The big news: Najma Heptullah steps down as minority affairs minister, and nine other top stories
Raj Babbar, Imran Masood to lead Congress in Uttar Pradesh ahead of elections, and UN tribunal said Beijing had ‘no historic rights’ in the South China Sea.
A look at the headlines right now:
- Najma Heptullah resigns as minority affairs minister, will be replaced by Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: GM Siddeshwara also stepped down as the minister of state for heavy industries, and Babul Supriyo will take charge of the position instead.
- Congress names Raj Babbar its chief in Uttar Pradesh ahead of state elections: Imran Masood, Rajesh Mishra and Raja Ram Pal will be the party's vice presidents the state.
- Beijing has 'no historic rights' over South China Sea, rules UN tribunal: The Permanent Court of Arbitration accused China of breaching Philippines' sovereign rights, but the country called the verdict 'ill-founded'.
- Bernie Sanders endorses Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at New Hampshire: The Vermont senator had earlier said he would vote for her and help stop Republican nominee Donald Trump from reaching the Oval Office.
- UK Parliament to debate having second Brexit referendum: The debate in the House of Commons will reportedly be held on September 5.
- Supreme Court panel indicts ex-CBI chief Ranjit Sinha of trying to influence coal scam investigation: The committee held that entries in the visitor’s diary of the former investigator’s home, which show that he met eminent accused in the case, were genuine.
- Court sets aside order asking for government documents related to the National Herald scam: A trial court earlier asked for various files to be given to Subramanian Swamy from the Finance Ministry, as well as the Congress' 2010-'11 balance sheet.
- Narendra Modi appeals for calm in Jammu & Kashmir, as violence continues: After convening an emergency meeting regarding clashes in the valley, the prime minister expressed his hope that no more civilian lives are lost in the state.
- British oil explorer claims tax dispute with India hurt business, seeks Rs 37,400 crore compensation: Cairn Energy also declared that India ‘failed to uphold its obligations’ under the UK-India Investment Treaty by not giving its investments ‘fair treatment’.
- At least 20 killed, dozens injured after head-on collision of two trains in Italy: The cause of the mishap remains unclear, but human error is suspected to be the likely reason.