A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Warn people against black money deals, PM Narendra Modi tells chartered accountants: The Prime Minister said his administration had cancelled the registration of one lakh firms over irregularities and identified 37,000 shell firms.
  2. Two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants and 2 civilians killed during encounter in Anantnag: Security officials claimed militants were using locals as human shields, while some residents said the armed personnel had shot protestors during clashes.  
  3. President Pranab Mukherjee talks about spate of lynchings at National Herald event: The publication is currently under the scanner in connection with a case involving Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.  
  4. Traders, manufacturers call for shutdown in Kashmir protesting new GST regime: The businessmen believe implementation of the new tax structure would erode the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
  5. Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan booked for sedition, but he denies insulting Army: The controversial politician faces several other charges after multiple complaints were filed against him.  
  6. The surgical strikes were planned 15 months in advance, says Manohar Parrikar: The former defence minister said it was an ‘insulting’ question by a TV show anchor to ex-Armyman Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in 2015 had triggered the plan.
  7. President Pranab Mukherjee talks about spate of lynchings at National Herald event: Delhi court issues notices to Sonia, Rahul Gandhi in publication’s case, next hearing on July 22  
  8. Carrie Lam sworn-in as Hong Kong’s new leader amid protests by pro-democracy activists: However, Chinese President Xi Jingping, who administered the ceremony, warned against ‘impermissible’ challenges to Beijing’s authority.
  9. Centre asks Microsoft for discount on Windows 10 upgrade to protect systems against cyber attacks, says report: While Indian officials said the software giant has agreed to the request in principle, analysts said it could prompt similar pleas from other countries.
  10. Twitter criticises Trump’s order defining ‘bona fide’ relationship: Several social media users shared pictures of their grandparents, asking the US president if they seemed like a threat to the country.