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Chennai, Jan 12 (PTI): Highlights from the Southern region at 5.20 PM.

LGM1 KL-HC-LIFE MISSION HC rejects Kerala govt plea against CBI probe into Life Mission project Kochi: In a setback to the LDF government, the Kerala High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition challenging the CBI investigation into alleged irregularities in 'Life Mission', a state housing project envisaging total housing for the homeless.

MDS3 KA-CABINET-CM Karnataka cabinet expansion likely on Jan 13: CM Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said the much awaited expansion of his cabinet is likely to take place on January 13 and a list of new ministers to be inducted will be released by the evening.

MDS9 KA-LD VACCINE Karnataka receives first consignment of COVID-19 vaccines Bengaluru: The first consignment of 6.47 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines has arrived here, and the Karnataka government said it was committed to conducting the vaccination drive in a transparent way.

MDS11 TL-VACCINE Telangana receives 3.64 lakh doses Covishield vaccine Hyderabad: The Telangana government received the first consignment of 3.64 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine Covishield from the Pune-based Serum Institute.

MDS12 TN-PONGAL-LD RAHUL GANDHI Rahul Gandhi to visit TN for 'Jallikattu' to lend 'moral' support to farmers protest Chennai: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi would visit Tamil Nadu on January 14, the Pongal day and witness a bull taming event, 'Jallikattu,' the party's state president K S Alagiri said here.

MES1 TN-SCHOOLS-CM TN schools to reopen for class 10, 12 students from Jan 19 Chennai: Schools would reopen for students of tenth and twelfth grades from January 19 and each classroom shall have a strength not exceeding 25 pupils, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami announced here.

MES3 KL-LOAN APPS Left Front Govt in Kerala mulling law to rein in loan apps Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government was contemplating formulating a law to rein in loan apps and at least 63 cases have been registered in the state so far, Industries Minister E P Jayarajan said. PTI ROH ROH