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MDS1 KL-PILLAI-DEMISE Kerala Congress (B) chairman R Balakrishna Pillai passes away Kollam (Kerala): Kerala Congress (B) chairman and former minister R Balakrishna Pillai passed away at a private hospital in his hometown Kottarakkara on Monday morning due to age-related ailments, his family said.

MDS4 TL-VIRUS-CASES Telangana adds 5,695 COVID-19 cases, 49 deaths take toll to 2,417 Hyderabad: Telangana reported 5,695 fresh COVID-19 casestaking the tally to over 4.55 lakh while the toll rose to 2,417 with 49 more casualties, the state government said on Monday.

MDS6 TN-BYPOLL-LS-KANYAKUMARI Congress retains Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat Chennai: Congress retained the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat with its candidate Vijay Vasanth winning the bypoll by a margin of over one lakh votes against his nearest rival and former union minister Pon Radhakrishnan.

MDS7 KA-HOSPITAL-OXYGEN-DEATHS 24 dead in Chamarajanagar district hospital due to oxygen shortage Bengaluru: As many as 24 patients including 23 suffering from COVID-19 died in Karnataka's Chamarajanagar due to alleged oxygen shortage in the district hospital in the last 24 hours, officials said.

MDS8 TN-DMK MLAS-MEETING Stalin to chair DMK MLAs meeting on Tuesday Chennai: The DMK on Monday announced convening a meeting of the party's newly elected MLAs on May 4 here, where party chief M K Stalin is likely to be elected their Legislature Party Leader.

MDS9 TN-CM-LD STALIN TN CM Palaniswami greets DMK chief Stalin Chennai: AIADMK top leader and outgoing Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Monday greeted DMK president M K Stalin who is set to assume office as the next Chief Minister, with the latter acknowledging that the role of opposition was key in democracy.

MDS10 KL-VIJAYAN-RESIGNATION Pinarayi Vijayan submits resignation to Ker Governor Arif Mohammed Khan Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who led theruling CPI(M)-headed LDF in Kerala to a resounding victory in the April 6 Assembly polls, on Monday resigned from the post, ahead of the new ministry formation.

MDS17 KA-VIRUS-TASK FORCE CM reconstitutes COVID-19 task force,appoints DyCM as its chief Bengaluru: With an alarming surge in coronavirus cases and deaths in Karnataka, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday reconstituted the COVID-19 task force to examine measures taken to curb the pandemic and create awareness among the public on its management.PTI SS PTI PTI