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MDS12 LD-PUDUCHERRY Congress government in Puducherry falls after CM resigns ahead of confidence vote Puducherry: The Congress government in Puducherry fell on Monday after Chief Minister V Narayanasamy resigned ahead of the confidence vote sought by him in the Assembly after his government was reduced to a minority due to a spate of resignations of party MLAs and a DMK legislator over the past few days.

MDS5 TL-VIRUS-CASES Telangana adds 114 new COVID-19 cases, one death pushes toll to 1,625 Hyderabad: Telangana recorded 114 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the total caseload to 2,97,712, while the death toll rose to 1,625 with one more fatality, the state government said on Monday.

MDS13 KL-RAHUL-MGNREGA Rahul Gandhi takes dig at PM Modi for ridiculing MGNREGA Wayanad (Ker): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said Narendra Modi, who 'ridiculed' MGNREGA when he took over as Prime Minister in 2014, was 'forced to accept' the fact that the ambitious rural job scheme brought in by the previous UPA government played the role of 'saviour' of people of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MDS14 KL-RAHUL-FARMBILLS Agriculture is the only business that belongs to 'Bharat Mata': Rahul Gandhi Wayanad (Ker): After taking out a tractor rally in his constituency in solidarity with the agitating farmers, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said agriculture is the only business that belongs to 'Bharat Mata' and called upon the people to 'force' the government to take back three farm laws brought the BJP-led central government.

MES4 KA-CAUVERY-CM Cauvery: Govt committed to protecting K'taka's interests, will not allow anyone to use surplus water, says CM Bengaluru: The Karnataka government will not allow anyone to use surplus water from the inter-state Cauvery river and will take strong measures to protect the state's interests, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said on Monday, amid concerns regarding river interlinking project being undertaken by neighbouring Tamil Nadu.PTI SS PTI PTI