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New Delhi, Oct 30 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1700 hrs: Nation DEL28 VIRUS-COMMITTEES-VACCINATION Centre asks states to form committees for smooth COVID-19 vaccination drive New Delhi: The Centre has asked states to constitute committees for coordination and overseeing COVID-19 vaccination drive while ensuring minimal disruptions in other routine healthcare services, and stressed early tracking of social media to dispel rumours which could impact the community acceptance of coronavirus inoculation. By Payal Banerjee BOM8 GJ-PM-AROGYAVAN PM inaugurates 'Arogya Van' near Statue of Unity Kevadiya (Guj): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated 'Arogya Van', a garden housing medicinal plants and herbs, near the Statue of Unity in Kevadiya village of Gujarats Narmada district.

DEL29 JK-LD ABDULLAH NC claims Farooq Abdullah not allowed to leave house, J-K parties condemn 'violation' of rights Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration prevented former chief minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah from leaving his residence to offer prayers at the Hazratbal shrine here on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi on Friday, his party said.

DEL20 EC-MP-VIJAYVARGIYA 'Chunnu-Munnu' remarks of BJP's Vijayvargiya violated poll code provisions: EC New Delhi: The Election Commission on Friday said the 'chunnu-munnu' remarks made by Kailash Vijayvargiya against Congress' Digvijaya Singh and Kamal Nath were in violation of the poll code provisions and advised the senior BJP leader not to use 'any such word' in his public utterances during the model code period.

DEL25 JK-SHOT-IGP LeT behind killing of 3 BJP workers in J-K: Police Srinagar: Terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was behind the killing of three BJP leaders in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said and appealed to the protected persons in the valley not to move around without their security.

CAL7 BH-POLL-NITISH Did nothing for women apart from installing wife on chair when himself got jailed: Nitish attacks Lalu Khagaria: Attacking Opposition RJD, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Friday appealed to people to not 'get misled' by those who 'ignored' women and backward classes during their rule.

DEL33 ADR-GUJARAT BYPOLLS-REPORT 18 pc candidates in Gujarat assembly bypolls face criminal cases: ADR report New Delhi: Out of the 80 candidates in the fray for the November 3 Gujarat Assembly by-election, 18 per cent have declared criminal cases against themselves, according to a report by poll rights group Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

MDS6 TN-BILL-LD-GUV TN Guv clears 7.5 per cent quota bill, govt school students to get preference in medical admissions Chennai: Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has assented to a bill envisaging 7.5 per cent reservation to government school students who have cleared the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test in admission to undergraduate medical courses.

DEL24 BIZ-FACEBOOK Facebook using experience from polls in India to stop abuse ahead of US elections New Delhi: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said steps taken by the social media giant have helped protect the integrity of more than 200 different elections around the world, including in India, and have also played an important role in stopping abuse ahead of US elections.

Legal LGD4 DL-HC-DIG-CONTEMPT Lawyer seeks Delhi govt law officer's consent for initiating contempt proceedings against CBI DIG New Delhi: A lawyer has made a representation to the Delhi government standing counsel seeking consent for initiating criminal contempt proceedings against CBI Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Raghavendra Vatsa, who allegedly punched a public prosecutor in his face.

LGD3 DL-COURT-LD JNU Court dismisses plea seeking FIR in JNU violence matter, noting one already lodged New Delhi: A Delhi court has dismissed a plea filed by Professor Sucharita Sen, who suffered injuries during an attack allegedly by masked people inside the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus on January 5, seeking registration of an FIR in the matter, as it observed that a case has already been lodged.

Sports SPD6 SPO-CRI-STOKES-INTERVIEW Stokes' success mantra: I am never happy with where I am as player New Delhi: His peers, seniors and even critics can't help being in awe of the brilliance that defines Ben Stokes' career but the World Cup-winning English cricketer prefers being mostly unhappy with his performances to ensure that improvement never stops. By Kushan Sarkar Foreign FGN22 CHINA-US-DECOUPLING China, US economic 'decoupling' not realistic, a 'lose-lose' plan: Top Chinese official Beijing: Deriding the talk of 'decoupling' of trade and economic ties between China and the US as a 'lose-lose' plan, a senior Chinese official on Friday underlined that such a move was not realistic at all and neither will it bring any benefit to the two countries, nor to the world. By K J M Varma FGN19 TRUMP-RALLIES-BIDEN Trump election rallies are 'super-spreader' events: Biden Washington: The election rallies of Donald Trump are 'super-spreader events', Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has alleged and questioned the US president's efforts in addressing the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. By Lalit K Jha PTI DPB