Chennai, Apr 30 (PTI) Highlights from the Southern region at 5 PM.

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MDS1 TL-VIRUS-CASES Telangana adds 7,646 new COVID-19 cases, 53 deaths take toll to 2,261 Hyderabad: Telangana reported 7,646 fresh COVID-19 cases taking the tally to over 4.35 lakh while the toll stood at 2,261 with 53 more casualties.

MDS3 KA-VACCINE-LD MINISTER Vaccination of people above 18 in K'taka may be delayed: Health Minister Bengaluru: Vaccination of people above 18 years of age, which was supposed to start from May 1, may be delayed as the vaccines have not yet arrived, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Friday.

MDS4 KA-POLLS-KRISHNAMURTHY Electoral funding system lopsided, has to change, says ex-CEC T S Krishnamurthy Bengaluru: The present system of electoral funding is lopsided, and the first-past-the-post voting practice has outlived its utility, former Chief Election Commissioner T S Krishnamurthy has said calling for long-pending poll reforms.

MDS5 TN-VACCINATION-DEFER TN defers covid vaccine rollout over uncertainty in supplies Chennai: With uncertainty looming large over the supply of COVID-19 vaccines, the Tamil Nadu government on Friday deferered its roll out the massive vaccination drive for the 18-44 years age group on May 1 as originally planned.

MDS6 PD-VIRUS-CASES 1,195 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths in Puducherry Puducherry: The COVID-19 tally in the Union Territory of Puducherry rose to 58,622 on Friday with the addition of 1,195 fresh cases, while 12 deaths pushed the toll to 805, the health department said.

MDS7 TN-STALIN Go for subdued celebrations, Stalin tells party workers Chennai: With various exit polls projecting a win for the DMK-led alliance in the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls ahead of the counting day of May 2, party chief M K Stalin on Friday appealed to workers to not to converge in large numbers in counting centers or elsewhere for celebrations.

MES1 TN-FILMMAKER-ANAND Noted Tamil filmmaker, national award winner; K V Anand dies of cardiac arrest Chennai: K V Anand, noted Tamil film director and cinematographer died here early on Friday due to cardiac arrest, sources close to his family said.PTI SS PTI PTI