The Hindu Top 10 stories of the day : ( 18 Dec 2017)

The Hindu Top 10 Stories For The Day

✔ All eyes on Gujarat ahead of Assembly election results tomorrow

Counting of votes will be held on Monday for the Gujarat Assembly polls, considered a prestige battle for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his home state and a litmus test for new Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

✔ At least eight killed in suicide bombing in church in Pakistan

At least 8 people were killed and 16 injured when two terrorists wearing suicide vests attacked a church in Quetta on Sunday. Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said one terrorist was killed at the gate while the other blew himself inside the church premises causing the casualties but prevented from reaching the prayer hall. Both terrorists also opened indiscriminate firing but were engaged by police.

✔ India vs Sri Lanka third ODI: Dhawan, Shreyas lead chase of 216

Indian captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bowl in the series-deciding third and final cricket one-dayer against Sri Lanka here on Sunday.

✔ Counting of votes for Himachal elections on Monday

The fate of 337 candidates including Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his predecessor Prem Kumar Dhumal will be known on Monday as counting of votes is taken up in Himachal Pradesh where traditional rivals BJP and Congress have contested all 68 seats.

✔ Congress is setting fire, BJP is only dousing it, says Rajnath

Accusing the Congress of setting fire on various issues in the country, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that it was the Bharatiya Janata Party which was trying to douse the fire and not the other way round.

✔ Adrift and rudderless in Kanniyakumari

A fortnight after Cyclone Ockhi took a detour westwards and orchestrated a dance of destruction, rehabilitation is still a work in progress in Kanniyakumari, the district worst affected in the State.

✔ Uttara Kannada roiled by tensions as BJP, Congress gird for polls

The murder of an 18-year old youth from a fisherman’s family in the port town of Honnavar in Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada district has brought protests and communal tensions to the fore, and triggered a political face-off between the BJP and the Congress in the run up to the Assembly elections next year.

✔ Sindhu goes down fighting in thrilling Dubai Super Series final

Top Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu suffered yet another final loss, going down fighting against World No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in a pulsating women’s singles summit clash of the Dubai Super Series Final here on Sunday.

✔ MLA intervenes, seizes auto carrying 23 schoolchildren for overloading

Timely intervention by Chirala MLA Amanchi Krishnamohan prevented what could have been a possible accident, when he stopped an autorickshaw which was reportedly carrying 23 tiny tots to their school in Chirala on Saturday.

✔ Oxford Dictionary has announced ‘youthquake’ as the word of the year. So what does it mean?

It’s a word not many have heard of, and it beat more popular words to reach the title.