Chennai, Jun 18 (PTI): Highlights from the Southern region at 5 pm.

MDS1 TN-SINOINDIA-SOLDIER Havildar Palani laid to rest with full military honours in native village Ramanathapuram (TN): Havildar K Palani, one of the 20 Indian army soldiers killed in a violent clash with the Chinese troops in Ladakh, was laid to rest at his native village here with full military honours on Thursday.

MDS2 TL-SINOINDIA-COLONEL-FUNERAL Thousands bid tearful adieu to Col. Santosh Babu Suryapet (Telangana): Amid chants of 'Bharat mata ki jai', the mortal remains of Colonel Bikkumalla Santosh Babu, who was killed by Chinese troops during clashes, were consigned to flames with full military honours here on Thursday.

MDS3 PD-VIRUS-CASES Man dies of COVID-19 in Pondy; 27 fresh cases reported Puducherry: A 52-year-old man died of coronavirus while 27 new cases were recorded in Puducherry on Thursday, taking the toll to six and aggregate to 271 in the Union Territory.

MDS5 AP-VIRUS-CASES AP reports 425 fresh COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 7,496 Amaravati: The COVID-19 surge continued unabated in Andhra Pradesh with a record single day high of 425 new cases being added, taking the overall tally to 7,496 on Thursday.

MES3 KL-VIRUS-DEATH 28-year old Excise personnel dies of COVID-19 in Kerala Kannur: A 28-year old Excise department personnel in Kerala died of COVID-19 on Friday, taking the toll due to the disease to 21, officials said.

MES4 TN-VIRUS-MRC-ROADS Roads leading to MRC in TN sealed as woman in nearby village tests COVID-19 positive Udhagamandalam (TN): Two roads leading to the Madras Regimental Centre (MRC) at Wellington near here in hilly Nilgiris district have been closed for public use after a woman in a village under the contonment area tested positive for COVID-19, official sources said.PTI SS PTI PTI