A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Rahul Gandhi officially declared Congress president: He stood unopposed and will take over from his mother Sonia Gandhi, who was in charge from 1998.
  2. Pakistan tells India to stop dragging Islamabad into its electoral debates: Meanwhile, the Ahmedabad Police denied permission to Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi for conducting roadshows as part of their election campaign.
  3. Lawyer Rajeev Dhavan calls its quits after ‘humiliating end’ to Centre-Delhi case: He had a heated exchange with Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on the last day of the hearings.
  4. Mumbai Police arrest 39-year-old man on charges of harassing actor Zaira Wasim: Vikas Sachdeva was identified with the airline’s help and the description provided by the actor.
  5. Three suspected militants, one civilian killed in encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Handwara town: Director General of Police SP Vaid said the militants were ‘apparently Pakistanis’.
  6. Eight arrested for allegedly assaulting French tourists, their Indian friends in Mirzapur: One of the tourists said they were attacked with sticks.
  7. Rajasthan Police charge Rajsamand murder accused with disrupting religious harmony, criminal conspiracy: Meanwhile, the dead labourer’s family wants the case to be heard in West Bengal, as they fear they will be harmed in Rajasthan.
  8. Supreme Court dismisses plea challenging bail granted to Pintos in Gurugram school murder case: The Class 2 student’s father had filed the petition, claiming that ‘the possibility of involvement of Pinto family’ could not be ruled out.
  9. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar calls for nationwide ban on liquor: If Gujarat and Bihar could do it, why can’t it be implemented across the country, he asked.
  10. California wildfire moves towards coastal cities, forces fresh evacuations: Hot, dry winds and a rugged terrain have hampered firefighting efforts, officials said.
  11. We are one ‘impulsive tantrum’ away from destruction, says chief of anti-nuclear weapon group Ican: Beatrice Fihn, who received the Nobel Peace Prize on Sunday, urged India to choose sense over senselessness and sign the UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons.