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New Delhi, Dec 31 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 9 PM: NATION: DEL71 VIRUS-2NDLD VACCINE-DCGI Probably we will have a very happy New Year: DCGI on COVID-19 vaccine New Delhi: India is likely to have a COVID-19 vaccine in the New Year, Drug Controller General of India V G Somani hinted on Thursday.

DEL68 MOE-LD BOARD EXAMS CBSE board exams from May 4 to June 10 next year, results by July 15: Education Minister New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct board exams for classes 10 and 12 physically from May 4 to June 10 next year, Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' announced on Thursday.

DEL59 MEA-YEMEN India condemns deadly attack at Aden airport New Delhi: India on Thursday strongly condemned a deadly attack at the Aden airport in Yemen shortly after a plane carrying the cabinet ministers of the war-torn country's newly formed government landed.

DEL70 DEF-NARAVANE-SKOREA Gen Naravane holds talks with South Korean counterpart on boosting bilateral military ties New Delhi: Chief of Army Staff Gen M M Naravane held extensive talks with his South Korean counterpart Gen Nam Yeong Shin on ways to boost bilateral military ties, and visited several key installations, including the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), during his tour of the East Asian nation, officials said on Thursday.

DEL80 LAW-HC-LD TRANSFERS Four HC chief justices transferred, 4 judges elevated as high court chief justice New Delhi: Four high court chief justices, including Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, were transferred on Thursday, the Law Ministry said.

DEL77 DL-TERRORIST-ARREST Khalistani terrorist involved in killing of Shaurya Chakra awardee arrested: police New Delhi: An alleged Khalistani terrorist who is suspected to be involved in the killing of Shaurya Chakra awardee Balwinder Sandhu in Punjab in October was arrested from the Delhi airport on Thursday, police said.

CAL5 OD-VIRUS-UK No mutated coronavirus strain found in UK returnees: Odisha govt Bhubaneswar: Odisha government Thursday said that no mutated strain of coronavirus was found in any of the returnees from the United Kingdom or their immediate contacts, an official said.

MDS19 KL-VIRUS-UK RETURNEES-CASES 32 UK returnees test positive in Kerala; Over 5000 new COVID cases Thiruvananthapuram: As many as 32 people, who recently returned from the UK, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Kerala, while the state recorded 5,215 fresh infections and 30 more fatalities on Thursday.

LEGAL: LGD7 DL-HC-AADHAAR-GPAY PIL in HC claims G Pay unauthorisedly accessing Aadhaar data of citizens New Delhi: A PIL has been moved in the Delhi High Court alleging that Google's online payment system, G Pay, was unauthorisedly accessing, using and storing Aadhaar ad banking information of citizens in violation of various statutory provisions.

LGD5 DL-COURT-RIOTS-BAIL Delhi riots: Court grants bail to man, cites delay in recording of witness statement New Delhi: A Delhi court has granted bail to a man in a north east Delhi riots case, saying the alleged eye witness and the beat Constable had identified him almost after two months from the incident.

BUSINESS: DEL48 BIZ-FISCAL DEFICIT Fiscal deficit touches 135.1 pc of FY21 target at November-end New Delhi: The Union government's fiscal deficit soared to Rs 10.75 lakh crore, or 135.1 per cent of the 2020-21 Budget Estimates (BE), at the end of November 2020, mainly on account of low realisation of revenue due to disruption in business activities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

DEL72 BIZ-LD INFRA Eight core industries' output contracts 2.6 pc in Nov New Delhi: Contracting for the ninth consecutive month, the output of eight core infrastructure sectors dropped by 2.6 per cent in November, mainly due to decline in production of natural gas, refinery products, steel and cement.

DEL65 BIZ-LDALL EPFO-INTEREST EPFO begins crediting 8.5 pc interest for 2019-20, to reflect in EPF accounts from Fri New Delhi: Retirement fund body EPFO has retained 8.5 per cent interest rate on employees' provident fund (EPF) for 2019-20 for its over six crore members as decided earlier, and also began crediting the same into their accounts on Thursday.

FOREIGN: FGN39 VIRUS-CHINA-LDALL VACCINE China grants conditional approval to homegrown COVID-19 vaccine; To provide it free for all citizens Beijing: China on Thursday said it will provide free COVID-19 vaccines to all citizens as it has granted conditional approval to the first homegrown vaccine developed by state-owned pharmaceutical firm Sinopharm. By K J M Varma FGN35 PAK-LDALL TEMPLE 30 arrested for damaging Hindu temple in northwest Pakistan; Govt orders its reconstruction Peshawar: Over 30 people, mostly members of a radical Islamist party, were arrested after a Hindu temple was vandalised and set on fire by a mob protesting against its expansion work in northwest Pakistan, officials said on Thursday. PTI DIV DIV