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New Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI) These are the top stories at 12.30 pm: NATION DEL4 VIRUS-CASES India surpasses somber milestone of 1 cr COVID-19 cases as 25152 infections added; 347 more die New Delhi: India's COVID-19 caseload surpassed the somber one crore-mark on Saturday, adding 10 lakh cases in nearly a month, while the total number of recoveries surged to 95.50 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

DEL16 BIZ-PM-FARMERS PM says agri reforms have started benefiting farmers New Delhi: As farmer protests against new farm laws entered the 24th day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said reforms brought by his government six months ago have started benefiting farmers.

MDS6 TL-INDO-CHINA-SINGH Want peace, but won't tolerate any harm to India's self- respect: Rajnath Singh on Indo-China border row Hyderabad: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said India's handling of the border row with China showed the country was not weak and could give befitting reply to any kind of transgression, aggression or unilateral acts.

DEL20 BIZ-PM-ECONOMY 'Why India' to 'Why Not India': Modi on change his reforms have brought New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hard sold his government's reforms spanning from manufacturing to taxation to labour, saying they have changed the world perception about the country from 'why India' to 'why not India' and went on to quote record foreign investment during the pandemic as a testimony to that.

DEL17 CONG-MEET Sonia meets Cong leaders months after they wrote to her seeking party overhaul New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi Saturday met a group of party leaders who had written to her a few months ago seeking a complete overhaul of the organisation.

SPORTS SPF10 SPO-CRI-IND-LD DINNER 'Summer of 36': India record lowest Test score, Australia on verge of easy win Adelaide: In an embarrassing turn of events, India were restricted to their lowest ever total in Test cricket, collapsing to 36/9 in the terminated second innings, leaving Australia with just a 90-run target on the third day of the first Day/Night Test here on Saturday.

FOREIGN FGN9 VIRUS-US-CHINA COVID-19: US accuses China of 'obstructing' WHO probe, 'peddling' questionable vaccines Washington: Urging the international community to demand transparency from China about the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the US has accused Beijing of 'obstructing' a WHO probe into the origin of the deadly virus in the central Chinese city of Wuhan and 'peddling' questionable vaccines one year after the disease broke out. By Lalit K Jha FGN11 US-BIDEN-VACCINE Approval of 2nd COVID-19 vaccine another milestone in US' fight against pandemic: Biden Washington: The approval of the second COVID-19 vaccine is another milestone in the US' fight against the deadly pandemic, President-elect Joe Biden has said, announcing that he would receive the jab publicly on Monday to boost Americans' confidence in the scientific process. By Lalit K Jha. PTI SNE SNE