A look at the headlines right now:

  1. 100% Aadhaar authentication is not possible, but no one will be denied benefits, UIDAI tells SC: UIDAI chief Ajay Bhushan Pandey told the Supreme Court that sophisticated encryption protected data under the biometrics-based programme.   
  2. Union minister Vijay Goel says he will visit Opposition leaders’ homes to end Parliament logjam: The minister of state for parliamentary affairs said the government was ready to discuss the no-confidence motion moved by the TDP and YSR Congress.   
  3. Rajya Sabha passes bill to double tax-free gratuity to Rs 20 lakh: The bill will also enable the government to fix the duration of maternity leave through executive orders.   
  4. Mohammad Shami cleared of match-fixing allegations, to be offered Grade ‘B’ contract by BCCI: The India cricketer has been accused of assault by his wife.
  5. ‘We have a responsibility to protect your data’, says Mark Zuckerberg on Cambridge Analytica scandal: Meanwhile, Congress President Rahul Gandhi accused the Centre of making up a story about his party’s alleged links with the firm, to divert attention from the killing of 39 Indians in Iraq.
  6. China has sold a powerful missile tracking system to Pakistan, says report: It can speed up Islamabad’s efforts to develop missiles that can carry multiple warheads and strike a number of places in one surprise attack. 
  7. India faces a deepening water crisis, warn UN and advocacy group: The country is home to the highest number of people in the world without access to clean water, WaterAid said.   
  8. After Ola, Uber drivers call off strike after meeting company management: The transport wing of the MNS, which led the protest, met officials of both companies to negotiate their demands.   
  9. CBI registers case against Hyderabad firm for allegedly cheating Union Bank of India: Totem Infrastructure Limited had reportedly secured a loan from a consortium of eight banks.   
  10. Donald Trump hits back at former vice president for saying he would beat him up: The US president said Joe Biden was ‘weak, both mentally and physically’.