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New Delhi, Nov 12 (PTI) These are the top stories at 5 pm: DEL32 BIZ-LD FM-JOBS FM announces new employment generation scheme New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced a new job creation scheme by giving subsidy to those establishments that make new hires.

NATION CAL13 BH-NITISH-OATH Nitish may take oath as CM on Monday Patna: Nitish Kumar may take oath as Bihar chief minister for a fourth successive term next week but the date has not been finalised yet, a close aide said on Thursday.

CAL12 BH-POLL-TEJASHWI Tejashwi elected Grand Alliance legislature party leader, claims NDA won by deceit Patna: RJD's Tejashwi Yadav was on Thursday elected the leader of the Grand Alliance legislature party and promptly hit out at the NDA, claiming it won the assembly elections through 'deceit'.

DEL11 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19 caseload in India climbs to 86,83,916 New Delhi: India saw a single-day increase of 47,905 infections taking the country's COVID-19 caseload to 86,83,916, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease have surged to 80,66,501, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.

DEL13 VIRUS-LD ICMR-SERUM ICMR, SII complete enrolment of phase-3 clinical trials for Covishield vaccine New Delhi: The Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Thursday announced the completion of enrolment of phase-3 clinical trials for potential COVID-19 vaccine Covishield in India.

DEL37 RUSSIA-INDIA-DEFENCE Working hard to ensure early supply of S-400 missile systems to India: Russia New Delhi: Russia on Thursday said it was working 'very hard' to advance the supply of the S-400 surface-to-air missiles to India even though the delivery of the first batch of the weapons system is scheduled by the end of next year.

DEL5 DL-AIR QUALITY Pollution levels dip in Delhi, air quality still 'very poor' New Delhi: The national capital recorded its air quality in the 'very poor' category on Thursday morning even as experts said the situation was “much better” compared to two days ago when pollution levels were above the emergency threshold.

DEL14 RAHUL-ECONOMY India has entered into recession due to PM Modi's policies: Rahul Gandhi New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday targeted the government over the state of the economy, claiming the country has entered into a recession for the first time in history due to the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

BOM2 MH-NAVY-LD SUBMARINE Indian Navy's fifth Scorpene class submarine Vagir launched Mumbai: Indian Navy's fifth Scorpene class submarine Vagir, having superior stealth features like the advanced acoustic absorption technique, was launched on Thursday at the Mazagon Dock in south Mumbai.

BOM3 MH-COURT-ARNAB-ABA Cop 'assault': Arnab's pre-arrest bail plea adjourned to Nov 23 Mumbai: A sessions court here has adjourned till November 23 the hearing into the pre-arrest bail plea of Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami and his wife in a case registered against them by Mumbai Police for allegedly assaulting a woman police officer.

MDS3 TN-SCHOOLS Schools in TN to remain shut, govt puts reopening plan on hold Chennai: Days after seeking the views of parents, Tamil Nadu government on Thursday reversed its move to reopen schools from November 16 for classes 9-12 and said they shall continue to remain closed.

BUSINESS DEL25 BIZ-LD FM-ECONOMY Indian economy witnessing strong recovery: Sitharaman New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said the Indian economy is witnessing a strong recovery after a long and strict lockdown.

DEL35 BIZ-FM-COVID VACCINE FM announces Rs 900 crore grant for COVID-19 vaccine research New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharman on Thursday announced a Rs 900 crore grant to the Department of Biotechnology for COVID-19 vaccine research.

LEGAL LGD8 VIRUS-HC-HOSPITALS-ICU HC allows Delhi govt to reserve 80 pc ICU beds for COVID-19 patients in 33 pvt hospitals New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Thursday allowed the AAP government to reserve 80 per cent of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients in 33 private hospitals, saying the situation in the national capital is fairly dynamic and cases of coronavirus are spiralling.

FOREIGN FGN15 US-INDIA-BIDEN-LD AYRES Biden will prioritise defence and security partnership with India, says Obama-era official Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden was an early supporter of the India-US relationship and his administration will continue to prioritise the defence and security partnership with New Delhi, a key area which has progressed during Donald Trump's tenure as president, a senior official from the Barrack Obama-era administration has said.

FGN24 US-BIDEN-2NDLD STAFF President-elect Joe Biden names Ron Klain as White House Chief of Staff Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden has tapped veteran political operative Ron Klain as Chief of Staff, elevating his 'invaluable' longtime aide to one of the most powerful positions in the White House. By Lalit K Jha FGN4 PAK-JUD Pak court jails spokesperson of Hafiz Saeed-led JuD for 32 years in terror financing cases Lahore: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has handed down 32 years of imprisonment to Yahya Mujahid, spokesperson of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed's Jammat-ud-Dawah (JuD) terror group, in two terror financing cases. By M Zulqernain. PTI HDA