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New Delhi, Apr 3 (PTI) These are the top stories at 9 pm: NATION CAL23 WB-PM-MAMATA-OUTSIDER Mamata calling BJP leaders outsiders insult to Netaji: Modi Sonarpur (WB): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for branding BJP leaders as 'outsiders' (Bohirgato) and said it is an insult to the inclusive ideology of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and principles of the Indian Constitution.

BOM22 MH-VIRUS-CASES Maharashtra adds highest 49,447 COVID-19 cases in day; 277 die Mumbai: Maharashtra on Saturday reported 49,447 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest rise in a day so far, taking the tally to 29,53,523 while 277 fatalities pushed the toll to 55,656, the state health department said.

BOM17 CG-NAXAL-2ND LD ENCOUNTER Chhattisgarh: Five jawans, one Naxal killed in encounter Raipur: Five security personnel were killed and 12 others injured on Saturday in an encounter with Naxals in a forest along the border between Bijapur and Sukma districts in Chhattisgarh, police officials said.

DEL11 VIRUS-STATES-CASES 8 states witness steep rise in COVID-19 cases, account for 81.42 pc of single-day infections New Delhi: Eight states witnessed a steep rise in daily new COVID-19 cases and accounted for 81.42 per cent of the infections reported on Saturday, the Union Health Ministry said.

DEL25 MHA-PUNJAB-LABOURERS Home Ministry slams linking its letter on human trafficking to 'unrelated' issue of farmers' stir New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry on Saturday termed as 'distorted' and 'misleading' media reports linking its letter to the Punjab government on the plight of 58 “bonded labourers” rescued in the state to the farmers' agitation and said no motive should be ascribed to a routine communication over law and order issues.

DEL24 EC-AS-SARMA-LD BAN EC halves campaigning ban on BJP's Himanta Biswa Sarma after he tenders 'unconditional apology' New Delhi: The Election Commission Saturday reduced the 48-hour campaign ban imposed on Assam minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma to 24 hours after he tendered an 'unconditional apology' and assured the poll panel that he will abide by the provisions of the model code.

CAL22 WB-MAMATA-VIDEO Mamata seen shaking injured leg in video sparks war of words between TMC and BJP Kolkata: A purported video clip where Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is seen sitting on a wheelchair and moving her plastered leg back and forth has gone viral on social media, giving her rivals an opportunity to claim that she was playing up her injuries to win sympathy.

MDS18 KL-POLLS-SHAH Shah describes Rahul as 'tourist politician' at poll rally in Kerala's Wayanad Meenangadi (Ker): Taking a dig at the Congress, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said Rahul Gandhi is a 'tourist politician' who had represented Amethi for 15 years in Parliament, before shifting to Wayanad in Kerala.

LEGAL LGD1 SC-ISRO SPY-REPORT ISRO espionage case: High-level probe panel submits report to SC on Nambi Narayanan's illegal arrest New Delhi: A high-level probe panel appointed by the Supreme Court to take erring cops to task for causing 'tremendous harassment' and 'immeasurable anguish' to ISRO scientist Dr Nambi Narayanan in the 1994 espionage case has submitted its report to the apex court, sources said on Saturday.

BOM15 MH-COURT-LD WAZE Rs 26.50 lakh withdrawn from Waze's joint a/c after arrest:NIA Mumbai: The NIA has found that an amount of Rs 26.50 lakh was withdrawn from the joint bank account of Sachin Waze and his aide on March 18, five days after the Mumbai police officer was arrested for his alleged role in planting an explosives-laden SUV outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani's home on February 25, the court was told on Saturday.

FOREIGN FGN29: LANKA-EASTER-LD SECURITY Colombo: Security at churches across Sri Lanka have been beefed up ahead of Easter, police said on Saturday, ahead of the second anniversary of the April 2019 coordinated attacks on tourists and minority Christian community in the country in which 270 people, including 11 Indians, were killed.

FGN26: VIRUS-CHINA-INDIA-RESTRICTIONS Beijing: The CEOs of a host of Indian businesses and industries in China have expressed concern over the continuing COVID-19 related visa and travel restrictions being pursued by Beijing which they say are hampering their activities. PTI SNE