A look at the headlines right now.

  1. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar reiterates that government will win Friday’s no-trust vote: The Opposition staged a walkout after Rajnath Singh blamed fake news for  incidents of lynching.
  2. At least 14 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.
  3. Greater Noida building collapse toll rises to nine, search operation underway: Dozens of construction workers are still believed to be trapped under the rubble.
  4. Opposition parties say they will stop Centre from amending the RTI Act: The amendments propose that the term of the chief information commissioner and other commissioners be fixed by the government, among other things.
  5. Note ban reduced GDP growth in certain districts by up to 7.3 percentage points, shows World Bank study: A research working paper published by the international organisation says that districts where informal activities are most prevalent were affected the most.
  6. Kerala government says it supports entry of women into Sabarimala temple: ‘Nobody can guarantee that a person can live till 50 or 55...so effectively lot of women will be barred from going to temple,’ said the state’s counsel.
  7. Human Rights Council is the greatest failure of the United Nations, says US envoy to UN Nikki Haley: It has taken the idea of human dignity and reduced it to an instrument of international politics, she said, while defending US’ decision to quit the council.
  8. Security forces kill eight 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.
  9. Verify cross-LoC traders in a month, deregister those without documents, says Governor: NN Vohra reviewed cross-Line of Control trade and asked authorities to prevent the smuggling of narcotics and banned substances.
  10. Latest phase in Earth’s history named after Indian state Meghalaya, began 4,200 years ago: The Meghalayan Age is part of a longer period known as the Holocene Epoch, which began about 11,700 years ago.