#1 LATEST on Iraq Crisis: Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj meets families of 40 abducted Indians; sends old Iraq hand Suresh Reddy to Baghdad to establish contact with kidnapped Indian workers
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today met the family members of the Indian nationals kidnapped in Iraq. The family members were accompanied by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders, Manjeet GK and Manjinder Sirsa. "All efforts are underway to rescue the Indians," assured Swaraj. I'm personally supervising efforts. Will leave no stone unturned to ensure rescue of our citizens," she said.
#2 After Uttar Pradesh's Governor BL Joshi, Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt resigns
Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt has resigned from his post today. Dutt's resingation comes two days after Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi put in his papers on June 17, following controversy over central government's consideration to replace seven governors, who were appointed during Congress led UPA-II tenure, before their term comes to an end.
#3 What is ISIL, the jihadist group that threatens to fracture Iraq and the Middle East
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which dealt a spectacular blow to Baghdad's Shiite-led government by grabbing Iraq's second city Mosul and has since rapidly advanced across the country, now poses a threat across the Middle East. Known for its ruthless tactics and suicide bombers, ISIL has already controlled the Iraqi city of Fallujah for five months, and is also arguably the most capable force fighting President Bashar al-Assad inside Syria.
#4 How Chile send Spain packing from FIFA World Cup
In the last World Cup, Spain did lose their opening match but eventually bounced back to go on winning the title. But this time, it was not destined to be like that and their 1-5 humiliation by the Netherlands, their worst defeat since the 1-6 loss to Brazil in 1950 World Cup, was followed by defeat at the hands of Chile
#5 I receive death threats almost every day, says woman allegedly raped by Union Minister Nihalchand Meghwal
A 20-year-old woman, who was allegedly raped by 17 people, including her husband and a man who is now a Union minister, has said that she can't stay in once city or town for long due to constant threats. Pressure has been mounting on the Narendra Modi government to sack Union Minister of State for chemicals and fertilizers Nihalchand Meghwal, who was accused of rape and sexual molestation by the woman in 2011.