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New Delhi, Mar 22 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION DEL13 VIRUS-LD CASES India records highest single-day surge since mid November New Delhi: India added 90,797 cases of coronavirus in two days with 46,951 new infections being recorded in a span of 24 hours, the highest so far this year, taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,16,46,081, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

DEL31 PM-WATER CAMPAIGN PM launches 'Catch the Rain' campaign, says MGNREGA funds be spent for rain water conservation New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched 'Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain' campaign for conserving water and stressed that every penny of MGNREGA funds be spent on rain water conservation till the monsoon arrives.

DEL44 VIRUS-COVISHIELD-DOSES-INTERVAL Govt revises interval between 2 doses of Covishield, can be taken between 4-8 weeks New Delhi: The Centre Monday revised the time window within which the 2nd dose of Covishield vaccine can be taken, asking all states and Union Territories to administer it between 4-8 weeks instead of 4-6 weeks.

PAR11 LS-MH-LD SINGH Param Bir Singh's letter rocks Lok Sabha; BJP demands resignation of MVA govt, Sena defends New Delhi: The BJP on Monday demanded resignation of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government headed by Uddhav Thackeray in the wake of former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh's claim that the state's Home Minister Anil Deshmukh set a Rs 100-crore collection target for the police every month, and sought a CBI inquiry into the allegation.

PAR12 LS-INSURANCE BILL Parliament passes insurance amendment bill to raise FDI limit to 74 pc New Delhi: The Parliament on Monday approved a Bill to increase Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) limit in the insurance sector from 49 per cent to 74 per cent with the Lok Sabha passing the proposed law by a voice vote.

DEL33 BIZ-VACCINE-SPUTNIK RDIF, Virchow Biotech ink pact to produce Sputnik V vaccine in India New Delhi: Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Hyderabad-based Virchow Biotech on Monday announced an agreement to produce up to 200 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine in India.

DEL36 VIRUS-LOCKDOWN-UPSWING A year after ‘Janata curfew’, coronavirus threat rears its ugly head again New Delhi: The coronavirus pandemic is on the upswing again in India which observed a ‘Janata curfew’ on this day a year ago, having paved the way for an over two-month long strict nationwide lockdown to curb the contagion. By Payal Banerjee DEL18 WATER-KEN BETWA-AGREEMENT Centre, MP and UP sign MoU to implement Ken-Betwa river interlinking project New Delhi: An agreement to implement the Ken-Betwa river link project was signed on Monday by the Jal Shakti Ministry and governments of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

CAL11 AS-POLL-SHAH BJP ensured peace and development in Assam: Shah Jonai: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said BJP has ensured peace and development in Assam during the last five years and alleged that this was in contrast to violence and instability during the Congress rule.

MDS5 KL-POLL-RAHUL Rahul hits out at Centre over rising fuel prices Kochi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday lashed out at the BJP-led government at the Centre over rising prices of fuel, alleging it was forcibly taking money from the pocket of people to try and run the government.

DEL34 DL-LG-DDMA Conduct random tests at airports, railway stations: Delhi LG to officials amid surge in COVID cases New Delhi: Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, Delhi LG Anil Baijal on Monday directed authorities to conduct random tests at airport and railway stations, particularly of travellers coming from states with high incidences, and ensure strict enforcement of coronavirus-appropriate behaviour in view of Holi, sources said.

LEGAL LGD13 SC-LD PARAM BIR Mumbai ex-Police Commissioner moves SC for CBI probe against Maharashtra HM Anil Deshmukh New Delhi: Former Mumbai Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh moved the Supreme Court on Monday seeking direction for immediate 'unbiased, uninfluenced, impartial and fair' CBI probe into alleged corrupt malpractices of Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

LGD12 DL-HC-LD AMAZON-FUTURE HC stays order restraining FRL to go ahead with Reliance deal, asks Amazon to respond New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Monday stayed a single judge's order restraining Future Retail Ltd (FRL) from going ahead with its Rs 24,713 crore deal with Reliance Retail to sell its business, which was objected to by US-based e-commerce giant Amazon.

FOREIGN FGN17 VIRUS-ASTRAZENECA-2NDLD STUDY Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs effective against severe Covid, new trial in US confirms London: A large trial in the US and two South American countries of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has shown 79 per cent efficacy rate at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and 100 per cent effectiveness in stopping severe disease and hospitalisation, the biotech firm said on Monday. By Aditi Khanna FGN4 UK-PROTEST-POLICE UK police come under attack as protest turns violent in Bristol London: Two policemen were injured after a rally in the city of Bristol in southwest England against a government bill that would increase police powers to deal with protests turned violent on Sunday. By Aditi Khanna PTI TDS TDS