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MDS2 PD-VIRUS-CASES Puducherry adds 50 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death pushes toll to 623 Puducherry: Puducherry registered 50 fresh coronavirus cases taking the overall tally in the union territory to 37,670, a top Health department official said on Friday.

MDS3 TL-VIRUS-CASES Telangana adds 551 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death takes toll to 1,506 Hyderabad: Telangana reported 551 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to over 2.80 lakh while one fatality pushed the toll to 1,506, the state government said on Friday.

MDS4 TN-FARMERS -LD DMK DMK, allies stage hunger strike in TN and Pondy in support of protesting farmers Chennai: The DMK-led opposition in Tamil Nadu on Friday embarked on a day-long hunger strike in support of farmers protesting against the three farm laws enacted by the Centre recently, demanding the contentious legislations be repealed.

MDS5 KA-TEXTBOOK-BRAHMIN Karnataka govt to remove textbook content that hurt feelings of Brahmins Bengaluru: The Karnataka Government has instructed removal of contents from the class 6 social science textbooks after the Brahmin Development Board complained it was 'insulting' to the Brahmin community.

MES4 KL-VIRUS-VACCINE Registration of health workers for COVID vaccine in final stages in Kerala Thiruvananthapuram: The registration of health workers, enrolled for receiving COVID-19 vaccination, is in the final stages in Kerala, state Health Minister K K Shailaja has said.PTI SS PTI PTI