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New Delhi, Jul 11 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1 pm: Nation: DEL14 INDIA-KANDAHAR LD EVACUATION India evacuates diplomats, security personnel from Kandahar as Taliban captures new areas New Delhi: India has pulled out around 50 diplomats and security personnel from its consulate in Kandahar in Afghanistan in view of the deteriorating security situation and the Taliban gaining control of new areas around the southern Afghan city, people familiar with the development said on Sunday.

DEL8 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India logs 41,506 new cases, 895 fresh fatalities New Delhi: With 41,506 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,08,37,222, while the active cases declined to 4,54,118, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

DEL11 PM-PADMA NOMINATION Nominate your choice of inspiring people for Padma awards: PM Modi to citizens New Delhi, Jul 11 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to nominate their choice of persons, who are doing exceptional work at the grassroots, for Padma awards.

DEL15 IMD-MONSOON FORECAST-EXPERTS IMD's faulty forecast for N India: Wrong signals by models, difficulty in predicting wind patterns New Delhi: Wrong signals by models, difficulty in predicting the outcomes of the interactions between the easterly and westerly winds were some of the major reasons behind the India Meteorological Department's monsoon forecast for parts of north India going haywire, experts pointed out as any relief from the oppressive heat eludes the region.

DEL16 INDIAN STUDENTS-CHINA-STUCK Stranded at home: Indians studying medicine in China desperate to return to college New Delhi/Beijing: Thousands of Indians studying medicine in China came home early last year for their winter break and have remained stranded since, unable to return as Covid tightened its grip and now getting more anxious as the months roll by with no clarity on when Beijing will lift travel restrictions. By Trisha Mukherjee and KJM Varma CAL1 WB-ARRESTS 37 arrested from top Kolkata hotel for partying amid COVID restrictions Kolkata: At least 37 people were arrested in the early hours of Sunday from a five-star hotel in Kolkata for partying, defying the COVID-related restrictions, police said.

MDS3 KA-LD-GOVERNOR Thaawarchand Gehlot takes oath as 19th Governor of Karnataka Bengaluru: Veteran BJP leader and former union minister Thaawarchand Gehlot on Sunday took oath as the 19th Governor of Karnataka succeeding Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala.

Foreign: FES17 VIRUS-PAK Pak braces to fight fourth wave of coronavirus, three-fold increase in new cases Islamabad: Pakistan is bracing to battle the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic as the country saw a three-fold increase in number of people being tested positive everyday in less than three weeks. By Sajjad Hussain FES15 PAK-ARMY-AFGHAN Pakistan facilitator not guarantor of Afghan peace process: Pak Army spokesman Islamabad: Pakistan is well prepared to deal with the spillover effect it may face in case of a civil war in neighbouring Afghanistan, the country's Army spokesman has said, insisting that Islamabad is only a facilitator of the Afghan peace process, not a guarantor. By Sajjad Hussain. PTI AQS AQS

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