A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Heavy rain triggers landslides in several districts of Himachal Pradesh: Punjab issued red alert as heavy rainfall lashed state for third straight day while the IMD put five districts of Kerala on yellow alert on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  2. Nirmala Sitharaman calls Rafale deal row a battle of perceptions: Rahul Gandhi, who is touring Amethi, said ‘chaukidar’ Modi talked about everything but Rafale.
  3. SC refers plea seeking ban of female genital cutting to five-judge Constitution Bench: In an earlier hearing, the court had said the practice cannot be constitutional as it is ‘solely used to make a woman more appealing to her husband’.
  4. Stranded naval commander Abhilash Tomy rescued by French vessel, says Indian Navy: The naval commander was stranded in the South Indian Ocean after suffering a back injury while taking part in the Golden Globe Race.
  5. Kerala nun rape-accused former Bishop Franco Mulakkal sent to judicial custody till October 6: The former bishop of Jalandhar diocese will be lodged at the Pala sub-jail.
  6. Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih claims victory in Maldivian presidential election: Solih said the Maldivian Democratic Party-led Opposition coalition has won the election with a ‘comfortable majority’.
  7. India compares Pakistan to a ‘one-trick pony’ ahead of high-level UN General Assembly session: Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said he would present the nation’s ‘unequivocal support to the cause of Kashmir’.
  8. Price of petrol crosses Rs 90 in Mumbai as fuel rates continue to surge: A litre of diesel on Monday cost Rs 78.58 in Mumbai and Rs 74.02 in New Delhi.
  9. Narendra Modi inaugurates Sikkim’s first airport at Pakyong: The prime minister said this was India’s 100th operational airport.
  10. SC tells Gujarat to respond to plea alleging Sanjiv Bhatt is being stopped from moving top court: The former Indian Police Service officer was arrested on September 5 for allegedly planting drugs on a lawyer in 1996.