A look at the headlines right now:

  1. People not on the draft list can vote if they are on electoral rolls, says poll panel chief on NRC row: The Rajya Sabha reconvened after uproar, while the Bharatiya Janta Party’s youth wing filed a complaint against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her remarks on the document, and Bangladesh said it was a purely ‘internal matter’.
  2. A plane carrying 103 people crashes in Mexico’s Durango after take-off, no casualties reported: Forty-nine people were hospitalised and two, including the pilot and passenger, were in a critical condition.  
  3. Jharkhand CM orders CID inquiry after police officers, politicians and builders allegedly rape a minor: The complainant said the accused made a video of the incident to blackmail her, and then forced her to undergo an abortion.
  4. A four-month-old infant dies after developing breathing problems onboard IndiGo flight: The police registered a case under the Code of Criminal Procedure after the death.    
  5. SC says Constitutional scheme prohibiting exclusion of women ‘has some value’ during Sabarimala case: The court dismissed the defence lawyer’s claim that Ayyappa devotees, who observe 41 days of penance, constitute a separate religious denomination.
  6. US designates Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abdul Rehman al-Dakhil and two others as global terrorists: Abdul Rehman al-Dakhil was the operational leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba’s attacks in India between 1997 and 2001.    
  7. NGT says 50% of its cases are filed by blackmailers and are not related to the environment: The National Green Tribunal said it just disposes of such cases now, instead of issuing notices.   
  8. Delhi HC extends P Chidambaram’s interim protection from arrest till September 28 in the INX Media case: The former finance minister sought anticipatory bail in the case filed by the Enforcement Directorate. 
  9. Modi thanks Congress for no-confidence motion, says it helped him expose the Opposition’s hollowness: The prime minister said the motion revealed the Opposition’s ‘political immaturity and lack of understanding and substance’.   
  10. Sushma Swaraj says 21 Indian fishermen stranded in Iran have been released: The external affairs minister said that the fishermen, belonging to Tamil Nadu, will be repatriated to Chennai in batches from August 3.