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New Delhi, Jun 27 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 9 pm: NATION DEL51 JK-5TH LD EXPLOSION Two drones drop explosives at IAF station in Jammu airport, two people injured Jammu: In what is the first time Pakistan-based terrorists have used drones to strike vital installations, two bombs were dropped at the IAF station in Jammu airport in the early hours of Sunday, officials said.

DEL9 VIRUS-LD CASES India records 50,040 new COVID-19 cases, 1,258 fresh fatalities New Delhi: A single-day rise of 50,040 fresh COVID-19 infections took India's tally to 3,02,33,183, while the number of active cases dipped to 5,86,403, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Sunday.

DEL61 PM-2NDLD VACCINE Shed vaccine hesitancy, do not believe in rumours: PM Modi to people New Delhi: Cautioning that the threat of COVID-19 remains, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to shed vaccine hesitancy, and cited his example and of his nearly 100-year-old mother, both of whom are now fully vaccinated, to ask them to trust science and scientists.

DEL36 INTERVIEW-JK-AZAD Azad optimistic Centre would not reject demand for restoration of statehood in J and K before polls New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday expressed optimism that the Centre would not reject the demand of the mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir for restoration of statehood before the polls, adding the union territory status of the erstwhile state was 'not acceptable' to anyone. By Sumir Kaul DEL32 INTERVIEW-JK-MEHBOOBA 'Era of suppression' in J&K must end to make PM's dialogue process credible, dissenting voice not criminal act: Mehbooba New Delhi: PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said on Sunday the dialogue process initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Jammu and Kashmir's mainstream leadership can gain credibility by ending what she called an 'era of oppression and suppression' in the union territory and understanding that a dissenting voice is not a criminal act. By Sumir Kaul BOM8 GJ-MODI-LD JAPAN Indo-Japanese partnership during COVID-19 more relevant for global stability: PM Modi Ahmedabad: The Indo-Japanese friendship and partnership during the COVID-19 crisis is more relevant for global stability and prosperity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday and called for further strengthening of the ties between the two countries.

DEL60 UP-2NDLD PRESIDENT Growing up, never imagined that village boy like me would occupy highest post in nation: Kovind Lucknow/Kanpur Dehat: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday said he had never imagined that an ordinary village boy like him would have the honour of occupying the highest post in the country, and thanked the people of his birth place for this.

CAL2 BH-BJP MEET-NADDA BJP men helped people amid COVID-19 surge, some were active only on Twitter: Nadda Patna: BJP president J P Nadda on Sunday took a veiled dig at opposition leaders such as RJD's Tejashwi Yadav, saying that 'our workers' were out on the streets helping people distressed by the recent COVID-19 surge, unlike 'many others who remained active only on Twitter'.

DEL58 RAHUL-PM VACCINE End COVID-19 vaccine shortage: Rahul Gandhi to PM New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should end the 'shortage' of COVID-19 vaccines, which should be available to every citizen, and not make excuses to distract from this important issue.

DEL53 TEJASHWI-LD-INTERVIEW Chirag can take forward father's legacy only by joining fight against Golwalkar's ideas: Tejashwi New Delhi: Amid signs of chill in LJP leader Chirag Paswan's ties with the BJP-led NDA, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday reached out to him for aligning with the Opposition, saying he can carry forward his father Ram Vilas Paswan’s legacy only by joining the 'existential fight' against RSS ideologue M S Golwalkar’s thoughts. By Asim Kamal LEGAL LGD6 SC-VIRUS-CENTRE-MEDICINES Indian missions working on war footing to get medicines for Mucormycosis: Centre to SC New Delhi: The Centre has told the Supreme Court that Indian missions all over the world have been working on a “war footing” for sourcing medicines like Amphotericin or additional and alternative drugs for the treatment of COVID related Mucormycosis (CAM) in the country.

BUSINESS DEL57 BIZ-TWITTER-OFFICIAL Twitter interim grievance officer for India quits New Delhi: Twitter's interim resident grievance officer for India has stepped down, leaving the micro-blogging site without a grievance official as mandated by the new IT rules to address complaints from Indian subscribers, according to a source.

FOREIGN FGN13 UK-DEFENCE-DOCUMENTS London: Classified documents from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) containing secret information about a warship and the British military was discovered at a bus stop in south-eastern England, according to a media report on Sunday. By Aditi Khanna FGN10 CHINA-XI-CPC-EXPERTS Xi Jinping’s prolonged tenure could spell trouble for Chinese Communist Party's future: Experts Beijing: As China’s ruling Communist Party is set to celebrate its centenary on July 1, experts warn that the potential of President Xi Jinping’s continuation in power, unlike his predecessors, could potentially be 'very destabilising' for it in the future in the absence of a successor. By K J M Varma. PTI CK

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