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New Delhi, Feb 4 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1 pm: NATION Previous govts drafted Union Budget with eye on vote bank: PM Gorakhpur (UP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday targeted previous governments, saying they drafted the Union Budget with an eye on their vote bank and made budgets a medium of announcements they could not fulfil but now the country has changed its approach.

DEL9 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India records 12,899 new cases, 107 fatalities New Delhi: With 12,899 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, India's COVID-19 tally of cases rose to 1,07,90,183, while the recoveries surged to 1,04,80,455, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.

PAR2 RS-DEBATE Opposition tears into govt handling of farmer protest, says monologue should stop New Delhi: Opposition parties on Thursday tore into the government's handling of the farmer protest against three contentious farm reform laws, saying ministers believe in monologue and trenches have been dug, barbed wires put up and spikes installed when bridges should have been built to win over farmers.

PAR3 RS-SCINDIA Govt committed to welfare of farmers: Scindia New Delhi: The ruling BJP on Thursday defended the three new farm laws in Rajya Sabha saying the government was committed to farmers' welfare, and questioned the opposition parties for changing their stance on agricultural market reforms.

DEL11 FARMERS-MPS Group of opposition MPs not allowed to reach Ghazipur farmer protest site: SAD leader New Delhi: Fifteen MPs from 10 opposition parties, including the SAD, DMK, NCP and the Trinamool Congress, were stopped by police from reaching Ghazipur border on Thursday to meet farmers protesting against new farm laws, a leader said.

CAL2 AS-AJP-RAIJOR DAL AJP ties up with Raijor Dal for Assam assembly polls Guwahati: Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) chief Lurinjyoti Gogoi on Thursday said his outfit has forged an alliance with the Raijor Dal, led by jailed anti-CAA activist Akhil Gogoi, for the upcoming state elections.

BOM2 MH-FOREIGN TOURS-ORDER Maha govt issues guidelines for foreign tours of bureaucrats Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has issued guidelines for foreign tours of IAS officers and state bureaucrats, saying they will be allowed three trips abroad in a year for not more than 15 days.

DES6 UP-CONG-CONVOY Vehicles in Priyanka Gandhi's convoy collide in UP's Hapur, none hurt Hapur (UP): Three to four vehicles in Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi's convoy collided on a highway in western Uttar Pradesh's Hapur district on Thursday morning.

FOREIGN FGN12 UN-ISIS-REPORT ISIL-K's new leader heads India operations; may've earlier affiliation with Haqqani network: UN United Nations: Global terror group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant - Khorasan's (ISIL-K) new leader Shihab al-Muhajir heads its operations in India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and is said to have had an earlier affiliation with the dreaded Haqqani Network, according to a report of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. By Yoshita Singh FGN7 US-INDIA-LD FARMERS Steps that would improve efficiency of India's markets welcome: US Washington: Recognising that peaceful protests are a hallmark of a thriving democracy, the US has said it welcomes steps that would improve the efficiency of India's markets and attract greater private sector investment. By Lalit K Jha PTI SMN SMN