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

NATION DEL18 PM PM lays foundation stone of Light House Projects New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone of Light House Projects under the Global Housing Technology Challenge-India (GHTC-India) at six sites across six states, a programme that seeks to build over 1,000 houses each in these cities in 12 months.

DEL11 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India records 20,035 new cases New Delhi: The daily new coronavirus infections in India remained below 30,000 for the 19th consecutive day taking the COVID-19 caseload to 1,02,86,709, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 98.83 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

DEL14 DL-LD COLD Severe cold wave in Delhi on New Year's Day; minimum temperature lowest in 15 years New Delhi: A severe cold wave swept through Delhi on New Year's Day as the mercury plummeted to 1.1 degrees Celsius, the lowest in 15 years, and 'very dense' fog lowered visibility to 'zero' metres, affecting traffic movement.

CAL2 DEF-GRSE-NAVY GRSE delivers eighth landing craft utility ship to Indian Navy Kolkata: Defence PSU GRSE has delivered to the Indian Navy the last of the eight landing craft utility (LCU) ships manufactured by it, providing a major boost to the country's defence preparedness, a top company official said.

CAL1 WB-TMC-FOUNDATION DAY TMC celebrates foundation day, Mamata vows to continue her fight for people Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Friday celebrated its 23rd Foundation Day across West Bengal with Chief Minister and party supremo Mamata Banerjee asserting that she will fight and work for the people.

MDS3 KL-SWEEPER-PANCHAYAT-PRESIDENT From part-time sweeper to panchayat prez, a rise thanks to democracy Kollam: When A Anandavalli entered the Pathanapuram block Panchayat in Kerala nearly decade ago as a part-time sweeper, she would never have dreamt she would rise to head the local body one day.

FOREIGN FGN11 US-TRUMP-VISA-2NDLD BAN Trump extends freeze on H-1B, other work visas until March 31; Indian IT professionals to be hit Washington: US President Donald Trump has extended the freeze on the most sought-after H-1B visas by Indian IT professionals, along with other types of foreign work visas and green cards through March 31 to protect American workers, saying that the reasons for which he had imposed such restrictions amidst the pandemic has not changed. By Lalit K Jha PTI IJT