New Delhi, Aug 2 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1700 hours: DEL43 UP-VIRUS-3RD LD MINISTER UP minister Kamal Rani Verma dies of COVID-19 Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Minister Kamal Rani Varun died of COVID-19 at a hospital here on Sunday, the first minister in the state to succumb to the disease. She was 62.
DEL19 SINOINDIA-LD TALKS Military commanders of India and China hold fifth round of talks on border row New Delhi: Senior military commanders of India and China are holding a fresh round of talks on Sunday with an aim to ensure expeditious disengagement of troops from all the friction points along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh, military sources said.
DEL30 PB-LIQUOR-DEATHS Death toll in Punjab spurious liquor tragedy rises to 98 Chandigarh: The death toll in the Punjab hooch tragedy rose to 98 on Sunday with 12 more people reported dead in Tarn Taran district after drinking spurious liquor.
DEL22 VIRUS-RECOVERY-RATE COVID-19 recovery rate rises to 65.44 pc, case fatality rate drops further to 2.13 pc New Delhi: Recoveries among COVID-19 patients in India crossed the 11 lakh-mark on Sunday with over 51,000 patients recuperating in a 24-hour span, the highest recorded so far, pushing the recovery rate to 65.44 per cent, the Union health ministry said on Sunday.
DEL38 DL-VIRUS-LD CASES Delhi records 961 fresh COVID-19 cases, death toll reaches 4,004 New Delhi: Delhi's COVID-19 tally rose to over 1.37 lakh on Sunday with 961 new cases, while the death toll reached 4,004, authorities said.
DEL37 MHA-CAA-RULES MHA seeks 3 additional months for framing CAA rules New Delhi: The Home Ministry has sought an additional three months' time for framing rules of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), officials said on Sunday.
DEL33 RAHUL-MEHBOOBA MUFTI High time Mehbooba Mufti is released, says Rahul Gandhi New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday demanded the release of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, saying India's democracy is damaged when the government illegally detains political leaders.
DEL35 VIRUS-RAIL-DIGITAL COVID-19 digital push: Rlys moves over 5 lakh files, 12 lakh documents online New Delhi: In the past four months when the entire country was in various stages of the coronavirus-induced lockdown, the Railways has digitised over 12 lakh documents like letters, bills, office orders, project drawings and more than four lakh files, scrapping their manual handling and reducing not just physical contact between officials but also operational costs.
By Ananya Sengupta DEL32 TEMPLE-TRUST MEMBER Ram temple to foster brotherhood and harmony: Temple trust member New Delhi: The decades-long movement for building a Ram temple in Ayodhya may have been marked by political and, at times, social discord, but the beginning of its construction from August 5 will foster in society 'brotherhood and harmony', the values associated with Lord Ram, Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust member Kameshwar Chaupal said on Sunday.
DEL34 SPG-REPATRIATE SPG repatriates over 200 personnel in view of reduction in number of protectees New Delhi: The Special Protection Group (SPG) has ordered a mega repatriation of over 200 personnel to their respective security forces in view of its charter being recently amended to protect only the Prime Minister, official sources said. By Neelabh Srivastava DEL28 UP-INUNDATION Release of water by Nepal inundates 61 villages in Bahraich Bahraich: Over 60 villages in Uttar Pradesh's Bahraich district have been inundated following the release of water by Nepal from its three barrages into rivers, a district administration official said on Sunday.
DEL31 VIRUS-PATIENTS-SMARTPHONES Centre asks states, UTs to allow hospitalised COVID-19 patients use smartphones to interact with kin New Delhi: The Centre has written to all states and Union Territories stating that smartphones and tablet devices should be allowed for hospitalised COVID-19 patients so that they can interact with family and friends through video conferencing, which would provide them psychological support. By Payal Banerjee BOM4 MH-SUSHANT-BIHAR POLICE Bihar Police to probe suicide of Rajput's former manager Mumbai: The Bihar Police team, which is in Mumbai to investigate the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, will now also probe the case of alleged suicide of the actor's former manager Disha Salian, a police official said on Sunday.
MDS5 TN-EDUCATION-POKHRIYAL Union Minister clears the air on new education policy Chennai: The Centre will not impose any language on any state through the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, Union Minister for Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said on Sunday.
LEGAL LGD1 GREEN-GANGA Pollution in Ganga: NGT directs UP Jal Nigam to complete sewer work expeditiously New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed UP Jal Nigam to expeditiously complete the work of sewer connectivity to households at Narora town in Bulandshahr district to ensure that no untreated water is discharged into the Ganga.
BUSINESS DCM27 BIZ-RBI-POLICY RBI's MPC meets next week amid urgency to revive growth Mumbai: The Reserve Bank's rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will meet next week to decide on the policy stance amid the urgency to revive the coronavirus-hit economy and increased demand for one-time loan restructuring by industry chambers.