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New Delhi, Nov 10 (PTI) These are the top stories at 9.30 pm: Nation DEL90 SCO-LDALL MODI Modi delivers stern message to China at SCO summit; Says need to respect sovereignty, territorial integrity New Delhi/Beijing: Coming face-to-face with Chinese president Xi Jinping, albeit virtually, for the first time since the Sino-India border row began in early May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday delivered a stern message during his address at the SCO summit that there should be respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity among the nations.

CAL54 POLL-LD BIHAR Bihar polls too close to call as NDA, Grand Alliance lock in neck and neck fight Patna: Bihar assembly elections looked too close to call Tuesday night with the ruling NDA maintaining a slender edge over the RJD-led Grand alliance, winning 12 seats and leading in 109 others.

DEL70 BH-POLLS-EC-3RDLD COUNTING 2.7 crore of over 4 crore votes polled in Bihar polls counted till 5.30 pm : EC New Delhi: At least 2.7 crore EVM votes out of the over 4 crore votes polled in the Bihar assembly elections have been counted till 5.30 pm, the Election Commission said on Tuesday.

DEL87 CONG-LD EVMS Cong leaders question reliability of EVMs; EC asserts they are 'tamper-proof' New Delhi: After the Congress failed to put up a good show in Bihar elections and bypolls elsewhere, party leaders on Tuesday again questioned the reliability of EVMs, even as the Election Commission asserted that the machines are 'absolutely robust and tamper-proof'.

DEL60 BYPOLLS-2ND LD COUNTING Bypoll counting: BJP poised to sweep more than 40 of 59 assembly seats, readies for easy win in MP Bhopal/Lucknow/Ahmedabad: The BJP on Tuesday was set to sweep the assembly by-elections held last week with leads and wins in more than 40 of 59 seats across 11 states, including Madhya Pradesh where it was ahead in 19 of 28 constituencies, according to Election Commission trends.

DEL13 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: Less than 40K cases reported in a day for second time in November New Delhi: The number of new coronavirus infections reported in India in a span of 24 hours dropped below 40,000 for the second time this month, as India's COVID-19 caseload rose to 85.91 lakh while the total number of recoveries neared 80 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

DEL85 VIRUS-VACCINE-MANUFACTURERS India in talks with all COVID vaccine manufacturers, domestic and foreign: Health ministry New Delhi: A day after Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE announced more than 90 per cent efficacy of their potential vaccine for the coronavirus, the health ministry on Tuesday said the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 is in conversation with all vaccine manufacturers, including domestic and foreign ones.

DEL69 UK-MALLYA-EXTRADITION Trying to resolve issue holding up Vijay Mallya's extradition to India: UK New Delhi: The UK on Tuesday said Vijay Mallya cannot be extradited to India till the resolution of a confidential legal matter and that it is trying to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

DEL23 DEF-RAWAT Adversaries may take advantage if we do not have strong armed forces: Gen Rawat New Delhi: The Indian armed forces are operating in a very complex, and uncertain environment and they must continue to enhance capabilities for peace in the region as India's adversaries may take advantage if its military power is not strong, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat said on Tuesday.

DEL89 DL-LD AIR QUALITY Delhi-NCR's air quality hits 'emergency' levels New Delhi: A grey apocalyptic smog enveloped Delhi on Tuesday, blotting out the sun from the sky and smudging landmarks from view as air quality hit 'emergency' levels. Legal BOM44 MH-LD ARNAB SC to hear Arnab's bail plea tomorrow, Alibaug court reserves order on cops' appeal Mumbai/New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear on Wednesday an interim bail plea of Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami in an 2018 case of alleged abetment to suicide of an interior designer.

Business DEL68 BIZ-FM-LD BANK ACCOUNTS FM asks banks to promote RuPay cards; make NPCI 'brand India product' Mumbai: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday asked banks to 'only promote' RuPay Cards and ensure that National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) becomes a brand India product.

Foreign FGN21 US-ELECTION-LD POLITICS Trump campaign says presidential election far from over; Biden moves forward with his transition plans Washington: As President-elect Joe Biden is gearing up for administering the country, the defiant Trump campaign has asserted that the 2020 US presidential election is far from over and indicated that it will explore all possible options to obtain 'an accurate and honest vote count.' By Lalit K Jha FGN34 MALDIVES-INDIA-LD SHRINGLA Foreign Secretary Shringla holds bilateral meetings with Maldivian leadership Male: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Tuesday held a series of meetings with the Maldivian leadership and the Opposition and discussed ways to further strengthen India's relations with the island nation, and reviewed the progress of key infrastructure projects under the USD 1.3 billion bilateral package. PTI HDA