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MDS1 PD-VIRUS-CASES Puducherry logs 815 fresh coronavirus cases, 12 deaths push toll to 1,583 Puducherry: The union territory of Puducherry witnessed a further dip in the number of fresh Covid-19 with 815 new infections being reported in the last 24 hours, a senior official of the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services said on Thursday.

MDS2 TN-CM-COVID-19-RELIEF-INITIATIVES CM launches COVID-19 relief hamper distribution, second payout Chennai: The distribution of COVID-19 relief hampers, containing 14 essential commodities including wheat and sugar to beneficiaries was launched here on Thursday by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin.

MDS3 KA-VACCINE Karnataka set to administer more than 60 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine in June: CM Bengaluru: The Karnataka government is all set to administer more than 60 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine this month, thereby completing a total of 2 crore jabs by June 30,Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said on Thursday.

MES2 KL-ASSEMBLY-DIGITAL UDF picks hole in Kerala's much-hyped digital education system in COVID era Thiruvananthapuram: A day after the new academic year began in state-run schools via online, the opposition Congress-led UDF on Thursday flayed the Left government in Kerala over the alleged 'digitaldivide' existing in terms of virtual education and urged them to ensure online study equipment to all students.

MES5 KL-SURENDRAN Kerala BJP chief rejects allegations of bribing tribal leader Janu to switch allegiance to NDA Kozhikode: Kerala BJP Chief K Surendran on Thursday refuted allegations that he bribed tribal leader and chairperson of Janadhipathya Rashtriya Party (JRP) C K Janu for contesting the state assembly elections as an NDA candidate.

MES3 KA-VIRUS-INMATES Eight jail inmates entitled for COVID-related parole prefer to stay back in prison Mysuru: Eight inmates in the Mysuru Central Jail have preferred to stay back in their cells, declining parole facility offered to decongest the prison premises.PTI SS PTI PTI