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New Delhi, Apr 4 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5.15 pm: NATION: BOM18 CG-NAXALS-LDALL ENCOUNTER Chhattisgarh: Bodies of 17 jawans recovered; toll rises to 22 Raipur: Police recovered bullet-riddled bodies of 17 jawans in the jungles of Chattisgarh Sunday, raising to 22 the number of security personnel killed in a fierce gunbattle with Naxals the previous day -- the biggest massacre in more than a year that also left 31 injured.

DEL10 VIRUS-PM MEETING PM Modi chairs high-level meet to review COVID situation as cases surge New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on Sunday to review the COVID-19 situation and the vaccination programme amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

DEL7 VIRUS-LD CASES India records this year's biggest single-day jump of 93,249 COVID-19 cases New Delhi: India on Sunday recorded 93,249 new coronavirus infections, the highest single-day rise so far this year, which took the total COVID-19 cases to 1,24,85,509, according to Union health ministry data.

DEL22 NAQVI-POLLS INTERVIEW PM Modi icon of our constitutional commitment to secularism: Naqvi New Delhi: Alleging that for the Congress secularism is a 'vote-hijacking machine', Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday said the BJP is the most secular party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the 'icon of our constitutional commitment to secularism'. By Asim Kamal DELHI DEL30 JK-MEHBOOBA-INTERVIEW Centre's onslaught against people of JK has to be taken head on collectively: Mehbooba Srinagar/New Delhi: Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Sunday dismissed speculations that the PAGD, an alliance of six mainstream parties, was headed for a break-up, stressing there is no alternative to staying together as the Centre's 'onslaught' against the people of Jammu and Kashmir has to be taken 'head on collectively'. By Sumir Kaul CAL12 AS-POLL-NAXAL-SHAH Befitting reply to Chhattisgarh Naxal attack will be given at appropriate time: Shah Guwahati: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said a befitting reply will be given to the Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh at an appropriate time.

CAL3 WB-POLLS-MAMATA-PM Is he god or superhuman: Mamata takes swipe at PM Modi for predicting BJP victory in assembly polls Khanakul (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday wondered whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi is 'god or a superhuman' to make claims of a BJP triumph in the assembly elections, six phases of which still remain.

DEL33 EC-WB-LD BANERJEE 'Factually incorrect': EC on Mamata's claims about presence of outsiders at Nandigram polling booth New Delhi: In a strongly worded rejoinder to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Election Commission has rejected her claim about the presence of outsiders at a polling booth in Nandigram as 'factually incorrect' and 'devoid of substance'.

CAL16 WB-TMC-MODI PM Modi insulting women of Bengal by mockingly addressing Mamata: TMC Kolkata: Three Trinamool Congress women leaders, including West Bengal minister Sashi Panja, on Sunday accused the prime minister of showing disrespect to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee by way of his 'mocking tone' of addressing her at election rallies.

MDS5 KL-POLLS-RAHUL Rahul seeks to woo voters with NYAY, promises Rs 6K every month to the poor in Kerala Wayanad (Ker): As the campaign for the April 6 Assembly polls draws to a close, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday gave a further push to his 'Nyuntam Aay Yojana' (NYAY) to reach out to the voters, promising that every poor person in the State will get Rs 6,000 every month 'without fail', if the UDF is voted to power.

MDS9 KL-POLLS-SITHARAMAN 'Competition' between 2 Fronts over scams, says Sitharaman Thiruvalla: Union Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday alleged there was'competition' between the ruling LDF and opposition UDF fronts in Kerala to outdo each other in scams and said they were not interested in people's welfare, but only 'lining their pockets'.

CAL1 AS-POLL-BASUMATARY-CONG Assam Cong demands suspension of poll in Tamulpur seat after BPF candidate joins BJP Guwahati: The Congress has demanded suspension of election in Tamulpur constituency in the third phase of the Assam assembly elections on April 6 as its ally Bodoland People's Front (BPF) candidate from the seat Rangja Khungur Basumatary joined the BJP in the middle of the ongoing polls.

BUSINESS: DCM8 BIZ-BANKS-MORATORIUM SC order on interest waiver: PSU Banks may have to take Rs 2,000 cr hit New Delhi: Public sector banks may have to bear a burden of Rs 1,800-2,000 crore arising due to a recent Supreme Court judgement on the waiver of compound interest on all loan accounts which opted for moratorium during March-August 2020, sources said.

FOREIGN: FGN2 UK-PROTEST 26 arrested in London as protesters clash with police London: At least 26 people have been arrested after clashes between officers and demonstrators at a 'Kill the Bill' protest in central London. By Aditi Khanna. PTI CK