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The big news: Centre extends deadline to link Aadhaar with PAN to March 31, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother will meet him on December 25, and Rahul Gandhi criticised the BJP for not releasing its Gujarat manifesto.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Deadline to link Aadhaar number with PAN extended to March 31: The government said it was pushing the last date as some taxpayers had not completed the process yet.
  2. Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife, mother to meet him in Pakistan on December 25: India and Pakistan have been in talks to arrange the meeting for weeks now.
  3. BJP is disrespecting people by not releasing its manifesto for Gujarat elections, says Rahul Gandhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party said its manifesto was ready but was still being fine-tuned.
  4. Kannada journalist Ravi Belagere arrested for allegedly plotting to kill former colleague: The officials from the Central Crime Brach seized revolver and bullets from his home.  
  5. The assailants should be hanged, says family of labourer hacked to death in Rajasthan: Rights groups accused the chief minister and home minister of shielding those attacking Muslims in the state and called for them to resign.
  6. Protests held in Srinagar against US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli Capital: The agitators shouted ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’ in parts of Srinagar.  
  7. Delhi women’s commission volunteer allegedly beaten up, stripped for helping bust liquor racket: The police deny that the 33-year-old was stripped, and claimed her clothes were torn in a scuffle with the accused.
  8. Mallya offered to pay back 80% of principal loan amount but banks rejected it, claims defence: Citing a lavish party the businessman had thrown, the prosecution said banks may have rejected his offer as they knew he could repay the full amount.
  9. Delhi’s air quality improves to ‘moderate’ for the first time in two months: The air quality index had stayed ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ every day since early October.
  10. Posters asking Muslims to vote for the Congress turn up in Surat, party calls it BJP’s mischief: The posters asked Muslims to ensure that Ahmed Patel becomes the CM to ‘maintain unity’, but the Congress said this was the BJP polarising the elections.
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