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New Delhi, Nov 5 (PTI) These are the top stories at 9 pm: FGN40 US-LDALL ELECTION No winner yet; vote counting continues in tense US presidential race Washington: Weary Americans will have to wait for some more time to know the clear winner of the closely-fought election between Republican President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden, as the final outcome hinged on a few states on Thursday where a flood of mail-in ballots triggered by the coronavirus pandemic were still being counted.

Nation BOM25 MH-LD ARNAB Arnab challenges arrest, HC to hear interim bail plea tomorrow Mumbai: High-profile TV journalist Arnab Goswami, arrested in a 2018 suicide abetment case, will spend another night in a school in Alibaug, while his plea seeking interim bail will be heard by the Bombay High Court on Friday.

DEL10 VIRUS-LD CASES India's COVID-19 caseload mounts to 83.64 lakh with 50,210 new cases New Delhi: India's COVID-19 tally climbed to 83.64 lakh with 50,210 new cases in a day, while 77,11,809 people have recuperated so far, pushing the national recovery rate to 92.20 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Thursday.

DEL106 SINOINDIA-TALKS Ladakh standoff: Indian Army to press for expeditious disengagement at 8th round of military talks New Delhi: The Indian Army is set to press for comprehensive disengagement of troops by the Chinese PLA from all the friction points in eastern Ladakh at the eighth round of Corps Commander-level talks on Friday, official sources said.

DEL39 DEF-LD RAJNATH India determined to protect its sovereignty, territorial integrity: Rajnath on Ladakh standoff with China New Delhi: As the border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh enters the seventh month, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said India wants peaceful resolution of differences but at the same time it is determined to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of 'unilateralism and aggression' no matter what the sacrifice.

CAL26 BH-POLL-LD NITISH-LAST POLL Nitish stuns Bihar with 'this is my last election' remark, detractors say he's tired Purnea/Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday stunned his audience on the last day of electioneering with his remark that the assembly elections under way in the state were his last.

DEL87 VIRUS-UGC-COLLEGES UGC notifies guidelines for reopening of universities, colleges New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday notified guidelines for reopening of universities and colleges across the country which have been closed since March in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DEL29 MEA-INDO PAK India slams Pak's decision to transfer management of Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara to trust New Delhi: India on Thursday described as 'highly condemnable' Pakistan's decision to transfer the management of the Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara from a Sikh body to a separate trust, saying it runs against the religious sentiments of the Sikh community.

DEL93 RAIL-PUNJAB Punjab govt assured us all blockades will be removed by Friday morning: Rail Board chairman New Delhi: The Punjab government has assured the railways that all blockades on rail premises by protesters will be cleared by Friday morning, Railway Board Chairman V K Yadav said on Thursday.

DEL109 HR-BILL-LD QUOTA Haryanvis first: State Assembly passes bill on 75 pc job quota in pvt sector for local people Chandigarh: The Haryana Assembly on Thursday passed a bill to give 75 per cent reservation in the private sector to job seekers from the state, fulfilling an election promise made by ruling alliance partner Jannayak Janta Party.

MDS6 KA-LOVEJIHAD-YEDIYURAPPA Karnataka will put an end to religious conversion in the name of 'love jihad': Yediyurappa Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday said the government will take strong measures to put an end to religious conversion in the name of 'love jihad.' Legal LGD22 SC-CENTRAL VISTA SC reserves verdict on pleas raising questions over Central Vista project New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas which have raised questions over the Centre’s ambitious Central Vista project, which covers three-km stretch from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate in Lutyens' Delhi.

Business DCM22 BIZ-WHATSAPP WhatsApp introduces 'disappearing messages' New Delhi: WhatsApp on Thursday said it is introducing 'disappearing messages' feature on its platform that will allow new messages sent to a chat to disappear after seven days. The feature will be rolled out to all users this month.

DEL97 BIZ-PM-INVESTOR India best place for long-term investment: PM to global investors New Delhi: Soliciting global investments, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India is the best place for generating long-term returns.

Foreign FGN23 UK-SHRINGLA-EXTRADITION India seeks expeditious extradition of Mallya, Nirav Modi from UK London: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla held talks with British Home Secretary Priti Patel in London during which he strongly underlined India's interest in the expeditious extradition of former Kingfisher Airlines chief Vijay Mallya, who has completed all the legal processes related to extradition from the UK, and fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi. By Aditi Khanna. PTI HDA