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New Delhi, Apr 1 (PTI) These are the top stories at 9.15 pm: NATION DEL77 VIRUS-LD VACCINATIONS India launches COVID-19 vaccination for all people above 45, year's highest single day rise of 72,330 new cases reported New Delhi: India launched COVID-19 vaccination for all people aged 45 years and above from Thursday, which reported this year's highest single day rise of 72,330 new infections in a span of 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally of cases to 1,22,21,665.

DEL32 VIRUS-VACCINATION-CENTRE-ALL DAYS COVID vaccination throughout April, including gazetted holidays, at all public, pvt sector centres New Delhi: Seeking to exponentially expand the countrywide anti-coronavirus inoculation drive, the Centre has decided to keep all public and private sector COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVCs) operational throughout April, including on gazetted holidays.

DEL85 BIZ-LDALL SMALL SAVINGS Govt cites oversight, withdraws order to cut interest rates on small savings schemes New Delhi: The government on Thursday revoked a steep interest rate cut on small savings schemes such as PPF and NSC, with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman saying it was an oversight -- a move being seen as an attempt by the BJP to contain the fallout of such a decision hitting common people amid the ongoing elections in West Bengal and Assam.

DEL66 CONG-SITHARAMAN-2NDLD SMALL SAVINGS U-turn on interest rate order oversight or election-driven hindsight, Cong asks FM New Delhi: The Congress hit out at Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday after she announced withdrawal of the interest rate-slashing order and asked whether the U-turn was an 'oversight' or an 'election-driven hindsight'.

DEL46 PHALKE-3RD LD RAJINIKANTH Dada Saheb Phalke award for Rajinikanth New Delhi: Superstar Rajinikanth will be honoured with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced on Thursday.

DEL86 EC-POLLS Second phase polls: 80.53 per cent turnout in Bengal, 73.03 per cent in Assam New Delhi: Assam recorded a voter turnout of 73.03 per cent on Thursday, while the figure stood at 80.53 per cent for West Bengal in the second phase of assembly polls in the two states.

CAL41 WB-POLL-2NDLD MAMATA-NANDIGRAM Central forces helping BJP under instructions from Amit Shah: Mamata Nandigram: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the central forces deployed in her Nandigram constituency of helping the BJP under instructions of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

CAL43 WB-LD PM-RALLY Modi makes Hindutva pitch in Bengal, slams TMC over antipathy for 'chotiwalas' Joynagar/Uluberia (WB): Making a strong Hindutva pitch at the hustings in West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday attacked TMC leaders for calling those wearing saffron, sporting tilak and choti as 'rakshas', and declared he does not believe in 'seasonal faith'.

DEL87 JK-LDALL FIRING Policeman killed in attempted LeT attack on BJP leader in Srinagar Srinagar: A policeman was shot dead by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists Thursday morning in an attempted attack on a local BJP leader in the outskirts of Srinagar city, police said.

DEL51 EC-TN-LD RAJA EC bars DMK's A Raja from campaigning for 48 hours; tells him not to 'lower dignity of women' New Delhi: The Election Commission on Thursday banned DMK leader A Raja from campaigning for 48 hours after finding him guilty of violating the model code of conduct by making alleged derogatory remarks against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami.

MDS15 TN-RAJINIKANTH-AWARD-LD REAX Rajini dedicates Dada Saheb Phalke award to those responsible for his rise Chennai: Superstar Rajinikanth on Thursday dedicated the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award announced by the Centre to be conferred on him to those who made him what he is now, including a bus driver friend and his mentor who launched him in cinema, the late K Balachander.

DEL59 RJ-GEHLOT-LD INSURANCE SCHEME Rajasthan launches health insurance scheme for all, claims it to be a first Jaipur: Rajasthan on Thursday began the registration for an insurance scheme under which each family in the state can claim up to Rs five lakh every year for medical expenses.

DEL40 PREZ-SURGERY-RECOVERY Recovering well after bypass surgery: President Kovind New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said he is recovering well after his bypass surgery and thanked doctors and caregivers.

BUSINESS DEL68 BIZ-LD GST-COLLECTION GST mop-up at all-time high of Rs 1.23 lakh cr in Mar; tops Rs 1 lakh cr for 6th month in a row New Delhi: GST collections remained above the Rs 1-lakh-crore mark for the sixth month in a row in March, rising 27 per cent annually to record Rs 1.23 lakh crore, the finance ministry said on Thursday.

FOREIGN FGN35 INDOPAK-3RDLD TRADE Pak Cabinet rejects proposal to import cotton and sugar from India; links it with Kashmir Islamabad: In a volte-face, Pakistan's Cabinet on Thursday rejected the proposal of a high-powered committee to import cotton and sugar from India, with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi asserting that there can be no normalisation of ties until New Delhi reverses its decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. By Sajjad Hussain FGN10 US-H1B Biden lets Trump era H-1B visa bans expire; Indian IT professionals to benefit Washington: US President Joe Biden on Thursday let the ban on foreign workers visa, in particular H-1B, lapse as the notification issued by his predecessor Donald Trump expired, a move which is likely to benefit thousands of Indian IT professionals. By Lalit K Jha SPORTS SPF28 SPO-CRI-ICC-DRS-UMPIRESCALL 'Umpire's Call' will remain, rules ICC Dubai: The contentious 'Umpire's Call' will continue to be a part of the Decision Review System, the International Cricket Council's Board ruled on Thursday, but introduced a few changes to the current DRS protocols. PTI HDA