A look at the headlines right now:

  1. ‘My rivals are becoming increasingly violent,’ claims Prime Minister Narendra Modi: ‘They are unable to accept that the son of a poor mother can become prime minister,’ he told party workers on the BJP’s 38th Foundation Day.
  2. Weightlifter Sathish Kumar Sivalingam makes it three golds in three days for India at CWG 2018: The 25-year-old successfully defended his 2014 title without having to attempt his third Clean and Jerk lift in the men’s 77 kg category.
  3. Nirmala Sitharaman tweets about ministry website hacking, but cyber chief blames ‘hardware problems’: The websites of the ministries of defence, law and justice and home affairs were compromised.
  4. United States imposes sanctions on 24 Russians close to Vladimir Putin: As many as 24 individuals, a weapons trading firm and its subsidiary have been punished for ‘malign activity around the world’.
  5. FIR against Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani for allegedly asking youth to disrupt Modi’s Bengaluru rally: The Dalit leader and Gujarat MLA reportedly asked people to hurl chairs in the air at the prime minister’s poll campaign in Bengaluru on April 15.  
  6. Israeli troops kill seven Palestinians as protests resume along Gaza border: The agitators, part of the March of Return, allegedly set tyres on fire to create black smoke that would block the view of Israeli snipers.  
  7. Budget Session of Parliament the least productive in 18 years, says legislative research agency: The Lok Sabha functioned for 4% of its scheduled time in the second part of the session, and the Rajya Sabha for 9%.  
  8. Indian Air Force begins process to acquire 114 jets to be made in domestic-foreign partnership: The Ministry of Defence had asked the IAF to come up with a proposal to manufacture both single and twin-engine fighters. 
  9. Dust storm and rain bring relief in Delhi-NCR from sweltering heat: Delhi-NCR is likely to see thunderstorms and dust storms over the next two days too.  
  10. Andhra Assembly passes resolution seeking special Parliament session to discuss Reorganisation Act: Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu accused the Centre of ‘acting in a conspiratorial manner’ to prevent discussion of the no-confidence motion against it.