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New Delhi, Jan 25 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION DEL25 DEF-SINOINDIA-LD SIKKIM Indian and Chinese troops had 'minor face-off' at Naku La in Sikkim, issue resolved: Indian Army New Delhi: Indian and Chinese troops were engaged in a 'minor face-off' at Naku La area in North Sikkim on January 20 and it was resolved by local commanders as per established protocols, the Indian Army said on Monday.

DEL4 DEF-SINOINDIA TALKS India, China hold marathon military talks on disengagement of troops in eastern Ladakh New Delhi: The ninth round of military talks between India and China lasted for nearly 16 hours as the two sides held detailed deliberations on disengagement of troops from all friction points in eastern Ladakh, sources said on Monday.

DEL37 PM-LD BAL PURASKAR CHILDREN PM Modi interacts with children awarded Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday lauded the contribution of children in raising awareness about handwashing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and said that a programme tastes success if they become part of it.

DEL36 MHA-VACCINE-RUMOURS Check vaccine rumours; take penal action against those indulging in such acts: MHA tells states New Delhi: Faced with the problem of circulation of rumours about the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, the Centre has asked the states to check the spread of such misinformation and advised them to take penal action against those who are found to be involved in dissemination of wrong and ill-informed news.

DEL44 FARMERS-TOMAR Govt's offer best for farmers; Hopeful that unions will reconsider it: Tomar New Delhi: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday termed the government's proposal to suspend new farm laws for 1-1.5 years as the 'best offer' and hoped that the protesting farmers' unions will soon reconsider it and convey their decision.

DEL27 VIRUS-2NDLD CASES 131 more COVID deaths, 13203 cases New Delhi: India registered the lowest number of coronavirus fatalities in over eight months with 131 more deaths being recorded, the Health Ministry said on Monday. DEL16 OXFAM-WEALTH-REPORT Wealth amassed by 100 richest Indians during pandemic can give 13.8 cr poorest Rs 94k each: Oxfam New Delhi: India's 100 top billionaires have seen their fortunes increase by Rs 12,97,822 crore since March last year when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country and this amount is enough to give 13.8 crore poorest Indians a cheque for Rs 94,045 each.

MDS4 TN-ARNAB-RAHUL Modi the person 'through which' Balakot information went to Arnab, alleges Rahul in TN Karur: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the 'person through which' prior information on India's air strikes in Balakot in Pakistan in 2019 was made available to Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami.

DEL19 UP-AYODHYA MOSQUE Ayodhya mosque may be named after 1857 mutiny warrior Maulvi Ahmadullah Shah Ayodhya: The proposed mosque in Ayodhya that is set to be built following the Supreme Court verdict in the Babri Masjid case may be named after Maulvi Ahmadullah Shah, the warrior of the 1857 mutiny against the British.

DEL32 UP-LD ADITYANATH Not forcing anyone to raise 'Jai Shri Ram' slogan: Yogi Adityanath Lucknow, Jan 25 (PTI) No one is being forced to raise 'Jai Shri Ram' slogans and there is nothing to feel bad about its chanting as it is a greeting, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Monday after his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee refused to speak at an event over raising of the slogan. By Jatin Takkar LEGAL LGD10 DL-HC-LD WHATSAPP WhatsApp treating Indian users differently from Europeans matter of concern: Centre to HC New Delhi: WhatsApp is treating Indian users differently from Europeans over opting out of its new privacy policy which is a matter of concern for the government and it is looking into the issue, the Centre informed the Delhi High Court on Monday.

LGD12 SC- LD RAJOANA SC grants 'last chance' to Centre to decide on commuting Rajoana's death penalty New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday granted “last chance” to the Centre to decide within two weeks on Balwant S Rajoana's plea seeking commutation of death penalty in former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh's assassination case.

LGD14 SC-LD MEDIA SC seeks Centre's reply on PIL seeking setting up of media tribunal New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday sought responses from the Centre, Press Council of India (PCI) and News Broadcasters Association (NBA) on a PIL seeking setting up of a media tribunal to adjudicate on complaints against media, channels and networks.

FOREIGN FGN17 UN-INDIAN-ECONOMIST Jayati Ghosh named by UN to high-level advisory board on economic, social affairs New York: Indian development economist Jayati Ghosh is among 20 prominent personalities appointed by the United Nations to a high-level advisory board that will provide recommendations for the UN Secretary-General to respond to the current and future socio-economic challenges in the post-COVID-19 world. By Yoshita Singh FGN19 UN-INDIA-DISINFORMATION Disinformation being used to interfere in internal affairs of countries: India United Nations: India has called on technology companies to ensure transparency and a check on misinformation on their platforms, cautioning that there is a growing tendency of foreign interference in the internal affairs of other countries through disinformation campaigns. By Yoshita Singh PTI TDS TDS