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Chennai News Highlights: Tamil Nadu reports first Omicron case; state logs 640 new covid-19 cases

Chennai, Tamil Nadu Omicron Coronavirus Cases Highlights: The passenger who arrived here from Nigeria via Doha on December 10 had tested Covid-19 positive and six of his family members too had tested positive for the virus, the Minister for Medical and Family Welfare said.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: December 17, 2021 11:25:09 am
Chennai Weather Today Live Update, News Chennai LiveA health worker administers a dose of COVID-19 vaccine to a beneficiary, during a special vaccination drive at a school in Chennai, Wednesday, June 23, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Chennai, Tamil Nadu Highlights:  A 47-year-old man who had arrived from Nigeria, along with six of his family members a few days ago, has tested positive for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, marking the first such case being reported in Tamil Nadu, according to the State Minister Ma Subramanian.

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The passenger who arrived here from Nigeria via Doha on December 10 had tested Covid-19 positive and six of his family members too had tested positive for the virus, the Minister for Medical and Family Welfare said.

Meanwhile, The Madras High Court on Wednesday allowed the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu and its former Law Minister C Ve Shanmugham to prefer an appeal against the recent ruling of a single judge quashing all the orders of the previous party-led government that enabled converting the residence of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa into a memorial.

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu Omicron Coronavirus Case Highlights: Tamil Nadu reports first Omicron case; State reported 640 fresh Covid-19 cases, 11 deaths; DMK extends support to two-day nationwide bank strike; Officials search AIADMK ex-minister P Thangamani’s premises, unearth ‘unaccounted assets’

17:07 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Transgender found dead in TN’s Cuddalore district, case booked for murder

A 31-year-old transgender was found dead Monday night in B Mutlur village near Paragipetai in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu. The deceased, identified as Panimalar, was residing in Manalur near Chidambaram.

The Parangipetai police recovered the transgender’s body from a farm and sent it for a post-mortem to Mundiyambakkam government hospital. More than 30 transgenders gathered at the hospital seeking justice for Panimalar. Read more

14:23 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Tamil Nadu police officers transferred

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday transferred three police officers including superintendent, cyber cell of CB-CID here. IPS officer, Rohit Nathan Rajagopal who is SP, cyber cell, CB-CID here is posted as superintendent, Narcotics Intelligence Bureau-CID in the existing vacancy.

Ziaul Haque, also an IPS official and superintendent of Kallakurichi district, is named as superintendent, crime branch CID-I Chennai filling the present vacancy, a Home Department order said. Assistant Inspector General of Police-Administration, S Selvakumar is transferred and posted as Kallakuruchi district superintendent. (PTI)

14:20 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Puducherry relaxes Covid-19 curbs for Christmas, New Year celebrations

The Puducherry government has relaxed curbs for Christmas and New Year celebrations despite extending the lockdown till January 2. In an order issued on Wednesday, it stated that the night curfew, which will be in place from December 15 to January 2, has been relaxed on December 24 and 25 for Christmas celebrations. On December 30, 31, January 1 and 2, its timing will be from 2 am till 5 am. Night curfew usually comes into effect at 11 pm and is in place till 5 am.

13:19 (IST)16 Dec 2021
​​Jaya memorial: Madras HC permits AIADMK to appeal against single judge order

The Madras High Court on Wednesday allowed the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu and its former Law Minister C Ve Shanmugham to prefer an appeal against the recent ruling of a single judge quashing all the orders of the previous party-led government that enabled converting the residence of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa into a memorial.

A division bench of Justices Paresh Upadhyay and Sathi Kumar Sukumara Kurup granted the permission to file the third-party appeal and posted the matter for further hearing on December 20.

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12:57 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Madras HC dispenses with appearance of Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary

The Madras High Court on Wednesday dispensed with the appearance of Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu before it on December 16, in relation to a case regarding floods and inundation in the state. The first bench of Acting Chief Justice M N Bhandari and Justice P D Audikesavulu dropped a direction to this effect issued by it on December 8, after accepting the status report filed by the chief secretary.

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12:28 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Puducherry reports 13 new Covid-19  cases

Puducherry recorded 13 new coronavirus cases during last 24 hours ending 9 AM on Wednesday taking the total number of those affected by the disease to 1,29,261. The new cases identified at the end of 2,206 samples were spread over Puducherry 11 and Karaikal and Mahe one case each. Yanam, an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh did not not report any fresh case of infection.

The active cases were 173 which included 39 patients in hospitals and remaining 134 patients were in home isolation. No fresh fatality was reported from any of the four regions of Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam during last 24 hours and fatalities remained 1878.Director of the Department of Health, G Sriramulu said in a release that so far 20,16,761 samples have been tested and 17,11,549 out of them were found to be negative.

While 17 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals during last twenty-four hours, the overall recoveries were 1,27,210. The test positivity rate today was 0.59 percent while the fatality and recovery rates were 1.45 percent and 98.41 percent respectively. The Director said the Department of Health has administered so far 13,20,716 doses which comprised  8,03,115 first doses and 5,17,601 second jabs. (PTI)

12:08 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Madras HC extends till Pongal operation of its order relating to Tomato unloading

The Madras High Court on Wednesday extended till Pongal festival (mid January), the operation of its earlier order directing the Koyambedu marketing committee to allot at least one acre in the Koyambedu wholesale market complex to merchants to unload tomatoes. Justice R Suresh Kumar extended the operation of his earlier order dated November 29 when the writ petition from the Thanthai Periyar Tomato Traders Association came up again.

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11:48 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Don’t take any decision on melting temple jewellery: Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR&CE) Department not to take any decision till the end of January next year, with regard to melting of the jewels received by the temples in the state.  The first bench of Acting Chief Justice M N Bhandari and Justice P D Audikesavulu gave a direction to this effect when the PILs from the Indic Collective Trust here and four other individuals came up for further hearing.

The PILs challenged the notifications dated September 9 and 22 of the HR&CE department, which talked about the monetisation of the gold jewellery received by the temples as donations from the devotees.

11:28 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Tholkappia Poonga in Adyar will now be open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for public
11:27 (IST)16 Dec 2021
41 people who arrived from high-risk and non-risk countries test Covid-19 positive till date

Till now, 41 people who arrived from high-risk and non-risk countries have tested Covid-19 positive, he said.

“These passengers have tested positive for Delta variant of coronavirus. The eight people who had arrived from Nigeria with the S-gene drop were isolated and their samples were sent to National Institute of Virology to ascertain the sample. Today, we received the first result of a passenger who has tested positive for Omicron variant”, he said.

11:05 (IST)16 Dec 2021
DMK extends support to two-day nationwide bank strike

The ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday extended support to the two-day nationwide strike called by bank employees on December 16 and 17 against the government’s move to privatise two public sector lenders. Party general secretary and State Minister Durai Murugan wished the strike success and announced his party’s “total support” to the protest in which close to nine lakh employees of various State-run banks would participate.

The DMK was extending support to the strike after union representatives apprised party president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on the “just” reasons behind the agitation, he said in a DMK statement in Chennai.

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10:42 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Tamil Nadu: Burglars decamp with jewellery from popular Vellore store

An incident of burglary was reported from a popular jewellery store located at Thottapalayam in Vellore on Wednesday. Police said that unidentified burglars allegedly decamped with gold and diamond jewellery in the early hours of Wednesday. According to reports, store workers found out about the burglary on Wednesday morning and alerted Vellore North police. The burglars reportedly drilled a hole on a wall to enter the store and took away jewellery kept on the ground floor of the three-storeyed building.

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10:24 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Two Tamil Nadu lawyers barred from practice

The Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry has debarred two advocates from practicing before any court in Tamil Nadu. By a December 10 resolution, the Council had debarred an advocate hailing from Kanchipuram district. The charge against him was that he had studied Law while working in TASMAC (Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation) and he had suppressed this fact while getting enrolled in the Bar Council in 2013. He is still working as a full time employee in the state-run liquor retailer.

The other one to be debarred was from Chennai. The allegation against him was he issued life threat to a woman and her mentally retarded son and cheated her by receiving huge amount. Further,  he received several sovereigns (one sovereign is about 8 grams of gold) of gold from her and tried to misuse her property documents by forging the signature of the woman's husband.

ln connection with the complaint, he entered the Poonamallee Bar Association premises on September 2 this year with his advocate friend in an inebriated mode, damaged the chairs and tables and abused the association secretary and others in filthy language and attacked them. He has also issued life threats to the injured secretary. He also abused the chairman of the Bar Council with filthy language and made life threats to him, too. Based on the complaint lodged by the secretary, a criminal case has been registered against him under the IPC. (PTI)

10:11 (IST)16 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:

Mylapore: Mattankuppam all areas, VR pillai street, Karapagakanniamman koil 1 st to 5th street, Palaniamman koil 1 st to 5 th street, Barathi salai, Raja Hanumanthalala, Venkatachala naickan 1 st to 3 rd street and above surrounding areas.

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10:01 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Active Covid-19 infections at 7,548 in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu added 640 new Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, pushing the caseload to 27,37,335, while the death toll rose to 36,644 with 11 more deaths, the health department said. Recoveries eclipsed new infections with 692 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 26,93,143 leaving 7,548 active infections, a medical bulletin said.

A total of 1,02,775 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 5,58,02,775. Chennai and Coimbatore accounted for the majority of new infections with 126 and 106 cases, respectively, while the remaining was scattered across other districts. As many as 23 districts reported new Covid-19 infections below 10, while Kallakurichi, Theni and Virudhunagar recorded the least with zero cases, the bulletin said. (PTI)

09:42 (IST)16 Dec 2021
Tamil Nadu reports first Omicron case

A 47-year-old man who had arrived from Nigeria, along with six of his family members a few days ago, has tested positive for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, marking the first such case being reported in Tamil Nadu, according to the State Minister Ma Subramanian.The passenger who arrived here from Nigeria via Doha on December 10 had tested Covid-19 positive and six of his family members too had tested positive for the virus, the Minister for Medical and Family Welfare said.

The passenger, along with his family members who were asymptomatic, were admitted to The King Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research in Chennai and were “doing fine”.

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21:56 (IST)15 Dec 2021
TN: Officials search AIADMK ex-minister P Thangamani’s premises, unearth ‘unaccounted assets’

Tamil Nadu officials Wednesday searched multiple premises linked to a former state minister and said they discovered several crores of unaccounted wealth, besides large sums in the form of cryptocurrency.

The search operations by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption targeted at least 14 premises associated with former electricity minister and AIADMK leader P Thangamani in Vellore, Salem, Karur, Namakkal, Tirupur and Coimbatore besides one place in Karnataka and two in Andhra Pradesh.

An official statement said the search teams seized unaccounted assets including Rs 2.16 crore in cash, over one kilogram of gold, more than 40 kg of silver assets and several cell phones. The teams also accessed details of bank lockers and hard disks.
A senior officer with knowledge of the operations held at Thangamani’s Salem residence said officers found investments in cryptocurrency besides seizing unaccounted assets. “There were Rs 40 to 50 crore worth of investments made in cryptocurrency. This investment process started much before the pandemic started and it has gained a huge profit. We are launching a detailed probe on using disproportionate assets to invest in crypto coins,” this officer said. Read More

18:46 (IST)15 Dec 2021
Man from Nigeria, family suspected to be infected with Omicron doing fine: TN health minister

A 47-year-old man who had arrived from Nigeria and six of his family members tested Covid-19 positive and their tests had S-gene drop raising the suspicion of being infected by Omicron were doing well, Tamil Nadu Minister Ma Subramanian said on Wednesday.

The Minister for Medical and Family Welfare said the officials of Greater Chennai Corporation were involved in monitoring the primary and secondary contacts of his family members.

Subramanian said the man has received two doses of vaccines and he, along with his family members, were asymptomatic and were ailing from cold, cough and body pain.

According to him, the man arrived in Chennai on December 10 via Doha tested positive for Covid-19 during the random RTPCR-sampling test currently undertaken for passengers arriving from non-risk countries. (PTI)

17:10 (IST)15 Dec 2021
Ramanathapuram college student died owing to poisoning, not police assault: Tamil Nadu police

Additional General of Police (Law and Order) P Thamarai Kannan on Tuesday said that the post-mortem conducted by forensic experts has confirmed that college student L Manikandan died owing to poisoning.

Notably, Manikandan, who was pursuing an undergraduate course at a private college in Ramanathapuram district, was detained by the cops attached to Keezhathooval police station near Mudukulathur on December 4. He was released from the police station the same day after a couple of hours. However, Manikandan was found dead in his home the next day, leading to allegations that his death resulted from police assault.

Addressing media persons in Chennai on Tuesday, Kannan ruled out claims of police brutality and said they have seized a bottle of poison from Manikandan’s residence. Read More

16:50 (IST)15 Dec 2021
CM Stalin condoles Group Captain Varun Singh's death

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Wednesday mourned the death of IAF officer Varun Singh, who was injured in the helicopter crash near Coonoor which killed Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and 12 others.

Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the crash, succumbed to injuries at a Bengaluru hospital on Wednesday, the Indian Air Force said.

"Deeply disturbed at hearing the sad news that Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the tragic helicopter crash near Coonoor, is no more," Stalin said in a statement.

"His valour and commitment shall serve as an inspiration for all and he will be living in our minds forever," Stalin added.
Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief and actor Kamal Haasan also condoled Singh's death, and said he would remain in people's mind for his bravery and sacrifice. (PTI)

Additional General of Police (Law and Order) P Thamarai Kannan on Tuesday said that the post-mortem conducted by forensic experts has confirmed that college student L Manikandan died owing to poisoning. Notably, Manikandan, who was pursuing an undergraduate course at a private college in Ramanathapuram district, was detained by the cops attached to Keezhathooval police station near Mudukulathur on December 4. He was released from the police station the same day after a couple of hours. However, Manikandan was found dead in his home the next day, leading to allegations that his death resulted from police assault.

READ | Ramanathapuram college student died owing to poisoning, not police assault: Tamil Nadu police

An incident of burglary was reported from a popular jewellery store located at Thottapalayam in Vellore on Wednesday. Police said that unidentified burglars allegedly decamped with gold and diamond jewellery in the early hours of Wednesday.

According to reports, store workers found out about the burglary on Wednesday morning and alerted Vellore North police. The burglars reportedly drilled a hole on a wall to enter the store and took away jewellery kept on the ground floor of the three-storeyed building.

READ | Tamil Nadu: Burglars decamp with jewellery from popular Vellore store

The Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR&CE) Department not to take any decision till the end of January next year, with regard to melting of the jewels received by the temples in the state.

The first bench of Acting Chief Justice M N Bhandari and Justice P D Audikesavulu gave a direction to this effect when the PILs from the Indic Collective Trust here and four other individuals came up for further hearing.

READ | Don’t take any decision on melting temple jewellery: Madras HC

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