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The big news: Governor’s rule imposed in Jammu and Kashmir, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: Narendra Modi spoke about doubling farm incomes by 2022 in a video address to farmers, and the United States quit the UN Human Rights Council.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. President Ram Nath Kovind approves Governor’s rule with immediate effect in Jammu and Kashmir: The move came a day after the ruling coalition in the state collapsed after the Bharatiya Janata Party ended its alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party. While Mufti said the PDP is not looking at forming an alliance, Congress accused the BJP of making excuses to quit the alliance.
  2. Centre has raised agricultural budget to Rs 2 lakh crore to double farm incomes by 2022, says Narendra Modi: The budget has taken steps to provide farmers a price equivalent to 150% of their cost of production, the prime minister claimed.
  3. United States quits UN Human Rights Council alleging bias against Israel, ‘mockery of human rights’: US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley accused the body of admitting countries with woeful human rights records.
  4. RTI activist who exposed several scams shot dead in Bihar’s East Champaran district: The deceased’s son-in-law said there were three previous attempts on Rajendra Singh’s life, but the authorities ignored his request for security.
  5. Madhya Pradesh High Court asks former chief ministers to vacate government houses in a month: The court was hearing a petition that said a state government ordinance was a waste of public money.
  6. Artistes criticise police, media over ‘witch-hunt’ against activists arrested for Bhima-Koregaon event: In a statement, a group of artistes and writers noted that Hindutva activists accused of violence had yet to be arrested.
  7. Child rights panel issues notice to Rahul Gandhi, Twitter for ‘disclosing’ identity of minor boys: The two Dalit boys had been stripped and beaten up last week for swimming in a well in Jalgaon.
  8. Canada legalises recreational use of marijuana: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had argued that the new law would keep marijuana out of the hands of underage users and reduce related crimes.
  9. Security forces kill three suspected militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Tral: A joint search operation was launched in Nazneenpora Hyuna village after officials received inputs about the presence of militants in the area.
  10. World’s oldest known Sumatran orangutan dies in Australian zoo at 62: Puan was euthanised on account of age-related ailments.
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