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The big news: Narendra Modi calls politics over mob lynchings ‘perverse’, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: Rajnath Singh left for Kerala to take stock of the flood situation, and Nobel and Booker Prize-winning author VS Naipaul died at 85.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Mob lynchings unfortunate but Opposition must not politicise them, says PM Narendra Modi: The prime minister also said that the Opposition’s grand alliance is meant to ‘serve personal ambitions, not people’s aspirations’.
  2. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh heads to Kerala to take stock of flood situation: Meanwhile, the water level in the Idukki reservoir dropped below the 2,400 feet mark.
  3. Nobel Prize-winning author VS Naipaul dies at 85: Some of his famous works are ‘A Bend in the River’ and ‘A House for Mr Biswas’.
  4. EC orders 10% more VVPAT machines expecting a higher failure rate in 2019 elections: The election panel ordered 1.3 lakh extra VVPAT machines on June 20 besides an order of 16.15 lakh machines it placed earlier.
  5. Policeman killed, four injured in gunfight with suspected militants in Srinagar’s Batmaloo area: Two suspects have been detained so far.
  6. Biju Janata Dal says it voted for NDA nominee during Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson election to support JD(U): A Biju Janata Dal spokesperson said there should be unanimity in the selection of candidate for such constitutional posts.
  7. Uttarakhand will close all slaughterhouses and set up shelter houses for cows, says chief minister: Trivendra Singh Rawat also said that licences issued earlier would be cancelled.
  8. Karnataka asks Centre to clarify if Aero India show will be moved out of Bengaluru: Some reports claimed that Uttar Pradesh CM Adityanath asked Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday to allow his state to host the show in October.
  9. Trump describes former aide as ‘a lowlife’ after her critical comments in a new book: Omarosa Manigault Newman wrote that she believed Trump was ‘a racist, a bigot and a misogynist’.
  10. Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on ventilator support, health is in critical condition: The 89-year-old was admitted in June to the critical care unit of a private hospital in Kolkata with a brain clot.
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