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New Delhi, Nov 8 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 9 pm: TOP STORIES DEL7 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19 cases in India breach 85-lakh mark New Delhi: India's COVID-19 caseload went past 85 lakh, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 78,68,968 pushing the national recovery rate to 92.49 per cent, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

DEL40 DEMONETISATION-LD PARTIES On 4th anniversary of DeMo, PM says helped reduce black money, increase tax compliance; Cong, BJP spar New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said demonetisation has helped reduce black money, increase tax compliance and given a boost to transparency as the BJP and the Congress sparred over its outcome on the fourth anniversary of withdrawal of high value currency notes.

FGN55 US-ELECTION-2NDLDALL BIDEN Joe Biden pledges to unite America; calls for an end to 'grim era of demonisation' Washington: Pledging to be the president of all Americans, Joe Biden has sought an immediate end to the 'grim era of demonisation' in the deeply-polarised nation, as he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris celebrated their historic triumph over Donald Trump in a bitter and closely-fought presidential election. By Lalit K Jha NATION DEL42 INDOUS-BIDEN TIES Upward trajectory in India's ties with US to continue under Joe Biden's presidency: Experts New Delhi: The broad contours of upward trajectory in ties between India and the US under Joe Biden's presidency will not see any change given the increasing bilateral strategic convergence of interests including in the Indo-Pacific region in view of the challenge posed by China, foreign policy experts said on Sunday. By Manash Pratim Bhuyan DEL35 BJP-BIDEN Modi-Biden will take Indo-US relationship to next level: BJP New Delhi: Congratulating US President-elect Joe Biden on his poll victory, BJP leaders on Sunday said Indo-US relations are based on the principles of democracy, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Biden will take the ties forward to the next level.

DEL39 CONG-BIDEN Cong leaders hail Biden, Harris for US polls win; some attack BJP New Delhi: Several senior Congress leaders have hailed Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' triumph in the US elections, with some attacking the BJP alleging that it appeared to side with Donald Trump not following bipartisanship in foreign policy.

DEL14 PM-LD ADVANI PM Modi lauds Advani on his 93rd birthday New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted veteran BJP leader L K Advani on his 93rd birthday and said he is a living inspiration to BJP workers and the countrymen.

BOM17 MH-ARNAB-LD JAIL Arnab shifted to Taloja jail for alleged phone use in custody Mumbai: Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, arrested in connection with the alleged suicide of an interior designer, was on Sunday shifted from Alibaug to Taloja jail in Maharashtra's Raigad district, police said.

DEL32 JK-LD INFILTRATION 4 security forces personnel, 3 militants killed during infiltration bid by ultras in J&K's Machil Srinagar: Four security forces personnel, including an Army officer, and three militants were killed during a failed infiltration bid by the ultras along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Machil sector on Sunday, officials said.

LEGAL LGD1 CONTEMPT-CM-AG AG refuses to reconsider decision declining consent to initiate contempt against CM Reddy New Delhi: Attorney General K K Venugopal has refused to reconsider his November 2 decision declining consent to BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay to initiate contempt proceedings against the Andhra Pradesh chief minister and his principal advisor for making allegations against judges.

BUSINESS DCM1 BIZ-IRCON-STAKE SALE Govt plans to sell up to 15 pc stake in IRCON Intl New Delhi: The government is planning to sell up to 15 per cent of its stake in railway engineering company IRCON International Ltd through an offer-for-sale of shares, an official said.

DCM37 BIZ-SUGAR-EXPORT Good opportunity for India to export sugar; reconsidering extension of export subsidy: Govt New Delhi: The government is reconsidering extension of sugar export subsidies as India has got good opportunity to sell the sweetener in the international market during November-April of the 2019-20 season that commenced this month, according to Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey.

FOREIGN FGN8 US-BIDEN-INDIA Biden believes India-US partnership is defining relationship of 21st Century Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden believes India-US partnership is the defining relationship of the 21st century, and he plans to strengthen ties between the two countries. By Lalit K Jha FGN56 US-BIDEN-LD HARRIS Kamala Harris as vice president was long overdue: Biden Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden has said that he would be honoured to be serving with a 'fantastic vice president' Kamala Harris, who scripted history by becoming the first woman and first daughter of immigrants ever elected to national office in this country. By Lalit K Jha SPORTS SPD7 SPO-CRI-SAHA-INJURY Saha has hamstring tear, confirms SRH captain Warner; all eyes on BCCI Abu Dhabi: Senior wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha's saga of picking up injuries continued as he has been diagnosed with a hamstring tear which is sure to raise questions about his availability for the upcoming tour of Australia. PTI RC