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New Delhi, Nov 21 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 9 pm: NATION BOM9 GJ-PM-LD ENERGY India aims to reduce carbon footprint by 30-35 pc: PM Modi Gandhinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the country was moving forward with the goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 30 to 35 per cent.

DEL15 PAK-SUMMON-INDIA India summons senior Pak diplomat; Lodges strong protest on terror attack planned by JeM in J&K New Delhi: India on Saturday summoned the Charge d'Affaires of the Pakistan High Commission and lodged a strong protest with him over attempts by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed to carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of local elections there.

DEL5 VIRUS-LD CASES 46,232 new COVID-19 cases in India, tally reaches 90.50 lakh; death toll mounts to 1,32,726 New Delhi: India's COVID-19 caseload rose to 90.50 lakh, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to over 84.78 lakh pushing the national recovery rate to 93.67 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Saturday.

DEL17 PAR-COVID Par panel on COVID-19: Pvt hospitals charged exorbitant fees; spending on health abysmally low New Delhi: Amid rising COVID-19 cases, inadequate beds in government hospitals and absence of specific guidelines for COVID treatment resulted in private hospitals charging exorbitant fees, a parliamentary panel on Saturday said, asserting that a sustainable pricing model could have averted many deaths. DEL23 BJP-ASSAM BJP takes stock of ties with allies in Assam New Delhi: As the BJP begins work on its strategy for the Assam Assembly polls, the state unit appears keen on staking claim to some of the seats held by its key alliance partner, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), while its ties are strained with another ally, Bodoland People's Front (BPF).

MDS20 TN-SHAH-DMK Shah launches broadside against DMK Chennai, Nov 21 (PTI) Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday attacked the M K Stalin-led DMK in Tamil Nadu on corruption and dynasty politics and said it will face a rout in next year's Assembly polls in the state where 'democratic forces' will prevail. DEL28 PB-FARMERS-TRAIN-2NDLD BLOCKADE Punjab farmers lift rail blockade for 15 days from Monday Chandigarh: In a move that may bring relief to the state facing an acute shortage of essential supplies, Punjab farmer bodies protesting against the Centre’s farm laws on Saturday decided to lift their blockade of passenger trains for 15 days from Monday.

DEL16 JK-POLLS-PAGD-ABDULLAH Security being used as a pretext to impede and customize democracy in J&K: Abdullah Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and president of newly cobbled up People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) Farooq Abdullah on Saturday objected to the treatment meted out to the amalgam candidates, saying security is being used as a pretext to impede and customize democracy in the Union territory.

LEGAL LGB1 MH-HC-LAND ACQUISITION Govt duty-bound to ensure that land owners get compensated: HC Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has said that when the government exercises its power of acquiring land for public purposes, it also has the obligation of ensuring that the land owners are paid compensation.

LGD3 DL-COURT-LD AKBAR #MeToo: Court asks if there is chance of settlement between Akbar, Ramani in defamation complaint New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday asked former Union minister M J Akbar and journalist Priya Ramani whether there was a chance of settlement between them in a criminal defamation complaint filed by him against her.

LGD8 DL-COURT-RIOTS-LD BAIL Delhi riots: Court grants bail to student activist Gulfisha Fatima New Delhi, Nov 21 (PTI) A Delhi court on Saturday granted bail to student activist Gulfisha Fatima in a case related to communal violence in north east Delhi in February. LGD4 DL-HC-DIVORCE-IMPOTENCY False allegation of impotency amounts to cruelty, says HC; upholds couple's divorce New Delhi: Levelling false allegation of impotency against a spouse amounts to cruelty, the Delhi High Court has held while upholding the divorce granted to a man, whose estranged wife had claimed that he was incapable of sexual intercourse.

FOREIGN FGN10 VIRUS-INDIAN-TREATMENT Indian-American doctor identifies possible COVID-19 treatment Washington: An Indian-American scientist has discovered a potential strategy to prevent life-threatening inflammation, lung damage and organ failure in patients diagnosed with COVID-19. By Lalit K Jha FGN21 INDIAN-AUTHORS-NYT-LIST Books by 3 Indian writers feature in 2020 '100 Notable Books' selected by The New York Times New York: Critically-acclaimed books by three Indian writers have featured among this year's '100 Notable Books' list of The New York Times that also includes former US president Barack Obama's newly released memoir 'A Promised Land'. By Yoshita Singh FGN25 CANADA-INDIA-STATUE Canada to return statue of Hindu goddess stolen over 100 years ago from India Toronto, Nov 21 (PTI) A Canadian university will soon return to India a unique statue of Hindu goddess Annapoorna that was stolen from a shrine in Varanasi over a century ago and found its way to the varsity's art gallery, in an attempt to 'right historical wrongs' and help overcome the 'damaging legacy of colonialism'.