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New Delhi, Feb 23 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 9 PM: NATION: DEL48 VIRUS-LD HEALTH MINISTRY Two new variants of SARS-CoV-2 not reason for surge in cases in Maha, Kerala: Govt New Delhi: Two variants of SARS-CoV-2 -- N440K and E484K -- have been detected in Maharashtra and Kerala but there is no reason to believe presently that they are responsible for the surge in cases in some districts in these two states, the Centre said on Tuesday.

DEL33 UKD-DISASTER-NOTIFICATION 136 missing people whose body not found to be 'presumed dead': Uttarakhand Official Dehradun: The Uttarakhand government has issued a notification authorising officials to declare 'presumed dead' 136 people still missing after the flash flood in Chamoli district over two weeks ago.

DEL49 GJ-CIVIC POLLS-PM Gujarat civic polls: Modi says results show people's faith in politics of development New Delhi: With the BJP set to retain power in six Gujarat municipal corporations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday termed the victory 'very special' and said for a party that has been serving in a state for over two decades to record such a phenomenal win is noteworthy.

DEL50 PB-VIRUS-LD MEETING As COVID-19 cases rise, Punjab orders curbs on indoor, outdoor gatherings Chandigarh: The Punjab government on Tuesday ordered curbs on indoor and outdoor gatherings from March 1 and authorised Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to impose night-curfew in COVID-19 hotspots in their districts, if needed.

DEL55 UP-LD STUDENT College girl found lying with severe burns along national highway in UP Shahjahanpur (UP): A girl student of a college run by a trust of former union minister Swami Chinmayanand was found lying without clothes and severely burnt along a national highway in Shahjahanpur district in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Tuesday.

MDS17 PD-CM-RESIGNATION-PREZ President accepts resignations of Puducherry CM, council of ministers Puducherry: President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the resignation of Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and his council of Ministers, a day after they quit in the wake of losing the trust vote in the assembly.

BOM22 MH-PRAGYA-COMMISSION-DGP Maha rights body calls DGP in complaint about 'custodial torture' of Pragya Mumbai: The Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission on Tuesday issued a summons to the state Director General of Police over a complaint of custodial torture of 2008 Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur.

LEGAL: LGD25 DL-COURT-TOOLKIT-2ND LD DISHA Toolkit case: Delhi court grants bail to Disha Ravi, terms evidence as scanty and sketchy New Delhi: In a blow to Delhi police, a court here Tuesday granted bail to climate activist Disha Ravi, arrested in connection with allegedly being involved in sharing a 'toolkit' on social media related to the farmers'' protest, terming evidence produced by police as 'scanty and sketchy'.

LGD30 JK-COURT-LD PARRA Court rejects bail plea of PDP leader Waheed Parra Srinagar: A special court rejected the bail application of PDP leader Waheed Parra on Tuesday, saying the charges against him were 'grave, serious and heinous in nature' and that a preliminary analysis of evidence collected so far show he was aiding militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in the garb of a politician.

BUSINESS: DEL31 BIZ-LD STOCKS Benchmarks snap 5-day losing streak in choppy trade; ONGC spurts 5.5 pc Mumbai: Markets found firmer ground on Tuesday after five days of heavy losses as investors made a cautious return to select energy, banking and infra counters amid mixed global cues.

DEL45 BIZ-LD RUPEE Rupee clocks marginal 3 paise gains at 72.46 against US dollar Mumbai: The rupee slipped from the day's highest level but managed to eke out a marginal gain of 3 paise at 72.46 against the US dollar on Tuesday, tracking muted domestic equities and stronger greenback against key rivals.

FOREIGN: FGN62 NEPAL-COURT-LDALL PARLIAMENT In a blow to Nepal PM Oli, Supreme Court reinstates dissolved House of Representatives Kathmandu: Nepal's Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated the dissolved House of Representatives, in a major setback to embattled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli who was preparing for snap polls amidst a tussle for power with his rivals in the ruling communist party. By Shirish B Pradhan FGN53 US-BIDEN-CITIZENSHIP-TEST Biden admin rolls back Trump-era citizenship test, reverts to 2008 version Washington: The Biden administration has announced the reversal of the stringent Trump-era policy by reverting to the 2008 version of the naturalisation test module to make the path to US citizenship more accessible to all eligible individuals. PTI DIV DIV