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Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) on Monday began its commercial operations with a special service only for employees of the State Secretariat from nine of its bus depots, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Secretariat employees commuting in a special bus operated by Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) during ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Naval ship INS Jalashwa, carrying 698 persons evacuated from Maldives as part of Samudra Setu Programme under Vande Bharat Mission, arrives at Cochin Port, in Kochi.

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People evacuated from Maldives as part of Samudra Setu Programme under Vande Bharat Mission, undergo temperature tests as they come out of the navy ship INS Jalashwa, at Cochin Port in Kochi. 698 people were brought back to India by the naval ship.

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A pregnant woman along with other people, evacuated from Maldives as part of Samudra Setu Programme under Vande Bharat Mission, comes out of the navy ship INS Jalashwa, at Cochin Port in Kochi. 698 people were brought back to India by the naval ship.

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A medical team led by cardiac surgeon Jose Chacko Periappuram of Lissie Hospital arrive by Pavan Hans helicopter at the helipad of Hotel Grand Hyatt, carrying the heart of a 50-year-old brain dead woman patient who was admitted to KIMS Hospital, in Kochi. The heart will be transplanted into a 49-year-old woman from Kothamangalam who was diagnosed with ischemic cardiomyopathy and was under treatment at the hospital here for the past three months.

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Stranded Indian nationals in Riyadh step out of Karipur airport after arriving by a special Air India flight carrying 153 passengers . The evacuation was undertaken by the central government and was part of its 'Vande Bharat' mission to bring back Indians stranded in foreign lands due to the coronavirus lockdown.

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The cabin crew of Air India Express flight that brought stranded Indian nationals from Dubai, at Calicut International Airport in Kozhikode.

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A pregnant Indian woman who was stranded in UAE due to COVID-19 pandemic, on her arrival at Calicut International Airport from Dubai by a special Air India Express flight, in Kozhikode, in the wee hours of Friday.

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Labourers unload garlic sacks from a truck at a mega store, amid ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in Kozhikode.

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A migrant worker from Bengal is busy shopping at a textile shop at Sreekaryam before leaving to his native village by a special Shramik train, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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A vendor sets-up his roadside mango stall during the holy month of Ramzan, amid the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Kozhikode.

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A cartoonist draws a cartoon on a wall of Ernakulam General Hospital to express gratitude towards the frontline COVID-19 warriors, in Kochi.

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Migrant workers wait to board a train, during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, in Kozhikode.

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Migrant workers travel in bus to a railway station before boarding a train, during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, in Kozhikode

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A police personnel conducts a COVID-19 awareness session as labourers prepare to leave their hometown on a train, during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Kozhikode.

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Elephant named Ulloor Sivaparvati enjoys a bath in a summer day at her shed in Thiruvananthapuram Prasanth Nagar. As the temple festivals are banned due to COVID lockdown Elephant owners are having a tough time without any income in this season.

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Firefighters spray disinfectant at Chalai Market in Thiruvananthapuram, to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Kerala.

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A firefighter spray disinfectant to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Sree Chitra Home in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

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Migrant workers from Jharkhand wait to board a spacial train to their native places, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, at Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station in Kerala.

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A migrant worker from Jharkhand shows his Aadhaar card as he arrives Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station to catch a spacial train to their native places, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Kerala.

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Health worker uses a thermal screening device on migrant worker as he arrive to board a special train to their native places, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

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Migrant workers from Jharkhand maintain social distancing as they are waiting outside Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station to catch a spacial train to their native places, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Kerala.

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Migrant workers from Jharkhand carrying their belongings wait at Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station to catch a spacial train to their native places, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Kerala.

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Migrant workers from Jharkhand arrive Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station to catch a spacial train to their native places, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Kerala.

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Migrant workers from Jharkhand wait outside railway station to catch a spacial train to their native places, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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A man wearing a mask reads a newspaper at a bus terminus which has been shut down for more than a month as part of measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kochi, Kerala state. India's news publishers face a delicate balancing act as they look to offset financial losses from sinking ad sales with support from a government seeking to control the narrative on the coronavirus, sometimes by prosecuting journalists for reporting on the detrimental consequences of official pandemic policy.

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The priests from Archdiocese Ernakulam, Ankamalai wait at the Government General Hospital Ernakulam for donating blood as per the request of Kerala government to regularize the shortage of blood caused due to COVID-19 lockdown, in Kochi.

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Congress legislators hold a protest outside the Nedumbassery International Airport demanding for arrangements for the return of the trapped Keralites, during COVID-19 lockdown in Kochi.

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Airport staff sanitise luggage of stranded Swiss citizens before boarding a flight to Zurich, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, at an airport in Kochi.

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A plane carrying stranded Swiss citizens from Kerala to Zurich stands parked before take off, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, at an airport in Kochi.

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A herd of wild elephants graze near a road in Malakkappara, Thrissur district, in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Vehicular traffic through this road has almost ceased because of the ongoing lockdown and wild elephants have appeared close to human habitat.

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Police personnel question commuters for stepping out of their houses, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Kozhikode.

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Customers purchase mobiles phones at a shop on the opening day of a once in a week market, during ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in Kozhikode.

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Newlywed Vishnu and Aswathi wearing masks leave in a car during the nationwide lockdown in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, at Olavanna in Kozhikode.

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Volunteers carry essential items to be distributed among the needy during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Kozhikode.

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Vendors selling vegetables at a deserted bus stand wait for customers during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Kozhikode.

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Harilal Das from West Bengal shows his Migrant Labour Identity Card issued to him by police during the nationwide lockdown, imposed in wake of the coronavirus outbreak, at Beypore harbour in Kozhikode.

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Volunteers serve food to people on Vishu festival amid the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, at a camp in Kozhikode.

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An injured man is carried to a hospital after a minivan ran into people waiting to receive food distributed by a community kitchen service, during the nationwide lockdown, in North Ernakulam junction, in Kochi.

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A bus transformed into mobile food testing lab arrives at a market for inspection during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Kozhikode.

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Workers load essential kits to be distributed among the needy for free during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Kozhikode.

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One of the French nationals, who were stranded at various places in Kerala due to the coronavirus lockdown, being screened by medics on her arrival to board a special Air India flight for Paris, at the Cochin Airport in Kochi. 105 French tourists and 7 other EU nationals were repatriated from Kerala.

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KozhA man arranges earthen lamps at his shop during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, in Kozhikode. PM Modi urged people to switch off lights of their homes at 9 pm for nine minutes on April 5 and light up lamps, candles, mobile flashlights to display the nation's collective spirit to defeat coronavirus.

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Locals carry essentials to their homes during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, at Attappadi in Palakkad district.

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Volunteers pack meals to be distributed in a relief camp, during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Kozhikode.

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In this undated photo, Husband and wife, 93-year-old and 88-year-old respectively from Pathanamthitta, who tested positive for Covid-19 recovered completely after being treated at the Kottayam Medical College. They were infected by their son and his family who had returned from Italy during the last week of February.

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A newly-married couple wear masks as they walk to their home during a nationwide lockdown, imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Kozhikode.

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Volunteers pack food packets to distribute at government hospitals and among poor people, during the complete lockdown across the country to contain to contain the coronavirus spread, at Ernakulam Karayogam in Kochi.

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A bed and other essential items are seen inside a quarantine facility of Southern Naval Command (SNC) to combat COVID-19, in Kochi.

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Beds and other essential items are seen inside a quarantine facility of Southern Naval Command (SNC) to combat COVID-19, in Kochi.

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Policemen stop vehicles during complete lockdown, in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Kochi.

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Locals sanitize their hands before entering the store to buy daily essentials after lockdown in the wake of deadly coronavirus, in Kozhikode.

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A man plays flute in the backdrop of people clapping as a gesture to show gratitude to the helpers and medical practitioners who are working relentlessly to fight coronavirus during Janta curfew, in Kochi.

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A activist distributes pamphlet during an awareness campaign on novel coronavirus pandemic, in Trivandrum railway station.

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Railway worker disinfect platform of Trivandrum Central railway station in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Trivandrum.

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Mall of Travancore wears a deserted look in wake of coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Trivandrum.

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A passenger wears a mask and cleans her hands with sanitizer to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic, while sitting in a bus, at KSRTC bus stand in Kozhikode.

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A medic wearing protective suit is seen outside an isolation ward, set up in view of coronavirus pandemic, at Aluva Government General Hospital in Kochi.

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Passengers stranded in Italy arrive to be admitted to an isolation ward to undergo tests for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at Aluva government general hospital in Kochi.

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Bemasked cooks stir pots brimful of Pongala in the Attukal temple in Kerala

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Health officials cull poultry at Vengeri in Kozhikode.

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Health officials along with police raid houses to cull domesticated birds to prevent spread of bird-flu, at Vengeri in Kozhikode. The district collector had on Saturday issued instructions to close all chicken farms, chicken and egg stalls and pet and ornamental bird shops within 10 km of the epicentre farms at Vengeri and West Kodiyathooor to prevent the spread of Avian Influenza.

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A devotee wearing a mask as precautionary measure in the wake of novel coronavirus takes part in Attukal Pongala, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Medical staff, wearing protective suits, hold medical waste as they exit the Special Isolation Ward set up to provide treatment to novel coronavirus patients at Kochi Medical college, in Kerala. Fifteen students from the state who were stranded in Hubei province of China following the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus have landed at the Cochin International Airport Limited and undergone a thermal screening for the infection.

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A man cleans an ambulance before exiting the Special Isolation Ward, created for novel coronavirus, at Kochi Medical College, in Kerala.

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State Literacy Mission director P S Srikala visits 105-year-old Bhageerathi Amma, who became the eldest in the country to pass fourth standard equivalency examination, at Kollam.

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Medical staff, wearing protective suits, hold medical waste as they exit the Special Isolation Ward set up to provide treatment to novel coronavirus patients at Kochi Medical college, in Kerala.

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Security personnel wearing masks exits the Special Isolation Ward set up to provide treatment to novel coronavirus patients at Kochi Medical college, in Kerala. Of the three students who tested positive for coronavirus in Kerala, two are medicos from Wuhan the epicentre of the deadly epidemic which has claimed 490 lives in China.

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Medical staff, wearing protective suits, hold medical waste as they exit the Special Isolation Ward set up to provide treatment to novel coronavirus patients at Kochi Medical college, in Kerala.

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Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan meets Janata Dal (United) leader and Mathrubhumi CMD MP Veerendra Kumar at his residence, in Kozhikode.

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Medical staff dispose garbage outside an isolation ward for coronavirus, at a hospital in Kochi.

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Journalists wearing surgical masks stand outside the government general hospital where a student who had been in Wuhan is kept in isolation in Thrissur, Kerala state.

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People wearing surgical masks walk out of the government general hospital where a student who had been in Wuhan is kept in isolation in Thrissur, Kerala state.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi along with party leaders during the 'Save the Constitution' march, at Kalpetta in Wayanad.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 72nd death anniversary before the start his Save the Constitution' march, in Wayanad.

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Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan forms a human chain as he participates in an anti-CAA protest in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Thiruvabharanam (ornaments and attire for Lord Ayyappa) procession arrive at Lord Ayyappa temple before "Makara Vilakku" ceremony at Sabarimala in Kerala.

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A view of Jain Coral Cove apartment, built in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone norms in Maradu Municipality, being demolished using controlled implosion, in Kochi.

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A view of Jain Coral Cove apartment, built in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone norms in Maradu Municipality, being demolished using controlled implosion, in Kochi.

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A view of Holy Faith H20, a water-front complex, being demolished using controlled implosion at Maradu in Kochi. The Holy Faith along with the twin towers of Alfa Serene apartments were demolished complying with the orders of the Apex Court which held the structures to be illegal as they had been built in violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone norms.

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A view of Holy Faith H20, a water-front complex, being demolished using controlled implosion at Maradu in Kochi. The Holy Faith along with the twin towers of Alfa Serene apartments were demolished complying with the orders of the Apex Court which held the structures to be illegal as they had been built in violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone norms.

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Buses parked at depot during their a nationwide strike called by various trade unions, in Kozhikode.

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A view of high rise Alfa Serene apartment which is set to be demolished, after it was found to be built in violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone norms, at Maradu in Kochi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind with Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan during a ride on a luxury boat in Kochi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind with wife Savita and daughter Swati during a ride on a luxury boat in Kochi.

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Crowd of Devotees at the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala

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A worker builds a wall with sandbags to create a barricade against waves of the Arabian Sea during a storm, near Kochi.

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Devotees throng the Lord Ayyappa temple to offer prayers, at Sabarimala, Kerala,

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Police personnel during a meeting during the opening Sabarimala ‘Makara Sankrama pooja’, in Sabarimala

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Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu addresses during the inauguration of the 87th Sivagiri Pilgrimage at the Sivagiri Madhom, in Varkala

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A patient (2nd L) from Odisha showing symptoms of Nipah virus being shifted to the isolation ward at Ernakulam Medical College, in Kochi. The Kerala government has urged people not to panic and take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease after a 23-year-old student was on Tuesday confirmed to be infected with the deadly virus.

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Women’s League activists stage a protest against the amended Citizenship Act, in Kozhikode.

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Combo picture shows various phases of the annular eclipse as seen from Purameri near Vadakara in Kozhikode.

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A man gives finishing touches to a public installation of Santa figures being displayed as part of Christmas festivities in Cochin, Kerala.

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Congress party supporters take part in a rally against Citizenship (Amendment) Act, in Kanyakumari district.

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Devotees queue to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.

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Police detain DYFI activists who were trying to block Karnataka Chief minister BS Yediyurappa’s vehicle during a protest in Kannur.

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Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa offers worship at Lord Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Protestors hold placards as they raise slogans during a demonstration against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at Kochi.

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