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MDS5 TN-RAJINIKANTH Rajini says he underwent renal transplant in 2016; doctors against his political entry Chennai: Breaking his silence, actor Rajinikanth on Thursday said he has been advised against entering politics by doctors as he had undergone a kidney transplant and due to the coronavirus pandemic.

MDS6 KL-SIVASANKAR-GOVT Gold smuggling: Left govt on the backfoot in Kerala after Sivasankar's arrest Thiruvananthapuram: The arrest of suspended IAS officer M Sivasankar by the Enforcement Directorate has put the Left Democratic Front government and the CPI(M) in Kerala in a spot at a time when the state is getting ready for the crucial local body and assembly polls.

MDS7 KA-DRUGS-LD BINEESH ED arrests Bineesh Kodiyeri in Bengaluru drug case after 3 hours of questioning Bengaluru: Bineesh Kodiyeri, son of Kerala CPI(M) secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, was on Thursday arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after being questioned in connection with his alleged links with an accused in the Bengaluru drug case.

MES1 KL-FLIGHT-SNAG Sharjah-bound flight returns to Karipur minutes after take-off due to snag Malappuram(Ker): A Sharjah-bound flight carrying 171 passengers returned to the Karipur airport here on Thursday soon after take off as it suffered a minor technical glitch, airport officials said.

MES2 KA-IPS-RESIGN Senior IPS officer Ravindranath resigns alleging harassment Bengaluru: A senior Indian Police Service officer has resigned from the service accusing 'a few individuals' of harassing him indirectly.

MES4 TL-MEA-OFFICE MEA's 2nd integrated office at renovated Regional Passport Office in Hyderabad Hyderabad: Union Minister V Muraleedharan on Thursday said passport application processhas become much more user friendly due to efforts made by the ministry, and expressed hope that work would resume in full swingand reach pre-COVID- 19 level in due course as theeconomy reopens. PTI ROH ROH