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New Delhi, Jul 17 (PTI) These are the top stories at 1700 hours: DEL35 PB-AMARINDER-2NDLD RAWAT Any decision by Congress president acceptable to all: Amarinder after meeting Rawat Chandigarh: Any decision taken by the Congress president will be acceptable to all, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Saturday after meeting AICC general secretary and Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat.

DEL37 PB-SIDHU-LD JAKHAR Navjot Sidhu meets PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar, says he is elder brother Chandigarh: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu met Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sunil Jakhar and several MLAs on Saturday, amid mounting speculation over whether the party will appoint the cricketer-turned-politician as the next head of its state unit.

DEL28 PM-LD PAWAR NCP chief Pawar meets PM Modi New Delhi: NCP president Sharad Pawar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Saturday. The Prime Minister's Office tweeted a picture of their meeting but shared no details about their talks.

DEL36 POL-KA-2NDLD YEDIYURAPPA K'taka CM Yediyurappa dismisses rumours about his resignation;, meets BJP chief, Shah and Rajnath New Delhi: Amid strong rumours of Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa having offered to quit, the 79-year-old BJP veteran on Saturday dismissed this speculation as 'not at all true', and said he has been asked to strengthen the party in the state.

DEL40 VIRUS-LD UGC-GUIDELINES New academic session in universities by Oct 1, admission process to be completed by Sep 30: UGC New Delhi: The new academic session in universities and colleges across the country will begin from October 1, while the admission process has to be completed by September 30, according to new guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC). DEL11 VIRUS-VACCINE-PRICES Govt to procure 66 crore more doses of Covishield, Covaxin at revised rates New Delhi: The Centre has placed an order to procure 66 crore more doses of Covishield and Covaxin to be supplied between August and December this year, at a revised price of Rs 205 and Rs 215 per dose, respectively, excluding taxes, official sources said.

DEL4 VIRUS-LD CASES India records 38,079 fresh Covid cases, 560 deaths New Delhi: India recorded 38,079 new coronavirus cases, which took the infection tally to 3,10,64,908, while the death toll reached 4,13,091 with 560 more fatalities, according to Union health ministry data updated on Saturday.

DEL7 DEF-NAVY-HELICOPTERS Indian Navy gets two MH-60R multi-role helicopters from US New Delhi: The Indian Navy has received two MH-60R multi-role helicopters from the US, in a boost to its combat capabilities.

DEL41 DL-LD DU ADMISSIONS DU to start registration process for UG programmes on Aug 2 New Delhi: The Delhi University will start the registration process of the 65,000 seats for undergraduate courses at its colleges on August 2 and is likely to announce the first cut-off list between September 7 and 10, acting vice chancellor P C Joshi announced on Saturday.

LEGAL LGD6 CJI-MEDIATION Projected pendency of 45 million cases in courts an overstatement, uncharitable analysis: CJI Ramana New Delhi: The projected statistics that pendency in Indian courts has reached 45 million cases, which is perceived as the inability of the Indian judiciary to cope with the caseload, is an 'overstatement' and an 'uncharitable analysis' and one of the factors contributing to judicial delays is 'luxurious litigation', Chief Justice of India N V Ramana said on Saturday.

FOREIGN FGN21 INDIAN-JOURNALIST-REAX Danish Siddiqui’s killing in Afghanistan triggers condemnation from int'l media watchdogs, Amnesty London/New York: Prominent global media watchdogs and a rights group have condemned the death of Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui in Afghanistan, demanding a thorough probe into his killing and urging the authorities to do more to protect members of the press. PTI HDA

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