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New Delhi, Jul 7 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: Nation: DEL50 MINISTERS-LD RESIGNATIONS Ahead of cabinet reshuffle, many ministers resign New Delhi: Ahead of a cabinet reshuffle, many Union ministers, including Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' and Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, resigned on Wednesday.

BOM14 2ND LD DILIP KUMAR Cinema legend Dilip Kumar dies at 98, tributes pour in Mumbai: Legendary actor Dilip Kumar, who embodied the best of India through his films and seven decades in public life, died at a Mumbai hospital on Wednesday after prolonged illness. He was 98.

CAL9 WB-MAMATA-MODI PM should hold 'petrol ki baat' instead of 'Mann ki baat': Mamata Kolkata: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for 'making a mess of the country's economy' and urged him to hold 'petrol and vaccine ki baat' instead of 'Mann ki baat'.

DEL58 VIRUS-HEALTH MINISTRY-STATES-SURGE Covid control measures to be strengthened in nine states reporting surge in cases: Govt New Delhi: Ramping up testing and vaccination, healthcare infrastructure planning and effective clinical management are among the measures to be focussed upon in nine states reporting a surge in COVID-19 cases, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

Legal: SC asks Centre, states to file compliance report on its 2019 verdict to fill vacancies at CIC, SICs New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre and states to file status reports in four weeks on compliance with its 2019 verdict for time-bound filling up of posts of Information Commissioners at CIC and state panels under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

LGC4 WB-HC-2NDLD MAMATA Judge recuses from hearing Nandigram poll plea, imposes Rs 5 lakh cost on Mamata Kolkata: Justice Kausik Chanda of the Calcutta High Court Wednesday recused from hearing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's petition challenging the election of BJP's Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram, while imposing a cost of Rs 5 lakh for the manner in which the recusal was sought.

Business: DEL47 BIZ-LD PETROL-PRICE-HIKE Petrol hits Rs 100/litre in Delhi New Delhi: Petrol price on Wednesday crossed the Rs 100-a-litre mark in Delhi after fuel prices were hiked again on the back of firming international oil rates.

DEL43 BIZ-FITCH-INDIA-GROWTH Fitch cuts India growth forecast to 10 pc, says rapid vaccination to support revival New Delhi: Fitch Ratings on Wednesday cut India's growth forecast to 10 per cent for the current fiscal, from 12.8 per cent estimated earlier, due to slowing recovery post second wave of COVID-19, and said rapid vaccination could support a sustainable revival in business and consumer confidence.

Foreign: FGN32 PAK-DILIPKUMAR-2NDLD REAX Tributes pour in from across Pakistan for legendary Indian actor Dilip Kumar Peshawar: Pakistan on Wednesday showed its adulation for legendary Indian actor Dilip Kumar as tributes poured in from across the country for the 98-year-old cinema icon who was born here.

FGN30 VIRUS-US-DELTADelta dominant variant in US, makes up more than half of COVID-19 cases: CDC Houston: The highly contagious Delta variant has become the dominant coronavirus strain in the US, accounting for more than 51 per cent of Covid infections in the country, according to new data released by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. By Seema Hakhu Kachru AQS AQS

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