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New Delhi, May 2 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5.00 pm: Nation: DEL17 POLL-4THLD TRENDS Assembly polls: TMC surges ahead in West Bengal, clear edge for DMK in Tamil Nadu New Delhi: The ruling Trinamool Congress was set to retain power in the keenly watched state of West Bengal while the saffron party-led NDA was leading in Assam and the opposition DMK in Tamil Nadu, according to latest trends available on Sunday for assembly polls.

DEL19 LD POLLS Bengal, Kerala, Assam: three of five election states could go to ruling parties, show trends New Delhi, May 2 (PTI) Ruling parties were poised to return to power in three states with Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress striding way ahead of the BJP in West Bengal while the BJP was comfortably ahead in Assam as was the LDF in Kerala, Election Commission trends indicated on Sunday.

DEL46 PM-VIRUS-LD REVIEW Govt may incentivise medical, nursing students for joining COVID-19 duty New Delhi, May 2 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reviewed various measures to augment human resources for effective management of the COVID-19 situation and possible steps discussed include incentivising students and pass-outs of medical and nursing courses to join the pandemic duty, sources said.

DEL8 VIRUS-CASES Record 3,689 daily COVID-19 deaths in India, 3,92,488 more test positive New Delhi: A record 3,689 daily COVID-19 fatalities pushed India’s death toll to 2,15,542, while the infection count reached to 1,95,57,457 with 3,92,488 more people being confirmed positive for the disease, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

DEL12 VIRUS-VACCINATION CASES Phase-3 vaccination: Over 86,000 received first dose on May 1 New Delhi: A total of 86,023 beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years received their first dose of COVID vaccine across 11 states on May 1, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.

DEL31 DL-OXYGEN-LD-HOSPITAL ‘Lives at risk, major tragedy may occur': 2 Delhi hospitals ring oxygen alarm bells New Delhi: At least two hospitals in Delhi sent out desperate SOS calls to authorities on Sunday to replenish their dwindling oxygen stocks as smaller facilities continued to battle an acute shortage of the live-saving gas amid spiralling coronavirus cases.

DEL28 VIRUS-MEA-LD-FOREIGN MISSIONS In touch with foreign embassies & responding to their medical demands: MEA New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday said it is in continuous touch with all foreign embassies in India and is responding to their medical demands, especially those related to COVID-19.

DEL33 EC-COUNTING-PARTIES Orders on victory processions being flouted, restrain your workers: EC tells political parties New Delhi: The Election Commission on Sunday told political parties that its ban on victory processions during and after counting of votes is being flouted, and asked them to restrain their workers from violating Covid-19 guidelines.

DEL45 ARMY-AFMS-VIRUS-EXTENSION(CORRECTED) Retiring SSC officers in Armed Forces Medical Services to get extension till Dec: Lt Gen Kanitkar New Delhi: Around 200 Short Service Commission (SSC) officers with the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS), due for retirement over the next seven months, will get an extension till December 31 in view of the Covid-19 situation in the country, a senior Army officer said on Sunday. By Sumir Kaul DEL21 EC-COUNTING-CELEBRATIONS EC orders FIR over celebratory congregations in anticipation of poll victory New Delhi: With the counting of votes underway, the Election Commission Sunday said it has taken a stern view of reports of congregation of people to celebrate anticipated victory, and has asked the chief secretaries concerned to file an FIR in each case and suspend the police station in charge where such gatherings happen.

DEL27 VIRUS-INDIA SUPPLIES FRANCE COVID-19: France delivers 28 tonnes of medical supplies to India New Delhi: France on Sunday delivered to India 28 tonnes of ready-to-use medical supplies including eight large oxygen plants as part of the first phase of its solidarity mission to the country which has been grappling with record coronavirus cases.

DEL25 KL-CPIM-YECHURY Thank people of Kerala for reposing faith in LDF govt: Sitaram Yechury New Delhi: With the CPI(M)-led LDF set to return to power in Kerala, the party's general secretary Sitaram Yechury in a video message on Sunday thanked the state's electorate for showing confidence in the party and vowed that the Left party will continue to fight the challenges faced by people.

DEL48 HR-VIRUS-LD LOCKDOWN COVID-19: Haryana govt announces one-week lockdown in entire state from May 3 Chandigarh: Amid a sharp surge in coronavirus cases, the Haryana government on Sunday announced imposition of a week-long lockdown in the entire state beginning May 3.

Business: DEL20 BIZ-VACCINE-LD POONAWALLA Poonawalla says will return to India in a few days New Delhi: Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla, who has been in the UK on extended stay to evade alleged threats in India over ever-increasing demand for COVID-19 vaccines, has said he will return in a few days.

Foreign: FGN12 VIRUS-ISRAEL-TRAVEL-LD BAN COVID: Israel bans travel to India, six other countries Jerusalem: Israel has temporarily barred its citizens from travelling to India and six other countries, citing high COVID-19 infection rates there. By Harinder Mishra PTI KJ