A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Congress begins nationwide fast to protest alleged atrocities against Dalits, minorities under BJP: In Kerala, clashes and stone pelting were reported from some area as Dalit groups observed a 12-hour shutdown.
  2. Jitu Rai, Mitharval win gold and bronze in 10m Air Pistol event: Saina Nehwal won gold in the mixed-team badminton, Mehuli Ghosh and Apurvi Chandela bagged the silver and bronze medals in 10m Air Rifle, and Pradeep Singh clinched silver in men’s 105kg category. 
  3. China says Hong Kong is free to accept India’s request to arrest Nirav Modi in PNB fraud case, reports PTI: A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said Hong Kong could arrest the billionaire based on local laws and judicial agreements with New Delhi.
  4. Facebook to contact 87 million users affected by Cambridge Analytica data breach: Whistle-blower Christopher Wylie, who exposed the breach, said the number of affected users could be more than what was revealed.  
  5. Kashmiri man says he has no job and faces boycott a year after he was made a ‘human shield’: ‘What was my mistake? Going to the polling booth and casting my vote?’, Farooq Ahmed Dar asked in an interview to PTI.
  6. Day after woman accuses Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA of rape, her father dies in judicial custody in Unnao: The Uttar Pradesh Police have suspended six police personnel and ordered a magisterial inquiry into his death.
  7. SC refuses to intervene in West Bengal panchayat polls, asks BJP to approach Election commission: The saffron party had sought to extend the last day to file nominations for the polls and demanded that nomination forms be available online.
  8. Uttar Pradesh government seeks fresh police report on alleged exodus before BJP rule in state: The Home Affairs Department has denied that the directive has any links with the upcoming bye-poll in Kairana, from where families allegedly migrated in 2016.  
  9. ‘Winking is blasphemous in Islam,’ say new petitions in Supreme Court against Priya Varrier film: The petitioners asked the SC to consider their plea before deciding on Varrier’s petition to quash earlier criminal charges registered against her for the wink.
  10. JNU Students’ Union proposes to end lockdown caused by various protests over last few months: The students have called for a centralised mode of protest at the Freedom Square next week, instead of disturbing classes.