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MDS1 TL-VIRUS-CASES Telangana adds 197 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths take toll to 1,596 Hyderabad: Telangana recorded 197 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total positives to nearly 2.94 lakh while two fatalities pushed the toll to 1,596.

MDS2 PD-VIRUS-CASES 31 new COVID-19 cases push overall tally in Puducherry past 39,000 mark Puducherry: Puducherry registered 31 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours taking the tally past the 39,000 mark, a top Health department official said on Friday.

MDS3 KA-COUNCIL-DYCHAIRMAN BJP's M K Pranesh elected Dy Chairman of Karnataka Legislative Council, backed by JD(S) Bengaluru: BJP MLC M K Pranesh was on Friday elected as the Deputy Chairman of the Karnataka Legislative Council with the backing of JD(S).

MES2 AP-POLLS-IAS OFFICER AP Panchayat polls: SEC seeks removal of senior IAS officer from election duties Amaravati: After censuring two senior IAS officers for their alleged dereliction in discharging their duties, the Andhra Pradesh State Election Commission has now sought the removal of Praveen Prakash, Principal Secretary, General Administration Department (Political) from poll duties.

MES4 AEROINDIA-HAL HAL to showcase 'Aatmanirbhar Formation Flight' at Aero India-2021 Bengaluru: A flying display of HAL's indigenous platforms (both fixed and rotary wing) titled 'Aatmanirbhar Formation Flight' will be part of the flying display during the 13thedition of Aero India-2021 scheduled from February 3 at Air Force Station, Yelahanka here.

MES3 TL-ACCIDENT 6 killed as lorry, auto collide head-on in Telangana Hyderabad: Six people were killed when a lorry and an autorickshaw collided head-on at a village in Mahabubabad district of Telangana on Friday, police said.PTI SS PTI PTI