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New Delhi, Jun 8 (PTI) Following are the top stories: NATION DEL8 VIRUS-LD CASES Daily COVID-19 count in India dips below one lakh after over two months New Delhi: India reported less than one lakh new coronavirus infections after a gap of 63 days, while the daily positivity rate dropped to 4.62 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

DEL20 VACCINE-DOSES Over 1.19 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses still available with states: Centre New Delhi: More than 1.19 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

DEL73 VACCINE-PRIVATE HOSPITALS Centre to facilitate vaccine supply to states, UTs for timely, equitable distribution to smaller and remoter private hospitals New Delhi: States and union territories would aggregate the demand of private hospitals for Covid vaccines based on which the Centre will facilitate supply to these governments for timely and equitable distribution to smaller and remoter private healthcare facilities, according to the revised guidelines issued on Tuesday.

DEL32 DEF-RAJNATH-SWEDEN Rajnath invites Swedish defence majors to set up manufacturing hubs in India New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday invited leading Swedish defence majors to set up manufacturing bases in India as he showcased the country as an attractive destination for investment to produce military equipment and platforms.

DEL25 BIZ-VACCINE-EXPENDITURE Free vaccine, foodgrains to cost govt up to Rs 1.45 lakh cr New Delhi: The government will spend up to Rs 1.45 lakh crore additional money to provide free vaccines and foodgrains to people devastated by the deadly second wave of COVID infections, sources said on Tuesday.

DEL26 VACCINATION-REVSED-GUIDELINES Electronic vouchers to help inoculation of poor, says Centre in revised Covid guidelines New Delhi: Use of non-transferable electronic vouchers approved by the Reserve Bank of India will be encouraged to enable people to financially support COVID-19 inoculation of economically weaker sections at private centres, according to the revised guidelines issued by the Centre on Tuesday.

DEL70 PM-THACKERAY-4THLD MEETING Maharashtra CM meets PM Modi, discusses Maratha quota issue, GST compensation New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and discussed issues related to the Maratha reservation, pending GST compensation and the proposed Metro car shed in Kanjur.

DEL42 JAISHANKAR-KUWAIT Jaishankar to begin Kuwait visit on Wednesday; to carry PM Modi's letter to Kuwaiti Emir New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will carry a personal letter from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah when he travels to the oil-rich Gulf nation on Wednesday on a three-day visit to explore ways to further boost bilateral ties.

DEL39 CONG-VACCINES Govt driven by headlines, not deadlines: Congress while demanding Parliament session to discuss vaccine policy New Delhi: The Centre should clarify in Parliament its policy and roadmap for providing COVID vaccines to all by December, the Congress said on Tuesday, as it alleged that the government was driven by headlines and not deadlines and asked why people still have to pay for the jabs at private hospitals.

CAL5 WB-BJP- LD MEETING BJP leaders in Bengal hold meeting on 'post-poll violence' Kolkata: Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Tuesday held a meeting with party functionaries over the post-poll scenario in the state, as he claimed that workers were being attacked and forced out of their homes across districts by goons bearing allegiance to the ruling TMC.

DEL45 RS-OATH-MEMBERS Swapan Dasgupta, Mahesh Jethmalani among 4 new Rajya Sabha members take oath New Delhi: Four new members of Rajya Sabha, including Swapan Dasgupta and Mahesh Jethmalani, took oath on Tuesday, with Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu noting that the public representatives have a great role to play during the challenging times of the ongoing pandemic.

BOM8 MH-HC-LD CASTE CERTIFICATE HC cancels caste certificate of Amravati MP Navneet Rana Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday cancelled the caste certificate issued to Amravati Lok Sabha member Navneet Kaur Rana, saying it was obtained fraudulently using fabricated documents, and directed her to surrender it within six weeks.

LEGAL LGD15 CJI-KERALA GIRL-LD COVID Kerala girl of class 5 writes to CJI, lauds SC for saving lives in fight with COVID New Delhi: Amid debate whether the Centre's decision to provide free COVID-19 vaccine to all above 18 years was triggered by the Supreme Court's recent remarks on the jab policy, a class 5 student of Kerala has written to Chief Justice N V Ramana lauding the top court for its effective intervention and saving lives in the fight against pandemic.

By Sanjeev Kumar FOREIGN FGN30 WB-INDIA-GDP World Bank projects India to grow at 8.3 per cent in 2021 Washington: The World Bank on Tuesday projected India's economy to grow at 8.3 per cent in 2021 and 7.5 per cent in 2022, even as its recovery is being hampered by an unprecedented second wave of the COVID-19, the largest outbreak in the world since the beginning of the deadly pandemic.

By Lalit K Jha FGN32 WB-WORLD-ECONOMY Global economy expected to expand 5.6 per cent in 2021, says World Bank Washington: The global economy is expected to expand 5.6 per cent in 2021, the fastest post-recession pace in 80 years, largely on strong rebounds from a few major economies, the World Bank said on Tuesday, noting that despite the recovery, global output will be about two per cent below pre-pandemic projections by the end of this year.

By Lalit K Jha FGN5 UN-INDIA-ECOSOC-ELECTION India elected to UN Economic and Social Council for 2022-24 term United Nations: India has been elected to the Economic and Social Council, one of the six main organs of the United Nations, for the 2022-24 term By Yoshita Singh MA MA

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