1. Tamil Nadu says IT employees have the right to form unions to redress grievances: Although trade unions hailed the development, corporate honchos were sceptical.
2. Maneka Gandhi says Environment Ministry has a ‘lust for killing animals’: The Union minister said the ministry was writing letters to every state, allowing elephants, wild boar and monkeys to be slaughtered.
3. At least 27 killed in suicide bombings in and around Iraqi capital Baghdad: Dozens were wounded in two suicide attacks – one at a checkpoint 20 km north of Baghdad and another in a commercial area in the city.
4. Co-producer of ‘Udta Punjab’ Anurag Kashyab says he felt blackmailed through his battle with the censor board: Makers of the movie have approached the Bombay High Court against the list of cuts the board had demanded.
5. Mexico backs India’s bid to join Nuclear Suppliers Group: Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked President Enrique Pena Nieto for his country’s support during the last leg of his five-nation tour.
6. Narendra Modi talks terrorism and emphasises strongest-yet ties with US in address to lawmakers: In his 45-minute speech at the US Congress, the prime minister used the word ‘partnership’ 13 times.
7. Anju Bobby George accuses Kerala Sports Minister EP Jayarajan of harassing and threatening her: The former Indian athlete, who heads the Kerala Sports Council, said that the politician accused her and other members of supporting an opposition party.
8. Four new chemical elements in the periodic table get names: Moscovium, nihonium, tennessine and oganesson are meant to honour Russia’s contribution, Japanese researches, US state Tennessee and scientist Yuri Oganessian.
9. Monsoon will cover all of India by July 15, says Met department: The Indian Meteorological Department said the southwest monsoon has arrived in the southern states.
10. Kerala construction firm files suit against Sonia Gandhi and other Congress leaders: Heather Constructions, which built the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Development Studies, has alleged that the party did not clear its dues.