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Tamil Nadu: HC refuses to restrain SEC from notifying polls to urban body polls

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] (ANI): Madras High Court on Friday refused to restrain Tamil Nadu State Election Commission from notifying elections to urban local bodies.The Court also deferred the hearing of PILs seeking to postpone the election in view of the third wave of COVID to January 24. Madras HC Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice PD Audikesavalu heard the case to postpone urban local body polls in Tamil Nadu until the COVID situation improves. The Court said that notification has not been issued yet but counsel claims it could be issued anytime.Tamil Nadu State Election Commission said that it has given an undertaking to Supreme Court to notify urban local body polls before January 26, 2022. So, protocols and precautionary measures have been put in place to tackle the COVID situation.Chief Justice said that as technical difficulties arise through video call, the…

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Why social media companies cannot be included as accused or abettor in criminal cases, Madras HC asks state govt

Chennai(Tamil Nadu) [India]: The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Thursday sought a reply from the Tamil Nadu government and state Police as to why social media companies cannot be included as accused or abettor in criminal cases involving social media platforms. This comes in response to a petition filed by the Tamil Nadu police seeking to cancel the bail granted to YouTuber Saattai Duraimurugan who came up for a hearing before Justice B Pugalendhi.Justice B Pugalendhi, observed that misuse of technology cannot be allowed and asked the police to submit a report on how much the YouTuber Duraimurugan earns by broadcasting the objected videos through the social media platforms. The judge, while asking Duraimurugan’s counsel, orally observed that several people are misusing the platform to earn money and some have even admitted that they learned to commit offences like making guns, robbing…

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Tableaux rejected by Centre for Republic Day Parade to be shown in Chennai, says TN CM Stalin

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Tuesday said that the State Government has decided to showcase the tableaux rejected by the Centre for the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi, at a parade on the Marina beachfront in Chennai on January 26.Besides, said the chief minister the tableaux would travel to key towns in Tamil Nadu for the people to see, according to a statement by the chief minister’s office. “Shocked and sad over rejection of tableaux from Tamil Nadu for Republic Day parade without any reason. State tableaux rejected for Republic day parade in Delhi by Central committee will be part of Republic Day parade in Chennai; will be taken across Tamil Nadu,” said the Chief Minister in a statement.Earlier today, a day after, Stalin wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Centre rejecting the state’s tableau…

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Tamil Nadu Govt arranges 950 beds with oxygen support, says TM Anbarasan

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] (ANI): For tackling rising Covid-19 cases, Tamil Nadu Minister TM Anbarasan on Sunday said that the Government has made an arrangement of 950 beds with the oxygen support where the preference will be given to the frontline workers for the treatment of the disease.The arrangement has been made at the Chennai trade centre to accommodate COVID patients. “An arrangement of 950 beds with oxygen support has been done in the Chennai trade centre to accommodate Covid19 patients. The front line workers are given first preference to be treated here,” Anbarasan said.Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu Government on Sunday declared a holiday in schools for all classes till January 31.The State Government has also postponed the exams that were scheduled to be held on January 19.“Schools have been declared shut in Tamil Nadu for all classes, due to an increase in the…

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Tamil Nadu: All school students between 15 to 18 years vaccinated with first COVID-19 dose

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], (ANI): Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian on Monday said the state has vaccinated all school students aged between 15-18 years with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. “100 per cent of school students between 15 to 18 years in Tamil Nadu have been inoculated with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine,” Subramanian said while addressing reporters.COVID-19 vaccination for the 15-18 age group began on January 3 across the country. On Sunday, the Tamil Nadu government had informed that schools have been shut in for all classes, due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state. “The exams which were supposed to be held on January 19 are now postponed,” informed the order copy. Tamil Nadu recorded 23,989 new COVID-19 cases and 11 fatalities on Sunday, as per the state health department’s bulletin. This…

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Tamil Nadu Govt shuts schools till January 31 due to Covid-19 surge

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] (ANI): Amid the surge in the COVID-19 cases, the Tamil Nadu Government on Sunday declared a holiday in schools for all classes till January 31.The State Government has also postponed the exams that were scheduled to be held on January 19. “Schools have been declared shut in Tamil Nadu for all classes, due to an increase in the number of COVID19 cases in the State. The exams which were supposed to be held on January 19 are now postponed,” read the release from Tamil Nadu government statement.Meanwhile, there are currently 1,31,007 active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu. The cumulative death toll of the State stood at 36,967. While the cumulative recoveries in the state stood at 27,47,974. (Image source: Instagram)

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Tamil Nadu needs to update its policy to control air pollution in Chennai, says NGT

New Delhi [India] (ANI): The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has said that Tamil Nadu needs to evolve and update its policy to control air pollution in Chennai city and its agglomeration area.A NGT bench headed by its chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel said, “While the CPCB as well as the State Authorities need to take further action in pursuance of above action plans to enforce the air pollution control norms in Chennai and other parts of the State of Tamil Nadu, there is further need for source apportionment studies and updating of action plan and the corresponding measures based thereon and also the perspective plan for Chennai city.” “On the subject of vehicular pollution control, further decisions may also be required as per the directions of the Supreme Court, applicable for Delhi and National Capital Region, to the extent found relevant and violation for Tamil…

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Tamil Nadu CM thanks PM Modi for inaugurating 11 medical colleges in state, says M Karunanidhi’s dream come true

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Wednesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for virtually inaugurating 11 medical colleges in the state and the new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai.Addressing the event today, the Chief Minister said, “I thank PM Modi for participating in this event. This was a dream of former CM M Karunanidhi to bring medical colleges in all the districts of Tamil Nadu.” “Today, Karunanidhi’s dream has come true. I thank the central government for these new colleges,” Stalin said.Further, Stalin appealed to the central government to give NEET exemption for Tamil Nadu. “I appeal Union government to consider the plea to give the NEET exemption to Tamil Nadu,” he added.These medical colleges have been inaugurated in districts including Virudhunagar, Namakkal, Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Thiruvallur, Nagapattinam, Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Ariyalur, Ramanathapuram and Krishnagiri.According to…

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Mansukh Mandaviya chairs meeting with Tamil Nadu health officials, discusses COVID-19 situation

New Delhi [India] (ANI): Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday chaired a meeting with the Regional Director of Directorate General of Health Services and other health officials in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and discussed the COVID-19 situation.“Chaired a meeting with the Regional Director of Directorate General of Health Services, National Centre for Disease Control officers, Deputy Director of DCGI, Regional Head of ICMR and Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Discussed various aspects relating to COVID-19 situation,” the minister tweeted. Mandaviya, who is on a brief visit to the state, earlier in the day, inspected the COVID-19 war room, 108 emergency control centre in Tamil Nadu and praised the local administration for doing “great work” in controlling the spread of the pandemic.“During my visit to Tamil Nadu, carried out an inspection of control rooms, COVID War Room, 108…

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Tamil Nadu: Alanganallur Jallikattu event rescheduled to Jan 17

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] (ANI): The famed Alanganallur Jallikattu event, which was earlier slated to be held on January 16 in Tamil Nadu, has been rescheduled for January 17.The date was revised as the state government has imposed a complete lockdown on Sunday (January 16) in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Tami Nadu government on Monday extended COVID-19 restrictions in the state till January 31.The state government has allowed the event to be held with restrictions.According to the state government circular, only 150 spectators or 50 per cent of the seating capacity (whichever is less) will be allowed. The spectators must carry full vaccination certificate or negative RT-PCR test report not older than 48 hours.Only the owner and an assistant will be allowed along with a bull. Both will be given event pass by the district administration only after they provide…

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Chennai: No need for lockdown, says TN Health Min Subramanian

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India](ANI): Amid the surge in the COVID-19 cases, Tamil Nadu Health Minister MA Subramanian on Tuesday said that there is no need for a lockdown in the state amid rising COVID-19 cases. “There is no need for full lockdown as of now. CM has asserted that the economy should not be affected, restricted lockdown enough for now,” Subramanian told the media here.Tamil Nadu reported 13,990 new COVID cases and 11 deaths in the last 24 hours. According to the state health department, there are currently 62,767 active cases of COVID in Tamil Nadu. As many as 2,547 patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours. Tamil Nadu government on Monday extended COVID-19 restrictions till January 31 in order to contain the transmission of the virus. According to the state government circular, devotees will not be allowed in all places…

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PM Modi to inaugurate 11 new medical colleges in Tamil Nadu, new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil on January 12

Chennai [India](ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate 11 New Government Medical Colleges across Tamil Nadu and the new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai on January 12 at 4 PM through video conferencing, informed the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Monday. According to PMO, the new medical colleges are being established at an estimated cost of about Rs 4,000 crore, out of which around Rs 2,145 crore has been provided by the Union government and the rest by the Tamil Nadu government.The districts in which the new Medical Colleges are being established are Virudhunagar, Namakkal, The Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Thiruvallur, Nagapattinam, Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Ariyalur, Ramanathapuram and Krishnagiri. “Establishment of these medical colleges is in line with the Prime Minister’s constant endeavour to promote affordable medical education and improve health infrastructure in all parts of the country. The new medical colleges, with…

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Tamil Nadu CM Stalin holds all-party meet on state’s exemption from NEET

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Saturday chaired an all-party meeting at the Secretariat to discuss the future course of action on the State’s demand for exemption from the National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET).Meanwhile, BJP MLA Vanathi Srinivasan walked out of the all-party meeting and said that they do not support the NEET resolution. “We do not support the resolution. Even during the last Assembly session, we’ve not supported the resolution passed to scrap the NEET exams. We are having a political stand of supporting the NEET exam in Tamil Nadu,” said Srinivasan.Earlier on January 6, the Chief Minister had said, “The State Assembly passed a resolution and bill on February 19 last year against NEET and sent to the Governor. The Governor is yet to send it to the President Ram Nath Kovind for his assent.”On February 28,…

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Tamil Nadu logs 8,981 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths in last 24 hrs

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu reported 8,981 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, informed the State health department on Friday.With this, the total count of COVID-19 cases in the state has gone up to 27,76,413 including 30,817 active cases. A total of eight people have succumbed to coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of fatalities in the state to 36,833.As many as 984 persons recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours. With this, the cumulative recoveries have risen to 27,08,763 in the state.Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu has reported 121 cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 so far including 117 recoveries.

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Govt closing Amma clinics due to political vendetta, says TN’s ex-health minister

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Stating that Amma Clinics was opened for a noble cause, former Tamil Nadu health minister Dr C Vijayabaskar on Thursday alleged that the closure of clinics is due to a political vendetta by the incumbent state government.Speaking to ANI, Vijayabaskar said, “The Amma clinics in the state was opened with the purpose of serving the poorest of poor in the remote part of the state. The previous AIADMK government had the clinics after recruiting the doctors for Rs 60,000 salaries. The G.O. was passed in the first year of the pandemic and if the AIADMK had come to power again in the state then we would have extended the G.O. However, if the government says that the closure of the clinics is not the part of political vendetta then it should continue the previous government order. The Amma clinics have…

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Chennai Air Cargo Customs seizes 1,364 live star tortoises

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: The Chennai Air Cargo customs here on Wednesday seized 1,364 live star tortoises which were being smuggled to Malaysia from an export consignment.According to Customs, the star tortoises have been handed over to State Forest Department for rehabilitation.These Star Tortoises are listed as an endangered species under Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and Wildlife Protection Act 1972.

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Tamil Nadu announces night curfew, complete lockdown on Sunday

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: With the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Wednesday announced night curfew from January 6 and a complete lockdown on Sunday. “Night lockdown to be put in place from Januarys 6 from 10 pm to 5 am and full lockdown on Sunday, January 9 with restaurants to operate for takeaways from 7 am to 10 pm,” said the Chief Minister.Besides, it has also directed school authorities to suspend physical classes. “No classes for Play School and Kindergarten. Only online classes to be allowed for classes 1 to 9, and physical classes for classes 10 and 12. No training and coaching centres will be allowed to operate,” he said. He further said that the public transport including bus, suburban trains and Metro will run at 50 per cent seating capacity. “No permission for…

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CM Stalin urges to people get vaccinated

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin said that though the infection rate due to Omicron is high, vaccination provides a shield from this new variant.Urging people to vaccinate themselves, CM Stalin said, “According to medical experts, Omicron is spreading fast. Though the Omicron infection rate in Tamil Nadu is high, vaccination will shield one from this virus. People should maintain social distancing and must wear masks.” He further said that people above 60 years of age should mandatorily take vaccination.

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ADZGURU initiates Australia -India Trade Connect in Post Covid Scenario, Major Announcements Expected on 7th Jan

Chennai: In a one of its kind initiative the 360 degree marketing and advertising firm Adzguru is launching its trade connecting services for small and medium Indian exporters and manufacturers. Headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, ADZGURU has been in the business for the last 17 years, the company has started its operation in India from July 2019 and has provided digital & offline marketing services to its clients based in India, Australia and New Zealand & Papua New Guinea. On 7th of January at Chennai, Company will announce many new initiatives to help business houses to spread their business across Australia, New Zealand and PNG in a high profile event. High Commissioner of Papua New Guinea, his Excellency, H E Paulias Korni, OBE. will also grace the occasion at Chennai apart from other eminent dignitaries. Under a new business initiative, “Sale in Australia, New Zealand…

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TN: No physical classes for 1-8; metro, theatres to operate at 50 pc capacity till Jan 10

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Amid rising COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu, the state government on Friday informed that metro trains and theatres will operate with 50 per cent sitting capacity till January 10.In an official release, “Tamil Nadu announces new restrictions effective till January 10. Malls, jewellery and textile shops, malls, theatres, beauty parlours, showrooms, amusement parks, and metro trains to operate at 50 per cent capacity.” It further read, “No physical classes for students of standard 1st to 8th till January 10. Physical classes for students of standard 9th to 12th and colleges to be held following all COVID-19 protocols. Weddings to be allowed with 100 persons and funerals with 50 persons. No permission for UKG, LKG classes.”The state government banned currently social, political and cultural gatherings. Existing guidelines for religious places to be continued with protocols.

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Heavy rainfall causes waterlogging in several parts of Chennai

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Continuous and heavy rainfall over the past few days led to waterlogging in several parts of Chennai on Saturday.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to heavy rainfall activity over coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal during the next 24 hours. “A cyclonic circulation lies over southwest Bay of Bengal of Sri Lanka coast at middle tropospheric level, under its influence, fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to heavy rainfall activity is very likely over the coast of Tamil Nadu during next 24 hours and decreases thereafter,” said IMD. Earlier on Friday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin reviewed the waterlogging situation and assured the people that the problem would be resolved.Stalin, who visited waterlogged areas in Chennai’s Tenampet along with the municipality officials, said, “Yesterday midnight once I reached Chennai from Trichy, I started reviewing the rain situation…

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Passenger held with diamonds worth Rs 5.76 cr at Chennai airport

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: The Chennai Airport Customs officials on Tuesday seized diamonds of 1,052 carat worth Rs 5.76 crore from a passenger at Chennai airport.The passenger has concealed diamonds in the telescopic handle of the stroller suitcase. A senior official said that based on specific intel, the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Chennai Customs intercepted a passenger bound to Dubai via flight EK-543 on Tuesday that he might be carrying diamonds with him.“When the said passenger reached the airport and his baggage was opened for checking, they found 22 small transparent plastic packets containing processed diamonds hidden in a telescopic handle of his hand baggage,” he said.Diamonds of 1052.72 Carat worth Rs 5.76 crore ingeniously concealed in telescopic handle of stroller suitcase, recovered and seized under Customs Act, 1962.The passenger was arrested, the official said.

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Customs intercept man with 717.95 carat diamond in Chennai

Chennai (Tamil Nadu): Officials of the Directorate of Revenue and Chennai AIU intercepted a passenger with 717.95 carats of African-origin uncut Blood diamonds in the Chennai airport on December 18.According to Customs, Rs 10.89 lakh was recovered from his check-in baggage. They have booked him under the Customs Act, 1962. The man was flying from Dubai.

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TN: Intermittent rains affect process of making earthen pots, potters unable to meet demand ahead of Pongal

Chennai(Tamil Nadu) [India]: Ahead of Pongal, the potters of Madurai say intermittent rainfall has severely affected the process of making earthen pots due to which they are unable to meet the market demand. Potters say that over the past few years, many people have given up the pottery industry and gone into alternative industries without adequate income.Only a few families continue to engage in the pottery business amidst various difficulties without the mind to give up the clan business. “We couldn’t take soil from ponds in time as they were brimming with water. It delayed the process of making pots and now we are unable to meet the demand,” a potter said. Pongal is a four-day harvest festival dedicated to the Sun God. To mark the festival, the Pongal sweet dish is prepared and is first offered to the Gods and Goddesses followed, sometimes,…

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TN fishermen on strike demanding release of 68 fishermen held by Sri Lankan Navy

Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Fishermen went on a hunger strike on Wednesday at Thangachimadam and Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu demanding the government to take steps on ensuring the release of 68 fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy.Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed that India has taken up the issue of early release of Indian fishermen and boats with the Sri Lankan government. Responding to media queries regarding the detention of Indian fishermen, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi said that India is concerned about the detention of Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu by Sri Lankan authorities between December 18-20.As per the information, 68 fishermen and 10 boats have been taken into custody.“Our High Commission in Colombo has taken up the issue of early release of the Indian fishermen and boats with the Government of Sri Lanka,” he added.Bagchi also informed…

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Tamil Nadu reports 33 new cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu on Thursday reported 33 cases of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19, said Health Minister Ma Subramanian. With this, the state’s tally of Omicron cases rose to 34 cases.Further, the health minister said that all patients are stable. “The result of 23 samples are awaited. All had already been in isolation as soon as the experts found ‘S Gene drop’ in their samples. Nearly eight persons have already spent ten days in isolation. in a short while, their results will be out they may be allowed to go home if negative,” said Ma Subramanian.Tamil Nadu reported its first case of Omicron on December 15 when a 47-year-old passenger who arrived from Nigeria tested positive.Earlier in the day, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that India has reported 236 Omicron cases of coronavirus infection so far. Out…

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“Tech Should enable India to achieve its vision of holistic rejuvenation”: Governor of Tamil Nadu

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: “India has made unprecedented progress in various domains of technology, including, the information and communication technology, in the recent past. But we must measure technological progress from the contributions it makes towards creating a healthy, prosperous, and capable India, and transforming India as a leader in all spheres in the global arena,” said Thiru R.N. Ravi, Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu. He was delivering the Inaugural Address at Sangam 2021, the flagship annual convention of the IIT Madras Alumni Association (IITMAA), after launching it virtually. The Hon’ble Governor said that people in the tech sector are among India’s most precise resources and assets. They must think of ways to align their tech vision with the India vision.The Hon’ble Governor highlighted India’s recent achievements in sanitation, financial inclusion, indigenous production, and access to water, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra…

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Tamil Nadu reports 602 new COVID-19 cases

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu reported 602 new cases of COVID-19 during the last 24 hours, said a health bulletin by the state government on Tuesday.The positivity rate for the day stands at 0.59 per cent. A total of 1,00,342 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. With this, the total case count in the state has gone to 27,41,013.During the last 24 hours, 691 people recovered from the infection, taking the total recoveries in the state to 26,97,244.As many as 5 people lost their lives to the deadly virus during the last 24 hours, taking the death toll in the state to 36,691.There are currently 7,078 active COVID-19 cases in the state.

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Tamil Nadu CM urges Centre’s intervention for release of fishermen, fishing boats captured by Sri Lankan Navy

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Sunday wrote to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar requesting his intervention to secure the immediate release of 55 fishermen and 73 fishing boats apprehended by the Sri Lankan navy.The chief minister detailed “two incidents of apprehension of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy that took place in the last 24 hours.” The 43 fishermen from Rameswaram, Ramanathapuram District, were fishing in the traditional waters of Palk Bay, in six mechanized fishing boats and were arrested on December 18 and taken to Mylatti, Naval base in Sri Lanka, the Tamil Nadu CM said in his letter.In another incident on December 19, 12 fishermen in two mechanized fishing boats from Mandapam, Ramanathapuram district were arrested and taken to Kalpatti, Naval base in Sri Lanka, Stalin wrote.“I am saddened to point out that the…

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Chennai: TII announces its electric vehicles under Montra brand

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], December 18 (ANI/NewsVoir): TI Cycles of India (TII), part of the Murugappa Group, today, announced Montra brand to lead its Electric Vehicle (EVs) business. Montra, an existing brand under TII has stood for achievement, strength, fearlessness and an ambitious spirit. With the rapidly evolving mobility landscape, the brand too is evolving while retaining its values. To begin with, the Montra brand will enter EVs business in three segments – last-mile commute, last-mile delivery and personal mobility. Under last-mile commute, TII’s first venture will be in the 3-wheel electric autos, which is expected to be launched in Q1 of FY22-23. In last-mile delivery segment, 3W electric cargo vehicles will be introduced. TII has already launched E-Bicycles in the personal mobility segment. With a range of best in class EVs, TII plans to improve people’s quality of life through eco-friendly mobility solutions.Commenting…

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Tamil Nadu reports 627 new COVID-19 cases

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu reported 627 new cases of COVID-19 during the last 24 hours.As per the health bulletin issued by the state government, the positivity rate stands at 0.59 per cent. A total of 1,04,531 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. The bulletin said that 687 people recovered from the infection during the last 24 hours, taking the total recoveries in the state to 26,93,830.The death toll increased by 12 and has gone up to 36,656.The state has 7,476 active COVID-19 cases.

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Tamil Nadu Assembly first session to be held from Jan 5, 2022

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: The session of the Tamil Nadu Assembly for the year 2022 will be held from January 5, an official notification of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly said on Monday.The assembly session will witness a customary address of Governor R N Ravi, added the notification. “In exercise of the powers conferred upon me by clause (1) of Article 174 of the Constitution of India, I R N Ravi, Governor of Tamil Nadu, hereby summon the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly to meet at 10.00 am on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, in the Assembly Chamber, Secretariat, Chennai,” said the notification.

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DMK leaders offer prayers at Dargah for Udhayanidhi Stalin’s successful political career

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Special prayers were offered at Hazrath Syed Moosa Shah Khaderi dargah here for party youth wing secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin’s successful political career.Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader K S Masthan and other party leaders offered prayers at the dargah.Speaking to ANI, here in Chennai, K. S. Masthan, who is Minister for Minorities Welfare and Non-Resident Tamils Welfare, said, “We offered a special prayer for DMK president MK Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi Stalin’s good health and lifetime service for people. The time for Udhayanidhi Stalin will come soon. His political career is going on a good pace.” Trustee of the dargah, Syed Manooruddin, said, “Udayanidhi Stalin is now a political figure of state who is well known by everyone. We prayed that he should come as the Deputy chief minister of Tamil Nadu.”DMK’s Udhayanidhi Stalin had made his political debut this year in…

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After legal battle, Jayalalithaa’s niece gets keys of her Poes Garden residence

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: After a long legal battle, Deepa Jayakumar on Friday received the keys of the Poes Garden bungalow of her late aunt and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.After receiving the keys Jayakumar entered the house along with her brother Deepak Jayakumar. Deepa and Deepak are the children of Jayalalithaa’s brother Jayakumar.Speaking to ANI, Deepa said, “After the court judgment, the government decided to handover the house to my family. I collected the keys of the house from the Collector. If we have to use this house, then a complete renovation needs to be carried out. As there was no electricity supply inside the residence, we could not note down what important inventory missing from the house.”She also said that her family is not in favour of making the residence a memorial centre for the former CM or a museum.On…

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Amidst continued Covid fears – Alliance Group prepays Rs.140 crores of loan to ADIA and KOTAK Realty Fund

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: While March of 2020 brought bad news with the pandemic hitting the world and businesses being affected badly. All the banks worldwide stopped eliciting new loans proposals and even stopped disbursements of loans already approved due to the market uncertainties.However, even during such uncertain times, there were brands like Alliance Group which the banks were willing to trust and disburse loans based on their past experience and the repayment history that the group had displayed in the past. In Mar 2020, ADIA (Abu Dhabi Investment Authority) and Kotak Realty Fund disbursed Rs.115 Crores to Alliance Galleria Residences project with a 4 year repayment period. While the situation of COVID has not completely gone from the market and the fears of a 3rd wave still being there, Alliance Group through innovative sales strategies and marketing has managed to sell and generate…

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Tamil Nadu reports 703 new COVID-19 cases

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu reported 703 new cases and 11 deaths in the past 24 hours.According to the health bulletin, there are 7,946 active cases in the state and 728 patients recovered in the past 24 hours. The total number of cases stands at 27.32 lakh in the state.The bulletin said 1.01 lakh tests were conducted in the state in the past 24 hours.

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Chennai: 12-yr-old with rare liver disease undergoes successful multi-organ transplant

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: A 12-year-old boy with rare liver disease underwent a successful multi-organ transplant in Chennai’s Gleneagles Global Health City (GGHC). Speaking to ANI, Dr Rajanikanth Patcha, senior surgeon at GGHC said, “This is a very rare and unique disease. This boy has been diagnosed with Primary Hyperoxaluria (PH) type- II, which is a liver condition that results in accumulation of oxalate in the kidneys, heart and bones and other organ systems of the body.”“As the disease is primarily based in the liver, these patients need combined liver and kidney transplantation for cure which is a major undertaking, especially in a child,” he said. Further, Patcha informed that the boy was referred from Bengaluru with renal failure and had been on dialysis three times a week. “We transplanted his liver and kidneys. It was a risky procedure for a child. His aunt…

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COVID-19: Chennai Airport creates exclusive corridor for screening of passengers

New Delhi [India]: In compliance with the revised travel guidelines issued by the Centre and Tamil Nadu government in view of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the Airport Authority India’s (AAI) Chennai Airport has created an exclusive corridor at T4 terminal to screen arriving passengers from countries at-risk.As per a statement issued by AAI on Monday, the facility can seat 500 passengers at a time as it is mandatory for passengers to wait till the Covid test results are out. “Facility for registration for RT- PCR and Rapid PCR, sample collection and payment are provided at the same level. This is in addition to pre-booking and pre-pay facility extended to arrival passengers online to save time during the screening process,” read AAI’s statement. As per the AAI, the Rapid-PCR at Rs 3400 gives the result within 30-45 minutes from the time of collection of…

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Light to moderate rain likely in Chennai, other parts of Tamil Nadu

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu districts are likely to experience thunderstorm with light to moderate rain on Saturday, informed Area Cyclone Warning Centre of Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai.“Thunderstorm with light to moderate rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Erode, Salem, Namakkal, Virudhunagar and Karur district of Tamilnadu,” the notification read. Notably, the neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha are likely to witness heavy rains on Sunday due to Cyclone Jawad.As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Jawad lay centred at 5:30 pm on Friday over the west-central Bay of Bengal, about 300 km south-SE of Vishakhapatnam, 420 km nearly south of Gopalpur, 480 km south-SW of Puri and 560 km south-southwest of Paradip.“It is likely to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach the west-central Bay of Bengal off north Andhra Pradesh – south Odisha coasts by tomorrow, December…

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Amid Omicron scare, two international passengers test positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] : A day after two cases of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant were detected in India, two international passengers, one each from the UK and Singapore tested positive for coronavirus in Tamil Nadu’s capital city Chennai, informed State Health Minister Ma. Subramanian on Friday.“A passenger from Singapore at the Tiruchirappalli International Airport was found COVID positive and got admitted to a private hospital; samples have been sent for genome sequencing to Chennai and Bengaluru,” said Subramanian while addressing a press conference at Teynampet, Chennai on Friday. “Another passenger from the UK in Chennai was found COVID positive and is admitted to a special ward of the King Institute of Preventive Medicine, Chennai; samples have been sent for genome sequencing to Chennai and Bengaluru,” added the Tamil Nadu Health Minister.Earlier on Thursday, Subramanian had said that staff at airports in Chennai,…

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Restrict non-vaccinated people from coming in public: TN health min to officials

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian on Wednesday said that the government has instructed officials to take steps to restrict movement of non-vaccinated people.Speaking to ANI, Subramanian said, “We have instructed district collectors to take steps on restrictions for non-vaccinated people and ensure that they do not come in public places. We want to ensure that people get vaccinated without fail.” He further said, “In Kanyakumari, customers at government liquor shops will get liquor only if they are vaccinated.”

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Such acts diminish the democratic spirit of Parliament, says Stalin

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] : Just after Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday suspended 12 Members of Parliament, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin said that such acts diminish the democratic spirit of the house.Stalin further urged the Centre, on behalf of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), to revoke the suspension immediately. “The suspension of 12 Opposition MPs on the very first day of the winter session is highly condemnable. Such acts diminish the democratic spirit of the Parliament. I demand, on behalf of the DMK to revoke the suspension immediately,” Stalin wrote in a tweet.Rajya Sabha on the first day of its business for the Winter Session on Monday suspended 12 of its members for the rest of the current session on account of ‘unruly and violent behaviour’ during the Monsoon Session of Parliament.The suspended MPs include six from Congress, two…

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Heavy rainfall, waterlogging in Chennai

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Due to continuous and heavy rainfall, waterlogging has been reported from several districts of Tamil Nadu including Chennai.While speaking to ANI, a local, said, “We face a lot of difficulties due to continuous rain. It has also affected transport. Several areas are submerged in floodwater due to torrential rains.” “We are finding difficulties in getting food as we are not able to move out. The floodwater has entered in our homes,” said another local.State revenue and disaster management minister KKSSR Ramachandran had informed a total of eight people have died due to heavy rainfall in the state.Earlier, on Saturday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin met Governor RN Ravi at Raj Bhawan in Chennai. He briefed the Governor about the rain situation and ongoing relief and restoration work in the rain-affected areas in the state.

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CM MK Stalin meets Governor RN Ravi to discuss situation on rains

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin met Governor RN Ravi at Raj Bhawan in Chennai on Saturday.Stalin briefed the Governor about the rain situation and ongoing relief and restoration work in the rain-affected areas in the state. As many as eight people have died due to heavy rainfall in the state, said the state revenue and disaster management minister KKSSR Ramachandran.Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Chinglepet and one in Kanchipuram.Chennai Meteorological Department on Friday had given a red alert to all coastal districts till today and an orange alert to the adjacent districts.

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Madras HC sets aside decision of converting Jayalalithaa’s house ‘Veda Illam’ into memorial

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Madras High Court on Wednesday set aside the previous AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) government’s decision to convert former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s Veda Illam house at Poes Garden in Chennai into a memorial.In May this year, the Madras High Court had asked the Tamil Nadu government to reconsider its decision and had suggested that the property be converted into the official residence-cum-office of the chief minister of the state. The court also said that Jayalalithaa’s niece and nephew, J Deepa and J Deepak, have been declared as her class-II legal heirs and are entitled to inherit her estate.“This court would suggest to the State government to consider making the above property as ‘Official Residence-cum-Office of the Chief Minister of the State’ instead of converting the property as a ‘memorial’ as desired by the government,” the order…

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IMD issues yellow alert for Tamil Nadu, heavy rains predicted over next few days

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] : The national weather forecasting agency, India Meteorological Department (IMD), has sounded a yellow alert for Tamil Nadu for November 23 and 24 and an orange alert for November 25 and 26.“A cyclonic circulation lies over Southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood in lower tropospheric levels. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards towards Tamil Nadu coast during next 4-5 days,” said IMD in an official statement. The weather forecasting agency further informed that a trough runs from the cyclonic circulation Southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood to the Tamil Nadu coast in lower tropospheric levels.IMD has predicted light to moderate scattered/fairly widespread rainfall over Karnataka, Kerala and Mahe and Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal during the next 5 days.IMD further said, “Isolated heavy rainfall very likely over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal during next 5 days and over Kerala…

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Bengaluru, Chennai Neighbourhoods Flooded After Rain

Bengaluru/ Chennai [India] : Northern Bengaluru and several pockets of northern Chennai’s Manali area experienced heavy flooding as a result of torrential rain in parts of the South over the last few days. Water entered multiple homes in Manali, an industrial pocket of Tamil Nadu’s capital. Many parts of the neighbourhood in northern Chennai were heavily inundated due to excess discharge from the Kosasthalaiyar river. Excess water overflowing from the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh city of Chitoor also contributed to the overnight deluge as water from the Poondi reservoir in Tamil Nadu’s Thiruvallur district — filled to capacity — was released beyond 3000 cubic feet per second a few days back. However, discharge from the Poondi reservoir has now been reduced, authorities said today. Boats have also been deployed in some areas of northern Chennai to deal with the situation. Meanwhile, Karnataka’s capital city Bengaluru…

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Seven Afghan cadets trained at Chennai’s Officers training

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] : Seven Afghan cadets (soldiers) who acquired training at the Officers training academy in Chennai will leave for New Delhi on Sunday and will decide their further course of action after consulting the officials at the Afghanistan Embassy in the national capital only, said sources.These cadets were part of an integrated army training programme at the academy here in Chennai besides other Indian cadets. However, after their arrival in India, the Taliban has taken control of their home country, leaving the fate of these Afghan soldiers hanging. The passing out parade of 124 gentlemen cadets and 29 women cadets, including 25 cadets of foreign nations, took place at the Officers training academy in Chennai today.“A total of 124 Gentlemen Cadets of the SSC-112 and 29 Women Cadets of the SSC (W)-26 Courses got commissioned. 16 Gentlemen Cadets and nine Women…

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IMD issues red alert, heavy rainfall in Chennai

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Following a red alert issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Chennai, the various parts of the city received heavy rainfall on Thursday.As per IMD, Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Ranipet are expected to receive extremely heavy rainfall due to the low pressure around the coast on Thursday. The weather forecasting agency had earlier predicted that the coastal region of Tamil Nadu is likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy falls in the southern coastal region of Andhra Pradesh– Rayalaseema and adjoining areas of north Tamil Nadu during the next 24 hours.“Intense rainfall has begun over coastal Tamil Nadu since early hours of today” tweeted IMD tweeted.The Low-Pressure Area (LPA) over Southeast and adjoining Southwest Bay now lies as a Well Marked Low-Pressure Area over Southwest and adjoining West-central Bay off north Tamil Nadu-south Andhra Pradesh…

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Tamil Nadu to set up COVID-19 test centres at Sabarimala temple

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) : The Tamil Nadu government has decided to COVID-19 test centres at Sabarimala temple in Kerala, said Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department Minister Sekar Babu.Addressing the media persons, Babu said, “Devotees who are fully vaccinated or those who produce negative RT-PCR test report conducted within 72 hours before will be allowed inside the temple.” Every year lakhs of devotees from Tamil Nadu come to the Sabarimala temple to pay obeisance.The minister also said that the SIMS hospital in Chennai has agreed to set up a medical mobile ambulance van attached with a ventilator at Sabarimala.

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Chennai: Sasikala distributes relief material in rain-affected areas

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Former AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala distributed relief material in rain-affected areas in Koyambedu, Chennai.Earlier this month, Sasikala while speaking to the party workers at the event said that the AIADMK regime should be brought back to power in Tamil Nadu. “The AIADMK knows, why I abstained from the election. It is the responsibility of all of us to preserve supremacy. It’s high time for us to stand together for the people. All we need is unity. The AIADMK regime must be brought back,” said the former leader.This came after the AIADMK lost the state assembly elections and the local body polls this year.Earlier in January, after spending four years in jail in connection with a disproportionate assets case, Sasikala was released from the Central Prison, Bengaluru.Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department, Chennai said that thunderstorm with moderate rain is likely…

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Southern railway diverts several train routes due to water overflow in Tada-Sullurupeta section of Chennai divison

New Delhi [India]: Southern railway and south-central railway have notified for diversion of trains due to overflowing of water above the danger level at Bridge in Tada-Sullurupeta Section of Chennai Central division.According to the press release from South Western Railway, the diversion was made in the following routes. Danapur-KSR Bengaluru superfast express special commenced journey from Danapur diverted to run via Gudur, Renigunta, Melpakkam, Katpadi and Jolarpettai.Kamakhya-Yesvantpur express special from Kamakhya diverted to run via Gudur, Renigunta, Melpakkam, Katpadi and Jolarpettai.Danapur-KSR Bengaluru express special commenced journey from Danapur diverted to run via Gudur, Renigunta, Perambur, MGR Chennai Central and Jolarpettai.Bengaluru Cantonment-Guwahati Express Special commenced journey from Bengaluru Cantonment diverted to run via Perambur, MGR Chennai Central, Arakkonam, Renigunta and Gudur.

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Madras HC quashes FIR against Tamil director Pa Rajnith for remark on Chola King

Madurai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: The Madras High Court on Friday quashed an FIR filed against Tamil film director Pa Ranjith for his controversial remarks on King Rajaraja Chola in 2019.In his petition to the Madurai bench of the high court, Ranjith said, “During a public meeting on June 5, 2019, I had mentioned some historical facts about King Rajaraja Chola. Quoting Umar Farooq’s book ‘Sentamizh nadu’, I had spoken how landless people, especially in the Delta region, were treated during the Chola period. My statement was misinterpreted on social media platforms and this is not against any community.” After the statement was filed, Justice Ilangovan quashed the FIR filed against Pa Ranjith.

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Tamil Nadu rains: Rescue operations underway in South Chennai

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] : Following incessant rains in parts of Tamil Nadu over the past few days, special teams from Pudukkottai, Salem, Ramanathapuram and Thanjavur to South Chennai have been rushed to upscale the relief and rescue operations.Fire Station Officer of Chennai said, Senthil Rajkumar said, “Rescue operations underway in South Chennai. Teams came from Pudukkottai, Salem, Ramanathapuram and Thanjavur. Around 150 personnel have come to Chennai for rescue operations.” Heavy rains continue to lash Chennai and its nearby areas on Thursday morning, affecting vehicular movement and causing waterlogging in the city.Incessant rain caused water-logging in several parts of Chennai including the areas of Nungambakkam, Sterling road, KMC Hospital road due to heavy rainfall.The Kodambakkam area of Chennai even witnessed trees being uprooted with water-logging due to heavy rainfall and wind.As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), depression would continue to move west-northwestwards…

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Tamil Nadu: IMD predicts heavy rain in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur, Chengalpattu

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Chennai on Thursday predicted thunderstorms with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over a few districts of Tamil Nadu within the next three hours.“These districts are Thiruvallur, Chennai, Chengalpattu and Kanchipuram,” the statement said. The department also predicted moderate rain at isolated places over Cuddalore, Kallakurichi, Villupuram, Ranipet, Vellore, Thiruvannamalai, Kanyakumari, Thirunelveli and Thenkasi districts of Tamilnadu and Puducherry within the next three hours, the statement added.Earlier on Wednesday, the Tamil Nadu Revenue and Disaster Management Minister KKSSR Ramachandran informed that the death toll due to heavy rainfall in the state stands at 12.

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12 dead due to heavy rains in Tamil Nadu

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] : The death toll due to heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu stands at 12, informed Tamil Nadu Revenue and Disaster Management Minister KKSSR Ramachandran on Wednesday.11 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and 7 teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are deployed in the state as of now, added the minister. Amid incessant rainfall in Tamil Nadu, the authorities on Tuesday had issued a flood warning for the Theni district and adjourning low-lying areas.Parts of Tamil Nadu are likely to witness heavy rainfall over the next few days due to a depression over the Bay of Bengal. 

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IMD predicts extremely heavy falls for Tamil Nadu from Nov 9-11

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] : The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday predicted that a low-pressure area formed under the influence of the cyclonic circulation over the southeast Bay of Bengal will likely reach near the north coast of Tamil Nadu early on Thursday morning (November 11) after concentrating into a depression.“Under the influence of the cyclonic circulation over southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood, a low-pressure area has formed over the same region. Associated cyclonic circulation extends upto mid-tropospheric levels,” the IMD tweeted. “It is very likely to concentrate into a Depression over Southwest and adjoining Southeast Bay of Bengal during next 36 hours. It is likely to move west- northwestwards and reach near north Tamilnadu coast by the early morning of 11th November 2021,” it added.The IMD further predicted isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall with isolated “extremely heavy falls” over Tamil…

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Tamil Nadu rains: 5 dead, several houses damaged

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] : At least five persons died and as many as 538 huts and four houses have been completely damaged in Tamil Nadu due to incessant rains.The state’s revenue and disaster management minister KKSSR Ramachandran is worried about more losses. “More damage is expected if rain intensifies,” the Minister said.Tamil Nadu received an average rainfall of 16.84 mm in the last 24 hours. Chengalpet district received the highest, Ramachandran said.The minister said Chennai Corporation is pumping out water from low-lying areas as the state received less rainfall on Tuesday.The rescue operation is underway by Army, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Tamil Nadu Fire and others, he said.In Chennai, more nodal officers are posted for review and rescue operations, he further added.Meanwhile, Madurai received heavy rainfall as Tamil Nadu remains under influence of the Northeast monsoon.The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted…

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Huge quantity of flowers gone to waste at Chennai wholesale market due to poor demand, continuous rain

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: A huge quantity of flowers went to waste at Koyambedu wholesale market in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai due to poor demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and continuous rain.Speaking to ANI, Sambath, Vice-President of Flower Sellers Body in Koyambedu market said, “We are facing losses only on this Diwali. We are unable to sell flowers even for Rs 10. Think about the expenditure on lorry rental, labours, electricity bill, shop rent etc. Every day, we are dumping them in the waste.” Apart from heavy rainfall, COVID-19 restrictions is another reason behind less demand for flowers.“Due to heavy rainfall and Covid-19 restrictions of the time limit in Koyambedu market, we have been facing only losses in flower sales,” Ramesh, a seller said.Another seller, NS Mani said, “Previously, I was selling outside the market. Now, I am selling flowers in the Koyambedu market.…

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Post-Diwali air pollution in Chennai less this year compared to last year: Tamil Nadu health minister

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] : Air pollution in Chennai due to the bursting of firecrackers during Diwali this year was less than last year, said Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian on Saturday.Moreover, Chennai Corporation collected 250 tonnes of Diwali firecracker garbage which is less than last year, said Chennai corporation commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi. While talking to ANI, the Health Minister said, “Every year pollution control board take samples and inspects the air quality after Diwali. They found that this year the pollution is less compared to last year which is good. This is the result of the ruling of courts to use only green crackers and that too within a limited time. So we have had less pollution after Diwali.”Bedi said, “Officials are in the process of collecting burst firecracker garbage. More than 1,500 workers are engaged in clearing this garbage. We…

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TN Minister inspects Mullaperiyar Dam following Kerala’s concerns about its safety

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu Water Resources Minister Durai Murugan inspected Mullaperiyar Dam on Friday in wake of concerns expressed by the Kerala government about its safety.Speaking to mediapersons after inspecting the Mullaperiyar dam, Murugan said, “The current water level of Mullaperiyar dam is 139.05 feet which we are planning to increase to 142 feet after November 30. The water level has been maintained for the past 30 years at 139.05 feet.” He further said, “The government is hopeful of increasing the height of the dam to 152 feet after the strengthening of the Baby dam. There are three trees near the Baby dam. The Kerala government is saying that the felling of these trees require the permission of the state forest department and the department is claiming that the Central Forest department needs to approve the chopping off of these trees. If…

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Chennai Customs seizes over 400 year-old Nritya Ganapati idol

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Chennai Air Cargo Customs on Wednesday seized a large brass Nritya Ganapati idol, which was meant to be smuggled out from a house located in Tamil Nadu’s Kanchipuram.The seizure was done based on intelligence gathered during the examination of an export consignment. Incidentally, the idol is also the largest Idol seized by Chennai Customs so far. The seized idol weighs 130 Kgs and is 5.25 feet tallThe seized idol is not registered with the Archaeological Survey of India under the Antiquities and Art Treasures Act. The idol shows fine details and is warped fully adhering to puranic mythological traditions based on ancient shilpashastra techniques. Marks of wear and tear are found on the idol Indicating its usage for a long time.During the investigation, it was found that the idol was sent by the exporter from Chennai to Kanchipuram for getting…

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AIADMK celebrates 50th anniversary with pomp and show

The fiftieth-anniversary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) was celebrated with pomp and show here on Sunday, marking the commencement of year-long celebrations to commemorate the golden jubilee of its founding. Chennai (Tamil Nadu) , India: AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam and Deputy Coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami had on Friday released a joint statement announcing that AIADMK’s party headquarters in Royapettah will be renamed as the ‘MGR Maaligai’ on the occasion of its Golden Jubilee celebrations today.Party workers flocked to the headquarters that was decked up in flowers and garlands. Large posters and banners of AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran and leader J Jayalalithaa have been set up.AIADMK leaders Edappadi K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam garlanded the statue of Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa. Meanwhile, expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala hoisted the party flag and distributed sweets outside the MGR memorial at Thyagaraya Nagar. Sasikala…

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Former TN minister Indira Kumari gets five years jail term for misappropriation of funds

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], September 29 : A special trial court in Tamil Nadu found the former minister R Indira Kumari, her husband, guilty of misappropriation of funds during her tenure as Minister of social welfare during All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government in 1991-1996.The Special Court for MLAs and MPs sentenced the Minister and her husband Babu to five-year in prison. The former social welfare minister has been convicted for diversion of fund Rs 15.45 lakhs to a trust run by her husband Babu.The minister and several others were booked in 1997 for siphoning off government funds by creating trusts. 

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Two DMK candidates file nominations for Rajya Sabha

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], September 21 : Two candidates from Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Dr Kanimozhi NVN Somu and KRN Rajeshkumar, on Tuesday filed their nominations for Rajya Sabha bypolls from Tamil Nadu.Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Tuesday nominated Dr Kanimozhi NVN Somu and KRN Rajeshkumar as party candidates for the Rajya Sabha bypolls from Tamil Nadu. The announcement was made by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK president MK Stalin. Two Rajya Sabha seats from Tamil Nadu fell vacant after the resignations of AIADMK members R Vaithilingam and KP Munusamy as they contested the state assembly elections and became MLAs.The bypolls will be held on October 4. The six Rajya Sabha seats include two in Tamil Nadu and one seat each in West Bengal, Maharashtra, Assam and Madhya Pradesh.

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Chennai to get heavy showers from today

The last ten days of September are expected to provide good showers in Chennai and the districts surrounding it, including Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu, according to the IMD officials. Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, September 19 : The India Meteorological Department Regional office in Chennai has predicted intense showers in Chennai and adjoining districts like Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu in the next few days commencing from Sunday. The IMD has predicted thunderstorms with rain for the next 48 hours with maximum and minimum temperatures between 36 degrees Celsius and 26 degrees Celsius. The atmosphere, according to meteorologists, will be partly cloudy. On Friday, Meenambakkam Weather station Areceived 8.6 mm and the meteorologists are of the opinion that this may be the beginning of rainfall in Chennai and other surrounding districts. The IMD has forecast rainfall with thunderstorms for the next few days and the intensity and frequency…

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Kamal Haasan’s MNM to contest independently in Tamil Nadu local body elections

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], September 16 : The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) led by the actor turned politician Kamal Haasan on Thursday announced that it will independently contest the upcoming local body elections in the nine districts of Tamil Nadu.As per a tweet by Haasan, the party is soon going to start campaigning for the elections. “Makkal Needhi Maiyam will contest alone in local body elections. I am going to campaign in all nine districts. Let’s meet in the ground. Victory is ours,” tweeted Haasan.The MNM was in an alliance with All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK) and Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi (IJK) in the recently held assembly polls.Earlier on Wednesday, AIADMK’s ally in the assembly polls, PMK, also decided to contest independently in the local body elections.

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TN Assembly passes bill seeking exemption from NEET

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], September 13 : Tamil Nadu assembly on Monday passed a bill seeking a permanent exemption to the state from NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test).The Tamil Nadu Admission to Undergraduate Medical Degree Courses Bill, 2021 (Anti-NEET bill), was supported by all parties, including the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), except for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The bill was introduced after a 19-year-old medical aspirant died by suicide at his home in Salem hours before the NEET exam.Speaking at the state assembly, Chief Minister MK Stalin slammed the previous AIADMK government for ruling in silence under NDA-alliance and not raising voice for people of the state.“You (AIADMK) were in alliance with Centre, you still are. When it came to voting for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) and farm laws, you should’ve imposed conditions of exemption from NEET.…

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Use native bull breeds in Jallikattu: Madras HS

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], September 2 : Madras High Court on Thursday directed the Tamil Nadu government to permit only native breeds of bulls to participate in Jallikattu events.The Court today prohibited the participation of imported, hybrid/crossbreed bulls in Jallikattu events. A division bench headed by Justices N Kirubakaran (retd) and P Velmurugan also directed the state government to encourage bull owners and farmers to groom native breeds by way of subsidy or incentives.The Court said, veterinarians must certify the bulls before participation in Jallikattu.Observing preservation of native breeds of bulls, the court also directed the government to avoid artificial insemination of animals as it would deny mating rights of animals which amounts to cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.“When rights of ‘voice less’ animals are violated, this Court has to raise its ‘voice’ to protect their rights,” the Court…

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Schools reopen for Classes 9 to 11 in Tamil Nadu from Thursday

Chennai [Tamil Nadu] (India), September 2 : Schools in Tamil Nadu reopened from Thursday for Classes 9 to 11. After the reopening of the schools, students and teachers of Arumbakkam Government Higher Secondary, CMDA Colony made their way to the school. Students were provided masks and sanitisers at the entrance of the school and proper social distancing was maintained.“The teachers are providing us masks and ample amount of sanitiser to maintain hygiene,” said a student.“No student is allowed to enter the classroom without wearing a mask,” she further added.Another student said, “Yesterday, the school reopened for Classes 10 to 12 and today it has reopened for Classes 9 to 11.”“I am really glad that the schools have reopened because this way we can directly interact with the teachers,” she added.Students and teachers were instructed to follow all the COVID-19 guidelines. 

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Tamil Archanai scheme at Kapaleeswarar Temple in Chennai

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments PK Sekar Babu launched the Tamil Archanai scheme at Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore, Chennai on Thursday.While talking to the media, Sekar Babu said that the scheme was launched on the advice of Chief Minister MK Stalin and will initially be launched in 47 major temples across the state. The minister also added that the present system of chanting archanai mantras in Sanskrit would not be disturbed.“The present system of chanting archanai mantras in Sanskrit will not be disturbed in any manner. Only a few selected priests will chant these mantras in Tamil based on wishes of the devotee,” said Sekar Babu.

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Stalin seeks duty exemption for import of life saving drugs for treating SMA

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin today urged Union Finance Minister Ms Nirmala Sitharaman to exempt Customs Duty, Integrated GST, any other such taxes on import of life saving drugs for treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), as a policy. Chennai : In a Demi-Official letter to Ms Nirmala, copies of which were released to the media here, he said SMA is a rare disease, causing loss of nerve cells, which carry electrical signals from the brain to muscles. For the children affected by it, gene-therapy has to be ideally given before the child reaches two years of age, he said. Stating that the gene-therapy for this genetic disorder costs over Rs.16 crores per person, Mr Stalin said drugs for this gene-therapy were being imported by the hospitals for treatment. In Tamil Nadu, annually 90-100 such cases are being reported, he said, adding,…

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Chennai Metro to operate from services from 0530 hrs to 2200 hrs

Chennai: From tomorrow, Chennai Metro Rail Limited will operate train services from 5.30 AM to 10 PM on weekdays. A CMRL press release said this time extension of train services would be operated only on weekdays from Monday to Saturday. Trains would be operated with an interval of five minutes during the peak hours from 8 A.M to 11 A.M. and from 5 P.M to 8 P.M. The trains would be operated at a gap of every ten minutes during non-peak hours. On Sundays and Government holidays, trains services would be operated from 7 A.M. to 9 P.M. at an interval of every ten minutes.

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One of Asia’s Youngest Recipients Successfully Undergoes Complex Bilateral Lung Transplant at MGM Healthcare Chennai

MGM Healthcare, a multi-speciality quaternary care hospital in the heart of Chennai, today announced that it had successfully performed a complex bilateral lung transplant on Master. Nazar Dianov a 4-year old boy from Russia and is now one of Asia’s youngest recipients to undergo this procedure. A 20-member team under the leadership of Dr. K.R. Balakrishnan Chairman & Director of Cardiac Sciences and Director of the Heart and Lung Transplant Program, MGM Healthcare successfully conducted this procedure on the patient on December 15, 2020. Speaking about the patient, Dr. Balakrishnan explained, “Master. Nazar Dianov, a 4-year old boy from Russia was diagnosed with fibrosing alveolitis at the tender age of 2 months and was put on a ventilator as his oxygen saturation was extremely low. He then underwent tracheostomy at the age of 6 months in Russia and was airlifted to our unit in Chennai in 2018 for…

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Customs find 107 live spiders crawling inside a parcel at Chennai airport

The Air Customs officials at Chennai airport intercepted a parcel from Poland that had arrived at the Foreign Post Office on suspicion of containing arthropods (hard-bodies species without a backbone) or invertebrates (cold-blooded species without backbones).  When it was cut open, the officials found a thermocol box that had 107 small plastic vials, which was wrapped in silver foil and cotton and live spiders were found in each of those vials.  According to the officials, the consignment was addressed to a person in Tamil Nadu’s Arupukotai. Based on the morphological examination, Wild Life Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and Zoological Survey of India (SRC) officials were called to identify the species. The officials suspected the spiders to be of the Genus Phonopelma and Brachypelma which are CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) listed Tarantulas, a native of…

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TN HSC Exam 2021: Tamil Nadu Board Class 12 evaluation criteria released

The Tamil Nadu government has announced the evaluation criteria for class 12 board exams 2021, giving 50 per cent weightage to class 10 board examination scores. The government had earlier announced the cancellation of exams to the Plus Two board for 2020-2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic. Later, the government constituted a committee comprising officials including the Principal Secretary of the Department of Higher Education, the Vice-Chancellor of Madras University and the headmasters of schools to submit a report to the government on the system of evaluating marks for students. Accordingly, the 10-member committee recommended the evaluation criteria with different weightage. Chief Minister M K Stalin announced how the Plus Two results will be computed this year. An official release quoting Stalin said 50 per cent weightage will be given to class X board exam marks (average of three subjects with high marks) while…

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Road accidents on the rise in Chennai after opening of liquor shops

Road accidents are on the rise in Tamil Nadu after the opening of TASMAC liquor shops following relaxations in lockdown, a senior doctor has said. In Stanley Government Medical College, Chennai, there is a large number of cases brought for surgery and ninety per cent of these cases are due to road accidents. A senior orthopaedic surgeon with the hospital while speaking to IANS said, “Most of the accident victims who are brought to the hospital were in an inebriated stage. I can assure that there is an increase of more than 60 per cent cases ever since the liquor shops were opened in the state. Former Union Health Minister, Member of Parliament and PMK leader, Dr Anbumoni Ramadoss had called upon the Tamil Nadu government to shut the liquor shops in the state. He said that five youths were killed in drunken brawls…

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Tamil Nadu crime branch registers case against 10 police officers for intimidating businessman

The CB-CID of the Tamil Nadu police registered a case against 10 police officers, including an assistant commissioner and a sub-inspector for having intimidated a businessman, forcing him to transfer his property to another businessperson. The case was registered on Sunday on the direction of the Tamil Nadu police headquarters where the complaint was received. A Chennai-based businessman in his complaint said that 10 policemen including an assistant commissioner had forced him to transfer his properties to another businessman after holding him in illegal detention in a farmhouse along with his mother, fiancee, and his brother. The complainant said that he had entered into a business venture with some of his associates, but had later wound up the operations a few years ago. He said that he had made all the settlements through bank transfers. However, he complained that the police officers led by…