Other headlines: Nobel and Booker Prize-winning author VS Naipaul dead at 85, and at least 37 people have died so far in rain-related incidents in Kerala.
A look at the headlines right now:
- 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’.
- Nobel Prize-winning author VS Naipaul dies at 85: Some of his famous works include ‘A Bend in the River’ and ‘A House for Mr Biswas’.
- Toll in rain-related incidents in Kerala rises to 37, red alert issued in eight districts: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected areas in the state.
- Policeman killed, three injured in gunfight with suspected militants in Srinagar’s Batmaloo area: The operation is still on.
- ‘I will fight for Article 35A till I go down in my grave,’ says former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah: He warned that if the Article 35A is tinkered with, the fallout will be difficult to control.
- NASA postpones launch of spacecraft that will go near the sun, will attempt again on Sunday: The unmanned Parker Solar Probe was put off to allow engineers more time to investigate a red flag that was raised shortly before the launch.
- Tejashwi Yadav accuses Nitish Kumar of shielding those guilty in Muzaffarpur rapes, gives him one-week ultimatum: The RJD leader threatened to launch protest if Kumar fails to reveal the whereabouts of a girl who went missing after being shifted from the shelter home.
- Elon Musk faces lawsuits for ‘misleading’ tweets that surged Tesla’s stock price: On August 7, Musk had announced that he was considering taking Tesla off the stock exchanges and that funding was ‘secured’.
- ‘We will replace Gabbar Singh Tax with single GST slab,’ says Rahul Gandhi in Jaipur: The Congress president criticised the Centre for the Rafale defence deal, crimes against women, demonetisation and the farmer crisis.
- China is holding Uyghur Muslims in ‘political indoctrination camps’, says UN panel: Beijing has converted the Xinjiang region into a ‘massive internship camp’ in the name of fighting extremism, said the committee on racism.