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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 case will be heard on Monday. Later, the case was adjourned. (Image source: Instagram)
  • 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 through videos on Youtube. He also questioned why the social media platforms like YouTube cannot be added as an accused in such cases. The judge also directed the Tamil Nadu ADGP – Cyber Crime branch to submit a detailed report on the mechanism needs to be adopted to prevent misuse of YouTube in a week. (ANI/Image -instagram)
  • 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 for the Republic Day Parade 2022, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the tableau was considered in the first three rounds of the meetings of the expert committee, however, could not make it to the final list of the 12 tableaux selected for this year.Stalin on Monday had written to the Prime Minister seeking his immediate intervention into the matter. “Excluding the tableau will deeply hurt the sentiments and patriotic feelings of the people of Tamil Nadu,” the Tamil Nadu chief minister had written.Responding to his letter, Rajanth Singh wrote […]
  • 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 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)
  • 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 took the total number of cases reported so far to 29,15,948 and the death toll to 36,967. (Image -instagram)
  • 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)
  • 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 Nadu,” the NGT said.“The State needs to evolve and update its policy. The other associated activities to remedy air quality degradation may include policy with regard to usage of cleaner fuel, regulatory measures in the light of source apportionment and carrying capacity and controlling of dust. There is also need for effective monitoring at the District level and the State level by the Steering Committee as well as Air Quality Monitoring Committee (AQMC) on regular basis, subject to overall progress being monitored at the National level under the National Clean […]
  • 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 Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), MBBS seats have been increased by 79.60 per cent (from 51,348 seats to 92,222 seats) and the number of PG seats increased by 80.70 per cent (from 31,185 seats to 56,374 seats) during the last seven years.So, the total medical seats before 2014 were around 82,500. And in the last seven years, a jump of around 80 per cent or 66,000 seats has taken place.The total number of medical colleges (both government and private) has increased from 387 to 596, a jump of around 54 per […]
  • 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 control centre, and PSA Oxygen plants established under PM CARES, at DMS Compound Teynampet, Chennai. The local administration is doing great work towards defeating the COVID-19,” he tweeted.Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday virtually inaugurated 11 medical colleges in Tamil Nadu and the new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai.These medical colleges have been inaugurated in districts including Virudhunagar, Namakkal, Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Thiruvallur, Nagapattinam, Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Ariyalur, Ramanathapuram and Krishnagiri. (Image source: Instagram)
  • 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 fully COVID-19 vaccinated certificate. Both should produce RTPCR negative certificate issued 48 hours prior to the event.Only 300 bull tamers will be allowed. Bull tamers should produce negative RTPCR test report not older than 48 hours.Jallikattu is a three-day event held in Alanganallur, Palamedu, Avaniapuram in Madurai district.Jallikattu is a traditional event in which a bull is released into a crowd of people, and multiple human participants attempt to grab the large hump on the bull’s back trying to tame it. (Image source: Instagram)
  • 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 of worship between January 14 and January 18. The special inter-district buses for Pongal will run at 75 per cent capacity. The night curfew will continue in the state is extended till January 31 and will remain effective from 10 pm to 5 am from Mondays to Saturdays. A total lockdown will be in force on January 16 (Sunday), barring essential services. The direction of the state government comes after Chief Minister MK Stalin chaired a meeting to review the COVID-19 and Omicron situation across Tamil Nadu earlier in the […]
  • 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 a cumulative capacity of 1,450 seats, are being established under the Centrally Sponsored scheme of ‘Establishing of New Medical Colleges attached with existing district/referral hospital’. Under the scheme, medical colleges are established in districts, which do not have either a government or private medical college,” stated the PMO. As per the PMO, the establishment of a new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT) in Chennai is in line with the Prime Minister’s vision to protect and preserve Indian heritage and promote classical languages. The new campus is fully […]