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New Delhi, Apr 3 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1.15 pm.

NATION DEL5 VIRUS-LD CASES India records 89,129 COVID-19 cases, 714 fatalities in a day, highest in over six months New Delhi: India on Saturday recorded 89,129 new COVID-19 cases in a day, the highest daily rise in around six-and-half-months, taking the nationwide tally of infections to over 1.23 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Saturday.

CAL8 AS-PM-RALLY Modi urges Assam militants to join mainstream Tamulpur, Apr 3 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made a fervent appeal to militants in Assam who have not surrendered yet to return to the mainstream as they are needed to create an 'Atmanirbhar Assam'.

MDS4 TN-POLL-LD SHAH Reject the 'corrupt, dynastic' DMK-Congress combine, says Shah Chennai: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday attacked the DMK-Congress combine over 'corruption and dynasty' and said only the AIADMK-BJP alliance can 'protect' those who believe in the culture of Tamil Nadu.

DEL11 VIRUS-STATES-CASES 8 states witness steep rise in COVID-19 cases, account for 81.42 pc of single-day infections New Delhi: Eight states witnessed a steep rise in daily new COVID-19 cases and accounted for 81.42 per cent of the infections reported on Saturday, the Union Health Ministry said.

MDS3 KL-POLL-FINALE-BAN EC bans crowded finale of open campaigning in Kerala ahead of April 6 polls Thiruvananthapuram: The COVID-19 seems to play a spoilsport on the usual crowded culmination to the weeks-long poll campaigning in Kerala as the Election Commission has banned the years-long practice in the wake of the virus spread in the state.

DEL10 RAIL-GOYAL-LETTER You worked even harder at great risk: Piyush Goyal thanks rail employees for service during pandemic New Delhi: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday penned a letter to around 13 lakh rail employees, thanking them for their work during the coronavirus crisis.

CAL1 AS-POLL-HIMANTA BROTHER-TRANSFER Assam polls: EC transfers Himanta's cop brother from Goalpara Guwahati, Apr 3 (PTI) After barring Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma from campaigning in the assembly polls for 48 hours, the Election Commission has also transferred his brother and Goalpara Superintendent of Police Sushanta Biswa Sarma from the district.

FOREIGN FGN11 US-CAPITOL-2NDLD ATTACK Man rams car into US Capitol; 1 officer killed, another injured Washington: A Capitol Police officer was killed and another injured after a man rammed his car into a security barrier outside the US Capitol and then got out of the vehicle and lunged towards the officers with a knife, setting off a major security scare nearly three months after the January 6 insurrection by pro-Trump supporters. By Lalit K Jha FGN16 PAK-PM-INDIA-TRADE No trade with India under current circumstances: Pak PM Khan Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan decided that Pakistan cannot go ahead with any trade with India under the current circumstances after holding consultations with key members of his Cabinet on importing cotton and sugar from the neighbouring country, a media report said on Saturday. By Sajjad Hussain FGN12 US-H1B US Labour Dept seeks public input on determining H-1B wage levels Washington: The US Department of Labor has sought feedback from the public in the next 60 days on determining the wage levels for the employment of various immigrants and non-immigrants, including those on the H-1B visas, the most sought-after work visa among Indian professionals. By Lalit K Jha FGN18 US-PEARL-LD BLINKEN US Secretary of State speaks with Daniel Pearl’s family, assures them of justice Washington: Secretary of State Antony Blinken has spoken with the family of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl, and assured them that the US government remains committed to pursuing justice and accountability for those involved in his kidnapping and murder in Pakistan. By Lalit K Jha PTI IJT