Chennai, Feb 1 (PTI): Highlights from the Southern region at 5 PM.

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MDS1 TL-VIRUS-CASES Telangana logs 118 new coronavirus cases, 2 deaths push toll past 1,600 mark Hyderabad: Telangana recorded 118 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total positives to over 2.94 lakh while two fatalities pushed the toll to 1,601, the state government said on Monday.

MDS2 KA-HAL Defence Minister to inaugurate HAL's second LCA production line on Tuesday Bengaluru: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate Hindustan Aeronautics Limited's Tejas Light Combat Aircraft's second production line here on Tuesday, according to HAL officials.

MDS3 PD-VIRUS-CASES Puducherry adds 28 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths take toll to 651 Puducherry: Puducherry reported 28 fresh coronavirus cases while three elderly people including a 74-year old woman succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours pushing the toll to 651, a top Health department official said on Monday.

MDS4 TN-POLICE-LD KILLED Policeman in TN killed after being rammed by load van Tuticorin (TN): A police Sub-Inspector in this district died early on Monday after a man he had pulled up for causing nuisance in an inebriated condition allegedly rammed the victim's two-wheeler using a load van, police said.

MDS5 BUD-KA-YEDIYURAPPA Union Budget is a 'catalyst', a 'speed booster' that can revive sluggish economy: Yediyurappa Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday said the Union Budget for 2021-22 presented by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament has come as a catalyst that can revive this sluggish economy.PTI SS PTI PTI