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MDS1 TL-VIRUS-CASES Telangana logs 461 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths take toll to 1,544 Hyderabad: Telangana recorded 461 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total positives to over 2.86 lakh while three fatalities pushed the toll to 1,544, the state government said on Friday.

MDS3 KL-SWEEPER-PANCHAYAT-PRESIDENT(SLUG) From part-time sweeper to panchayat prez, a rise thanks to democracy Kollam (Ker): When A Anandavalli entered the Pathanapuram block Panchayat in Kerala nearly decade ago as a part-time sweeper, she would never have dreamt she would rise to head the local body one day.

MDS5 KL-IMMOLATION-PROBE(R) Ker: Crime Branch probe ordered into death of couple following immolation bid Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government on Friday handed over investigation of the recent self-immolation incident of a poor couple amidst their attempt to thwart an eviction drive here to the Crime Branch.

MDS6 PD-VIRUS-CASES Puducherry adds 32 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 38,164 Puducherry: Puducherry logged 32 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours while no fresh fatality was reported, a top Health department official said on Friday.

MES5 PD-NEW YEAR CM Puducherry CM attacks Bedi, thanks people for peaceful New Year eve celebrations Puducherry: In a veiled attack on Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Friday said the new year eve celebrations in the union territory went off peacefully despite attempts by some sections to stall them.PTI SS PTI PTI