A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Voting for 93 constituencies in second phase of Gujarat elections begins: A total of 851 candidates are in the fray.
  2. Court sentences convict Ameerul Islam to death in Kerala law student’s rape and murder case: The 29-year-old student was found raped and murdered in her home in Ernakulam on April 28, 2016.
  3. PM Modi commissions INS Kalvari submarine into the Indian Navy, dedicates it to the nation: It is the first of six Scorpene-class submarines that will be inducted into the Navy.
  4.  Police freeze bank account created to fund man who killed, burned Muslim migrant in Rajasthan: Section 144 was imposed in Udaipur after Facebook posts supporting the murder accused cropped up.
  5. US Federal Reserve raises interest rates by 0.25%, predicts growth in economic activity: The central bank said the economy would improve in 2018 due to US President Donald Trump’s new tax plan.  
  6.  Juvenile Justice Board allows CBI to take accused’s fingerprints in Gurugram murder case: The board will decide whether to treat the teen as an adult on Friday.
  7. Max Hospital appeals against licence cancellation, probe indicts Fortis in Gurugram for negligence: The Max facility in Shalimar Bagh said the decision had caused ‘significant inconvenience to thousands of patients and local residents’.
  8. Theresa May government loses key vote on Brexit Bill after MPs cross-vote: The rebel legislators backed an amendment that would require Parliament to approve any Brexit deal made between UK and the European Union.  
  9. Karnataka government to hand over BJP activist’s alleged murder case to CBI: Paresh Kamalakar Mesta was found dead in a lake in Honnavur town on December 8, days after he went missing following communal clashes.
  10. Feminism is American dictionary Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year: It said searches for the word rose 70% in 2017, especially after multiple reports on sexual harassment, the Women’s March in DC and the release of Wonder Woman.