A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar: Bukhari, the editor of a local daily, is said to have received multiple bullets in the head and abdomen.  
  2. LG halts all civil construction activities till Sunday to combat dust pollution in Delhi: On Wednesday, the the city’s air quality deteriorated beyond the ‘severe’ level because of a dust storm in western India.
  3. Akhilesh Yadav to contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls from his wife’s constituency of Kannauj: Mulayam Singh Yadav will be Samajwadi Party’s candidate from Mainpuri seat.
  4. India rejects UN’s first report on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir, calls it fallacious: The report details human rights abuses on both sides of the Line of Control.  
  5. Madras HC delivers split verdict on disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs, third judge to hear matter: Chief Justice Indira Banerjee upheld the disqualification, while Justice M Sundar disagreed.  
  6. Kejriwal seeks Modi’s intervention in alleged strike by IAS officers, AAP warns of protest at PMO on Sunday: The Delhi High Court will hear a plea against Arvind Kejriwal’s strike on Monday.
  7. Suspected militants abduct off-duty Indian soldier from Pulwama, says Army: Aurangzeb, a resident of Poonch, was posted with the 44 Rashtriya Rifles in South Kashmir.  
  8. Mangaluru tops in elderly abuse in India, Delhi among top five, says report: Conversely, the cities that reported the lowest figures were Jammu, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Kochi and Guwahati, the HelpAge India survey said.
  9. Development is the only answer to violence, says Narendra Modi in Chhattisgarh: The prime minister claimed his government has ensured that a part of the earnings from natural resources is spent on the welfare of local populations.    
  10. Pakistan Supreme Court bars Pervez Musharraf from filing poll nomination papers: The court’s decision came after the former president failed to appear in person for a hearing.