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New Delhi, Nov 19 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: Nation: DEL22 JK-2NDLD ENCOUNTER Four Jaish terrorists killed in encounter in J-K, had come to execute big plan: police Jammu/Srinagar: Four suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists were killed and two policemen were injured in a gunbattle on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway after a truck carrying a group of freshly infiltrated militants was intercepted by security forces on the outskirts of Jammu city on Thursday, top police officials said.

DEL51 VIRUS-RECOVERIES-ACTIVE CASES India's active caseload 4.95 pc of total cases; recovery rate improves to 93.58 pc New Delhi: As many as 48,493 people recuperated from COVID-19 in a day bringing India's active caseload on Thursday to below 5 per cent of the total infections as daily recoveries remained higher than single-day rise in cases for the last 47 days.

DEL52 VIRUS-LD VARDHAN VACCINE DISTRIBUTION Healthcare workers, people aged above 65 yrs will be given COVID vaccine on priority: Harsh Vardhan New Delhi: Noting that it is natural to prioritise the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process, Health minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said healthcare workers and people aged above 65 years will be given coronavirus vaccine on priority.

MDS8 KA-SUMMIT-LD PM Time for tech solutions designed in India, deployed for the world: PM Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said it is time for tech solutions that are designed in India but deployed for the world, and declared that the country is uniquely positioned to leap ahead in the information era.

MDS9 KA-SUMMIT-PRASAD Will finalise data protection law very soon: Ravi Shankar Prasad Bengaluru: Union IT and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said the government was very keen to promote India as a very big centre of the data economy and would finalise a data protection law very soon.

CAL WB-3RDLD-BLAST 5 killed, 5 critically injured in blast in Bengal plastic factory Malda (WB): Five persons were killed and five others critically injured in a blast in a plastic factory in West Bengal's Malda district on Thursday, police said.

DEL42 JK-SHELLING Woman injured as Pak Rangers shell areas along IB in Kathua Jammu: Pakistani Rangers opened fire and shelled border out posts (BoPs) and hamlets along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district, leaving a woman injured, officials said on Thursday.

Legal: LGD14 DL-HC-LD VIRUS HC raps Delhi govt on COVID situation, asks why it didn't 'wake up' when numbers were spiralling New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the AAP government if it could explain to those who had lost their near and dear ones to COVID-19 in the last 18 days why the administration did not take steps when cases were spiralling in the national capital.

LGD13 SC-SUDARSHAN TV Sudarshan TV: SC takes note of Centre’s affidavit, defers hearing by two weeks New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday took note of Centre's affidavit in which it has found that Sudarshan TV, through four episodes of its 'Bindas Bol' programme on alleged infiltration of Muslims in the bureaucracy, has breached the programme code.

Foreign: FGN27 PAK-IMRAN-AFHAN-VISIT Pak PM Imran Khan meets President Ashraf Ghani on his maiden Afghan visit Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday met with President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani in Kabul and the two leaders explored ways to deepen the bilateral ties and discussed the Afghan reconciliation process, amidst an uptick in violence that has strained the peace push in the war-torn country. By Sajjad Hussain FGN20 UK-PM-DEFENCE-SPENDING Boris Johnson unveils largest military spend for UK in 30 years London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lay out the biggest programme of investment in British defence since the end of the Cold War in Parliament on Thursday, pumping in an extra 4 billion pounds a year over the next four years. By Aditi Khanna FGN17 VIRUS-US-TOLL US records more than 250,000 COVID deaths; situation to get worse: experts Washington: The US has recorded over 250,000 deaths from COVID-19, a bleak milestone as cases soar once again across the country, worst-hit by the deadly infectious disease that has claimed over 1,349,000 lives across the world. PTI AQS AQS