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New Delhi, Apr 8 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: TOP STORIES DEL13 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India reports highest daily spike of over 1.26 lakh new cases New Delhi: India registered a record single-day spike of 1,26,789 new COVID-19 cases, pushing its infection tally to 1,29,28,574, while the number of active cases too went upwards to breach the nine lakh-mark again, Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday showed.

DEL17 VIRUS-STATES-SURGE Ten states showing upward trajectory of daily new COVID-19 cases New Delhi: Ten states including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Kerala and Punjab have shown a steep rise in the daily COVID-19 cases accounting for 84.21 per cent of the 1,26,789 new infections, the health ministry said on Thursday.

NATION DEL9 VACCINE-LD PM PM Modi takes second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday took his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the AIIMS here, and asked those eligible for the shot to take it soon to defeat the virus.

DEL15 VIRUS-VACCINATIONS COVID-19: India leads globally with average of more than 34 lakh doses given per day New Delhi: With an average of 34,30,502 anti-coronavirus doses being given per day, India has topped globally in terms of the number of jabs administered daily, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.

DEL31 RAHUL-PM Rahul takes dig at PM, says there should be 'Kharche pe charcha' New Delhi: Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Parikasha Pe Charcha' programme, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said there should also be 'Kharche Pe Charcha' (discussion on expenses) as filling fuel in a car has become no less than giving an examination due to the Centre's tax collection.

DEL11 DEF-INDOBANGLA ARMY CHIEF Army Chief Gen Naravane leaves for Bangladesh on 5-day visit New Delhi: Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane on Thursday left for Bangladesh on a five-day visit to further expand cooperation and coordination between the two countries on a host of strategic issues.

CAL8 WB-POLL-MAMATA Mamata asks voters to be on guard, fears intimidation by central forces Balagarh (WB): Apprehending that a section of central paramilitary forces may visit villages to intimidate people, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday asked voters to be on guard.

CAL4 WB-POLL-SUPRIYO INTERVIEW EC should stop Mamata from campaigning for vitriolic and communal speeches: Supriyo Kolkata: Union Minister Babul Supriyo, who is trying his luck from the Tollygunge assembly seat, feels Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should be barred from campaigning for making 'vitriolic and communal' speeches and taking Bengal's political discourse to an 'all-time low'. By Pradipta Tapadar and Supratik Sengupta BOM1 MH-GOVT-RAUT 'Dirty politics' on to destabilise Maharashtra govt: Raut Mumbai: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Thursday claimed 'dirty politics' was being played out to destabilise the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra and asserted that such attempts will not succeed.

LEGAL LGD17 SC-LD DESHMUKH Graft charge against ex-minister: SC dismisses pleas of Maha Govt & Anil Deshmukh against CBI probe New Delhi: In a setback to Maharashtra government and its former home minister Anil Deshmukh, the Supreme Court Thursday dismissed their pleas challenging the Bombay High Court order directing a CBI probe into allegations of corruption and misconduct levelled against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh.

LGD9 SC-ROHINGYA Rohingyas detained in Jammu not to be deported to Myanmar without due process, says SC New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday said that Rohingyas detained in Jammu shall not be deported to Myanmar without following the prescribed process.

FOREIGN FGN23 CHINA-INDIA-DISENGAGEMENT-TALKS China says India's proposal of restoring status quo of April 2020 in eastern Ladakh could be discussed Beijing: China on Thursday said that India's proposal for the restoration of the status quo of April 2020 at eastern Ladakh could be discussed at the next meetings between the two countries. By K J M Varma FGN18 VIRUS-NZ-INDIA-TRAVEL-2NDLD BAN NZ temporarily suspends travel from India to combat surge in COVID-19 infected travellers: PM Ardern Melbourne/Wellington: New Zealand has for the first time imposed a temporary ban on travellers coming from India, including its citizens, from April 11 to 28 due to a surge in COVID-19 cases among visitors to this country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday. By Natasha Chaku BUSINESS DCM34 BIZ-INDIA-IRAN-OIL India to resume buying oil from Iran once US sanctions ease New Delhi: India will look to resume buying crude oil from Iran the moment US sanctions are eased, helping it diversify its import basket, a senior government official said.

SPORTS SPD14 SPO-SAILING-OLY-3RDLD IND Vishnu, Ganapathy-Varun pair qualify for Olympics; unprecedented 4 Indian sailors to compete in Tokyo New Delhi: In a historic first for India, four sailors from the country will compete at this year's Olympics after Vishnu Saravanan and the pair of Ganapathy Chengappa and Varun Thakkar made the cut for Tokyo at the Asian Qualifiers in Oman on Thursday. PTI RC