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Following are the top stories of the northern region at 2000 hrs:
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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir's main opposition party, National Conference, advises the government to ask its ally BJP and the Centre for help against attempts to alter Constitutional provisions that give special status to the state: Political sources.
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New Delhi: Former Union minister and BJP MP from Ajmer Sanwar Lal Jat died here of cardiac arrest aged 62: Top AIIMS official.
Srinagar: A 16-year-old boy dies after suffering pellet injuries during clashes between protestors and security forces that broke near the site of an encounter in Tral area of Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir where three militants were killed.
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath says that maintaining the cleanliness and 'aviralta' (ever- flowing nature) of Ganga was the responsibility of all, as rivers were connected to the development of present and future generations.
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New Delhi: A parliamentary panel suggests making partial disclosure to civil services officers of their performance appraisal report on the lines of the process followed by the Army.
Lucknow/Gorakhpur: The Uttar Pradesh BJP prepares a list of 1.35 lakh party workers, who would be virtually a phone call away from the relatives of patients admitted in government hospitals and would not hesitate to donate blood: BJP.
New Delhi: Some key Kashmiri separatists are in touch with militant leaders based in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, and are believed to be receiving funds from across the border, the Rajya Sabha has been informed.
New Delhi: Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel warns officers of strict action if they fail to provide written answers on time, sought by the legislators during the Question Hour.
New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) asks its affiliated schools across the country to ensure that Independence day celebrations do not cause "undue strain" to students.
New Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) alleges that colleges here are charging "high" hostel fee and imposing "discriminatory" rules for girls, and seeks Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar's intervention.
Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah says Congress leader Ahmed Patel's win in Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls "should have never been this difficult" and the opposition needs to introspect and shift strategy to counter the BJP in the 2019 general elections.
Chandigarh: The father of a Chandigarh-based woman, who has filed a police complaint against the Haryana BJP chief's son for allegedly stalking her, says there "was no instance yet" of any pressure from the family of the accused.