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New Delhi, Jun 3 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION DEL15 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India records over 1.34 lakh fresh cases, 2,887 more fatalities New Delhi: With 1,34,154 fresh cases, India's COVID-19 tally has climbed to 2,84,41,986, while the daily positivity rate has further dropped to 6.21 per cent, the health ministry said on Thursday.

DEL33 VIRUS-SERUM-2NDLD DCGI-SPUTNIK Serum Institute of India seeks DCGI's nod to manufacture Covid vaccine Sputnik V New Delhi: The Serum Institute of India (SII) has applied to the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) seeking permission to manufacture the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for examination, test and analysis at its licensed Hadapsar facility in Pune, official sources said on Thursday.

BOM7 GJ-OXYGEN PLANTS-LD SHAH India under PM Modi successfully fought COVID-19 battle: Shah Ahmedabad, Jun 3 (PTI) Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi successfully fought the battle against COVID-19 and managed to bring disease curve down with the help of 135 crore citizens.

DEL54 JK-ARMY CHIEF-CEASEFIRE Longevity of ceasefire along LoC depends on actions of Pak: Army chief Srinagar, Jun 3 (PTI) Army Chief General M M Naravane on Thursday said the longevity of the ceasefire along the Line of Control with Pakistan depends on the actions of the neighbouring country but asserted that there would be 'no slackening' of preparedness as terror infrastructure across the border was intact.

DEL9 VIRUS-VACCINE BIOLOGICALE Centre finalises advance agreement with Biological E for 30 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has finalised arrangements with Hyderabad-based vaccine manufacturer Biological-E to reserve 30 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses for which it will be making an advance payment of Rs 1,500 crore.

DEL50 VIRUS-MEA-WHO In talks with major pharma firms to source, locally manufacture COVID-19 vaccines: Foreign Secy New Delhi: Discussions are underway with major pharma companies about sourcing and possibly manufacturing their COVID-19 jabs locally while India is looking forward to WHO's nod for Bharat Biotech's indigenously developed vaccine, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Thursday.

DEL52 CVC-PRIVATE-SECTOR-JOBS Retired-babus taking up private sector job soon after retirement constitutes serious misconduct: CVC New Delhi: Noting instances of retired officials taking up jobs in private sector organisations soon after their retirement, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on Thursday said acceptance of such an employment offer without the completion of mandatory cooling-off period 'constitutes a serious misconduct'.

DEL31 MOE-TEACHERS-TEST Validity of TET certificates extended from seven years to lifetime: Education minister New Delhi: The validity of the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) qualifying certificates has been extended from seven years to lifetime, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' announced on Thursday.

DEL23 ED-RJD MP-LD ARREST ED arrests RJD MP in money laundering case linked to fertiliser scam New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested RJD MP Amarendra Dhari Singh in connection with a money laundering case linked to an alleged fertiliser scam and payment of kickbacks to the tune of Rs 685 crore, officials said on Thursday.

BUSINESS DEL40 BIZ-WHATSAPP-PRIVACY Won't limit functionality, will continue to send reminders for users to accept privacy policy: WhatsApp New Delhi: WhatsApp on Thursday said it will not limit the functionality of the messaging app for users not agreeing to its new privacy policy, but will continue to send reminders about the update.

LEGAL LGD8 DL-HC-WHATSAPP WhatsApp trying to force users to accept new policy before data protection law comes: Centre to HC New Delhi: The Centre has told the Delhi High Court that social messaging platform WhatsApp was trying to 'force' its users to consent to the new privacy policy before the Personal Data Protection Bill becomes the law by bombarding them with notifications daily to obtain their consent.

LGD6 SC-LD JOURNALIST SC says every journalist is entitled to protection, quashes sedition case against Vinod Dua New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed a sedition case against veteran scribe Vinod Dua for his alleged comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his YouTube show last year, saying a 1962 verdict entitles every journalist to protection.

LGD15 DL-HC-VIRUS-MEDICINES-POLITICIANS Gambhir's foundation guilty of unauthorisedly stocking, distributing COVID medicines, HC told New Delhi: The Gautam Gambhir Foundation has been found guilty of unauthorisedly stocking, procuring and distributing Fabiflu medicine to COVID-19 patients, the Delhi High Court was informed by the Delhi government's drug controller on Thursday.

FOREIGN FGN14 US-LD GREEN CARD Bill to remove per country cap on Green Card introduced in US Congress Washington: A bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the US House of Representatives to eliminate the per country cap on employment-based Green Card, a move which is likely to benefit Indian IT professionals languishing over decades of waiting for the Permanent Resident Card. By Lalit K Jha PTI MGA MGA

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