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New Delhi, Nov 22 (PTI) These are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION DEL29 UP-PM-2NDLD PROJECT PM lays foundation stone of rural drinking water projects in UP Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday bemoaned the lack of development in UP's Vindhyachal for decades after Independence and said despite resources, the region faced scarcity. DEL7 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19 caseload in India reaches 90.95 lakh New Delhi: India's COVID-19 tally rose to 90.95 lakh on Sunday with 45,209 new cases, while the recoveries surged to 85,21,617, according to the Union Health Ministry's data.

DEL18 VIRUS-CENTRAL TEAMS COVID-19: Centre rushes high-level teams to Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, UP New Delhi: High-level central teams have been deputed to Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to support them in COVID-19 response and management.

DEL30 PAR-PANEL-BIO-TERRORISM Par panel underscores need for govt to formulate laws to counter bio-terrorism New Delhi: A parliamentary panel has highlighted the need for the government to formulate effective laws to counter bio-terrorism, stating the adverse effects of COVID-19 pandemic have taught a lesson on the importance of controlling biological agents and the need of strategic partnerships among different nations. DEL9 VIRUS-MHA-DELHI COVID-19 in Delhi: 3.7 lakh surveyed, first time RT-PCR tests more than antigen tests New Delhi: For the first time, the number of RT-PCR tests in Delhi has exceeded the number of rapid antigen tests, while over 3.7 lakh people have been surveyed as part of the efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus in the national capital, the Union Home Ministry said on Sunday.

DEL17 AVI-VACCINE-TRANSPORT Air cargo operators, airports planning steps to ensure smooth transport of COVID-19 vaccines New Delhi: Major Indian airports will provide flexible slots and separate temperature-controlled zones while air cargo operators would run multiple flights in a short time span to transport COVID-19 vaccines that are expected to become available in India early next year. By Deepak Patel DEL28 NADDA-TOUR Eye on 2024 polls, Nadda to go on 120-day nationwide tour from December New Delhi: BJP president J P Nadda will embark on a 120-day nationwide tour to tone up the party's formidable organisational machinary with an eye on the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, as the saffron dispensation looks to focus on regions where it did not fare well in the last general election.

DEL16 CONG-KHURSHID-INTERVIEW No leadership crisis in Cong; support for Sonia, Rahul apparent to 'anyone not blind': Khurshid New Delhi: Amid criticism of the Congress top brass by some leaders following a poor show in the Bihar polls, senior leader Salman Khurshid on Sunday said there is no leadership crisis in the party and an all-round support for Sonia and Rahul Gandhi is 'apparent to anyone who is not blind'. By Asim Kamal LGD1 SC-LIBERTY SC sets aside high court order, says liberty of citizen can't be taken away in this manner New Delhi: Liberty of a citizen cannot be taken away in this manner, the Supreme Court has said while setting aside the Punjab and Haryana High Court order which had dismissed a plea filed by a man on the grounds that his lawyer had remained absent on four occasions during the hearing.

LGD3 GREEN-WATERBODIES NGT directs states, UTs to designate nodal agency for protection of water bodies New Delhi: Noting that adequate steps for protection of water bodies have not been taken, the National Green Tribunal has directed all states and Union Territories (UTs) to designate a nodal agency for the exercise.

BOM11 MH-NCB-2ND LD COMEDIAN Bharti Singh, husband remanded to judicial custody till Dec 4 Mumbai, Nov 22 (PTI) A Mumbai court on Sunday remanded comedian Bharti Singh and husband Harsh Limbachiya, arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau following seizure of drugs from their house here, to judicial custody till December 4. FOREIGN FGN8 US-BIDEN-INDIAN Joe Biden appoints Indian-American Mala Adiga as policy director of incoming First Lady Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden has appointed Indian-American Mala Adiga as the policy director of his wife Jill, choosing an experienced education policy hand as the incoming First Lady focuses on education and plans to continue teaching community college classes.

FGN6US-BIDEN-INDIA Biden administration will have more deliberate, thoughtful engagement with India: expert Washington, Nov 22 (PTI) The incoming Biden administration will have a more deliberate and thoughtful engagement with India, a noted foreign policy expert has said, asserting that there will be an opportunity to work with New Delhi to balance the burgeoning influence of China in the region. By Lalit K Jha PTI TDS TDS