A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Kulbhushan Jadhav spoke to family ‘in an atmosphere of coercion’, says External Affairs Ministry: His appearance also raises questions of his health, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
  2. Indian Army claims its commandos crossed Line of Control, killed four Pakistani soldiers, says report: The attack was carried out a day after four Indian Army troops were killed in firing by Pakistani forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri.
  3. US claims it negotiated $285-million cut in United Nations budget for 2018-’19: Ambassador Nikki Haley said Washington will ‘no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked’.
  4. Vijay Rupani sworn in as Gujarat chief minister, 18 others also take oath: BJP leader Nitin Patel became the deputy chief minister.
  5. Journalists move Bombay High Court against gag order on covering Sohrabuddin case trial: Their petition said the order was ‘bad in law’, ‘illegal’ and a ‘major road block’ for them in discharging their duties.
  6. Reliance Communication shares boost Sensex and Nifty to new record highs: The BSE index breached the 34,000 mark, and the national bourse ended over 10,500 points.
  7. Clerics should not create hurdles for triple talaq law, says Muslim women’s personal law board: The organisation’s president accused the All India Muslim Personal Law Board of trying to block the draft legislation before it is discussed in Parliament.
  8. At least 10 countries may shift their embassies to Jerusalem, claims Israel: Israel’s statement comes days after 129 countries at the UN voted against the United States’ decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital.
  9. Doctors in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh medical centre conduct 32 cataract surgeries under torchlight: The state government suspended the medical officer of the district, and is conducting an investigation.
  10. China and Pakistan plan to include Afghanistan in economic corridor route: India has repeatedly said that the One Belt One Road project, which includes the corridor, does not respect its territorial integrity.