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New Delhi, Oct 31 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 12.30 pm: TOP STORIES DEL8 VIRUS-LD CASES India's COVID-19 caseload goes past 81 lakh with 48,648 fresh infections New Delhi: With 48,648 fresh COVID-19 infections, India's caseload rose to 81,37,119 on Saturday, while the number of recoveries crossed the 74-lakh mark, pushing the recovery rate to 91.34 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

NATION BOM6 GJ-PM Pulwama terror attack truth accepted in Pak Parliament: Modi Kevadiya (Guj): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the truth of last year's Pulwama terror attack, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, has been accepted in Pakistan Parliament.

DEL1 MODI-INDIRA GANDHI PM Modi pays tribute to Indira Gandhi on death anniversary New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to former prime minister Indira Gandhi on her 36th death anniversary.

BOM1 GJ-PM-SARDAR PATEL PM pays tributes to Sardar Patel at Statue of Unity Kevadiya (Guj): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid floral tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India's first home minister, at the 182-metre tall Statue of Unity here on his 145th birth anniversary.

BOM7 MP-BYPOLLS-KAMAL NATH Cong will return to power in MP after assembly bypolls: Nath Bhopal: Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, whose 15-month-old Congress government collapsed in March this year and led to the BJP's return to the helm, has expressed confidence that voters will remove the saffron party from power in the upcoming assembly bypolls as things have 'worsened' under its rule. By Manish Shrivastava CAL1 BH-RAGHOPUR-PROFILE Battleground Raghopur: In Lalu bastion, no walkover for Tejashwi Hajipur (Bihar): He is hopping from one region to another daily to drum up support for the Grand Alliance so that he could become the chief minister of Bihar, but winning his own seat won't be easy for Tejashwi Yadav who is up against an experienced BJP rival in Raghopur constituency. By Sanjay Kumar Sinha DEL9 DL-AIR QUALITY Delhi's air quality 'very poor', likely to improve over next 2 days New Delhi: Delhi's air quality recorded a marginal improvement but remained in the 'very poor' category on Saturday morning, while a government forecasting agency said it is likely to get better due to a favourable wind speed. FOREIGN FGN13 US-INDIA-ORTAGUS US-India relationship has bipartisan support; important to any administration: Top US official Washington: US-India relationship has bipartisan support in this country and it will be important to any administration as Americans fundamentally believe that the two nations are strong, more secure and prosperous when they are working together on global challenges like ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific, a top US official has said ahead of the presidential election. By Lalit K Jha FGN4 US-TRUMP-BIDEN-VOTERS Asian-Americans projected to support Biden over Trump: survey New York: Americans of Asian, African and Hispanic descent are projected to overwhelmingly vote for Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden while Whites are favouring President Trump by a thin margin, according to a preliminary data of voters. By Yoshita Singh SPORTS SPD4 SPO-BOX-LD IND Amit Panghal, Sanjeet strike gold at French boxing tourney New Delhi: World silver-medallist Amit Panghal (52kg) and Sanjeet (91kg) struck gold in their first competition after a coronavirus-forced break, claiming the top honours at the Alexis Vastine International Boxing Tournament in Nantes, France.

ENTERTAINMENT ENT7 DE NIRO-FILM-RELEASE Robert De Niro's 'The War with Grandpa' to hit theatres on Diwali Mumbai: Hollywood veteran Robert De Niro's comedy 'The War with Grandpa' will release in India on Diwali. The announcement was made by multiplex chain PVR Pictures in a statement, saying that it will release the movie in the theatres on November 13. PTI RC