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New Delhi, Nov 20 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 9 pm: NATION DEL47 PM-LD MEETING Killing of 4 JeM terrorists thwarted efforts to wreak 'major havoc and destruction': PM New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a review meeting with top security brass in the wake of the killing of four JeM terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, and asserted that security forces have thwarted their efforts to wreak 'major havoc and destruction'. DEL73 PM-BHUTAN-LD RUPAY Modi, Bhutanese PM jointly launch RuPay card Phase-II New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering on Friday launched RuPay card Phase-II that will allow card holders from Bhutan to access the RuPay network in India.

DEL14 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19 caseload in India breaches 90-lakh mark New Delhi: India's COVID-19 caseload surpassed the 90-lakh mark on Friday with 45,882 new cases, while the recoveries surged to 84.28 lakh pushing the national recovery rate to 93.6 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

DEL34 KL-GOLD-CLIP-ED Kerala gold smuggling: ED rejects Swapna Sureshs' claims; says it's digging deep Thiruvananthapuram/New Delhi:) The Enforcement Directorate rejected the claims of coercion made in an audio clip purportedly by Kerala gold smuggling case 'prime accused' Swapna Suresh and official sources said on Friday that the agency was digging deeper into the money laundering trail that involves a number of people. DEL26 DL-VIRUS-LD JAIN Gradual reduction in new cases, positivity rate points at decreasing COVID spread in Delhi: Jain New Delhi: The gradual reduction in the number of new COVID-19 cases and the positivity rate is a 'clear indicator' that the spread of the virus is decreasing in the national capital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Friday.

DEL23 JK-POLLS-DISCONTENT Confined to hotels and unable to campaign freely, JK poll candidates ask for level playing field Srinagar: Murmurs of discontent from candidates rather than speeches can be heard ahead of local body elections in Kashmir with most parties in the fray claiming their leaders are confined to distant hotels in the guise of security and are unable to campaign freely because of the many restrictions imposed on them. By Sheikh Suhail DEL48 BIZ-FACEBOOK-LD HATE SPEECH 10 to 11 views of hate speech for every 10,000 views of content globally in Q3: Facebook New Delhi: Social media giant Facebook has for the first time disclosed prevalence of hate speech on its platform, saying that out of every 10,000 content views globally in the third quarter, 10-11 were hate speech.

BOM14 SONIA-2ND LD SHIFT Sonia Gandhi reaches coastal Goa from Delhi on medical advice Panaji/New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday reached Goa from Delhi for a few days after doctors advised her to get away from the heavy pollution in the national capital in view of her chronic chest infection, party insiders said.

LEGAL LGD6 SC-JOURNALIST Kappan was going to Hathras to create caste divide, disturb law & order, UP govt tells SC New Delhi: Kerala-based scribe Siddique Kappan, arrested on his way to Hathras where a young Dalit woman had died after allegedly being gang-raped, was going there under the “garb of journalism” with a “very determined design” to create caste divide and disturb law and order situation, the Uttar Pradesh government said in the Supreme Court on Friday.

LGD8 SC-KOCHHAR ED assures SC of no coercive action against former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar in PMLA case New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Friday assured the Supreme Court that it would not take any coercive action against former ICICI Bank CEO and MD Chanda Kochhar in a money laundering case.

LGD11 CONTEMPT-KAMRA AG grants consent for contempt proceedings against Kunal Kamra over fresh tweet New Delhi: Attorney General K K Venugopal Friday gave consent for initiating contempt proceedings against stand-up comic artist Kunal Kamra for his November 18 tweet, saying it was “grossly vulgar and obnoxious” and tended to lower the authority of the Supreme Court.

FOREIGN FGN41 NEPAL-INDIA-RAILWAY-JWG India-Nepal JWG meeting reviews cross-border rail link projects Kathmandu: A India-Nepal joint working group meeting on railway cooperation was held on Friday through video-conferencing to review the cross-border rail link projects that will benefit people of the two neighbouring countries. By Shirish B Pradhan FGN38 UK-INDIAN-PEER-RESIGNATION Indian-origin peer Lord Meghnad Desai resigns from Labour Party over racism London: Indian-origin economist, author and peer Lord Meghnad Desai has resigned as a member of the UK's Opposition Labour Party over its failure to effectively tackle antisemitic racism within its ranks. By Aditi Khanna FGN25 UK-BOOKER-2NDLD WINNER Douglas Stuart’s 'Shuggie Bain' wins 2020 Booker Prize, Indian-origin author Avni Doshi misses out London: New York-based Scottish writer Douglas Stuart has won the prestigious 50,000-pound Booker Prize for his autobiographical debut novel 'Shuggie Bain', a coming of age tale of love and alcoholism set in 1980s Glasgow and 'destined to be a classic', beating five other shortlisted authors including Indian-origin Avni Doshi.By Aditi Khanna PTI TDS TDS