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New Delhi, Mar 30 (PTI) These are the top stories at 9.30 pm: NATION DEL59 VIRUS-2NDLD CASES India records 56,211 fresh COVID-19 cases New Delhi: India's COVID-19 tally climbed to 1,20,95,855 with 56,211 more people testing positive for the infection in a span of 24 hours, while 271 more fatalities pushed death toll to 1,62,114, according to the Union Health Ministry's data updated on Tuesday.

DEL72 VIRUS-LD HEALTH MINISTRY Coronavirus situation turning from bad to worse, whole country at risk: Centre New Delhi: The coronavirus situation is 'turning from bad to worse' and is a huge cause of worry especially for some states, the Centre said on Tuesday while stressing that the whole country is at risk and nobody should be complacent. CAL1 MN-MYNMAR REFUGEES-ORDER Manipur govt asks DCs to 'politely turn away' Myanmar refugees, takes back order Imphal: The Manipur government issued a circular to the Deputy Commissioners of districts bordering Myanmar not to open camps to provide food and shelter to refugees fleeing the neighbouring country after the coup but withdrew it three days later to avoid potential public anger.

DEL70 PREZ-LD SURGERY Prez undergoes cardiac bypass surgery: Rashtrapati Bhavan New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday underwent a cardiac bypass surgery at the AIIMS here, a statement issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

MDS33 TN-POLL-2ND-LD-MODI PM Modi slams Cong-DMK for 'anti-women' mindset, dubs Raja 'outdated 2G missile' Dharapuram (TN): In a veiled attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday dubbed former union telecom minister A Raja, an 'outdated 2G missile' of the Congress and DMK that targeted Tamil Nadu women and slammed the opposition parties for their 'anti-women' mindset.

DEL69 BIZ-ELECTORAL-BONDS Govt approves issuance of electoral bonds from April 1-10 New Delhi: Amidst assembly elections in four states and a Union territory, the government on Tuesday approved issuance of the 16th tranche of electoral bonds which will be open for sale from April 1 to 10. CAL15 WB-MAMATA-LD NANDIGRAM ROADSHOW Police forces from BJP-ruled states 'terrorising' Nandigram voters; BJP ministers doling out cash: Mamata Nandigram: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday alleged police forces from BJP-ruled states have been brought in to 'terrorise' voters in Nandigram assembly constituency and also accused BJP ministers and security forces of distributing cash to lure voters.

CAL30 AS-POLL-LD RAHUL CAA an attack on Assam's culture, history; will not allow it to be implemented: Rahul Guwahati: The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is an attack on the language, history and culture of Assam and the Congress will not allow it to be implemented, party leader Rahul Gandhi said in a video message on Tuesday.

DEL71 AVI-DGCA-3RDLD FINES Consider imposing fines on passengers not wearing masks 'properly': DGCA to airports New Delhi: Aviation regulator DGCA on Tuesday told airports to increase surveillance to ensure COVID-19 norms are followed and consider imposing spot fines, with the help of police authorities, on passengers who are found not wearing masks properly and not maintaining social distancing.

DEL78 PB-VIRUS-2NDLD CURBS Punjab extends virus curbs till April 10 as Centre flags concern over spike in cases New Delhi/Chandigarh: The Punjab government on Tuesday extended curbs to tackle coronavirus for another 10 days as the Union Health Ministry flagged concerns, saying the state was neither conducting enough tests nor promptly isolating positive cases.

BUSINESS DEL23 BIZ-PETROL-PRICE-CUT Petrol price cut by 22 paise, diesel by 23 paise New Delhi: Petrol and diesel prices on Tuesday were cut for the third time within a week on the back of softening international oil prices. Petrol price was cut by 22 paise per litre and diesel by 23 paise per litre, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers.

DEL66 BIZ-LD MISTRY-TATA-SC My conscience is clear: Cyrus Mistry on SC ruling on Tata tussle New Delhi/Mumbai: Ousted Tata Sons Chairman Cyrus Mistry on Tuesday expressed disappointment over the Supreme Court order in the fight against the conglomerate over his ouster, but asserted his conscience was clear and he had no doubt about the direction he took regarding the generational change in leadership during his tenure.

FOREIGN FGN23 AFGHAN-CONFERENCE-LD JAISHANKAR To ensure 'durable peace' in Afghanistan peace in and around the country essential: Jaishankar Dushanbe: Voicing 'grave concern' over violence and bloodshed in Afghanistan, India said on Tuesday that there is need for a genuine 'double peace' in and around the war-torn country and asked the negotiating parties to engage in good faith, with a serious commitment towards reaching a political solution.

FGN6 US-LD OCI OCI card holders no longer required to carry old passports for India travel; diaspora welcomes move Washington/New York: People of Indian origin and the Indian diaspora having Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards are now not required to carry their old, expired passports for travel to India, as required earlier, according to a government notification that has been welcomed by members of the community. PTI HDA