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MDS1 KA-ELECTIONS Voting begins for four legislative council seats in Karnataka Bengaluru: Polling for four legislative council seats got underway in Karnataka on Wednesday amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

MDS2 TL-VIRUS-CASES Telangana adds 1,481 fresh COVID-19 cases, 4 fatalities Hyderabad: With 1,481 new cases, Telangana's coronavirus tally reached 2.34 lakh while fourmore deaths pushed the toll in the state to 1,319.

MDS6 PD-VIRUS-CASES Pondy logs 102 new coronavirus cases, two more deaths Puducherry: Puducherry posted 102 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the infection count to 34,583 in the union territory.

MDS10 KL-GOLD-LD SIVASANKAR Gold smuggling case: Suspended IAS officer taken into ED custody; Oppn demand CM's resignation Kochi/Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 28 (PTI) Suspended IAS officer M Sivasankar, facing probe in the Kerala gold smuggling case, was taken into custody by the ED from a hospital in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday, with the opposition mounting pressure on CM Pinarayi Vijayan demanding his resignation over the matter.

MES3 KA-VIRUS-REPORTS 2 health workers issue false COVID-19 test reports; sacked Bengaluru: A lab technician and an ASHA (accredited social health activist) worker have been dismissed for allegedly issuing false coronavirus test reports by collecting money, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar has said.

MES2 TN-BIOPIC-DIRECTOR Tamil cinema director Seenu Ramasamy claims threat to life Chennai: In what seems to be a fallout of the controversy over Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan's biopic '800', Tamil cinema director Seenu Ramasamy on Wednesday alleged that he was receiving threats and appealed to Chief Minister K Palaniswami for help.

LGM2 KL-HC-GOLD-SIVASANKAR Kerala HC rejects anticipatory bail pleas of Sivasankar in gold smuggling case Kochi: The Kerala High Court dismissed the anticipatory bail pleas of suspended IAS officer M Sivasankar, facing theEnforcement Directorate and Customs probe in the Kerala gold smuggling case. PTI NVG NVG