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New Delhi, May 24 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION DEL9 VIRUS-LD CASES New COVID-19 cases dip to 2.22 lakh, death toll crosses 3-lakh mark New Delhi: Fresh COVID-19 infections in India dipped to 2,22,315, the lowest in around 38 days, pushing the total tally of coronavirus cases to 2,67,52,447, while the death toll crossed the 3-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

CAL1 CYCLONE-YAAS 'Yaas' intensifies into cyclonic storm, likely to cross Odisha-Bengal coasts on May 26 Bhubaneswar/Kolkata: A deep depression over the Bay of Bengal has intensified into cyclonic storm 'Yaas' and is likely to cross the Odisha-West Bengal coasts on May 26 after turning into a very severe cyclonic storm, the MeT Department said on Monday.

DEL48 VIRUS-HEALTH MINISTRY Steady decline in daily new COVID-19 cases reported in last 17 days in India: Govt New Delhi: A steady decline in daily new COVID-19 cases has been observed since the last 17 days in India, the Union health ministry said on Monday.

DEL37 CYCLONE-SHAH-REVIEW HM Amit Shah reviews preparation for Cyclone Yaas with CMs of W Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday reviewed the preparations for Cyclone Yaas including the evacuation of people on the high seas as well as in vulnerable coastal areas and the safety of COVID-19 facilities.

DEL33 BIZ-SPUTNIK-V PRODUCTION RDIF, Panacea Biotec launch production of Sputnik V vaccine in India New Delhi: The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Indian drug firm Panacea Biotec on Monday announced the launch of production of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in India.

BOM5 CYCLONE-NAVY-LD RESCUE INS Makar locates tugboat Varaprada, divers looking for bodies: Navy Mumbai: Navy ship INS Makar on Monday located tugboat Varaprada seven days after it went adrift in the Arabian Sea during Cyclone Tauktae fury, an official said.

BOM2 GJ-CLASH-FIR Guj communal clash: FIR registered against over 2,000 people Gir Somnath: Police have registered an FIR against nearly 2,000 unidentified people on charges of attempt to murder and rioting after members of two communities clashed with each other here in Gujarat, leaving six policemen and around a dozen other people injured, an official said on Monday.

DEL25 DL-LD VACCINE Pfizer, Moderna: declined to sell Covid vaccines to Delhi govt: Kejriwal New Delhi Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said US pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Moderna have declined to sell coronavirus vaccines to the city government as they want to directly deal with the Centre.

DEL16 BOARD EXAMS-GOVT CONSULTATION Final decision on Class 12 exams to be based on 'widest possible' consultation: Govt sources New Delhi: The final decision on the fate of Class 12 board exams will be based on widest possible consultative process, and it will also be the best possible option keeping in mind the current situation and students' future prospects, government sources said on Monday. DEL21 VIRUS-ON SITE REGISTRATION On-site registration for 18-44 years age group now enabled on CoWin New Delhi: On-site registration and appointment has now been enabled for the 18-44 years age group on the CoWin platform for COVID-19 vaccination, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.

DEL27 VIRUS-RECOVERIES POSITIVITY RATE Daily COVID-19 recoveries outnumber new cases for 11th day New Delhi: India's COVID-19 daily recoveries have outnumbered new cases for the 11th consecutive day, while the cumulative positivity rate stands at 8.09 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.

LEGAL LGD4 SC-NARADA Narada case: CBI moves SC against HC house arrest order of 4 leaders New Delhi: The CBI has moved the Supreme Court challenging a Calcutta High Court order allowing house arrest of four leaders, including three from the TMC, in the Narada bribery case.

LGD15 VIRUS-SC-LD MIGRANTS Migrant workers' registration process very slow; expedite for pandemic benefit schemes, says SC New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday said the process of registration of migrant workers is “very slow” and it must be expedited so that benefit of various schemes can be extended to them amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

FOREIGN FGN21 VIRUS-PAK-LD IHC Indian High Commission rejects Pak media reports that claim an official's spouse tested positive for COVID Islamabad: The Indian High Commission in Islamabad on Monday clarified that an official's spouse, who was reported by the Pakistani media to have been tested positive for the coronavirus, has tested 'negative' for COVID on RT-PCR conducted on arrival here and in Lahore.

By Sajjad Hussain FGN28 CHINA-PAK-CPEC China defends contentious CPEC, says it is economic initiative and has not affected its stand on Kashmir issue Beijing: China on Monday again defended its controversial USD 60 billion CPEC project with Pakistan, disregarding India's protests as it is being laid through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, saying it is an economic initiative and has not affected its principled stand on the Kashmir issue.

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