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New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 2100 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.

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.

MDS13 TL-TERREROSIM-LD 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. DEL53 RAIL-PUNJAB-LOSS Farmer protests in Punjab: Railways cancelled 3,090 goods trains leading to loss of Rs 1,670 crore New Delhi: The railways has suffered a loss of Rs 1,670 crore in freight earnings alone due to the farmers agitation in Punjab that have continued for over 50 days now, resulting in the cancellation of 1,986 passenger services and 3,090 goods trains to the region, sources said on Monday. By Ananya Sengupta DEL44 MIB-DIGITAL FDI Govt seeks compliance of 26 per cent FDI in digital news within 1 month New Delhi: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Monday issued a public notice asking entities involved in streaming of news and current affairs through digital media to comply with the Centre's earlier order permitting 26 per cent foreign direct investment under the government approval route to such entities. DEL55 DL-LD AIR QUALITY Rain, gusty winds bring 'significant' improvement in Delhi-NCR's air quality New Delhi: Delhi's air quality improved 'significantly' on Monday due to light rain and favourable wind speed and was recorded in the 'poor' category after a 15-day spell of 'very poor' and 'severe' air days. BOM15 MH-UNLOCK-2NDLD RELIGIOUS PLACES Prayers amid pandemic: Maha shrines reopen after 8 months Mumbai: With prayers on their lips and devotion in hearts, people in Maharashtra visited places of religious worship which reopened on Monday after remaining shut for nearly eight months due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, marking further easing of restrictions in the state. MDS11 KL-LD-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 Ayyappa trekked the holy hill Sabarimala and offered prayers at the famous temple here as it 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.

LGD11 SC-MINING-REDDY SC seeks CBI reply on Reddy's plea to modify bail conditions in illegal mining case New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday sought CBI's response on a plea by former Karnataka minister and mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy seeking modification of the bail conditions directing him not to visit home town Ballari.

FOREIGN: FGN26 CHINA-INDIA-PAK China silent on Pak’s allegations against India on terrorism; calls for effective security for CPEC Beijing: China on Monday evaded a direct response to Pakistan’s allegations that India was behind some of the terror attacks in that country, as Beijing put the onus of providing effective security for the USD 60 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on Islamabad. By K J M Varma PTI TDS TDS