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New Delhi, Jun 1 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 9 PM: NATION: DEL96 PM-2NDLD BOARD EXAMS CBSE Class 12 board exams cancelled; PM says anxiety among students, parents, teachers must end New Delhi: The government on Tuesday decided to cancel the CBSE Class 12 board exams amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic across the country with Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserting that the decision has been taken in the interest of students and the anxiety among students, parents and teachers must be put to an end.

DEL100 CHOKSI-TEAM Multi-agency team in Dominica to bring back Choksi if courts allow deportation New Delhi: A team of multi-agency officials led by a CBI DIG has gone to Dominica to bring back absconding diamantaire Mehul Choksi to India if the courts in the Carribean island country allow his deportation to India, officials said Tuesday.

DEL91 VIRUS-CHILDREN COVID impact may increase in children if virus changes behaviour, preparations on to deal with it: Govt New Delhi: The government on Tuesday cautioned that even though the coronavirus infection has not taken a serious shape among children till now, its impact can increase among them if there is a change in virus behaviour or epidemiology dynamics, and said preparations are on to deal with any such situation.

DEL82 VACCINE-MIXING-TWO DOSE Mixing of Covid vaccines not protocol yet, no change in schedule of two-dose vaccines: Centre New Delhi: The government on Tuesday said mixing of COVID-19 vaccines is not the protocol yet and there is no change in the schedule of two-dose vaccines Covishield and Covaxin, amid reports that India is planning to start trials to test the feasibility of a regimen that uses two different jabs and the effectiveness of a single dose.

DEL94 MHA-WB-3RDLD CS-NOTICE Home Ministry notice to Alapan Bandyopadhyay under Disaster Management Act New Delhi: The row between the Centre and the West Bengal government intensified after the Union Home Ministry served a show-cause notice to the state's former chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay under a stringent provision of the Disaster Management Act that entails imprisonment up to two years.

DEL74 BRICS-JAISHANKAR BRICS foreign ministers hold virtual meeting New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday highlighted the key principles guiding the five-nation grouping BRICS and referred to international law and the UN Charter that recognises the sovereign equality of all states, and respects their territorial integrity.

CAL13 MG-MINE-LD RESCUE Miners still trapped in Meghalaya coal mine, rain hampers rescue efforts Shillong: Heavy rainfall on Tuesday hampered operations to rescue at least five miners trapped for two days deep inside an illegal rat-hole coal pit in Meghalayas East Jaintia Hills district, officials said.

MDS4 TL-BIZ-VIRUS-SPUTNIK V Consignment of 3 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine from Russia land in Hyderabad Hyderabad: A consignment of three million doses of Russia's COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V landed at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here on Tuesday.

LEGAL: LGD32 VIRUS-SC-LD ORPHANS SC seeks information on Centre's scheme for kids orphaned by COVID New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday asked the Centre to provide information on the recently launched 'PM-CARES for Children' scheme for kids orphaned by COVID-19, and directed states to appoint a nodal officers to apprise it on identification and welfare measures for such children.

LGD26 DL-HC-BLACK FUNGUS HC directs Centre to form policy on distribution of drug to treat black fungus patients New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Tuesday directed the Centre to form a policy on distribution of Liposomal Amphotericin B drug for treat black fungus and spell out the priority of patients so that some lives could be saved, if not all.

FOREIGN: FGN24 CHINA-INDIA-LD BRICS Chinese FM Wang commends India's efforts to further BRICS cooperation despite pandemic Beijing: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday commended India for its 'vigorous' efforts to hold this year's BRICS summit despite the COVID-19 outbreak, as he offered Beijing's support and assistance to New Delhi to combat the coronavirus pandemic. By K J M Varma FGN26 NEPAL-SC-LD JUDGES Nepal SC to form Constitutional Bench on judges' seniority for HoR dissolution hearing Kathmandu: The Supreme Court of Nepal on Tuesday agreed to form a Constitutional Bench on the basis of seniority of the judges to hear a bunch of petitions challenging the dissolution of the House of Representatives, after differences among justices led to the postponement of the crucial hearing. By Shirish B Pradhan. PTI DIV DIV