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MDS1 KA-SSLC-EXAMS SSLC exams begin in Karnataka amid COVID concerns Bengaluru: The two-day Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) or class 10 exams began across the state on Monday, amid COVID-19 concerns.

MDS2 PD-VIRUS-CASES COVID-19: Puducherry reports less than 50 new cases after more than four months Puducherry: The union territory of Puducherry logged 42 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours, the first time in four months it came down below the fifty mark.

MDS3 KL-WOMEN-PINK PROTECTION Ker govt launches 'Pink Protection' to ensure women's safety Thiruvananthapuram: Amidst concerns of increasing atrocities against women especially during the COVID-19 induced lockdown period, the Kerala government on Monday launched a comprehensive programme to safeguard their rights in public, private and cyber spaces.

MDS4 TN-CM-MEKEDATU TN CM Stalin rules out scope for parleys with Karnataka on Mekedatu reservoir row New Delhi/Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Monday ruled out scope for talks with Karnataka over the Mekedatu dam issue.

MES1 TL-CONGRESS T'gana Cong chief, other leaders put under 'house arrest' Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President and Congress MP A Revanth Reddy and several other senior party leaders were on Monday put under 'house arrest' at different places here, police said.

MES2 KA-KATEEL Audio clip hinting change of CM goes viral, state BJP Chief Kateel says it's fake Bengaluru: Karnataka BJP President Nalin Kumar Kateel has dismissed as fake an audio clip that hints at possible leadership change in the State, and said it was not his voice.

MES5 TN-12TH EXAM-RESULTS TN Plus Two Board exam results announced, all of over eight lakh students pass Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Monday announced that 100 per cent of the about 8.16 lakh students who registered for the Class XII board examination had passed with as many as 39,679 of them securing above 551 marks out of 600.PTI SS PTI PTI

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