A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Hafiz Saeed says JuD will contest 2018 Pakistan elections ‘to highlight the Kashmir cause globally’: He also told the Pakistani government that ‘back channel diplomacy only caused harm’ to the Kashmir cause.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Donald Trump’s tweet raises questions about when he knew Michael Flynn had lied to the FBI: The US president’s comment suggested he may have known about the former advisor’s misstatements when he asked the agency to not investigate him, experts said.
  5. Congress candidate contesting against Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in elections detained: Indranil Rajyaguru had tried to protest outside the chief minister’s house after his brother was injured in a scuffle with BJP workers.
  6. 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.
  7. Infosys appoints Capgemini executive Salil S Parekh as next CEO, managing director: Parekh will take charge from January 2.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.