A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Greater Noida building collapse toll rises to nine, search operation underway: Dozens of construction workers are still believed to be trapped under the rubble.  
  2. No-confidence motion against government to be discussed in Lok Sabha on Friday: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the Centre was ready to face the no-trust vote and win it.
  3. At least 10 die after state transport corporation bus falls into gorge in Uttarakhand: Search and rescue operations are on, the government has also ordered a magisterial inquiry into the matter.
  4. Security forces kill seven suspected Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, say police: The operation is still under way in a forest along the border of Bijapur and Dantewada districts.
  5. Former Rajya Sabha MP Chandan Mitra quits Bharatiya Janata Party, may join Trinamool Congress: TMC Lok Sabha MP Sisir Adhikari said the party was in talks with Mitra and that he may join shortly.
  6. All is not well for the economy in the near term, warns Kumar Mangalam Birla: Ultratech chairperson says increasing oil prices, inflation and geo-political tension could negatively affect the country’s growth.
  7. Founder of IndiaSpend Govindraj Ethiraj named McNulty Prize laureate: Ethiraj was lauded for improving public discourse and transparency in India by debunking fake news.
  8. Israel passes controversial law that says the country is the ‘nation-state’ of Jewish people: The law also downgrades Arabic as an official language and says that promoting Jewish settlement is in national interest.
  9. Latest phase in Earth’s history named after Indian state Meghalaya, began 4,200 years ago: Meghalayan Age is part of a longer period known as the Holocene Epoch, which began about 11,700 years ago.
  10. Four people die after inhaling toxic gases at bio-gas plant in Haryana’s Kurukshetra district: Villagers said the agriculture department must warn them of such risks when it persuades them to set up bio-plants.