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New Delhi, Nov 11 (PTI) These are the top stories at 12.30 pm: NATION CAL1 POLL-LDALL BIHAR NDA overcomes stiff challenge to retain power in Bihar Patna: Surmounting anti-incumbency of 15 years, a mutinous former ally, and a spirited challenge from a resurgent opposition that rose from its ashes like proverbial phoenix after the 2019 Lok Sabha poll debacle, Nitish Kumar-led NDA was back in power in Bihar on Wednesday with a slender majority.

DEL14 CAB-ONLINE Govt brings news, films, audiovisual content on online platforms under I&B ministry New Delhi: The government has brought films, audiovisuals, news and current affairs content on online platforms under the domain of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

DEL9 VIRUS-LD CASES India's COVID-19 tally crosses 86-lakh mark, recovery rate rises to 92.79 pc New Delhi: India's COVID-19 caseload went past 86 lakh on Wednesday, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 80.13 lakh, pushing the national recovery rate to 92.79 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry's data.

MDS2 TL-BIHAR-OWAISI Bihar poll boost: AIMIM plans to contest in UP, West Bengal polls, says Owaisi Hyderabad: Buoyed by the results of Bihar assembly elections, the AIMIM which bagged five seats is now looking to spread its wings to states such as Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

BOM1 MP-BYPOLLS-RESULTS MP bypolls: BJP wins 19 out of 28 seats, Cong bags nine Bhopal: The ruling BJP in Madhya Pradesh won 19 out of the 28 assembly constituencies, where bypolls were held on November 3, giving it a comfortable majority in the House and providing stability to its eight-month-old government in the state.

DEL13 RAHUL-VIRUS VACCINE Govt needs to define COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy: Rahul Gandhi New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the government will have to define a vaccine distribution strategy to ensure that every Indian gets the COVID-19 vaccine.

DEL11 DL-AIR QUALITY Delhi air quality in 'very poor' category New Delhi: Delhi's air quality slipped back into the “very poor” category on Wednesday after remaining in the “severe” zone for six days on the trot, with a change in the wind direction reducing the contribution of stubble burning in city's pollution.

LEGAL LGD3 SC-LD FIRECRACKERS SC refuses to interfere with HC cracker ban, says preserving life more important New Delhi: The Supreme Court refused on Wednesday to interfere with the Calcutta High Court order banning the sale and use of firecrackers in West Bengal during Kali Puja, saying preservation of life was more important amid the coronavirus pandemic.

FOREIGN FGN16 US-TRUMP-LD BIDEN President Trump not conceding defeat is 'an embarrassment': Biden Washington: Donald Trump not conceding defeat in the US election is 'an embarrassment' and that 'will not help the President's legacy,' President-elect Joe Biden has said, asserting that his transition plans have remained unaffected and he has started talking to world leaders. By Lalit K Jha FGN10 US-DEFENCE-PATEL Indian-American named Chief of Staff to Acting US Defence Secretary Washington: Indian-American Kash Patel has been named as the Chief of Staff to the Acting US Defence Secretary Chris Miller, the Pentagon has announced. By Lalit K Jha. PTI SNE SNE