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New Delhi, Apr 1 (PTI) These are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION DEL19 VIRUS-CASES COVID-19: India records 72,330 new cases, highest single day rise New Delhi: India saw 72,330 new coronavirus infections being reported in a span of 24 hours, the highest single day rise so far this year, taking the COVID-19 tally of cases to 1,22,21,665, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.

DEL28 VIRUS-VACCINATIONS COVID-19: Vaccination for people above 45 years starts New Delhi: The COVID-19 vaccination for all people aged 45 years and above commenced from Thursday, the Union Health Ministry said.

DEL32 VIRUS-VACCINATION-CENTRE-ALL DAYS COVID vaccination throughout April, including gazetted holidays, at all public, pvt sector centres New Delhi: Seeking to exponentially expand the countrywide anti-coronavirus inoculation drive, the Centre has decided to keep all public and private sector COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVCs) operational throughout April, including on gazetted holidays.

DEL18 BIZ-2ND LD SMALL SAVINGS Govt cites oversight; withdraws cut in rate on small savings schemes New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said the government will rollback a steep interest rate cut on small saving schemes such as PPF and NSC - saying it was an oversight, a move being seen as an attempt by the BJP to contain the fallout of a decision hitting the common man in the ongoing elections in West Bengal, Assam and three other states.

DEL46 PHALKE-3RD LD RAJINIKANTH Dada Saheb Phalke award for Rajinikanth New Delhi: Superstar Rajinikanth will be honoured with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced on Thursday.

CAL37 WB-LD POLL-SITUATION Sporadic violence mars second phase polling, Mamata hits out at EC over inaction to complaints Nandigram/Kolkata: Heavy voting amidst sporadic violence, marked the second phase of polling to the West Bengal assembly, as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee slammed the Election Commission over inaction to complaints filed by her party.

CAL39 WB-MAMATA-GUV Mamata dials Bengal guv, alleges TMC supporters not being allowed to cast vote Kolkata: TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that she had dialled Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and a senior Election Commission (EC) official to inform them about certain poll-related issues, but refused to divulge the details.

CAL38 WB-PM-RALLY Modi makes strong Hindutva pitch in Bengal, slams TMC over antipathy for 'chotiwalas' Joynagar (WB): Making a strong Hindutva pitch at the hustings in West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday attacked TMC leaders for calling those wearing saffron, sporting tilak and choti as 'rakshas', and declared he does not believe in 'seasonal faith'.

MDS15 TN-RAJINIKANTH-AWARD-LD REAX Rajini dedicates Dada Saheb Phalke award to those responsible for his rise Chennai: Superstar Rajinikanth on Thursday dedicated the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award announced by the Centre to be conferred on him to those who made him what he is now, including a bus driver friend and his mentor who launched him in cinema, the late K Balachander.

DEL42 RJ-GEHLOT-INSURANCE SCHEME Rajasthan becomes first state to provide health insurance for all its residents Jaipur: Rajasthan on Thursday kicked off its cashless 'mediclaim' scheme worth Rs 5 lakh for each family of the state, starting the registration for its Chiranjeevi Health Insurance Scheme.

DEL40 PREZ-SURGERY-RECOVERY Recovering well after bypass surgery: President Kovind New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said he is recovering well after his bypass surgery and thanked doctors and caregivers.

DEL51 EC-TN-LD RAJA EC bars DMK's A Raja from campaigning for 48 hours; tells him not to 'lower dignity of women' New Delhi: The Election Commission on Thursday banned DMK leader A Raja from campaigning for 48 hours after finding him guilty of violating the model code of conduct by making alleged derogatory remarks against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami.

DEL27 JK-LD FIRING Militants attack residence of BJP leader in Srinagar, policeman killed Srinagar: A policeman was killed when militants fired upon the residence of a BJP leader in Nowgam area of the city here on Thursday, police said.

BUSINESS DEL38 BIZ-NITI-FOOD SUBSISDY Niti Aayog suggests policy measures to ensure subsidised foodgrains supply to needy New Delhi: Niti Aayog has suggested policy measures to the food ministry that envisages various scenarios to ensure supply of subsidised foodgrains to the needy without 'pinching' the union government's fiscal resources, according to a senior official. By Bijay Kumar Singh FOREIGN FGN10 US-H1B Biden lets Trump era H-1B visa bans expire; Indian IT professionals to benefit Washington: US President Joe Biden on Thursday let the ban on foreign workers visa, in particular H-1B, lapse as the notification issued by his predecessor Donald Trump expired, a move which is likely to benefit thousands of Indian IT professionals. By Lalit K Jha FGN19 US-BIDEN-2NDLD INFRA Biden unveils 'once in a generation' spending plan to boost America's crumbling infrastructure; outperform China Washington: President Joe Biden has unveiled a whopping USD 2 trillion investment proposal to upgrade America's crumbling infrastructure, address the challenge posed by climate change and boost the US' global competitive edge against China. By Lalit K Jha. PTI HDA HDA