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New Delhi, Apr 25 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1.15 pm:

NATION

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**** Have only resigned as Delhi Congress chief, not joining any political party: Arvinder Singh Lovely

New Delhi: Arvinder Singh Lovely on Sunday said he has only resigned as chief of the Congress’ Delhi unit and is not joining any other political party. ****

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****Delhi Cong chief Arvinder Singh Lovely resigns, says party unit was against alliance with AAP

New Delhi: In a setback to the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, senior leader Arvinder Singh Lovely has resigned as the party’s Delhi unit chief, citing the alliance with the AAP as one of the reasons. ****

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**** Those who turned down Ram temple invitation will be rejected by voters: PM Modi

Sirsi (Karnataka): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that those who turned down the invitation for the consecration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya will be rejected by the people in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. He was apparently referring to the Congress party for not attending the event. ****

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**** ‘Shehzada’ insulted Maharajas but silent on atrocities by Nawabs: PM’s attack on Rahul Gandhi

Belagavi (Karnataka): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of insulting India’s Rajas and Maharajas, but remaining silent on the atrocities committed by Nawabs, Nizams, Sultans and Badshahs for the sake of appeasement politics. ****

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**** AAP claims party’s LS poll campaign song banned by EC

New Delhi: The AAP on Sunday claimed the Election Commission (EC) has imposed a ban on the party’s Lok Sabha campaign song, ‘Jail ke jawab mein hum vote denge’, stating that it shows the ruling BJP and central investigation agencies in a bad light. ****

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**** After LS polls phase II ‘washout’, desperate PM ‘fear mongering’: Cong

New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is indulging in “fear mongering” as he is “desperate” after facing a “washout” in the second phase of the Lok Sabha polls. ****

BOM5 GJ-RAJNATH-CHINA

**** Talks with China going on smoothly, India will never bow down: Rajnath Singh

Ahmedabad: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said talks between India and China are going smoothly and in a good environment, and India will never bow down. ****

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**** Just 8 pc women candidates contested first two phases of Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi: Women constituted only eight per cent of the total 2,823 candidates in the first two phases of the Lok Sabha elections, with political activists saying it reflects a deeper issue of gender bias and that talk of women’s empowerment rings hollow. By Uzmi Athar ****

DEL8 LAUNDERING-CAPITAL MARKETS

**** FIU notifies fresh money laundering, terror financing reporting alerts for capital markets

New Delhi: A fresh set of ‘alert indicators’ have been issued by India’s financial intelligence unit (FIU) for capital markets, insurance companies, online payment gateway intermediaries and crypto currency service providers for effective checking of suspicious transactions in their channels as part of the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regime. By Neelabh Srivastava ****

DEL9 JK-2NDLD FIRING

Village defence guard killed in gunfight with terrorists in J-K, search operation underway

**** Jammu: A Village Defence Guard (VDG) member was killed in a gunfight with terrorists in a remote village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district early Sunday, officials said. ****

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**** Mumbai police arrest actor Sahil Khan in Mahadev betting app case

Mumbai: The Mumbai cyber cell’s SIT on Sunday arrested actor Sahil Khan in connection with the Mahadev betting app case, a police official here said. ****

BOM7 GJ-DRUGS-PAK BOAT

**** Drugs worth Rs 600 crore seized from Pakistani boat off Gujarat coast; 14 crew members held

Ahmedabad: The Indian Coast Guard has seized 86 kg of drugs worth Rs 600 crore from a Pakistani boat and arrested 14 persons on board the vessel off the Gujarat coast, the maritime security agency said on Sunday. ****

CAL8 WB-TMC WORKER-LD KILLING

**** Bengal: TMC worker killed in ‘factional fighting’, woman BJP leader attacked

Kolkata: A Trinamool Congress worker has been killed, while a local BJP leader has been seriously injured in separate incidents in Kolkata, police said on Sunday. ****

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**** Siddaramaiah orders SIT probe over alleged sex scandal involving Deva Gowda’s grandson

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government has decided to form a Special Investigation Team to probe an alleged sex scandal involving Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna. ****

LEGAL

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**** Sandeshkhali: West Bengal govt moves SC against HC order directing CBI probe

New Delhi: The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Monday a plea by the West Bengal government challenging the Calcutta High Court order which directed a CBI probe into allegations of crimes against women and land grabbing in Sandeshkhali. ****

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**** SC to hear on Apr 29 Kejriwal’s plea against arrest in money laundering case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Monday a plea by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal challenging his arrest in a money laundering case stemming from the alleged excise policy scam. ****

FOREIGN:

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**** Elon Musk in Beijing amid efforts to promote Tesla’s autonomous driving tech

Beijing: Billionaire Elon Musk arrived in Beijing on Sunday amid speculation that he may unveil Tesla’s autonomous driving technology in the burgeoning electric vehicle (EV) market in China. By K J M Varma ****

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