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New Delhi, Dec 31 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 PM: NATION: BOM9 GJ-VIRUS-LD MODI Dawai bhi, kadai bhi: Modi for caution even after vaccination Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said new coronavirus cases are on the decline in the country but people should not let their guard down and continue adhering to COVID-19 norms even after vaccination.

DEL37 VIRUS-VACCINE-DCGI Probably we will have a very happy New Year: DCGI on COVID-19 vaccine New Delhi: India is likely to have a COVID-19 vaccine in the New Year, Drug Controller General of India V G Somani hinted on Thursday.

DEL32 VIRUS-VACCINE-LD DRY RUN Dry run for COVID-19 vaccination in all states, UTs on January 2 New Delhi: A dry run for COVID-19 vaccination will be conducted by all state and union territory administrations on January 2 to test the linkages between planning and implementation and to identify the challenges, the Centre said on Thursday.

DEL24 DL-VIRUS-NEW STRAIN Delhi: 38 UK returnees found positive for COVID; new strain detected in four patients New Delhi: Four persons who recently came to Delhi from the UK and tested positive for COVID-19, have been found infected with the new strain of coronavirus, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Thursday.

DEL41 JK-DGP Decline in infiltration, terror incidents; 225 terrorists killed in J-K in 2020: Police chief Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir has seen a decrease in terrorist incidents, infiltration and civilian killings in 2020, while security forces carried out more than 100 'successful' counter-terrorism operations killing 225 terrorists, Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said on Thursday.

MDS11 KL-ASSEMBLY-LD RESOLUTION Ker Assembly passes unanimous resolution against central farm laws Thiruvananthapuram: Expressing solidarity with the agitating farmers in Delhi, the Kerala Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution demanding the immediate withdrawal of the three contentious central laws, saying they were 'anti-farmer' and 'pro-corporate' and would push the farming community into a deep crisis.

CAL2 OD-NEW YEAR-CURFEW COVID-19: Night curfew in Odisha on Dec 31 Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has imposed a night curfew from 10 pm on Thursday to avoid large gatherings during New Year celebrations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, an official said.

LEGAL: LGD4 LAW-HC-TRANSFERS Andhra HC CJ goes to Sikkim; Sikkim CJ sent to Andhra New Delhi: Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari was on Thursday transferred to the Sikkim High Court as its new chief justice.

BUSINESS: DEL25 BIZ-INTEREST-SAVING-SCHEMES Interest rate on PPF, NSC, other small savings schemes unchanged for Q4 New Delhi: The government on Thursday kept the interest rates on small savings schemes, including PPF and NSC, unchanged for the January-March quarter amid moderating bank deposit rates.

DEL40 BIZ-STOCKS-CLOSE Sensex, Nifty end flat on last trading day of 2020; close year with nearly 15 pc gains Mumbai: Key stock indices Sensex and Nifty closed almost flat on the last trading day of 2020 on Thursday as investors tracked news related to COVID-19 vaccines rollout across the globe for further bets.

FOREIGN: FGN25 LANKA-INDIA-FISHERMEN India gets consular access to its detained fishermen in Sri Lanka Colombo: Indian fishermen, apprehended in Sri Lanka for allegedly poaching in its territorial waters, have been provided consular assistance by the Consulate General of India in Jaffna, the Indian High Commission here said on Thursday.

FGN26 VIRUS-PAK-CHINA-VACCINE Pakistan to procure 1.1 million COVID-19 vaccines from Chinese company Sinopharm Islamabad: Pakistan has decided to pre-book 1.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm, the health ministry said here on Thursday, as the number of coronavirus cases reached 479,715 after 2,475 new infections were detected in the country. By Sajjad Hussain. PTI DIV DIV