Highlights at 1800 hours

New Delhi, Nov 22 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1800 hours: NATION DEL40 CONG-BJP-LD FUNDING Opposition accuses BJP of receiving money from firm under probe for 'terror funding' New Delhi: The Opposition on Friday accused the BJP of receiving crores in donation from a company being probed by the ED for allegedly buying properties from Iqbal Mirchi, an accused in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, and asked whether or not it was a case of 'treason'.

DEL9 JK-LD SITUATION-SHUTDOWN Kashmir shuts down: Shops, business establishments closed for third consecutive day Srinagar: Most shops and other business establishments in Kashmir were closed on Friday, the third consecutive day of a Valley-wide shutdown following a brief semblance of normalcy.

CAL3 WB-LYNCH 2 lynched in West Bengal over suspicion of cattle theft Cooch Behar: Two persons have been lynched over suspicion of cattle theft in Coochbehar district and 14 persons have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident, police said. BOM12 MH-LD UDDHAV Process to form Sena-led govt in final stages: Uddhav to MLAs Mumbai: Amid hectic political activity for government formation in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Friday met his party's legislators here and told them that the process to form a Sena-led dispensation in the state was in the final stages.

BOM15 MH-NCP-CONG-LD ALLIES Our allies favour formation of govt with Sena, say Cong-NCP Mumbai: The NCP and the Congress said on Friday their smaller allies have backed the idea of forming a government in Maharashtra with the Shiv Sena to keep its estranged ally BJP out of power in the state.

CAL6 AS-JAPANESE-IIT GHT Japanese student found dead at IIT-Guwahati Guwahati: A Japanese student on an exchange programme at IIT-Guwahati has been found dead inside a hostel room, police said.

DEL41 UP-2NDLD-BHU Protest ends, BHU Sanskrit department reopens Varanasi: A group of Banaras Hindu University students protesting against the appointment of a Muslim professor at the Sanskirt department ended their ‘dharna’ on Friday.

DEL22 LS-E CIGARETTE-LD BILL Bill to replace ordinance banning production, sale of e-cigarettes introduced in LS New Delhi: A bill to ban production, import and sale of electronic cigarettes and similar products was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

MDS2 KL-SNAKE BITE-PROTEST School students take out march in protest over death of girl due to snake bite in Ker Wayanad (Ker): Students of a government school took out a protest march here on Friday demanding stern action against their teachers over the death of a 10-year old girl after being bitten by a snake inside her classroom.

CAL8 WB-COLLEGE-LD MUSLIM Unlike his BHU brethren, new sanskrit teacher of Belur college enjoying job Kolkata: At a time when students of the Banaras Hindu University are up in arms over appointment of a muslim sanskrit teacher, a man from the minority community selected as an Assistant Professor of sanskrit by a city-based college on Friday said he was overwhelmed by warm welcome from students as well faculty members.

CAL9 WB-LD PARA-TEACHERS GUV Bengal Guv calls for dialogue over para-teachers' stir, TMC MP denies death Kolkata: With the indefinite fast by para-teachers in West Bengal to press for a hike in their salaries entering its eighth day on Friday, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar appealed to all sides concerned to initiate a dialogue for resolving the issue.

LEGAL LGD18 SC-2NDLD MARADU SC to hear in open court review pleas of Maradu flat owners for relief from builders New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday agreed to hear in open court the review pleas of Kochi's Maradu flat owners seeking appropriate relief from the builders for demolition of their flats constructed in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms.

LGM3 TL-HC-MLA-CITIZENSHIP HC grants interim stay on revocation of TRS MLA's citizenship Hyderabad: The Telangana High Court on Friday granted an interim stay on the Home Ministry's order cancelling the citizenship of TRS MLA Ramesh Chennamaneni. LGD11 SC-LD RO SC asks RO manufacturers to approach govt over NGT's order on water purifiers New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked an association of RO manufacturers to approach the government on the National Green Tribunal's order prohibiting the use of reverse osmosis purifiers when total dissolved solids (TDS) in water are below 500 mg per litre.

BUSINESS BOM10 BIZ-RBI-DHFL RBI appoints 3-member advisory panel for DHFL Mumbai: The Reserve Bank on Friday constituted a three-member panel to advise the administrator of DHFL, ahead of formally moving for resolution of the troubled mortgage lender under the insolvency law.

FOREIGN FGN12 LANKA-2NDLD CABINET Lankan Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa pledges snap election soon, appoints interim Cabinet Colombo: Sri Lanka's new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa vowed to call a snap general election 'at the earliest opportunity' as he appointed a 16-member interim Cabinet on Friday and allotted major portfolios of defence, finance and trade to his brothers while inducting two Tamils as a sign of reaching out to the minority community.

SPORTS SPD15 SPO-CRI-PINK-TEA Day/Night Test: India were 35-1 at tea against Bangladesh on day 1 Kolkata: India reached 35 for one at tea after dismissing Bangladesh for 106 on the opening day of their Day/Night Test here on Friday. PTI HMB