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MDS1 TL-VIRUS-CASES Telangana adds 502 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths push toll to 1,407 Hyderabad: Telangana reported 502 fresh coronavirus cases, the lowest in recent times, as the tally rose to nearly 2.58 lakh while three fatalities pushed the toll to 1,407, the state government said on Monday.

MDS2 PD-VIRUS-CASES New COVID-19 cases dip to 13 in Puducherry; no fresh deaths Puducherry: The number of fresh COVID-19 cases in Puducherry dipped to 13 for the first time in recent months while the union territory did not report any related fatalities, a top Health department official said on Monday.

MDS3 KL-SABARIMALA Adhering to COVID-19 protocols, devotees trek Sabarimala, pray at Lord Ayyappa temple Sabarimala (Ker): Wearing masks and strictly adhering to COVID-19 protocols, devotees of Lord Ayyappa trekked the holy hill Sabarimala and offered prayers at the templehere as the shrine opened for the annual two-month-long Mandala- Makaravilakku season on Monday morning.

MDS7 TN-CONG-KARTI--CHIDAMBARAM After poor show in Bihar polls, Karti Chidambaram pitches for introspection in Cong Chennai: Congress MP Karti P Chidambaram on Monday said it was time for introspection and consultation in the party, days after its poor showing in the Bihar Assembly elections.

MDS6 TL-TERRORISM-JAISHANKAR India has kept spotlight on cross-border terror: Jaishankar Hyderabad: Relentless efforts by India helped in keeping the spotlight on cross-border terrorism it faced and the world was gradually becoming aware of the global nature of international terror, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Monday.

MES5 TN-DMK-MEET DMK's top panel to meet on Nov 23 Chennai: The DMK's high level committee would meet here on November 23 to deliberate on organisational growth, the party said on Monday.PTI SS PTI PTI