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New Delhi, Mar 21 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1 PM: DEL6 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India sees highest daily tally of cases this year New Delhi: India recorded 43,846 new coronavirus cases in a day, the highest single-day rise so far this year, taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,15,99,130, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

BOM1 MH-SINGH-NIRUPAM Congress must take stand on Param Bir's claim, says Nirupam Mumbai: Congress must take a stand on former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh's claim that Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh wanted police officers to collect Rs 100 crore monthly from bars and hotels, former MP Sanjay Nirupam has said.

BOM4 CG-NAXALS-COP-MURDER C'garh: Naxals kill police constable after abducting him Bijapur: Naxals have allegedly killed a policeman after abducting him in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, an official said on Sunday.

DEL9 ITBP-AWARD ITBP accords top service honour to troops who helped reunite elderly man with family New Delhi: Three Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel who helped reunite a stranded 70-year-old man with his family in Karnataka after about three decades have been awarded the top force commendation for undertaking the humanitarian task.

CAL3 WB-POLL-BJP-PROFILE BJP at a 'striking distance' of fulfilling a long-cherished dream Kolkata: Riding on anti-incumbency and identity politics, BJP is sniffing a chance to capture the 'final frontier' and fulfil its long-cherished dream of coming to power in West Bengal, after being on the sidelines of its politics for decades. By Pradipta Tapadar DEL8 VIRUS-CENTRE-KUMBH MELA Enhance COVID testing, ensure adequate care facilities in view of Kumbh: Centre to Uttarakhand New Delhi: Noting that there is a potential of an upsurge in COVID-19 cases during the Kumbh Mela, the Centre has written to Uttarakhand strongly highlighting the concerns raised by a high-level central team about the need for stringent measures to control the spread of the disease.

MDS1 KL-POLL-BJP-ANURAG THAKUR Union minister slams Kerala govt for registering a police case against ED officials Thiruvananthapuram: Union minister Anurag Thakur on Sunday hit out at the CPI(M)-led LDF government for registering a case against Enforcement Directorate officials probing the gold smuggling case,saying any attempt to hamper it by such acts 'clearly shows what is troubling them'.

FOREIGN FGN3 UK-INDIANS-EXTRADITION-BOOK New book chronicles Indian fugitives who escaped to UK London: A new book on some high-profile as well as lesser-known Indian extradition cases attempts to decode why the UK is considered a safe haven for those wanting to escape the law in India. By Aditi Khanna PTI SMN SMN SMN