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New Delhi, Nov 2 (PTI) Following are the top stories: NATION DEL8 VIRUS-LD CASES India's COVID-19 caseload crosses 82 lakh-mark, national recovery rate reaches 91.68 pc New Delhi: India's COVID-19 caseload crossed the 82 lakh-mark, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 75.44 lakh pushing the national recovery rate to 91.68 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

CAL1 BH-POLL-CURTAIN-RAISER Tejashwi, 4 ministers of Nitish govt in fray in 2nd phase Patna: The stage is set for the second and, arguably, the most crucial of the three phases of Bihar assembly elections in which over 2.85 crore voters are eligible to decide the fate of nearly 1,500 candidates on Tuesday.

DEL15 UP-LD MAYAWATI-BJP BSP-BJP alliance not possible, ideologies opposite: Mayawati Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati asserted on Monday that her party would never enter into an alliance with the BJP in the assembly or the Lok Sabha elections, highlighting that the ideology of the two parties were 'opposite'.

BOM4 MP-MLA-CASE MP bypolls: Case against Cong MLA for threatening cops Chhatarpur: A case has been registered against a Madhya Pradesh Congress MLA and three others for allegedly threatening police personnel during campaign for the state Assembly bypolls, a police official said on Monday.

BOM1 MH-VIRUS-LOCAL TRAINS Mumbai:753 new suburban services; 88% locals now back on track Mumbai: In a bid to prevent crowding in local trains in Mumbai, railway authorities added 753 new special services from Monday, taking the total number of services on the suburban network to2,773, officials said.

LEGAL LGD6 SC-KAMAL NATH MP bypolls: SC stays EC order revoking star campaigner status of ex-CM Kamal Nath New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday stayed the Election Commission order which revoked 'star campaigner' status of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath for model code violation during the campaign for the bypolls in 28 assembly constituencies in the state.

LGD2 SC-BABRI-JUDGE SC refuses to extend security of former judge who pronounced Babri verdict New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to extend the security of former special judge S K Yadav who had pronounced the verdict in the Babri Masjid demolition case and acquitted all 32 accused, including BJP veterans L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti.

LGD3 SC-JAMAAT-BLACKLISTING SC asks trial courts to expedite hearing in cases against foreign Tablighi Jamaat members New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday asked the trial courts to expedite hearing in the pending cases against foreign Tablighi Jamaat members for alleged visa violations.

FOREIGN FGN2 US-TRUMP Trump denies report that he would declare poll victory early, indicates gearing up for legal battle Fayetteville (US): US President Donald Trump on Sunday denied that he is planning to prematurely declare victory after the presidential polls are over on Tuesday, but hinted that he is gearing up for a legal battle post the election. By Lalit K Jha FGN8 US-BIDEN-VIRUS-PLAN Biden says would declare COVID-19 action plan on day 1 of presidency Fayetteville (US): Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has said that if voted to power, he would put into place a COVID-19 action plan on the first day of his presidency. By Lalit K Jha BUSINESS DEL10 BIZ-PMI-MANUFACTURING India's manufacturing PMI rises for 3rd straight month; output rises at quickest pace since Oct 2007 New Delhi: India's manufacturing sector activity improved for the third straight month in October with companies raising output to the greatest extent in 13 years amid robust sales growth, a monthly survey said on Monday.

SPORTS SPD2 SPO-CRI-IND-SPONSORSHIP MPL new apparel sponsor of Indian cricket team New Delhi: Fantasy gaming platform Mobile Premier League (MPL) has been picked as the apparel sponsor of the Indian cricket team for a period of three years. PTI HMB