Following are PTI's top stories
at 2200 hours today:
DEL64 PREZ-2NDLD POLL
New Delhi: Close to 99 per cent voting has been recorded for electing India's next president, the returning officer for the poll announces, saying it was perhaps the highest-ever percentage.
DEL74 VP-NDA-LD NAIDU
New Delhi: Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, one of most recognisable faces in the BJP, is the NDA's vice presidential candidate, party president Amit Shah says.
DEL65 POL CABINET
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to go for a Cabinet expansion as senior minister M Venkaiah Naidu's almost certain election as the next vice president will leave two heavyweight portfolios without a Cabinet minister.
DEL67 SC-LD NOTES-NO MORE GRACE PERIOD
New Delhi: The Centre tells the Supreme Court that no more grace period will be granted for depositing the scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, saying the very object of demonetisation and elimination of black money will be defeated if a fresh window is given.
DEL73 BIZ-GST-LD CIGARETTES
New Delhi: The GST Council raises the cess on cigarettes to take away an estimated Rs 5,000 crore annual "windfall" manufacturers could have reaped from lower GST rates, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says.
DEL70 ARREST-LD LeT
Mumbai/Lucknow: A suspected terrorist of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), allegedly involved in an attack on a CRPF camp in Uttar Pradesh in 2008, has been arrested at the Mumbai airport shortly after he flew in from UAE, police say.
DEL63 JK-LD CEASEFIRE
Jammu/Srinagar: A nine-year-old girl and an Army jawan have been killed and four others injured in heavy firing and mortar shelling by Pakistani troops at various places along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, officials say.
DEL47 DEF-2NDLD DGMO
New Delhi: In a stern message conveyed by the top Army brass, India tells Pakistan that it reserves the right to retaliate appropriately against any incident of ceasefire violation along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir.
Patna: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Prasad Yadav dismisses questions about the growing chorus for his resignation as media speculation, but the BJP says he has only two options -- resign or get sacked.
MDS13 KA-2ND LD SASIKALA
Bengaluru: The Karnataka government shunts out a top woman police official who brought to light alleged special treatment to AIADMK (Amma) leader V K Sasikala in prison and dragged her senior into a bribery row over the matter.
FGN13 PAK-SHARIF-LDALL PANAMAGATE
Islamabad: Embattled Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rejects as "farce" a probe panel's damning report that recommended filing of a corruption case against him and his family as the Supreme Court resumed the hearing of the high- voltage Panamagate graft case. By Sajjad Hussain
FGN11 CHINA-ARMY-3RDLD DRILL
Beijing: China's military says it has conducted live-fire exercises in the remote mountainous Tibet region to test its strike capability on plateaus, amid the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam area in the Sikkim sector.