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MDS1 TL-VIRUS-CASES Telangana adds 518 fresh COVID-19 cases, three deaths Hyderabad: Telangana continued to witness an upward trend in COVID-19 cases with 518 new infections being reported, a record high this year, taking the tally to 3,05,309, while the death toll rose to 1,683 with three more fatalities, the state government said on Friday.

MDS6 KL-POLLS-KITH AND KIN Sons, sons-in-law, relatives of politicians throw their hat in poll ring in Kerala By Usha Ram Manohar Thiruvananthapuram: A plethora of politicians' relatives--including sons, daughters and sons-in-law, are in the fray for the April 6 Assembly polls in Kerala, hoping to cash in on their legacy to woo voters.

MDS5 PD-VIRUS-CASES Puducherry logs 96 new COVID-19 cases, overall tally rises to 40,836 Puducherry: The union territory of Puducherry logged 96 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 40,836, a senior official of the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Services said on Friday.

MDS9 TN-POLL-NADDA-DMK-CONG Reject 'corrupt,' 'dynastic' DMK, Congress combine: Nadda Tittakudi (TN): In a poll salvo, BJP national president J P Nadda on Friday accused the DMK and its key ally, the Congress party of corruption and slammed them for following 'dynasty politics.' MDS11 KL-POLLS-RAHUL Rahul Gandhi attacks Centre, LDF govt Palakkad (Ker): Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who began his second leg of campaign for the April 6 assembly polls, on Friday attacked the Central and the LDF governments over the 'weak' economic condition.

MES3 KA-BYPOLLS-CONG K'taka bypolls: Congress fields Satish Jarkiholi from Belgaum Lok Sabha seat Bengaluru: The Congress on Friday announced its state working president Satish Jarkiholi as the candidate for the April 17 bypolls to the Belgaum Lok Sabha seat.PTI SS PTI PTI