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New Delhi, Nov 14 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1300 hrs: Nation DEL28 PM-SOLDIERS India will give 'prachand jawab' if it is tested: PM Modi at Longewala Post Longewala (Rajasthan): Keeping with his practice of spending time with soldiers on Diwali, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed troops at Longewala Post in which he asserted that India will give 'prachand jawab' (fierce reply) if it is provoked.

DEL23 VIRUS-RECOVERED CASES India's active caseload has shrunk to 4,80,719: Health Ministry New Delhi: India's active caseload of COVID-19 has shrunk to 4,80,719, registering a four-day streak of less than five lakh active cases, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

CAL1 BH-COUNCIL-RESULTS Bihar council polls: JD(U), BJP, CPI win 2 seats each; Cong, Independent bag 1 Patna: The JD(U) lost one constituency of the Bihar legislative council to an Independent candidate and hold on to two others, while the other five were retained by the respective members belonging to the BJP, CPI and Congress in the elections held last month, officials said on Saturday.

DEL12 DL-LD AIR QUALITY Diwali: Delhi's air quality 'very poor', likely to become 'severe' by evening New Delhi: Delhi's air quality remained “very poor” on Saturday morning and emission from firecrackers and calm winds may push it to the “severe” zone, according to government agencies and weather experts.

DEL10 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: 44,684 new cases take India's virus tally to 87,73,479 New Delhi: India's COVID-19 tally climbed to 87.73 lakh with 44,684 new cases in a day, while 81,63,572 people have recuperated from the disease so far, bringing the national recovery rate to 93.04 per cent on Saturday, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

DEL3 RAHUL-NEHRU Towering visionary who laid foundation of our country: Rahul's tribute to Nehru New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday paid tributes to India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary, saying he was a towering visionary who laid the foundation of the country with values of brotherhood, egalitarianism and modern outlook.

Foreign FGN7 US-LD ASEAN US pitches for free and open Indo-Pacific in ASEAN Summit Washington: US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien has pitched for a free and open Indo-Pacific, a strategic region that has witnessed renewed global focus in view of China's expansionist behaviour. By Lalit K Jha FGN4 VIRUS-US-LOCKDOWN COVID-19: Trump sticks to 'no national lockdown' stance Washington: US President Donald Trump has ruled out a national lockdown under his administration to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, saying such a move costs lives, impacts the economy and 'the cure cannot be worse than the problem itself'. By Lalit K Jha Sports SPF10 SPO-CRI-SMITH-IND I haven't had too many stresses with short bowling: Smith dares Indian pacers Melbourne: Australian run-machine Steve Smith has dared the lethal Indian fast bowling unit to bring on the short stuff in the upcoming marquee Test series, saying he has faced a lot of it in his life.