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New Delhi, Mar 15 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1 pm.

PAR2 RS-UK-RACISM India to take up with UK racism issues when required: Jaishankar New Delhi: India will take up with the UK when required the alleged incidents of racism in Britain, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in the Rajya Sabha on Monday. He also described India as the land of Mahatma Gandhi and said it can never turn its eyes away from racism.

DEL11 VIRUS-LD CASES India records 26,291 new COVID-19 cases, highest single-day rise in 85 days New Delhi: India recorded 26,291 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, its highest single-day spike in 85 days, taking the country's infection tally to 1,13,85,339, according to Union health ministry data.

BOM2 MP-VIRUS-GUIDELINES MP govt advises week-long quarantine to passengers from Maha Bhopal: In view of a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Madhya Pradesh government has issued new guidelines and said people coming to districts which share border with Maharashtra should be identified and advised a week-long quarantine.

BOM5 MH-LOCKDOWN-NAGPUR Week-long lockdown begins in Nagpur, top cop visits main roads Nagpur: A week-long lockdown with strict curbs came into force in Nagpur on Monday to contain the rise in COVID-19 cases and officials warned of stern action against those violating the protocols here in Maharashtra.

DEL7 RAHUL-VIRUS Don't let guard down, COVID-19 continues to be big threat: Rahul Gandhi New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the COVID-19 virus continues to be a big threat and people should follow all precautions and not let their guard down.

MDS4 KL-POLLS-SREEDHARAN 'Metro Man' Sreedharan launches campaign, says BJP fighting polls on development plank Palakkad: Launching his campaign, BJP candidate in Palakkad 'Metro Man' E Sreedharan on Monday said the party is fighting the elections on the plank of development and reasserted his claim that the NDA will form the government in Kerala after the April 6 Assembly polls.

BOM1 MH-WAZE-SENA Waze's arrest by NIA 'insult' of Maharashtra Police: Sena Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Monday said the arrest of Mumbai police officer Sachin Waze by the NIA over the recovery of explosives from a car near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's residence was an 'insult' of the Maharashtra Police, and alleged that it was being done deliberately.

BUSINESS DEL14 BIZ-INFLATION WPI inflation rises to 4.17 pc in Feb on costlier food, fuel New Delhi: The wholesale price-based inflation rose for the second consecutive month in February to 4.17 per cent, as food, fuel and power prices spiked.

BOM3 BIZ-BANK STRIKE-MAHARASHTRA Banking services in Maharashtra hit as 40,000 bank employees, officers join two-day strike Mumbai: Banking services in the state got affected on Monday as around 40,000 bank employees and officers have gone on a two-day strike to protest against the government's decision to privatise two more state-run banks.

LEGAL LGD3 DL-COURT-JNU JNU sedition case: Court directs Delhi Police to give copies of charge sheet to Kanhaiya Kumar New Delhi: A court here on Monday directed the Delhi Police to give copies of charge sheet to former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and 9 others in a 2016 sedition case.

LGD5 SC-ELECTION SC notice to Centre, EC on plea to nullify election result if maximum votes for NOTA New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from the Centre and the Election Commission on a plea seeking to direct the poll panel to nullify an election result and conducting a fresh poll if the maximum votes are for NOTA in a particular constituency.

FOREIGN FGN2 QUAD-SUMMIT-BIDEN Quad summit went very well, says President Biden Washington: US President Joe Biden has said that the first virtual summit of the Quad leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, went very well and everyone seemed to like it a great deal. By Lalit K Jha IJT