A look at the headlines right now:
- India should focus on peace instead of deploying BrahMos missiles in Arunachal Pradesh, says China: A Chinese defence spokesperson said India can do more to ensure stability along the border in the region.
- Documents on Scorpene submarines do not compromise security, says Indian Navy: Within a day of the investigation ordered by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, it was also found that the data was not leaked from India.
- WhatsApp to share users’ phone numbers, device information with Facebook: While the app itself will not have ads, the move will allow the social media giant, which acquired the messaging service in 2014, to boost targeted advertising.
- World’s first self-driving taxi service hits Singapore streets: The operator, nuTonomy, said select members of the public can book free rides through their smartphones.
- Home Ministry panel suggests chilli-based PAVA shells as an alternative to pellet guns: The new ‘less lethal’ ammunition contain Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide, which causes irritation and temporarily paralyses the target.
- Kerala will be declared an open defecation-free state on November 1: The Left Democratic Front government plans to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the event that will take place in Thiruvananthapuram.
- Turkey amps up fight against Islamic State group, sends more tanks and warplanes into Syria: With Operation Euphrates Shield, the government aims to free the city of Jarablus of the terror outfit and restrict the spread of the Kurdish militia.
- Will never stop fight against ‘hateful and divisive agenda’ of the RSS, Rahul Gandhi says on Twitter: The Congress vice president shared a video of his election rally in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi city, where he said the group was behind Mahatma Gandhi’s killing.
- MNS leader Raj Thackeray’s Janmashtami celebrations floutSupreme Court orders: State party Shiv Sena had also said the government should have come out with an Ordinance to reverse the order on the Dahi Handi festival.
- Amid acute shortage, Karnataka cannot release water to Tamil Nadu for irrigation, says Siddaramaiah: The chief minister met a delegation of farmers from the neighbouring state, who were seeking release of water to irrigate their samba (variety of rice) crop.