New Delhi, Nov 20 (PTI) Following are the highlights at 1500 hours:Also Read - Former CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana Appointed Commissioner of Delhi Police

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Leak of CBI director’s confidential reply irks SC New Delhi: In a sudden development, the Supreme Court Tuesday agreed to hear CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma’s plea challenging the government’s decision to divest him of duties and sending him on leave, minutes after adjourning the case to November 29.

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“Bitter medicine” of demonetisation to “treat” corruption: PM Jhabua: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said he used the “bitter medicine” of demonetisation to bring back money into banking system and to give “proper treatment to deep-rooted corruption system” in the country.

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Chhattisgarh polls: 25% voter turnout till 12.30 pm Raipur: Nearly 25.2 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise till 12.30 pm in the second and final phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly election on Tuesday, an election official said.

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Chhattisgarh polls: PM asks voters to exercise their franchise New Delhi: As Chhattisgarh goes to vote Tuesday in the second phase of assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to come out in large numbers to exercise their franchise.

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Explosion near ordnance depot in Maha, six killed Wardha (Maha): At least six people were killed and 10 others injured when an explosion took place near an ordnance depot in Maharashtra’s Wardha district on Tuesday while ammunition was being unloaded, officials said.

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Four Hizbul militants, jawan killed in Shopian encounter Srinagar: Four Hizbul Mujahideen militants and an Army jawan belonging to an elite para unit were killed Tuesday in an encounter in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

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Separatist leader shot dead in Anantnag

Srinagar: A separatist leader was Tuesday shot dead by gunmen in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

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Ex-Bihar minister Manju Verma surrenders before court Begusarai (Bihar): Former Bihar minister Manju Verma, who had been evading arrest in an Arms Act case lodged in the course of investigations in the Muzaffarpur shelter home scandal, surrendered before a court here Tuesday.

NATION:

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Kerala govt’s handling of Sabarimala issue disappointing: Shah New Delhi: BJP President Amit Shah Tuesday slammed the Pinarayi Vijayan government’s handling of the situation in Sabarimala as “disappointing” and accused the Kerala government of treating pilgrims as “Gulag inmates” and making them spend nights next to “pig droppings”.

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Hungry to bring Congress back in power in MP: Kamal Nath Piplani (Budhni): Calling the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections a “big battle” against a formidable force, senior Congress leader Kamal Nath has said he is “hungry” to bring his party back in power in the state.

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TN CM visits cyclone-hit areas, likely to meet PM on Thursday Pudukottai (TN): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Tuesday visited the districts hit by Cyclone Gaja, distributed relief materials among the affected people and indicated he would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this week to seek central assistance.

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Delhi’s air quality remains ‘very poor’ New Delhi: Delhi’s air quality remained ‘very poor’ on Tuesday due to unfavourable wind and high humidity, authorities said.

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Artificial rain likely this week to clear air in Delhi of pollutants New Delhi: In the wake of rising pollution in the city, authorities might seed clouds to induce artificial rain this week to wash away toxic pollutants in the air.

LEGAL:

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Casteist question in DSSSB exam: Delhi court asks police to submit report New Delhi: A court here has asked the Delhi Police to submit a report on a plea seeking action against authorities for asking an alleged casteist and derogatory question in the examination for recruitment of primary teachers in government schools here.

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Flight attendant’s death: Delhi HC grants bail to in-laws New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Tuesday granted bail to the in-laws of a flight attendant who allegedly committed suicide in July this year.

FOREIGN:

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India, Vietnam agree to enhance defence ties during President Kovind’s visit Hanoi: India and Vietnam agreed to further strengthen bilateral strategic cooperation in defence and oil and gas sectors as President Ram Nath Kovind held productive and extensive talks with his counterpart Nguyen Phu Trong on Tuesday.

FGN5 US-PAK-LD MILITANTS

Suspended security assistance as Pak failed to act on militant safe havens: WH Washington: The US has made it clear to Pakistani leaders that it expects them to constructively address the problem of militant safe havens in the country, the White House said after President Donald Trump and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan faced off over the issue that has impacted bilateral ties.

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