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New Delhi, May 14 (PTI) These are the top stories at 3 pm: NATION DEL10 VIRUS-LD CASES India adds 3.43 lakh new COVID-19 cases, 4000 fresh fatalities New Delhi: With 3,43,144 people testing positive for coronavirus in a day, India's COVID-19 tally of cases climbed to 2,40,46,809, while the death toll rose to 2,62,317 with 4,000 fresh fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

DEL23 PM-VIRUS Govt working in war-footing mode to fight second wave of COVID-19: PM Modi New Delhi: Stating that the country is fighting an invisible enemy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the government is working in war-footing mode to fight the second wave of COVID-19 and expressed confidence in winning the battle.

DEL39 VACCINE-ALLOCATION Centre to supply 192 lakh COVID vaccines to states/UTs from May 16-31: Health ministry New Delhi: A total of 191.99 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines--Covishield and Covaxin--will be supplied to states/UTs free of cost from May 16 to May 31, the Union health ministry said on Friday.

BOM6 GA-HOSPITAL-DEATHS 13 more COVID-19 patients die at GMCH; toll 75 in four days Panaji: Thirteen more COVID-19 patients died at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in the early hours of Friday, a senior health department official said, taking to 75 the number of people who have succumbed at the government-run facility here in the last four days.

DEL36 BIZ- LD DRREDDYS-SPUTNIK Dr Reddy's launches Sputnik V vaccine in India at around Rs 995.4 per dose New Delhi: Drug firm Dr Reddy's Laboratories on Friday said it has launched COVID vaccine Sputnik V in the Indian market with the first dose being administered in Hyderabad, as part of a limited pilot.

DEL33 DL-VIRUS-KEJRIWAL Delhi govt to provide financial help to families which lost earning members to COVID: CM New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the Delhi government will extend financial help to families which have lost their earning members to the coronavirus and also bear the cost of education and upbringing of children orphaned by the pandemic.

BOM2 MH-BLACK FUNGUS-DEATHS Black fungus has claimed 52 lives in Maha so far: Official Mumbai: As many as 52 people have died due to Mucormycosis, a rare but dangerous fungal infection, in Maharashtra since the COVID-19 outbreak last year, a senior health department official said on Friday. By Nikhil Deshmukh BUSINESS DEL14 BIZ-PM KISAN-INSTALLMENT PM releases 8th installment worth over Rs 20,000 cr to 9.5 cr farmers under PM-KISAN New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday released the eighth installment of over Rs 20,000 crore to more than 9.5 crore farmer beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme on Friday via video-conferencing.

DEL15 BIZ-PETROL-PRICE-HIKE Petrol, diesel prices rise again, reach record highs New Delhi: Petrol and diesel prices on Friday touched record high levels across the country after rates were increased for the fourth time this week.

LEGAL LGD6 DL-HC-LD KALRA No interim protection from arrest to Kalra till May 18 in oxygen black marketing case: HC New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Friday declined to grant interim protection from arrest to Navneet Kalra, seeking anticipatory bail in connection with alleged black marketing of oxygen concentrators, agreeing with the reasons given by the trial court while denying him the relief.

LGD1 DL-HC-VIRUS-TOCILIZUMAB Will antibody cocktail of Roche reduce demand for Tocilizumab: HC New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre whether demand for COVID-19 drug Tocilizumab, which is in short supply, would be reduced if drug major Roche provides its new antibody cocktail that has been approved for emergency use in India for coronavirus patients.

FOREIGN FGN15 NEPAL-LD OLI K P Sharma Oli sworn in as Nepal Prime Minister Kathmandu: K P Sharma Oli was sworn in as Nepal’s Prime Minister for the third time on Friday, days after he lost a vote of confidence in Parliament.

FGN12 AUS-INDIA-REPATRIATION-FLIGHTS Australia resumes repatriation flights from India for stranded citizens amidst disastrous virus spread Melbourne: The repatriation flights facilitated by the Australian government for its stranded citizens in India resumed from Friday, according to foreign minister Marise Payne. By Natasha Chaku. PTI SNE SNE