• | Saturday | 21st May, 2022

New Delhi, May 21 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 9 pm: NATION DEL38 BIZ-2NDLD PETROL-EXCISE DUTY CUT Petrol price cut by Rs 9.5, diesel by Rs 7 after govt slashes excise duty; poor to get Rs 200 LPG subsidy New Delhi: Buckling under pressure, the government on Saturday cut excise duty on petrol by a record Rs 8 per litre and that on diesel by Rs 6 per litre to give relief to consumers battering under high fuel prices that have also pushed inflation to a record high. DEL39 JK-TUNNEL-3RDLD RESCUE OPERATION J-K tunnel accident: 9 more bodies recovered as rescue operation ends; death toll reaches 10 Banihal/Jammu: Nine bodies were pulled out from the rubble of a landslide which hit one end of an under-construction tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway two days ago, taking the death toll in the incident to 10 on Saturday, officials said. DEL36 PM-PETROL It is always people first for us: PM Modi on fuel price cut New Delhi: As Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a sizeable cut in fuel prices, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that people are the first priority for his government. CAL19 AR-LD SHAH After Meghalaya, Arunachal’s border dispute with Assam to be resolved: Shah Deomali/Wakro (Arunachal Pradesh): After “60 per cent” of Assam’s border problems with Meghalaya were resolved amicably, the same dispute between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam is likely to be settled by this year, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday. DEL20 LD RAHUL-BJP BJP"s "deep state" chewing India, says Rahul; gets panned for "betrayal" from foreign soil New Delhi: The "deep state" in India is "chewing" the Indian state much like in Pakistan, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has said in a frontal attack on the Modi government, provoking a predictable backlash Saturday from the ruling party which branded him a "part-time, immature, unsuccessful leader" who betrayed the country with his remarks made on foreign soil. DEL40 MEA-QUAD-LD INDIA Quad working to implement positive and constructive agenda: India New Delhi: The Quad leaders are expected to deliberate on the challenges and opportunities in the Indo-Pacific besides focusing on post-Covid recovery, health security, sustainable infrastructure and resilient supply chains at their summit talks in Tokyo on May 24, Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra said on Saturday. DEL34 CONG-CHOWDHURY-LD TWITTER Cong leader Adhir Chowdhury denies "when a big tree falls…" tweet, claims account hacked New Delhi/Kolkata: Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday denied that he used the phrase "when a big tree falls, ground shakes" along a photograph of Rajiv Gandhi on his Twitter handle while paying tribute to the former prime minister on his death anniversary. DEL37 JK-PANDITS-2NDLD PROTEST Rahul Bhat"s killing: Kashmiri Pandits take out protest march in Srinagar Srinagar: Chanting "Om" at the historic Lal Chowk"s clock tower, hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits, carrying placards asking "aakhir kabtak", staged a protest demanding their relocation following the killing of Rahul Bhat by Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists 10 days ago. BOM10 GJ-PRESIDENT-CLIMATE CHANGE India"s traditional rural way of living is guiding world faced with climate change crisis: President Kovind Vadodara: India"s "traditional rural way of living" has been providing lessons to the world community as it faces the climate change crisis, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Saturday. BOM7 MH-CONG-SENA Cong left its leadership issue unresolved at Chintan Shivir, its present condition miserable: Shiv Sena Mumbai: The Congress has left its leadership issue unresolved at its Chintan Shivir held recently and the party"s present condition is miserable, which is not good for the country"s democracy, the Shiv Sena said on Saturday. LEGAL LGD7 DL-COURT-LD RATANLAL-GYANVAPI-REMARKS DU associate professor gets bail in case of objectionable FB post on Shivling New Delhi: A city court on Saturday granted bail to Delhi University Associate Professor Ratan Lal, arrested for alleged objectionable remarks on social media related to claims of a "Shivling" at Varanasi"s Gyanvapi mosque, saying his post, though reprehensible, does not indicate an attempt to promote hatred between communities. LGD3 DL-COURT-CHAUTALA Delhi court convicts O P Chautala in disproportionate assets case New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday convicted former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala in a case related to disproportionate assets. LGD8 LOKUR-SEDITION Provision of UAPA more dangerous than sedition: Retired SC judge Lokur New Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge M B Lokur Saturday said that the May 11 order of the top court on sedition is "important" even as he voiced his concern over misuse of a provision in Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act saying it will be like "jumping from frying pan to fire". FOREIGN FGN21: LANKA-INDIA-LD AID Colombo: India on Saturday provided another 40,000 metric tonnes of diesel to Sri Lanka under the credit line facility to the island nation which is grappling with its worst economic crisis. FGN25: PAK-SHARIF-CASE Lahore: A Pakistani court here on Saturday extended pre-arrest bail of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his son and Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz till May 28, while it issued arrest warrant for his other son Shehbaz Suleman in the Rs 14 billion money laundering case. FGN44: LANKA-LD EMERGENCY Crisis-hit Sri Lanka lifts state of emergency as law and order situation improves Colombo: The state of emergency in Sri Lanka has been lifted with effect from Saturday after the government decided not to present the Emergency Regulations in Parliament for approval with the improvement of the law and order situation in the island nation, nearly two weeks after it was imposed following unprecedented anti-government protests. PTI RHL

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