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New Delhi, Sep 20 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION DEL28 PB-2NDLD CHANNI Channi takes oath as Punjab CM, asks Centre to withdraw farm laws Chandigarh: Congress leader Charanjit Singh Channi was on Monday sworn in as chief minister of Punjab, making him the first Dalit to hold the top post in the state. DEL42 VACCINE-MANDAVIYA India to resume export of surplus COVID-19 vaccines next month: Mandaviya New Delhi: India will resume export of surplus COVID-19 vaccines next month under the "Vaccine Maitri" programme and to meet its commitment to the COVAX global pool, but vaccinating its own citizens remains the topmost priority of the government, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Monday. DEL45 SATYARTHI-CHILDREN-INTERVIEW Schools must be haven for children: Kailash Satyarthi on Afghanistan and Covid impact Kolkata: The longer schools are shut the more the likelihood that children from poor families will never return to their classrooms, says Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi while stressing that the decision to reopen has to be “medical assessment driven”. By Sudipto Chowdhury DEL36 AFGHAN-INDIA-SHRINGLA India concerned about implications of changes in Afghanistan: FS Shringla New Delhi: As a neighbour of Afghanistan, India is naturally concerned about the recent changes in that country and their implications for the region, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Monday. DEL27 SONU SOOD-LD IT RAIDS Every rupee in my foundation awaiting its turn to save a life: Sonu Sood on tax evasion allegations Mumbai: Every rupee in his foundation is “awaiting its turn” to be used to reach the needy and save lives, actor Sonu Sood said in a statement on Monday in response to the CBDT’s allegation that he and his associates evaded tax of Rs 20 crore. DEL29 BJP-LD CHANNI Congress made Channi Punjab CM for few months to grab Dalit votes: BJP New Delhi: The BJP alleged on Monday that the Congress has made Charanjit Singh Channi Punjab chief minister for a few months merely to grab Dalit votes as part of its conspiracy, and cited previous instances of the party giving the key position to a leader from the community only for a short tenure. DEL46 THAROOR-TRAVEL-LD UK Racism, offensive: Jairam Ramesh, Tharoor slam UK"s Covid travel rules New Delhi: Former Union ministers Jairam Ramesh and Shashi Tharoor on Monday slammed the UK"s COVID-19-related travel rules under which Indians vaccinated with Covishield would still be treated as unvaccinated, with Ramesh saying it "smacks of racism". DEL9 VIRUS-LD CASES COVID-19: India logs 30,256 new cases New Delhi: With 30,256 people testing positive for coronavirus infection, India"s total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,34,78,419, while the active cases declined to 3,18,181, the lowest in 183 days, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Monday. CAL3 WB-RS-BJP BJP not to field candidate for WB RS bypoll, TMC"s Sushmita Dev likely to be elected unopposed Kolkata: The main opposition BJP in West Bengal said on Monday it will not field a candidate for the October 4 Rajya Sabha by-poll, a development that will pave the way for election of the ruling TMC nominee unopposed. LEGAL LGD2 SC-VACCINATION-PREGNANT WOMEN SC seeks Centre’s reply on plea of DCPCR for priority COVID-19 vaccination of pregnant women New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday agreed to hear a plea seeking direction to the Centre to declare pregnant as well as lactating women as high-risk category and be given priority for COVID-19 vaccination. BOM11 MH-COURT-2ND LD KANGANA Defamation case: Kangana appears before Mumbai court, says she has lost faith in it; files complaint against Javed Akhtar Mumbai: Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut appeared before a Mumbai court on Monday in connection with a criminal defamation complaint filed against her by lyricist Javed Akhtar, and said she had "lost faith" in the magistrate"s court as it indirectly "threatened" her of issuing a warrant if she failed to appear before it in a bailable offence. BUSINESS DEL44 BIZ- LD AMAZON We take allegations of improper actions seriously, investigate them fully: Amazon New Delhi: Amid reports of Amazon probing bribery-related charges against some of its legal representatives in India, the US e-commerce giant on Monday said it takes allegations of improper actions seriously and investigates them fully to take appropriate action. FOREIGN FGN11 PAK-HINDUS-WATER Hindu family in Pak tortured, held hostage for fetching drinking water from mosque Islamabad: Fetching drinking water from a mosque in Pakistan"s Punjab province landed a family of poor farmers from the minority Hindu community in trouble as some people tortured and held them hostage for “violating the sanctity” of their place of worship, a media report said on Monday. By Sajjad Husssain. FGN7 UN-INDIA-ISSUES-ENVOY India to take up issues like terrorism, vaccines, climate change at UNGA: Amb Tirumurti New York: India will use its voice at the high-level United Nations General Assembly to forcefully take up global issues such as terrorism, climate change, equitable and affordable access to vaccines, Indo-Pacific and UN reforms, the country’s envoy to the world organisation has said. By Yoshita Singh. PTI CK

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