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New Delhi, Feb 12 (PTI) These are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION DEL43 RJ-RAHUL-LD RALLY PM threatens farmers but can’t stand up to China, laws meant to help his friends: Rahul Jaipur: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday of trying to clear the path for his 'friends' through the three new farm laws, saying he is threatening farmers when he cannot stand up to China.

DEL40 SINOINDIA-GOVT Not conceded any territory as result of agreement with China: Govt New Delhi: India on Friday said it has not conceded any territory as a result of the agreement finalised with China for disengagement of troops in Pangong lake areas in eastern Ladakh.

PAR23 RS-BUD-FM FM attacks Opposition for creating false narrative around Budget New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday attacked opposition parties for creating a 'false narrative' around her budget of being pro-rich, saying from free foodgrains, gas to building roads and houses have been for the poor.

DEL13 RS-KHARGE Kharge to be Leader of Opposition in RS: Cong sources New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is likely to replace Ghulam Nabi Azad as the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha and the party has written to the chairman of the Upper House of Parliament in this regard, sources said.

DEL20 UKD-FLOOD-RESCUE Rescue teams battle on in Tapovan Tapovan (U'khand): Rescue teams battled on against various odds for the sixth consecutive day on Friday to get to the over 30 people trapped inside the sludge-choked Tapovan tunnel amid fading hopes of their survival.

PAR7 RS-TRIVEDI-RESIGNATION TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi announces resignation from Rajya Sabha New Delhi: TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi announced his resignation from the Rajya Sabha on Friday, saying he feels suffocated in the House as he is unable to do anything for the violence going on in his state, West Bengal.

DEL14 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India records 9,309 new cases, 78 fresh fatalities New Delhi: The daily new COVID-19 cases fell below 10,000 for the third time this month taking India's tally of cases to 1,08,80,603, while fresh fatalities were recorded below 100 for the seventh time in February, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

DEL37 PARLIAMENT HOUSE-100 YEARS Tryst with history: 100 years since Duke of Connaught laid foundation stone of Parliament House New Delhi: One hundred years ago, when the nation was still in the making and Independence 26 years away, Britain’s Duke of Connaught laid the foundation stone of Parliament House and said it would stand “as the symbol of India’s rebirth to yet higher destinies”. By Kunal Dutt LEGAL LGD3 SC-LD FRANKLIN TEMPLETON SC upholds validity of e-voting for winding up of six mutual fund schemes of Franklin Templeton New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the validity of e-voting process for winding up of six mutual fund schemes of Franklin Templeton, and said disbursal of funds to unit holders will continue.

LGD4 SC-TWITTER Centre, Twitter India get SC notice on plea seeking mechanism to regulate content spreading hate New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought responses from the Centre and Twitter India on a plea seeking a mechanism for regulating content and advertisements spreading hatred through fake news and instigative messages via bogus accounts.

LGB2 MP-COURT-COMEDIAN Case against comedian: Two co-accused get interim bail Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday granted interim bail to two men accused of organising a comedy show in Indore, during which stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui allegedly insulted Hindu deities.

BUSINESS DEL19 BIZ-PETROL-PRICE Petrol price crosses Rs 88-mark in Delhi, diesel breaches Rs 85 in Mumbai New Delhi: Petrol and diesel prices soared to record highs on Friday after rates were hiked for the fourth day in a row.

FOREIGN FGN9 US-BIDEN-LD IMMIGRATION President Biden very clear about restoring compassion, order to immigration system: White House Washington: Joe Biden has been very clear about restoring compassion and order to America's immigration system, according to a senior White House official who said the recent executive actions by the US President are just the beginning to correct the 'divisive, inhumane and immoral policies' of the past four years. By Lalit K Jha FGN6 US-INDIA-CHINA US welcomes efforts by India and China to de-escalate situation in eastern Ladakh Washington: The US has welcomed the ongoing efforts by India and China to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ladakh and said it would continue to monitor the situation closely as both sides work toward a peaceful resolution. By Lalit K Jha FGN10 CHINA-BBC-LD BAN China bans BBC from broadcasting for violating reporting guidelines Beijing: In an apparent tit for tat move, China has banned BBC World News from broadcasting in the country for seriously violating its guidelines for reporting, China's television and radio regulator has announced. By K J M Varma SPORTS SPD6 SPO-CRI-ENG-LD COMBINATION Broad, Moeen Ali in England squad after four changes Chennai: Veteran pacer James Anderson made way for Stuart Broad, while experienced off-spinner Moeen Ali came in for Dom Bess in England's 12-man squad for the second Test against India as skipper Joe Root announced four changes to the one that clinched the lung-opener. HDA