HIGHLIGHTS AT 5.15 PM

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New Delhi, May 15 (PTI) These are the top stories at 5.15 pm: NATION DEL35 PM-VIRUS-LD MEETING PM Modi reviews COVID situation, says localised containment strategies need of hour New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for augmenting healthcare resources in rural areas to focus on door to door testing and surveillance, and asserted that localised containment strategies are the need of the hour, especially in states with high positivity rate in districts.

DEL26 IMD-CYCLONE Depression over Arabian Sea intensifies into Cyclone Tauktae, to cross Guj coast around May 18: IMD New Delhi: The deep depression over the Arabian Sea has intensified into cyclonic storm Tauktae and is likely to cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Naliya around May 18, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday.

DEL42 DL-VIRUS-LD KEJRIWAL Kejriwal announces launch of oxygen concentrator bank for patients under home isolation New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced the launch of an oxygen concentrator bank for COVID patients requiring oxygen support in home isolation or those recuperating after discharge from hospital.

CAL8 WB-LD LOCKDOWN Bengal govt to impose 15-day complete lockdown from May 16 to stem Covid spread Kolkata: West Bengal will go under a complete lockdown from Sunday till May 30, the state government announced, as it put in place a host of stringent measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, including prohibiting vehicular movement and disallowing all kinds of gathering.

BUSINESS DEL46 BIZ-LD CAIRN-AIR INDIA Cairn looks to seize Air India assets to recover $1.7 bn award due from Indian govt New Delhi: UK's Cairn Energy Plc has brought a lawsuit in the US court that potentially can lead to seizing of Air India's overseas assets such as airplanes to recover USD 1.72 billion from the Indian government which an international arbitration tribunal had awarded after overturning levy of retrospective taxes.

DEL41 BIZ-LD GST COUNCIL GST Council to meet on May 28 New Delhi: Amid a growing chorus over the GST Council meeting not being convened for over seven months, the Union Finance Ministry on Saturday announced that the next meeting of the panel that decides on taxes on goods and services will be held on May 28.

FOREIGN FGN21 CHINA-LDALL MARS China successfully lands its rover on Mars Beijing: China on Saturday successfully landed a spacecraft on Mars after surviving 'nine minutes of terror', becoming the second country in history to have a rover on the red planet. By K J M Varma FGN20 VIRUS-UK-EXPERT-VACCINES Vaccines ‘almost certainly less effective’ against B1.617.2 transmission: UK expert London: The vaccines being administered to protect against COVID-19 are “almost certainly less effective” against preventing the transmission of the B1.617.2 variant first identified in India, a leading UK scientist who advises the country's vaccination programme said on Saturday. PTI SNE SNE

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