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New Delhi, Feb 12 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 12.30 pm: TOP STORIES DEL14 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India records 9,309 new cases, 78 fresh fatalities New Delhi: The daily new COVID-19 cases fell below 10,000 for the third time this month taking India's tally of cases to 1,08,80,603, while fresh fatalities were recorded below 100 for the seventh time in February, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday NATION DEL7 RAHUL-CHINA Rahul Gandhi attacks govt over disengagement agreement with China New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday questioned the government over its agreement with China on disengagement in eastern Ladakh, and alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has 'ceded' Indian territory to the Chinese.

DEL13 RS-KHARGE Kharge to be Leader of Opposition in RS: Cong sources New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is likely to replace Ghulam Nabi Azad as the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha and the party has written to the chairman of the Upper House of Parliament in this regard, sources said.

BOM1 MH-ACCIDENT Maha: Girl among 4 dead as SUV collides with stationary truck Pune: Four persons, including a girl, were killed after the SUV they were travelling in crashed into a stationary truck in Solapur district of Maharashtra on Friday morning, police said.

DES1 UP-BODY Body of ex-UP minister's nephew found on railway tracks in Amethi Amethi (UP): The body of a 20-year-old nephew of former Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati was found on the railway track in Kharauna village in this Uttar Pradesh district on Friday morning, police said.

CAL1 WB-LEFT-BANDH Normal life partially affected in 12-hour Bengal bandh called by Left Front Kolkata, Feb 12 (PTI) Normal life in West Bengal was partially affected on Friday due to the 12-hour state-wide bandh called by the Left Front in protest against police action on its activists during their march towards state secretariat Nabanna.

LEGAL LGD3 SC-LD FRANKLIN TEMPLETON SC upholds validity of e-voting for winding up of six mutual fund schemes of Franklin Templeton New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the validity of e-voting process for winding up of six mutual fund schemes of Franklin Templeton, and said disbursal of funds to unit holders will continue.

LGD4 SC-TWITTER Centre, Twitter India get SC notice on plea seeking mechanism to regulate content spreading hate New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought responses from the Centre and Twitter India on a plea seeking a mechanism for regulating content and advertisements spreading hatred through fake news and instigative messages via bogus accounts.

BUSINESS DCM5 BIZ-STOCKS-ASHOK LEYLAND Ashok Leyland tanks 8 pc after Q3 net loss New Delhi: Shares of Ashok Leyland on Friday tumbled 8 per cent after the company reported a net loss of Rs 19 crore for the third quarter ended December 31, 2020.

FOREIGN FGN9 US-BIDEN-LD IMMIGRATION President Biden very clear about restoring compassion, order to immigration system: White House Washington: Joe Biden has been very clear about restoring compassion and order to America's immigration system, according to a senior White House official who said the recent executive actions by the US President are just the beginning to correct the 'divisive, inhumane and immoral policies' of the past four years. By Lalit K Jha FGN6 US-INDIA-CHINA US welcomes efforts by India and China to de-escalate situation in eastern Ladakh Washington: The US has welcomed the ongoing efforts by India and China to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ladakh and said it would continue to monitor the situation closely as both sides work toward a peaceful resolution. By Lalit K Jha SPORTS SPF10 SPO-CRI-BOYCOTT-BAIRSTOW England should be ashamed of what they have done to Bairstow: Boycott London: Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott feels that the current team management should be 'ashamed' of how it has handled the Test career of Jonny Bairstow, who has been rested for the first two games in India. PTI RC RC