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The big news: Amnesty International denies ABVP's 'sedition' allegations, and nine other top stories

WADA challenged the clean chit given to wrestler Narsingh Yadav ahead of his Olympics bout, and Manohar Parrikar likened Pakistan to hell.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. ABVP sedition complaint is 'without substance', says Amnesty International in new statement: Another advocacy group has also asked the National Human Rights Commission to intervene in the case.
  2. World Anti-Doping Agency appeals against wrestler Narsingh Yadav days before his Rio bout: WADA has taken the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and he faces a four-year ban if found guilty. He is scheduled to play on August 19.
  3. Going to Pakistan is the same as going to hell, says Manohar Parrikar: The defence minister was speaking about how the Indian Army foiled an infiltration bid by militants along the Line of Control on Monday.
  4. Nawaz Sharif assures PoK president of full support to Kashmiri people: The Pakistan prime minister said the Valley’s troubles are an international issue and that the world needs to take stock of the civilians’ plight.
  5. Acclaimed Punjabi writer Gurdial Singh dies at 83: A film based on his novel 'Marhi da Deewa', which had a Dalit sharecropper as the protagonist, won the National Award in 1989.
  6. Top executives in state-run banks are underpaid – including me, says Raghuram Rajan: The RBI governor also said it is high time that public sector entities focus on performance evaluation.
  7. Arun Jaitley to miss SAARC summit in Pakistan, say reports: The decision was reportedly taken because of the way Islamabad treated Rajnath Singh when he visited the country for a conference earlier this month.
  8. Google launches video-calling app Duo, which will compete with FaceTime and Skype: The California company said the service would be made available on both its own Android handsets as well Apple’s iOS-based iPhone.
  9. Wholesale inflation went up to 3.35% in July, the highest in nearly two years: A spike in the price of food items such as vegetables and fruits caused the escalation, experts said.
  10. Larsen and Toubro bags contract to help make Nagpur a smart city: The Maharashtra government made the appointment official on Tuesday.
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