A look at the headlines right now:

  1. India rejects UN’s first report on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir, calls it fallacious: The United Nations’ first report on Kashmir has detailed human rights violations and abuses on both sides of the Line of Control..
  2. Madras HC delivers split verdict on disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs, third judge to hear matter: Chief Justice Indira Banerjee upheld the disqualification, while Justice M Sundar disagreed.  
  3. Air quality stays ‘severe’ in Delhi, thick dusty haze likely to persist till Friday: A number of flights from Chandigarh airport were cancelled on Thursday because of low visibility in cities across North India.
  4. Two killed in Manipur, four die in Tripura due to heavy rain: At least four people were killed in rain-related incidents in Kozhikode and Thrissur. 
  5. ‘Women should stay childless rather than give birth to those who deform society,’ says BJP MLA: Pannalal Shakya told women to follow an old couplet that asks them to only birth to children who are devoted, charitable or brave.  
  6. India expresses ‘deep dismay’ over Maldivian court’s decision to imprison former president, judges: The Ministry of External Affairs said the verdict casts doubt on the Maldivian government’s commitment to uphold the rule of law.   
  7. Members of Hafiz Saeed’s political party to contest Pakistan polls from another platform: The Election Commission had dismissed Saeed’s outfit’s plea to register because of its links with the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks.  
  8. Wholesale price inflation rose to 4.43% in May – the highest in over a year: The inflation rate was at a 14-month high, mainly due to increasing prices of fuel and vegetables.  
  9. US prosecutors reviewing allegations of sexual assault against actor Sylvester Stallone: A woman filed a police report in November 2017, accusing the action star of raping her 27 years ago.  
  10. Russian legislator asks women not to have sex with foreign men at FIFA World Cup: The head of parliament’s committee for families, women and children said mixed-race children face discrimination and have been suffering since the Soviet era.