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New Delhi, Nov 15 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1700 hrs: Nation DEL1 PM-JHARKHAND Modi pays tributes to Birsa Munda, greets people of Jharkhand on state's foundation day New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to tribal leader Birsa Munda on his birth anniversary on Sunday and said his contribution to the freedom movement and social harmony will always inspire the countrymen.

DEL8 VIRUS-LD CASES India's COVID-19 caseload crosses 88-lakh mark New Delhi: India's COVID-19 caseload has gone past the 88-lakh mark, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease has crossed 82 lakh, pushing the national recovery rate to 93.09 per cent, according to the health ministry's data updated on Sunday.

CAL12 BH-NDA-LD NITISH Nitish meets Bihar Governor, stakes claim for forming new government Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday met Governor Phagu Chauhan, after being unanimously elected as the leader of the NDA, and staked claim for the formation of the new government in the state.

CAL6 WB-LD SOUMITRA Legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee dies at Kolkata hospital Kolkata: Iconic Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee died at 12.15 pm on Sunday after over-a-month-long battle with multiple ailments, a statement issued by the hospital, where he was undergoing treatment, said. He was 85.

DEL27 DL-VIRUS-LD CASES 95 more die of COVID-19 in Delhi; positivity rate over 15% New Delhi: Delhi recorded 3,235 fresh COVID-19 cases, the lowest since October 26, taking the infection tally in the national capital to over 4.85 lakh on Sunday, while the positivity rate increased to 15.33 per cent. DEL13 VIRUS-LD SHAH Shah to review COVID-19 situation in Delhi New Delhi: With a spike in the number of coronavirus cases in Delhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will review the situation arising due to the surge of the infection in the national capital on Sunday, officials said.

DEL32 LJP-NDA As its fate hangs in balance, LJP claims it proved its worth in Bihar New Delhi: With questions being raised about the Lok Janshakti Party's prospects after it won only one seat in the Bihar assembly polls, party sources on Sunday cited its 'influence' in 'changing' results in over 40 seats to assert that it will continue to have a key presence in the state politics.

DEL31 CONG-BH-LD ANWAR Delay in finalising seat sharing hurt 'Mahagathbandhan' in Bihar: Tariq Anwar New Delhi: Delay in finalising seat sharing for the Bihar election adversely impacted the Mahagathbandhan's poll performance, senior Congress leader Tariq Anwar said on Sunday, asserting that the Congress must learn from it and complete alliance formalities well in advance for upcoming assembly polls. By Asim Kamal DEL5 DL-AIR QUALITY Firecrackers, farm fires make Delhi's air quality 'severe'; relief likely New Delhi: Delhi-NCR woke up to the pungent smell of smoke from firecrackers on a hazy Sunday morning as pollution levels in the region crossed the “emergency” threshold.

Foreign FGN9 US-ELECTION-LD PROTEST Violence erupts in Washington as Trump supporters clash with counterprotesters Washington: Violence erupted on the streets of downtown Washington after thousands of supporters of US President Donald Trump held a protest rally to back his unproven claims of massive voter fraud and electoral malpractices during the 2020 presidential elections.By Lalit K Jha FGN7 US-DIWALI-LEADERS US President-elect Biden, his deputy Harris, incumbent President Trump send Diwali greetings Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden, his deputy Kamala Harris and incumbent President Donald Trump have extended Diwali greetings to those celebrating the festival of lights. By Lalit K Jha FGN15 ASEAN-TRADE-2NDLD PACT 15 Asia-Pacific nations, including China, sign world's biggest trade agreement sans India Singapore: Fifteen Asia-Pacific nations, including China, on Sunday signed the world's biggest trade agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), sans India with hopes that it will help recover from the shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic. By Gurdip Singh Sports SPF13 SPO-CRI-PAINE-KOHLI Australians love to hate 'polarising' Kohli: Paine Sydney: Test captain Tim Paine says Australians have 'polarising' opinions on India skipper Virat Kohli, one whom they love to hate as rivals but at the same time enjoy watching him bat as fans. TDS TDS