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New Delhi, Mar 28 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 12.30 pm: TOP STORIES DEL7 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: Daily deaths over 300 for first time this year, 62,714 new cases New Delhi: India saw 62,714 new coronavirus infections in a day, the highest single-day rise so far this year, taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,19,71,624, while the daily deaths crossed the 300-mark for the first time in 2021, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

DEL17 PM Modernisation need of hour in agriculture sector: PM Modi New Delhi: Modernisation in the agriculture sector is the need of the hour as already a lot of time has been lost, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.

NATION MDS4 KL-POLLS-LD RAJNATH Judicial probe against Central agencies 'unfortunate', says Rajnath Singh Thiruvananthapuram: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the Kerala government's decision to recommend a judicial inquiry against central probe agencies, including the Enforcement Directorate (ED) probing the gold and dollar smuggling cases, was 'unfortunate' and amounts to challenging the federal structure of the Constitution.

CAL1 WB-MAHATO-ARREST NIA arrests TMC leader Chhatradhar Mahato in 2009 murder case Kolkata: The National Investigation Agency arrested TMC leader Chhatradhar Mahato in connection with the killing of a CPI(M) leader in 2009, soon after he cast his vote in Lalgarh during the first phase of polling in West Bengal, a senior official said on Sunday.

DEL15 UP-2NDLD FIRE Fire breaks out in govt hospital in UP's Kanpur; no casualty Kanpur: A fire broke out near the intensive care unit (ICU) on the first floor of the state-run LPS Institute of Cardiology here on Sunday morning, the Uttar Pradesh government said.

BOM2 MH-FLIGHT-BOMB HOAX Maha: Man upset with airline makes hoax bomb call, arrested Nashik: A Nashik-Hyderabad flight of the Alliance Air was delayed due to a bomb threat call received shortly before its take-off, which later turned out to be a hoax, police said on Sunday.

DES3 JK-POLICEMAN-SHOT Policeman shot dead by colleague after altercation in J&K's Udhampur Udhampur (J&K), Mar 28 (PTI) A policeman was allegedly shot dead by his colleague following an altercation in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Sunday.

BOM3 MP-MLA HUSBAND-ARREST MP: BSP MLA's husband arrested in murder case Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh police on Sunday arrested the husband of a BSP MLA in connection with a murder case of 2019, an official said.

BOM1 MH-SCHOOL-TREE Maha: School transforms dead tree stump into 6-feet pencil Pune: A school in Maharashtra's Wai town has given an artistic makeover to a dead 'silver oak' tree by transforming its stump into the shape of a pencil instead of uprooting it.

BUSINESS DEL16 BIZ-NITI-AGRI Target of doubling farm income by 2022 won't be achieved if new agri laws aren't implemented: Niti's Ramesh Chand New Delhi: Niti Aayog Member Ramesh Chand on Sunday said the target of doubling farmers' income by 2022 will not be fulfilled if the three new farm laws are not implemented immediately, adding that the protesting farm unions should consider the government's offer of discussing the legislations clause by clause. By Bijay Kumar Singh SPORTS SPD4 SPO-SHOOT-WC-IND-RAPIDFIRE-TEAM India settle for silver in 25m rapid fire team event New Delhi: India's Vijayveer Sidhu, Gurpreet Singh and Adarsh Singh looked off colour and settled for the silver medal in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol team event of the ISSF shooting World Cup here on Sunday.

ENTERTAINMENT ENT1 SERIES-SONAKSHI Sonakshi Sinha wraps up 'Fallen' shoot Mumbai: Actor Sonakshi Sinha on Sunday said she has finished shooting for her upcoming Amazon Prime Video series tentatively titled 'Fallen' and thanked the show's cast and crew, including director Reema Kagti, for the experience. PTI RC