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The big news: Centre says it will leave decision on Section 377 to SC, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: Landslides wreaked havoc in Manipur and Uttarakhand, and the Army joined flood relief operations in Mumbai.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Centre says it does not contest the right to choose a partner during hearing on Section 377: The 19th-Century law criminalises ‘unnatural sex, against the order of nature’, which is punishable with life imprisonment.  
  2. Landslides kill nine in Manipur, block highways in Uttarakhand: Seven bodies have been recovered after the landslide in Manipur’s Tamenglong district.  
  3. Army joins Mumbai flood relief operations, several long distance trains cancelled: There is likely to be intermittent rains with heavy rain in a few places in the city and suburbs.  
  4. Madhya Pradesh police file chargesheet, 92 witnesses named in Mandsaur rape case: Deputy Director of Prosecution BS Thakur said efforts are being made to finish the trial within a month.  
  5. Indian security agencies breached Islamic State ring to arrest bomber in Delhi, says Indian Express report: The Afghan Islamic State operative was arrested in Delhi in September and is currently believed to be in custody at a US military base in Afghanistan.
  6. After Centre demands measures to counter rumours, WhatsApp says forwarded messages will be labelled: Over the past month, several incidents of mob violence following rumours on social media have been reported across the country, leading to assaults and murders. 
  7. Jammu and Kashmir IAS officer claims Centre is investigating him for tweets about rape culture: Shah Faesal said his criticism of rape does not amount to criticism of government, as rape is not government policy.  
  8. Woman accuses priest of raping her four years ago in Kerala, police begin investigation: Last week, police had booked four priests of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church on charges of rape and molestation.  
  9. RSS will host namaz along the Saryu river in Ayodhya on July 12, say reports: Around 1,500 Muslim clerics are expected to participate in the prayer session along with many Hindu devotees.  
  10. Senior Pakistani politician Haroon Bilour among 20 killed by suicide bomber in Peshawar: Bilour was the leader of the Awami National Party, which governed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province from 2008 to 2013.  
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