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New Delhi, Mar 18 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 9 PM: NATION: DEL7 VIRUS-LD CASES India adds 35,871 fresh COVID-19 cases, biggest single-day jump in 102 days New Delhi: India on Thursday recorded 35,871 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day rise in over 100 days, which took the infection tally to 1,14,74,605, according to Union health ministry data.

DEL32 PM-FARMER-LETTER Continuous efforts being made to remove impediment in farmers' journey from 'seed to market': PM New Delhi: Continuous efforts are being made to remove every small and big impediment in the way of farmers' journey from 'seed to market' and to ensure the progress of agriculture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told a farmer from Uttarakhand in a letter.

CAL22 WB-LD PM RALLY Mamata's appeasement politics behind infiltration: Modi Purulia: Excoriating Mamata Banerjee for pursuing 'appeasement and vote bank politics', and presiding over a corrupt administration, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said her game will be over (khela shesh hobe) when votes for the assembly elections are counted on May 2.

DEL63 INDIA-KUWAIT-LD TALKS India, Kuwait decide to establish joint ministerial commission to expand ties New Delhi: India and Kuwait on Thursday decided to establish a joint ministerial commission that will formulate a framework to strengthen ties in sectors like energy, economy, investment, manpower and labour and information technology.

PAR36 RS-LD-FM-INSURANCE-BILL Rajya Sabha passes bill to raise FDI in insurance New Delhi: Rajya Sabha on Thursday approved a bill to raise the foreign investment limit in the insurance sector to 74 per cent with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman saying while control will go to foreign companies, the majority of directors and key management persons will be resident Indians who will be covered by law of the land. PAR6 RS-QUESTIONS-TWITTER-PRASAD Any attempt to create 'imperialism of internet' by few companies unacceptable: Ravi Shankar Prasad New Delhi: Union Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday told Rajya Sabha that any attempt to create 'imperialism of internet' by a few companies would not be tolerated. PAR18 PAR-GADKARI-LD VEHICLE POLICY About 5 pc rebate to buyers of new cars on scrapping of old vehicles: Gadkari New Delhi: Under the government's vehicle scrapping policy, about 5 per cent rebate on new cars would be offered to buyers on scrapping of old vehicles, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari told Parliament on Thursday and termed it a 'win-win' policy that will help improve fuel efficiency and reduce pollution.

DEL56 UKD-LD CM-JEANS #rippedjeans trends: Twitter debate shreds Uttarakhand CM ripped jeans remark Dehradun/New Delhi: They may or not be the current fashion trend but ripped jeans are out of the cupboard and at the centrestage of debate on social media and beyond with celebrities, politicians and many ‘nobodies’ too taking on Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat for his comment on women who wear them.

DEL53 LD ASHOKA After Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Arvind Subramanian resigns as professor from Ashoka University New Delhi: Two days after political commentator Pratap Bhanu Mehta resigned as a professor from the Ashoka University, his colleague, economist Arvind Subramanian, put in his papers on Thursday and faculty members wrote to the vice chancellor expressing their deep anguish.

DEL42 CRPF-JK-TERRORISTS 226 terrorists killed in J-K since 2020; stone-pelting incidents reduced drastically: CRPF New Delhi, Mar 18 (PTI) The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Thursday said 226 terrorists were killed during operations in Jammu and Kashmir since 2020, while 296 were apprehended.

LEGAL: LGD23 DL-HC-LD AMAZON Delhi HC restrains Future Group from moving ahead with Rs 24K cr Reliance deal on Amazon's plea New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Thursday upheld the Singapore Emergency Arbitrator's (EA) order restraining Future Retail Ltd (FRL) from going ahead with its Rs 24,713 crore deal with Reliance Retail to sell its business, which was objected to by US-based e-commerce giant Amazon.

LGD11 DL-COURT-PUSHKAR No definite opinion on cause of Sunanda's death, Tharoor tells court; seeks discharge New Delhi: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, accused in a case related to his wife Sunanda Pushkar's death, has told a Delhi court that he should be discharged as various investigations have been conducted by experts but they have not given a 'definite opinion on the cause of death'.

FOREIGN: FGN30 PAK-INDIA-BAJWA Army chief Gen Bajwa says it's time for India and Pak to bury the past and move forward Islamabad: Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Thursday that it was time for India and Pakistan to 'bury the past and move forward' as he asserted that the peace between the two neighbours would help to 'unlock' the potential of South and Central Asia. By Sajjad Hussain FGN45 UNCTAD-INDIA-ECONOMY India's economy projected to record stronger recovery in 2021: UNCTAD United Nations: India’s economy, estimated to contract by 6.9 per cent in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, is forecast to record a 'stronger recovery' in 2021 and grow by 5 per cent, according to a UN report which said the country's current fiscal year budget points to a shift towards demand-side stimulus, with an uptick in public investment. By Yoshita Singh PTI TDS TDS