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MDS1 PD-VIRUS-CASES Puducherry logs 172 fresh COVID-19 cases, overall tally rises to 1,17,959 Puducherry: The union territory of Puducherry reported 172 new coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 1,17,959, a senior official of the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services said on Sunday.

MDS2 KL-VIJAYAN-GOENKA Vijayan thanks Harsh Goenka for comment supporting state govt's ease of doing business Thiruvananthapuram: Allaying concerns of industries, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday said Kerala was one of the most investor-friendly states in the country and assured an atmosphere for sustainable and innovative industries to thrive.

MES3 TN-FISHERMEN-LANKA Sri Lankan Navy personnel chase away TN fishermen, 'damage' expensive fishing nets Rameswaram (TN): Sri Lankan Naval personnel damaged about 30 fishing nets, each costing about one lakh rupees and chased them away at gunpoint while they were fishing in Palk Strait, fishermen alleged here on Sunday.

MES4 KA-VACCINE-SHIVAKUMAR Shivakumar 'challenges' K'taka govt to vaccinate 80% adult population in 3 months Bengaluru: Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar on Sunday threw a 'challenge' to the state government to vaccinate 80 per cent of the adult population with both doses by September-end, as he stated that doing so can save people from the third wave of COVID-19.PTI SS PTI PTI

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