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New Delhi, Nov 6 (PTI) These are the top stories at 12.30 pm: NATION DEL22 DEF-CDS-RAWAT Chinese military facing unanticipated consequences for misadventure in eastern Ladakh: CDS New Delhi: China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) is facing 'unanticipated consequences' for its misadventure in eastern Ladakh because of the 'firm and strong' responses by the Indian armed forces, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat said on Friday.

DEL10 VIRUS-LD CASES India's COVID-19 caseload goes past 84 lakh with 47,638 fresh infections New Delhi: India's COVID-19 caseload went past 84 lakh, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 77.65 lakh, pushing the national recovery rate to 92.32 per cent, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

DEL21 DL-LD AIR QUALITY Delhi's air quality 'very poor', may improve slightly New Delhi: The national capital's air quality was recorded in the 'very poor' category on Friday morning, while government agencies said it is likely to improve slightly in the next 24 hours.

DEL20 UP-PRIYANKA-ELECTRICITY Priyanka raises issue of irregularities in power billing in UP; demands halving of rates for farmers New Delhi: Voicing concern over alleged irregularities in electricity billing in Uttar Pradesh, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday urged the Yogi Adityanath government to act against those responsible for it and demanded that the rate of power for farmers be halved immediately.

DEL1 JK-ENCOUNTER Militant killed in encounter with security forces in J-K's Pulwama Srinagar: A militant was killed in an overnight encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Friday.

BUSINESS: DEL18 BIZ-WHATSAPP-PAYMENT WhatsApp starts payment service in India New Delhi: WhatsApp on Friday said it is rolling out its payments services in India after receiving nod from the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).

LEGAL: LGD3 DL-HC-UNNAO Unnao custodial death case: HC asks CBI to reply to disqualified UP MLA's appeal against jail New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday sought the CBI’s reply on disqualified UP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar’s appeal challenging his conviction and 10-year imprisonment in the custodial death case of the Unnao rape victim's father.

FOREIGN: FGN9 US-LD ELECTION Biden closes in on presidency Washington: Democratic leader Joe Biden appeared to be a step away from winning the US presidential election as the latest count of votes from a handful of battleground states indicated that the re-election chances of incumbent Republican President Donald Trump are getting slim by the hour.

By Lalit K Jha FGN11 US-TRUMP-BIDEN-SUPPORTERS Indian-American supporters of Trump, Biden clash over leaders' policies New York: A South-Asian support group for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has slammed President Donald Trump for tearing apart communities and failing to denounce white supremacy while a strong Indian-American supporter of Trump said he has united minority communities, views that highlighted a clash between Indian-Americans over policies of the two leaders. By Yoshita Singh PTI KJ KJ