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New Delhi, Jul 2 (PTI) These are the top stories from the northern region at 5 pm.

DES13 PB-POWER-LD SIDHU Sidhu calls for new law to revoke PPAs approved by former SAD-BJP govt in Punjab Chandigarh: As Punjab reels under an unprecedented power shortage, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday batted for a law to nullify the power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed during the tenure of previous SAD-BJP government.

LGD9 PB-HC-PRISONS Confining hardcore criminals to cell for 22 hours a day illegal, impermissible: HC Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has observed that confining hardcore criminals to a cell for 22 hours a day is 'illegal' and 'impermissible' as they can't be reduced to animal-like existence.

DES15 UKD-LEADERSHIP Uttarakhand abuzz with speculation over another change of guard Dehradun: Uttarakhand is abuzz with speculation over another leadership change, given the possibility that the Election Commission may not hold a bypoll in the state enabling Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat’s election to the state assembly.

DEL29 UP-LD DGP Will ensure police force is sensitive, connected to people: UP DGP Lucknow: Mukul Goel, who took as the new Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police on Friday, said he would focus on crime control and ensure that policemen are sensitive and connected to people in the state. PTI RDK RDK

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