New Delhi, Oct 8 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 PM: NATION DEL43 VIRUS-PM-LD CAMPAIGN India’s coronavirus fight people driven; gets great strength from COVID warriors: PM Modi New Delhi: The Union government on Thursday launched a public awareness drive as part of its fight against COVID-19, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministerial colleagues asking people to follow precautions like wearing masks and maintaining social distancing to defeat the coronavirus pandemic.
DEL36 2NDLD IAF-BHADAURIA IAF demonstrated operational capability along northern border, says IAF chief; Commends air warriors for quick response in Ladakh row Hindon (Ghaziabad): The Indian Air Force has clearly demonstrated its resolve, operational capability and will to effectively engage with the adversary whenever the need arises, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said on Thursday, and commended the air warriors for their prompt response in the recent standoff on the northern frontier in view of the bitter border row with China.
DEL29 INDOAFGHAN-PM-ABDULLAH Head of Afghan peace council Abdullah Abdullah meets PM Modi New Delhi: Afghanistan's top peace negotiator Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed the ongoing peace initiative to bring back stability in the war-ravaged country.
DEL41 VIRUS-SHAH-PM Amit Shah appeals to everyone to follow PM's public movement against COVID-19 New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday appealed to everyone to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi's public movement against COVID-19 and said a global pandemic can be fought only when all the countrymen come together.
DEL35 VIRUS-VACCINE STORAGE PLAN Govt to map out cold chain storage facilities for COVID-19 vaccine delivery New Delhi: With the likelihood of a vaccine against coronavirus being available within months, the government has begun a massive exercise to map out cold chain storage facilities to ensure the vaccine is delivered quickly across the country.
CAL8 WB-LD BJP-POLICE-CLASH Violent protests erupt in Kolkata, Howrah during BJP's secretariat march Kolkata/Howrah: Parts of Kolkata and adjoining Howrah resembled a battle zone on Thursday as BJP workers and supporters clashed with police, hurling stones and blocking roads with burning tyres, to protest a string of killings of saffron party workers.
DEL32 PRIYANKA-HATHRAS Hathras victim deserves justice, not slander: Priyanka Gandhi New Delhi: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday accused the BJP of building a narrative to defame the Hathras victim, saying she deserves justice and not slander.
DEL45 HP-LD ASHWANI KUMAR Former CBI director Ashwani Kumar cremated Shimla: Former CBI director Ashwani Kumar was cremated in the presence of his family, friends and senior Himachal Pradesh officials and politicians here on Thursday, a day after he was found hanging at his home.
DEL42 AVI-PURI-FLIGHTS Airlines may soon be permitted to operate 75 pc of pre-COVID domestic flights: Puri New Delhi: Airlines may be permitted to operate maximum 75 per cent of their pre-COVID scheduled domestic flights if the passenger numbers continue to remain healthy during the next 7-10 days, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday.
DEL27 DEF-IAF-CHOPPER IAF chopper makes precautionary landing in Saharanpur New Delhi: An advanced light helicopter of the Indian Air Force on Thursday made a precautionary landing in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh after it developed a technical snag, officials said.
BOM3 MH-BIHAR-NCP NCP to contest Bihar Assembly polls Mumbai: The NCP on Thursday said it will contest the Bihar Assembly polls, and released a list of its 40 star campaigners for the elections.
LEGAL LGD8 SC-TABLIGHI-LD MEDIA Tablighi case: Freedom of speech & expression most abused right in recent times, says SC New Delhi: Freedom of speech and expression is the “most abused right” in recent times, the Supreme Court said on Thursday and pulled up the Centre for its 'evasive' and 'brazen' affidavit on media coverage of the Tablighi Jamaat event earlier this year.
LGD10 SC-CHINMAYANAND SC sets aside HC order allowing Chinmayanand to get copy of statement of rape victim New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday set aside an Allahabad High Court order allowing former Union Minister and BJP leader Chinmayanand to get a copy of statement of a woman law student recorded before a magistrate in connection with a rape case against him.
LGD9 SC-SALIAN Plea for court-monitored probe into Disha Salian death case should be filed in HC: SC New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday said the plea seeking court-monitored CBI probe into the death of Sushant Singh Rajput's former manager, Disha Salian should be filed in the Bombay High Court.
FOREIGN FGN24 US-H1B-LD DEMOCRATS Democrats flay Trump for announcing new curbs on H-1B visas sans public scrutiny Washington: The Democratic Party has criticised President Donald Trump for announcing 'sweeping changes' to the H-1B nonimmigrant visa programme in decades without public scrutiny, saying it is clearly an attempt to score last-minute political points ahead of the November 3 presidential election. By Lalit K Jha PTI AD