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New Delhi, Jun 27 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION DEL9 VIRUS-LD CASES India records 50,040 new COVID-19 cases, 1,258 fresh fatalities New Delhi: A single-day rise of 50,040 fresh COVID-19 infections took India's tally to 3,02,33,183, while the number of active cases dipped to 5,86,403, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Sunday.

DEL33 JK-4TH LD EXPLOSION Two explosives-laden drones crash into IAF station at Jammu airport, two people injured Jammu: Two explosives-laden drones crashed into the IAF station at Jammu airport in the early hours of Sunday, perhaps the first time that suspected Pakistan-based terrorists have used unmanned aerial vehicles in an attack, officials said.

DEL21 PM-LD VACCINE Shed vaccine hesitancy, do not believe in rumours: PM Modi to people New Delhi: Cautioning people that the threat of COVID-19 remains, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged them to shed vaccine hesitancy and get themselves inoculated soon.

DEL36 INTERVIEW-JK-AZAD Azad optimistic Centre would not reject demand for restoration of statehood in J and K before polls New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday expressed optimism that the Centre would not reject the demand of the mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir for restoration of statehood before the polls, adding the union territory status of the erstwhile state was 'not acceptable' to anyone. By Sumir Kaul DEL32 INTERVIEW-JK-MEHBOOBA 'Era of suppression' in J&K must end to make PM's dialogue process credible, dissenting voice not criminal act: Mehbooba New Delhi: PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said on Sunday the dialogue process initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Jammu and Kashmir's mainstream leadership can gain credibility by ending what she called an 'era of oppression and suppression' in the union territory and understanding that a dissenting voice is not a criminal act. By Sumir Kaul BOM8 GJ-MODI-LD JAPAN Indo-Japanese partnership during COVID-19 more relevant for global stability: PM Modi Ahmedabad: The Indo-Japanese friendship and partnership during the COVID-19 crisis is more relevant for global stability and prosperity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday and called for further strengthening of the ties between the two countries.

DEL22 UP-PRESIDENT Growing up, never imagined that village boy like me would occupy highest post in nation: Kovind Lucknow/Kanpur Dehat: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday said he had never imagined that an ordinary village boy like him would have the honour of occupying the highest post in the country, and thanked the people of his birth place for this.

CAL2 BH-BJP MEET-NADDA BJP men helped people amid COVID-19 surge, some were active only on Twitter: Nadda Patna: BJP president J P Nadda on Sunday took a veiled dig at opposition leaders such as RJD's Tejashwi Yadav, saying that 'our workers' were out on the streets helping people distressed by the recent COVID-19 surge, unlike 'many others who remained active only on Twitter'.

DEL31 TEJASHWI-INTERVIEW Chirag can take forward father's legacy only by joining fight against Golwalkar's ideas: Tejashwi New Delhi: Amid signs of chill in LJP leader Chirag Paswan's ties with the BJP-led NDA, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday reached out to him for aligning with the Opposition, saying he can carry forward his father Ram Vilas Paswan’s legacy only by joining the 'existential fight' against RSS ideologue M S Golwalkar’s thoughts. By Asim Kamal DEL34 UP-LD MAYAWATI BSP to contest UP and Uttarakhand assembly elections alone: Mayawati Lucknow: The BSP will not enter into any alliance for Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly polls, party chief Mayawati said on Sunday.

MDS5 PD-LD CABINET Five ministers inducted in NDA cabinet in Puducherry Puducherry: Ending the more than a month long suspense over cabinet formation, five ministers, including two from the BJP, were inducted in the Chief Minister N Rangasamy-led NDA cabinet on Sunday.

DEL39 HR-LOCKDOWN-EXTEND Haryana extends lockdown till Jul 5, relaxations allowed earlier to continue Chandigarh: The Haryana government Sunday extended the coronavirus lockdown by another week till July 5, while allowing university campuses to open for research scholars and practical classes in laboratories.

BUSINESS: DEL6 BIZ-STATES-ECOMMERCE RULES Some states concerned about proposed e-commerce rules, fear negative impact on jobs, MSMEs New Delhi: Some states, mostly those ruled by non-BJP parties, are apprehensive about the new set of e-commerce rules proposed by the Union Consumer Affairs Ministry to check mis-selling and fraudulent discounts, as they fear there could be a negative impact on jobs and market access for MSMEs created by various digital platforms in recent years.

FOREIGN: FGN10 CHINA-XI-CPC-EXPERTS Xi Jinping’s prolonged tenure could spell trouble for Chinese Communist Party's future: Experts Beijing: As China’s ruling Communist Party is set to celebrate its centenary on July 1, experts warn that the potential of President Xi Jinping’s continuation in power, unlike his predecessors, could potentially be 'very destabilising' for it in the future in the absence of a successor. By K J M Varma. PTI CK

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