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New Delhi, Mar 11 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION CAL18 WB-MAMATA-TMC LD EC EC has to take responsibility for attack on Mamata, its an attempt to murder her: TMC to EC Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Thursday slammed the Election Commission for failing to provide proper security to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was injured during poll campaign in Nandigram, and said the EC can't shun responsibility as it is in charge of law and order situation in the poll-bound West Bengal.

CAL21 WB-MAMATA-MESSAGE Mamata urges supporters to maintain peace, says she will be back in campaign even on wheelchair Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday urged her supporters to maintain peace and not do anything that would cause problems to the public.

DEL17 EC-VACCINE-PICTURE PM's picture excluded from COVID-19 vaccine certificates in poll-bound states: sources New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has applied filters in its Co-Win platform in poll-going states and a union territory to exclude the picture of the prime minister from the COVID-19 vaccine certificates, sources said on Thursday.

DEL7 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India records 22,854 new cases, highest daily tally this year New Delhi: India recorded its highest daily tally of COVID-19 cases this year with 22,854 new infections, taking the total tally to 1,12,85,561, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.

DEL12 VIRUS-ACTIVE CASES 6 states account for over 85 pc of fresh COVID-19 cases in India: Health ministry New Delhi: Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu continue to report a high number of fresh COVID-19 cases and together account for 85.91 per cent of the new cases of the coronavirus infection reported in the country in a span of 24 hours, the Union health ministry said on Thursday.

DEL15 PM-LD GITA Creating wealth, values for humanity at core of 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat': PM Modi New Delhi: Asserting that a self-reliant India is good for the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that creating wealth and value 'not only for ourselves but for the larger humanity' is at the core of 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat'.

DEL18 ADR-MLAS-CONG 170 MLAs left Cong to join other parties during polls held between 2016-2020: ADR New Delhi: As many as 170 MLAs left the Congress to join other parties during the elections held between 2016-2020, while only 18 BJP legislators switched parties to contest the polls in this period, according to a report by poll rights group Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

BOM3 MH-AMBANI-VEHICLE-TIHAR Explosives-laden SUV: Jaish-ul-Hind's Telegram channel 'created in Tihar', say police Mumbai: A Telegram channel through which an organisation named Jaish-ul-Hind had claimed responsibility for placing an explosives-laden SUV near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's residence here was 'created in the Tihar' area of Delhi, a senior Mumbai police official said on Thursday.

DEL8 UP-FARMERS-MAHENDRA TIKAIT From Shamli protest in 1987 to Delhi borders now, Tikait's legacy lives on with diya, hookah, et al Sisauli (UP): Ahead of a clarion call given by Mahendra Singh Tikait almost 34 years ago in April 1987 for farmers of Western Uttar Pradesh to protest against a proposed hike in power tariff, a 'diya' was lit at his home here as a good omen and a hookah was set in the evening as per the routine. BOM1 MH-GEETA-FAMILY 5 years after return to India, Geeta may have found her family Parbhani (Maha): No DNA test has been conducted yet but for 29-year-old Geeta, who returned to India from Pakistan in 2015 after going there when she was nine, the search for her biological mother may have ended, an NGO says.

BUSINESS DCM22 BIZ-LPG-CONSUMPTION LPG consumption up 7.3 pc despite price rise: Oil cos New Delhi: Cooking gas LPG consumption rose 7.3 per cent in the last three months despite a steep price rise, with usage among the PMUY beneficiaries, who are mostly poor rural households, jumping near 20 per cent, state-owned oil companies said.

FOREIGN FGN31 CHINA-BRAHMAPUTRA-LD DAM Decks cleared to build dam on Brahmaputra in Tibet as China’s Parl approves 14th Five-Year Plan Beijing: China’s Parliament on Thursday adopted the 14th Five-Year Plan, the mega blueprint containing billions of dollars worth of projects, including the controversial hydropower project on the Brahmaputra river in Tibet close to the Arunachal Pradesh border over which India has raised concerns. By K J M Varma FGN26 US-INDIA-LD DEFENCE US aims at helping India develop its own defence industrial base: top Pentagon official Washington: The Biden administration is looking at deepening its military and technical cooperation with India by not only providing it with arms and equipment, but also helping New Delhi develop its own defence industrial base to allow it to work with the US and others around the region, a senior Pentagon official has told lawmakers. By Lalit K Jha FGN10 UN-2NDLD MYANMAR UNSC condemns violence against peaceful protestors in Myanmar, calls for reversal of coup United Nations: The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the violence against peaceful protestors in Myanmar and called on the military to exercise 'utmost restrain', as the powerful world body unanimously reiterated its call for the immediate release of detained leaders and voiced support for the democratic transition in the Southeast Asian nation. PTI HDA