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New Delhi, Nov 8 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm.

Nation: DEL32 JK-LD INFILTRATION 4 security forces personnel, 3 militants killed during infiltration bid by ultras in J&K's Machil Srinagar: Four security forces personnel, including an Army officer, and three militants were killed during a failed infiltration bid by the ultras along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Machil sector on Sunday, officials said.

DEL34 BJP-DEMONETISATION Demonetisation dealt body blow to systemic financial corruption, black money: BJP New Delhi: Demonetisation was an 'attack' on corruption and black money that were rampant during the 'lost decade' of the Congress-led UPA government, the BJP said on Sunday while hitting out at the opposition party for criticising the move.

DEL21 RAHUL-DEMONETISATION Demonetisation 'destroyed' economy, helped few crony capitalists, alleges Rahul New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday slammed the government over demonetisation, alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's move four years ago was aimed at helping a few of his 'crony capitalist friends' and had 'destroyed' the Indian economy.

BOM 10 CM-THACKERAY Maha CM hints at reopening religious places after Diwali Mumbai Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday hinted at reopening of places of religious worship, saying a standard operating procedure for avoiding crowds and ensuring physical distancing there will be drafted after Diwali.

CAL4 BH-POLL-COUNTING ARRANGEMENTS 55 counting centres, 78 CAPF cos, CCTVs: All set for Nov 10 as Bihar awaits poll results Patna: The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for counting of votes on November 10 for the Bihar assembly polls as the state awaits results of a closely-fought election.

MDS8 TN-HARRIS-LD VILLAGES Kamala Harris' native villages in TN celebrate her win in US Tiruvarur (TN): The ancestral villages of US Vice-President elect Kamala Harris in Tamil Nadu on Sunday erupted in joy over the Democrat Senator's elevation and ushered in an early Deepavali with firecrackers and sweets to celebrate her win.

DEL29 VIRUS-ACTIVE-CASES COVID-19 recoveries exceed active cases by 73.56 lakh New Delhi: Keeping with the trend of single-day COVID-19 recoveries outnumbering daily new cases, 49,082 patients have recuperated from the disease in a day taking the total recoveries to 78.68 lakh which exceed the active infections by 73,56,303, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.

DEL26 DL-VIRUS-2ND LD JAIN Third wave of COVID-19 in Delhi worst so far; cases to come down soon: Health Minister Jain Dungarpur (Rajasthan): The national capital has hit the peak of the third wave of COVID-19, and the number of cases suggests that it has been the worst since the pandemic arrived in the city, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Sunday.

Legal: LGD3 SC-WESTERN GHATS Plea in SC against Centre's notification demarcating 56,825 sqkm in 6 states as Western Ghats ESA New Delhi: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the 2018 draft notification of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change demarcating an area of 56,825 square kilometre spread across six states as the Western Ghats Ecologically Sensitive Area (ESA).

LGD2 DL-HC-BOLLYWOOD-MEDIA HC to hear plea by Bollywood producers to restrain channels from making 'irresponsible remarks' New Delhi: The Delhi High Court will hear on Monday a plea by leading Bollywood producers seeking to restrain Republic TV and Times Now from making or publishing allegedly “irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks' against the film industry and conducting media trials against its members on various issues.

Foreign: FGN47 LDALL BIDEN Joe Biden pledges to unite America; calls for an end to 'grim era of demonisation' Washington: Pledging to be the president of all Americans, Joe Biden has sought an immediate end to the 'grim era of demonisation' in the deeply-polarised nation, as he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris celebrated their historic triumph over Donald Trump in a bitter and closely-fought presidential election. By Lalit K Jha FGN46 BIDEN-HARRIS-WORLD-REAX World leaders underline 'shared' priorities and values as they wish Biden and Harris Washington: Underlining the 'shared' values and priorities -- from climate change to trade and security -- leaders across the globe cheered the victory of US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as they look forward to work together with America to combat the world's greatest challenges. PTI AQS AQS