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MDS1 PD-VIRUS-CASES Puducherry logs 18 new COVID cases, overall tally rises to 38,878 Puducherry: Puducherry added 18 new coronavirus cases taking the overall tally to 38,878 while no fresh fatality was reported from the union territory during the last 24 hours, a top Health department official said on Monday.

MDS3 TL-VIRUS-CASES Telangana adds 148 new COVID-19 cases, one death pushes toll to 1,590 Hyderabad: Telangana recorded 148 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the total caseload to 2,93,401, while the death toll rose to 1,590 with one more fatality, the state government said on Monday.

MDS5 KL-SOLAR-CHANDY Sexual assault case: Not afraid of any probe, govt decision on CBI inquiry will backfire on LDF, says Chandy Thiruvananthapuram: Former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy on Monday said the LDF government's decision recommending a CBI probe into sexual exploitation cases against him and four other Congress leaders would only backfire on it and asserted he was not afraid any inquiry.

MDS6 KA-RAHUL-BJP Modi showcaused TN culture by inviting Xi to M Bengaluru: Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi for attacking BJP over Tamil language and culture, party general secretary C T Ravi on Monday said visiting global leaders were only shown Mughal tombs by the Congress leader's family members when in power while it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who showcased places like Mamallapuram.

MDS7 PD-MINISTER Pondy Minister Namassivayam quits as Minister, MLA; suspended from Cong primary membership Puducherry: Puducherry PWD Minister A Namassivayam on Monday resigned from the Ministry and also from the Assembly after the ruling Congress suspended him from primary membership on charges of anti-party activities.

MDS8 TN-FARMLAWS-RAHUL Centre's new farm laws 'criminal,' will fight them, says Rahul Gandhi Karur (TN): Keeping up the attack on the NDA government at the Centre over the new farm laws, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said they were 'criminal' and vowed to oppose them in the interest of the farmers.

MDS9 TN-STALIN If elected, DMK will dedicate first 100 days of govt to solve people's issues, says Stalin Chennai: The DMK would dedicate first 100 days of its government to solve on a war-footing issues concerning the people if it was voted to power in the coming assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, party chief M K Stalin assured on Monday.PTI SS PTI PTI