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New Delhi, Nov 7 (PTI) These are the top stories at 1:30 pm: NATION DEL18 PM-IIT-CONVOCATION India will give you ease of doing business, you work for providing 'ease of living' to people: Modi to IIT students New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the country will ensure 'ease of doing business' for its youth while they should work for providing 'ease of living' to people, particularly the poorest of the poor, through innovations.

CAL4 BH-POLL-LD TURNOUT 19.77% turnout till 11 am in 3rd phase of Bihar polls Patna: An estimated 19.77 per cent of the total 2.35 crore electors exercised their franchise till 11 am in the 78 assembly seats of Bihar where polling is underway in the third and final phase of elections on Saturday.

DEL8 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India records 50,356 fresh infections, 577 deaths New Delhi: India's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 84,62,080 with 50,356 infections being reported in a day, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease crossed 78 lakh pushing the national recovery rate to 92.41 per cent, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday.

DEL10 PREZ-CIC Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha takes oath as Chief Information Commissioner New Delhi: Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha was appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) on Saturday, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement.

BOM3 DEF-IAF CHIEF-NDA Armed forces must be ready to combat hybrid threats: IAF chief Pune: Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria on Saturday said that today's battle-space is 'highly complex and multi-dimensional' with unpredictable security scenarios, and the armed forces have to be prepared for hybrid threats emanating from multiple fronts.

BOM2 MH-VIRUS-DECLINE COVID-19: Daily infection count goes on the wane in Maha Mumbai: The coronavirus situation in Maharashtra, where the infection count has crossed the 17 lakh-mark so far, appears to be improving gradually as the last one lakh cases were added over a period of 16 days as compared to the earlier average period of less than 10 days. By Nikhil Deshmukh DEL2 JK-FIRING Pakistani troops shell villages, forward posts along LoC, IB in J-K's Poonch and Kathua Jammu: Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Kathua districts in violation of the ceasefire, officials said on Saturday.

FOREIGN FGN24 US-BIDEN-HARRIS Assured of victory, Biden-Harris start focusing on public health and economy Washington: Confident of their victory in the US presidential election, Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris have begun working on the task ahead by focusing on two critical areas of public health and economy, both battered by the raging COVID-19 pandemic. By Lalit K Jha FGN18 UN-COMMITTEE-INDIAN Indian diplomat elected to UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions United Nations: In a significant victory for India at the United Nations, Indian diplomat Vidisha Maitra was elected to the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly. By Yoshita Singh PTI SMN SMN SMN