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MDS1 TL-BLACK FUNGUS Telangana declares Black Fungus as notifiable disease under Epidemic Act Hyderabad: The Telangana government has declared Black Fungus (mucormycosis) a disease that is primarily affecting COVID-19 recovered patients as notifiable disease under Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, an official notification said on Thursday.

MDS2 PD-VIRUS-CASES Puducherry adds 1,957 new COVID-19 cases; 28 deaths push toll to 1,269 Puducherry: The union territory of Puducherry added 1,957 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 91,465, a senior Health Department official said on Thursday.

MDS3 KL-YECHURY-SHAILAJA Decision to bring in new faces in LDF cabinet taken in CPI(M)'s long term interest: Yechury Thiruvananthapuram: Justifying K K Shailaja's omission from the new LDF cabinet, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Thursday the decision to bring in new faces in the government in Kerala was taken in the long term interest of the party and for the state.

MDS6 KL-VIJAYAN-CM Pinarayi Vijayan sworn in as Chief Minister of Kerala Thiruvananthapuram: CPI(M) veteran Pinarayi Vijayan, who led the Left Democratic Front (LDF) to an unprecedented consecutive victory in the April 6 assembly polls, was on Thursday sworn in as the Chief Minister of Kerala for the second successive term.

MDS7 TN-VACCINATION-DRIVE TN rolls out free of cost COVID-19 vaccination for 18 -44 age group Tirupur: The free of cost COVID-19 inoculation drive in Tamil Nadu for beneficiaries in the 18 to 44 age bracket was inaugurated here on Thursday by Chief Minister M K Stalin.

MDS9 KA-LOP-MEETING K'taka govt denies nod for LoP to hold meeting on COVID with district officials Bengaluru: Denying permission to leader of opposition Siddaramaiah's proposed video conference meeting with district officials to obtain information regarding measures taken for COVID-19 management, the B S Yediyurappa-led government in Karnataka has said that there is no such provision.

MES7 AP-LD BUDGET AP govt presents Rs 2.29 lakh crore budget for FY 2021-22 Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday presented its annual budget for the financial year 2021-22 with an estimated expenditure of Rs 2.29 lakh crore and an estimated revenue of Rs 1.77 lakh crore.PTI SS PTI PTI

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