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MDS2 KL-VAIRAMUTHU-AWARD ONV Cultural Academy to review decision to grant literary prize to Vairamuthu Thiruvananthapuram: The ONV Cultural Academy on Friday said it has decided to review the decision to grant fifth ONV Literary Prize to well-known Tamil poet-lyricist Vairamuthu.

MDS3 PD-VIRUS-CASES Puducherry adds 1,223 fresh COVID-19 cases, overall tally rises to 1,01,900 Puducherry: Puducherry logged 1,223 new coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 1,01,900, a senior official of the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services said on Friday.

MDS4 KA-BANGLADESHI-RAPE-FIRE Two accused in Bengaluru gang rape case shot in leg as they try to flee Bengaluru: Police fired at two of the six Bangladeshis arrested in the gang rape case and caught hold of the duo as they tried to escape by allegedly trying to attack them during the spot inspection of the crime scene here on Friday, officials said.

MDS5 KL-LD-GOVERNOR-ADDRESS Vijayan govt promises to double farmers' income, ensure there are no landless people Thiruvananthapuram: The second Pinarayi Vijayan government on Friday promised to raise farmers' income by 50 per cent in the next five years and ensure there would be no landless people in Kerala even as it admitted that the COVID- 19 pandemic would cost the state economy dearly.

LGM1 KL-HC-LAKSHADWEEP Ker HC seeks Centre's response on plea challenging move to introduce LDAR in Lakshadweep Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Friday sought the response of the Central government on a PIL challenging the Lakshadweep administration's move to introduce Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation 2021 (LDAR) and the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act (PASA) in the islands.PTI SS PTI PTI

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