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New Delhi, Feb 5 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1 pm: NATION DEL30 BIZ-RBI-LD GROWTH Economic growth will only move upwards: Shaktikanta Das Mumbai: Stressing that economic growth will only move upwards, the Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday pegged the GDP growth rate for the next financial year at 10.5 per cent, though a tad lower than the government’s projection of 11 per cent.

DEL24 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India records 12,408 new cases, 120 fresh fatalities New Delhi: India's COVID-19 tally of cases went past 1.08 crore with 12,408 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, while the recoveries surged to 1,04,96,308, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

PAR2 RS-MOTION-ACT OF GOD Wrong to term economic crisis act of God, govt policies responsible: CPI New Delhi: The CPI on Friday hit out at the government for terming the economic crisis as an act of God, and said the policies of the government are squarely responsible for the situation and not the almighty.

DEL26 BIZ-PFIZER-VACCINE COVID-19 vaccine: Pfizer withdraws Emergency Use Authorisation application in India New Delhi: Pharma major Pfizer on Friday said it has decided to withdraw its application for Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) of its COVID-19 vaccine in India.

MDS4 TN-ASSEMBLY-FARM LOAN WAIVER TN govt announces Rs 12,110 cr farm loan waiver Chennai: The AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu on Friday announced waiver of Rs 12,110 crore farm loans availed by 16.43 lakh farmers from cooperative banks.

LEGAL LGD5 SC-COMEDIAN SC grants interim bail to comedian Munawar Faruqui in case lodged in MP New Delhi:5 (PTI) The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim bail to comedian Munawar Faruqui in a case lodged at Indore in Madhya Pradesh for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

FOREIGN FGN9 US-LD TRUMP House impeachment managers ask Trump to testify, his lawyers call it 'public relations stunt' Washington: House impeachment managers asked former US president Donald Trump on Thursday to testify during the Senate impeachment trial about his conduct on January 6. The move was immediately described as a 'public relations stunt' by his lawyers. By Lalit K Jha FGN15 US-H1B Biden admin delays implementation of Trump era rule on H-1B, says lottery system to continue for now Washington: The Biden administration has announced that it is delaying the H-1B policy of the previous Trump administration on allocation of the popular foreign work visas by continuing with the lottery system until December 31, 2021, to give the immigration agency more time to develop, test and implement the modifications to the registration system. By Lalit K Jha.

SPORTS SPD7 SPO-CRI-IND-LD LUNCH First Test: Bumrah, Ashwin strike as England reach 67/2 at lunch on Day 1 Chennai: Pacer Jasprit Bumrah and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin got one apiece to peg England back to 67 for 2 at lunch on the opening day of the first Test against India, here on Friday. PTI RHL