A look at the headlines right now:

  1. India calls off Sushma Swaraj’s meeting with Pakistan’s foreign minister in New York: Three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, who were abducted by suspected militants, were found dead earlier on Friday.
  2. Kerala Police arrest Bishop Franco Mulakkal for allegedly raping a nun: He was questioned by the police for the third straight day on Friday.
  3. French ex-President Hollande says India proposed Anil Ambani’s Reliance for Rafale deal, says news report: French news organisation Mediapart quoted François Hollande as claiming that his country ‘did not have a say’ in the decision.  
  4. Congress claims alliance between BSP and Ajit Jogi’s party has BJP support: The Congress alleged that Mayawati’s party had tied up with the Janta Congress Chhattisgarh as it was under pressure from the central investigating agencies. 
  5. Union minister Prakash Javadekar says celebrating ‘Surgical Strikes Day’ is not mandatory: His comments came after minister Partha Chatterjee said West Bengal will not mark the occasion.
  6. NSA charges against Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad withdrawn, UP government tells Supreme Court: The top court disposed Azad’s plea challenging the invocation of provisions of the National Security Act, saying it had become infructuous.
  7. US imposes sanctions on Chinese military for buying Russian fighter jets, missiles: The US State Department said the move is aimed to ‘impose costs’ on Russia for interfering in the US elections. 
  8. Paytm accuses Google Pay of sharing data with group companies and third parties: In a letter to National Payments Corporation of India, it also alleged the payment platform has used customers’ data for monetary gains.  
  9. Police carry out midnight raids at Manipur University: This comes hours after Vice Chancellor AP Pandey along with security personnel accompanied Pro Vice Chancellor Y Yugindro Singh into the campus.
  10. Cyclonic storm Daye hits Odisha, triggers rainfall across state: The regional meteorological centre said it may gradually weaken into a deep depression.