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MDS2 TL-VIRUS-CASES Telangana's fresh COVID-19 cases dip to 8-month low Hyderabad: Fresh COVID-19 cases in Telangana continued to dwindle further with 101 people testing positive for the infection, the lowest in the last eight months, the state government said.

MDS5 TN-2ND LD SASIKALA Sasikala back in TN; No link with party, says AIADMK Krishnagiri (TN)/Bengaluru: Expelled AIADMK leader V K Sasikala returned to Tamil Nadu to a grand reception days after completing her four-year jail term in Bengaluru in a corruption case.

MES1 TN-UKD FLOOD-CM U'khand flood: TN ready to offer assistance, says CM Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government offered all possible assistance to Uttarakhand where a glacier-burst triggered a deluge killing 10 people on Sunday and left over 140 missing.

MES4 KL-WAYANAD-HARTAL Hartal against Centre's notification on wildlife park total Wayanad (Kerala): A dawn-to-dusk hartal, to protest against the draft notification of the Centre categorising a specified area around Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary as an ecologically sensitive zone (ESZ), was near total here.

SRG1 TN-DROWNING Teenaged boy, techie drown in Bhavani river in TN Erode (TN): Two people drowned in the Bhavani River at Bhavanisagar in the district, police said. The tragedy occurred when six friends entered the river for a bath on Sunday, they said. PTI NVG NVG