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MDS2 PD-VIRUS-CASES Puducherry logs 922 new COVID-19 cases, overall tally rises to 96,982 Puducherry: Puducherry logged 922 fresh coronavirus in the last 24 hours as the overall tally rose to 96,982, a senior official of the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services said on Monday.

MDS4 KL-2ND-LD ASSEMBLY Newly-elected MLAs sworn in as first session of 15th Ker Assembly begins Thiruvananthapuram: The first session of the 15th Kerala Legislative Assembly began here on Monday with the swearing in of newly elected MLAs, of whom 53 are fresh entrants, under strict COVID-19 protocols.

MES2 KA-VACCINE-BLACKMARKETING 'Strict action against those blackmarketing COVID-19 vaccines' Bengaluru: Stressing on accountability over use and management of COVID-19 vaccines at hospitals,Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday warned of strict legal action against those involved in blackmarketing and misuse,as he also urged the public to share information on it.

MES1 KA-KUMARASWAMY Declare teachers as 'corona warriors', provide compensation for deaths: Kumaraswamy Bengaluru: JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Monday claimed that over 145 teachers who had taken part in poll and other duties have died due to COVID-19 in the Kalyana Karnataka region alone and urged the government to consider them as corona warriors and provide Rs 50 lakh compensation to the families of the deceased.PTI SS PTI PTI

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