01. Ahead of BRICS Summit, Xi Jinping says diplomacy must override “conflict and confrontation”
Ahead of the arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a summit of the five emerging economies in the coastal city of Xiamen, Chinese President Xi Jinping has underscored that the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) grouping must uphold the value of diplomacy to resolve “hotspot issues”
02. Defence a new challenge for Nirmala Sitharaman’s battle-tested skills
Ms. Sitharaman (58) cut her teeth in politics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as one of the founders of a new political group called The Free Thinkers, and it was when she was at the campus that the agitation that led to 1983 being declared a zero year took place.
03. Full list of Union Cabinet and Council of Ministers ( List PDF )
The key changes made during the third reshuffle of Union Council of Ministers include elevating Nirmala Sitharaman to Cabinet rank and giving her the key Defence Portfolio; Suresh Prabhu being shifted from Railways to Commerce and Industry; Piyush Goyal being given the Cabinet rank with Railways as his portfolio.
04. North Korea nuclear test prompts global condemnation
North Korea’s biggest nuclear test to date was condemned around the world on Sunday, with U.S. President Donald Trump saying “appeasement” would not work as the authorities in Pyongyang “only understand one thing.”
05. Darjeeling unrest: Indefinite shutdown continues, massive manhunt for Gurung
The situation in Darjeeling remained tense as the indefinite shutdown in the hills entered its 81st day today. A massive search operation launched by the West Bengal police for the absconding Gorkha Janmukti chief Bimal Gurung continued even today.
06. Pakistan troops violate ceasefire along LoC in Poonch
Pakistan troops on Sunday violated ceasefire by shelling and firing on forward posts across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, forcing the Army to retaliate, an official said.
07. We are not moving, say Mumbaikars in risky houses
Mumbai’s monsoon is marked by a building collapse almost every year, but residents in 17,000 unsafe structures in the city who have received a municipal evacuation notice are not ready to move out.
08. Astronaut Peggy Whitson returns to Earth after 665 days in space
Astronaut Peggy Whitson returned to Earth late Saturday, wrapping up a record-breaking flight that catapulted her to first place for U.S. space endurance. Whitson’s 665 days off the planet 288 days on this mission alone exceeds that of any other American and any other woman worldwide.
09. ‘I’m here all by myself’: The Salman Rushdie interview
The Golden House, Salman Rushdie’s latest novel, deals with some of these horrors, taking as its backdrop the years of Obama’s presidency and the beginning of Trump’s. Set in a real garden in the real city of New York where real people are leading real lives with real problems, he triumphantly tells me there isn’t a whiff of magic realism in this book.” Excerpts from an interview.
10. Why are many tennis stars battling injuries?
In most sports, an injury or two to a player aged over 30 doesn’t evoke a collective disbelief. But tennis seems to be different. With a number of top stars in their thirties and playing well, the presence of just six of the top 11 ranked men in the world in the ongoing U.S. Open has surprised many.