A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Delhi High Court sets aside EC’s recommendations to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs: The poll monitoring body will now hear the case afresh.
  2. Jaitley wins Rajya Sabha seat from Uttar Pradesh, Congress’ Abhishek Manu Singhvi bags West Bengal one: Counting began in Uttar Pradesh two hours after it started in the other states.
  3. Delhi High Court grants bail to Karti Chidambaram in INX Media case: The CBI had opposed his bail plea, saying he was an influential person and had destroyed evidence in the case..
  4. Anna Hazare starts hunger strike in Delhi for Lokpal, claims Centre cancelled trains to stall protests: ‘This sly attitude of the government is not done,’ the social activist said.
  5. Parliament adjourned for the day as Opposition’s protests disrupt proceedings in both Houses: Venkaiah Naidu said the three-week-long disruption had no justification.
  6. Election Commission to review association with Facebook after data breach scandal, says Indian Express report: In July 2017 the panel and the social media platform sent all Indian users reminders to register as voters, in 13 Indian languages.
  7. Indians can sell their data to get better healthcare and easier loans, says Nandan Nilekani: He said India could be the first country in the world to have a ‘data empowerment infrastructure’ for its people.
  8. 13 dead, 27 injured in fire at high-rise building in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City: The fire broke out in the basement parking area of a residential complex with more than 700 apartments in Ho Chi Minh City
  9. We want to resolve diplomats’ harassment row soon as it affects ties, says Pakistan envoy: Sohail Mahmood returned to New Delhi on Thursday night, a week after Islamabad summoned him ‘to consult’ on the reports.
  10. Kerala Police register case against professor under fire for making sexist remarks: Jouhar Munavvir T created a furore by saying that Muslim women who do not wear the hijab properly expose their breasts deliberately like sliced watermelon.