A look at the headlines right now:

  1. ‘We have to think about what kind of society we are developing,’ says President on Kathua rape, murder: Meanwhile, at least 15 people were injured in clashes with police in Anantnag during a protest to demand justice in the Kathua rape case.
  2. Narendra Modi unveils statue of Lingayat philosopher Basavanna on the banks of the Thames: The prime minister later met his British counterpart Theresa May to discuss matters such as separatism, cross-border terrorism and immigration.  
  3. TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit pats journalist’s cheek in reply to her question, sparks controversy: He later apologised and said it was a sign of affection.
  4. ‘PM Modi should follow his own advice to me and speak up,’ says Manmohan Singh on Kathua, Unnao rapes: He said there may have been pressure on Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti from her party’s coalition partner, the BJP, to go slow in the Kathua case.
  5. Law Commission recommends simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha, state Assemblies: It has sought suggestions on the matter from constitutional experts, academia, political parties, bureaucrats and students.  
  6. Three men arrested for raping 12-year-old in Delhi, circulating video on WhatsApp: The girl’s family alleged that they were facing pressure to withdraw the case.
  7. BJP asks its ministers in Jammu and Kashmir to resign ahead of Cabinet reshuffle, say reports: Party spokesperson Khalid Jehangir dismissed reports that claimed the ministers had been asked to quit in protest against Mehbooba Mufti’s leadership. 
  8. Union minister Anantkumar Hegde claims ‘big nexus’ against him after truck hits escort vehicle: He said he suspected a ‘serious attempt’ on his life, claiming that the vehicle had targeted his car initially but missed.  
  9. Twenty-one die, several injured after truck with marriage party falls off a bridge: The vehicle plunged about 70 feet before crashing into the dry river bed.  
  10. Internet existed during the Mahabharata, says Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb: ‘How could Dhritarashtra see through Sanjay’s eyes? This means technology was there, internet was there.’