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New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1700 hrs: NATION: DEL20 RJ-LD MODI PM urges people to support local economy, asks seers to spread message of 'vocal for local' Jaipur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called upon people to continue to support the local economy like they did on Diwali and urged seers to also spread the message of 'vocal for local'.

CAL9 BH-LD NITISH OATH Nitish Kumar returns as Bihar CM for seventh time in 20 years Patna: Nitish Kumar was on Monday sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the seventh time in two decades, in presence of top leaders of the NDA including Union Home minister Amit Shah and BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda.

DEL8 VIRUS-LD CASES India records 30,548 fresh COVID-19 cases, 435 deaths New Delhi: India's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 88,45,127 with 30,548 infections being reported in a day, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 82,49,579, according to data updated by the Union health ministry on Monday.

DEL22 VIRUS-RECOVERIES-ACTIVE-CASES India's daily COVID-19 recoveries more than daily fresh infections for 44 days in a row New Delhi: India's trend of registering daily COVID-19 recoveries outpacing the daily infections continued for the 44th day as 43,851 patients recuperated in a span of 24 hours as against 30,548 newly detected cases, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday. DEL26 BJP-LD CONG Do you support 'anti-national' views of NC, PDP: BJP to Congress New Delhi: The BJP on Monday hit out at its rival parties in Jammu and Kashmir, saying their stand on a number of issues, including the demand for restoration of Article 370, is the same as that of countries like Pakistan, and asked the Congress if it agrees with the 'anti-national' views of the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party over its support to them.

MDS6 TL-TERRORISM-JAISHANKAR India has kept spotlight on cross-border terror: Jaishankar Hyderabad: Relentless efforts by India helped in keeping the spotlight on cross-border terrorism it faced and the world was gradually becoming aware of the global nature of international terror, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Monday.

DEL27 DL-VIRUS-LD JAIN Third wave of COVID-19 has crossed its peak in Delhi, no plans to reimpose lockdown: Jain New Delhi: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Monday said there is no chance of reimposition of lockdown in the national capital since the third wave of coronavirus has peaked out in the city. DEL6 DL-AIR QUALITY Rain, gusty winds bring pollution levels down in Delhi-NCR New Delhi: Light rain and favourable wind speed brought pollution levels down significantly in Delhi and its suburbs on Monday, while weather experts said the air quality is likely to improve further. BOM3 MH-UNLOCK-LD RELIGIOUS PLACES Doors of religious places reopen for devotees in Maharashtra Mumbai, Nov 16 (PTI) After remaining shut for nearly eight months, places of religious worship reopened in Maharashtra on Monday with COVID-19 prevention protocols in place. MDS4 KL-SABARIMALA Adhering to COVID-19 protocols, devotees trek Sabarimala, pray at Lord Ayyappa temple Sabarimala: Wearing masks and strictly adhering to COVID-19 protocols, devotees of Lord Ayyappatrekked the holy hill Sabarimala and offered prayers at the templehere as the shrine opened for the annual two-month-long Mandala-Makaravilakku season on Monday morning.

LEGAL: LGD2 SC-AP CM SC judge U U Lalit recuses himself from hearing pleas against AP CM New Delhi: Supreme Court judge U U Lalit on Monday recused himself from hearing pleas seeking action against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy for levelling allegations against the judiciary.

LGD5 SC-TWEET-MAHARASHTRA Tweets against Thackerays; SC refuses to entertain plea of jailed person, asks him to go to HC New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday refused to entertain a plea for bail of a man who was arrested from Gujarat for posting allegedly objectionable comments in his tweets against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his minister-son Aaditya.

LGD4 SC-JOURNALIST SC issues notice on plea against arrest of Kerala scribe on way to Hathras New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday sought response of the Uttar Pradesh government on a plea challenging the arrest of Kerala-based journalist Siddique Kappan on his way to Hathras where a young Dalit woman had died after allegedly being gang-raped.

FOREIGN: FGN16 PAK-GB-LD POLLS Ruling PTI wins most seats in Gilgit-Baltistan assembly election Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Monday won most of the seats in the legislative assembly election in Gilgit-Baltistan in northern Pakistan, keeping alive the tradition of success in the region by the party ruling the country. By Sajjad Hussain FGN22 VIRUS-UK-3RDLD JOHNSON I feel great, says UK PM Boris Johnson as he remains in COVID-19 self-isolation London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday said that he feels “great” as he remains in self-isolation at 10 Downing Street here after coming in contact with an MP who later tested positive for COVID-19. By Aditi Khanna PTI TDS TDS