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New Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) These are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION DEL13 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India records 96,982 new cases, 446 fresh fatalities New Delhi: The daily rise in new coronavirus infections in India remained above 90,000 for the third consecutive day taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally of cases to 1,26,86,049, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

DEL24 VIRUS-LD VACCINATIONS India records highest single-day vaccination coverage New Delhi: More than 43 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in a span 24 hours on April 5, the highest single-day coverage till now, taking the total doses given in the country so far to 8,31,10,926, according to the Union Health Ministry.

DEL39 DL-VIRUS-LD CURFEW Curfew from 10 pm to 5 am imposed in Delhi till April 30 to check COVID-19 spread New Delhi: In view of rising COVID-19 cases in Delhi, the Arvind Kejriwal government on Tuesday imposed seven hours of night curfew with immediate effect but exempted people of certain professions from it.

DEL18 PM-BJP False narratives on farm laws, CAA to create political instability: PM New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that 'false narratives' about his government are spread as part of a big conspiracy to create political instability in the country, and asked BJP members to spread awareness regarding them among the people.

DEL45 INDIA-RUSSIA LD TALKS Jaishankar conveys to Russian counterpart India's viewpoint on Indo-Pacific New Delhi: With a focus on preparations for the annual India-Russia summit, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday held wide-ranging talks during which New Delhi shared its viewpoint on the Indo-Pacific.

DEL40 ENV-JAVADEKAR-KERRY US special envoy John Kerry meets Env minister Javadekar; 'climate finance', joint research discussed New Delhi: Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday met the United States' Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, here and the two leaders discussed a range of issues including climate finance, joint research and collaboration.

DEL20 RAHUL-RAFALE Rahul Gandhi attacks govt on Rafale jet deal New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a swipe at the government over the Rafale fighter jet deal, saying karma is the ledger of one's action and no one can escape it.

MDS13 TN-2ND LD POLLS Nearly 40 per cent turnout as 'smooth' polling underway in TN Chennai: Voter turnout was nearly 40 per cent in Tamil Nadu till 1 pm as polling continued peacefully in a brisk pace across the state with key leaders including AIADMK's K Palaniswami, O Panneerselvam and DMK chief M K Stalin exercising their franchise on Tuesday.

MDS12 KL-POLLS Kerala records 52.41 per cent polling by 2 pm Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 6 (PTI) Brisk polling was witnessed in various places in Kerala on Tuesday with 52.41 percent of 2.74 crore electorate having already cast their vote by noon in the assembly elections being held under the shadow of COVID-19 pandemic.

CAL6 WB-POLL-EVM EVMs, VVPATs found at TMC leader's home, poll official suspended Uluberia: Four EVMs and a similar number of VVPATs were found at the house of a Trinamool Congress leader in West Bengal's Howrah district, following which a poll official was suspended, a senior officer said on Tuesday.

DEL30 PB LD ANSARI Custody of Mukhtar Ansari handed over to Uttar Pradesh Police Chandigarh: The Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday took custody of jailed gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari at Punjab's Rupnagar jail to transfer him to Banda prison.

LEGAL LGD4 SC-LD RAMANA CJI Justice Ramana appointed as next CJI, to take oath on April 24 New Delhi: Senior-most Supreme Court judge Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana was on Tuesday appointed as the next Chief Justice of India. According to a notification issued by the government, Justice Ramana would take over as the 48th CJI on April 24 after incumbent CJI S A Bobde demits office a day before.

LGD10 SC-LD DESHMUKH Maha govt, Anil Deshmukh move SC against HC order for CBI probe against ex-minister New Delhi: Maharashtra government and its former home minister Anil Deshmukh moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday challenging the Bombay High Court order directing CBI probe into the allegations of corruption and misconduct levelled against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh.

BUSINESS DCM6 BIZ-FINMIN-FPI FPIs invest Rs 2.74 lakh cr in equity markets during FY'21 New Delhi: The Finance Ministry on Tuesday said India witnessed strong Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI) inflows into the equity markets to the tune of Rs 2,74,034 crore during 2020-21, despite the outbreak of COVID-19.

FOREIGN FGN5 WB-INDIA-SII India blessed to have a major manufacturer of global vaccines: WB Prez on SII Washington: World Bank President David Malpass has said that with the Serum Institute, India is blessed to have a major manufacturer of global vaccines and he is encouraged by the country's ramping up of its domestic vaccination programme.

FGN7 US-LAWMAKER-QUAD-FRANCE US Congressman praises Quad Plus France naval exercise in the Bay of Bengal Washington: An influential American lawmaker has applauded the beginning of the Quad plus France naval exercise in the Bay of Bengal and said that he is dedicated to advancing the US-India defence relationship, particularly in support of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific. HDA