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New Delhi, Apr 2 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1 pm.

IN THE PIPELINE Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses rally in Tamil Nadu's Madurai.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah's rally in West Bengal's Cooch Behar.

WB CM Mamata Banerjee at poll rally in Cooch Behar.

ON THE WIRE NATION DEL9 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19:Single-day rise of 81,466 cases, highest in six months New Delhi: India recorded the highest single-day rise in coronavirus cases in six months with 81,466 new infections in a span of 24 hours, taking the COVID-19 tally of cases to 1,23,03,131, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

DEL13 JK-2NDLD ENCOUNTER Pulwama encounter:Three militants involved in attack on BJP leader's house killed Srinagar: Three militants involved in the attack on a BJP leader's house in Nowgam area of the city were on Friday killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

DEL14 EC-AS-EVM Assam: Repoll in one polling station after EVM controversy New Delhi: The Election Commission on Friday ordered a repoll at a polling station in Ratabari seat of Assam after the presiding officer carried the EVM after polling in a vehicle which reportedly belonged to a BJP candidate.

DEL12 VACCINE-COVAXIN THIRD DOSE COVID-19: Govt's expert panel allows clinical trials for third dose of Covaxin New Delhi: The expert panel of India's drug regulator, DCGI, has permitted Bharat Biotech to give a third dose of Covaxin to a few volunteers in its clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccine, sources said.

BOM1 MH-AMBANI-VEHICLE-GANGSTER Antilia scare: Gangster lodged in Tihar jail under scanner for Telegram message Mumbai: The role of a gangster lodged in Delhi's Tihar jail is being probed in connection with the message on Telegram channel, through which an outfit named Jaish-ul-Hind had claimed responsibility for placing an explosives-laden SUV near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's house here, a police official said.

MDS6 TN-DMK-TAX-SEARCHES DMK slams Centre for 'income tax searches' in the residence of party chief Stalin's daughter Vellore: The DMK on Friday condemned the Central government for 'searches' by income tax officials in the residence of party chief M K Stalin's daughter Senthamarai in Chennai and alleged it has a 'political objective.' FOREIGN FGN18 SA-GUPTA-FUND-LD SEIZURE South Africa seizes USD 1.3 mn from Gupta family-owned company’s bank account Johannesburg: South Africa’s central bank has seized over USD 1.3 million from a bank account of the now-abandoned Gupta family-owned Sahara Computers, which was one of the country’s leading IT suppliers. By Fakir Hassen FGN13 UN-INDIA-CONTRIBUTION India contributes USD 300,000 to UN Women United Nations: India has contributed USD 300,000 to the United Nations agency for gender equality and women empowerment, a contribution lauded by the UN entity. By Yoshita Singh FGN16 VIRUS-LANKA-INDIA-VACCINE Lanka temporarily suspends COVID-19 jabs due to delay in securing vaccines from SII: Minister Colombo: Sri Lanka has temporarily halted its COVID-19 vaccination programme as there was a delay in securing more AstraZeneca vaccines from the Serum Institute of India, a top health minister has said.