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New Delhi, May 19 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION DEL8 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: Record 4,529 fatalities in single day in country New Delhi: India saw a record 4,529 fatalities due to coronavirus in a single day pushing the COVID-19 death toll to 2,83,248, while 2.67 lakh fresh cases were recorded, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.

DEL35 CYCLONE-LD DEAD 22 out of 75 missing from sunk barge confirmed dead: Sources New Delhi: As many as 22 out of the 75 people missing from the barge that sank in the Arabian Sea after getting caught in a severe cyclonic storm are confirmed dead, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

BOM11 GJ-CYCLONE-DEATH TOLL Cyclone Tauktae death toll climbs to 45 in Gujarat: Official Ahmedabad: As many as 45 people have been killed due to cyclone Tauktae across 12 districts of Gujarat, officials said Wednesday.

DEL36 PM-CYCLONE-RESCUE PM takes stock of rescue operations for ONGC barge personnel New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday spoke to senior officials as he took stock of operations being undertaken to rescue personnel on an ONGC barge, government sources said.

DEL28 IMD-LD CYCLONE-BAY OF BENGAL East coast may see formation of cyclone; likely to hit WB, Odisha coast by May 27 New Delhi: After the west coast, another cyclone is likely to hit the east coast by May 26-27, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday.

DEL16 VIRUS-SINGAPORE KEJRIWAL 2NDLD INDIA CM does not speak for India, EAM after Singapore objects to Kejriwal's remark on COVID-19 variant New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's remarks about a new form of COVID-19 in Singapore sparked off a diplomatic row on Wednesday with the Southeast Asian city-state calling in the Indian envoy and conveying to him its strong objections to the 'unfounded assertions'.

DEL32 VIRUS-TESTS-POSITIVITY RATE Record 20 lakh coronavirus tests done in India in one day: Health Ministry New Delhi: More than 20 lakh COVID-19 tests were conducted across the country in a span of 24 hours, which is a global record and the highest ever done in a single day in India, while the daily positivity rate has declined to 13.31 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

MDS14 KA-LD PACKAGE Karnataka govt announces Rs 1,250 cr package to those hit by COVID-19 lockdown Bengaluru: As Karnataka is battling the second wave of the pandemic, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday announced a over Rs 1,250 crore financial package, to provide relief for those whose livelihood has been affected by COVID-19 induced lockdown.

CAL5 WB-NARADA-PROTEST-GUV Narada case arrests: Bengal Governor takes 'serious note' of protests outside Raj Bhavan, seeks police report Kolkata: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Wednesday took 'serious note' of the demonstrations in front of the Raj Bhavan on consecutive days, despite prohibitory orders in force in the area, and sought a report from the city police.

BUSINESS DEL26 BIZ-GOVT-WHATSAPP IT Ministry directs WhatsApp to withdraw new privacy policy: Govt sources New Delhi: The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has directed WhatsApp to withdraw its new privacy policy, according to sources. LEGAL LGD3 DL-HC-COVAXIN TRIAL CHILDREN PIL against Covaxin trial on 2-18 age group: HC seeks Centre's stand New Delhi: A PIL to set aside the permission granted by the Drugs Controller General of India to Bharat Biotech for conducting the phase II/III clinical trial of its Covaxin COVID-19 vaccine on the 2-18 age group was heard on Wednesday by the Delhi High Court which sought the Centre's stand.

LGD7 DL-HC-VIRUS-RATION DEALERS Plea to treat ration dealers as front line workers: HC seeks Delhi govt stand New Delhi: Ration dealers under the public distribution system should also be considered as front line workers, a plea has urged the Delhi High Court which on Wednesday sought the Delhi government's stand on the issue.

LGD8 DL-HC-VIRUS-JUDGES COVID-19: Politicians, bureaucrats find difficult to accept failure; not in veins, says HC New Delhi: Politicians and bureaucrats find it very difficult to accept their failure and inability as it is not in their veins, the Delhi High Court Wednesday said while expressing concerns over the condition of subordinate judiciary’s judicial officers who are at risk of contracting COVID-19 owing to the nature of duties.

FOREIGN FGN10 VIRUS-WHO-INDIA-CASES India logs 13 per cent fall in new COVID-19 cases in week; still highest globally: WHO United Nations: India registered a 13 per cent decrease in new COVID-19 cases in the past week but the number of fresh infections was still the highest around the world, the WHO has said. By Yoshita Singh FGN20 NEPAL-LD QUAKE Quake rattles Nepal, dozens of houses flattened; injuries reported Kathmandu: A 5.8-magnitute earthquake struck Nepal’s western Lamjung district on Wednesday, injuring at least six persons and damaging dozens of houses, officials said. By Shirish B Pradhan FGN5 US-VACCINE-INDIA-STRAIN American vaccines effective against COVID strain first found in India: US officials Washington: COVID-19 vaccines that are available in the United States are effective against the deadly variant that was first detected in India, top US health officials said on Tuesday. By Lalit K Jha PTI MGA MGA

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