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New Delhi, Apr 4 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 9 pm: NATION DEL53 VIRUS-PM-2NLD MEET PM Modi reviews COVID-19 situation as India sees 'alarming' rise in cases, deaths; says states need to take stringent measure in places witnessing surge New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reviewed the COVID-19 situation and vaccination exercise in the country amid an 'alarming rate of growth' in infections and deaths, with 10 states contributing to more than 91 percent of them.

DEL51 SHAH-NAXAL-MEET Chhattisgarh naxal attack: HM Amit Shah holds high-level security meeting New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday held a high-level meeting to review the security situation in Chhattisgarh in the wake of the killing of 22 security personnel by Naxals in the state, officials said.

CAL17 AS-POLL-LD SHAH Befitting reply will be given to Chhattisgarh Naxal attack; NDA's 'double-engine' to ensure Assam's growth: Shah Guwahati/ Sualkuchi/Sorbhog: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said a befitting response will be given to those responsible for the Naxal attack in Chhatisgarh at an appropriate time.

BOM24 CG-NAXALS-LDALL ENCOUNTER Chhattisgarh: Bodies of 20 jawans recovered; toll rises to 22 Raipur: Police recovered bullet-riddled bodies of 20 jawans in the jungles of Chattisgarh Sunday, raising to 22 the number of security personnel killed in a fierce gunbattle with Naxals the previous day -- the biggest massacre in more than a year that also left 31 injured.

DEL45 SONIA-NAXALS-ENCOUNTER Sonia condoles death of jawans in C'garh ambush, says country united in resolve to combat naxalism New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday said all are united in the resolve to combat naxalism and her party's government in Chhattisgarh will continue to provide all assistance to the paramilitary forces in fighting the menace with full rigour.

DEL7 VIRUS-LD CASES India records this year's biggest single-day jump of 93,249 COVID-19 cases New Delhi: India on Sunday recorded 93,249 new coronavirus infections, the highest single-day rise so far this year, which took the total COVID-19 cases to 1,24,85,509, according to Union health ministry data.

CAL21WB-POLL-LD MAMATA Is he god or superhuman: Mamata takes swipe at PM Modi for predicting BJP victory in assembly polls Khanakul (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday wondered whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi is 'god or a superhuman' to have made claims of a BJP triumph in the assembly elections, six phases of which still remain.

CAL22 WB-POLLS-2ND LD ADITYANATH TMC goons to land in jail after BJP comes to power in West Bengal: Adityanath Khanakul/Jangipur/Chandannagar: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday asserted that 'goons sheltered by the Trinamool Congress' will be tracked and sent behind bars after the BJP forms government in West Bengal.

MDS20 KL-POLLS-RAHUL-AUTO Rahul Gandhi rides auto to campaign venue at Nemom Thiruvananthapuram: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday took an autorickshaw rideat two places in Kerala, on the last day of campaignfor the April 6 Assembly polls, to highlight the rising fuel prices under the BJP-NDA rule.

CAL23 WB-POLL-CAMPAIGN ENDS Campaign ends for phase three of Bengal polls; BJP's Swapan Dasgupta, CPI(M)'s Kanti Ganguly in fray Kolkata: Senior BJP leader Swapan Dasgupta, TMC minister Ashima Patra and former CPI(M) minister Kanti Ganguly are among the 205 candidates whose campaigns for the third phase of elections in 31 seats in West Bengal ended on Sunday evening.

CAL24 AS-POLL-LAST PHASE-CAMPAIGN END Campaigning for last phase of Assam polls ends Guwahati: Campaigning for the third and last phase of the Assam assembly elections ended on Sunday.

BOM21 MH-VIRUS-LOCKDOWN COVID-19: Weekend lockdown in Maha, stricter curbs from Monday Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Sunday announced a weekend lockdown in the state from 8 pm on Friday to 7 am on Monday in a bid to curb the growing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state.

LEGAL LGD1 SC-COAL SCAM-JUDGE SC to decide on Monday name of judge to conduct trials in coal scam cases New Delhi: The Supreme Court is scheduled to decide on Monday the name of the judicial officer who would replace special judge Bharat Parashar to conduct trials in the sensational coal scam cases pending since 2014.

LGD3 DL-COURT-BHUSHAN Court directs police to re-investigate 2011 case related to purported phone conversation of Shanti Bhushan, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Amar Singh New Delhi: A city court has directed the Delhi police to probe afresh a 2011 case related to an audio CD allegedly containing a telephone conversation of former law minister Shanti Bhushan, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and the then SP leader Amar Singh. FOREIGN FGN20 LANKA-EASTER Colombo: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has vowed to take action against the perpetrators of the deadly Easter attacks in 2019 that claimed 270 lives, as the minority Christian community members celebrated Easter Sunday across the island nation amid tight security.

FGN13 PAK-JUD-SENTENCE Lahore: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has sentenced five leaders of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) to nine years of imprisonment each in a terror financing case. PTI RHL