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New Delhi, Apr 10 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION CAL33 WB-LD PM-RALLY Modi condoles deaths in Cooch Behar, blames TMC for violence Siliguri (WB): Condoling the death of five people in Cooch Behar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday requested the Election Commission to take stern action against those responsible and blamed the ruling TMC for perpetrating violence during the polls.

CAL35 WB-LD POLL Political storm erupts after 5 killed during Bengal poll including 4 in CISF firing Kolkata/Cooch Behar: Five people were killed, including four in the firing by CISF personnel, during the fourth phase of polling on Saturday for 44 assembly seats of West Bengal, triggering a political firestorm.

DEL5 VIRUS-LD CASES India's COVID-19 tally climbs to 1,32,05,926 with over 1.45 lakh fresh cases New Delhi: With a record 1,45,384 fresh cases, India's COVID-19 tally has climbed to 1,32,05,926, the health ministry said on Saturday.

DEL19 SONIA-VIRUS-2NDLD MEET Centre has mismanaged Covid situation, allowed vaccine shortage: Sonia New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi accused the Centre on Saturday of 'mismanaging' the COVID situation and creating a vaccine shortage in the country by exporting it, as she called for cancelling all public gatherings and poll rallies in view of the rising number of coronavirus cases.

CAL32 WB-FIRING-2NDLD MAMATA Cooch Behar killings: Mamata seeks Amit Shah's resignation; TMC to hold protest rallies across Bengal Baduria/Hingalganj: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday sought Union Home Minister Amit Shah's resignation over the killing of four people in firing by central forces at Sitalkuchi in Cooch DEL18 VIRUS-ACTIVE-CASES Five states account for over 72 pc of country's total active COVID-19 cases: Govt New Delhi: Five states -- Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and Kerala -- cumulatively account for 72.23 per cent of the country's total active COVID-19 cases which have breached the 10-lakh mark again after around six-and-half-months, the Union health ministry said on Saturday.

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FGN20 BANGLA-NARAVANE Army chief Gen Naravane interacts with officers of Bangladesh Army Dhaka: Indian Army chief Gen MM Naravane on Saturday interacted with the officers of Bangladesh's Army and witnessed an operational demonstration by the troops.

BOM6 MH-VIRUS-LD BHAGWAT RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat tests COVID-19 positive, hospitalised Nagpur: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat has tested coronavirus positive and has been admitted to a private hospital in Nagpur, the RSS said.

FOREIGN FGN14 US-PENTAGON-NAVY-LD INDIA Pentagon defends US Navy ship asserting navigational rights inside India's EEZ without permission Washington: The Pentagon has defended its Navy asserting its navigational rights within India's exclusive economic zone without taking New Delhi's permission, calling the move 'consistent with international law'. By Lalit K Jha FGN17 IMF-INDIA India needs to grow faster to make up for contraction during COVID-19 pandemic: IMF Washington: India, which is projected to grow at an impressive rate of 12.5 per cent this year, needs to grow at a much faster pace to make up for the unprecedented contraction of eight per cent that it clocked during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, according to a senior IMF official. By Lalit K Jha FGN16 US-RUSSIA-UKRAINE US warns of consequences to Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine Washington: The Biden administration is carrying a review of its policies against Russia over its escalating aggression in eastern Ukraine and there will be 'consequences', some seen and some unseen, to Kremlin, the White House has warned. By Lalit K Jha RHL