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New Delhi, Jun 9 (PTI) These are the top stories from the northern region at 5 pm.

DEL24 PRASADA-LD BJP Congress leader Jitin Prasada joins BJP New Delhi: Congress leader Jitin Prasada joined the BJP on Wednesday, in a shot in the arm for the saffron party as it prepares for assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh scheduled for early next year.

DEL26 PRASADA-CONGRESS Big jolt for Congress as Prasada quits party ahead of Uttar Pradesh polls New Delhi: Amid continued infighting in its Punjab and Rajasthan units, the Congress suffered a major jolt on Wednesday as it lost Jitin Prasada, a prominent young face from Uttar Pradesh, to the BJP.

DES6 UP-ACCIDENT LD TOLL Kanpur road accident death toll climbs to 17 Kanpur: The death toll in the head-on collision between a double-decker bus and a loader ferrying factory workers on the Kanpur-Allahabad highway has climbed to 17, officials said on Wednesday.

DES3 UP-MAYAWATI-VACCINATION Decision on free vaccination appropriate but late: Mayawati Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Wednesday welcomed the Centre's announcement on free vaccines to all above 18 years of age, but called it a 'delayed decision'.

DES13 UKD-RANK-SDG U'khand ranked 4th in Niti Aayog's SDG India Index 2020-21 Dehradun: Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat on Wednesday congratulated teachers and education department officials in Uttarakhand for the state being ranked fourth in Niti Aayog's SDG India Index 2020-21. PTI RDK RDK

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