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Chennai, Apr 27 (PTI): Highlights from the Southern region at 5 PM.

LGM1 KL-COURT-SOLAR-SENTENCE Solar scam accused Saritha Nair gets 6 years RI in cheating case Kozhikode(Ker): A court here sentenced con woman Saritha S Nair to six years rigorous imprisonment in a cheating case related to the solar panel scam that rocked Kerala during the previous Congress-led UDF rule.

MDS3 KA-LOCKDOWN-RUSH Ahead of lockdown, chaos and panic buying in Karnataka Bengaluru: Hours before the stringent lockdown to contain COVID-19 in Karnataka came into effect, people flocked to railway stations, central bus terminus and waited in serpentine queues at toll plazas on national highways to board vehicles to reach their homes.

MDS7 KA-POLLS-KRISHNAMURTHY Time to have a rethink on multi-phase polls, says ex-CEC T S Krishnamurthy Bengaluru: Former Chief Election Commissioner T S Krishnamurthy has pitched for single-phase elections and substantially curtailing public campaigning time in future polls.

MES4 KA-LIBRARY-GOVT-DONATION Karnataka govt comes to aid of 'Library Man' of Mysuru, donates over 8k books Bengaluru: Moved by the plight of 63-year old daily wage labourer Syed Ishaq, whose library in a slum in Mysuru comprising 11,000 books, including the Bible, Gita and Quran was torched on April 9 by some miscreants, the Karnataka government announced donating 8,243 books.

MES6 KL-TEACHING-APP New e-teaching app for teachers to monitor students' learning Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 27 (PTI) An IT firm has come up with a new personalised teaching app with a unique feature facilitating teachers to monitor students during online classes, thus ensuring the effectiveness of classes.

MES7 KA-MINISTER-REMDESIVIR People under illusion that Remdesivir will save them creating artificial demand, says Karnataka minister Shivamogga: Amid raging demand for Remdesivir following rising COVID-19 cases, a Karnataka minister said people were under illusion that the anti-viral injection would cure their disease, thereby attempting to create an artificial demand, which was not required. PTI ROH ROH