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New Delhi, Feb 8 (PTI) These are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION PAR36 RS-2NDLD PM PM says ill words against Sikhs will do no good; asks protesting farmers to withdraw stir New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday slammed those abusing agitating Sikh farmers, saying it won't do the country any good as he went on to appeal to the protesting farmers to withdraw their over two-month-long stir and give the new agriculture reform laws a chance.

DEL42 2ND LD UKD-FLOOD U'khand glacier disaster: 18 bodies recovered, 202 missing as rescue efforts intensify Dehradun: Eighteen bodies have been recovered and 202 are still missing after the glacier burst in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, officials said on Monday, as multiple agencies joined hands to rescue at least 30 workers trapped in a tunnel at a power project site.

DEL44 UKD-CM-INTERVIEW U’khand floods: CM says ISRO, DRDO helping to ascertain exact cause; relief work immediate priority New Delhi/Dehradun: As multi-agency relief operations continue in Chamoli and adjoining areas of Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat Monday said a comprehensive analysis of the entire incident is being carried out to avert future tragedies, and asserted the immediate priority was to provide food and other assistance to the affected people.

DEL45 RSQ-SINOINDIA-PROCUREMENT Eastern Ladakh row: Govt says emergency procurement of certain arms, equipments undertaken by armed forces New Delhi: Emergency procurement of certain arms and equipment have been undertaken by the armed forces to beef up combat potential in view of the eastern Ladakh border standoff, the government said in Rajya Sabha on Monday.

DEL27 RSQ-DEF INDOPAK CEASEFIRE Forty-six security personnel killed in ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 2020: Rajnath Singh New Delhi: Pakistan resorted to 5,133 incidents of ceasefire violations last year in which 46 security force personnel were killed, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday, referring to Pakistani hostilities along the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir.

MDS5 TN-2ND LD SASIKALA Sasikala returns to TN after four years; AIADMK says she has no link with party Krishnagiri (TN)/Bengaluru: Expelled AIADMK leader V K Sasikala on Monday returned to Tamil Nadu to a grand reception, days after completing her four-year jail term in Bengaluru in a corruption case, amid indications of a confrontation with the ruling party which she once controlled.

FOREIGN FGN8 US-INDIA-CAUCUS-FARMERS Ensure democracy's norms maintained, protesters demonstrate peacefully: US Caucus to India Washington: A powerful India Caucus in the US Congress has urged the Indian government to ensure that the norms of democracy are maintained and protesters allowed to demonstrate peacefully and have access to the Internet as it held a meeting with New Delhi’s envoy here. By Lalit K Jha FGN18 SA-LD VACCINE S Africa puts on hold AstraZeneca vaccination rollout after concern over efficacy Johannesburg: The planned vaccination rollout programme of the one million AstraZeneca vaccines provided to South Africa by India’s Serum Institute has been put on hold after global concerns about its efficacy, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has said. By Fakir Hassen SNE SNE