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The big news: Modi launches Ghogha-Dahej ‘ro-ro’ ferry service in Gujarat, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: The government started collecting DNA samples of the kin of 39 Indians missing in Iraq, and Patidar leader Hardik Patel’s aides joined the BJP.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. PM Narendra Modi inaugurates the Ghogha-Dahej ferry service ahead of Assembly polls in Gujarat: The prime minister will flag off projects worth more than Rs 1,140 crore.  
  2. DNA samples of families of 39 Indians missing in Iraq being collected: India requested Iraqi authorities to investigate the mass graves found in Mosul after it was recaptured from the Islamic State on July 9, reports said.  
  3. Hardik Patel’s key aides join BJP ahead of upcoming Gujarat Assembly election: Reshma and Varun Patel reportedly accused the organisation’s leader of becoming a Congress agent.  
  4. Jharkhand minister cancels official’s order on linking Aadhaar to ration cards after child’s death, says report: Minister of Food and Public Distribution Saryu Roy cited a Union Government’s circular to withdraw the chief’s secretary’s order.  
  5. New bikes and scooters with engines less than 100 cc will not be allowed pillion riders in Karnataka: The government said the ban will apply only to new bikes, and was being enforced to improve safety of riders.  
  6. Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Rawat forms Govansh squad to check on cow smuggling in Kumaon, Garhwal: The chief minister said each team will have 11 policemen, including an inspector.  
  7. Cyrus Mistry’s ouster could have been handled in a better manner, says former Tata Sons official: Former Tata Sons Senior Executive Nirmalya Kumar was also removed from the company on the same day.  
  8. Punjab government to shut down 800 primary schools with less than 20 students to save resources: The government said the move will not harm children’s right to education, and students will not travel more than 1 km from home to reach school.  
  9. Militant killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Handwara, rifle and Pakistani currency found, says official: The encounter is still underway, the Indian Army said.  
  10. All five living former US presidents come together to raise funds for hurricane victims: Barack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton, George HW Bush and Jimmy Carter made a rare appearance on stage together in Texas.  
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