A look at the headlines right now:

  1. At least 13 children killed, eight injured as school van collides with train in Kushinagar: In another incident, a school van collided with a milk tanker in North Delhi, killing a girl and leaving 17 children injured.
  2. Modi says BJP’s focus in Karnataka elections will be development, accuses Congress of caste politics: The prime minister said the Congress offered “lollipops” to caste groups before polls so they get busy with it.
  3. Centre clears Indu Malhotra’s appointment as a Supreme Court judge, but KM Joseph’s on hold: Senior lawyer Indira Jaising urged Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra not to swear in Malhotra until the government cleared Joseph’s name as well.
  4. Advocate for main accused in Kathua case calls Mehbooba Mufti a ‘jihadi CM’: Ankur Sharma claimed that the Bakerwal community, who the deceased belonged to, had encroached upon forest land in Jammu and Kashmir.  
  5. Allahabad HC grants bail to doctor arrested after Gorakhpur hospital tragedy, says chargesheet already filed: Kafeel Khan’s release comes days after his family made public a letter he wrote from jail, in which he claimed he was being made a scapegoat in the case.   
  6. Delhi court dismisses plea against Kejriwal, other AAP leaders for allegedly defaming PM Modi: The court said the complainants were not the aggrieved party and so could not file such a petition.
  7. Delhi High Court tells JNU to initiate inquiry against professor accused of sexual harassment: The court asked if the vice chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University had no power to take action against Professor Atul Johri.
  8. Naga peace pact in final stage but Centre, rebel groups still differ on separate flag, says report: The accord is likely to be signed before the Monsoon Session of the Parliament.
  9. CBI books 12 Army officials for allegedly accepting bribes to hire religious teachers: The Army had hired religious teachers at the Artillery Centre, Hyderabad, in 2013 to lead spiritual activities to motivate the troops.
  10. Turkish court sentences 14 staff of opposition newspaper to prison on terrorism charges: They were accused of supporting the exiled cleric who Turkey claims plotted the failed coup attempt of 2016.