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New Delhi, Nov 26 (PTI) These are the top stories at 9 pm: NATION DEL94 HR-PB-4THLD FARMERS Delhi Chalo march: Punjab farmers face water cannons, push through Haryana barricades Chandigarh/New Delhi: Farmers from Punjab faced water cannons and broke police barriers at the state’s border with Haryana as they pushed towards the national capital Thursday on their “Delhi Chalo” march against the Centre’s farm laws.

MDS18 LD CYCLONE Three killed, over 1,000 trees uprooted in TN as Nivar crosses coast near Pondy Chennai: At least three people were killed in Tamil Nadu, over 1,000 trees uprooted and some low-lying areas marooned due to water-logging following heavy rains on Thursday as severe cyclonic storm Nivar made landfall near Puducherry.

DEL92 BIZ-LDALL STRIKE Strike impacts normal life in Kerala, West Bengal; banking operations hit New Delhi: A nationwide strike by trade unions in protest against the BJP-led Centre's economic policies on Thursday hit normal life in Kerala, parts of West Bengal, Assam and Telangana as public transport went off-road and banking services were disrupted.

BOM15 GJ-LD PM PM makes pitch for simultaneous elections, one voters' list Kevadia (Guj): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday advocated 'One Nation, One Election' system and a single voters' list, saying that elections taking place every few months hinders development. By Jatin Takkar DEL90 TERROR-RAJNATH Another 26/11-like attack in India almost impossible: Def Min Rajnath Singh New Delhi: A 26/11-like terror strike in India is almost impossible as the national security architecture has been significantly bolstered in the last few year, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday, the 12th anniversary of the deadly Mumbai attack in which 166 people including 28 foreigners from 10 nations were killed.

DEL88 PM-LD RENEWABLE ENERGY India to offer incentives for solar modules, renewable energy business potential USD 20 bln per year: PM New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India will offer production-linked incentives for high-efficiency solar modules to boost the generation of electricity from renewable sources which has the potential to generate an annual business USD 20 billion.

DEL73 DEF-DRONES Indian Navy leases two Sea Guardian drones from US to enhance surveillance over IOR New Delhi: The Indian Navy has taken on lease two Sea Guardian drones from an American defence major to enhance surveillance over the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) but the unmanned aerial vehicles can be deployed in the Ladakh region if the need arises, people familiar with the development said.

DEL79 VIRUS-VACCINE-BLOCK-TASK-FORCE Centre seeks involvement of religious leaders to counter misinformation about COVID-19 inoculation New Delhi: The centre has asked the states to constitute block-level task forces to monitor COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and to maximise involvement of local influencers, including religious leaders, for countering misinformation and rumour-mongering regarding coronavirus immunisation. By Payal Banerjee LEGAL LGD27 DL-HC-2NDLD VIRUS Avoid cash fines for COVID-19 norms violation, HC tells AAP govt; alarmed at 2K deaths in Nov New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Thursday said the police and the authorities concerned should avoid collecting fines in cash for violation of COVID-19 norms, while terming as alarming that the number of deaths due to the virus in the national capital has crossed 2,000 in November.

BOM21 MH-COURT-2ND LD STAN SWAMY Stan Swamy's wait for straw and sipper gets longer; also seeks bail Mumbai: A court here on Thursday sought a reply from the prison authorities on 83-year-old tribal rights activist Father Stan Swamy's request that he be provided a straw and sipper in jail.

LGD25 DL-HC-VIRUS-NIGHT CURFEW Decision on night curfew may be taken in 3-4 days, Delhi govt tells HC New Delhi: The AAP government told the Delhi High Court on Thursday that it may decide in three to four days whether to impose night curfew in the national capital to contain the spread of COVID-19, as has been done in some other states, but no decision has been taken as of now.

FOREIGN FGN33 NEPAL-3RDLD SHRINGLA India, Nepal agree to advance ties as Foreign Secretary meets Nepalese top leadership Kathmandu: India and Nepal on Thursday agreed to step up efforts to advance mutual cooperation as Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla met the country's top leadership and held 'productive' talks with his Nepalese counterpart on a range of bilateral issues. By Shirish B Pradhan FGN34 UAE-JAISHANKAR-LD DIASPORA Jaishankar interacts with Indians in UAE; assures them of govt's responsiveness post-COVID normalcy Dubai: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday interacted virtually with the members of the Indian community in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and assured them of the government's responsiveness on issues pertaining to post-COVID normalcy. PTI SNE