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New Delhi, May 29 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 12.30 pm: DEL5 VIRUS-LD CASES Daily COVID-19 count in India lowest in 45 days New Delhi: The single-day rise in coronavirus cases was recorded at 1,73,790, the lowest in last 45 days, taking India's total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,77,29,247, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Saturday.

DEL6 BIZ-PETROL-PRICE-HIKE Petrol price crosses Rs 100 a litre in Mumbai New Delhi: Petrol price on Saturday crossed the Rs 100-a-litre mark in Mumbai after the 15th increase in fuel prices this month.

BOM2 MH-NAVY CHIEF-NDA Jointness of three armed forces important amid changing nature of war: Navy chief Pune: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh on Saturday called for the 'jointness' of three defence forces, saying that it is far more important in today's changing nature of war than it was in the past BOM1 MH-SLAB COLLAPSE-TOLL Maha: Death toll in slabs collapse incident rises to seven Thane: The death toll in the slabs collapse incident that occurred at a building in Ulhasnagar town of Maharashtra's Thane district rose to seven with the recovery of one more body, an official said on Saturday.

Foreign: FGN9 US-JAISHANKAR-LD BLINKEN Blinken says he held productive meeting with Jaishankar; discussed COVID-19, India-China border situation and Afghanistan Washington: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that he had a productive meeting with visiting External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during which they discussed the bilateral ties, COVID-19 relief efforts, India-China border situation and Afghanistan and vowed to work together to address areas of shared concern. By Lalit K Jha FGN11 US-JAISHANKAR-AFGHAN US recognises India is important part of conversation on Afghanistan: Jaishankar Washington: There is a recognition in the US that India is an important part of the conversation when it comes to talk about the future of Afghanistan, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said. By Lalit K Jha FGN12 LANKA-SHIP Burning cargo vessel could result in slight acid rains in Sri Lanka: authorities Colombo: There could be slight acid rains due to the emission of nitrogen dioxide from the Singapore-flagged cargo ship which caught fire near the Colombo beach last week, Sri Lanka's apex environment body has warned, asking people to be vigilant in case of inclement weather. PTI AQS AQS

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