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New Delhi, Feb 7 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 9 pm: NATION DEL83 2ND LD ALL UKD FLOOD Floods as glacier breaks off in Uttarakhand, 16 labourers rescued, seven bodies recovered but 125 still missing Dehradun/New Delhi: A portion of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Sunday, triggering an avalanche and a deluge in the Alaknanda river system that washed away hydroelectric stations, leaving at least seven people dead and 125 missing who are feared dead.

DEL77 GLACIER-LD NCMC Rishiganga hydro project washed away by glacier burst in Uttarakhand but no danger of downstream flooding: NCMC New Delhi: A 13.2 MW small hydro project on the Rishiganga river was swept away in the glacier burst in Uttarakhand on Sunday, but there is no danger of floods in the downstream areas as the water level has been contained.

DEL82 UKD-FLOOD-RESCUE 'Nayi zindagi mili': ITBP rescues workers stuck in flash-flood hit tunnel Dehradun: Covered in mud, several men were safely pulled out one after the other from a slush-covered tunnel by ITBP personnel in the Tapovan power project area that was swept away by a flash flood triggered by a glacier break in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand on Sunday.

CAL26 AS-2NDLD PM Modi claims conspiracy to defame Indian tea, pitches for tech institutions teaching in mother tongue Dhekiajuli: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday claimed an international conspiracy has been hatched to 'defame' Indian tea, on a visit to Assam, a major producer of the brew.

CAL22 WB-PM-RALLY People expected 'mamta' from Mamata but got 'nirmamta': Modi Haldia: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday slammed the Mamata Banerjee government for not implementing several central schemes in West Bengal, saying people expected her to show 'mamta' (affection) but got 'nirmamta' (cruelty).

DEL66 BIZ-LD-FM 'Selling family silver' a lazy allegation: Nirmala Mumbai: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday rejected Opposition's charge of 'selling family assets' through the budget stress on privatisation, terming it as a “lazy allegation”.

DEL6 VIRUS-LD CASES Over 12k COVID-19 cases reported in one day, 78 new fatalities recorded New Delhi: India's tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 1,08,26,363 with 12,059 new infections being reported in a day, while the daily deaths fell below 100 for the third time this month, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

BOM17 MH-2ND LD SHAH Maha MVA govt 3-wheeler pulling in different directions: Shah Kankavli: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra comprising Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress is like an auto-rickshaw whose three wheels were pulling in different directions.

DEL88 HR-FARMERS-LD-TIKAIT No 'ghar wapsi' till farmers' demands are met: Tikait Charkhi Dadri: Asserting that the agitation against the Centre's farm laws is a people's movement that will not fail, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday said there will be no 'ghar wapsi' till protesting farmers' demands are met.

DEL27 BAGHEL-RAHUL Rahul Gandhi only leader who can take on mantle of Congress presidentship: Bhupesh Baghel New Delhi, Feb 7 (PTI) Rahul Gandhi is the only leader who can take on the mantle of the Congress presidentship as he is the one who has been taking a strong stand on important issues without bowing to government's pressure, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has said, amid a growing chorus within the party seeking Gandhi's return to the helm. By Barun Jha and Asim Kamal LEGAL LGD4 SC-NCB SC seeks explanation from NCB for delay in filing plea against HC verdict New Delhi: The Supreme Court has termed as “atrocious” the manner in which a “sensitive matter” of narcotics has been sought to be prosecuted, and directed the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to give an explanation over the delay in filing a plea against the Rajasthan High Court verdict in the case.

LGD1 UP-COURT-MATHURA-KRISHNA Plea for removal of Mathura's Shahi Idgah mosque: Court issues notices Mathura: A Mathura court has issued notices to the Shahi Idgah Masjid management committee and others, seeking their stands on a fresh plea for the removal of a 17th-century mosque from near the birthplace of Lord Krishna in the Katra Keshav Dev temple complex here.

FOREIGN FGN4 VIRUS-UK-OXFORD-VACCINE Oxford/AstraZeneca jab effective against UK Covid variant, study finds London: The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and produced by AstraZeneca has shown efficacy against the UK variant of the coronavirus, according to an ongoing study by researchers. By Aditi Khanna FGN15 BANGLA-LD VACCINES Bangladesh kicks off countrywide COVID-19 vaccination drive Dhaka: Bangladesh on Sunday launched its nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive with lawmakers along with top administration and health officials taking the first shots of the vaccine provided by India. By Anisur Rahman PTI TDS TDS