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New Delhi, Nov 12 (PTI) These are the top stories at 9 pm: DEL54 BIZ-FM STIMULUS FM announces tax relief on some home deals; stimulus tops Rs 30 lakh cr New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced tax relief on select home sale deals, enhanced credit guarantee programme for small businesses and provided incentives for new job creation as the government widened stimulus measures to boost the economy.

NATION DEL91 LD ASEAN-MODI ASEAN summit: Modi pitches for convergence of approach to ensure freee, open and rules-based Indo-Pacific New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday pitched for convergence of approach between India and the 10-nation ASEAN in ensuring a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific, a region that has witnessed renewed global focus in view of China's expansionist behaviour.

DEL86 MEA-INDOUS Modi, Biden will speak at 'mutually convenient time', ties have bipartisan support in US: MEA New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States president-elect Joe Biden will speak with each other in due course at a mutually convenient time, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday and asserted that India-US ties enjoy bipartisan support in America.

DEL43 INTERVIEW-LADAKH-ITBP Sino-India border standoff in eastern Ladakh expected to be resolved peacefully soon: ITBP chief New Delhi: The border standoff between India and China in eastern Ladakh is expected to be resolved peacefully 'very shortly', the ITBP chief S S Deswal has said, adding the infrastructure along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is also being ramped up at a rapid pace. By Neelabh Srivastava CAL12 BH-POLL-TEJASHWI Tejashwi elected Grand Alliance legislature party leader, claims NDA won by deceit Patna: RJD's Tejashwi Yadav was on Thursday elected the leader of the Grand Alliance legislature party and promptly hit out at the NDA, claiming it won the assembly elections through 'deceit'.

DEL78 BH-COUNTING-CEC Charges of irregularities in counting of votes in Bihar: CEC says ultimate decision lies with people New Delhi: Against the backdrop of allegations by the opposition of irregularities in the counting of votes in the Bihar Assembly polls, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora on Thursday said while the Election Commission does not react to comments made by political parties, the ultimate decision lies with people.

DEL11 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19 caseload in India climbs to 86,83,916 New Delhi: India saw a single-day increase of 47,905 infections taking the country's COVID-19 caseload to 86,83,916, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease have surged to 80,66,501, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.

DEL13 VIRUS-LD ICMR-SERUM ICMR, SII complete enrolment of phase-3 clinical trials for Covishield vaccine New Delhi: The Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Thursday announced the completion of enrolment of phase-3 clinical trials for potential COVID-19 vaccine Covishield in India.

DEL92 CONG-ECONOMY Govt has no plans to revive economy, instead indulging in headline management: Cong New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday said the country's economy is in the grip of a recession and the government has no plans to revive it and is instead indulging in headline management.

DEL37 RUSSIA-INDIA-DEFENCE Working hard to ensure early supply of S-400 missile systems to India: Russia New Delhi: Russia on Thursday said it was working 'very hard' to advance the supply of the S-400 surface-to-air missiles to India even though the delivery of the first batch of the weapons system is scheduled by the end of next year.

BOM2 MH-NAVY-LD SUBMARINE Indian Navy's fifth Scorpene class submarine Vagir launched Mumbai: Indian Navy's fifth Scorpene class submarine Vagir, having superior stealth features like the advanced acoustic absorption technique, was launched on Thursday at the Mazagon Dock in south Mumbai.

BUSINESS DEL94 BIZ-LD INFLATION Costlier veggies, eggs push retail inflation to six-and-half year high of 7.61 pc in Oct New Delhi: Costlier vegetables and eggs pushed up retail inflation to a nearly six-and-a-half year high of 7.61 per cent in October, keeping it significantly above the comfort zone of the Reserve Bank.

LEGAL LGD12 CONTEMPT-LD KAMRA Attorney General K K Venugopal grants consent for contempt proceedings against Kunal Kamra New Delhi: Attorney General K K Venugopal Thursday granted consent for initiation of criminal contempt proceedings against stand-up comic artist Kunal Kamra for his tweets which allegedly criticised the Supreme Court, saying the tweets are in “bad taste” and it is time that people understand that attacking the apex court brazenly will attract punishment.

FOREIGN FGN15 US-INDIA-BIDEN-LD AYRES Biden will prioritise defence and security partnership with India, says Obama-era official Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden was an early supporter of the India-US relationship and his administration will continue to prioritise the defence and security partnership with New Delhi, a key area which has progressed during Donald Trump's tenure as president, a senior official from the Barrack Obama-era administration has said. PTI HDA