A look at the headlines right now:

  1. No re-election for West Bengal panchayat seats that Trinamool won uncontested, says Supreme Court: The bench, however, allowed candidates in uncontested seats to file petitions challenging the result within 30 days.
  2. Pakistan is ready to give humanitarian assistance to Kerala, says Imran Khan: Meanwhile, the Centre clarified that the relief package it has released for the southern state was only ‘advance assistance’.
  3. Pakistan denies US claims that Mike Pompeo discussed terrorism with Imran Khan: The spokesperson of the Foreign Affairs Ministry said the statement issued by the US State department was factually incorrect.
  4. Rahul Gandhi ‘smells conspiracy’ in death of witness in fatal assault of Unnao rape survivor’s father: The Congress president wondered if the ‘mysterious death and hurried burial’ was Narendra Modi’s idea of justice for women.
  5. Australia’s Liberal Party elects Scott Morrison the new prime minister: Incumbent Malcolm Turnbull had been facing poor opinion polls and did not contest the party ballot.  
  6. Militant killed in encounter with security forces in Anantnag, say J&K police: Three militants are reportedly still trapped in the area.  
  7. India, China agree to draft new defence MoU, better military communication to avoid standoffs: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe also agreed on setting up a hotline.
  8. Union minister Maneka Gandhi says 14 lakh fake names were found registered in Assam anganwadis list: The minister asked state governments to refrain from tasking the centres with responsibilities of buying and distributing food.
  9. Patna High Court pulls up CBI for failing to submit inquiry progress report in Muzaffarpur rape case: The court also asked the agency to explain why the investigating officer in the case was transferred.
  10. At least 14 Kanwariyas injured in clashes with residents in Rajasthan’s Tonk district: Authorities have issued prohibitory orders in the locality where the incident took place.