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New Delhi, Mar 24 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1300 hours: CAL6 WB-POLL-MODI No Indian is outsider in Bengal, BJP CM will be son of soil: Modi Kanthi (WB): Bengal has brought together the nation through 'Vande Mataram', and on this land, CM Mamata Banerjee was terming people 'bohiragoto', Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, announcing that if voted to power, a son of the soil will be made the BJP chief minister of the state.

DEL14 PM-NCDS India at forefront of initiatives to prevent non-communicable diseases: PM Modi New Delhi: India is at the forefront of initiatives that seek to prevent non-communicable diseases and further wellness, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday.

DEL11 VIRUS-LD CASES India records highest single-day spike with 47,262 fresh COVID-19 cases New Delhi: India recorded 47,262 fresh coronavirus cases in a day, the highest single-day rise so far this year, taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,17,34,058, the Union health ministry said on Wednesday DEL9 BIZ-PETROL-PRICE-CUT Petrol price cut by 18 paise, diesel by 17 paise New Delhi: In the first reduction in rates in over a year, petrol price on Wednesday was cut by 18 paise per litre and diesel by 17 paise a litre as international oil prices tumbled to the lowest since early February.

DEL16 CHIDAMBARAM-LANKA Chidambaram attacks Centre for abstaining from voting on UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday urged the people of Tamil Nadu to “punish the AIADMK-BJP alliance” in the upcoming state assembly elections for abstaining from the UNHRC vote on Sri Lanka.

MDS3 KL-POLL-SHAH Union Minister Amit Shah hits streets, campaigns for BJP candidates in Kerala Kochi: Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah on Wednesday held a roadshow in nearby Tripunithura town as part of his election campaign for the NDA candidates contesting April 6 polls to the state assembly.

DEL15 CONG-BIHAR Democracy murdered in Bihar: Congress New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday alleged that democracy has been murdered in Bihar after opposition legislators were allegedly roughed up by the police inside the state assembly.

BOM2 MH-BJP-SENA Sena alleges collusion between BJP and some Maha officials Mumbai: Stating that the BJP's 'key motive' is to create instability in Maharashtra by imposing President's Rule, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday alleged 'collusion' between the BJP and some officials with an aim to weaken the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.

LGD2 SC-LD CJI CJI Bobde recommends name of Justice NV Ramana as his successor New Delhi, Mar 24 (PTI) Chief Justice of India SA Bobde has recommended senior-most judge Justice N V Ramana as his successor and the 48th Chief Justice of India in keeping with convention and norms of seniority, according to sources.

LGD7 SC-PARAM BIR Ex-Mumbai CP Param Bir Singh withdraws plea from SC for CBI probe against Maha minister New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh to withdraw his plea seeking direction for a 'impartial and fair' CBI probe into alleged corrupt malpractices of Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

FGN21 UN-INDIA-AFGHAN-VACCINE India's donation of COVID-19 vaccines to Afghanistan lauded United Nations, Mar 24 (PTI) India's donation of COVID-19 vaccines to Afghanistan has been lauded by top UN officials and diplomats from Kabul, as the war-torn country undertakes a vaccination campaign to combat the deadly virus. By Yoshita Singh FGN18 US-JAPAN-SKOREA-TALKS US to hold trilateral NSA-level talks with Japan, S Korea on North Korea next week Washington: The US plans to hold the NSA-level trilateral talks with Japan and South Korea next week on issues related to North Korea, making them among the most senior foreign officials to visit Washington since the start of the Biden presidency, officials here have said. By Lalit K Jha FGN14 US-SENATE-MURTHY Senate confirms Dr Vivek Murthy as US Surgeon General Washington: Indian-American physician Vivek Murthy has been confirmed by the Senate as President Joe Biden's surgeon general, a role in which his top priority would be responding to the coronavirus pandemic that has severely hit the country. By Lalit K Jha PTI SRY