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New Delhi, Apr 15 (PTI) These are the top stories from the northern region at 5.30 pm.

DEL39 UKD-VIRUS-LD KUMBH Over 1,700 test positive for COVID-19 in Kumbh Mela over 5-day period Dehradun/Rishikesh: Over 1,700 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Haridwar Kumbh Mela area from April 10 to 14 confirming fears that one of the world's largest religious gatherings may contribute further to the rapid rise in coronavirus cases.

DES23 UKD-VIRUS-STUDENT IIT-Roorkee student dies at quarantine centre; had tested negative for COVID Roorkee: A student died at a COVID quarantine centre on the IIT campus here after he tested negative for the infection, prompting the authorities to launch a magisterial probe.

DEL50 UP-VIRUS-CASES 114 more die from COVID in UP as state reports highest single-day spike of 22,439 cases Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh on Thursday reported 114 coronavirus deaths and 22,439 fresh cases, its record daily infection numbers since the outbreak of the pandemic, according to an official.

DES14 UP-SCHOOLS-LD EXAMS COVID-19: Schools in UP shut till May 15, night curfew imposed in 10 districts Lucknow: All schools in Uttar Pradesh will be closed till May 15 while board exams for classes 10 and 12 have been postponed till May 20 in view of the rising COVID-19 cases, the state government said on Thursday.

DES25 UP-PANCHAYAT POLLS-STOLEN Two ballot boxes stolen during UP panchayat polls; 8 arrested Agra (UP): Apr 15 (PTI) Two ballot boxes were stolen in Rihawali village of Agra Rural constituency during the Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections on Thursday, police said.

DES18 PB-SCHOOL-LD EXAM Punjab to promote students of classes 5, 8, 10 without exams Chandigarh: Amid rising COVID-19 cases, the Punjab government on Thursday announced that students of Classes 5, 8 and 10 will be promoted to the next standard without exams.

DES16 HR-VIRUS-EXAMS-CANCEL Haryana cancels class 10 board exams, postpones class 12 exams Chandigarh: The Haryana government on Thursday cancelled the class 10 board exams which were to be conducted by the state board of school education and decided to postpone the exams of class 12 amid the coronavirus pandemic outbreak. PTI RDK RDK