4. PM Narendra Modi ‘changed the Rafale deal for the benefit of one businessman,’ says Rahul Gandhi: The Congress had alleged a ‘huge scam’ was brewing in the deal, after which Reliance threatened it with legal action if it continued to make such claims.
  5. Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah holds talks with health minister on doctors’ strike: Till Thursday evening, seven people have died as private medical clinics and hospitals shut their out-patient departments.
  6. At least 14 dead in suicide attack close to political gathering in Kabul: Supporters of Atta Mohammad Noor, the governor of the northern province of Balkh, were holding an event in the building at the time of the blast.
  7. ‘Narendra Modi remains by far the most popular national figure in Indian politics,’ finds Pew study: ‘The public’s positive assessment of Modi is buoyed by growing contentment with the Indian economy,’ the survey by the American think tank found.
  8. Centre refuses to intervene in ‘Padmavati’ row, says law and order is a state subject: The statement came after the Uttar Pradesh government asked the I&B Ministry to delay its release, and the Rajput Karni Sena threatened a nationwide strike if the movie is released.
  9. Indian student shot dead at a grocery store in California, United States: The local police have arrested a man of Indian origin and are looking for the three other shooters.
  10. Astronomers discover Earth-like planet just 11 light years away: Named Ross 128 b, it is the second closest exoplanet of its kind to Earth and may have conditions necessary to support life.