A look at the headline right now:

  1. President nominates four to Rajya Sabha including ex-BJP MP Ram Shakal, dancer Sonal Mansingh: The other two are sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra and RSS ideologue and author Rakesh Sinha.  
  2. India’s trade deficit widens to five-year record high in June: The numbers were mainly influenced by an increase in oil prices and the weakening of the rupee.  
  3. 12 Russians indicted for 2016 US election hack ahead of Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin meet: This is the latest development in an ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the US presidential election.
  4. Rs 2,000 crore diamond money laundering scam unearthed, four arrested: In a recent raid, diamonds worth Rs 1.2 crore were being declared worth Rs 156 crore.
  5. Amit Shah said construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya will start before 2019 polls, claims BJP leader: The Supreme Court is currently hearing the decades-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case.
  6. Disaster management trainer’s credentials were fake, say Tamil Nadu police after safety drill death: The National Disaster Management Authority refuted reports that the instructor was associated with it.
  7. Kolkata court summons Congress MP Shashi Tharoor over his ‘Hindu Pakistan’ comment: Advocate Sumeet Chowdhury had filed a case against him, saying the comment hurt religious sentiments and had insulted the constitution.  
  8. At least 128 killed in suicide bomb attacks during election rally in Pakistan’s troubled Balochistan: The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack  
  9. Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz arrested, taken to Rawalpindi jail: They were allowed to meet Sharif’s mother at the Lahore airport before being taken into custody.
  10. India invites Donald Trump to be guest at 2019 Republic Day, US has not yet responded, says report: Trump attends the parade, he will be the second US president after Barack Obama to do so.