Top headlines of the day: 1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency, on Thursday to inaugurate development projects worth over Rs 1,500 crore, according to his office. 2. Mehul Choksi, the fugitive businessman, arrived in Antigua and Barbuda early Thursday morning, three days after his bail was granted by the Dominica high court of justice on medical reasons. 3. The Supreme Court took suo motu notice on July 14 of a plan by the Uttar Pradesh government to apparently go through with the annual Kanwar Yatra despite worries of a third pandemic wave. 4. The home ministry wrote to all states and union territories on Wednesday, requesting that they tell police stations in their authority not to register new crimes under Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, and to drop cases that had been booked after it was declared defunct. 5. While the Calcutta High Court accepted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's appeal contesting the election of Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram on Wednesday, a BJP MLA filed a petition with the Supreme Court to have the case relocated out of West Bengal. 6. Three more suspected Al-Qaeda militants have been apprehended in Lucknow in connection with a state-wide suicide attack plot. 7. On Wednesday, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar asked the Taliban, without naming them, to reach an acceptable compromise based on the Doha, Istanbul, and Moscow formats for a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan.
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