Chennai, May 15 (PTI): Highlights from the southern region at 5.30 PM

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MDS1 KA-OXYGEN EXPRESS Second Oxygen Express to Karnataka with 120 MT reaches Bengaluru Bengaluru: The second Oxygen Express to Karnataka with 120 MT liquid medical oxygen (LMO) from Kalinganagar in Odisha's Jajpur district reached Bengaluru this morning.

MDS2 TN-VIRUS-CM-INSPECTION COVID-19: TN CM inspects UCC Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin inspected a Unified Command Centre, which handles a number of matters related to Covid-19 management, here, and attended to a phone call from a person seeking hospital bed, the government said.

MDS4 KL-RAINS Houses damaged, cracks develop in Valiyathura sea bridge as rain continues to batter Kerala Thiruvananthapuram: Scores of houses were damaged, trees uprooted and power supply disrupted for hours across Kerala as incessant rains and strong winds continue to lash the State even as severe sea incursion disrupted normal life in the coastal areas.

MDS6 TN-REMDESIVIR-STALIN Goondas Act for hoarding Remdesivir, says TN CM Chennai: Hoarding of Remdesivir, a drug used in the treatment of Covid-19 patients, and selling oxygen cylinders at exorbitant rates will attract police action under the stringent Goondas Act in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister M K Stalin said.

MDS9 TN-OXYGEN-TRAIN Oxygen Express from Odisha reaches Chennai Chennai: The second Oxygen Express train with two tankers of medical oxygen from Odisha arrived in the city early Saturday as the demand for the life-saving gas increased following a spike in COVID infections in the southern State.

MDS7 KA-LOCKDOWN-SADANANDA Lockdown yielding results, should be extended if need be: Sadanada Gowda Bengaluru: Union Minister Sadananda Gowda has said lockdown has to be extended if need be, as it has been yielding results, with major cities, including Bengaluru, witnessing a decline in daily COVID-19 cases.

MDS5 PD-VIRUS-CASES Pondy sees 1,598 new coronavirus cases, aggregate touches 82,545 Puducherry: The Union Territory continued to witness an increase in COVID-19 cases as 1,598 fresh infections were reported during the last 24 hours ending 10 AM on Saturday, raising the total positives to 82,545.

MES3 TN-PALANISWAMI-PM Palaniswami writes to PM seeking enhanced supply of oxygen and Remdesivir Chennai: With the COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu showing a steady increase, AIADMK Joint Coordinator and Leader of Opposition K Palaniswami on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking increased allocation of oxygen and Remdesivir drug, used in treating coronavirus infected.

MES6 TN-CYCLONE-CM TN braces up for cyclone Tauktae, CM asks officials to monitor dam-levels, ensure safety of people Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday said it has braced up for the impact of cyclone Tauktae, with Chief Minister M K Stalin directing officials to monitor level of water in dams and also ensure people's safety. PTI NVG NVG

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