The big news: DMK announces rail roko as jallikattu protests continue, and nine other top stories
In other headlines: Delhi Police chief Alok Verma was appointed the new CBI director, and the Samajwadi Party said it will not ally with the Rashtriya Lok Dal.
A look at the headlines right now:
- AR Rahman will fast in support of jallikattu protests, as DMK plans rail roko for Friday: Rahman joins a number of A-listers from the state, including Rajinikanth, Vijay, Ajith and Suriya, who want ‘Tamil tradition’ to be upheld.
- Delhi Police chief Alok Verma appointed new CBI director: The decision was made by Narendra Modi, Chief Justice JS Khehar and the Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge, the leader of the second-largest party in the Lok Sabha.
- We will not ally with Rashtriya Lok Dal, says Samajwadi Party: The decision was taken after Ajit Singh’s and Akhilesh Yadav’s political outfits reportedly disagreed on the number of seats to be shared.
- Yuvraj Singh leads India’s revival with his highest-ever score in ODI cricket: He smashed 150 runs off 127 balls to help India post a total of 381/6 in the second One-Day International against England at Cuttack.
- ‘India is not seeking NSG membership as a gift’, MEA responds to China’s mockery: Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said New Delhi’s efforts were based on India’s non-proliferation record alone.
- Dharamshala declared the second Capital of Himachal Pradesh: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said the city fully deserved the status because of its history and significance.
- Paul McCartney files lawsuit to reclaim rights to The Beatles’ songs from Sony/ATV: His legal team has cited the 1976 Copyright Act that rules that the rights to works made before 1978 must be returned to their creators 56 years.
- State Assembly passes resolution for return of Kashmiri Pandits, other migrants: House Speaker LAK Gupta said it was necessary to create a ‘conducive atmosphere’ for those who had left the Valley in the past 27 years.
- Divorce granted under Christian Personal Law is not valid, rules Supreme Court: The bench said the Canon Law cannot override the Divorce Act.
- ‘You should ask tough questions’, Obama tells journalists at final press conference as US president: The outgoing head of state said he will speak out against any effort to attack the country’s core values such as the right to vote and free speech.