A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Kerala chief minister asks Tamil Nadu to urgently reduce water levels in Mullaperiyar dam amid floods: Meanwhile, five districts are on high alert in Karnataka as heavy rainfall disrupted bus and train services.
  2. ‘The sleeping elephant is now up and running,’ says Narendra Modi as he lists NDA’s achievements: The prime minister announced that India will launch a manned mission to space by 2022 and that a health insurance scheme will be launched on September 25.
  3. At least 48 killed and 67 injured after suicide bombing in Afghanistan: The explosion in the Mawoud Academy in Dasht-e-Barchi took place at about 4.10 pm local time while students were in class.
  4. Elections to four states, Lok Sabha can be held simultaneously, says chief election commissioner: The law commission is set to recommend a legal framework for simultaneous elections, said reports.
  5. Centre is monitoring currency crisis, foreign reserves are sufficient, says Arun Jaitley: The Union Minister said India’s macro fundamentals remained resilient and strong.
  6. Central rulers are sowing communalism, snatching away Tamil Nadu’s rights, says DMK’s Stalin: He said his political rivals were more concerned than party workers themselves about what was happening in the DMK following Karunanidhi’s death.
  7. At least 22 people drown after boat sinks while crossing Nile river in Sudan: The boat was carrying more than 40 students to school in the River Nile state.
  8. Turkey doubles tariffs on US imports such as cars and alcoholic beverages: Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said the new tariffs were in retaliation for America’s conscious attacks on his country’s economy.
  9. ‘Criticising a system is easy, transforming it is not,’ says Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra: He made the remark while speaking about the judiciary during his Independence Day address at the Supreme Court.
  10. Tinder co-founders file a $2-billion lawsuit against dating app’s owners: The complainants allege that Tinder’s parent companies ‘consistently falsified financial information’ to deny them billions of dollars.