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New Delhi, Mar 26 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5.30 pm: NATION DEL26 VIRUS-LD CASES Number of coronavirus cases 649 in India, death toll 13: Health Ministry New Delhi: The number of coronavirus cases climbed to 649 in India on Thursday and the death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 13, with one death reported each from Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, according to the Health Ministry.

DEL94 BIZ-FM-2NDLD ECONOMY-STIMULUS Govt unveils Rs 1.7 lakh cr stimulus to help poor hit by lockdown New Delhi: The government on Thursday announced a Rs 1.7 lakh crore stimulus that included free foodgrain and cooking gas to poor for three months, and cash doles to women and poor senior citizens as it looked to ease the economic impact of the nationwide lockdown.

MDS14 KA-LD VIRUS Second coronavirus death in Karnataka Bengaluru: A 70-year old woman, who became the second COVID-19 related fatality from Karnataka, is among four new positive cases of coronavirus confirmed in the state, taking the total number of the affected to 55, the health department said on Thursday.

BOM20 GJ-VIRUS-LD DEATH Coronavirus: Gujarat reports third death Ahmedabad: The death toll due to coronavirus reached three in Gujarat after a 70-year-old COVID-19 patient died in Bhavnagar district early Thursday morning, a senior health official said.

BOM18 MP-VIRUS-LD DEATH Coronavirus suspect with no travel history dies in MP Indore: A 47-year-old man, who was admitted to a government hospital here as a coronavirus suspect, died in the wee hours of Thursday, officials said.

DEL80 RJ-LD VIRUS-CASES 73-yr-old corona-positive man dies in Bhilwara: Official Jaipur: A 73-year-old man, who had tested positive for coronavirus and was in coma due to kidney failure in Rajasthan's Bhilwara district, died on Thursday while two more persons tested positive for the COVID-19 infection in the state, an official said.

BOM23 MH-VIRUS-LD CASES Three more test positive for coronavirus in Maha, count 125 Mumbai: Three more persons -one each from Nagpur, Mumbai and Thane -- on Thursday tested positive for coronavirus infection in Maharashtra, taking the number of such patients in the state to 125, health officials said.

MDS18 TL-VIRUS-BORDERS T'gana-AP border clear, no crossovers, say Telangana officials Hyderabad: Border point of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh which witnessed chaotic situation on Wednesday night is clear as people who were stranded there were either sent back or those willing to undergo quarantine have been allowed into the nighbouring state, said T Vinay Krishna Reddy, Suryapet Collector on Thursday.

CAL8 BH-VIRUS-LD POSITIVE Bihar reports two more Covid-19 cases, total count six Patna: Two residents of Munger district in Bihar tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the state to six, an official said.

DEL72 VIRUS-SONIA-LD PM COVID-19: Sonia writes to PM supporting lockdown, suggests urgent steps New Delhi: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, supporting the lockdown announced in view of the coronavirus outbreak, while suggesting steps like protecting doctors and seeking deferment of loan recovery.

DEL91 VIRUS-HEALTH MINISTRY 17 states earmarking hospitals for dedicated treatment of COVID-19 patients: Health Ministry New Delhi: The Health Ministry on Thursday said that 17 states have started work on earmarking hospitals for dedicated treatment of COVID-19 patients.

LEGAL LGB2 MH-HC-VIRUS- AIDS PATIENTS NGO told to approach collectors on treatment for AIDS patients Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed an NGO to file representation before the collectors of Sangli and Satara Maharashtra seeking arrangements to be made to provide antiretroviral therapy (ART) drugs to HIV positive patients in these two districts.

FOREIGN FGN22 VIRUS-LD PAK Pak seeks USD 3.7 bln loan as coronavirus cases cross 1,100 Islamabad: Pakistan has sought USD 3.7 billion additional loan from three multilateral creditors to cope with the economic crisis being posed by the coronavirus outbreak, as the pandemic spread further in the country, infecting over 1,100 people and killing eight so far. By Sajjad Hussain BUSINESS DEL79 BIZ-STOCKS-CLOSE Sensex soars 1,411 pts as investors cheer stimulus package Mumbai: Extending its speedy recovery for the third straight session, equity benchmark Sensex surged by another 1,411 points on Thursday after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a stimulus package worth Rs 1.70 lakh crore to cushion the impact of the coronavirus lockdown in the country.

SPORTS SPO-OLY-POSTPONEMENT-COACHES-CONTRACTS Olympics 2021: India set to retain foreign coaches whose contracts would have ended after Tokyo 2020 New Delhi: Their stints were supposed to wind up after the Olympics this year but with the mega-event postponed till 2021, several foreign coaches training Indian athletes for Tokyo are set for extended tenures as they seek to complete their 'unfinished mission'. PTI HMB