A look at the headlines right now:
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- Air quality stays ‘severe’ in Delhi, thick dusty haze likely to persist till Friday: A number of flights from Chandigarh airport were cancelled on Thursday because of low visibility in cities across North India.
- Wholesale price inflation rose to 4.43% in May – the highest in over a year: The inflation rate was at a 14-month high, mainly due to increasing prices of fuel and vegetables.
- Two killed in Manipur, four die in Tripura due to heavy rain: At least four people were killed in rain-related incidents in Kozhikode and Thrissur.
- ‘Women should stay childless rather than give birth to those who deform society,’ says BJP MLA: Pannalal Shakya told women to follow an old couplet that asks them to only birth to children who are devoted, charitable or brave.
- India expresses ‘deep dismay’ over Maldivian court’s decision to imprison former president, judges: The Ministry of External Affairs said the verdict casts doubt on the Maldivian government’s commitment to uphold the rule of law.
- Members of Hafiz Saeed’s political party to contest Pakistan polls from another platform: The Election Commission had dismissed Saeed’s outfit’s plea to register because of its links with the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks.
- Police book boxer Jai Bhagwan for allegedly assaulting woman excise inspector: The complainant and her husband were also booked after Bhagwan’s mother claimed they had threatened her.
- US prosecutors reviewing allegations of sexual assault against actor Sylvester Stallone: A woman filed a police report in November 2017, accusing the action star of raping her 27 years ago.
- Russian legislator asks women not to have sex with foreign men at FIFA World Cup: The head of parliament’s committee for families, women and children said mixed-race children face discrimination and have been suffering since the Soviet era.
- Haiti bans Oxfam’s British unit in the country after sexual misconduct allegations: The government had temporarily revoked the organisation’s right to operate in the country in February.