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New Delhi, Nov 19 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 9 pm: Nation: DEL68 JK-3RDLD ENCOUNTER 4 JeM terrorists killed in 3-hr-long gunbattle on J-K highway in Jammu Jammu/Srinagar: Four suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists were killed and two policemen injured in a gunbattle on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway after a truck carrying newly infiltrated militants was intercepted on the outskirts of Jammu city on Thursday, top police officials said.

DEL65 DEF-STRIKES-TERROR-POK India carrying out 'pinpoint strikes' on terror launchpads inside PoK: Govt sources New Delhi: The Indian Army is carrying out 'pinpoint strikes' on suspected terror launchpads inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in response to Pakistani military's unrelenting efforts to push maximum number of terrorists into India before the onset of harsh winters, sources in the security establishment said on Thursday.

DEL69 LUXEMBOURG-MODI India-Luxembourg hold first summit in two decades; Modi pitches for Strenghtening of economic relations New Delhi: Asserting that there was a huge potential to further ramp up economic engagement between India and Luxembourg, the third largest source of Foreign Portfolio Investments (FPI) for the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while adressing the first summit in two decades between the two countries on Thursday pitched for strengthening of cooperation in a range of areas like financial and digital technologies.

DEL63 CONG-LD INDIRA 'Trailblazer, Iron lady': Cong leaders pay rich tributes to Indira Gandhi on birth anniversary New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday paid rich tributes to former prime minister Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary with Rahul Gandhi saying the whole country still gives the example of her impressive leadership.

DEL64 DL-VIRUS-LD DELHI AAP govt's COVID measures: Fine for not wearing mask raised to Rs 2000; 80 pc ICU beds in pvt hospitals New Delhi: Battling the surge in coronavirus cases in Delhi on a war-footing, the AAP government on Thursday announced sweeping measures including a steep Rs 2,000 fine for not wearing masks, reservation of 80 per cent ICU beds in private hospitals, doubling testing centres in every district and postponement of non-critical surgeries at health facilities.

DEL52 VIRUS-LD VARDHAN VACCINE DISTRIBUTION Healthcare workers, people above 65 yrs will be given COVID vaccine on priority: Harsh Vardhan New Delhi: Expressing confidence that a COVID-19 vaccine will be ready in the next three-four months, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said the government has drawn up a meticulous priority plan with healthcare workers and those above 65 years on top of the list.

BOM20 GJ-VIRUS-LD CURFEW Night curfew in Ahmedabad from Nov 20 as COVID-19 cases jump Ahmedabad: Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, a night curfew will be imposed in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat from Friday to curb the spread of the infection, a top government official said on Thursday.

CAL16 BH-2NDLD- MINISTER-RESIGN Row over corruption taint forces Bihar minister to step down hours after taking charge Patna: JD(U) leader Mewa Lal Chaudhary, whose appointment as the education minister of Bihar despite a corruption taint had brought the Nitish Kumar government under heavy opposition fire, resigned on Thursday barely hours after taking charge.

MDS15 KA-CONGRESS-KHARGE Kharge hits out at those 'weakening' Cong from within by attacking leadership Bengaluru: Lashing out at colleagues who are targeting the Congress leadership following defeat in elections, senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday accused them of 'weakening' the party from within.

Legal: LGD22 SC-LOAN MORATORIUM Loan moratorium is fiscal policy matter, govt on top of it & required steps taken: Centre to SC New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that issue pertaining to loan moratorium in view of the COVID-19 pandemic is a fiscal policy matter and the government has taken various proactive steps keeping in mind different sectors.

Foreign: FGN40 PAK-IMRAN-LD AFGHAN Pak PM vows to 'do everything' to reduce violence in Afghanistan during his first Kabul visit Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on his maiden visit to Kabul and vowed to 'do everything' to reduce violence in Afghanistan as the two leaders explored ways to deepen the bilateral ties and discussed the reconciliation process, amidst an uptick in violence that could jeopardise the peace push in the war-torn country.

FGN33 PAK-JUD-LD SAEED Pakistan's anti-terror court sentences JuD chief Hafiz Saeed to 10 years in jail in two more cases Lahore: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed was on Thursday sentenced to 10 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan in two more terror financing cases. FGN36 UK-PM-DEFENCE-LD SPENDING Boris Johnson unveils largest military spend for UK in 30 years London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out the biggest programme of investment in British defence since the end of the Cold War in Parliament on Thursday, pumping in an extra 4 billion pound a year over the next four years. PTI AQS AQS