New Delhi, Sep 16 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION DEL13 PM-JAPAN Look forward to jointly take our special strategic partnership to new heights: Modi to new Japan PM New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated Yoshihide Suga on his appointment as Japan's prime minister, and said he is looking forward to jointly take the 'special strategic and global partnership' between the two countries to new heights.
DEL61 VACCINE-RDIF Russia's RDIF collaborates with Dr Reddy's Laboratories for Sputnik V vaccine trials, distribution: CEO New Delhi: The Russian Direct Investment Fund has collaborated with Indian pharma giant Dr Reddy's Laboratories to conduct clinical trials of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 as well as its distribution, RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev said on Wednesday.
DEL55 SINOINDIA-ARMY Indian Army fully geared to fight full-fledged war in eastern Ladakh: Northern Command Jammu: Asserting that it is fully prepared to fight a full-fledged war even in winters in eastern Ladakh, the Indian Army on Wednesday said if China created conditions for war, they will face a better trained, better prepared, fully rested and psychologically hardened Indian troops.
DEL32 RSQ-INFILTRATION-CHINA No infiltration along Sino-Indian border in last 6 months: Govt tells RS New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said there has been no infiltration along the Sino-Indian border in the last six months, while 47 infiltration bids have been reported along the Indo-Pak border during the period.
DEL33 NADDA-FARMERS All three farm sector bills brought by Modi govt far-sighted, will boost agricultural production: Nadda New Delhi: The three bills related to agriculture introduced by the Modi government in Parliament will boost production and help farmers get better prices for the produce, BJP president J P Nadda said on Wednesday.
DEL45 VIRUS-RECORD-RECOVERIES Record 82,961 recoveries in a day, a quarter from Maha alone; recovery rate 78.53% New Delhi: A record 82,961 new COVID-19 recoveries were reported on Wednesday, almost a quarter of them from Maharashtra alone, pushing the overall figures close to 39.5 lakh and the recovery rate to 78.53 per cent, Health Ministry data showed.
DEL25 RSQ-COVID-TESTING 5.4 crore COVID-19 samples tested; 40 lakh people under surveillance: Govt New Delhi: As many as 5.4 crore samples have been tested for coronavirus and 40 lakh people are under surveillance, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.
DEL24 CONG-GOVT-VIRUS Will govt blame god to evade accountability: Cong on COVID tally topping 50 lakh New Delhi: As India’s coronavirus case tally topped 50 lakh on Wednesday, the Congress asked the government to tell the nation how the pandemic will be controlled and if it will blame god to evade accountability.
DEL53 RSQ-CENSUS-COVID 1st phase of Census postponed due to COVID outbreak: Govt New Delhi: The first phase of the Census operations, which was supposed to be held from April 1 to September 30, has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.
BOM6 MH-BACHCHANS SECURITY Police increase 'peripheral' security outside Bachchans' homes Mumbai: Security has been increased outside bungalows of Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan in Mumbai, a day after she told Parliament that the film industry was being defamed by some and asked the government to protect and support it, a police official said.
LEGAL LGD6 VIRUS-SC-COVID MEDICINES Centre approved anti-viral medicines to treat COVID-19 patients, says SC New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said there was an approval by the Central government on use of Remdesivir and Fabiparivir as medicines to treat COVID-19.
LGD7 UP-COURT-BABRI CBI court to give judgment in Babri mosque demolition case on Sept 30 Lucknow: A special CBI court hearing the Babri mosque demolition case will pronounce its judgment on September 30.
LGD9 DL-HC-TESTING Increase RT/PCR testing capacity as COVID-19 cases shooting up daily: HC to Delhi govt New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday suggested that the AAP government increase the RT/PCR test capacity to the maximum possible to detect COVID-19 infection, as Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) were only 60 per cent accurate.
FOREIGN FGN16 US-ELECTION-INDIANS-SURVEY Trump making dent in Indian-American vote bank; majority still support Biden: Survey Washington: US President Donald Trump has made inroads into the Indian-American vote bank, the biggest ever by a Republican president, according to a survey which has sent worrying signals to the Democrats that the support of this influential ethnic community can no longer be taken for granted. By Lalit K Jha FGN14 UN-INDIA-PAK-TERRORISM Pakistan ‘epicenter of terrorism’; persecutes Hindus, Sikhs, Christians: India at Geneva Geneva: Describing Pakistan as an “epicenter of terrorism”, India has said that no one deserves an unsolicited lecture on human rights from Islamabad that has consistently persecuted its ethnic and religious minorities including Hindus, Sikhs and Christians.
FGN18 SKOREA-NKOREA-MISSILE-TEST Seoul: N. Korea may conduct underwater-launched missile test Seoul: North Korea may soon conduct its first underwater-launched ballistic missile test in about a year, a top South Korean military official said Wednesday, amid long-stalled nuclear talks between the North and the United States. By Hyung-Jin Kim. PTI RHL