A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Traders and merchants across India launch ‘Bharat Bandh’ against imposition of GST: The roll-out may cause problems because of its multiple tax rates, said Asian Development Bank chief.  
  2. India and China each deploy 3,000 troops on the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction, says report: Earlier on Thursday, Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat arrived in Sikkim to review the security situation along the border in a ‘routine’ visit.  
  3. US’ six-country travel ban comes into effect: The administration has placed a 90-day ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, which is 30 days longer for refugees.  
  4. Pakistan bans Hafiz Saeed-backed terror outfit Tehreek-e-Azadi-Jammu and Kashmir: According to the the National Counter Terrorism Authority of Pakistan website, TAJK was placed on the list of ‘proscribed organisations’ on June 8.  
  5. Maharashtra human rights panel notice to prisons department after inmate is killed in Byculla jail: The state women’s commission has also decided to set up a three-member special investigation team to inquire into the incident.  
  6. IndiGo says it is interested in buying Air India’s overseas business if a demerger is possible: Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said that a Group of Ministers would take a call on whether there could be demerger of Air India.  
  7. US to sell arms worth $1.42 billion to Taiwan, imposes sanctions on China bank linked to North Korea: The US also used Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Hong Kong to call for more democracy in the autonomous territory.  
  8. No religious angle to the Jharkhand lynching, says Venkaiah Naidu as he condemns the incident: The Union minister asked the police to take action to ensure that similar incidents do not recur.  
  9. Anti-Aadhaar protests held in Delhi, Bengaluru and Jaipur: The protests were organised under Rethink Aadhaar, a campaign launched by a group of people concerned about the Aadhaar project.  
  10. Venus Williams caused a car crash in which a man died, say Florida Police: However, the tennis player was not charged with any offences.