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New Delhi, Apr 3 (PTI) These are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION BOM12 CG-NAXAL-LD ENCOUNTER Chhattisgarh: Five jawans killed in encounter with Naxals Raipur: Five security personnel were killed and a few others injured on Saturday in an encounter with Naxals at a forest in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district, a top police officer said.

DEL5 VIRUS-LD CASES India records 89,129 COVID-19 cases, 714 fatalities in a day, highest in over six months New Delhi: India on Saturday recorded 89,129 new COVID-19 cases in a day, the highest daily rise in around six-and-half-months, taking the nationwide tally of infections to over 1.23 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Saturday.

CAL18 WB-PM-RALLY Mamata's 'obstructionist mindset' deprived Bengal of jobs, industries: Modi Haripal (WB): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday alleged the 'obstructionist mindset' of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her TMC deprived West Bengal of industries and jobs.

DEL20 EC-AS-SARMA-BAN EC reduces campaigning ban on BJP's Himanta Biswa Sarma from 48 hrs to 24 hrs New Delhi: The Election Commission on Saturday reduced the 48-hour campaign ban imposed on Assam minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma to 24 hours after he assured the poll panel to abide by the provisions of the model code.

MDS9 TN-POLL-2ND LD SHAH Reject the 'corrupt, dynastic' DMK-Congress combine, says Shah Chennai/Tirunelveli: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday attacked the DMK-Congress combine over 'corruption and dynasty' and said only the AIADMK-BJP alliance can 'protect' those who believe in the culture of Tamil Nadu.

DEL16 ED-TMC-SARADHA ED attaches Rs 3-cr assets of TMC leaders, others in Saradha case New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday said it has attached assets worth Rs 3 crore of TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh, its MP Satabdi Roy and Debjani Mukherjee in the Saradha chit fund money laundering case.

DEL13 RAHUL-FARMERS Sangh teaches to attack, non-violent satyagraha makes farmers fearless: Rahul New Delhi: A day after stones were allegedly pelted at the convoy of farmer leader Rakesh Tikait in Rajasthan's Alwar district, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that 'we will take on the Sangh together' and not stop until the farm laws are repeal.

DEL14 DL-SAIBABA-TERMINATION Ram Lal Anand College terminates jailed professor G N Saibaba's service; wife to move court New Delhi: Delhi University's Ram Lal Anand College has terminated the service of assistant professor G N Saibaba, who is currently serving life term in Nagpur Central Prison for alleged Maoist links.

LEGAL LGD1 SC-ISRO SPY-REPORT ISRO espionage case: High-level probe panel submits report to SC on Nambi Narayanan's illegal arrest New Delhi: A high-level probe panel appointed by the Supreme Court to take erring cops to task for causing 'tremendous harassment' and 'immeasurable anguish' to ISRO scientist Dr Nambi Narayanan in the 1994 espionage case has submitted its report to the apex court, sources said.

BOM11 MH-COURT-WAZE NIA custody of police officer Sachin Waze extended till April 7 Mumbai: A court here on Saturday extended the NIA custody of suspended police officer Sachin Waze till April 7 in the case of an explosives-laden SUV found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's house and businessman Mansukh Hiran's death.

FOREIGN FGN16 PAK-PM-INDIA-TRADE No trade with India under current circumstances: Pak PM Khan Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan decided that Pakistan cannot go ahead with any trade with India under the current circumstances after holding consultations with key members of his Cabinet on importing cotton and sugar from the neighbouring country, a media report said on Saturday. By Sajjad Hussain FGN24 VIRUS-UK-LD ASTRAZENECA 7 blood clot deaths after 18.1mn jabs, AstraZeneca vaccine safe: UK regulator London: The UK’s medicines regulator has confirmed seven cases of blood clot-related deaths in people who received the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19, but stressed on the safety of the jabs as there is no evidence of a causal link. By Aditi Khanna SNE