A look at the headlines right now:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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​.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.