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MDS2 TL-VIRUS-CASES Telangana adds 535 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths take toll to 1,688 Hyderabad: The upward trend in COVID-19 daily cases continued in Telangana with 535 fresh infections being reported taking the total overall tally to 3,06,339, the state government said on Sunday.

MDS4 KL-POLLS-LD RAJNATH Judicial probe against Central agencies 'unfortunate', says Rajnath Singh Thiruvananthapuram: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the Kerala government's decision to recommend a judicial inquiry against central probe agencies, including the Enforcement Directorate (ED) probing the gold and dollar smuggling cases, was 'unfortunate' and amounts to challenging the federal structure of the Constitution.

MDS5 PD-VIRUS-CASES Puducherry logs 137 fresh COVID-19 cases, overall tally rises to 41,101 Puducherry: Puducherry added 137 new coronavirus cases during last 24 hours taking overall tally in the union territory to 41,101, a senior official of Department of Health and Family Welfare Services said on Sunday.

MDS6 KL-POLL-WOMEN Three women who contest for a different cause in Kerala Assembly polls Thiruvananthapuram: As a high voltage campaign is on in Kerala for the April 6 Assembly polls, the fight of three women candidates is drawing attention for reasons beyond politics in the state. By Lekshmi Gopalakrishnan MDS7 KL-POLL-VIJAYAN-RICE LDF, UDF spar over free rice distribution in Kerala Kozhikode (Ker): As the ruling and opposition fronts continued to spar over distribution of subsidised rice during the festival season ahead of the April 6 Assembly polls, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday alleged that the Congress-UDF had 'misled' the Election Commission over the matter.

MDS11 TN-POLLS-RAHUL-LD-AIADMK TN CM 'trapped' as he is 'corrupt,' alleges Rahul Gandhi Chennai: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday lashed out at AIADMK top leader and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami alleging he is trapped due to graft and he bowed in front of Union Home Minister Amit Shah as he had indulged in corruption.PTI SS PTI PTI