A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Niti Aayog member Bibek Debroy says GST’s multiple rates could be a problem: The GST Council reduced the tax rate on fertilisers from 12% to 5% hours before the launch of the new tax regime.
  2. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through Nathu La pass cancelled as India-China border standoff continues: New Delhi counters Beijing’s claim about ‘transgression’, calls for restraint
  3. Senior advocate KK Venugopal to succeed Mukul Rohatgi as attorney general: President Pranab Mukherjee has approved his appointment.
  4. Watchdog says banned sarin gas was used in April’s deadly attack in Syria’s Idlib province: However, the report by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons did not attribute responsibility to any party for the strike.
  5. Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Rajouri, civilian injured: The ‘unprovoked and indiscriminate firing’ broke out in Bhimber Gali, a defence spokesperson said.
  6. 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
  7. Delhi receives highest rainfall in June in 10 years, but Met Department says monsoon yet to arrive: The rains are expected to hit the national Capital only by July 2 or later.
  8. Germany legalises same-sex marriage, Chancellor Angela Merkel votes against the Bill: The Bill grants full marital rights, including child adoption, to gay and lesbian couples.
  9. Transgender students no longer have to pay fees at the Indira Gandhi National Open University: Eligible applicants have to submit either a certificate from the central or state government, a medical officer, or their Aadhaar cards.
  10. Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan in a soup over comments against Army, faces two police complaints: The controversial politician had said security forces commit excesses, forcing ‘women to chop off their private parts’.