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Chennai, Feb 21 (PTI): Highlights from the Southern region at 5.40 PM.

MDS3 TN-RIVER-LINKING TN govt lays foundation stone for Cauvery-Gundar interlinking Pudukottai(TN): The Tamil Nadu government laid the foundation stone for the first phase of the Rs 14,400 crore Cauvery-Vaigai-Gundar river interlinking project, aimed at diverting over 6,000 cubic ft of surplus water to drier areas in the southern parts of the state.

MDS5 KA-SITHARAMAN-DREAM I neither had a dream nor role-model: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Bengaluru: One had expected Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to say that she had a dream and a role-model in life, but alas it wasn't so and she was quite candid about it.

MDS8 PD-MLA-LD RESIGNATION Two more MLAs quit in Pondy; govt's strength drops to 11 Puducherry: Two more MLAs of the Congress-DMK alliance in Puducherry resigned on Sunday, delivering yet another jolt to Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, a day before he is scheduled to face a floor test in the assembly to prove his majority.

MES3 KL-SASTHRAPARISHAD-COW EXAM Outfit in Kerala wants exam on 'cow science' scrapped Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad has sought to cancel the national-level voluntary online exam on 'gau vigyan' (cow science), saying it was an attempt to spread superstition and to saffronise the education sector in the country.

MES4 TN-ELEPHANT-CAMP Video of elephant being hit at rejuvenation camp goes viral Coimbatore: A video of two mahouts purportedly ill- treating an elephant in a camp at Thekkampatti, about 50 KMs from here, has gone viral in the social media. PTI ROH ROH