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New Delhi, May 12 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 5 pm: NATION DEL25 VIRUS-ACTIVE CASES Active COVID-19 cases in country dip for second day New Delhi: India's total COVID-19 active cases dipped to 37,04,099 with a net decline of 11,122 cases in a span of 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

DEL27 VIRUS-WHO-VARIANT Using term 'Indian Variant' for B.1.617 strain has no basis, WHO has not done so: Health Ministry New Delhi: Taking umbrage against the B.1.617 mutant of the novel coronavirus being termed an 'Indian Variant', the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday said the WHO has not used the word 'Indian' for this strain in its document.

BOM6 GA-COURT-LD TEJPAL Goa court to pronounce verdict in Tarun Tejpal case on May 19 Panaji: A sessions court in Goa on Wednesday said it will pronounce the verdict in the Tarun Tejpal case on May 19.

DEL21 PM-NURSES Nursing staff at forefront of fighting COVID-19: PM Modi New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised nursing staff on the International Nurses Day on Wednesday, saying their sense of duty, compassion and commitment towards a healthy India is exemplary.

DEL42 BJP-VACCINE Over 84 per cent vaccine doses sent abroad due to commercial, licensing liabilities: BJP New Delhi: The ruling BJP accused the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday of spreading misinformation on India's vaccination programme and said over 84 per cent of the vaccine doses sent abroad were part of the commercial and licensing liabilities of the two Indian manufacturers. DEL38 VIRUS-PERSONNEL- MEDICAL PRACTICE Centre allows employees with medical qualification to undertake practice, offer teleconsultation New Delhi: Citing the unprecedented rise in COVID cases in the country, the Centre on Wednesday allowed its employees with recognised qualifications to undertake medical practice or teleconsultation.

LEGAL LGD5 SC-LD NAVLAKHA SC dismisses bail plea of activist Gautam Navlakha in Bhima Koregaon case New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea of activist Gautam Navlakha, seeking bail in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist link case of Bhima Koregaon in Maharashtra.

FOREIGN FGN18 VIRUS-US-FAUCI-LD INDIA India opened up prematurely, Dr Fauci tells US Senators on COVID-19 crisis Washington: India made the 'incorrect assumption' that it was finished with the COVID-19 pandemic and opened up prematurely that has left the country in such 'dire straits', America's top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci has told senators.

By Lalit K Jha FGN28 CHINA-BANGLA-QUAD Quad 'exclusive clique' against Beijing, says China; defends warning to B'desh against joining it Beijing: China on Wednesday accused the Quad of being an “exclusive clique” against Beijing as it defended its Bangladesh Ambassador's warning to Dhaka against joining the US-led alliance, saying the envoy has made the country's position 'clear' on the issue.

By K J M Varma FGN6 US-INDIA-5G India’s decision allowing 5G trials without Chinese companies a sovereign one: US Washington: India’s recent decision authorising 5G trials without Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE is a sovereign one, a top State Department official has said, asserting that America is deeply concerned about the dangers of installing networks with equipment that can be manipulated, disrupted or potentially controlled by China.

By Lalit K Jha MA MA