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New Delhi, Nov 8 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1 pm.

DEL12 DEF-SINOINDIA-TALKS Indian and Chinese armies term 8th round of military talks as candid, constructive New Delhi: The eighth round of military talks on the Ladakh standoff with the Chinese PLA was candid, in-depth and constructive, the Indian Army said on Sunday, amid no signs of a concrete breakthrough on disengagement of troops in the high-altitude region.

FGN29 US-ELECTION-BIDEN-2NDLD SPEECH President-elect Joe Biden pledges to unite America; calls it 'a time to heal in America' Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to unite the country as he called it 'a time to heal in America', after his historic victory over Donald Trump in a bitter and closely-fought presidential election - billed as one of the most divisive in recent American history. By Lalit K Jha DEL7 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19 cases in India breach 85-lakh mark New Delhi: India's COVID-19 caseload went past 85 lakh, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 78,68,968 pushing the national recovery rate to 92.49 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

NATION BOM4 GJ-MODI-FERRY PM inaugurates Ro-Pax ferry service in Gujarat Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated a Ro-Pax ferry service between Hazira near Surat and Ghogha in Bhavnagar district.

DEL17 UKD-CM INTERVIEW Uttarakhand's pragmatic industrial policies attracting huge investments: CM New Delhi: Upbeat about the all-round development of Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Sunday said his government's pragmatic industrial policy has ensured a large amount of investment coming into the state and expressed confidence that the flow would continue uninterrupted.

DEL13 DL-VIRUS-LD JAIN Third wave of COVID-19 in Delhi worst so far; cases to come down soon: Health Minister Jain New Delhi: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Sunday said the national capital has hit the peak of the third wave of COVID-19 and the number of cases suggests it has been the worst so far.

DEL8 JK-INFILTRATION Militant killed as Army foils infiltration bid along LoC in J-K's Machil sector Srinagar: A militant was killed as the Army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Machil sector of Jammu and Kashmir, a defence spokesperson said here on Sunday.

BOM2 MP-BOY-BOREWELL MP: 5-yr-old boy stuck in borewell dies Bhopal, Nov 8 (PTI) A five-year-old boy, who fell into a 200-feet deep borewell in Madhya Pradesh's Niwari district four days back, could not be saved even after a 90-hour-long rescue operation, officials said on Sunday.

DEL18 IIT-STUDY-PAPER CUPS IIT study cites risk of plastic contamination in drinking tea from disposable paper cups New Delhi: Disposable paper cups are not safe for drinking tea and a person drinking three cups of tea in them will end up ingesting 75,000 tiny microplastic particles, a study by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, has found.

DEL16 CONG-SONIA-BIDEN Sonia Gandhi sends congratulatory letters to Biden, Harris, hails their electoral triumph New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden on his electoral triumph, with party chief Sonia Gandhi saying his measured speeches during the campaign and stress on healing divisions among the people were greatly reassuring.

MDS3 TN-US ELECTIONS-REAX TN CM hails Kamala Harris' 'astounding victory' Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Sunday greeted US President-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris and particularly recalled her Tamil Nadu roots.

MDS2 TN-HARRIS-AUNT Feel very happy over Kamala Harris' victory, says aunt Chennai: City-based maternal aunt of US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Dr Sarala Gopalan, is elated over her niece's feat and now hopes to attend her swearing-in ceremony.

FORIEGN FGN1 US-ELECTION-TRUMP Will not rest until Americans have honest vote count they deserve: Trump Washington: Refusing to concede the election, US President Donald Trump has said that he will not rest until the American people have the honest vote count they are entitled to. By Lalit K Jha FGN22 US-ELECTION-HARRIS-LD SPEECH You assured new day for America: US VP-elect Kamala Harris tells Americans Washington: US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has told Americans that they have assured a new day for America by electing Joe Biden as their President, as she delivered a historic speech after they won the closely-fought presidential election.

FGN41 US-INDIA-BIDEN-EXPERTS Biden will continue strengthening India-US relationship, say experts Washington: President-elect Joe Biden will continue strengthening India-US relationship, think-tanks and prominent Indian-American experts have said. By Lalit K Jha FGN35 US-BIDEN-INDIANS-CITIZENSHIP Biden administration likely to provide US citizenship to over 500,000 Indians Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden will work towards providing a roadmap to American citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants, including over 500,000 from India, and will also establish a minimum admission number of 95,000 refugees annually. By Lalit K Jha FGN30 BIDEN-PROFILE Joe Biden: From being one of the youngest senators to oldest US president Washington: Third time lucky is an apt phrase to describe the remarkable rise of Joe Biden, a veteran in US politics for around five decades, from being one of the youngest senators in history to the oldest American president.

FGN31 HARRIS-PROFILE Kamala Harris: The inspiring story of many firsts Washington: Known as the 'female Obama', first time Senator Kamala Devi Harris has scripted history by becoming first woman, Black and Indian-American vice president of the United States.