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MDS1 PD-VIRUS-CASES Puducherry adds 1,448 new COVID-19 cases, 34 deaths push toll to 1,359 Puducherry: The union territory of Puducherry reported 1,448 fresh coronavirus cases and 34 deaths, a single day high, a senior Health department official said on Sunday.

MDS4 KL-ASSEMBLY SESSION(R) Father-in-law-son-in-law combo to new opposition leader; first session of 15th Ker Assembly to begin on May 24 Thiruvananthapuram: The first session of the 15th Kerala Legislative Assembly will commence on May 24, three days after the second Pinarayi Vijayan government was sworn in at the Central Stadium here.

MDS5 PD-LOCKDOWN Lockdown extended in Puducherry till May 31 Puducherry: The Puducherry government on Sunday announced extension of the ongoing lockdown till May 31 as COVID-19 cases continue to soar in the union territory.

MDS6 KL-HAWALA-BJP Highway robbery: Senior BJP leaders fail to appear for questioning Thrissur (Kerala): Two senior BJP leaders, summoned in connection with the recent highway robbery of hawala money at Kodakara here ahead of the April 6 Assembly polls, did not turn up for the interrogation on Sunday, police said.

MDS7 TN-CM-LOCKDOWN Intensify measures to combat COVID-19 during intense lockdown week, Stalin tells Collectors Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Sunday directed District Collectors to intensify measures like door to door survey to detect people with COVID-19 symptoms during the week long intense lockdown commencing on May 24.

MES1 KA-OXYGEN EXPRESS Ninth 'Oxygen Express' carrying 120 tonnes LMO reaches Bengaluru Bengaluru: The ninth 'Oxygen Express' carrying 120 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO), in 6 containers has reached the city this morning, South Western Railway said on Sunday.PTI SS PTI PTI

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