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Chennai Hyderabad May 11 Highlights: TN records 29,272 Covid-19 cases and 298 deaths

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News: The first session of the 16th Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly will take place today at Kalaivanar Arangam in Omandurar Government Estate in Chennai.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: May 11, 2021 8:38:13 pm
The demand for oxygen in Punjab has doubled in a fortnight, from 152 metric tonnes to 304 metric tonnes on Sunday.

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News Highlights: Telangana government has decided to impose a 10-day lockdown across the state, starting Wednesday morning. The state cabinet, which convened Tuesday afternoon discussed the ongoing COVID-19pandemic situation in the state, also resolved to call for global tenders to procure COVID-19 vaccines.

The lockdown will be in full force from 10 am to 6 am whereas, daily relaxations are allowed for four hours in the morning, between 6 am and 10 am. The detailed guidelines for enforcement of lockdown are expected to be released later today.

Tamil Nadu’s opposition AIADMK on Monday unanimously elected former chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami as the legislative party leader, seemingly putting an end to reported internal friction with the faction supporting O Panneerselvam, the state’s former deputy chief minister.

Following the three-hour meeting, a senior AIADMK leader said there were no heated arguments over the post of Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly.

Also read | EX-CM elected Oppn leader in TN, ‘rival’ OPS signs decision.

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20:19 (IST)11 May 2021
TN records 29,272 Covid-19 cases and 298 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 29,272 positive cases of Covid-19 bringing the state tally to 14,38,509. Among these, Chennai reported 7,466 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 4,04,733. The state recorded 298 deaths putting the toll at 16,178. A total of 19,182 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 12,60,150. Apart from Chennai, Chengalpattu with 2,419, Coimbatore with 2,650 and Thiruvallur with 1,204 recorded more cases. A total of 1,62,181 cases are still active in Tamil Nadu.

17:36 (IST)11 May 2021
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, newly elected MLAs take oath

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin, his Cabinet colleagues, AIADMK top leader Edappadi K Palaniswami, who is set to be the Leader of Opposition on Tuesday took oath as MLAs in the Assembly. As soon as the House convened with pro-tem Speaker K Pitchandi in the chair, Stalin was the first to take oath. Following him, other ministers, beginning with senior legislator and Water Resources Minister Duraimurugan took the oath. Two Ministers, S S Sivasankar (Backward Classes Welfare) and M Mathiventhan (Tourism), did not take the oath as they were being treated for COVID-19.

16:40 (IST)11 May 2021
10-day Telangana lockdown from tomorrow, state to call tenders for Covid-19 vaccines

Telangana government has decided to impose a 10-day lockdown across the state, starting Wednesday morning. The state cabinet, which convened Tuesday afternoon discussed the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation in the state, also resolved to call for global tenders to procure COVID-19 vaccines.

The lockdown will be in full force from 10 am to 6 am whereas, daily relaxations are allowed for four hours in the morning, between 6 am and 10 am. The detailed guidelines for enforcement of lockdown are expected to be released later today.

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16:09 (IST)11 May 2021
Chief Secretary Irai Anbu asks government officials not to gift books written by him

Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu asks government officials not to gift books written by him at events. If any officer spends government funds to buy his books and gift him, the said money will be collected from them and deposited into a government account. He also directed the School Education Department not to buy any books written by him under any scheme until he remains in the post. 

15:35 (IST)11 May 2021
AIADMK's Munusamy, Vaithilingam resign as Rajya Sabha members

AIADMK leaders K P Munusamy and R Vaithilingam have tendered their resignation from the membership of the Rajya Sabha, party sources said on Monday. Both Munusamy and Vaithilingam, who have been elected to the Tamil Nadu Assembly from Veppanahalli and Orathanadu constituencies respectively have resigned their membership of the Upper House of Parliament and their resignations have been forwarded to the RS Secretariat, party sources told PTI.

15:01 (IST)11 May 2021
Centre nominates three BJP MLAs to Puducherry assembly

The Union Government Monday appointed three BJP MLAs to the Puducherry Legislative Assembly taking the number of BJP MLAs in the house to nine. Venkatesan K, a former DMK MLA, VP Ramalingam, a former Congressman and RB Ashok Babu, brother of former speaker VP Sivakolunthu have been appointed as MLAs.

12:32 (IST)11 May 2021
Gold granules worth Rs 1.20 cr recovered from instant drink

The Air Customs here on Monday claimed to have busted a new modus operandi vis-a-vis gold smuggling, with officials recovering the yellow metal concealed as granules in instant drink mix.The seizure was made from the Foreign Post Office (FPO) here based on intelligence that smugglers may resort to smuggling of gold in postal mode. Accordingly, a postal parcel, which arrived from Dubai a few days ago, was intercepted at FPO on suspicion of containing gold, an official release here said. The parcel was declared to contain seeds and addressed to a city-based person, but when it was cut open, officials discovered four big containers of an instant drink mix that they found unusually heavy. "On opening, the containers were found to be having original aluminium foil lids. On cut opening the lids, gold granules mixed with orange powder were found in the containers. The gold granules were then segregated from the orange powder mix by using a sieve," the release said.

A total of 2.5 kg of gold granules valued at Rs 1.20 crore were recovered. Searches were carried out and it was found that the address of the receiver has been misused, it said.

11:10 (IST)11 May 2021
11 patients die in Andhra Pradesh hospital after oxygen tanker delayed

Eleven Covid-19 patients in the ICU of Sri Venkateswara Ramnarain Ruia Government General Hospital at Tirupati, the largest in the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh, died on Monday evening due to lack of oxygen after a tanker with the gas got late by minutes.

District Collector M Hari Narayana said while the 11 people who were on oxygen support died, they were able to save several others. Nearly 1,000 Covid patients are being treated at the hospital, from Tirupati, Chittoor, Nellore and Kadapa. Officials said the oxygen pressure started dropping after 8:30 pm and the patients died within a few minutes, before the supply could be restored. Angry relatives broke into the Covid ICU, damaged some equipment and overturned tables with injections and medicine

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10:48 (IST)11 May 2021
TN kick-start initiative to provide free food for Covid-19 patients in Government Hospitals

Tamil Nadu Government today started it's initiative to provide free food to those undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at government hospitals across the state.Speaking to the reporters Minister Sekar Babu said the patients will be provided food three times in morning, afternoon and evening.

09:55 (IST)11 May 2021
16th Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly to meet today at Kalaivanar Arangam

The first session of the 16th Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly will take place today at Kalaivanar Arangam in Omandurar Government Estate in Chennai. DMK on Monday announced that it would field senior leader M Appavu for the post of Speaker of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly for which the election would be held on May 12. K Pichandi has elected by the party for the post of Deputy Speaker. He took oath of office as pro-term Speaker by Governor Banwarilal Purohit at Raj Bhavan. He will administer the oath to the newly elected legislators today.

09:12 (IST)11 May 2021
Puducherry CM Narayanasamy admitted to Chennai hospital with Covid-19 symptoms

Puducherry Chief Minister  N Rangasamy is maintaining normal oxygen saturation and he continued to be stable, a hospital treating him here for COVID-19 said on Monday.

Rangasamy is being monitored by an expert team of clinicians and he is "maintaining normal oxygen saturation and continues to be stable," a MGM Healthcare bulletin said.The union territory chief minister thanked all his well-wishers for their best wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery, the hospital said.

08:58 (IST)11 May 2021
Omkarananda Swamy passes away

Omkarananda Mahaswamiji (65), who founded the Chidbhavananda ashram at Theni in Tamil Nadu, died after a brief illness at a private hospital here on Monday. "The pujyasri Omkarananda Mahaswamiji attained mahasamadhi at 5.40 pm in Madurai," a source at the ashram said. 

Swami Omkarananda, who took the mission of rejuvenating the spiritual values and cultural traditions of India, took his Sanyasa from Swami Chidbhavananda, founder of Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam, Tirupparaithurai. He studied Vedanta under Pujyasri Swami Paramarthananda, one of the foremost disciples of Pujyasri Swami Dayananda Saraswathi.

He was known for expounding the essence of some of the sacred texts in Tamil, such as Tevaram, Tiruvachakam, Tirumandiram, Tayumanavars hymns, Bharatiyars songs and in particular Tirukural.

Tamil Nadu Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian inaugurated a Siddha Covid Care Centre equipped with 240 beds at Ambedkar Arts and Science College in Tondiarpet, Chennai on Sunday.

Subramanian said the state government would set up 12 Siddha Covid-19 Care Centres (SCCCs) in the state to treat patients with mild symptoms. He said that currently 195 patients were under treatment at the facility and the decision to reinstitute Siddha centres has been taken by the state government to reduce the crowd at other hospitals.

READ| Tamil Nadu receives Siddha Centres, 12 more SCCCs to set up across the State

Harish Varman, a Class II student hailing from Arappalayam town in Madurai, was overjoyed to see a brand new bicycle in front of his house on Sunday. He was dreaming of this for a very long time and had saved whatever amount he got to buy a bicycle.

However, after witnessing the surge of the Covid-19, Harish decided to give up his dream for the welfare of society. Harish, through his father Elangovan, sent Rs 1000 he saved to the Chief Minister’s relief fund with a handwritten note asking Chief Minister M K Stalin to help the people.

READ| Madurai boy donates Rs 1000 from savings to CMRF; Stalin gifts bicycle in return

The Andhra Pradesh government has requested the Eastern Naval Command to operate and maintain oxygen plants in all government and teaching hospitals across the state, it is learnt.

A meeting on supply, storage and maintenance of oxygen plans in the state was held on Saturday between state government’s representative M T Krishna Babu with Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of ENC Vice-Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, and officials of Vizag Steel Plant.

READ| Andhra asks Eastern Naval Command to maintain oxygen plants in state hospitals

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