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New Delhi, Feb 18 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1 pm: NATION DEL12 MEA-QUAD-LD-INDOPACIFIC Third Quad ministerial meeting to discuss regional, global issues New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will join his counterparts from the US, Japan and Australia on Thursday under the framework of Quad coalition to deliberate on ways to enhance cooperation in the Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of growing Chinese assertiveness in the region.

DEL16 PB-HR-RAIL ROKO 'Rail roko' call: Farmers assemble near rail tracks in Punjab, Haryana Chandigarh: Farmers on Thursday gathered near railway tracks at many places in Punjab and Haryana for the 'rail roko' protest against the Centre's new agri laws, with officials stopping trains at stations as a precautionary measure.

DEL14 JK-ENVOY-ARMY Indian army briefs foreign envoys visiting J-K on role of Pak in running terror factories across LoC Srinagar: Senior Indian army officials on Thursday briefed envoys from 24 countries visiting Jammu and Kashmir about the role of the Pakistani army in running terror factories across the Line of Control by organising training camps, officials said.

DEL15 VIRUS-VACCINATIONS India third on list of countries with highest cumulative vaccination numbers: Health ministry New Delhi: India is third globally, after the US and the UK, in highest cumulative vaccination numbers, the Union health ministry said on Thursday.

DEL8 MOE-PM-PARIKSHA PE CHARCHA PM Modi’s 'Pariksha Pe Charcha' to be held online due to COVID-19: Education Minister New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s annual interaction with students 'Pariksha Pe Charcha' will be held online in this year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said on Thursday.

DEL10 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India records 12,881 new cases, 101 fresh fatalities New Delhi: India's tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 1,09,50,201 with 12,881 new infections, while the recoveries surged to 1,06,56,845, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.

CAL5 WB-MAMATA-MINISTER Attack on Bengal minister a conspiracy, was being pressured to join another party: Mamata Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday alleged the bomb attack on state minister Jakir Hossain was part of a conspiracy as certain people were 'pressuring' him to switch over to another party.

MDS4 KL-BJP-SREEDHARAN Metroman E Sreedharan to join BJP, says party's Kerala unit chief Kozhikode (Ker): The BJP on Thursday said 'Metroman' E Sreedharan will join the party ahead of the Kerala Assembly election.

LEGAL LGD7 DL-HC-LD TOOLKIT Toolkit case: Disha Ravi moves Delhi HC to restrain police from leaking probe material to media New Delhi: Climate activist Disha Ravi, arrested for alleged involvement in sharing a toolkit backing the farmers' protest, on Thursday moved the Delhi High Court seeking to restrain police from leaking to the media any probe material in relation to the FIR lodged against her.

LGD8 SC-GOGOI SC closes suo motu proceedings to probe larger conspiracy to frame ex-CJI Gogoi New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday closed the proceedings initiated to probe a “larger conspiracy” to frame ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi in an alleged sexual harassment case and 'fixing' of benches in the top court.

FOREIGN FGN18 US-H1B US reaches H-1B visa cap for 2021 Washington: The US has received enough petitions needed to reach the Congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for the fiscal year 2021 and successful candidates for the most sought-after work visa among foreign professionals, including Indians, would be decided by a computerised draw of lots. By Lalit K Jha FGN16 LANKA-IMRAN-ADDRESS Sri Lanka cancels Imran Khan's planned address to its Parliament: Media reports Colombo/Islamabad: Sri Lanka has cancelled Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s planned address to its Parliament during his upcoming visit to Colombo, according to media reports.

FGN12 UN-INDIA-VACCINES UN chief 'extremely grateful' for India's 200,000 COVID vaccines for peacekeepers United Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is 'extremely grateful' for the gift of 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses announced by India for peacekeepers, the spokesperson for the UN chief has said. By Yoshita Singh. PTI RHL