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New Delhi, Feb 2 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 12:30 pm: NATION PAR10 RS-2ND LD ADJOURN RS proceedings adjourned thrice over farmers' issue New Delhi: Congress and other opposition parties on Tuesday forced adjournment of Rajya Sabha proceedings for the third time in the pre-noon session as they insisted on taking up a discussion on the issue of farmers' protest over the three new farm bills.

DEL10 RAHUL-FARMERS Build bridges, not walls: Rahul to Centre New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday attacked the government over barricades and road blocks set up at farmer agitation sites on Delhi's borders, and asked the Centre to 'build bridges and not walls'.

DEL9 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India reports 8,635 new cases New Delhi: India registered 8,635 new coronavirus infections in a day, the lowest in eight months, while the daily deaths fell below 100 after almost nine months, according to Union health ministry data updated on Tuesday DEL13 VIRUS-CENTRAL TEAMS Centre to depute teams to Kerala, Maharashtra for COVID-19 management support New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has decided to depute two multi-disciplinary teams to Kerala and Maharashtra, which are contributing to almost 70 per cent of total COVID-19 active cases, to collaborate with state health authorities in instituting public health measures for virus management.

BOM3 MH-FARMERS-RAUT Sanjay Raut to meet protesting farmers at Ghazipur border Mumbai: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said he will visit farmers who are protesting at the Ghazipur border near Delhi, as per the instruction of Maharashtra Chief Minister and party head Uddhav Thackeray.

MDS3 TN-DMK-GUV DMK walks out of TN Assembly after arguing with Guv Chennai: The DMK on Tuesday walked out of the Tamil Nadu Assembly after a heated argument with Governor Banwarilal Purohit ahead of his customary address to the House, over allowing them to raise some issues concerning the state.

BUSINESS DCM3 BIZ-HDFCBANK-AUDIT RBI appoints external firm to audit HDFC Bank's IT infra in view of service outages New Delhi: HDFC Bank on Tuesday said the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has appointed an external IT firm for carrying out a special audit of its IT infrastructure in the aftermath of repeated service outages at the country's largest private sector lender over the past two years.

FOREIGN FGN19 US-INDIAN-NASA Indian-American scientist Bhavya Lal appointed Acting Chief of Staff of NASA Washington: Bhavya Lal, the Indian-American scientist who oversaw NASA’s transition under President Joe Biden’s administration, has been appointed as the Acting Chief of Staff of the US space agency.

FGN18 US-GANDHI-LD WHITEHOUSE White House condemns desecration of Gandhi statue in California Washington: The White House has condemned the desecration of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in a city in California by unidentified miscreants.

FGN7 US-INDIA-CHINA US concerned by Beijing's pattern of ongoing attempts to intimidate neighbours: WH NSC Washington: The United States is 'concerned' by Beijing's pattern of ongoing attempts to intimidate its neighbours, the Biden Administration said on Monday, adding that it is closely monitoring the situation along the India-China border.

FGN17 UN-MYANMAR-COUP UN Security Council to discuss situation in Myanmar following military coup United Nations: The UN Security Council on Tuesday will discuss the situation in Myanmar, where the military staged a coup after detaining top political figures, including de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and look at a 'range of measures' with an idea of respecting the people's will expressed in the November general election.

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