A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Arun Jaitley accuses TMC, Congress of ‘fickle’ attitude on NRC, Mamata Banerjee claims BJP resorting to vote bank politics: The chief election commissioner said those excluded from the draft document could vote, and the Rajya Sabha was adjourned over protests against the NRC.
  2. Cabinet agrees to introduce bill in Parliament to restore provisions of SC/ST Act: The Lok Janshakti Party had said it will join the Dalit protests against the government on August 9 if the Centre did not comply with the demand.
  3. RBI hikes repo rates by 25 basis points for second time in a row: Repo rate now stands at 6.5%, while reverse repo rate is at 6.25%.
  4. Supreme Court says it will test constitutional validity of the adultery law: The court scheduled the next hearing for August 2.
  5. ‘Social media sites should find technological solutions to curb fake news,’ says Ravi Shankar Prasad: The Union minister also said the government will not tolerate the abuse of data by companies in order to influence elections in the country.
  6. ‘We will move some offices to Belagavi,’ says HD Kumaraswamy on North Karnataka statehood demand: The Karnataka chief minister said the ruling coalition was committed to the uniform development of the state.
  7. French President Emmanuel Macron wins two no-confidence motions: Two motions were moved by the opposition parties in the wake of a scandal involving his bodyguard.  
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Madras High Court summons Thoothukudi collector over detention of advocate under NSA: The Madurai bench, which was hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by the lawyer’s wife, asked if Tamil Nadu was a police state or a democracy.