A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Two men shot dead after taking hostages in French church, Islamic State group claims responsibility: The terror outfit said two of their 'soldiers' had carried out the attack, in which an 84-year-old priest was killed and several others injured.
  2. Appointment of new RBI governor unlikely before August monetary policy meeting, reports Reuters: Two government officials said Chief Economist of the World Bank Kaushik Basu was added to the shortlist of candidates to replace Raghuram Rajan.
  3. Irom Sharmila to break fast on August 9, will contest Manipur elections: She has been on a hunger strike since 2000 in protest against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.
  4. AAP legislator Bhagwant Mann’s video exposed Parliament security system, says Lok Sabha panel: Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had told the MLA not to attend the Monsoon Session till the inquiry report was submitted.
  5. Underperforming employees will not get annual hike, says 7th Pay Commission notification: The Finance Ministry accepted the panel's suggestion that increments be withheld from 'inefficient' staff who don't meet the 'laid down performance criterion’.
  6. Rajnath Singh approves seven-member expert panel to explore alternatives to pellet guns: The committee, to be headed by a senior Home Ministry official, will suggest non-lethal options to replace these weapons, whose use has been widely criticised.
  7. FIR against Delhi women's panel chief Swati Maliwal for reportedly revealing identity of rape victim: The DCW chairperson had spoken up after the 14-year-old Dalit girl died of injuries she sustained when her kidnappers made her a drink corrosive substance.
  8. Centre to send team to assess floods in Assam, says Rajnath Singh: Many parts of Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal have also been submerged, and thousands of people have been displaced.
  9. Lok Sabha passes Child Labour Bill that will allow children below 14 to take up ‘home-based work’: Before the Upper House cleared the Bill, a few Opposition members had pointed out some such jobs that put children at risk but are not considered ‘hazardous’.
  10. 'She has never quit on anything in her life': First Lady Michelle Obama endorses Hillary Clinton: On the first day of the Democratic National Convention, Clinton's former rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders also urged voters to support her.