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New Delhi, Nov 9 (PTI) These are the top stories at 5 pm: LGD5 GREEN-LD POLLUTION NGT imposes ban on sale, use of firecrackers in NCR from Nov 9 to Nov 30 New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday imposed a total ban on sale or use of all kinds of firecrackers in the National Capital Region (NCR) from November 9 midnight to November 30 midnight, saying 'celebration by crackers is for happiness and not to celebrate deaths and diseases'.

BOM12 MH-ARNAB-LD BAIL HC refuses interim bail to Arnab, asks him to move lower court Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday refused to grant interim bail to Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami and two others in a 2018 case of abetment of suicide of an interior designer.

Nation DEL9 VIRUS-LD CASES India records 45,903 new COVID-19 cases, 490 more deaths New Delhi: India's COVID-19 caseload rose to 85,53,657 with 45,903 new infections being reported, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease crossed 79 lakh, pushing the national recovery rate to 92.56 per cent, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Monday.

DEL36 VACCINE-HESITANCY HOTSPOTS India should build COVID-19 vaccine confidence, identify ‘hesitancy hotspots’: immunisation expert Heidi Larson Kolkata: India should identify COVID-19 vaccine “hesitancy hotspots”, pockets where people may be unwilling to receive immunisation for varied reasons, and then build vaccine confidence, says anthropologist and international immunisation expert Heidi J Larson. By Sudipto Chowdhury DEL32 2NDLD PM PM inaugurates projects worth Rs 614 crore for Varanasi, asks people to promote 'local for Diwali' Varanasi (UP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday made a fervent appeal to people to promote 'local for Diwali' big time and buy local products this festival season, saying it will give a new boost to the economy.

DEL38 JK-MEHBOOBA-FLAG Will hold tricolour and J-K flag together: Mehbooba Jammu: PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Monday asserted that she will hold the tricolour and the flag of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir together, saying as an MLA she had reaffirmed her faith in the J-K Constitution and the sovereignty and integrity of India as both are inseparable.

MDS6 TL-STUDENT-SUICIDE Telangana student of Delhi LSR college dies by suicide worried over financial burden of education Hyderabad: A 19-year-old student of the Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College for Women in Delhi from Telangana has allegedly died by suicide worried about pursuing education in view of the poor financial condition of her family, police and parents said on Monday.

BOM4 MH-MUMBAI-FIRECRACKERS Mumbai civic body bans firecrackers, fireworks ahead of Diwali Mumbai: The Shiv Sena-led Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday announced a ban on use of firecrackers and fireworks in the city, ahead of Diwali, saying the step was being taken to check coronavirus spread.

DEL19 DL-LD AIR QUALITY Delhi's air quality severe, relief unlikely soon New Delhi: The national capital's air quality remained “severe” for the fifth consecutive day on Monday, with calm wind speed exacerbating the effect of stubble burning.

DES10 JK-DARBAR-REOPEN Darbar Move: Civil Secretariat reopens in Jammu amid tight security Jammu: The Civil Secretariat, the seat of the Jammu and Kashmir administration, reopened in Jammu on Monday as part of the biannual 'Darbar Move' after functioning in Srinagar during the summer season.

Legal LGD11 DL-HC-BOLLYWOOD-LD MEDIA Bollywood plea: HC asks Republic TV, Times Now to ensure no defamatory content uploaded New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Monday asked media houses AGR Outlier Media and Bennett Coleman and Company to ensure that no defamatory content is uploaded on social media or displayed on their channels, while hearing a plea by Bollywood producers seeking to restrain them from making irresponsible remarks.

Business DCM27 BIZ-FINCOM-REPORT 15th Finance Commission submits report to President New Delhi: The 15th Finance Commission, chaired by N K Singh, on Monday submitted its report for 2021-22 to 2025-26 to President Ram Nath Kovind.

Foreign FGN11 US-BIDEN-HARRIS-PRIORITIES COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equality and climate change top priorities for Biden, Harris Washington: Tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, economic crisis, systemic racism and climate change are the top priorities for the Biden administration, according to his transition team, as President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris gear up for building back everything 'better than ever'. By Lalit K Jha FGN4 US-ELECTION-BUSH Bush congratulates Biden, Harris; calls election 'fundamentally fair' Washington: Former Republican US president George W Bush has said that the American people can have confidence that the 2020 presidential election was 'fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear'. By Lalit K Jha Sports SPD5 SPO-CRI-IND-TEAM Kohli to go on paternity leave after 1st Australia Test; Rohit included for Tests, Varun out New Delhi: India captain Virat Kohli was on Monday granted paternity leave by the BCCI after the first Test against Australia next month, while his limited-overs' deputy Rohit Sharma was added to the red-ball squad after being initially left out due to a hamstring injury. PTI HDA