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New Delhi, Nov 10 (PTI) These are the top stories at 5.15 pm: Nation DEL41 SCO-SUMMIT-MODI We should respect sovereignty and territorial integrity: PM Modi's message to China, Pak at SCO summit New Delhi: In a stern message to China and Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said all member nations of the SCO should respect each others' sovereignty and territorial integrity.

CAL29 BH-POLL-4THLD TRENDS NDA ahead in more than half of 243 seats of Bihar Patna: The ruling NDA in Bihar was ahead of its rivals in more than half of the state's 243 assembly seats, with the BJP appearing set to outperform its senior alliance partner JD(U) headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, according to trends available so far.

CAL34 BH-POLL-TRENDS-LD-REAX No dispute regarding NDA leader in Bihar: state BJP chief Patna: With the NDA leading in 128 of the 243 seats in Bihar assembly, BJP state chief Sanjay Jaiswal said there is no dispute regarding who will lead the government if the alliance returns to power in the state.

DEL49 BH-POLLS-EC-2NDLD COUNTING Bihar vote count likely to continue till late in the night; counting not slow: EC New Delhi: Counting of votes for the Bihar assembly elections will take longer than usual and continue till late in the night because of 63 per cent increase in the number of EVMs, the Election Commission said on Tuesday asserting that the pace of counting of votes is not slow.

DEL24 BYPOLLS-LD COUNTING Bypoll counting: BJP leads in more than 40 of 59 assembly seats, ahead in 21 seats in MP Bhopal/Lucknow/Ahmedabad: It was advantage BJP on Tuesday with the party leading in more than 40 seats as votes were counted for assembly by-elections in 59 constituencies across 11 states, including Madhya Pradesh where it was ahead in 21 seats, according to the Election Commission website.

DEL13 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: Less than 40K cases reported in a day for second time in November New Delhi: The number of new coronavirus infections reported in India in a span of 24 hours dropped below 40,000 for the second time this month, as India's COVID-19 caseload rose to 85.91 lakh while the total number of recoveries neared 80 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

DEL23 DEF-RAWAT Adversaries may take advantage if we do not have strong armed forces: Gen Rawat New Delhi: The Indian armed forces are operating in a very complex, and uncertain environment and they must continue to enhance capabilities for peace in the region as India's adversaries may take advantage if its military power is not strong, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat said on Tuesday.

DEL12 PB-CBI-REVOKE Punjab revokes 'general consent' to CBI Chandigarh: The Congress-led government in Punjab has revoked its general consent to the Central Bureau of Investigation for probing cases in the state, joining several other non-BJP ruled states that have carried out similar moves.

Legal LGD9 SC-LD ARNAB Republic TV's Arnab Goswami moves SC for bail in abetment to suicide case New Delhi: Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami moved the Supreme Court Tuesday seeking interim bail in the 2018 case of alleged abetment to suicide of an interior designer.

Business DEL50 BIZ-LD STOCKS Markets maintain record run on vaccine boost; Sensex touches 43,000-mark Mumbai: Equity benchmarks rallied to fresh lifetime highs on Tuesday, propelled by banking and finance stocks, after positive results from Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine trials turbocharged global market sentiment.

DCM40 BIZ-FM-BANK ACCOUNTS FM asks banks to ensure all accounts are linked with Aadhaar by March next year Mumbai: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday asked banks to ensure that all accounts are linked with Aadhaar numbers of respective customers by March 31, 2021. Foreign FGN21 US-ELECTION-LD POLITICS Trump campaign says presidential election far from over; Biden moves forward with his transition plans Washington: As President-elect Joe Biden is gearing up for administering the country, the defiant Trump campaign has asserted that the 2020 US presidential election is far from over and indicated that it will explore all possible options to obtain 'an accurate and honest vote count.' By Lalit K Jha FGN25 MALDIVES-INDIA-SHRINGLA Foreign Secretary Shringla holds bilateral meetings with Maldivian leadership Male: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Tuesday held a series of meetings with the Maldivian leadership and the Opposition and discussed ways to further strengthen India's relations with the island nation, and reviewed progress of key infrastructure projects under the USD 1.3 billion bilateral package. Sports SPF8 SPO-CRI-IND-AUS-SPECTATORS India's Tour of Australia: Day-Night Test to feature up to 27000 spectators Sydney: Cricket Australia on Tuesday announced that up to 27,000 spectators, which is 50 per cent of the total capacity, will be allowed at the Adelaide Oval for the first ever day-night Test between India and Australia, starting December 17. PTI HDA