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New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI) These are the top stories at 12.30 pm: NATION DEL9 DEF-SINOINDIA TALKS India-China military talks last for around 16 hours New Delhi: India and China held extensive deliberations on expanding the disengagement process in eastern Ladakh at the 10th round of the military talks that lasted for around 16 hours, official sources said on Sunday.

DEL11 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India records 14,264 new cases, 90 fresh fatalities New Delhi: Daily COVID-19 cases in India registered an increase for the fourth consecutive day with the country recording 14,264 new cases, taking the total tally to 1,09,91,651, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

DEL12 DL-HUNAR HAAT Centre focused on promoting rural industries, aims to take annual turnover to Rs 5 lakh cr: Rajnath New Delhi: Master artisans and craftsmen can contribute big time to the country's economy and the central government's aim is to take the rural industries' annual turnover of about Rs 80,000 crore to Rs 5 lakh crore within the next two to three years, Union minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday while inaugurating the 26th edition of 'Hunar Haat' here.

DEL10 SHAH-LANGUAGE New edu policy reflects Modi govt's commitment towards empowerment of Indian languages: Shah New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday that the new education policy reflects the commitment of the Modi government towards the preservation, development and empowerment of all Indian languages.

DEL7 UP-KASGANJ-ENCOUNTER Kasganj murder case: Main accused shot dead in encounter by UP Police Kasganj (UP): The main accused in the Kasganj murder case was gunned down by police on Sunday morning, an official said.

FOREIGN FGN4 VIRUS-UN-INDIA UN chief voices appreciation for India's leadership in fight against COVID-19, vaccine assistance United Nations: UN chief Antonio Guterres has voiced appreciation for India’s leadership in the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic and its efforts to bring a “much-needed supply” of the COVID-19 vaccines to the world market. By Yoshita Singh SNE SNE