HIGHLIGHTS AT 1700 HOURS

New Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1700 hours: DEL23 KASHMIR-LD MEA Don't interfere: India to Erdogan over his comments on Kashmir New Delhi: India on Saturday criticised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for raking up the Kashmir issue during his address at the Pakistan Parliament, and asked him to desist from interfering in India's internal affairs.

FGN15 JAPAN-VIRUS-LD INDIANS Condition of 3 infected Indians on board cruise ship off Japanese coast improves: Indian mission Tokyo: The condition of the three Indians infected with the novel coronavirus on board the cruise ship moored off the Japanese coast has improved and no new cases of infection among the Indians on the quarantined vessel have been reported, the Indian Embassy in Japan said on Saturday.

FGN2 CHINA-VIRUS-2NDLD TOLL Death toll in China's coronavirus epidemic jumps to over 1,500 Beijing: The death toll in China's novel coronavirus epidemic has climbed to 1,523 with 143 new fatalities reported mostly from the worst-affected Hubei province while the confirmed cases jumped to over 66,000, health officials said on Saturday. By K J M Varma DEL8 JK-FIRING Pak violates ceasefire in J-K's Kathua Jammu: Pakistan Rangers on Saturday violated the ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked firing on forward posts and villages along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district early on Saturday, officials said.

DEL6 PM-SCIENTISTS PM chairs CSIR Society meet, urges scientists to focus on real-time social issues New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged scientists to focus on real-time social issues being faced by the country such as malnutrition by providing value addition in agricultural products.

DEL7 JK-FAESAL-PSA Shah Faesal booked under PSA Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has booked former IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal under the controversial Public Safety Act, official sources said on Saturday.

DEL19 PM-BOARD EXAMS Take board exams in 'happy and stress-free manner': PM to students New Delhi: Appear for CBSE board examinations in a 'happy and stress-free manner', Prime Minister Narendra Modi told students on Saturday.

DEL25 BIZ-LDALL RBI Credit growth momentum picking up; Budget proposals not to stoke inflation, says Das New Delhi: Amid concerns over economic slowdown, RBI chief Shaktikanta Das on Saturday said credit growth momentum is picking up and ruled out any possible spike in inflation due to Budget proposals as the government is maintaining 'fiscal prudence'.

DEL21 NIA-FICN-SENTENCE Special NIA court jails two for distributing fake Indian currency notes Kolkata: A special NIA court has sentenced two people to six years in prison for their involvement in distributing fake Indian currency notes smuggled from Bangladesh into the country.

CAL3 BH-AMBEDKAR-GIRIRAJ CPI, RJD activists ''purify'' Ambedkar statue with ''Gangajal'' after Giriraj garlands it Begusarai (Bihar): A statue of B R Ambedkar here was 'purified' with 'Gangajal' on Saturday by some CPI and RJD activists who alleged that it had been 'defiled' by Giriraj Singh, Union minister and local BJP MP known for his Hindutva hardline.

DEL22 HRD-DOCTORATE-RTI Denial of PhD to whistleblower prof's student: Put issue before BoG, HRD ministry asks IIT Kharagpur New Delhi: The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has asked IIT Kharagpur to put before its board of governors the issue of denial of doctorate degree to a student of whistleblower Professor Rajeev Kumar, who claimed 'vindictive attitude' towards him on part of the premier engineering institute, according to an RTI reply.

DEL24 AP-JAGAN-HIGH COURT Jagan seeks Prasad's help to move AP High Court to Kurnool from Amaravati New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy met Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad here on Saturday and requested him to initiate steps to move the main bench of the AP High Court from Amaravati to Kurnool as decided by the state government.

DEL27 PB-LD CHILDREN Four children killed as school van catches fire in Punjab Chandigarh: Four children were burnt alive when a mini van of a private school carrying students caught fire in Punjab's Sangrur district on Saturday, police said.

BOM2 MH-ACCIDENT 4 dead, 12 injured as bus rams into stationary container truck Nagpur: At least four persons were killed and 12 others injured when the bus they were travelling in rammed intoa stationary container truck at Singori village in Nagpur district early on Saturday, police said. PTI KJ KJ