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New Delhi, Nov 21 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION BOM9 GJ-PM-LD ENERGY India aims to reduce carbon footprint by 30-35 pc: PM Modi Gandhinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the country was moving forward with the goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 30 to 35 per cent.

DEL15 PAK-SUMMON-INDIA India summons senior Pak diplomat; Lodges strong protest on terror attack planned by JeM in J&K New Delhi: India on Saturday summoned the Charge d'Affaires of the Pakistan High Commission and lodged a strong protest with him over attempts by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed to carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of local elections there.

DEL5 VIRUS-LD CASES 46,232 new COVID-19 cases in India, tally reaches 90.50 lakh; death toll mounts to 1,32,726 New Delhi: India's COVID-19 caseload rose to 90.50 lakh, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to over 84.78 lakh pushing the national recovery rate to 93.67 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Saturday.

DEL18 VIRUS-TESTS-POSITIVITY RATE 13 cr COVID-19 tests done so far, cumulative positivity rate falling steadily: Health Ministry New Delhi: The total number of tests conducted in India for the detection of COVID-19 infection has crossed the 13-crore mark with last one crore done in just 10 days, while the cumulative positivity rate remained low and continues a downward trajectory, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday. DEL17 PAR-COVID Par panel on COVID-19: Pvt hospitals charged exorbitant fees; spending on health abysmally low New Delhi: Amid rising COVID-19 cases, inadequate beds in government hospitals and absence of specific guidelines for COVID treatment resulted in private hospitals charging exorbitant fees, a parliamentary panel on Saturday said, asserting that a sustainable pricing model could have averted many deaths. DEL16 JK-POLLS-PAGD-ABDULLAH Security being used as a pretext to impede and customize democracy in J&K: Abdullah Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and president of newly cobbled up People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) Farooq Abdullah on Saturday objected to the treatment meted out to the amalgam candidates, saying security is being used as a pretext to impede and customize democracy in the Union territory.

MDS4 KL-ORDINANCE-GOVERNOR Kerala Guv signs controversial Police Act amendment ordinance Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has signed the Kerala Police Act Amendment ordinance, envisaged by the Left government in the state to prevent cyber attacks against women and children which the opposition had alleged would curtail freedom of expression.

DEL11 JK-LD SHELLING Soldier killed, another injured in Pak firing in J-K's Rajouri, Kathua districts Jammu: A havaldar in the Indian Army was killed on Saturday in unprovoked firing by Pakistan on forward posts and villages in two sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

LEGAL LGB1 MH-HC-LAND ACQUISITION Govt duty-bound to ensure that land owners get compensated: HC Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has said that when the government exercises its power of acquiring land for public purposes, it also has the obligation of ensuring that the land owners are paid compensation.

LGD3 DL-COURT-LD AKBAR #MeToo: Court asks if there is chance of settlement between Akbar, Ramani in defamation complaint New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday asked former Union minister M J Akbar and journalist Priya Ramani whether there was a chance of settlement between them in a criminal defamation complaint filed by him against her.

LGD4 DL-HC-DIVORCE-IMPOTENCY False allegation of impotency amounts to cruelty, says HC; upholds couple's divorce New Delhi: Levelling false allegation of impotency against a spouse amounts to cruelty, the Delhi High Court has held while upholding the divorce granted to a man, whose estranged wife had claimed that he was incapable of sexual intercourse.

FOREIGN FGN17 PAK-JUD Pak court jails 2 more aides of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed in terror financing case Lahore: A Pakistani court has jailed two more aides of Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed in a terror financing case. By M Zulqernain FGN18 UN-INDIA-AFGHAN Afghanistan can succeed only when terrorism no longer flows across Durand Line: India at UN United Nations: In an apparent reference to Pakistan, India has told the United Nations that Afghanistan can succeed only when terrorism no longer flows across the Durand Line, asserting that those providing sanctuary to terrorists must be held accountable and the Security Council should speak unequivocally against such forces. By Yoshita Singh FGN10 VIRUS-INDIAN-TREATMENT Indian-American doctor identifies possible COVID-19 treatment Washington: An Indian-American scientist has discovered a potential strategy to prevent life-threatening inflammation, lung damage and organ failure in patients diagnosed with COVID-19. By Lalit K Jha FGN21 INDIAN-AUTHORS-NYT-LIST Books by 3 Indian writers feature in 2020 '100 Notable Books' selected by The New York Times New York: Critically-acclaimed books by three Indian writers have featured among this year's '100 Notable Books' list of The New York Times that also includes former US president Barack Obama's newly released memoir 'A Promised Land'. By Yoshita Singh PTI TDS TDS