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New Delhi, Mar 13 (PTI) These are the top stories at 10.30 pm: NATION DEL31 AVI-DGCA-2NDLD AIRLINES Deboard passengers not wearing mask 'properly' despite repeated warnings: DGCA tells airlines Mumbai: Seeking to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols by air travellers, aviation regulator DGCA on Saturday asked airlines to deboard passengers who do not wear their masks 'properly' despite repeated warnings.

DEL32 PM-LD LANKA PM Modi, Lankan Prez discuss topical developments, cooperation in multilateral forums New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had a telephonic conversation on Saturday during which they reviewed topical developments as well as ongoing cooperation between both the countries in bilateral and multilateral forums.

DEL6 VIRUS-LD CASES With 24,882 new infections, India records highest single-day spike so far this year New Delhi: India on Saturday recorded 24,882 fresh COVID-19 infections, the highest so far this year, which took the caseload to 1,13,33,728, according to Union health ministry data.

CAL14 WB-YASHWANT SINHA-2ND LD TMC Former union minister Yashwant Sinha joins TMC, says democracy is in peril Kolkata, Mar 13 (PTI) Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha,a bitter critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi regime, on Saturday joined Trinamool Congress days ahead of the high-octane West Bengal assembly polls.

MDS5 TN-DMK-MANIFESTO DMK releases poll manifesto, promises 75 per cent jobs for locals in TN Chennai: The opposition DMK in Tamil Nadu on Saturday released its party's manifesto for the April 6 Assembly elections in the state, making a slew of promises including free computer tablets with data card for students and a law to provide 75 percent of jobs in the state to locals.

DEL42 UP-AKHILESH-LD FIR Akhilesh, 20 SP workers booked over alleged assault on journalists; cross-FIR filed Lucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and 20 party workers have been booked in connection with an alleged assault on some journalists in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad district, police said on Saturday.

DEL46 EC-WB-MAMATA EC to take call on reports on Mamata incident on Sunday: Sources New Delhi: The Election Commission will take a call on Sunday on the reports submitted by the West Bengal chief secretary and two special poll observers on the injuries sustained by Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, sources said.

DEL41 BJP-CEC-POLLS BJP's central election committee meets to finalise candidates for assembly polls New Delhi: The BJP's central election committee held its meeting on Saturday to finalise its remaining candidates for the Assam and West Bengal assembly polls, with top party leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, attending it.

DEL37 JK-LD AMARNATH Annual Amarnath yatra to start on June 28, registration from April 1 Jammu: The annual 56-day Amarnath yatra will commence on June 28 with all COVID-19 protocols in place, and culminate, as per the tradition, on the day of Raksha Bandhan festival on August 22, officials said on Saturday.

DEL12 DL-AMBANI-VEHICLE-PROBE Ambani bomb scare: Cops reach Tihar Jail to question terror convict on mobile phone recovery New Delhi: A team of the Delhi Police's Special Cell on Saturday reached Tihar Jail to question Tehseen Akhtar, who was arrested in 2014 when he was heading proscribed terror group Indian Mujahideen, in connection with the recovery of a mobile phone from his barrack, officials said.

LEGAL BOM15 MH-LD WAZE Court denies interim bail to police officer Waze; NIA records statement Mumbai: Troubles mounted for Mumbai police officer Sachin Waze, who has been facing heat in the murder case of businessman Mansukh Hiran, as a sessions court in Maharashtra's Thane district has refused to grant him interim bail and noted that there was prima facie evidence and material against him.

LGD3 SC-JUDGE-WOMAN SC left with one woman judge is 'deeply worrying': Justice D Y Chandrachud New Delhi: The Supreme Court having left with only one woman judge is 'deeply worrying' and must promptly receive serious introspection, apex court judge, Justice D Y Chandrachud, said on Saturday.

BUSINESS DCM5 BIZ-GOVT-VEHICLES-REGISTRATION Renewal of registration for 15-yr old govt vehicles to stop from Apr 1, 2022: Draft notification New Delhi: The government departments will not be able to renew registration of their vehicles older than 15 years from April 1, 2022, if a proposal in this regard issued by the the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is finalised.

FOREIGN FGN12 US-LD H1B-VISA Biden admin to reconsider objections to H-1B visas during Trump regime Washington: The Biden administration has said it is willing to reconsider the objections or adverse decisions to foreign workers on visas like H-1B, the most sought after among Indian IT professionals, due to the three policy memos by the previous Trump regime which now have been rescinded. By Lalit K Jha FGN27 BANGLA-INDEPENDENCE-WORLD-LD LEADERS Modi, Solih, Rajapaksa among world leaders to attend 50th anniv of Bangladesh independence Dhaka: Several world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and heads of state and government from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maldives, are set to visit Bangladesh later this month to participate in the grand celebrations to mark the golden jubilee of the country's independence from Pakistan. By Anisur Rahman. PTI HDA