1. Congress Working Committee Will decide new President in Next Week:
- The Congress Working Committee will meet next week amid continuing uncertainty over the President’s post after the resignation of Rahul Gandhi from the top post. Recently, top Congress leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, and Motilal Vohra, had informal meetings in New Delhi and understood to have discussed the future course of action with regard to Rahul Gandhi’s successor.
- Several names are doing rounds for the post. They include former Union Ministers Mallikarjun Kharge, Sushilkumar Shinde, Mukul Wasnik and Jyotiraditya Scindia. The names of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his Deputy Sachin Pilot are also in the air for the top post of the grand old party.
- Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has said that a dynamic youth leader should be made Congress President galvanize the party. He also urged the Congress Working Committee to take note of Young India’s need for a young leader.
2. Army Chief releases Kargil Tribute Song:
- Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has released a Kargil Tribute Song to honor, salute and pay homage to the Kargil martyrs and war veterans.
- The song was released at a function organized in New Delhi yesterday as part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas on 26th of this month.
- The song, a tribute to the soldiers has been composed by eminent Hindi lyricist Sammer Anjaan and sung by Shatadru Kabir.
- Operation Vijay involved major operations to evict Pakistani intruders from Indian territory on the icy heights of Dras, Kargil, Batalik and Turtuk.
- The 20th-anniversary celebrations are aimed at Remembering their sacrifice, Rejoicing in their victory and Renewing the pledge to go beyond the call of duty when called upon.
3. Iran announces to break limit set on uranium enrichment in breach of 2015 nuclear deal:
- Iran has announced it will break a limit set on uranium enrichment, in breach of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said Iran still wanted to salvage the deal but blamed European countries for failing to live up to their own commitments.
- The US unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018. It has since reimposed strict sanctions on Iran.
- The Iranian announcement marks the latest breach of the accord. In May, Iran stepped up its production of enriched uranium, which can be used to make fuel for reactors but also for nuclear weapons.
- The country has already stockpiled more enriched uranium than permitted under the terms of the deal.
- The announcement comes a day after French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and expressed his strong concern about what would happen if the agreement was abandoned.
- A statement from French President Office said the two leaders had agreed to explore by 15 July the conditions for the resumption of dialogue between all parties – beyond today’s deadline announced by Iran.
- Under the deal, Iran is only permitted to produce low-enriched uranium, which can be used to produce fuel for nuclear power plants.
- The deal also restricted Iran to stockpiling no more than 300kg of the low-enriched uranium