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MDS1 KL-LAKSHADWEEP-SCIENTISTS Group of scientists seeks President's intervention to withdraw proposed LDAR Kochi: The proposed Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation of 2021 (LDAR) is highly problematic and will work against existing legal provisions that safeguard the resilience of Lakshadweep's ecology, livelihood and culture, say a group of scientists from different institutions who have worked on the islands for years.

MDS2 PD-VIRUS-CASES Puducherry reports 298 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths push toll to 1,734 Puducherry: The union territory of Puducherry added 298 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 1,15,925, a senior official of the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services said on Thursday.

MDS4 KL-LAKSHADWEEP-SULTHANA Ayesha Sulthana interrogated by Lakshadweep police, let off Kochi: Filmmaker Ayesha Sulthana, facing allegations of sedition in Lakshadweep, was let off by the Lakshadweep police on Thursday after interrogation.

MDS5 TN-ASSEMBLY-BILLS TN Assembly adopts three Bills, House adjourned sine die Chennai: The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Thursday adopted three amendment Bills, including one for amending the state's Fiscal Responsibility Act and the House was later adjourned sine die.

MES5 KA-LD-EX-CORPORATOR-MURDER Woman ex-Councillor of BJP stabbed to death in Bengaluru Bengaluru: A former woman BJP councillor in the Bruhat Bengaluru Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the city corporation, was stabbed to death in front of her house in Cottonpet in the city on Thursday, police said.

MES3 KA-CONG-PRIYANK KHARGE Projecting CM face for Assembly poll is mere 'fantasy': Cong MLA Priyank Kharge Bengaluru: Congress MLA Priyank M Kharge on Thursday dismissed talk of projecting a Chief Ministerial face in the next Assembly elections in Karnataka as some people's fantasy and said it would be fought under a collective leadership.PTI SS PTI PTI

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