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5 policemen shot dead by snipers during #BlackLivesMatter protest in Dallas

Black Lives Matter protests in Dallas on 7 July over the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philipe Castille took a tragic turn as snipers fired gunshots at 11 policemen who were present at the protest site. Gunshots rang out at about 8:45 pm on 7 July, as protesters scattered to take cover. Four policemen were reportedly killed in the attack. Reports suggest that one of the snipers has surrendered.

Sterling and Castille were shot dead by police officers on 5 and 7 July, respectively. The deaths sparked protests across the USA, with many gathering to express their outrage over the racial attacks.

Army loses right to use 'excessive or retaliatory force' in disturbed areas: SC ruling

The Supreme Court on Friday held that armed forces personnel and police cannot use "excessive or retaliatory force" in disturbed areas, blowing away the immunity that armed forces enjoyed under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

A bench of Justices comprising Madan B Lokur and RK Agarwal gave a verdict on the petitions demanding a CBI or a special investigation team probe into the alleged 1,528 cases of extra-judicial killings by the army and police force in Manipur between 2000-2012.

While stressing that security forces cannot use excessive force and then claim immunity from criminal action, the apex court in its judgement also held that the allegations of fake encounters in Manipur by the army and Manipur Police should be "thoroughly enquired into".

Dhaka attack: Digvijay says Shri Shri also shared stage with Zakir Naik, questions Rajnath-Sadhvi link

On 7 July, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh took to Twitter to slam those criticising him over a 2012 video involving controversial preacher Zakir Naik.

The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress have been engaged in a verbal duel ever since a 2012 video of Congress leader Digvijaya Singh sharing the stage with Zakir Naik surfaced on 7 July.

On 8 July, Singh took to Twitter, pointing fingers at Sadhvi Pragya and Rajnath Singh, raising questions as to why no one was questioning their association - despite Pragya's involvement in the Malegaon blast case. He also posted a photograph of Rajnath Singh meeting with Sadhvi Pragya on Facebook to back his claims.

Two Shiv Sena leaders among 10 new ministers in expanded Maharashta Cabinet

On 8 July, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expanded his Cabinet by inducting 10 ministers in the government. One existing minister has been elevated to cabinet rank, thus bringing the total strength of minsters in the cabinet to 39. Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao in the presence of the Chief Minister and other ministers administered oath to 11 ministers at the Parishad hall in Vidhan Bhavan.

The new ministers inducted in the government include two faces from Shiv Sena. However, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray was not present at the oath-taking ceremony.

2 senior police officers in Karnataka commit suicide in one week

Two Deputy Superintendents of Police in Karnataka have taken their own lives in a span of four days.

On 7 July, MK Ganapathy, the Deputy Superintendent of Police of Karnataka's Kodagu district, allegedly hanged himself to death. A suicide note was reportedly recovered. Police are investigating his suicide and are yet to reveal the contents of the note.

His suicide comes days after Kallappa Handibagh, Deputy Superintendent of Police of Chikkamagaluru, was found dead in Belagavi.

AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal arrested for misbehaving with woman

In fresh trouble for the Aam Aam Party (AAP), their MLA from Deoli was arrested on 8 July on charges of misbehaving with a woman. An FIR has been lodged against MLA Prakash Jarwal at the Greater Kailash Police Station under sections 354, 506, 509 and 34 of the IPC for misbehaving with a woman.

The victim says she first approached the offices of the LG and the Delhi police before filing the FIR.

The arrest comes on the heels of AAP leader Ashish Khetan being booked for hurting religious sentiments in Punjab.

Apna Dal snaps ties with BJP following Anupriya Patel's induction into Cabinet

Anupriya Patel's induction into Prime Minister Narendra Modi's council of ministers has strained ties between Apna Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party. The party, an ally of the BJP, decided to part ways with the BJP, accusing them of not following the "decorum of alliance".

The party is led by Anupriya Patel's mother Krishna Patel, from where she was expelled last year following a family feud.

"The national executive of Apna Dal has decided to snap ties with BJP as it did not follow the decorum of alliance," said party spokesman RBS Patel. "Despite informing it about the activities of Anupriya, who was expelled, the BJP leaders did not take congnisance of it and did not act."

"We will contest 2017 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and we are going to hold a rally in Varanasi on August 21," Patel said.

France pips Germany 2-0 to make it to Euro 2016 finals

Antoine Griezmann scored two goals to take France to the Euro 2016 finals on 7 July. The Atletico Madrid forward put France ahead with a clinical penalty just seconds before half-time before following it up with another goal in the second half.

This was France's first win over Germany in their fifth meeting at major finals. With the win, France will face Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal in the mouth-watering summit clash at Stade de France on 10 July.

Daily app downloads in India rose by 16% in first half of 2016: Reports

Daily app downloads in India increased by 16% in the first-half of 2016 (January-June), according to latest data released by 9Apps. Popular third-party app store and part of Alibaba Mobile Business Group reports that 9Apps has reached over 250 million monthly active users around the world.

"According to our statistics, tool, social, media and entertainment, apart from gaming, remain the most popular categories for app downloads. Tools make up about 23 percent of all app downloads; Social about nine percent; Entertainment at seven percent and music is over four percent of all non-gaming app downloads," said Country Manager 9Apps, Ebrahim Popat.

Consumption of gaming apps has increased more than that of non-gaming app. The proportion of games in total app downloads has increased to nearly 20% this year versus 17% in 2015.

China now has world's largest radio telescope

China has declared that it now has the world's largest spherical radio telescope at 500 meters.

According to Xinhua news, the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) has been completed at a cost of approximately 180 million dollars and took about five years to complete. The radio telescope, which is expected to become operational in September this year, has a massive reflector comprising of 4,450 panels, which experts say is equivalent in size to 30 football fields.

The radio telescope is expected to be used to search for extraterrestrial life and upgrades and adjustments will be made to it over the next three years.

The 300 meter wide Arecibo Observatory telescope in Puerto Rico was previously the world's largest in terms of diameter.

Cannabis 'ATMs'? Believe it!

Jamaica plans to open cannabis 'ATMs' in its airports in a bid to cash in on the drug after it was decriminalised in February 2015.

It is currently legal to carry up to two ounces of weed in Jamaica, but police can issue anyone in possession with a ticket and a 500 JMD fine.

The kiosks are expected to be manned by persons with medical training. They will grant the permit to tourists who will want to use or carry up to two ounces of ganja while in Jamaica.

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.

Two killed in landslides as Assam reels under floods, heavy rain

At least two people were killed in landslides in Assam on 7 July, as the flood situation in the state worsened.

Two people were killed in Johrat area, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.

ASDMA said more than 1.5 lakh people were reeling under floods in 294 villages across Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Nagaon, Jorhat, Golaghat, Morigaon, Biswanath and Barpeta districts.

Currently the Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at Guwahati, Nematighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur districts and Dhubri town and Dhansiri at Golaghat town and Numaligarh in Golaghat, it added.