A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Supreme Court to begin hearing pleas challenging law that criminalises homosexuality: The court will hear six petitions and interventions filed by NGO Naz Foundation, parents of queer people and Voices Against 377.
  2. Heavy rain disrupts suburban train services in Mumbai, flights delayed: Train services between Vasai Road and Virar were suspended due to waterlogging on the tracks; dabbawalas also suspended work.
  3. December 2015 Chennai floods were a man-made disaster, says CAG: The audit agency held the state government responsible for the scale of the catastrophe.
  4. PM Narendra Modi, South Korean President Moon Jae-in launch Samsung factory in Noida: The new facility, which is spread over 35 acres, is dubbed as the world’s largest mobile factory.
  5. Jeremy Hunt appointed UK foreign secretary after Boris Johnson resigns amid Brexit row: Hunt, who was the health secretary, was a ‘Remain’ campaigner during the 2016 European Union Referendum.
  6. Supreme Court upholds death penalty of three convicts in 2012 gangrape case: It was hearing a review petition filed by Mukesh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma to reduce their death penalty to a life sentence.
  7. US President Donald Trump nominates conservative Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court: Kavanaugh will replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is set to retire by July 31.
  8. Witness in Sohrabuddin encounter case says police had threatened to kill aide Tulsiram Prajapati: Prajapati was also killed in an encounter in 2006, a year after Sheikh’s murder.
  9. Government approves merger of Idea and Vodafone India, but with riders, say reports: The merger will create India’s largest telecom operator, surpassing Bharti Airtel.
  10. Delhi court extends P Chidambaram’s interim protection from arrest till August 7 in Aircel-Maxis case: The Patiala House Court also granted relief to the former finance minister’s son Karti Chidambaram.