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MDS3 PD-VIRUS-CASES Puducherry logs 68 fresh COVID-19 cases, overall tally rises to 1,20,003 Puducherry: The union territory of Puducherry added 68 new coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 1,20,003, a senior official of the Health Department said on Thursday.

MDS4 KA-LD YEDIYURAPPA 'Will abide by high command directions', Yediyurappa on future as K'taka CM Bengaluru: Indicating that he is on his way out, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday broke his silence for the first time amid heightened buzz that his exit was on the cards and said he will abide by the BJP central leadership's decision.

MDS5 KA-ARUN SINGH-YEDIYURAPPA Karnataka BJP in charge Arun Singh ducks questions on leadership change Bengaluru: Even as Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa hinted about his possible exit, BJP national general secretary Arun Singh, the party's Karnataka in charge on Thursday ducked questions on leadership change in the state.

MDS6 TL-RAINS Heavy rains lash Telangana, CM directs authorities to take precautionary measures Hyderabad: Normal life was thrown out of gear in several parts of Telangana as torrential rains battered the state in the past 24 hours, prompting the state government to initiate relief measures.

MDS7 TN-PEGASUS-CONGRESS Pegasus Project: TN Cong stages protest, demands Modi's resignation Chennai: The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee staged a protest here on Thursday demanding a judicial probe into the alleged snooping on political leaders, members of the judiciary, activists and journalists using Pegasus spyware.

MES1 KL-ACTOR-DEMISE Veteran Malayalam actor KTS Padannayil dead Kochi: Noted Malayalam film actor KTS Padannayil, known for his comedy roles, passed away due to age related ailments at a hospital here on Thursday morning, film industry sources said.PTI SS PTI PTI

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