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New Delhi, Dec 17 (PTI) These are the top stories from the northern region at 9 pm.

DEL29 PB-FARMERS-DEATH Farmer dies near Tikri border Chandigarh: A 38-year-old farmer from Punjab was found dead at a protest site near the Tikri border on Thursday morning, police said.

DES32 PB-HARSIMRAT-KEJRIWAL Kejriwal indulged in cheap theatrics by tearing copies of farm laws: Harsimrat Chandigarh: Former union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Thursday accused Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal of indulging in “cheap theatrics” by tearing copies of the farm laws.

DES47 PB-SAD-BJP Why have you 'abandoned' Vajpayee's principles, SAD asks BJP Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal on Thursday asked the BJP why it has “abandoned” the principles of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

DES37 PB-AMARINDER-RAHUL Rahul's walkout from defence panel's meet 'totally justified', says Amarinder Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday said Rahul Gandhi's walkout from a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Defence was “totally justified” and stressed that the panel should have discussed strategic security issues.

DES48 PB-VIRUS-CASES Punjab records 449 fresh COVID-19 cases, 15 more deaths Chandigarh: Punjab's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 1,61,831 on Thursday with 449 fresh infections and the death toll climbed to 5,150 as 15 more people succumbed to the disease, according to a medical bulletin.

DEL44 FARMERS-HIGHWAY-DHABAS Highway dhabas wait for customers, count their losses as COVID and farmers’ stir take a toll New Delhi/Chandigarh: The highway much travelled is now the road hardly taken and scores of dhabas along the Delhi-Punjab route that once buzzed with truckers, tourists and others say their earnings are down by up to 90 per cent – done in by the coronavirus pandemic and now the 22-day farmers’ protest.

DES34 HR-LD PREACHER Sikh preacher suicide: Akalis pay respects at his gurdwara; Haryana, Punjab CMs offer condolences Chandigarh: Akali leaders and a large number of followers of Sikh preacher Sant Ram Singh, who apparently committed suicide because he was unable to bear the 'pain of farmers', paid their last respects to him at his gurdwara in Karnal on Thursday.

DES45 HR-VIRUS-CASES Haryana reports 17 more COVID-19 deaths, 714 fresh cases Chandigarh: Haryana on Thursday reported 17 more coronavirus deaths, taking the death toll to 2,782, even as 714 fresh cases pushed the state's infection tally to 2,55,728.

DEL7 UP-AYODHYA-MOSQUE Foundation stone for Ayodhya mosque to be laid on R-Day; blueprint this week Ayodhya (UP): The blueprint of the mosque to replace the Babri Masjid will be unveiled this Saturday and its foundation laid on Republic Day on the five-acre land allotted for it here, members of the Trust formed for its construction said. PTI DES30 UP-FARMERS-BKU Farm-law impasse should be resolved through dialogue: BKU chief Muzaffarnagar (UP): Bharatiya Kisan Union president Naresh Tikait said farmers did not want conflict during the protest against the new farm laws and the issue should be resolved through dialogue.

DES24 NCR-FARMERS-NOIDA Another BKU faction reaches Noida; homage paid to 'martyrs' of farmers stir Noida (UP): Another group of farmers reached Noida on Thursday and attempted to move to Delhi to join the bigger stir against the new central farm laws but were prohibited by police deployed in a large number near the Chilla border.

DES19 UP-FARMERS-ADITYANATH Opposition misleading farmers over agriculture laws: Adityanath Bareilly (UP): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here on Thursday alleged that the Opposition parties are 'misleading' farmers on the Centre’s agriculture laws and said the government will ensure that they get remunerative price of their produce.

DES21 UP-JEWAR-AIRPORT UP CM approves name, design of Jewar airport Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday approved the design, name and logo of the international airport to be constructed in Noida’s Jewar, according to an official statement.

DES35 UP-VIRUS-CASES 18 more deaths push UP's COVID-19 toll to 8,136 Lucknow: The death toll due to COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh rose to 8,136 on Thursday with 18 more fatalities, while 1,539 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 5,70,789 in the state, according to a health bulletin.

DES25 RJ-VIRUS-CASES 11 deaths, 1,112 fresh virus cases in Rajasthan Jaipur: The Rajasthan health authorities on Thursday reported 11 coronavirus fatalities and 1,112 fresh cases as the state’s numbers rose to 2,589 deaths and 2,95,953 infections.

DES39 UKD-VIRUS-CASES 620 more test positive for COVID-19 in U'khand Dehradun: Uttarakhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 84,689 on Thursday with 620 more persons testing positive for the coronavirus while nine more infected patients died in the state, according to a state health department bulletin. RDK RDK