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New Delhi, Feb 8 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 12.30pm: NATION PAR29 RS-PM-FARMERS PM appeals to farmers to end agitation against farm laws New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday made a fervent appeal to protesters to end their agitation against the new farm laws even as he questioned opposition parties for their sudden 'U-turn' on the agriculture reforms.

PAR21 PM-CORONA India proved wrong all those who raised apprehensions: PM on govt's handling of COVID-19 pandemic New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took on the opposition parties for criticising the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, and said India has proved wrong all those who raised apprehensions.

DEL8 UKD FLOOD TOLL Toll climbs to 10 in Uttarakhand glacier burst, 143 still missing Dehradun: IAF teams left for the avalanche-hit areas of Uttarakhand's Chamoli district early on Monday to ramp up relief efforts, while rescuers pulled out three more bodies of the people missing in the glacier burst taking the toll to 10.

DEL15 PAK-BORDER-LD INTRUDER Pakistani intruder killed by BSF along International Border in Jammu Jammu/New Delhi: A Pakistani intruder was shot dead by the Border Security Force (BSF) along the India-Pakistan international border in Jammu on Monday, officials said.

PAR9 RS-DEFENCE Securities forces have restricted Pakistan's acts to borders only: Rajnath Singh New Delhi: Indian security forces have not only restricted Pakistan's nefarious acts to the borders only but are also giving a befitting reply to them, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told the Rajya Sabha on Monday.

DEL11 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: Daily deaths again fall below 100 in February New Delhi: India's tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 1,08,38,194, with 11,831 new infections, while the daily deaths fell below 100 for the fourth time this month, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

DEL18 UKD-FLOOD-LD RESCUE Multi-agency operation on to rescue those trapped inside tunnel in Uttarakhand's Tapovan Dehradun: A multi-agency operation to rescue an estimated 34 people trapped inside a big tunnel at Tapovan was carried out overnight after a glacier burst-triggered deluge killed 10 people in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district while over 140 are missing, officials said on Monday.

MDS1 TN-SASIKALA Sasikala returns to TN after four years to grand reception Krishnagiri (TN)/Bengaluru: Expelled AIADMK leader V K Sasikala on Monday returned to Tamil Nadu to a grand reception, days after completing her four-year jail term in Bengaluru in a Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case.

BUSINESS DEL2 BIZ-STOCKS-OPEN Sensex rallies over 600 pts to hit record high; Nifty tops 15,100 Mumbai: Equity benchmark Sensex rallied over 600 points to scale fresh lifetime high in early trade on Monday tracking strong gains in index majors ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and M&M amid a positive trend in global markets.

DEL10 BIZ-RUPEE-OPEN Rupee rises 9 paise to 72.84 against US dollar in early trade Mumbai: The rupee appreciated by 9 paise to 72.84 against the US dollar in opening trade on Monday following rally in domestic equities.

FOREIGN FGN8 US-INDIA-CAUCUS-FARMERS Ensure democracy's norms maintained, protesters demonstrate peacefully: US Caucus to India Washington: A powerful India Caucus in the US Congress has urged the Indian government to ensure that the norms of democracy are maintained and protesters allowed to demonstrate peacefully and have access to the Internet as it held a meeting with New Delhi’s envoy here. By Lalit K Jha FGN5 UN-UKD-FLOOD-REAX Guterres says UN stands ready to contribute to ongoing rescue and assistance efforts in Uttarakhand United Nations: The United Nations stands ready to contribute to the ongoing rescue and assistance efforts in Uttarakhand if necessary, Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said as the top leadership of the global organisation expressed sadness over the loss of life and damage from the glacier burst and flooding in the Indian state. By Yoshita Singh FGN9 PAK-HAVELI Pak authorities, owners of ancestral houses of Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor urged to settle property rate Peshawar: Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and the owners of the ancestral houses of legendary Bollywood actors Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor have been urged to reach a settlement over the rate fixed for the purchase of the two historic buildings for converting them into museums.

SPORTS SPD7 SPO-CRI-IND-LD LUNCH England lose Burns first ball after India concede 241-run first-innings lead Chennai: Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin struck with the very first ball of second innings as England survived two testing overs before lunch on the fourth day of the opening Test against India after securing a first-innings lead of 241 runs. PTI CK