A look at the headlines right now:
- Explosion and gunfire reported at American University of Afghanistan in Kabul: Officials said gunmen have infiltrated the institute, and several students and lecturers are trapped inside the premises.
- 6.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Myanmar, tremors felt in West Bengal, Bihar and Assam: There are no reports of casualties yet, but the quake damaged the southeast Asian country’s popular Bagan temples, according to the police.
- French naval contractor suspects economic warfare behind Scorpene submarine data leak: A DCNS spokesperson said tough competition and corporate espionage may have led to the cyber attack.
- Did not mean to accuse RSS of assassinating Mahatma Gandhi, says Rahul Gandhi after defamation case: The Congress vice president told the Supreme Court that his statement was misinterpreted by the petitioner.
- At least 73 dead as quake measuring 6.2 on Richter scale hitsItaly: A 5.5-magnitude aftershock shook the region of Umbria just an hour after the first quake.
- Cabinet clears draft Bill seeking ‘complete ban’ on commercial surrogacy: The proposed law will allow childless couples to seek help only from a close relative and also bar foreigners and expatriates from having surrogate babies.
- Tata Consultancy Services pays $26 million to settle three-year-old dispute with Orange County: Following the payment, the county will dismiss its lawsuit against the Mumbai-based multinational company, and the latter will withdraw its counter complaint.
- USA to issue a stamp to honour Diwali festival after seven-year-long campaign by Indian-Americans: It will be issued by the US Postal Service in November and is expected to be an important revenue generator for the department.
- Madhya Pradesh Assembly ratifies Goods and Services Tax Bill: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the Bill will lead to higher gross domestic product and help curb corruption in the country.
- One killed in renewed fighting in Kashmir’s Pulwama, hours after Rajnath Singh reaches Srinagar: Clashes erupted after security forces blocked a rally of protesters in Pinglena village, and the home minister is expected to hold talks with various parties.
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