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New Delhi, Jul 3 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION DEL25 UKD-CM-DHAMI Pushkar Singh Dhami to be the new CM of Uttarakhand Dehradun: Pushkar Singh Dhami was on Saturday elected as the leader of the BJP legislature party, paving the way for him to take over as the eleventh Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. DEL7 PM-MSME-RETAIL Committed to empowering our traders: PM Modi New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described as 'landmark' the decision to include retail and wholesale trade as MSMEs, which will allow traders the benefits of priority sector lending, and said his government is committed to empowering the community.

DEL14 DEF-RAFALE-FRANCE-PROBE France begins judicial probe into Rafale deal with India: French media New Delhi: A French judge has been appointed to lead a 'highly sensitive' judicial investigation into alleged 'corruption and favouritism' in the Rs 59,000 crore Rafale fighter jet deal with India, French investigative website Mediapart reported.

DEL6 VIRUS-LD CASES India records 44,111 new COVID-19 cases, 738 deaths New Delhi: India saw a single-day rise of 44,111 new coronavirus infections, raising its tally to 3,05,02,362, while the death toll climbed to 4,01,050 with 738 new fatalities, the lowest in 86 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday.

DEL29 BIZ-PRASAD-LD IT RULES First compliance report by Google, FB under new IT rules big step towards transparency: Prasad New Delhi: IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday lauded major social media platforms such as Google, Facebook and Instagram for publishing their first compliance report on voluntary removal of offensive posts as per new IT rules, terming it a big step towards transparency. DEL20 RAFALE-PROBE-BJP Rahul used as 'pawn' by rival firms, BJP alleges as Congress attacks govt on Rafale deal New Delhi: The BJP alleged on Saturday that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is being used as a 'pawn' by rival defence companies and claimed that he and his party keep raking up allegations of corruption in the Rafale deal in an attempt to 'weaken' India.

MDS1 TL-COVAXIN-ANALYSIS Final analysis of Covaxin efficacy out; vaccine 65.2 percent effective against Delta variant Hyderabad: Bharat Biotech's Covaxin has demonstrated 77.8 per cent effectiveness against symptomatic COVID-19 and 65.2 per cent protection against the new Delta variant.

DEL18 ED-SEARCHES-LD RELIGIOUS CONVERSION ED raids in Delhi, UP in alleged religious conversion PMLA case New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday conducted searches at six locations in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in a money laundering case linked to alleged conversion of some deaf students and poor people to Islam in UP with purported funding from abroad, official sources said.

DEL13 IMD-HEATWAVE Heatwave abates, IMD forecasts drop in temp by 3-4 degrees over north India New Delhi: The oppressive heatwave that swept through the north Indian plains and hills has abated and no such conditions are likely during the next five days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday.

DEL8 ED-DESHMUKH-SUMMON ED issues fresh summons to ex-Maha home min Deshmukh in money laundering case Mumbai: Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh has been issued fresh summons by the ED for appearance on July 5 in a money laundering case investigation being conducted against him and others, officials said on Saturday. BOM1 MH-CLASS 12-EVALUATION POLICY Maha govt announces evaluation criteria for Class 12 state board students Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has announced the policy for allotment of marks to the state board students of Class 12, as its exams were cancelled this year owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Legal: LGD1 WB-TMC-LAW OFFICER SG denies meeting West Bengal BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari New Delhi: Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has denied meeting West Bengal BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari at his official residence here after the Trinamool Congress wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his removal over the issue.

LGD4 DL-HC-LITIGATION POLICY HC shocked over govt raising false claims with impunity, seeks rules to hold officers accountable New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has expressed shock over the government raising false claims and defences with impunity as there is no accountability of officers for doing so and called for framing rules by the Centre and Delhi government to hold officers accountable for the lapses in handling of court cases.

LGD2 SC-JOURNALIST-MURDER Gauri Lankesh murder: Decide bail plea of accused uninfluenced by HC order, says SC New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked the Karnataka High Court to decide the bail plea of one of the accused in the murder of activist-journalist Gauri Lankesh without being influenced by an order quashing charges against him.

Foreign: FGN3 VIRUS-WHO-DELTA Delta variant dangerous and continuing to evolve and mutate: WHO chief United Nations/Geneva: The world is in a very 'dangerous period' of the COVID-19 pandemic compounded by more transmissible variants like Delta, which is continuing to evolve and mutate, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned. By Yoshita Singh. PTI TDS TDS

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