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New Delhi, Nov 9 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1 pm.

LGD5 GREEN-LD POLLUTION NGT imposes ban on sale, use of firecrackers in NCR from Nov 9 to Nov 30 New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday imposed a total ban on sale or use of all kinds of firecrackers in the National Capital Region (NCR) from November 9 midnight to November 30 midnight, saying 'celebration by crackers is for happiness and not to celebrate deaths and diseases'.

DEL9 VIRUS-LD CASES India records 45,903 new COVID-19 cases, 490 more deaths New Delhi: India's COVID-19 caseload rose to 85,53,657 with 45,903 new infections being reported, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease crossed 79 lakh, pushing the national recovery rate to 92.56 per cent, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Monday.

NATION DEL17 UP-PM-AGRICULTURE Agri reforms will connect farmers directly to market, send middlemen out of system: PM Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the agriculture reforms introduced by the government will connect farmers directly to the market and 'send middlemen out of the system'.

DEL13 PM-PROJECTS PM inaugurates, lays foundation stone of development projects for Varanasi New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of various development projects for Varanasi, including those related to agriculture, tourism and infrastructure.

DEL16 PM-LOCAL PM asks people to buy local products this Diwali New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday made a fervent appeal to people that along with 'vocal for local', they should promote 'local for Diwali' big time and buy local products this festival season.

BOM4 MH-MUMBAI-FIRECRACKERS Mumbai civic body bans firecrackers, fireworks ahead of Diwali Mumbai: The Shiv Sena-led Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday announced a ban on use of firecrackers and fireworks in the city, ahead of Diwali, saying the step was being taken to check coronavirus spread.

DEL2 DL-AIR QUALITY Delhi's air quality severe, relief unlikely soon New Delhi: The national capital's air quality remained “severe” for the fifth consecutive day on Monday, with calm wind speed exacerbating the effect of stubble burning.

LEGAL LGD8 DL-HC-BOLLYWOOD-MEDIA HC seeks Republic TV, Times Now replies on Bollywood producers plea against 'irresponsible remarks' New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Monday asked Republic TV and Times Now to respond to leading Bollywood producers’ plea seeking to restrain them from making or publishing allegedly “irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks' against the film industry and conducting media trials against its members on various issues.

FOREIGN FGN4 US-ELECTION-BUSH Bush congratulates Biden, Harris; calls election 'fundamentally fair' Washington: Former Republican US president George W Bush has said that the American people can have confidence that the 2020 presidential election was 'fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear'. By Lalit K Jha PTI IJT IJT