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New Delhi, May 14 (PTI) These are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION DEL43 PM-LD-VIRUS Prime Minister says COVID virus rapidly spreading in rural areas New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the coronavirus pandemic is rapidly spreading in rural areas, as he urged citizens to take precautions, wear masks and maintain social distance to check spread disease that has claimed at least 2.6 lakh lives. DEL10 VIRUS-LD CASES India adds 3.43 lakh new COVID-19 cases, 4000 fresh fatalities New Delhi: With 3,43,144 people testing positive for coronavirus in a day, India's COVID-19 tally of cases climbed to 2,40,46,809, while the death toll rose to 2,62,317 with 4,000 fresh fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

DEL45 PM-WEST BENGAL FARMERS PM-KISAN benefits reach WB farmers; 7.03 lakh farmers get 1st installment of Rs 2,000 each New Delhi: For the first time on Friday, the benefits under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme reached farmers of West Bengal as about 7.03 lakh of them got Rs 2,000 each under the programme launched more than two years ago.

DEL39 VACCINE-ALLOCATION Centre to supply 192 lakh COVID vaccines to states/UTs from May 16-31: Health ministry New Delhi: A total of 191.99 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines--Covishield and Covaxin--will be supplied to states/UTs free of cost from May 16 to May 31, the Union health ministry said on Friday.

BOM6 GA-HOSPITAL-DEATHS 13 more COVID-19 patients die at GMCH; toll 75 in four days Panaji: Thirteen more COVID-19 patients died at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in the early hours of Friday, a senior health department official said, taking to 75 the number of people who have succumbed at the government-run facility here in the last four days.

DEL36 BIZ- LD DRREDDYS-SPUTNIK Dr Reddy's launches Sputnik V vaccine in India at around Rs 995.4 per dose New Delhi: Drug firm Dr Reddy's Laboratories on Friday said it has launched COVID vaccine Sputnik V in the Indian market with the first dose being administered in Hyderabad, as part of a limited pilot.

DEL50 BJP-OXYGEN-AAP Kejriwal govt 'failed' in oxygen storage & distribution, has 'criminal liability' for deaths: BJP New Delhi: The BJP on Friday alleged that the 'criminal liability' for the death of many patients in two Delhi hospitals due to lack of oxygen falls on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying his government 'failed' in proper distribution and storage of the life-saving gas. DEL49 DL-VIRUS-LD KEJRIWAL Delhi govt will bear cost of education and upbringing of children orphaned by pandemic: CM New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the Delhi government will extend financial help to families which have lost their earning members to the coronavirus and also bear the cost of education and upbringing of children orphaned by the pandemic.

CAL1 WB-GOVERNOR-VISIT- CAMP Bengal Guv visits Assam camp sheltering people affected by post-poll violence Dhubri: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday visited a camp in Assam's Ranpagli, where several families claiming to be BJP supporters have taken shelter after they had allegedly faced atrocities at the hands of ruling Trinamool Congress workers following the assembly elections.

BUSINESS DEL14 BIZ-PM KISAN-INSTALLMENT PM releases 8th installment worth over Rs 20,000 cr to 9.5 cr farmers under PM-KISAN New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday released the eighth installment of over Rs 20,000 crore to more than 9.5 crore farmer beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme on Friday via video-conferencing.

DEL15 BIZ-PETROL-PRICE-HIKE Petrol, diesel prices rise again, reach record highs New Delhi: Petrol and diesel prices on Friday touched record high levels across the country after rates were increased for the fourth time this week.

LEGAL LGD5 SC-QUOTA REVIEW Centre moves SC for review of verdict denuding states of power to declare SEBC New Delhi: The Centre has moved the Supreme Court seeking review of the May 5 majority verdict which held that 102nd Constitution amendment took away the power of state governments to declare Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) for grant of quota in jobs and admissions.

LGD6 DL-HC-LD KALRA No interim protection from arrest to Kalra till May 18 in oxygen black marketing case: HC New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Friday declined to grant interim protection from arrest to Navneet Kalra, seeking anticipatory bail in connection with alleged black marketing of oxygen concentrators, agreeing with the reasons given by the trial court while denying him the relief.

FOREIGN FGN28 NEPAL-3RDLD OLI K P Sharma Oli sworn in as Nepal Prime Minister; retains previous Cabinet Kathmandu: K P Sharma Oli was sworn in as Nepal’s Prime Minister on Friday, days after he lost a crucial vote of confidence in Parliament. By Shirish B Pradhan FGN12 AUS-INDIA-REPATRIATION-FLIGHTS Australia resumes repatriation flights from India for stranded citizens amidst disastrous virus spread Melbourne: The repatriation flights facilitated by the Australian government for its stranded citizens in India resumed from Friday, according to foreign minister Marise Payne. By Natasha Chaku. PTI TDS TDS

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