The big news: Toll in central Italy earthquake rises to 247, and nine other top stories

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. At least 247 killed in central Italy earthquake: The quake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale reportedly reduced several towns to rubble.
  2. Documents on Scorpene submarines do not compromisesecurity, says Indian Navy: Within a day of the investigation ordered by Defence Minister Manohar Parikar, it was found that the data was not leaked from India.
  3. Government will soon find an alternative to pellet guns in Kashmir, says Rajnath Singh: During joint news conference with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, the home minister said the future of India depends on that of the Valley.
  4. Twelve dead after terrorists attack American University in Kabul: Police had cordoned off the institute soon after the gunfire began and killed the attackers in clearing operations that lasted for hours.
  5. December 2012 Delhi gangrape convict Vinay Sharma attempts suicide inside Tihar jail: He was admitted to Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital after he allegedly took pills and tried to hang himself.
  6. Odisha man walks 10 km with wife’s body after district hospital allegedly refused help: The BJD had launched the Mahaparayana scheme in February under which government hospitals are supposed to transport bodies to their homes free of cost.
  7. 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.
  8. Earth-like planet found around 4 light-years away from solar system: Scientists say the planet, Proxima b, possibly has liquid water on its surface.
  9. Centre, Monsanto dispute escalates as latter pulls new GM cotton seeds to protest technology sharing: The biotech company and the government are also at odds over how much the former can charge for its genetically modified seeds.
  10. Government may soon allow calls and Wi-Fi facilities in Indian airspace, says aviation secretary: Earlier, security agencies did not have technology to monitor data transmission over Indian airspace, which the Centre is now hoping to resolve.

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