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MDS9 AP-TIRUPATI-BYPOLL-OPPOSITION Oppn demands cancellation of bypoll to Tirupati(SC) LS constituency Amaravati: The opposition parties - Telugu Desam, BJP and Congress - demanded that the bypoll to Tirupati(SC) Lok Sabha constituency be cancelled forthwith, alleging that the ruling YSR Congress instigated bogus voting on a large-scale, particularly in the temple town of Tirupati.

MDS8 TN-2ND LD ACTOR Popular Tamil comedian Vivekh dies Chennai: Popular Tamil actor Vivekh who won the hearts of millions of people by his sharp wit and was noted for his social work and promoting the cause of environmental protection died.

MDS11 KA-VIRUS-LD KUMARASWAMY Former Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy and son Nikhil test COVID-19 positive Bengaluru: Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and his son Nikhil Kumaraswamy said they have tested positive for COVID-19.

MDS6 PD-VIRUS-CASES Pondy clocks 715 new cases of COVID-19, tally rises to 47,108 Puducherry: Puducherry registered 715 fresh coronavirus cases during the last twenty-four hours ending 10 AM on Saturday, raising the overall infection count to 47,108.

KA-BJP-EXPULSION BJP expels ex-MLA for contesting as rebel in Basavakalyan Bengaluru: Karnataka BJP has expelled former MLA Mallikarjun Khuba for contesting as an independent against the partys candidate Sharanu Salagar in the Basavakalyan Assembly segment where a bypoll is underway. PTI NVG NVG