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New Delhi, Mar 21 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 PM: NATION DEL6 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India sees highest daily tally of cases this year New Delhi: India recorded 43,846 new coronavirus cases in a day, the highest single-day rise so far this year, taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,15,99,130, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

CAL12 AS-PM Modi attacks Cong at Assam poll rally, says NDA ensured peace and development Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the Congress of giving 'false guarantees' when it was in power at the centre and also in Assam at the same time earlier, and failed to provide security and stability in the northeastern state.

BOM13 MH-SINGH-PAWAR Param Bir's claims serious, need thorough probe: Sharad Pawar Mumbai: NCP president Sharad Pawar on Sunday said the allegations leveled by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Dehsmukh are serious and require an in-depth probe.

CAL15 WB-POLL-SHAH Shah slams Mamata's 'appeasement politics', says no curb to be imposed on festivals if BJP wins polls Egra: Asserting that the BJP does not believe in vote-bank politics, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in a dig at TMC chief Mamata Banerjee over her 'appeasement policies', said on Sunday that his party, if elected to power, will ensure no one imposes any curb on religious practices. DEL18 ASHOKA-LD RESIGNATION-CHANCELLOR Ashoka Univ Chancellor says founders never interfered with academics; Board stands for intellectual independence New Delhi: In a strong counter to the narrative building around reasons for the exit of Professor PB Mehta, Ashoka University Chancellor Rudrangshu Mukherjee has said the institution remains committed to academic freedom and intellectual independence while its Board of Trustee Chairman Ashish Dhawan promised an open line of communication.

DEL17 JK-FORCES-SHIELD-STRENGTHEN Security forces in JK strengthen bullet-proofing as steel bullets emerge again Srinagar/New Delhi: Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have strengthened the bullet-proofing shield of their vehicles and bunkers after steel bullets which can pierce through normal protective shields were recovered from terrorists during an encounter in South Kashmir recently. By Sumir Kaul BOM7 CG-FARMERS-RAHUL Govt wants to snatch farmers' future: Rahul on new agri laws Raipur: Stepping up his attack on the BJP-led Centre over the three new farms laws, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said the government wants to snatch the income and future of farmers for the benefit of a few top businessmen in the country.

CAL20 AS-POLL-PRIYANKA Priyanka attacks Modi on lack of empathy for Assam Jorhat: Launching a frontal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday alleged he is sad about a tweet by a 22-year-old woman but not for the flood-ravaged people of Assam.

CAL23 MZ-CM-MYANMAR Mizoram CM holds meeting with Myanmar's foreign minister over situation amid coup Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Sunday held a meeting with Myanmar's Foreign Minister Zin Mar Aung on the current political situation and the hardships being faced by the Zo ethnic people in the neighbouring country, officials said.

DEL8 VIRUS-CENTRE-KUMBH MELA Enhance COVID testing, ensure adequate care facilities in view of Kumbh: Centre to Uttarakhand New Delhi: Noting that there is a potential of an upsurge in COVID-19 cases during the Kumbh Mela, the Centre has written to Uttarakhand strongly highlighting the concerns raised by a high-level central team about the need for stringent measures to control the spread of the disease.

MDS8 FARMERS-TIKAIT-TRACTORS 'Lay seige to Bengaluru with tractors to protest farm laws' Shivamogga: Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait has exhorted farmers of Karnataka to lay siege to Bengaluru with their tractors in protest against the three contentious farm laws passed by the Centre and convert the city to the focal point of agitation, like in Delhi.

BUSINESS DCM12 BIZ-PAR-CHOPPER-RESCUE OPERATIONS Need chopper landing facilities at eco-sensitive zones for rescue operations: Par panel New Delhi: There is an urgent need for helicopter landing facilities at ecologically sensitive zones to ensure disaster management operations in case of mishaps like recent glacier burst in Uttarakhand, a parliamentary panel told the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

FOREIGN FGN17 BANGLA-MODI-SECURITY B'desh rules out security threat to PM Modi’s visit amid protests by 'few' Left, Islamist groups Dhaka: Bangladesh has ruled out any security threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day visit to the country later this week and said 'few' left wing and hardline Islamist groups are against his trip but there is 'nothing to worry' about them. By Anisur Rahman FGN3 UK-INDIANS-EXTRADITION-BOOK New book chronicles Indian fugitives who escaped to UK London: A new book on some high-profile as well as lesser-known Indian extradition cases attempts to decode why the UK is considered a safe haven for those wanting to escape the law in India. By Aditi Khanna PTI TDS TDS