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Chennai, Mar 10 (PTI) Highlights from the Southern region at 5 PM.

MDS1 KA-SCIENTIST-DOODLE Google honours space scientist U R Rao with doodle on his birth anniversary Bengaluru: Google celebrated the 89th birthday of Professor Udupi Ramachandra Rao, with a doodle on its home page featuring an animated image of the renowned Indian space scientist with a background of the Earth and shooting stars.

MDS10 KL-CPI(M)-LD CANDIDATES Kerala CM, 7 ministers in fray; Thomas Isaac, Speaker dropped Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and seven of his cabinet colleagues were among the 83 candidates announced by the CPI(M) headed ruling LDF for the state assembly polls, while 33 sitting MLAs, including Thomas Isaac have been left out in line with the party's two-term criteria.

MDS12 KL-CONG-LD CHACKO Congress leader P C Chacko resigns from party, alleges groupism in Kerala unit New Delhi/Kochi: In a blow to the Congress in poll bound Kerala, Senior leader P C Chacko announced his resignation from the party, alleging group interest in deciding party candidates for the coming assembly elections. PTI ROH ROH