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New Delhi, Apr 2 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 9.30 pm: NATION DEL57 VIRUS-CAB SECY-LD REVIEW Cabinet secy chairs COVID review meet; 11 states, UTs of 'grave concern' told to take strict action New Delhi: Eleven states and Union Territories, marked as 'states of grave concern' because of their rising daily COVID-19 cases, have not shown a commensurate increase in enforcement of containment activities, the Centre said on Friday.

DEL9 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19:Single-day rise of 81,466 cases, highest in six months New Delhi: India recorded the highest single-day rise in coronavirus cases in six months with 81,466 new infections in a span of 24 hours, taking the COVID-19 tally of cases to 1,23,03,131, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

DEL16 VACCINE-COVERAGE India records highest single-day vaccine coverage New Delhi: More than 36.7 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day coverage till now, the Union Health ministry said on Friday.

DEL47 LD SINOINDIA India pitches for early disengagement in remaining areas in eastern Ladakh New Delhi: India on Friday hoped that China will work with it to ensure disengagement of troops in remaining areas of eastern Ladakh at the earliest, and asserted that de-escalation of tension alone will lead to restoration of peace and tranquility in border areas and provide conditions for progress of bilateral ties.

DEL48 MEA-LD MYANMAR We condemn any use of violence: MEA on situation in Myanmar New Delhi: As Myanmar's military continued crackdown on civilians protesting against the February 1 coup, India on Friday condemned any use of violence and said it stands for the restoration of democracy in the country.

MDS35 TN-POLLS-RALLY-LD MODI PM Modi calls Congress 'high handed', says his govt does not see people's faith before serving them Kanyakumari (TN): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday slammed the Congress as 'high-handed' without an understanding of local sensibilities and asserted that his government does not see people's caste or faith before serving them.

CAL28 WB-LD SHAH Mamata runs govt on 3T model of Tolabaji, Tanashahi, Tushtikaran; to lose from Nandigram: Shah Sitalkuchi/ Kalchini/ Baruipur: Exuding confidence that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will lose from the Nandigram constituency, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday accused her of running the government on the 3T model of 'Tolabaji' (extortion), 'Tanashahi' (dictatorship) and 'Tushtikaran' (appeasement).

CAL17 WB-TMC-LD EC TMC complains of 'partisan behaviour' by central forces, BJP counters Mamata violated model code of conduct Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Friday complained to the Election Commission of partisan behaviour by central police forces in favour of its rival BJP, while the saffron party made a counter- complaint that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had violated the model code of conduct by being inside a polling booth in Nandigram for two hours on polling day.

CAL18 WB-POLL-LD MAMATA 'Not your party's member': Mamata hits back at Modi over second seat contest dig Dinhata/Natabari/Falakata (WB): Asserting that she was winning the election from Nandigram, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that she does not need his 'suggestion' on contesting from an alternate seat.

DEL32 BIZ-SMALL SAVINGS-WB West Bengal contributes highest to small savings schemes New Delhi: West Bengal, which is the midst of a high-pitched assembly election, accounts for the highest collection of about Rs 90,000 crore from small savings schemes such as NSC and PPF among the states and union territories, which is about 15 per cent of the total corpus.

DEL26 JK-3RDLD ENCOUNTER Pulwama encounter: 2 militants involved in attack on BJP leader's house among 3 killed Srinagar: Three militants, including two who were involved in an attack on a BJP leader's house here, were killed in an encounter with security forces on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, police said.

CAL27 AS-POLL-2ND LD EVM Amit Shah seeks EC probe into Assam EVM row Karimganj/Guwahati/New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah Friday sought an inquiry by the Election Commission after a huge political row erupted over a polling team in Assam being found carrying an EVM in the vehicle belonging to the wife of a BJP candidate.

MDS37 TN-DMK-TAX-LD-SEARCHES DMK slams Centre over 'income tax searches' at residence of party chief Stalin's daughter Vellore (TN): The DMK on Friday lashed out at the Central government over 'searches' by income tax officials at the residence of party chief M K Stalin's daughter Senthamarai in Chennai and alleged it has a 'political objective.' BOM6 MH-VIRUS-PUNE-RESTRICTIONS COVID-19: Restaurants, bars, malls to be shut for week in Pune Pune: Eateries, bars and restaurants in Pune district of Maharashtra will remain shut for seven days starting April 3 in view of a substantial rise in coronavirus cases of late, a senior official said on Friday.

FOREIGN FGN39 PAK-INDIA-TEXTILES-2NDLD REAX Pakistan's textile industry upset as Imran Khan government rejects proposal to import cotton from India Karachi: Pakistan's struggling textile industry has voiced its disappointment after the Imran Khan government rejected a proposal to import cotton from India, the world's biggest producer, saying it is the need of the hour to avoid a massive slump in the country's exports. PTI HDA