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New Delhi, Jan 31 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 9 pm: NATION DEL185 LDALL NIRBHAYA No hanging of 4 Nirbhaya convicts tomorrow, court postpones execution indefinitely New Delhi: The four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case will not be hanged on Saturday as scheduled after a Delhi court postponed their execution indefinitely giving the condemned prisoners a reprieve for the second time in two weeks.

DEL148 PM-NDA PM Modi asks NDA leaders to back CAA strongly, says has no reason to feel defensive New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asserted that his government has no reason to feel defensive about the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and asked NDA leaders to back the measure strongly in Parliament.

DEL169 PREZ-ADDRESS-NRC No reference of NRC in Prez Kovind's speech in Parliament New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind did not refer to NRC in his address to the joint sitting of Parliament at the beginning of the Budget Session on Friday, seven months after announcing that information about every Indian will be collected for the database on 'priority basis'.

DEL182 CORONAVIRUS-JAISHANKAR-CHINA EAM Jaishankar thanks Chinese FM Wang Yi for help in evacuation of Indians from Wuhan New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday thanked his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi for China's cooperation in the evacuation of a group of Indians from Wuhan city in Hubei province, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

DEL170 UP-2NDLDALL-HOSTAGES Villagers lynch hostage-taker’s wife as cops kill him to rescue 23 kids Farrukhabad (UP): Angry villagers lynched the wife of a man who took 23 children hostage, keeping them confined in the basement of his house here for eight hours before being shot dead by police, officials said on Friday.

DEL155 BIZ-LDALL SURVEY Economic Survey sees pick up in growth but calls for expansionary policy New Delhi: The Economic Survey on Friday projected revival of economic growth to 6-6.5 per cent next fiscal and suggested that the government should relax the budget deficit target to boost growth from a decade low of 5 per cent this year.

DEL181 EC-DL-LD ELECTIONS Delhi polls: EC appoints special expenditure observer, special police observer New Delhi: The Election Commission on Friday appointed former IRS officer B Murli Kumar as special expenditure observer and ex-IPS officer Mrinal Kanti Das as special police observer for the Delhi polls, a statement said.

DEL176 JK-MILITANTS-LD DRIVER Truck driver ferrying JeM militants cousin of Pulwama suicide bomber: DGP Dilbag Singh Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Friday said the truck driver ferrying Jaish-e-Mohammed militants to Kashmir is the cousin of Pulwama suicide bomber Adil Dar who killed 40 CRPF personnel last year.

LEGAL LGD21 SC-CAA-2ND LD UP Anti-CAA protests: SC notice to UP govt on plea for quashing notices for recovering damages New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday agreed to hear a plea seeking quashing of notices sent to alleged protestors by district administration for recovering losses caused by damage to public properties during the anti-CAA agitations in Uttar Pradesh and asked the state to respond to it.

LGD40 DEL-COURT-CHIDAMBARAM Delhi court revives Aircel-Maxis matter against Chidambaram, Karti New Delhi: In fresh trouble to former Union minister P Chidambaram, a Delhi court has 'revived' the Aircel-Maxis cases filed by the CBI and the ED against him and his son Karti that were earlier adjourned 'sine die'.

LGD39 DL-COURT-JAMIA Court seeks police reply on plea seeking 'fair' probe into December Jamia violence New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday sought a response from the city police on a plea claiming that the agency was not conducting a fair probe into the violence during an anti-CAA protest near Jamia Millia Islamia University last month.

LGD44 SC-MAMATA SC declines plea for removal of WB CM Mamata Banerjee for seeking UN referendum on CAA New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday refused to entertain a plea seeking removal of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for allegedly 'openly desecrating' the office and the Constitution in suggesting that a 'foreign entity' was required to ascertain neutrality on the issue of Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

FOREIGN FGN30 CHINA-VIRUS-INDIANS-EVACUATION Special Air India flight with stranded Indians from virus-hit Wuhan to leave for home on Saturday Beijing/Wuhan: A special Air India flight to evacuate a large number of Indians stranded at China's coronavirus-hit Wuhan city is scheduled to leave on Saturday morning for home. By K J M Varma FGN17 CHINA-2NDLD VIRUS Coronavirus outbreak declared global health emergency as death toll spikes to 213 Beijing: The death toll in China's coronavirus epidemic spiked to 213 and total infections reached 9,692, the government said on Friday as the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak that has spread to more than a dozen countries, including India, as a global health emergency. By K J M Varma FGN27 UK-BREXIT-LD INDIA Businesses see promising India-UK ties ahead after Brexit London: The UK will officially quit the European Union (EU) on Friday night, a certainty welcomed by Indian businesses operating in the country as well as the British businesses who see this as an exciting time to expand into the huge Indian market. By Aditi Khanna. PTI RHL