A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Sixteen-year-old Manu Bhaker clinches gold with dominant display, Sidhu bags silver: Bhaker broke the Commonwealth Games record, while Punam Yadav won India’s fifth medal in weightlifting.   
  2. Several feared dead in possible chemical attack on rebel-held Douma town in Syria: The US state department said Russia should be held responsible if toxic gas had been used. There is no confirmation of the toll yet.  
  3. SP and BSP will ally for 2019 General Elections, Akhilesh Yadav tells NDTV: The two Uttar Pradesh rivals had tied up to defeat the BJP in bye-polls in March.  
  4. Need to correct the system, not impeach the chief justice, says Justice Chelameswar: He added that the CJI’s power as ‘master of the roster’ should be exercised responsibly, and asked why he had bypassed traditions in assigning cases.  
  5. One killed as fire breaks out at Trump Tower: Four firefighters were also injured in the blaze.  
  6. Pakistan summons Indian envoy to protest against alleged ceasefire violations: Islamabad accused Indian military of using heavy weapons to target civilian areas along the Line of Control and the international border.  
  7. Jodhpur Sessions Court grants bail to Salman Khan in blackbuck poaching case: The court had sentenced Khan to five years in jail on Thursday.
  8. Senior Lingayat religious leaders say they will back Congress in Karnataka Assembly polls: ‘Siddaramaiah has supported our demand, we will support him,’ said ‘Maate’ Mahadevi, the first female Lingayat seer.    
  9. Two people killed, dozens injured after vehicle drives into crowd in Germany: The driver reportedly shot himself after the crash.  
  10. Another Dalit BJP MP writes to Narendra Modi, says Centre has done nothing for the community: Yashwant Singh urged the prime minister to enact laws for quotas in promotion, and introduce reservation in the private sector.