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MDS1 TL-VIRUS-CASES Telangana reports 1,097 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths push toll to 1,723 Hyderabad: Telangana reported 1,097 fresh COVID-19 cases pushing the tally to over 3.13 lakh, while the death toll rose to 1,723 with six more fatalities, the state government said on Monday.

MDS2 KL-POLLS-CURTAINRAISER After unparalleled electioneering, Ker set for Assembly polls on Tuesday Thiruvananthapuram: After weeks-long stormy campaign sessions, marathon rallies and mammoth road shows, Kerala is all set to go to polls on Tuesday with 2.74 crore voters exercising their franchise to decide the fate of 957 candidates including high-profile leaders and independents in 140 Assembly constituencies across the state.

MDS3 DRDO-TECHNOLOGY DRDO develops advanced chaff technology to safeguard Naval ships Bengaluru: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said it has developed an Advanced Chaff Technology to safeguard naval ships against enemy missile attack.

MDS4 PD-VIRUS-CASES Puducherry adds 180 new Covid-19 cases, overall tally rises to 42,539 Puducherry: Puducherry recorded 180 fresh cases of coronavirus on Monday, pushing the overall tally to 42,539.

MDS6 TN-POLLS-AIADMK-STALIN Disallow Stalin, four others of DMK from contesting Assembly polls: AIADMK Chennai: The ruling AIADMK on Monday urged the Chief Electoral Officer to 'cancel' the candidature of DMK president M K Stalin and four others of his party for the April 6 Assembly polls, alleging 'distribution of cash' to voters.PTI SS PTI PTI