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The big news: 'Udta Punjab' to be released with all of one cut, and nine other top stories

Microsoft is buying professional social network LinkedIn for $26.2 billion, and India’s retail inflation has risen to a worrying 5.76%.

1. The Bombay High Court ordered Udta Punjab to be released with one cut and asked the censor board to stop behaving like a grandmother: The court was hearing a plea filed by the film’s makers after the CBFC asked for 89 cuts in the movie.

2. Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion: The chief of the social network for professionals, Jeff Weiner, will remain the head of the organisation and report to Microsoft's Satya Nadella.

3. Retail inflation rises to 5.76%, dampening hopes of rate cut in August: Consumer Price Index rose to a near two-year high, primarily because of expensive food products.

4. Orlando shooting: Blood donations need of the hour, but gay donors continue to face FDA ban: Earlier, reports claimed the rules prohibiting gay or bisexual men from donating blood if they have had sex with a man in the past 12 months had been lifted.

5. India clinch series after another easy win against Zimbabwe in second ODI: MS Dhoni's men chased down a paltry target of 127 in less than 27 overs with eight wickets to spare, after Yuzvendra Chahal impressed with 3/26.

6. Four Samajwadi Party legislators suspended for ‘anti-party activities’: The MLAs had reportedly cross-voted in the Rajya Sabha polls that took place on Saturday.

7. Rahul Gandhi claims Congress can end Punjab's drug problem in a month if voted to power: The party's vice-president also accused the Shiromani Akali Dal government of supporting drug trade in the state because it benefited them.

8. President denies assent to Delhi government Bill allowing dual offices of profit for 21 AAP legislators: The Bill sought to exclude the post of Parliament Secretary from offices of profit since 21 party MLAs were given the post.

9. BJP legislator's list of Hindus who fled Kairana town in Uttar Pradesh names people who died 20 years ago: BJP MP Hukum Singh had named members of 346 Hindu families who, he alleged, were forced to leave after threats and extortion 'from a particular community’.

10. No legal basis for actions of the Enforcement Directorate, says Vijay Mallya: The former liquor baron said the investigating agencies are connecting purely civil matters with criminal allegations against him.

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