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New Delhi, Jun 26 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1300 hours: DEL 18 ED-DESHMUKH-4THLD SUMMON Summoned by ED in money laundering case, ex-minister Anil Deshmukh seeks fresh date for appearance Mumbai: Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh has sought a fresh date for appearance before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) which had summoned him for questioning on Saturday in a money laundering case related to an alleged multi-crore bribery-cum-extortion racket that led to his resignation in April, officials said.

DEL14 PM-DRUGS Addiction is neither cool nor a style statement: PM Modi on International Day against Drug Abuse New Delhi: On the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for realising the vision of a drugs-free India, noting that they bring darkness, destruction and devastation.

DEL11 VIRUS-LD CASES India records 48,698 COVID-19 cases, 1,183 deaths in a day New Delhi: A single-day rise of 48,698 COVID-19 infections took India's case tally to 3,01,83,143 while the weekly positivity rate declined to 2.97 per cent, according to Union Health Ministry data on Saturday.

BOM2 MH-RAJDHANI-LD DERAIL Goa-bound Rajdhani Express derails inside tunnel in Maha; all passengers safe Mumbai: Goa-bound Rajdhani Express from Hazrat Nizamuddin derailed inside a tunnel in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra early on Saturday, but there was no report of injury to any passenger, an official said.

DEL13 VACCINE-DOSES Over 1.45 crore vaccine doses available with states: Centre New Delhi: More than 1.45 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with states and union territories and over 19,10,650 jabs are in the pipeline and will be received by them within the next three days, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.

DEL17 ICMR-VIRUS-TESTING India achieves milestone of conducting 40 crore COVID-19 tests: ICMR New Delhi: India has achieved the milestone of conducting 40 crore COVID-19 tests, with the average of more than 18 lakh tests per day in the month of June, the ICMR said on Saturday.

FGN12 UN-INDIA-TERRORISM There are countries 'clearly guilty' of aiding terrorism, wilfully providing safe havens to terrorists: India United Nations: India has told the UN that it has been a victim of terrorism, especially from across the border, over the last several decades and that there are countries “clearly guilty” of aiding, supporting terrorist activities and offering safe havens to militants, a thinly-veiled reference to Pakistan.

By Yoshita Singh FGN9 VIRUS-WHO-DELTA-VARIANT Delta the 'most transmissible' of variants identified so far, spreading rapidly among unvaccinated populations: WHO chief United Nations/Geneva: The Delta variant of COVID-19, identified in at least 85 countries, is the “most transmissible” of the variants identified so far and is spreading rapidly among unvaccinated populations, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned. By Yoshita Singh PTI SRY

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