Chennai, May 6 (PTI) Highlights from the Southern region at 5 pm.

MDS3 TN-LIQUOR-PRICE Liquor price to be hiked in TN by Rs 20 from May 7 Chennai: Prices of liquor will be raised by a maximum of Rs 20 from May 7 in Tamil Nadu, where the retail outlets will open for business for the first time in over 40 days due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the state government said.

MDS6 TN-VIRUS-OTA Civilian staff at Officers' Training Academy in TN contracts coronavirus Chennai: A civilian staff working at the Officers' Training Academy (OTA) here has tested positive for coronavirus, but presently no Army cadets were staying there, the premier institute said.

MDS9 KA-LOCKDOWN-TRAINS-MIGRANTS Karnataka govt withdraws request to run special trains for migrant labourers Bengaluru: The Karnataka government has withdrawn its request to the railways to run special trains to ferry migrant labourers to their home states, hours after builders met Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to apprise him of the problems to the construction sector in case they left.

MDS10 TN-LOCKDOWN-HOTELS COVID-19: Star hotels reach out to guests as well as the needy Chennai: Notwithstanding a sharp dip in room occupancy and the revenue corroded by the COVID-19 pandemic, hotels in Tamil Nadu have been reaching out to the stranded guests, who also include those on a visit to the metro on medical purposes.

MDS12 KL-EXPATS-EVACUATION Kerala airports get ready to receive expats from Gulf, other countries Thiruvananthapuram: As India begins its biggest evacuation excercise to bring back its citizens stranded in the Gulf and various countries due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the three airports in Kerala are all set to receive around 2,700 expatriatesin the first five days, beginning Thursday.

MDS781 TL-LOCKDOWN-LIQUOR Liquor shops re-open in Telangana; tipplers throng stores Hyderabad: After remaining shut for over a month in view of the COVID-19 lockdown, liquor shops in Telangana re-opened with impatient tipplers forming serpentine queues even before the shutters went up.

MES2 PD-CBI-EXCISE CBI probing into revenue loss in Excise Department: Bedi Puducherry: Territorial Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken up investigation into organised crime causing wrongful loss of revenue to Excise department of Puducherry administration. PTI ROH ROH