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New Delhi, Jul 1 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: Nation: DEL38 PM-LD DIGITAL INDIA Data, demographic dividend present huge opportunity; this decade to be ‘India's techade’: PM New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the combination of nation's demographic dividend and data, with proven tech prowess presents immense opportunities as he exuded confidence the decade will be 'India's techade'.

DEL49 PM-DOCTORS-ADDRESS PM hails doctors' contribution in saving lives from Covid New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hailed the contribution of doctors in saving lives from coronavirus and asserted that his government gave paramount importance to augmenting healthcare infrastructure to combat the pandemic.

DEL44 DEF-ARMYCHIEF SINOINDIA Situation along LAC normal since February disengagement in Pangong areas: Army chief on Ladakh row New Delhi: The talks between India and China on the border row in eastern Ladakh have helped 'build trust' and the situation in the region has been normal since the disengagement took place in the Pangong Tso areas in February, Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane said on Thursday, exuding confidence of resolution of the 'remaining issues'.

DEL36 DEF-ARMYCHIEF Indian military developing capabilities to deal with drone threats: Army chief New Delhi: Easy availability of drones has increased the complexity of security challenges and the Indian military is developing capabilities to effectively deal with the threats, be it from state-sponsored elements or by states themselves, Army Chief Gen M M Naravane said on Thursday.

DEL51 VARDHAN-VACCINATION Some leaders making irresponsible statements about Covid vaccination drive: Harsh Vardhan New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday alleged that various leaders were making 'irresponsible statements' about the COVID-19 vaccination drive and requested them to desist from the 'shameless urge to play politics' in the midst of a pandemic.

DEL28 AVI-DL-AIRPORT-GROWTH Number of domestic passengers at Delhi airport increased by 3 times since mid-May New Delhi: The number of domestic passengers at the Delhi international airport has increased by more than three times between mid-May and June-end, its operator DIAL said on Thursday.

CAL9 TR-NARCO-TERROR India, Bangladesh facing new narco-terrorism threat with new drug smuggling routes: Report Agartala: North Eastern India and Bangladesh are facing a new threat from narco-terrorism as drug smugglers have changed their route for shipping in the popular narcotic, Yaba, and involved Islamic student organisations according to a report prepared by security and intelligence organisations. By Jayanta Bhattacharya CAL8 AS-AKHIL-RELEASE Assam anti-CAA stir: Akhil Gogoi walks free as special NIA court clears him of all charges Guwahati: Assam legislator Akhil Gogoi on Thursday walked free after more than a year-and-a-half in captivity as a special NIA court cleared him of all charges under UAPA for his alleged role in the violent anti-CAA stir in the state in December 2019.

Legal: LGD10 SC-LD ASSAULT SC rejects police plea against HC order for testimony's copy to Delhi CM, others in CS assault case New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday dismissed the police plea against the Delhi High Court order asking it to supply the copy of statement of a witness to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and others in a case of alleged assault on the then chief secretary Anshu Prakash in 2018, saying it may be a “hot potato” politically but there was nothing much legally.

LGD8 SC-WB POST-POLL VIOLENCE WB Post-poll violence: SC seeks Centre's response for imposing President Rule in state New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a plea seeking direction to the Centre to impose President's Rule in West Bengal in view of deteriorating law and order situation due to the post-poll violence which started on May 2, the day of assembly election results.

Foreign: FGN30 WHO-LD VIRUS WHO chief calls for vaccinating at least 10 per cent of population of every country by September London: Voicing concern over many countries failing to vaccinate their people, WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday called for vaccinating at least 10 per cent of the population of every country by September as he described vaccination as the best way to control the pandemic and reboot the global economy.

FGN28 PAK-CHINA-TANKS Pak Army inducts China-made VT-4 battle tanks Islamabad: The Pakistan Army has formally inducted the first batch of the China-made VT-4 battle tanks into its armoury. By Sajjad Hussain FGN24 BANGLA-ZIA Zia must confess her wrongdoings if she wants to go abroad for treatment: Bangladesh law minister Dhaka: Khaleda Zia must confess her wrongdoings and apologise to the President if she wants to go abroad for treatment, a senior Bangladeshi minister has said after the former premier's party members accused the government of preventing her from going outside the country for better medical care due to political reasons. PTI AQS AQS

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