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New Delhi, Apr 5 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 12:30 PM: NATION DEL14 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19:India records over one lakh new cases in single day for first time New Delhi: Coronavirus cases in India hit a record daily high since the outbreak of the pandemic with 1,03,558 new infections pushing the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,25,89,067, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

DEL5 SHAH-NAXALS-VISIT Amit Shah to visit Chhattisgarh naxal attack site; to meet injured jawans New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday will visit the site in Chhattisgarh where 22 security personnel were killed by Naxals in an ambush, officials said.

DEL15 RAHUL-NAXAL-CRPF Chhattisgarh anti-naxal operation was poorly designed: Rahul Gandhi New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday alleged that the operation against naxals in Chhattisgarh, in which 22 security personnel were killed, was 'incompetently' executed and 'poorly designed'.

DEL8 PM-STUDENTS INTERACTION PM Modi's 'Pariksha Pe Charcha' to be held on Wednesday New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced that his annual interaction with students ''Pariksha Pe Charcha'' will be held on April 7 in a new format.

LEGAL BOM3 MH-HC-SINGH-DESHMUKH HC asks CBI to probe Param Bir Singh's allegations against Deshmukh Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry within 15 days into allegations of corruption and misconduct made by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

BUSINESS DEL16 BIZ-PMI-MANUFACTURING Manufacturing activities in India eases in Mar; challenging times ahead: Survey New Delhi: India's manufacturing sector activities lost further growth momentum and fell to a seven-month low in March as demand was constrained by the escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic, a monthly survey said on Monday.

DEL18 BIZ-INSOLVENCY LAW Govt amends insolvency law; introduces pre-packaged resolution process for MSMEs New Delhi: The government has amended the insolvency law to provide for a pre-packaged resolution process for micro, small and medium enterprises.

DCM5 BIZ-STOCKS-WEALTH Investors' wealth tumbles over Rs 4.54 lakh cr as markets crash New Delhi: Investors' wealth tumbled over Rs 4.54 lakh crore in morning trade on Monday as markets crashed amid a sharp spike in coronavirus cases in the country.

FOREIGN FGN9 ISRAEL-INDIA-UAE-LD TRADE India, UAE and Israel's trilateral trade could reach USD 110 billion by 2030: Top diplomats Jerusalem/Dubai: The trilateral trade between India, Israel and the UAE can propel to a high of USD 110 billion by 2030 by tapping into their mutual strengths, top diplomats and members of the business community have said.

FGN7 VIRUS-NEPAL-CHINA-VACCINES Nepal to administer Chinese vaccines to citizens from April 7 Kathmandu: Nepal will start its second phase of the COVID-19 inoculation drive from April 7 using a China-donated vaccine to fight against the deadly infection, according to the health ministry.

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