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New Delhi, Mar 28 (PTI) These are the top stories at 5 pm: DEL7 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: Daily deaths over 300 for first time this year, 62,714 new cases New Delhi: India saw 62,714 new coronavirus infections in a day, the highest single day rise so far this year, taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,19,71,624, while the daily deaths crossed the 300-mark for the first time in 2021, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

DEL38 LD PM Modernisation need of hour in agriculture sector: PM Modi New Delhi: Modernisation in the agriculture sector is the need of the hour as already a lot of time has been lost, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.

DEL39 DEF-INDOUS-EXERCISE India, US begin two-day naval exercise in eastern Indian Ocean region New Delhi: India and the US on Sunday kicked off a two-day naval exercise in the eastern Indian Ocean Region, reflecting the growing congruence in their defence and military partnership.

DEL36 UP-4THLD FIRE Fire breaks out in govt hospital in UP's Kanpur, over 140 patients rescued Kanpur: Over 140 patients were rescued after a fire broke out at the state-run LPS Institute of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in Swaroop Nagar here on Sunday morning, the Uttar Pradesh government said.

DEL35 POLLS-SHAH BJP to win 26 of 30 seats in Bengal, 37 of 47 seats in Assam in first phase of polling: Shah New Delhi: Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah on Sunday said according to the feedback received from the ground, the saffron party will win 26 of the 30 seats that went to polls in the first phase of the West Bengal Assembly election.

DEL34 KL-POLLS-THAROOR BJP's scare-mongering over 'love Jihad' will never go far in pluralist Kerala: Tharoor New Delhi: The BJP can only offer communalism, tired scare-mongering over 'love Jihad' and a hate-filled politics of division that will never go far in pluralist Kerala, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said on Sunday and asserted that the BJP's high-profile recruit 88-year-old E Sreedharan cannot be the answer to the state's political future. By Asim Kamal MDS9 KA-VIRUS-CHILDREN Over 470 children below 10 years infected with COVID in Bengaluru since Mar 1 Bengaluru: Over 470 children below the age of 10 have been infected with COVID-19, since the beginning of this month in Bengaluru, as the city is witnessing a spike in infections.

DEL16 BIZ-NITI-AGRI Target of doubling farm income by 2022 won't be achieved if new agri laws aren't implemented: Niti's Ramesh Chand New Delhi: Niti Aayog Member Ramesh Chand on Sunday said the target of doubling farmers' income by 2022 will not be fulfilled if the three new farm laws are not implemented immediately, adding that the protesting farm unions should consider the government's offer of discussing the legislations clause by clause. By Bijay Kumar Singh. PTI SNE SNE