Top news of the day: WhatsApp says Israeli spyware used to target Indian journalists and activists; World Court judge finds fault with Pakistan in Kulbhushan Jadhav case, and more

An elderly man shows his domicile document locally known as “State Subject”, which was only held by permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir, in Srinagar on October 31, 2019, the day Jammu and Kashmir became a Union Territory.

An elderly man shows his domicile document locally known as “State Subject”, which was only held by permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir, in Srinagar on October 31, 2019, the day Jammu and Kashmir became a Union Territory.   | Photo Credit: AP

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Israeli spyware used to target Indian journalists, human rights activists: WhatsApp

WhatsApp  said it was suing NSO Group, an Israeli surveillance firm, that is reportedly behind the technology that helped unnamed entities’ spies hack into phones of roughly 1,400 users. | Congress accuses govt. of ‘snooping’, urges Supreme Court to hold Centre accountable

Kulbhushan Jadhav case | Pakistan violated obligations under Vienna Convention, International Court of Justice President tells UNGA

International Court of Justice President Judge Abduylqawi Yusuf elaborated on several aspects of the Court’s ruling in Mr. Jadhav’s case while presenting his report to the General Assembly. | Kulbhushan Jadhav case: A timeline

Anger on the streets as Jammu and Kashmir becomes Union Territory

“How can we believe that full Statehood will be restored to us when so many promises made to us on autonomy have been flouted by the Government of India?”

Visit by MEPs not internationalisation of Kashmir: MEA

In its first comments on the issue, the Ministry also said the important point was whether such an engagement serves larger national interests.

Uddhav, Aaditya, senior Sena leaders meet Maharashtra Governor

A delegation of Shiv Sena leaders, including MLA Aditya Thackeray, met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. A Sena leader said the delegation sought prompt financial aid for farmers hit by untimely rains. Others in the delegation included Maharashtra Minister Eknath Shinde, who was earlier in the day elected the party leader in the State Legislature. | Equal sharing deal cannot exclude CM’s post: Saamana

Russia exploiting countries’ security requirements with S-400: U.S. official

Countries like Russia and China are using arms sales and security assistance to weaken America’s global influence and strengthen their own, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper said at the Meridian International Center, a Washington-based think-tank.

Only residents of J&K can be aggrieved over its bifurcation into union territories, says Madras HC

A Division Bench of Justices M. Sathyanarayanan and N. Seshasayee said so while holding as not maintainable a writ petition filed by Desiya Makkal Sakthi Katchi (DMSK) challenging the constitutional validity of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act of 2019 which bifurcated the State.

Delhi HC asks AIIMS to constitute medical board on Chidambaram’s health condition

Justice Suresh Kumar Kait gave the direction while hearing the interim bail plea of the senior Congress leader claiming that he was suffering from Crohn’s disease which has become acute during his time in custody. The High Court said the board should be set up immediately and must also include Mr. Chidambaram’s family doctor D. Nageshwar Reddy.

Veteran CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta passes away

CPI general secretary D. Raja, in a condolence message, told The Hindu: “Comrade Gurudas Dasgupta was one of the finest parliamentarians and a true leader of the Indian working class. His death is not just a loss to the CPI but also to the entire working class movement.”

74 passengers killed in Pakistan train inferno

A Pakistan Railways official said that the fire was caused by a gas cylinder explosion.

Facebook won’t ban political advertisements

Stating that ads are an important “voice” — especially for candidates and advocacy groups — founder Mark Zuckerberg asserted the company’s stance was not aimed at driving revenues.

Sensex extends gains for 5th session; Yes Bank zooms 24%

After touching a fresh lifetime high of 40,392.22 (intra-day), the 30-share index settled 77.18 points, or 0.19%, higher at 40,129.05. | Gold prices up ₹115 to ₹39,017 per 10 gram

Focus is on T20 series, not thinking about air quality, says Liton Das

India, ranked fifth in the ICC T20 rankings holds an 8-0 record against the ninth-placed Bangladesh.

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