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New Delhi, Feb 13 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5.30 pm: Nation: PAR19 LS-BUD-LD FM Govt pursuing reforms to make India one of world's top economies: FM New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said that the government, undeterred by the COVID-19 pandemic, has been pursuing reforms for achieving sustained long-term growth in a bid to make India one of the top economies of the world in the coming decades.

DEL19 UKD-FLOOD-LD RESCUE U'khand disaster: Rescue teams start widening hole in Tapovan tunnel to reach trapped people Joshimath (U'khand): Rescue teams on Saturday began widening a hole drilled into an approach tunnel on the way to the possible location of over 30 people trapped inside a sludge-choked tunnel of the NTPC's Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project after a flash flood ravaged the area on Sunday. DEL8 VIRUS-LD CASES India records 12,143 new COVID cases, recoveries cross 1.06 crore New Delhi: India's tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 1,08,92,746 with 12,143 new infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries crossed 1.06 crore, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday.

DEL20 TAWANG-KHATHING Forgotten hero who brought Tawang under Indian Union to be honoured Tawang: Major Ralengnao Bob Khathing, who was instrumental in bringing Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh under the Indian Union, will be honoured for the first time on Sunday here in presence of Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, two chief ministers, a central minister and a governor.

DEL4 JK-TERRORIST-ARREST Top TRF terrorist arrested in J-K's Samba Jammu: A top terrorist affiliated with The Resistance Front (TRF), wanted in connection with the killing of three BJP workers and a policeman in south Kashmir last year, was arrested in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Saturday. DEL10 MHA-DISASTER-RELIEF Shah-led high level committee approves Rs 3,113 crore for 5 states as disaster relief New Delhi: A high-level committee headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday approved around Rs 3,113 crore to five states that faced natural disasters and pest attacks in 2020.

BOM2 MH-SENA-GOVERNOR Shiv Sena urges Centre to recall Maha Governor Mumbai: The Shiv Sena, which is in power in Maharashtra, on Saturday accused state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari of toeing the BJP's line, and said that if the Centre wants the Constitution to be upheld, it should recall him.

MDS2 KL-NCP-ALLIANCE NCP faction quits LDF coalition, to join UDF Kochi: Ahead of the Assembly polls in Kerala, the opposition UDF on Saturday got a shot in its arm with a faction in the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), a constituent in the ruling LDF, announcing its decision to part ways with the CPI(M)-led alliance and join the Congress-led front.

DEL15 EDITORS GUILD-WEBINAR ATTACK Editors Guild of India webinar disrupted by unknown persons New Delhi: The Editors Guild of India on Saturday said its virtual webinar on reporting challenges from Naxal areas was subjected to relentless attacks and disruptions by unknown persons.

Legal: LGD2 SC-PROTEST Right to protest cannot be anytime and everywhere, says SC New Delhi: “The right to protest cannot be anytime and everywhere”, the Supreme Court said as it dismissed a plea seeking review of its verdict passed last year in which it had held the occupation of public ways during the anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh here was “not acceptable”.

Business: DCM1 BIZ-PETROL-PRICE Petrol nears Rs 95 in Mumbai as rate hiked for fifth day in a row New Delhi: Petrol price in Mumbai neared record Rs 95 per litre mark on Saturday as its rate as well as diesel prices were hiked for the fifth day in a row. Petrol price was increased by 30 paise per litre and diesel by 36 paise a litre, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers. Foreign: FGN9 LANKA-PORT Sri Lanka says it scrapped port deal as Indian firm rejected terms Colombo: Sri Lanka has said it scrapped the trilateral deal with India and Japan to develop the Colombo Port’s Eastern Container Terminal (ECT) as the Indian firm involved in the project refused to agree to its new terms.

FGN8 US-TRUMP-2NDLD IMPEACHMENT Insurrection incitement charge against Trump a 'monstrous lie': his lawyers tell Senate Washington: Donald Trump's insurrection incitement charge is a 'monstrous lie' and the impeachment proceedings against the former president a 'politically motivated witch hunt' by the Democrats, his lawyers said as they presented evidence in the US Senate. By Lalit K Jha Sports: SPD19 SPO-CRI-2NDLD IND 'Hitman Classic': Ton-up Rohit sweeps on Chepauk turner as India score 300/6 on Day 1 Chennai: Rohit Sharma oozed class with an aesthetically pleasing 161 on a challenging track, helping India seize the initiative with a solid opening day score of 300 for 6 against England in the second cricket Test here on Saturday. PTI HDA