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MDS1 KL-POLLS-PALAKKAD Apr 6 polls: BJP hopes to chug into Palakkad with 'Metroman' Sreedharan's candidature Palakkad (Ker): In a literal young versus old battle, BJP's 'Metroman' E Sreedharan will take on sitting Congress MLA Shafi Parambil here for the April 6 Kerala Assembly elections, seeking to convert his technocrat charisma into votes. By Lekshmi Gopalakrishnan MDS3 TL-VIRUS-CASES Telangana logs 493 fresh COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths push toll to 1,680 Hyderabad: Telangana continued to witness a rise in new COVID-19 daily cases as the number neared the 500-mark as 493 new infections were reported taking the cumulative tally to 3,04,791, the state government said on Thursday.

MDS4 PD-VIRUS-CASES Puducherry reports 95 new COVID-19 cases, overall tally climbs to 40,740 Puducherry: The union territory of Puducherry logged 95 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 40,740, a senior official of the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Services said on Thursday.

MDS5 TN-TAX-SEARCHES Taxmen search premises linked to DMK leader in poll- bound TN Chennai: Sleuths of the Income Tax department on Thursday conducted searches in premises linked to a noted DMK leader in Tamil Nadu, sources said.

MDS6 KA-GST-MOILY Remove 'distortions' in GST Act before bringing petrol, diesel under GST: Moily Bengaluru: Former Union Oil Minister and senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily on Thursday said 'distortions' in the GST Act will have to be removed before the government considers to bring petrol and diesel under the regime.

MDS7 KA-TIKAIT-KUMARASWAMY Kumaraswamy urges Karnataka govt to withdraw cases against Tikait Bengaluru: Terming cases registered against Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on charges of delivering provocative speeches as an 'attempt to silence' the voice of farmers, JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Thursday demanded that it be withdrawn.

MES2 TN-LANKA-FISHERMEN Lankan Navy arrests 20 Indian fishermen Rameswaram (TN): The Sri Lankan Navy has arrested 20 Indian fishermen and detained two boats for allegedly fishing in that country's waters, officials here said on Thursday.

MES3 KA-VIRUS-FINE Karnataka govt tightens rules, imposes fines to control COVID Bengaluru: Aimed at ensuring people follow COVID-19 preventive measures amid a spike in cases, the Karnataka government has decided to tighten rules and impose fines.PTI SS PTI PTI