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New Delhi, Jul 8 (PTI) These are the top stories from the northern region at 4.30 pm.

DEL91 3RDLD VIRBHADRA Former Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh passes away Shimla: Six-time Himachal Pradesh chief minister and senior Congress leader Virbhadra Singh died here early Thursday after prolonged illness. He was 87.

DEL43 HP-VIRBHADRA-PROFILE Virbhadra Singh: Congress leader who had special place in hearts of Himachalis Shimla: Last month Virbhadra Singh's family cut a cake to celebrate his 87th birthday at the family's ancestral home, Holly Lodge, but the veteran Congress leader could not be a part of the gathering as he was undergoing treatment for post-Covid complications at a hospital here.

DES9 PB-HR-FARMERS-PROTEST Farmers in Punjab, Haryana protest against fuel, cooking gas price rise Chandigarh: Farmers in Punjab and Haryana on Thursday held protests at several places in the twin states against the hike in fuel and cooking gas prices.

LGD9 RJ-COURT-GAJENDRA SINGH Jaipur court approves collection of voice sample of Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat Jaipur: A Jaipur court has directed that voice samples of Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and alleged middleman Sanjay Jain be collected in connection with audio clips leaked last year purportedly of conversations about toppling the Rajasthan government.

DES16 RJ-INFLATION-GEHLOT Centre responsible for rise in fuel prices: CM Gehlot Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday held policies of the Centre responsible for the rise in fuel prices and asked when these will come down.

DES21 RJ-ACCIDENT Five members of family mowed down by dumper in Rajasthan's Jhalawar Kota (Raj): Five members of a family were mowed down by a dumper while asleep outside their house in Rajasthan’s Jhalawar, police said on Thursday.

DES14 UP-CABINET-MAYAWATI Cabinet expansion cannot cover up govt's wrong policies: Mayawati Lucknow: A day after the Union Cabinet expansion, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Thursday said the exercise would neither cover up the wrong policies, activities and other shortcomings of the government nor divert the attention of people from it. PTI RDK RDK

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