• | Tuesday | 19th October, 2021

New Delhi, Oct 19 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION: DEL28 UKD-LD RAIN Incessant rain claims 11 more lives in U"khand; Nainital cut off from rest of state Dehradun/Nainital: Eleven more deaths were reported in Uttarakhand on Tuesday as incessant rain continued to lash various parts of the state, especially Kumaon region, razing houses to the ground and leaving many trapped in the debris. DEL33 JK-LD ARMY CHIEF Army chief visits forward areas along LoC in Jammu Jammu: Army chief General M M Naravane visited forward areas along the LoC in Jammu region on Tuesday and was briefed on the ground situation in the region and ongoing counter-infiltration operations, officials said here. BOM5 VIRUS-R-VALUE  COVID-19: India"s R-value below 1 since Sep, say researchers Mumbai: India"s R-value, which reflects how rapidly the coronavirus pandemic is spreading, has remained below 1 since September, suggesting that the infection rate is declining, according to a study. MDS8 TN-HINDI-LD ZOMATO Zomato agent schools customer on Hindi; Company fires staff saying it is against policy Chennai: Restaurant aggregator and food delivery company Zomato on Tuesday apologised to a person, who alleged that he was denied refund by its customer care agent for not knowing Hindi and announced terminating the services of the employee concerned. BUSINESS: DEL30 BIZ-STOCKS-CLOSE Market snaps 7-day winning run on profit-booking; ITC tanks over 6 pc Mumbai: Snapping their seven-session rising streak, equity benchmarks Sensex and Nifty ended with marginal losses on Tuesday as investors booked profits at record levels. DEL32 BIZ-FINMIN-BONUS Govt sanctions ad hoc bonus to employees for FY21 New Delhi: The government has sanctioned non-productivity linked or ad hoc bonus for central government employees for fiscal year 2020-21. FOREIGN: FGN22 ISRAEL-JAISHANKAR-IAF Jaishankar visits Israel"s Ovda Airbase to meet IAF contingent taking part in biennial Blue Flag exercise Jerusalem: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday visited Israel"s Ovda Airbase to meet the Indian contingent participating in the biennial Blue Flag exercise involving Air Force missions from eight countries, that aims to share knowledge and combat experience to improve operational capabilities. By Harinder Mishra FGN24 BANGLA-VIOLENCE-HASINA Initiate action against those who incited violence using religion, B"desh PM tells home minister Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday instructed her home minister to initiate immediate action against those who incited violence using religion as she asked the people not to trust anything on social media without fact-checking. FGN23 US-2NDLD NIRAV US court rejects plea filed by Nirav Modi, associates seeking dismissal of fraud allegations against them Washington: In a major blow to Nirav Modi, a bankruptcy court in the US has rejected a petition of the fugitive diamond merchant and two of his associates, seeking dismissal of fraud allegations against them by the trustee of three companies they previously owned indirectly. By Lalit K Jha. PTI DIV DIV

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