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New Delhi, Mar 29 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 12.30 pm: NATION CAL1 AS-POLL-ADVERTISEMENT-FIR Congress lodges FIR against Sonowal, Nadda, 8 Assam newspapers over BJP advertisement Guwahati: The Congress has filed a police complaint against Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, BJP chief J P Nadda, state president Ranjeet Kumar Dass and eight leading newspapers for 'camouflaging an advertisement as news' predicting the party's victory in all the seats in Upper Assam that went to polls in the first phase on March 27.

CAL2 WB-POLL-MAMATA-ROADSHOW Mamata conducts massive roadshow in Nandigram Nandigram: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday conducted a massive roadshow in Nandigram, where she is pitted against her former lieutenant and BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari.

BOM4 MH-PAWAR-HOSPITAL Pawar in hospital after abdominal pain, to undergo surgery Mumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar will undergo surgery at a hospital here after it was diagnosed that he has gall bladder issue, a minister of his party in the Maharashtra government said here on Monday.

DEL6 VIRUS-LD CASES Spike in fresh COVID-19 cases, India records 68,020 new infections New Delhi: India saw 68,020 new coronavirus cases in a span of 24 hours, the highest single-day rise so far this year, taking the country's COVID-19 tally to above 1.20 crore, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

BUSINESS DCM2 BIZ-MARKET OUTLOOK Markets may witness volatile trend in holiday-shortened week ahead, say analysts New Delhi: Equity markets may witness a volatile trend in the holiday-shortened week ahead and would be majorly driven by the COVID-19 situation in the country and global cues, analysts said.

DCM3 BIZ-ASCENDAS-IT PARK Ascendas India Trust to buy 1.65 mn sq ft at IT Park in Bengaluru for Rs 1,441 cr New Delhi: Ascendas India Trust (a-iTrust) will acquire 1.65 million sq ft area at an IT park in Bengaluru for an estimated deal value of Rs 1,441 crore, according to a statement.

FOREIGN FGN1 US-BIDEN-MYANMAR Biden expresses outrage over civilian killings in Myanmar Washington: US President Joe Biden has expressed outrage over the recent killings of innocent people by the security forces in Myanmar, where military junta overthrew a democratically elected government.

FGN13 PAK-TEMPLE-ATTACK Hundred-year-old Hindu temple in Pakistan's Rawalpindi attacked by unidentified people Islamabad: An over 100-year-old Hindu temple undergoing renovation in Pakistan’s garrison city of Rawalpindi has been attacked by a group of unidentified people, according to a complaint registered by the police.

FGN15 PAK-QURESHI-JAISHANKAR-MEETING Meeting with Jaishankar not 'finalised or requested': Pak FM Qureshi Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said no meeting has been 'finalised or requested' so far with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on the sidelines of the 'Heart of Asia' conference on Tuesday at Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe, according to a media report on Monday.

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