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New Delhi, May 22 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1 pm.

NATION DEL5 VIRUS-LD CASES India records 2.57 lakh fresh COVID-19 cases, 4,194 fatalities New Delhi: The daily rise in coronavirus cases in India remained below the 3 lakh-mark for the sixth consecutive day, with 2.57 lakh new cases recorded in a single day, the Union health ministry said on Saturday.

CAL4 AS-ONGC-LD RELEASE Kidnapped ONGC employee released by ULFA(I) militants Guwahati: Kidnapped ONGC employee Ritul Saikia was released by ULFA(I) militants on Saturday morning in Myanmar near its border with India's Nagaland, police said.

DEL8 VIP SECURITY-WB-ADHIKARI Centre accords VIP security cover to Suvendu Adhikari's father, brother New Delhi: West Bengal BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari's father and brother, both members of Parliament, have been accorded 'Y+' central security cover by the Union home ministry, official sources said on Saturday.

BOM1 CYCLONE-NAVY-RESCUE 26 still missing; Navy deploys diving teams to look for bodies Mumbai: With no trace of 15 personnel from barge P305 and 11 from tugboat Varaprada six days after Cyclone Tauktae fury rendered the vessels adrift, the Navy on Saturday deployed specialised diving teams to boost the search and rescue operations (SAR) off Mumbai coast.

BOM2 MH-CYCLONE-BJP-THACKERAY At least I am taking stock on ground and not in helicopter: Maha CM hits back at BJP Mumbai: Amid opposition BJP’s criticism over the duration of his visit to cyclone-hit Konkan region of Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said that he was at least taking stock of the situation on the ground and not conducting an aerial survey in a helicopter.

MDS2 KA-OXYGEN-FEMALE CREW Oxygen Express piloted by 'All female crew' reaches Bengaluru Bengaluru: An Oxygen Express train piloted by an 'All Female Crew' arrived in the city with 120 metric tonnes of medical oxygen from Jamshedpur.

BUSINESS DEL6 BIZ-GOVT-SOCIALMEDIA PLATFORMS Govt asks social media platforms to remove content mentioning 'Indian variant' of coronavirus New Delhi: The government has asked social media companies to immediately remove any content on their platform which mentions or refers to the term 'Indian variant' of coronavirus, in a bid to curb spread of misinformation around COVID-19.

LEGAL LGD1 VIRUS-SC-JHARKHAND J’khand critical of Centre’s objection to SC intervention to deal with COVID-19 pandemic New Delhi: The Jharkhand government hailed the Supreme Court for its timely intervention, saying it led to optimal distribution and utilisation of oxygen and other essential drugs amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and termed the Centre's objection to the judicial interference as 'misplaced and unwarranted”. By Manohar Lal FOREIGN FGN14 NEPAL-PRESIDENT-2NDLD PARLIAMENT Nepal president dissolves Parliament; announces mid-term polls in November Kathmandu: Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Saturday dissolved the House of Representatives and announced mid-term polls on November 12 and 19 after she determined that both embattled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and the Opposition alliance were not in a position to form a government. By Shirish B Pradhan FGN11 VIRUS-IMF-GLOBAL-VACCINATION IMF proposes USD 50 billion global vaccination plan Washington: The International Monetary Fund has proposed a USD 50 billion global vaccination plan that would cover at least 40 per cent of the global population by the end of 2021 and at least 60 per cent by the first half of 2022. By Lalit K Jha FGN16 VIRUS-IMF-INDIA Covid crisis in India a warning of possible events in other low- and middle-income countries: IMF Washington: Observing that the ongoing 'catastrophic' second wave of COVID-19 in India is a sign that the worst may be yet to come, the IMF has said that the situation in the country is a warning of the possible events in low- and middle-income nations that have seemingly escaped the pandemic till now. By Lalit K Jha PTI IJT

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