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Governor's actions illegal, SC puts Cong back in power in Arunachal

The Supreme Court restored the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh, ruling that the state government's action of dissolving the government was illegal. This was a verdict on a batch of petitions dealing with discretionary powers of the Governor to summon or advance the Assembly session of Arunachal Pradesh.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice JS Khehar, which had reserved its judgement on 22 February, pronounced the judgement today.

The apex court had said the verdict in this case will not only affect Arunachal Pradesh, but every other state as well.

The bench had segregated two other sets of petitions which were filed against the subsequent promulgation of President's Rule in the state and its revocation thereafter, which had led to the formation of a new government.

It had fixed these pleas for hearing after pronouncing a verdict on petitions dealing with the Governor's discretionary powers in advancing the Assembly session and setting the agenda of the House.

Kashmir death toll now 34, separatists target police, write to UN for intervention

The death toll in Kashmir's protests against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani on 8 July has now reached 34, with two people succumbing to their injuries on Tuesday.

The two who died were a man who had been hit by a bullet in Bijbehara, Anantnag, on Monday, and another who had been injured in a mob attack on Kralpora police station.

Curfew and other restrictions remained in place in the Valley, as separatists called a strike, says The Indian Express.

The chairman of the Hurriyat has written to UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon, asking for an "effective intervention".

Police to question Zakir Naik about Peace TV speakers who support jihad

The Maharashtra police plans to question controversial Muslim leader Zakir Naik about the Islamic scholars who visit his schools in India, suspecting that some of them may have made inflammatory speeches. The police claim that some of the teachers at Naik's schools in Mumbai and Chennai have praised the idea of jihad and supported Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

Naik is accused by the Bangladesh government of inspiring the terrorists behind the 1 July terror attack in Dhaka. The Indian government believes that Naik inspired 20 young people from Kerala to join the international terror group Islamic State, says The Economic Times.

Mehmood Ghaznavi takes over as Hizbul Mujahideen commander after Burhan Wani's death

On 13 July, the Hizbul Mujahideen announced that Mehmood Ghaznavi would take over as the commander of the terror outfit - days after former commander Burhan Wani was shot dead by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

The announcement was made by Syed Salahuddin, the group's supreme commander - who is based in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK) - while addressing the command council meet on 13 July, the Times of India reported.

"We won't allow the sacrifice of Burhan Wani to waste, and his mission will be taken to its logical conclusion," the daily quoted Syed as saying.

Delhi High Court asks Kejriwal to explain the meaning of 'thulla'

The Delhi High Court on 13 July asked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to explain the meaning of the word "thulla" - a term he allegedly used to refer to the Delhi Police last year.

Staying the trial court's order summoning Kejriwal for criminal defamation, the High Court has set 21 August as the next date of hearing in the case.

Kejriwal allegedly used the word "thulla" in an interview to a news channel on 7 July 2015.

A Delhi Police constable, Harvinder, filed the criminal defamation case against the Aam Aadmi Party chief for using the allegedly derogatory term against policemen. He claimed that it had harmed his reputation in the eyes of the general public, including his family, relatives and friends.

Maneka moves against Twitter parody account with her name as 'Ministry of Troll'

A parody account on Twitter using a photograph and the name of union women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi was closed on Sunday after the minister lodged a complaint about it with Twitter.

The account had 34,000 followers and was described as "Parody, Ministry of Troll". It had tweeted: "Boys and men don't come under my ministry, so I cannot help any of them".

The account referred to Gandhi's tweet the previous day in which she had asked women who are being abused and trolled on social media to file complaints with her ministry, says The Economic Times.

Pokemon Go player finds dead body

With the release of Pokemon Go, users, young and old, have hit the streets in their quest to catch 'em all. However, one gamer in Wyoming, USA, got more than she bargained for when she found not a wild MewTwo, but an actual dead body.

Shayla Wiggins found the body by the riverside when trying to find a Pokemon from a natural water resource. Wyoming police say that the cause of death appears to be accidental.

UN's World Food Programme needs $610 million for southern Africa drought relief

The United Nations' food agency has said that it needs $730 million to counter the drought crisis in seven southern African nations over the next 12 months.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has said that it is facing a $610 million shortfall in relief for Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Madagascar, Swaziland and Zambia.

The El Nino pattern has triggered severe drought across the region.