A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Modi accuses Congress of trying to glorify ‘one family’ by belittling other leaders: The prime minister claimed the Congress was spreading ‘lies, confusion and pessimism’, and was cut off from the ground reality.
  2. Maharashtra enforces plastic ban from Saturday, first-time offenders will be fined Rs 5,000: Those who are unable or unwilling to pay the fine will have to face court proceedings.
  3. India summons Pakistan envoy, protests against high commissioner being denied entry to gurudwara: The Ministry of External Affairs said Ajay Bisaria was denied permission despite approval from Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry.
  4. Donald Trump makes a U-turn, claims North Korea still poses an ‘extraordinary threat’: The United States president renewed the sanctions against Pyongyang for a year.
  5. BJP broke its alliance with Mufti government as PDP discriminated against Jammu, Ladakh, says Amit Shah: He was in Jammu to mark the death anniversary of Jan Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mookerjee.
  6. 25 Air India flights delayed because of software malfunction: Services resumed around 5 pm.
  7. Two arrested for abducting, raping five NGO workers in Jharkhand: The police have also booked the head of the school from which the workers were kidnapped, for not reporting the incident.
  8. Jammu and Kashmir BJP leader Choudhary Lal Singh asks journalists to ‘mend their ways’: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah hit back, saying the journalist Shujaat Bukhari’s murder had now become a ‘tool for goons to threaten other journalists’.
  9. Pakistan Taliban names Mufti Noor Wali Mahsud as its new chief: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan also admitted that its previous chief, Mullah Fazlullah, died in a US drone strike earlier this month.
  10. Netflix sacks communications chief for using racial slur: The video-streaming firm’s Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings apologised for not acting sooner.