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MDS1 TL-VIRUS-CASES Telangana reports 2,055 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths push toll to 1,741 Hyderabad: COVID-19 cases in Telangana breached the 2,000-markwith 2,055 fresh infections pushing the tally to over 3.18 lakh, while thetoll rose to 1,741 with seven more fatalities.

MDS4 TN-VIRUS-CURBS Curbs again from April 10, says TN govt as COVID-19 cases rise Chennai: As fresh COVID-19 cases continued to increase, the Tamil Nadu government on Thursday announced reintroduction of curbs like permission only for 50 per cent seating capacity in cinemas and ban on select activities effective April 10, to help prevent the spread of the virus.

MDS3 KL-EXAMS SSLC, higher secondary exams begin in Kerala Thiruvananthapuram: The Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) and Higher Secondary (HSC) exams for the year 2021 began in Kerala on Thursday adhering to strict COVID-19 health protocols.

MES2 KL-WOMAN-ATTACK Woman injured in attack by autorickshaw driver in Ker Kottayam (Ker): A 26-year-old woman was injured when an autorickshaw driver allegedly hacked her using a sharp edged weapon near Pala in theearly hours on Thursday, police said.

MES6 PD-VIRUS-LIQUOR Special COVID-19 duty on liquor withdrawn in Puducherry Puducherry: The Puducherry administration has rescinded the 7.5 percent special COVID-19 duty on liquor here, enabling a cut in rates of alcoholic beverages in this tourism-dependent union territory.

MES4 KA-ELECTROCUTION Four labourers electrocuted at construction site Bengaluru: Four migrant labourers including one from Jharkhand have been electrocuted at Anekal bordering Tamil Nadu in the city while erecting a pandal, police said.PTI SS PTI PTI