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New Delhi, Jan 14 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 12:30 pm: NATION DEL16 BIZ-PETROL-PRICE HIKE Petrol, diesel prices hiked again, scale new highs New Delhi: Petrol and diesel prices on Thursday were hiked by 25 paise per litre each, the second straight day of increase in rates that took the prices to new highs.

DEL12 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India records 16,946 new cases New Delhi: India's COVID-19 caseload increased to 1,05,12,093 with 16,946 infections being reported in a day, while recoveries have surged to 1,01,46,763, according to Union health ministry data updated on Thursday.

DEL15 DL-BIRD FLU-POULTRY All samples taken from Ghazipur chicken market test negative for bird flu: Official New Delhi: All 100 samples taken from the Ghazipur poultry mandi, Asia's largest chicken market, have tested negative for bird flu, officials said on Thursday.

BOM3 MH-BIRD FLU Maharashtra: Over 3,400 birds culled in Parbhani Aurangabad: More than 3,400 poultry birds have been culled at a village in Maharashtra's Parbhani district after bird flu was confirmed as the cause of death of hundreds of hens there, a senior official said on Thursday.

LEGAL LGD1 DL-HC-RIOTS-VIDEOS Delhi riots: Police tells HC plea for giving videos of protests against CAA not maintainable New Delhi, Jan 14 (PTI) The city police has told the Delhi High Court that a plea moved by JNU student and Pinjra Tod activist Devangana Kalita, accused in a case related to northeast Delhi riots, seeking copies of videos of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was not maintainable.

BUSINESS DEL18 BIZ-INFLATION-WPI December wholesale inflation slows to 1.22 pc New Delhi: The wholesale price-based inflation slowed to 1.22 per cent in December on easing food prices, as per government data released on Thursday.

DEL9 BIZ-FITCH-INDIA India's medium-term growth to slow to around 6.5% after initial rebound: Fitch New Delhi: The Indian economy will suffer lasting damage from the coronavirus crisis and after an initial strong rebound in FY22 (fiscal year ending March 2022) growth will slow to around 6.5 per cent a year over FY23-FY26, Fitch Ratings said on Thursday.

FOREIGN FGN 18 US-TRUMP-2NDLD IMPEACHMENT US House impeaches President Donald Trump for 'incitement of insurrection' at Capitol Washington: US President Donald Trump has been impeached for a historic second time, just days before leaving office by the House of Representatives for inciting last week's deadly Capitol Hill riot.

FGN19 US-TWITTER-LD TRUMP Dorsey: Trump Twitter ban is 'right' but 'dangerous' New York: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has defended his company's unprecedented decision to permanently suspend US President Donald Trump from the popular social media site, but warned that it could set a “dangerous precedent” and reflective of the company's failure “to promote healthy conversation” across its platforms.

FGN15 CHINA-LD WHO WHO experts arrive in Wuhan to probe origins of COVID-19 pandemic Beijing/Wuhan: A team of World Health Organisation scientists arrived in Wuhan on Thursday to investigate the origins of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, which emerged from the central Chinese city in December 2019 before engulfing the entire world.

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