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New Delhi, Feb 9 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 12.30 pm: NATION DEL16 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: New cases fall below 10,000 second time in February New Delhi: The daily new COVID-19 cases fell below 10,000 for the second time this month taking India's tally of cases to 1,08,47,304, while fresh fatalities remained below 100 for the fourth consecutive day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

DEL17 UKD-LD FLOOD U'khand glacier disaster: Toll rises to 28; op to rescue those trapped in Tapovan tunnel on Joshimath/ Dehradun: The death toll from the Uttarakhand glacier disaster rose to 28 with the recovery of two more bodies, even as a multi-agency operation to rescue around 30 workers feared trapped inside a swamped tunnel at the Tapovan power project in Chamoli district continued on Tuesday, officials said.

DEL5 DL-SIDHU-ARREST Deep Sidhu arrested in Jan 26 Red Fort incident New Delhi: Actor Deep Sidhu, who was wanted in connection with the Red Fort incident on Republic Day, has been arrested by the Delhi Police, officials said on Tuesday.

PAR1 RS-REDDY-REGRET Vijayasai Reddy expresses regret over remarks against RS Chair New Delhi: V Vijayasai Reddy of the YSR Congress Party on Tuesday expressed regret for the comments he made against the Rajya Sabha chairman, saying he never intended to cast any aspersions on the Chair and had uttered them in a state of anguish.

CAL1 WB-ECI-APP ECI booth app likely to be used in Bengal polls to root out bogus voters, prevent duplication Kolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) is likely to use its booth mobile application in a full-fledged manner during the upcoming assembly elections in West Bengal to root out bogus electors, prevent duplication of voting and quickly bring out details of the polling process, an official said on Tuesday.

MDS2 TN-SASIKALA Sasikala reaches Chennai after 23 hr road trip from Bengaluru Chennai: Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala on Tuesday arrived here, 23 hours after her departure from Bengaluru, where she had served a four year jail term in a corruption case and also underwent treatment for COVID-19.

LEGAL LGD8 SC-PROTEST-FIRS Republic Day violence: SC stays arrest of Tharoor, Sardesai & others in FIRs lodged for tweets New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday stayed the arrest of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and six journalists including Rajdeep Sardesai in connection with FIRs lodged against them for their alleged 'misleading' tweets on the violence during the farmers' tractor rally here on the Republic Day.

LGD7 SC-AAP LEADER SC grants protection to AAP leader Sanjay Singh in alleged hate speech cases in UP New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted protection from coercive action to Aam Aadmi Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh in alleged hate speech cases lodged against him in Uttar Pradesh.

BUSINES DEL15 BIZ-PETROL-PRICE Petrol, diesel prices at fresh highs; petrol crosses Rs 87 mark in Delhi New Delhi: Petrol and diesel prices on Tuesday climbed to fresh highs in the country as rates were hiked after a three-day hiatus.

DEL18 BIZ-TWITTER Twitter seeks dialogue with IT Min after order to block a/cs, says safety of staff top priority New Delhi: Twitter on Tuesday said it is seeking formal dialogue with the Information Technology Minister after the government ordered it to take down 1,178 accounts for allegedly spreading misinformation around farmers' protests.

DEL6 BIZ-STOCKS-OPEN Sensex jumps over 200 pts; Nifty nears 15,200 Mumbai: Equity benchmark Sensex jumped over 200 points to scale fresh lifetime high in early trade on Tuesday, led by gains in index heavyweights Infosys, Reliance Industries and HCL Tech amid positive global cues and unabated foreign fund inflows.

FOREIGN FGN11 US-BIDEN-2NDLD MODI US Prez Biden, PM Modi commit towards greater Indo-US ties; work against COVID-19, terrorism Washington: US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have committed to defeat the COVID-19, rebuild the global economy, jointly combat the scourge of global terrorism and promote a free and open Indo-Pacific, setting up an ambitious agenda to take the strategic bilateral ties to the next level. By Lalit K Jha FGN16 US-CHINA-BLINKEN-TRUMP US Secretary of State says Trump was right to take tougher approach on China Washington: Former US president Donald Trump was right to take a tougher approach on China, newly-appointed Secretary of State Tony Blinken has said, reiterating the Biden administration’s policy of engaging Beijing from a position of strength. By Lalit K Jha FGN9 UN-MYANMAR UN chief reaches out to Asian leaders to call for collective action for reversal of coup in Myanmar United Nations: Reiterating his concern over the situation in Myanmar, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has been reaching out to regional leaders in Asia to call for collective and bilateral action to create conditions for the recent military coup in the country to be reversed, the UN chief's spokesperson has said. By Yoshita Singh FGN2 US-INDIA-GLACIER-BURST US condoles deaths in Uttarakhand flood, wishes for a speedy recovery of injured Washington: The US has condoled the loss of lives due to the avalanche caused by a glacier burst in India's Uttarakhand state and extended wishes for a speedy recovery of those injured. By Lalit K Jha. PTI CK