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New Delhi, Mar 27 (PTI) These are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION DEL8 VIRUS-LD CASES Spike in fresh COVID-19 cases, India records 62,258 new infections New Delhi: India saw 62,258 new coronavirus infections in a day, the highest single day rise so far this year, taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,19,08,910, according to Union health ministry data updated on Saturday.

CAL15 WB-POLL-MAMATA-TAPE-CONTROVERSY Mamata's purported audio clip seeking help from BJP leader to win Nandigram stirs row in Bengal Kolkata: A huge controversy erupted on Saturday amid the polling for 30 assembly seats in West Bengal, with the BJP releasing an audio clip where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is purportedly heard cajoling a BJP leader from Nandigram to rejoin the TMC and help her win the seat.

DEL14 VIRUS-STATES-CASES-SURGE 6 states reporting surge in COVID daily cases; account for 79.57 pc of new infections: Govt New Delhi: Six states -- Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh -- continue to report a high surge in daily COVID-19 cases and account for 79.57 per cent of the new infections reported in a span of 24 hours, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

DEL13 DL-VIRUS-JAIN No possibility of lockdown in Delhi: Jain New Delhi: Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday dismissed any possibility of imposing another lockdown in Delhi, saying it was not a solution to check the spread of the coronavirus that is again surging rapidly.

DEL9 CONG-LD POLLS Cast vote against divisive forces to strengthen democracy: Rahul to people New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi urged voters on Saturday to cast their ballots against 'divisive forces' to strengthen democracy as polling began for the first phase of the Assembly elections in West Bengal and Assam.

LEGAL LGD3 SC-DYING DECLARATION No rigid standard for acceptance or rejection of dying declaration: SC New Delhi: The Supreme Court has said that there can be “no rigid standard or yardstick” for acceptance or rejection of dying declaration, which alone can form the basis for conviction if it has been made voluntarily and inspires confidence.

FOREIGN FGN35 PM-BANGLA-2NDLD MATUA India, B'desh want stability, love and peace instead of instability, terror and unrest in world:Modi Dhaka: India and Bangladesh want stability, love and peace instead of instability, terror and unrest in the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday as he underlined that the two friendly neighbours want to see the world progressing through their own development.

FGN31 BIDEN-CLIMATE-LD LEADERS Biden invites PM Modi and top world leaders to US-hosted virtual summit on climate Washington: President Joe Biden has invited 40 world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to a US-hosted virtual summit on climate next month to underscore the urgency and the economic benefits of stronger climate action, the White House said. By Lalit K Jha. PTI SNE