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MDS1 TL-VIRUS-CASES 1,440 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths in Telangana Hyderabad: Telangana's COVID-19 tally rose to 2,50,331 and the toll to 1,377 with 1440 new cases and six more deaths, the state government said.

MDS8 TN-HARRIS-LD VILLAGES Kamala Harris' native villages in TN celebrate her win in US Tiruvarur: The ancestral villages of US Vice-President elect Kamala Harris in Tamil Nadu erupted in joy over the Democrat Senator's elevation and ushered in an early Deepavali with firecrackers and sweets to celebrate her win.

MDS6 TN-SENTHIL-CONGRESS Former IAS officer Sasikanth Senthil to join Congress Chennai: Former IAS officer S Sasikanth Senthil, who had resigned from service last year alleging that democracy was being compromised, announced his decision to join the Congress party.

MDS9 TN-BJP-YATRA TN govt made wrong decision on Vel Yatra: State BJP chief Chennai: Tamil Nadu BJP President L Murugan accuses ally AIADMK's government of making a 'wrong decision' in denying permission for the national party's 'Vel Yatra' as he was detained yet again while attempting to set out on its second leg from here.

MES3 KA-BYPOLLS-YEDIYURAPPA Yediyurappa confident about winning RR Nagar& Sira assembly bypolls by huge margins Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has expressed confidence about the ruling BJP winning both Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Sira assembly bypolls, results for which will be declared on November 10, by huge margins.

MES5 KA-CONG-TURVIHAL BJP leader from Maski assembly segment Basanagouda Turvihal to join Cong Bengaluru: Karnataka Congress legislature party chief Siddaramaiah has said BJP leader Basanagouda Turvihal will be joining the party. PTI NVG NVG