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New Delhi, Feb 9 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: TOP STORIES DEL26 UKD-2NDLD FLOOD U'khand disaster: Toll rises to 31, race against time to rescue those trapped in tunnel Dehradun/Joshimath: The death toll from the Uttarakhand glacier disaster rose to 31 with five more bodies being recovered, officials said on Tuesday as multiple agencies raced against time to reach about 30 workers trapped inside a tunnel in a power project site and 175 people remained missing.

DEL16 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: New cases fall below 10,000 second time in February New Delhi: The daily new COVID-19 cases fell below 10,000 for the second time this month taking India's tally of cases to 1,08,47,304, while fresh fatalities remained below 100 for the fourth consecutive day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

NATION DEL41 VIRUS-ACTIVE CASES Sustained fall in active cases in country: Health ministry New Delhi: India's daily COVID-19 cases continue to manifest a downward trend, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday underscoring that low number of daily cases and rising recoveries have ensured a sustained fall in active cases. India's average daily deaths also continue to sharply decline. From a high of 211 in the second week of January, average daily deaths have reduced to 96 in the second week of February, registering a decline of 55 per cent, it said.

DEL36 INDO-AFGHAN PM PM Modi expresses concern over increasing violence in Afghanistan New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed concern over increasing violence in Afghanistan and called for a comprehensive ceasefire for ending the hostilities, while assuring India's full support in the development journey of the war-ravaged country.

DEL40 DL-SIDHU-2NDLD ARREST Actor-activist Deep Sidhu, accused in Red Fort violence, arrested by Delhi Police New Delhi: Actor-activist Deep Sidhu wanted in connection with the Red Fort violence on Republic Day has been arrested by the Delhi Police, officials said on Tuesday.

CAL9 BH-LD CABINET Nitish cabinet gets 17 new members, Shahnawaz among those from BJP quota Patna: The much awaited expansion of the Nitish Kumar cabinet in Bihar took place on Tuesday with the induction of 17 members, including Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, the high-profile Muslim face of the BJP which walked away with the lions share.

DEL46 EC-POLLS-STATES EC top brass to visit TN, Puducherry and Kerala beginning Wednesday New Delhi: Beginning Wednesday, the top brass of the Election Commission would visit poll-bound Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala to take stock of election preparedness.

DEL47 MHA-CYBER-VOLUNTEER Govt asks people to register as cyber crime volunteers to check unlawful online content Jammu/New Delhi: In a bid to keep an eye on the cyber world in a 'coordinated and comprehensive manner', the government has asked common people to register as cyber crime volunteers to help check posts against the sovereignty of the nation, on child and women abuse and attempts to disturb the law and order situation.

LEGAL LGD10 SC-PROTEST-LD FIRS Republic Day violence: SC stays arrest of Tharoor, Sardesai & others in FIRs lodged for tweets New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday stayed the arrest of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and six journalists including Rajdeep Sardesai in connection with FIRs lodged against them for their allegedly 'misleading' tweets on the violence during the farmers' tractor rally here on the Republic Day.

LGD9 SC-LD AAP LEADER SC grants protection to AAP leader Sanjay Singh in UP hate speech cases New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted protection from coercive action to Aam Aadmi Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh in alleged hate speech cases lodged against him in Uttar Pradesh.

BUSINESS DEL18 BIZ-TWITTER Twitter seeks dialogue with IT Min after order to block a/cs, says safety of staff top priority New Delhi: Twitter on Tuesday said it is seeking formal dialogue with the Information Technology Minister after the government ordered it to take down 1,178 accounts for allegedly spreading misinformation around farmers' protests.

FOREIGN FGN11 US-BIDEN-2NDLD MODI US Prez Biden, PM Modi commit towards greater Indo-US ties; work against COVID-19, terrorism Washington: US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have committed to defeat the COVID-19, rebuild the global economy, jointly combat the scourge of global terrorism and promote a free and open Indo-Pacific, setting up an ambitious agenda to take the strategic bilateral ties to the next level. By Lalit K Jha FGN31 PAK-SC-TEMPLE Pak SC orders immediate rebuilding of vandalised Hindu temple, seeks timeline for its completion Islamabad: Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government to immediately start rebuilding a century-old Hindu temple that was vandalised by a mob in the province, and submit a timeline for its completion. By Sajjad Hussain SPORTS SPD9 SPO-CRI-2NDLD IND Swing it like Jimmy: Anderson's reverse swing deflates India, England win by 227 runs Chennai: Veteran James Anderson's artistic spell of reverse swing trumped Virat Kohli's show of grit as England decimated India in the opening Test by a comprehensive 227-run margin here on Tuesday. PTI RC