A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Opposition parties demand ballot papers instead of EVMs for polls: The Congress, BSP and Samajwadi Party alleged that the BJP performed better where polls were held through EVMs.
  2. At least 531 stranded fishermen rescued after Cyclone Ockhi hit India, says Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan: Over the next 48 hours, the storm is expected to move from Lakshadweep towards Gujarat and North Maharashtra.
  3. Manmohan Singh refuses to ‘compete with PM’ on the basis of their humble background: The former prime minister criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government’s demonetisation decision.
  4. Infosys appoints Capgemini executive Salil S Parekh as next CEO, managing director: Parekh will take charge from January 2.
  5. After hospital incorrectly declares baby dead, Indian Medical Association issues advisory: The Delhi Police on Friday registered a case of attempt to commit culpable homicide against a private hospital that declared a newborn dead.  
  6. Avoid using Russian anti-virus software, British cyber security agency tells government departments: Russia may want to ‘target UK central government and the UK’s critical national infrastructure’, the agency’s director said.
  7. US Senate passes Republicans’ tax cuts bill, President Trump vows to enact it by Christmas: The bill was passed 52-48 after last-minute changes by the Republicans to woo its own opposing Senators.  
  8. Bengaluru is mulling over implementing ‘less traffic day’ to reduce air pollution, says report: The campaign may come into action from February.  
  9. Google refuses to share documents on wages in gender discrimination lawsuit: The technology company said that the case was just an open-ended probe into the duties of every employee in the entire company.
  10. India has started a project to build six nuclear-powered submarines, says Navy Chief Sunil Lanba: He also said that Chinese presence near Pakistan’s Gwadar port was a security challenge.