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New Delhi, Mar 15 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1.30 pm: DEL21 HEALTH-LD CORONAVIRUS Coronavirus cases in country climb to 107, cases rise in Maharashtra New Delhi: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the country rose to 107 on Sunday, with 12 fresh cases in Maharashtra, the Union Health Ministry said.

DEL18 JK-ABDULLAH-PARTIES Have asked political parties in JK to unite to bring back all detained in jails outside UT: Farooq Abdullah Srinagar: NC president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday appealed to all political leaders in the erstwhile state to unite in appealing to the Centre for bringing back all detainees lodged in jails outside the union territory on 'humanitarian' grounds.

DEL12 PB-CORONAVIRUS LD KARTARPUR Movement of pilgrims through Kartarpur corridor to be suspended New Delhi: Pilgrimage and registration for the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan will be suspended beginning Sunday midnight in view of the Coronavirus outbreak, the Home Ministry said.

BOM9 MP-CONG-2NDLD MLAS RETURN MP political crisis: Cong MLAs return to Bhopal from Jaipur Bhopal: A day before the budget session of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly begins, the Congress MLAs, who had been camping in Jaipur amid the political crisis being faced by the Kamal Nath government, returned to Bhopal on Sunday.

MDS5 CORONAVIRUS-KL-FLIGHT UK national tests positive for coronavirus; All 289 passengers offloaded at Kochi airport Kochi: At least 289 passengers of a Dubai-bound flight were offloaded at the airport here on Sunday shortly before takeoff after a UK national among them tested positive for novel coronavirus, official sources said here.

DEL14 CORONAVIRUS-MEA-SAFETY Coronavirus: MEA pulls out all stops to ensure safety of Indians abroad, sets up special cell New Delhi: With the threat of coronavirus looming large, the Ministry of External Affairs has pulled out all the stops to ensure the safety of Indians abroad and set up a special cell to coordinate the issues related with the response to the pandemic that has claimed more than 5,000 lives worldwide.

DEL10 MEA-LD ITALY INDIANS 218 Indians stranded in coronavirus-hit Italy arrive in India: MoS MEA New Delhi: A total of 218 Indians, including 211 students, stranded in coronavirus-hit Italy arrived in India on Sunday, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said.

DEL19 CORONAVIRUS-ITALY-ITBP Coronavirus: 218 evacuated from Italy sent to ITBP quarantine New Delhi: A total of 218 Indians, mostly students, brought here from Italy on Sunday have been taken to an ITBP quarantine facility in south-west Delhi's Chhawla area, officials said.

DEL2 IRAN-INDIANS-JAISHANKAR 234 Indians stranded in Iran have arrived in India: Jaishankar New Delhi: Two hundred and thirty-four Indians stranded in coronavirus-hit Iran have arrived in India, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Sunday.

DEL9 CULTURE-MONUMENTS-RECLASSIFICATION Govt to reclassify ancient monuments; review policy regulating construction around ASI-protected sites New Delhi: The government will review a policy which regulates construction around centrally protected monuments to classify them based on their historical significance, Culture Minister Prahlad Patel said. By Uzmi Athar and Ananya Sengupta DEL16 UKD-CORONAVIRUS U'khand govt declares coronavirus an epidemic; shuts schools, colleges and cinema halls Dehradun: The Uttarakhand government has declared novel coronavirus an epidemic and shut all multiplexes, cinema halls, degree colleges and technical institutes across the state till March 31, official sources said.

DEL7 BIZ-PETROL-PRICE Petrol price cut by 12 paise/litre, diesel by 14 paise New Delhi: Petrol price was on Sunday cut by 12 paise a litre and diesel rates by 14 paise as oil companies moderated rate reduction amid the fall in global prices to absorb the hike in excise duty on fuel by the government.

DEL15 JK-ENCOUNTER Four militants killed in encounter in Anantnag Srinagar: Security forces on Sunday killed four militants in an encounter in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

DEL20 JK-FIRING Pak Rangers violates ceasefire along IB in J-K's Kathua Jammu: The Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked overnight firing on forward posts along the International Border (IB) in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. PTI KJ