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New Delhi, Jul 17 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 9 pm: Nation: DEL68 SHAH-SECURITY-2NDLD MODI All gaps in Indian borders will be plugged before 2022, says Shah New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah Saturday asserted that unfenced gaps along India's over 7,500-km-long land border will be sealed before 2022, thus covering areas that lead to infiltration and smuggling of arms and narcotics.

DEL62 THAROOR-LD POPULATION BJP raising population issue for political motive, to target particular community: Shashi Tharoor New Delhi: Amid a push for a population control policy by some Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Saturday alleged the BJP's motive of raising the issue is political and aimed at targeting a 'particular community'. By Asim Kamal DEL61 PB-2NDLD AMARINDER SIDHU Any decision by Cong president acceptable, says Amarinder as speculation spirals over Sidhu as PPCC chief Chandigarh: Any decision taken by Congress president Sonia Gandhi will be acceptable to all, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Saturday as talk of Navjot Singh Sidhu being appointed chief of the party's state unit despite his oft-stated reservations gathered force.

DEL60 PM-3RDLD PAWAR NCP chief Sharad Pawar holds nearly hour-long meeting with PM Modi New Delhi: NCP president Sharad Pawar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Saturday and both the leaders held talks on a number of issues including the Banking Amendments Act and the cooperative sector in a nearly hour-long meeting.

BOM12 MH-NCP-BJP BJP and NCP like two ends of river that can never meet: Nawab Malik Mumbai: Dismissing speculation about the NCP and BJP coming together fuelled by a meeting in Delhi between party chief Sharad Pawar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik on Saturday said the two parties are like two ends of a river that can never unite.

CAL13 BH-HOOCH-DEATHS Bihar village witnesses 16 deaths in two days; hooch suspected Bettiah: At least 16 people have died at a remote village of Bihar in the last couple of days, in a suspected case of hooch tragedy in the state that went dry six years ago.

DEL71 POL-KA-LDALL YEDIYURAPPA Yediyurappa dismisses rumours about his resignation; meets Shah, Rajnath, Nadda New Delhi/Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa's visit to Delhi has sparked rumours of his replacement as he is about to complete two years in office this month, even as the 79-year-old BJP veteran dismissed the speculation on Saturday as 'not at all true' and said he has been asked to strengthen the party in the southern state.

Legal: LGD10 SC-JUDGE Constitution is North Star against which every State action, inaction has to be judged: SC Judge New Delhi: Supreme Court judge D Y Chandrachud said on Saturday that irrespective of the electoral legitimacy of the government, the Constitution is the North Star against the which conformity of every State action or inaction would have to be judged.

LGD6 CJI-MEDIATION Projected pendency of 45 million cases in courts an overstatement, uncharitable analysis: CJI Ramana New Delhi: The projected statistics that pendency in Indian courts has reached 45 million cases, which is perceived as the inability of the Indian judiciary to cope with the caseload, is an 'overstatement' and an 'uncharitable analysis' and one of the factors contributing to judicial delays is 'luxurious litigation', Chief Justice of India N V Ramana said on Saturday.

Foreign: FGN12 US-INDIA-NAVY LD MH60R US Navy hands over MH-60R maritime helicopters to India Washington: In yet another sign of strengthening India-US defence relationship, the US Navy has handed over the first two MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters (MRH) to the Indian Navy to bolster its capabilities to ward off regional threats and to strengthen homeland defence. By Lalit K Jha FGN21 INDIAN-JOURNALIST-REAX Danish Siddiqui’s killing in Afghanistan triggers condemnation from int'l media watchdogs, Amnesty London/New York: Prominent global media watchdogs and a rights group have condemned the death of Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui in Afghanistan, demanding a thorough probe into his killing and urging the authorities to do more to protect members of the press.

FGN16 US-AFGHAN LD QUAD US, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan to form quad group to enhance regional connectivity Washington: The US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan have agreed in principle to establish a new quadrilateral diplomatic platform focused on enhancing regional connectivity, the Biden administration has said. By Lalit K Jha FGN11 UN-INDIA-SWAMY Fr. Swamy's death will 'remain a stain' on India's human rights record: UN expert United Nations/Geneva: A UN human rights expert has said that she is devastated to hear about the demise of Jesuit priest Stan Swamy in custody, saying there is “no reason” for a human rights defender to be denied his rights and that his death will forever “remain a stain” on India's human rights record. By Yoshita Singh. PTI AQS AQS

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