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New Delhi, Feb 22 (PTI) These are the top stories from the northern region at 8.45 pm.

DES57 UP-3RDLD BUDGET Adityanath govt presents its last budget before UP polls, counts on infra development Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh on Monday presented the last budget of its term, earmarking a big slice of it on infrastructural projects and listing schemes for farmers.

DES42 UP-BUDGET-OPPN UP govt budget just an election stunt, fails to live up to aspirations of youth, farmers: Oppn Lucknow: Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh on Monday termed the state budget an election stunt that fails to live up to the aspirations of the youth, farmers, women and the unemployed.

DES48 BUD-NCR-JEWAR AIRPORT UP govt announces Rs 2000 cr for airstrip expansion at Noida, building electronic city near airport Noida (UP): The Uttar Pradesh government's 2021-22 budget presented on Monday made a provision of Rs 2,000 crore for the upcoming Noida International Airport and also announced establishing an ‘electronic city’ near the airport.

DES30 PB-FARMERS-AAP AAP to hold 'Kisan Mahasammelan' in Punjab's Moga on Mar 21 Chandigarh: Punjab's main opposition party AAP on Monday said it will organise a 'Kisan Mahasammelan' in Moga district on March 21 in support of the ongoing farmers' agitation against the Centre's contentious agri laws.

DES40 PB-JAKHAR-AMARINDER Amarinder to lead Congress in assembly polls next year: Jakhar Chandigarh: Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar on Monday said CM Amarinder Singh will lead the party in the assembly elections next year as people have reposed their faith in his leadership with their verdict in the party's favour during the just held civic body polls.

DES21 PB-VIRUS-SURGE Non-adherence to COVID-19 norms behind surge in infections in Punjab: Health officials Chandigarh: With Punjab witnessing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, health officials on Monday ascribed the upswing to people not adhering to safety guidelines like wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

LGD21 CH-HC-NODEEP High Court to hear bail plea of labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur on Wednesday Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court will on Wednesday hear a bail plea of labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur, arrested on charges of extortion and attempt to murder.

DES34 HR-TIKAIT-TOMAR When crowds gather, govts get changed: BKU leader Rakesh Tikait at farmers' mahapanchayat Sonipat: Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait on Monday took a dig at Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar's remark that mere gathering of crowd does not lead to revocation of laws, saying when people gather governments get changed.

DES16 RJ-GEHLOT-PUDUCHERRY Development in Puducherry unfortunate, BJP undermining democracy: Gehlot Jaipur: With the Narayanasamy government losing power in Puducherry, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday accused the BJP of grabbing power by destabilising Congress governments.

DES52 RJ-VIRUS-DEATHS COVID-19: 83 new cases in Rajasthan; no fresh death Jaipur: No fresh COVID-19 death was recorded in Rajasthan on Monday while the death toll in the state stands at 2,785, according to a health department bulletin.

DES47 RJ-PILOT Central govt looting people: Sachin Pilot on rising fuel prices Jaipur: Former Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot on Monday questioned the silence of BJP leaders on inflation and rising fuel prices. PTI RDK RDK