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Chennai News Highlights: Vaccination must for college students to attend offline classes; 13 international flyers test Covid-19 positive

Chennai, Tamil Nadu Omicron Coronavirus Cases Updates, Chennai Covid-19 Cases Today, Chennai Travel Guidelines 10 December: Thirteen passengers who have arrived in Tamil Nadu from 'at risk' and 'non-risk' countries have tested Covid-19 positive and their RT-PCR samples have been sent to Bengaluru for genomic sequencing analysis, Tamil Nadu Minister Ma Subramanian said. 

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: December 14, 2021 11:39:40 am
The minister for health and family welfare said 9,012 people have so far arrived from ‘at risk’ countries of which 11 have tested Covid-19 positive. (PTI)

Chennai, Tamil Nadu News Highlights: The Tamil Nadu government Friday made it mandatory for all college students to be fully vaccinated in order to be allowed to attend offline classes. The direction comes days after a report showed only 46 per cent engineering students above 18 years have taken their first dose of Covid-19 vaccines, adding, only 12% have taken both the doses.

Thirteen passengers who have arrived in Tamil Nadu from ‘at risk’ and ‘non-risk’ countries have tested Covid-19 positive and their RT-PCR samples have been sent to Bengaluru for genomic sequencing analysis, Tamil Nadu Minister Ma Subramanian said on Thursday. 

The Minister for Health and Family Welfare said 9,012 people have so far arrived from ‘at risk’ countries, of which 11 have tested Covid-19 positive, while 33,112 people arrived from ‘non-risk’ countries, of which two have tested positive.

Subramanian also confirmed that 10 students of Anna University college in Chennai have tested positive for Covid-19. According to the minister, one student at the Alagappa College of Technology (AC Tech) campus tested positive on Wednesday, following which the health department conducted RT-PCR tests for 300 students on the campus.

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22:37 (IST)10 Dec 2021
Take steps to abolish two key system in Sholingur temple: Madras HC

The Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department to take steps to do away with the existing nearly eight decade old practice of double key system in respect of the jewels and other valuables of the famous Sri Lakshmi Narasimha temple in Sholingur in Ranipet district, one of the 108 Vaishnavite Divyadesams.

Justice R Suresh Kumar gave the direction recently while disposing of a writ petition from KKC Yogesh, who claimed himself as the 'first theerthakar' operating the double lock system and the first key holder in respect of the jewels and other valuables of the temple. He sought to quash an advertisement issued by the Joint Commissioner of the HR&CE department on November 17 this year inviting applications for appointment of non-hereditary trustees to the temple in question. (PTI)

21:51 (IST)10 Dec 2021
TN logs 688 new Covid-19 cases, 11 deaths

Tamil Nadu added 688 new Covid-19 infections on Friday, including a returnee from West Bengal, pushing the tally to 27,34,034, while the death toll rose to 36,586 with 11 more deaths. Recoveries outnumbered new cases with 739 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 26,89,627 leaving 7,821 active infections, a medical bulletin said.

A total of 1,03,017 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 5,52,92,447. Chennai and Coimbatore accounted for the majority of new infections with 123 and 110 cases, respectively, while the remaining was scattered across other districts. As many as 22 districts reported new Covid-19 infections below 10, while Ariyalur, Perambalur, Tenkasi, Theni and Virudhunagar recorded zero new cases, the bulletin said. (PTI)

19:57 (IST)10 Dec 2021
Tamil Nadu makes vaccination mandatory for college students to attend offline classes

The Tamil Nadu government Friday made it mandatory for all college students to be fully vaccinated in order to be allowed to attend offline classes. The direction comes days after a report showed only 46 per cent engineering students above 18 years have taken their first dose of Covid-19 vaccines, adding, only 12% have taken both the doses.

Announcing the government’s decision, state Health Minister Ma Subramanian asked college authorities to verify and ensure 100% double dose vaccinations. Recent reports from the public health directorate and the Chennai city corporation highlighted risks of the infection spreading from canteens and dining areas of educational institutes. Read More

18:18 (IST)10 Dec 2021
Textile industry goes on strike over GST

More than 4,000 textiles wholesale, retail shops and textile producers and merchants dealing with yarn in Erode district closed shutters on Friday as part of a one-day strike called for by the Erode Textile Merchants Association. The strike was to protest against the increase in GST (goods and services tax) from 5 per cent to 12 per cent. President of Erode Cloth Merchants Association Kalaiselvan said the textile industry and its allied industries into weaving, dyeing, printing and textile trading are already facing problems of yarn price hike and pollution.

Now, he said, the hike in GST would affect the manufacturing and sale of textile goods. In order to draw the attention of the Union government to the GST, the textile industry went on strike, the association president said. (PTI)

13:33 (IST)10 Dec 2021
"Tamil Thai Vazhthu" is prayer song, not Anthem: Madras HC

The 'Tamil Thai Vaazhthu', an invocation, is only a prayer song and not a National Anthem and hence, there is no need for every one to remain in standing posture when it is rendered, the Madras High Court bench here has ruled. Justice G R Swaminathan gave the ruling recently while quashing an FIR registered against "Nam Tamilar Katchi" (NTK) functionaries by the Remeswaram police in Ramanathapuram district, in 2018.

The then Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit released a Tamil-Sanskrit dictionary at a function held in Music Academy, Chennai in the presence of the Pontiff of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi on January 24, 2018. When the invocation song to Mother Tamil, "Tamil Thai Vaazhthu" was played, the seer remained seated and this triggered considerable outrage and debate.

Kan Ilango, now associated with NTK and then part of "Tamilar Desiya Munnani", and his men entered the branch of the Kanchi Mutt in Rameswaram, shouting slogans, condemning the Shankaracharya. They allegedly entered the Mutt premises wearing footwear. (PTI)

12:45 (IST)10 Dec 2021
Madras HC rejects police officer’s plea to quash Dhoni’s defamation plaint

The Madras High Court on Thursday rejected a plea from IPS officer G Sampath Kumar to set aside the defamation proceedings initiated against him by cricketer M S Dhoni. Any order at this stage would certainly affect the progress of the main case pending from 2014, Justice N Seshasayee said and dismissed the petition from Kumar.

Originally, Dhoni had filed a defamation suit claiming Rs 100 crore towards damages from a TV media firm and others for allegedly telecasting malicious news that he was involved in betting, spot and match fixing of IPL matches, in 2014.

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11:50 (IST)10 Dec 2021
Board exams will be conducted in Tamil Nadu, reaffirms school education minister

Tamil Nadu School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi has reaffirmed that board exams will be conducted for class 10 and 12 students in the state. He said as per norms, before the board exams, the first revision exams will be conducted in January and the second revision exams in March.

Addressing reporters on the sidelines of an event in Chennai, Anbil said a decision on conducting the board exams in April or May will be taken depending on the Covid-19 situation and on the progress of the syllabus in schools.

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11:18 (IST)10 Dec 2021
Bicycle patrolling returns to parts of Chennai to prevent crimes, reach out to public

Greater Chennai Police Wednesday revived bicycle patrolling in several areas to provide the public easy and approachable access to the police and prevent crimes. Chennai Commissioner of Police Shankar Jiwal instructed officers to carry out regular bicycle patrolling in their jurisdictions to maintain a good rapport with the public. Wednesday, 12 Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP) began the initiative alongside other officers.

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10:39 (IST)10 Dec 2021
Board exams will be conducted in Tamil Nadu, reaffirms school education minister

Tamil Nadu School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi has reaffirmed that board exams will be conducted for class 10 and 12 students in the state. He said as per norms, before the board exams, the first revision exams will be conducted in January and the second revision exams in March.

Addressing reporters on the sidelines of an event in Chennai, Anbil said a decision on conducting the board exams in April or May will be taken depending on the Covid-19 situation and on the progress of the syllabus in schools.

“There is no possibility to cancel the board exams. We are firm on conducting them. Students need to prepare for the first revision exams in January, It will take place post Pongal festival. The second revision exams will take place in March,” Anbil said.

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10:20 (IST)10 Dec 2021
Sexual harassment plaint against police officer: ICC report submitted in Madras HC

Tamil Nadu Advocate-General R Shanmugasundaram on Thursday produced in the Madras High Court, the report of the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC), constituted to probe the alleged sexual harassment of a woman IPS officer by a suspended DGP. The AG submitted the report in a sealed cover to Justice V Parthiban when the writ petition from the suspended Special DGP came up for further hearing today. The judge adjourned the matter till December 17.

The petition prayed the court to quash the proceedings that had been conducted so far by the ICC and order a proper inquiry after following due process of law and in accordance with the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act.

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09:54 (IST)10 Dec 2021
13 passengers who arrived from overseas test Covid positive: TN health minister

Thirteen passengers who arrived from ‘at risk’ and ‘non-risk’ countries to Tamil Nadu till date have tested Covid-19 positive and their RTPCR Samples have been sent to Bengaluru for genomic sequencing analysis, Tamil Nadu Minister Ma Subramanian said on Thursday. The minister for health and family welfare said 9,012 people have so far arrived from ‘at risk’ countries of which 11 have tested Covid-19 positive while 33,112 people arrived from ‘non-risk’ countries, of which two have tested positive.

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09:37 (IST)10 Dec 2021
Hundreds pay floral tributes to Gen Rawat and 12 others; lone survivor flown to Bengaluru military hospital

Group captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the helicopter crash in which CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others were killed, was on Thursday moved from a Wellington hospital to a military hospital in Bengaluru for further treatment. He was taken by road to Sulur Air Force Base from Wellington in an ambulance and airlifted to Bengaluru. Rescue personnel engaged in the operation soon after the crash said Singh was rescued from the crash site along with Rawat. 

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09:11 (IST)10 Dec 2021
Chennai power cut today: These parts of city to face power disruption

Parts of Chennai will face a power shutdown from 9 am to 4 pm, with supply expected to resume before 4 pm if the work is completed. As per a press release given by the company, the following neighbourhoods in Chennai will be affected:

Tondiarpet: Minjur Town, Theradi Street, BDO Office, R-R Palayam Ariyanvoyal, Pudhupedu, Nandhiambakkam, Athipattu, Pallipuram, Karayanmedu and above surrounding areas.

Tambaram: Perumbakkam Main Road, Krishnaveni Nagar, Babu Nagar 3 rd Street, Vimala Nagar, Siivagami Nagar, Ishwarya Garden and above surrounding areas.

Poonamallee North: Kaduvetty, Veeraragavapuram, Avadi main road, Arunachalam nagar, Mettupalayam, Kannapalayam and Ayilcheri.

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09:04 (IST)10 Dec 2021
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14:16 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Tamil Nadu: 10 students of Anna University college test positive for Covid-19

Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian on Thursday confirmed that ten students of an Anna University college in Chennai have tested positive for Covid-19. According to the minister, one student at the Alagappa College of Technology (AC Tech) campus tested positive on Wednesday, following which the health department conducted RT-PCR tests for 300 students on the campus. 

The results on Thursday confirmed that nine more were infected with the virus. All of them are undergoing treatment at the King Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research, Guindy.

“All of them are asymptomatic, they are doing well. Based on the directions of the Chief Minister MK Stalin, we are carrying out tests for all the 763 students on the campus,” he said. 

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13:00 (IST)09 Dec 2021
GCC releases list of garbage lorries, operation schedule to ensure effective conservancy work in Chennai

The Greater Chennai Corporation released the list of compactor lorries (garbage lorries) and a schedule to ensure effective conservancy work in the city. In a statement, GCC Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi said that the civic body, along with the private firms, has deployed close to 14,216 compactor bins (garbage bins) to collect garbage from houses and 261 compactor lorries to remove garbage from those bins.

12:16 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Bodies of those who died in chopper crash brought to Madras Regimental Centre from Wellington Military Hospital

The bodies of those who died in the chopper crash were brought to the Madras Regimental Centre from Military Hospital, Wellington on Thursday. 

11:51 (IST)09 Dec 2021
IAF chopper crash: TNCC leader KS Alagiri cancels Sonia Gandhi's birthday celebrations in TN
 
11:28 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Tamil Nadu CM voices concern against Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2021

The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday voiced concern against the proposed amendments to the Electricity Act, 2003 and sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to withdraw an amendment bill in this connection.

Chief Minister M K Stalin said the proposed amendments will have “far-reaching” implications for state DISCOMs and argued certain provisions will allow “unbridled access” to the private players in select areas.

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11:07 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Tamil Nadu: Elderly woman forced to get off bus due to fish odour, CM MK Stalin condemns act

An elderly fish seller woman was allegedly forced to deboard a bus by its conductor due to fish odour in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari district.

Condemning the act, Chief Minister MK Stalin Stalin tweeted that he was shocked by the incident. He said that at a time when the conductors are efficiently implementing free bus travel for women, this act of the conductor is condemnable. He said people should think and act with a mindset that everyone is equal.

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Kanyakumari: People wait to a board a bus during heavy rainfall, in Kanyakumari, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. (PTI Photo)

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Group captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the helicopter crash in which CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others were killed, was on Thursday moved from a Wellington hospital to a military hospital in Bengaluru for further treatment. He was taken by road to Sulur Air Force Base from Wellington in an ambulance and airlifted to Bengaluru. Rescue personnel engaged in the operation soon after the crash said Singh was rescued from the crash site along with Rawat.

READ | Hundreds pay floral tributes to Gen Rawat and 12 others; lone survivor flown to Bengaluru military hospital

Greater Chennai Police Wednesday revived bicycle patrolling in several areas to provide the public easy and approachable access to the police and prevent crimes. Chennai Commissioner of Police Shankar Jiwal instructed officers to carry out regular bicycle patrolling in their jurisdictions to maintain a good rapport with the public. Wednesday, 12 Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP) began the initiative alongside other officers.

READ | Bicycle patrolling returns to parts of Chennai to prevent crimes, reach out to public

Tamil Nadu School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi has reaffirmed that board exams will be conducted for class 10 and 12 students in the state. He said as per norms, before the board exams, the first revision exams will be conducted in January and the second revision exams in March.

Addressing reporters on the sidelines of an event in Chennai, Anbil said a decision on conducting the board exams in April or May will be taken depending on the Covid-19 situation and on the progress of the syllabus in schools.

READ | Board exams will be conducted in Tamil Nadu, reaffirms school education minister

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