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New Delhi, Mar 30 (PTI) These are the top stories at 12.30 pm: NATION DEL10 VIRUS-LD CASES India records 56,211 fresh COVID-19 cases New Delhi: India's COVID-19 tally climbed to 1,20,95,855 with 56,211 more people testing positive for the infection in a span of 24 hours, while 271 more fatalities pushed death toll to 1,62,114, according to the Union Health Ministry's data updated on Tuesday.

CAL1 MN-MYNMAR REFUGEES-ORDER Manipur govt asks DCs to 'politely turn away' Myanmar refugees, takes back order Imphal: The Manipur government issued a circular to the Deputy Commissioners of districts bordering Myanmar not to open camps to provide food and shelter to refugees fleeing the neighbouring country after the coup but withdrew it three days later to avoid potential public anger.

DEL13 JK-MEHBOOBA-MOTHER-PASSPORT Mehbooba Mufti's mother's passport rejected following adverse police report Srinagar: The passport application of Gulshan Nazir, wife of former Union home minister and two-time Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, has been rejected following an adverse police report.

DEL16 VIRUS-STATES-CASES SURGE 6 states account for over 78 pc of India's fresh COVID-19 cases New Delhi: Six states, including Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, have reported a high number of daily COVID-19 cases and account for 78.56 per cent of the 56,211 fresh cases recorded in the country in a day, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

BOM2 MH-POLICE-ATTACK Nanded gurdwara violence: 14 arrested for attack on policemen Mumbai: Police have arrested 14 people in connection with an attack on policemen by a mob of sword-wielding Sikhs in Nanded after they were denied permission to hold a public procession due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an official said on Tuesday.

MDS1 KL-POLL-RAHUL-REMARKS Ex-MP calls Rahul 'unmarried trouble-maker', courts controversy in Kerala Idukki(Ker): As campaigning for the assembly polls reached feverish pitch in Kerala, former MP Joyce George courted a controversy by making alleged derogatory remarks against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in connection with the latter's interaction with students of a women's college in Kochi last week.

FOREIGN FGN10 UN-INDIA-SYRIA UNSC needs to introspect about the cost of its 'actions and inactions' on Syria: India United Nations: The UN Security Council needs to introspect about the cost of its 'actions and inactions' on Syria, India has said, emphasising that the powerful organ of the world body cannot afford to be 'unmoved' on the urgent need to build consensus and work collectively to end the sufferings of the people in the war-torn country. By Yoshita Singh FGN6 US-LD OCI OCI card holders no longer required to carry old passports for India travel; diaspora welcomes move Washington/New York: People of Indian origin and the Indian diaspora having Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards are now not required to carry their old, expired passports for travel to India, as required earlier, according to a government notification that has been welcomed by members of the community. PTI SNE