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New Delhi, May 21 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm hours: DEL12 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India records 2.59 lakh fresh cases, 4,209 fatalities New Delhi: The daily rise in coronavirus cases in India remained below 3 lakh for the fifth consecutive day with 2.59 lakh new cases recorded in a single day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. DEL34 VIRUS-TESTS-POSITIVITY RATE Record 20.61 lakh COVID tests done in a day in India; daily positivity rate dips at 12.59%: Govt New Delhi: More than 20.61 lakh tests for detection of COVID-19 were conducted in a span of 24 hours in the country, the highest-ever tests done in a single day, while the daily positivity rate has declined to 12.59 per cent, the Union health ministry said on Friday.

DEL55 PM-VIRUS-LD VARANASI PM pitches for 'doorstep treatment' for Covid, fights back tears in video conference with docs Varanasi/Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged bringing medical services closer to COVID-19 patients, coming up with a new mantra –- Jahan bimaar, wahin upchaar –- at a video conference with doctors where he choked up while speaking of lives lost to the virus.

DEL31 MEA-JAISHANKAR LD US Boosting cooperation on COVID-19 vaccines to be focus of Jaishankar's 5-day visit to US New Delhi: Procurement of coronavirus vaccines and raw materials to boost domestic production is set to be a major focus area of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar's five-day visit to the United States beginning Monday.

DEL38 MHA-STATES-VULNERABLE GROUPS MHA asks states, UTs to strengthen facilities for vulnerable groups, kids orphaned due to COVID-19 New Delhi: The Union home ministry has asked states and union territories to strengthen facilities for vulnerable groups, especially children, who have been orphaned in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to check human trafficking, a government statement said on Friday.

DEL45 VIRUS-BLACK FUNGUS-DRUG 5 more manufactures given license to produce drug used to treat black fungus: Govt New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Friday said license has been given to five more manufactures for production of Amphotericin-B, used in the treatment of black fungus, and they will start producing 1,11,000 vials of the drug per month from July.

DEL29 ED-LD KALRA ED raids premises linked to Navneet Kalra, others in oxygen concentrators hoarding case New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Friday raided at least 10 premises linked to businessman Navneet Kalra and his associates in Delhi-NCR as part of a money laundering probe linked to a recent case of alleged hoarding and black-marketing of oxygen concentrators, officials said.

DEL22 PB-LD CRASH IAF pilot killed as MiG-21 Bison crashes in Punjab field, Court of Inquiry ordered Moga (Pb): An IAF MiG-21 Bison aircraft crashed during heavy rain in a field in Punjab's Moga district, killing its pilot Squadron Leader Abhinav Choudhary, officials said DEL43 UKD-2NDLD BAHUGUNA Noted environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna passes away Dehradun: Noted environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna died of Covid-19 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh on Friday.

DEL49 SINOINDIA-LD NARAVANE Army chief reviews situation along northern border in Arunachal Pradesh New Delhi: Army Chief Gen MM Naravane reviewed India's operational readiness along the border with China in the Arunachal Pradesh sector during a two-day visit to the Northeastern region that began on Thursday.

EL39 VIRUS-IIT-LD PROF-DEATH Renowned road safety expert Dinesh Mohan succumbs to COVID-19 New Delhi: Renowned road safety and injury prevention expert Dinesh Mohan succumbed to the novel coronavirus infection on Friday, according to IIT Delhi director V Ramgopal Rao.

CAL5 WB-MLA-SEAT-LD MAMATA Mamata likely to contest from Bhabanipur constituency, sitting MLA to vacate seat Kolkata: West Bengal agriculture minister and veteran TMC leader Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay vacated the Bhabanipur assembly seat on Friday, paving way for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to contest bypoll from her old bastion, party sources said.

BOM19 GA-TEJPAL-SAWANT Govt to move HC against Tejpal's acquittal in rape case: Goa CM Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said the state government will challenge in the high court journalist Tarun Tejpal's acquittal in a 2013 rape case by a district court here.

LEGAL LGD7 DL-HC-VIRUS-BEDS ALLOCATION PIL for transparency: HC says if Prez, PM need treatment, beds need to be reserved in hospital New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Friday said beds have to reserved in hospitals for treatment of certain categories of people like the President and Prime Minister of the country. FOREIGN FGN36 PAK-NUCLEAR PLANT Pak PM inaugurates Chinese-assisted 1,100MW nuclear power plant in Karachi Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday inaugurated the country's first Chinese-assisted 1,100MW nuclear power plant in Karachi that coincided with the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the all-weather allies. By Sajjad Hussain FGN21 UN-INDIA-ISRAEL-PALESTINE United Nations: India has underlined that every effort should be made to create conducive conditions for the resumption of direct talks between Israel and Palestine, emphasising that meaningful negotiations will go a long way in establishing lasting peace and stability in the region. By Yoshita Singh PTI MGA MGA

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