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The big news: Indian woman reportedly kidnapped in Kabul, and nine other top stories

In ‘Udta Punjab’ case, the court reminded the CBFC that its job was only to certify films, and the verdict in the Gulberg case is likely to be pronounced today.

Here’s what’s making news right now:

1. Indian woman believed abducted in Kabul, Centre trying to secure her release: The woman was identified as a resident of Kolkata, who was working with an NGO in the Afghanistan city.

2. In Udta Punjab row, Bombay High Court reminds the Central Board of Film Certification that its primary job is to certify films and not to censor them: It had earlier said the ‘hue and cry’ surrounding the movie is giving it unnecessary publicity.

3. Special court likely to pronounce verdict in Gulberg Society massacre case today: The court had convicted 24 in the case, and defence has sought leniency in their sentencing.

4. Police arrest personal assistant of Apollo doctor in Kidney racket case: Key accused revealed that 20 illegal surgeries were conducted at Apollo Hospital in Delhi over the past 18 months.

5. Barack Obama officially endorses Hillary Clinton for president of the United States: Obama said Democrat presidential candidate has ‘the courage, the compassion, and the heart to get the job done’.

6. Rajnath Singh is likely to play a key role in BJP’s Uttar Pradesh election campaign: The saffron party will decide on the exact role of the Union home minister at the national executive meeting in Allahabad this weekend.

7. Censor board a ‘little conservative’, will have some radical changes soon, says Arun Jaitley: Congress’ chief ministerial candidate Captain Amarinder Singh said he will screen an uncut version of Udta Punjab in drugs smuggling hub Manjitha on June 17.

8. Delhi Police arrest four contract killers allegedly hired by Chhota Shakeel to murder Chhota Rajan: The assailants were planning to target him while he was travelling between Tihar jail and court, officials said.

9. Google Street View fails to get clearance from Narendra Modi government: A technical panel of the defence ministry is believed to have said that such geospatial information can be easily misused by terrorists.

10. Former Maldives vice president gets 15 years in jail for conspiring to kill President Gayoom: Convicted in another case, Ahmed Adeeb will now have to serve 25 years in jail.

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