HIGHLIGHTS NORTH 8.30 PM

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New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) These are the top stories from the northern region at 8.30 pm.

DES20 PB-LD SIDHU Nearly 60 Congress MLAs turn up at Sidhu's Amritsar home Amritsar: In what is seen as a show of strength, nearly 60 Congress MLAs gathered at the residence of new state party chief Navjot Singh Sidhu here on Wednesday, amid suspense over a possible truce between him and CM Amarinder Singh.

DES29 HR-FARMERS PROTEST Farmers block highway; demand release of protesters, withdrawal of sedition charges Sirsa: Farmers on Wednesday blocked a national highway here at three different points to demand the release of five protesters who were arrested last week following an attack on Haryana Assembly Deputy Speaker Ranbir Gangwa's car.

DES42 HR-VIRUS-CASES COVID-19: Haryana records 3 new fatalities, 35 fresh cases Chandigarh: Haryana on Wednesday reported three Covid-related deaths, taking the toll to 9,611 while 35 fresh infections pushed the total case count to 7,69,640, according to the Health Department's daily bulletin.

DES41 RJ-LD DOTASRA Rajasthan: Dotasra denies wrongdoing in selection of kin to RAS Jaipur: Rajasthan Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasra on Wednesday termed as 'propaganda' the accusations of wrongdoing in the selection of his two relatives to the state administrative services.

DES24 RJ-MINISTER-TRADER Trader accuses Rajasthan minister’s son of kidnapping him; FIR registered Jodhpur (Raj): A trader from Jalore district in Rajasthan has accused the son of state minister Sukhram Bishnoi of kidnapping him and demanding a ransom of Rs 50 lakh, police said on Wednesday.

DES46 RJ-PEGASUS-PILOT Pilot demands independent probe into charges of snooping using Pegasus spyware Jaipur: Congress leader and former Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot on Wednesday demanded an independent probe into the charges of snooping on politicians, journalists and others using Pegasus spyware.

DES44 RJ-VIRUS-CASES Rajasthan reports 22 fresh Covid cases Jaipur: Rajasthan on Wednesday reported 22 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the state’s infection count to 9,53,437, according to an official report.

DES14 UP-KALYAN SINGH-LD HEALTH Former UP CM Kalyan Singh's health condition critical: Hospital Lucknow: The health condition of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh is critical and he has been put on life support, the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) said on Wednesday.

DES9 UP-EID Eid-ul-Adha celebrated across UP amid Covid curbs Lucknow: Eid-ul-Adha was celebrated across Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday with limited number of people offering prayers at mosques amid gathering curbs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

DES45 UKD-LD RAIN Around two dozen people still stranded after landslides in Uttarakhand's Champawat Dehradun: Around two dozen people continued to be stranded on Wednesday after a series of landslides occurred along the Tanakpur-Ghat national highway in Uttarakhand's Champawat district following heavy rains, while Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami visited the cloudburst-hit villages of Uttarkashi district to assess the situation.

DES32 UKD-ACT-DEVASTHANAM High-powered committee set up to examine U'khand Chardham Devasthanam Board Act Dehradun: The Uttarakhand government on Wednesday decided to constitute a high-powered committee to look into the Chardham Devasthanam Board Act and suggest 'positive amendments' in it.

DES47 UKD-PACKAGE-DHAMI U'khand: Dhami announces Rs 200 cr package for tourism sector, traders connected with Chardham Yatra Dehradun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Wednesday announced a package of Rs 200 crore for people in the tourism sector and for those whose livelihoods depend on the Chardham Yatra. PTI RDK RDK

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