A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Special court acquits all accused in 2G spectrum case, including Kanimozhi and A Raja: The verdict is expected to create political tremors for the DMK and Congress.
  2. Voting is on for Chennai’s RK Nagar bye-election: Ousted AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran, the ruling party’s Presidium Chairperson E Madhusudhanan and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s N Marudhu Ganesh are in the fray.
  3. Indian Air Force orders 83 Tejas light combat aircraft from HAL: The deal is expected to generate business worth around Rs 33,200 crore for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in Bengaluru and other Indian and foreign suppliers.
  4. Boiler explodes at a sugar mill in Bihar’s Gopalganj district, at least 4 workers dead: The police have arrested the owner of the mill.
  5. United States threatens to cut ‘billions of dollars’ of aid to UN countries over Jerusalem vote: Several diplomats, however, said these warnings would not change many votes in the General Assembly.
  6. South Korean military fires warning shots after North Korean soldier allegedly crosses border: Seoul said it had secured the safety of the soldier and will question him to find out the reason for his defection.
  7. Indian Science Congress likely to be postponed for first time in over 100 years, says report: Hyderabad’s Osmania University has reportedly expressed its inability to host the event from January 3 to 7 due to ‘disturbances on its campus’.
  8. CBSE asks affiliated schools to sell only NCERT books on their premises: The board directed the authorities to refrain from coercing parents to buy items from selected vendors only.
  9. Sashastra Seema Bal strengthens presence along India-Bhutan border post Doklam standoff: Director General Rajni Kant Mishra said the force has the sanctions to establish a total of 734 border outposts.
  10. Uttar Pradesh government sets up Cow Protection Committees to ensure gaushalas run efficiently: District magistrates will head these Gau Sanrakshan Samitis with top police officers as their deputies.