Following are the top stories from the northern region at 9 pm
JAMMU DEL34 JK-4THLD FIRING
Jammu: Four civilians and a BSF jawan were killed while 12 others were injured as the Pakistan Rangers rained mortars on villages and border outposts in Jammu today, escalating border skirmishes a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
MANGU CHAK DEL48 JK-SHELLING-HAMLET
Mangu Chak (Jammu district): Hundreds of angry residents of hamlets along the border today protested after four civilians were killed and 12 injured in heavy Pakistan mortar shelling, demanding stern action against the neighbouring country for targeting innocent people.
SRINAGAR DES38 JK-ENCOUNTER
Srinagar: Security forces are engaged in a gun battle with militants in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir today, the Army said, in a first counter-militancy operation since the Centre announced a conditional suspension of operations during Ramzan.
Srinagar: A three-tier security arrangement has been thrown around the city ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to all three regions of Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow, during which he will lay the foundation stone for the ambitious Zojila tunnel that will provide all-weather connectivity to Ladakh with the rest of the country.
DEHRADUN DEL40 UKD-2ND LD-PILGRIMS-ACCIDENT
Dehradun/Pithoragarh: Eleven people, many of them in their teens, were killed and 19 injured in Champawat district today when a speeding truck rammed into a group of pilgrims walking to the Purnagiri temple.
SHIMLA DEL47 HP-KASAULI-PROBE
Shimla: The magisterial inquiry into the deaths of an assistant town planner and a PWD employee during a demolition drive in Kasauli has indicted the police for lapses, sources said.
CHANDIGARH DEL60 PB-JAIL-OFFICIALS-ACTION
Chandigarh: Up to 14 Punjab jail officials may face stern action for allegedly allowing two Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists to contact their handlers in Pakistan, a senior officer said here today.
LUCKNOW DEL54 UP-POLICE-GRAFT
Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh police today shunted out 18 personnel from their Noida crime branch and ordered an inquiry after a WhatsApp message "exposed" their "bribe rate card".
ALIGARH DEL22 UP-AMU-VC
Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor Tariq Mansoor today welcomed the end of the campus protest triggered by the Jinnah portrait row, describing it as a Ramzan gift to the entire AMU community.
SITAPUR DEL23 UP-STRAY DOGS-ATTACK
Sitapur (UP): An eight-year-old girl died after being mauled by a pack of dogs in Sitapur district, taking the toll to 14 in such fatal attacks by feral hounds in the last six months, police said.
LUCKNOW DES1 UP-FLYOVER-REPORT-CM
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered proceedings for strict penal action against former Managing Director of UP State Bridge Corporation Rajan Mittal and six others in connection with the Varanasi flyover collapse, which killed at least 15 people earlier this week.
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