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MDS15 TN-RAJINIKANTH-AWARD-LD REAX Rajini dedicates Dada Saheb Phalke award to those responsible for his rise Chennai: Superstar Rajinikanth on Thursday dedicated the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award announced by the Centre to be conferred on him to those who made him what he is now, including a bus driver friend and his mentor who launched him in cinema, the late K Balachander.

MDS1 TL-VIRUS-CASES Telangana adds 887 fresh COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths push toll to 1,701 Hyderabad: Telangana recorded 887 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single day spike so far this year, pushing the tally to over 3.08 lakh , while the death toll rose to 1,701 with four more fatalities, the state government said on Thursday.

MDS10 TN-POLLS-SHAH-DMK Shah tears into DMK for A Raja's offensive remarks against TN CM; dubs it 'anti-women' Thirukoyilur (TN): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday hit out at the DMK for its leader A Raja's alleged vulgar remarks against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami's mother, saying it showed the party had no regard for women.

MDS13 KL-POLLS-YOGI ADITYANATH UP Chief Minister attacks LDF and UDF for not bringing legislation against 'Love Jihad' Haripad (Ker): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took potshots at his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan, alleging his office was involved in the gold smuggling scam and attacked the two rival fronts--the ruling LDF and opposition UDF for not bringing in a legislation against 'Love Jihad'.

MDS17 KL-POLL-CM-DEBATE Kerala CM dares Chennithala for debate on development Thiruvananthapuram: With less than a week left for the assembly elections in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday dared Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala for a public debate on development and welfare in the state.

MES2 AP-VACCINE-CM AP CM takes coronavirus vaccine Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and his wife Bharati got the first dose of Covaxin administered in Guntur city on Thursday, marking the launch of the new phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

MES1 KA-VACCINE-CM K'taka CM Yediyurappa, Health Minister appeal to people above 45 years to get vaccinated Bengaluru: As the state geared up to vaccinate everyone above 45 years of age from Thursday, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar appealed to the eligible people to make use of this protective cover against coronavirus.PTI SS PTI PTI