Following are the top stories from the northern region at 1915 hrs: DES20 UP-PRE-2NDLD POLL Lucknow: Voting for the presidential poll in Uttar Pradesh ends this afternoon with 402 of the 403 MLAs and three MPs exercising their franchise while SP legislator Shivpal Singh Yadav votes for NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind. DES18 PB-PREZ-LD POLL Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party's H S Phoolka was the only MLA in the 117-member Punjab Assembly not to cast his vote for the presidential election while in Haryana all the 90 legislators exercised their franchise. NRG14 UP-AZAM Lucknow: Days after a powerful plastic explosive was found inside the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan says those running the Centre and the state are answerable to the people about it. DES17 DL-MERIDIEN PROBE New Delhi: More than three months after it cancelled the licence of the Le Meridien hotel here over non-payment of dues, the NDMC decides to probe the role of its officials in alleged irregularities in the recovery of the amount the hotel owed the civic body. DES14 MOSJ-COMPETITION-DIFFERENTLY ABLED New Delhi: The Social Justice Ministry will organise a short film competition to raise awareness on making public places accessible for the differently-abled, an official statement say. DES13 DL-CHIKUNGUNYA New Delhi: At least 26 fresh cases of malaria have been reported last week, taking the total number of people affected by this vector-borne disease this year to 210, according to a municipal report. DES3 PB-CHILDREN-ACCIDENT Hoshiarpur (PB): At least 12 children have been injured when their school van rammed into a truck amid heavy rains near here. NRG12 PB-GST-RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh seeks from Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley a GST exemption on 'langars' and the 'prasad' distributed at various religious places, including temples. NRG10 RJ-ANIMALS Jaipur: Ten bovine animals, including seven cows, die after consuming plants that had been sprayed with pesticides in Rajasthan's Pali district, the police say. NRG5 UP-FAKE-TTE Muzaffarnagar (UP): A man has been arrested here after he was allegedly found extracting money from passengers on a train posing as a Travel Ticket Examiner (TTE), officials say. NRG2 UP-RAPE Badaun (UP): A man has been arrested for allegedly raping his 11-year-old daughter at a village here, police say.
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