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New Delhi, Jul 13 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION DEL31 VIRUS-PM-NORTHEAST Matter of concern to see big crowds without masks in hill stations, markets: PM New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said it is a matter of concern that big crowds are thronging hill stations and market areas without masks and social distancing.

DEL56 VIRUS-HEALTH MINISTRY Gross violations of Covid-appropriate behaviour being seen in parts of country: Govt New Delhi: The government on Tuesday expressed concern over the 'gross violations' of Covid-appropriate behaviour in several parts of the country and said this can nullify the gains made so far.

DEL21 CABINET-LD COMMITTEES Smriti, Scindia, Sonowal on powerful panels as govt reconstitutes cabinet committees after reshuffle New Delhi: Days after a major reshuffle of the Modi ministry, the government reconstituted the powerful cabinet committees, bringing in Union ministers Smriti Irani, Bhupender Yadav and Sarbananda Sonowal as the new members of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs headed by the prime minister.

DEL17 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India records 31,443 new cases, 2,020 deaths New Delhi: India's COVID-19 death toll climbed to 4,10,784 with 2,020 new deaths recorded after Madhya Pradesh reconciled its fatality data, while 31,443 new coronavirus cases were reported, the lowest in 118 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

DEL38 IMD-LD MONSOON Southwest Monsoon covers entire country after delay of five days: IMD New Delhi: After advancing over Delhi-NCR, the Southwest Monsoon covered the entire country on Tuesday after a delay of five days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

DEL1 CHOKSI-COURT-BAIL Choksi will 'only' return to Dominica to face trial when fit, media reports citing bail conditions New Delhi: Diamantaire Mehul Choksi will 'only' return to Dominica to face trial for illegal entry into that country when a doctor 'certifies' that he is fit to stand trial, the media there reported citing conditions laid down by the Dominica High Court while granting him bail.

MDS7 KA-MEKEDATU-CM We have got every right and we are going to start work: K'taka CM on Mekedatu project Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday once again asserted that the state has got every right to implement the Mekedatu project across river Cauvery and will start the work, despite objections from neighboring Tamil Nadu.

BOM8 MH-HC-STAN SWAMY RECORDS Maha govt submits medical records of late priest Stan Swamy in HC Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Tuesday submitted to the Bombay High Court the medical records of Jesuit priest and activist Stan Swamy, an 84-yar-old accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoists links case who died in a hospital here while being in judicial custody last week awaiting a medical bail.

LEGAL LGD5 DL-COURT-OXYGEN Oxygen crisis: Court pulls up police for 'casual' reply on plea for FIR against Jaipur Golden Hospital for death of COVID patients New Delhi: A court here on Tuesday pulled up Delhi Police for filing in a 'casual manner' the reply to a plea seeking registration of an FIR against Jaipur Golden Hospital management for alleged deaths of COVID-19 patients due to oxygen shortage.

LGD12 DL-HC-PURI-2NDLD DEFAMATION HC restrains activist Gokhale from posting scandalous tweets against ex-diplomat Lakshmi Puri, husband Hardeep New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Tuesday restrained activist Saket Gokhale from posting defamatory or scandalous tweets against former diplomat Lakshmi Murdeshwar Puri or her husband, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, observing that reputations nurtured over years of selfless service and toil may crumble with a thoughtless barb.

BUSINESS DEL58 BIZ-S&P-INDIA-RATING S&P affirms India rating at lowest investment grade for 14th year in a row New Delhi: S&P Global Ratings on Tuesday affirmed India's sovereign rating at the lowest investment grade of 'BBB-' for the 14th year in a row with a stable outlook, and said that the country's strong external settings will act as a buffer against financial strains despite elevated government funding needs over the next 24 months.

DEL43 BIZ-LD SERUM-SPUTNIKVACCINE Serum Institute to start production of Sputnik vaccine in September New Delhi: Serum Institute of India (SII) will start production of Sputnik vaccine at the company's facilities in September, Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said on Tuesday.

FOREIGN FGN5 VIRUS-WHO-DELTA-VARIANT Delta variant ripping around the world at a scorching pace, driving new spike in cases, death: WHO United Nations/Geneva: The Delta variant is ripping around the world at a scorching pace, driving a new spike in cases and deaths, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said, warning that the variant, now in over 104 countries, is expected to soon be the dominant COVID-19 strain circulating worldwide. By Yoshita Singh SPORTS SPD13 SPO-CRI-YASHPAL-3RDLD DEATH India's 1983 World Cup hero Yashpal Sharma dies of cardiac arrest New Delhi: India's 1983 World Cup hero Yashpal Sharma, who was admired for being a gutsy middle-order batsman at the peak of his prowess, died on Tuesday after suffering a massive cardiac arrest here. PTI CK

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