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New Delhi, Oct 31 (PTI) These are the top stories from the northern region at 4.30 pm.

DEL19 RJ-2NDLD BILLS Rajasthan govt introduces three bills to negate impact of Centre's farm laws Jaipur: The Rajasthan government on Saturday introduced three bills in the Assembly to negate the impact of the farm laws enacted by the Centre recently.

DES10 RJ-ASSEMBLY-FACE MASK-BILL Rajasthan govt tables bill to make wearing face mask mandatory Jaipur: In a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Rajasthan government on Saturday introduced an amendment bill in the state assembly to make wearing a face mask or cover mandatory.

DEL11 JK-LAND-SHUTDOWN Hurriyat shutdown against new land laws disrupts normal life in Kashmir Srinagar: Normal life in the Kashmir valley was affected on Saturday due to a shutdown called by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference to protest the new land laws notified by the Centre for Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

DEL20 JK-FIRING Pakistan violates ceasefire along IB in J-K's Kathua Jammu: Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked firing on forward posts and villages along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district, officials said on Saturday.

DES13 PB-SCHOLARSHIP-SCHEME Punjab CM launches scholarship plan for SC students Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday launched a post-matric scholarship scheme for students belonging to the Scheduled Castes category.

DES16 UP-VIRUS-GANGWAR-FAMILY Union Minister Santosh Gangwar's wife, 6 family members test positive for COVID-19 Bareilly (UP): Union Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar said on Saturday that his wife and six other family members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

DES14 UP-AKHILESH SP supported independent RS candidate to expose BSP-BJP ties: Akhilesh Lucknow: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday asserted that his party supported independent nominee Prakash Bajaj for the Rajya Sabha election to expose the understanding between the BJP and BSP.

DES12 UP-BDC-SHOT BDC member shot dead in UP's Bulandshahr Bulandshahr (UP): A Block Development Committee (BDC) member was shot dead by masked assailants in a village in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr district in the early hours of Saturday, police said.

DES9 UKD-VIRUS-RAFTING 24 rafting guides test positive for COVID-19 Rishikesh (U'khand): Twenty-four rafting guides in the Muni-ki-Reti area here have tested positive for COVID-19, an official said on Saturday. PTI RDK RDK