A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Rajnath Singh’s Pakistan trip unlikely to be cancelled despite threat by Hafiz Saeed, say reports: The Jama’at-ud-Da’wah chief had warned of major protests if the Indian Home Minister visited the neighbouring country for an upcoming SAARC meeting.
  2. After Uttar Pradesh gangrape, Mayawati demands Akhilesh Yadav’s resignation: The Congress and BJP also highlighted the poor law and order situation of the state under the ruling Samajwadi Party government.
  3. AIADMK MP sacked after allegedly slapping DMK legislator, claims there is a threat to her life: Sasikala Pushpa had claimed that a spat broke out between her and Trichy Siva at Delhi airport because he insulted her party's chief J Jayalalithaa.
  4. No reinvestigation into Amit Shah's role in Sohrabuddin 'fake encounter' case, rules Supreme Court: Activist Harish Mander had challenged the BJP president's exoneration in the case, but Shah's lawyers argued that he has no connection with the matter.
  5. Police arrest two for allegedly stalking, raping and killing Delhi teenager, burning her body: The suspects were picked up after a friend of the teenager lodged an FIR stating that the duo had sexually assaulted and tried to murder her as well.
  6. It is not right to identify Islam with violence, says Pope Francis: The religious leader said social injustice and the worship of money were the main causes for the rise of terrorism across the world.
  7. Former chief ministers are not entitled to government homes, rules Supreme Court: The bench asked six ex-CMs from Uttar Pradesh, including Mayawati, Rajnath Singh and Mulayam Singh Yadav, to vacate any such accommodation.
  8. Taliban attacks hotel for foreign contractors in Kabul, three militants killed: Police officials said the siege had ended, and one of their officers had sustained injuries. No civilian casualties were reported.
  9. Maharashtra government rejects Anna Hazare’s demand for blanket ban on liquor: Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, however, said the state may adopt the Tamil Nadu model and disallow sale of country liquor.
  10. Manufacturing sector hit four-month high in July, says survey: Among other factors, greater production and higher demand contributed to the upswing.