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New Delhi, Apr 10 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 12.30 pm: TOP STORIES DEL5 VIRUS-LD CASES India's COVID-19 tally climbs to 1,32,05,926 with over 1.45 lakh fresh cases New Delhi: With a record 1,45,384 fresh cases, India's COVID-19 tally has climbed to 1,32,05,926, the health ministry said on Saturday.

NATION DEL1 PM-POLLS-BENGAL PM urges people to vote in record numbers in West Bengal polls New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the voters in the fourth phase of the West Bengal election to cast their votes in record numbers on Saturday.

CAL7 WB-POLL-FIRING Bengal polls: 4 killed as central forces 'open fire' after coming under attack Sitalkuchi (WB): Four persons were killed as CISF personnel allegedly opened fire after coming under attack from locals, who 'attempted to snatch their rifles', in West Bengal's Cooch Behar district on Saturday, police said.

CAL5 WB-POLL SITUATION First-time voter shot dead; 15.85 pc polling till 9 am in phase 4 of Bengal assembly elections Cooch Behar (WB): A first-time voter was allegedly shot dead on Saturday in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal, where 15.85 per cent polling was recorded till 9 am in the fourth phase of assembly elections amid sporadic incidents of violence, officials said.

CAL3 WB-POLL-INTERVIEW-ADHIR No question of post-poll tie-up with Mamata: Adhir By Pradipta Tapadar Kolkata: West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury ruled out the possibility of extending support to the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC or seeking her support in case the high-octane assembly elections throw up a fractured mandate.

DEL10 SONIA-VIRUS MEET Sonia reviews efforts to tackle COVID-19 in Cong-ruled states New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday reviewed the efforts by the states ruled by her party to tackle the second wave of the coronavirus infection and the vaccination drive.

DEL9 RAHUL-VACCINE Rahul Gandhi decries Centre's 'arrogance' over not heeding to good suggestions New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday called for giving money into the hands of common people during the second wave of coronavirus, but lamented that the 'arrogant government' is allergic to good suggestions.

BOM4 MH-VIRUS-CONG MLA Maha: Congress MLA dies due to post-COVID complications Mumbai: Maharashtra Congress MLA Raosaheb Antapurkar died while undergoing treatment for post-COVID complications at a hospital here, party sources said on Saturday.

DES1 HR-FARMERS-ROADBLOCK Protesting farmers block KMP expressway in Haryana Chandigarh: Intensifying their protest against the three farm laws, farmers blocked the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal expressway at some places in Haryana on Saturday.

BUSINESS DCM1 BIZ-SHRIRAM PROPERTIES-IPO Shriram Properties files draft papers with Sebi to launch Rs 800 cr IPO New Delhi: Bengaluru-based Shriram Properties has filed a draft document with market regulator Sebi to raise up to Rs 800 crore through an initial public offer (IPO).

FOREIGN FGN17 IMF-INDIA India needs to grow faster to make up for contraction during COVID-19 pandemic: IMF Washington: India, which is projected to grow at an impressive rate of 12.5 per cent this year, needs to grow at a much faster pace to make up for the unprecedented contraction of eight per cent that it clocked during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, according to a senior IMF official. By Lalit K Jha FGN18 IMF-WB-LD VACCINES IMF, World Bank urged to ensure timely delivery of safe & effective COVID vaccines across nations Washington: Asserting that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt for years, a joint ministerial committee of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank has urged the two global financial bodies to ensure timely delivery of safe and effective vaccines across all countries. By Lalit K Jha SPORTS SPD4 SPO-CRI-IPL-KKR-SRH-PREVIEW Morgan-led KKR open IPL campaign against consistent SRH Chennai: Former champions Kolkata Knight Riders will look to strike a perfect balance under the astute leadership of Eoin Morgan when they open their IPL campaign against a consistent Sunrisers Hyderabad here on Sunday.

ENTERTAINMENT ENT3 INTERVIEW-RAHMAN AR Rahman on releasing '99 Songs': There's fear, but film's success will boost industry Mumbai: There was pressure in coming out with his maiden production '99 Songs' during the pandemic but music maestro A R Rahman says he decided to go ahead with the theatrical release as he believes it's a cinematic experience meant for the big screen. By Justin Rao PTI RC