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Chennai News Highlights: Tamil Nadu reports 33 fresh Omicron cases; total tally rises to 34

🔴 Chennai, Tamil Nadu Omicron Coronavirus Cases Highlights News 23 December: Addressing the press along with Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan this morning, Subramanian said that of the 33 cases, 26 patients were in Chennai, four in Madurai, two in Tiruvanamalai and one in Salem.

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu Highlights: Tamil Nadu on Thursday reported 33 cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, following genomic sequencing of samples collected from those who tested positive for the novel coronavirus. With this, the state’s tally of Omicron cases rose to 34 cases, with just one case detected prior to Thursday.

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“We received confirmation that 33 more people have tested positive for the new Omicron variant,” Health Minister Ma Subramanian said.

Addressing the press along with Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan this morning, Subramanian said that of the 33 cases, 26 patients were in Chennai, four in Madurai, two in Tiruvanamalai and one in Salem. All the patients are stable and under isolation, Subramanian added.

Also, to step up surveillance at international airports, the government has requested the Centre to allow the health department to conduct COVID-19 tests of all international passengers arriving to Tamil Nadu, as against the current practice of testing those arriving from ‘at risk’ countries, the minister said.

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18:13 (IST)23 Dec 2021
Fishermen observe fast in Tamil Nadu

Hundreds of fishermen and women observed a fast here on Wednesday to protest against the arrest of 68 fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy and demanding their immediate release.

The fishing community from in Rameswaram and nearby areas of Pamban and Mandapam held the hunger strike on the Rameswaram-Madurai national highway at Thangachimadam.

Leaders of various fishermen associations in Rameswaram, including P Sesu Raja, N J Bose, S Emerit, N Devadoss and others participated. More details here.

18:12 (IST)23 Dec 2021
Madras HC directs TN govt to strictly implement animal slaughter rules 

The Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu government to strictly implement the Rules and regulations relating to slaughter of animals in the state.

Justice S M Subramaniam gave the direction recently while disposing of a writ petition, filed by V Panneerselvam of Pangal village in Nagapattinam district in 2015. The relief sought for in the petition was for a direction to the executive authority of Pangal village panchayat to take suitable action against a person, who was slaughtering goats and sheep and running a meat shop without obtaining necessary license from the competent authority. (PTI)

14:19 (IST)23 Dec 2021
Three day CPI national council from Jan 26 to prepare political resolution

The National Council of CPI will meet here from January 26 to prepare its political resolution, which will be presented at the five-day National Convention to be held in Vijayawada in October 22, the party's Tamil Nadu state secretary R Mutharasan said on Wednesday. All national council members and senior party leaders will participate in the three day meeting, Mutharasan told reporters here. The national convention will be held from October 14 to 18, he said. (PTI)

13:27 (IST)23 Dec 2021
456 victims benefit from Innuyir Kaappon scheme in Tamil Nadu

Four days after the Innuyir Kaappon scheme was launched, close to 456 people were benefited, the Tamil Nadu government said. Of them, 372 were treated at government hospitals while the remaining 84 were at private hospitals. The scheme aims to provide free treatment to save lives of road accident victims. 

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin launched a major initiative to save the lives of road accident victims in the State – Innuyir Kaappon – providing free medical treatment within the first 48 hours to those injured. A total of 609 hospitals across the state– 408 private hospitals and 201 government hospitals–have been networked to provide the medicare during the golden hour and save precious human lives.

13:06 (IST)23 Dec 2021
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin launches 'Meendum Manjappai' campaign against single-use plastic

Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin Thursday launched 'Meendum Manjapai', a campaign encouraging people to discard plastic bags and revert to using traditional yellow cloth bag at the Kalaivanar Arangam in Chennai. 

12:40 (IST)23 Dec 2021
All patients are stable and under isolation: TN Health Minister Ma Subramanian

Tamil Nadu reported 33 new Omicron cases on Thursday, taking its total tally to 34. Health Minister Ma Subramanian said that all patients who were asymptomatic were 'doing well' and experienced issues such as giddiness and sore throat. The suspected cases had been under observation for quite some time and some of them could soon return negative for the virus and may be discharged, he added.

12:19 (IST)23 Dec 2021
Active Covid-19 infections drop below 7,000 in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu added 604 new Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, pushing the caseload to 27,41,617, the health department said. The fresh cases include five returnees from the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and Andhra Pradesh. As many as eight people succumbed to the contagion in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 36,699, a medical bulletin said. Recoveries eclipsed new infections with 695 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 26,97,939 leaving 6,979 active cases.

Active infections in the State have been hovering over 7,000 over the last few weeks. A total of 1,01,713 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 5,65,18,363. Chennai and Coimbatore accounted for the majority of new infections with 136 and 94 cases, respectively, while the remaining was spread across other districts. (PTI)

12:05 (IST)23 Dec 2021
Madras HC upholds order revising assignment fee for salt saline lands

The Madras High Court on Wednesday upheld a 2013 notification of the Union Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (Salt  section), which increased the minimum assignment fee for saline lands in Tamil Nadu. Justice S M Subramanian upheld the notification while dismissing a batch of over 100 writ petitions from the Salt Manufacturers and Merchants Association in Tuticorin and others.

According to the petitioners, the Ministry, on the recommendation of the Central Advisory Board (CAB), had revised the rates for ground rent and assignment fee, to try and establish parity with the prevailing State government rates and vide a letter issued in January 2004 fixed the ground rent. (PTI)

11:36 (IST)23 Dec 2021
Tamil Nadu detects 33 new Omicron cases, 26 of which are in Chennai

Tamil Nadu on Thursday reported 33 cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, following genomic sequencing of samples collected from those who tested positive for the novel coronavirus. With this, the state’s tally of Omicron cases rose to 34 cases, with just one case detected prior to Thursday. “We received confirmation that 33 more people have tested positive for the new Omicron variant,” Health Minister Ma Subramanian said.

Addressing the press along with Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan this morning, Subramanian said that of the 33 cases, 26 patients were in Chennai, four in Madurai, two in Tiruvanamalai and one in Salem. All the patients are stable and under isolation, Subramanian added.

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11:17 (IST)23 Dec 2021
Fishermen observe fast in Tamil Nadu

Hundreds of fishermen and women observed a fast here on Wednesday to protest against the arrest of 68 fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy and demanding their immediate release. The fishing community from in Rameswaram and nearby areas of Pamban and Mandapam held the hunger strike on the Rameswaram-Madurai national highway at Thangachimadam. Leaders of various fishermen associations in Rameswaram, including P Sesu Raja, N J Bose, S Emerit, N Devadoss and others participated.

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10:52 (IST)23 Dec 2021
Tamil Nadu: Doctors’ plea to stop Jallikattu due to Covid-19 risk

With the year coming to a close paving way for the Jallikattu traditional sport for Pongal (mid-January), about 80 medical doctors on Wednesday appealed to the Tamil Nadu government not to give its nod to the conduct of the popular bull taming sport this time due to COVID-19 risk and Omicron variant concerns.

The doctors have appealed to Chief Minister M K Stalin and Health and Family Welfare Minister Ma Subramanian not to allow Jallikattu events as the Coronavirus and the emerging variant could turn out to be a super spreader causing grave health risk to the public, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said.

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10:33 (IST)23 Dec 2021
26 persons in Chennai infected with Omicron

Out of the 33 fresh Omicron cases reported in Tamil Nadu, State Health Minister Ma Subramanian said that 26 persons infected were from Chennai. 

10:20 (IST)23 Dec 2021
Tamil Nadu reports 33 fresh Omicron cases; total tally rises to 34

Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian Wednesday said that 33 new cases of the Omicron variant of Coronavirus was detected in the state, taking the total tally in Tamil Nadu to 34. Over 26 cases of Omicron were reported in Chennai, Salem reported 1 case, Madurai reported 4 cases and Tiruvanamalai reported 2 cases.

09:41 (IST)23 Dec 2021
DMK denies ‘vendetta’ as AIADMK stalwarts, former ministers face cases

A Tamil Nadu Police team searching for former AIADMK minister Rajenthra Bhalaji shifted its operations from Bengaluru to Coorg on Tuesday. Meanwhile, another team, of the state vigilance and anti-corruption wing, raided at least 14 premises linked to ex-AIADMK minister P Thangamani, after 69 similar locations were searched last week.

Since the DMK government came to power six months ago, five former AIADMK ministers have faced action, on allegations of corruption, disproportionate assets and violations in allotting tenders worth crores.

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09:29 (IST)23 Dec 2021
Puducherry registers 21 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday

Puducherry saw 21 fresh Covid-19 cases during last 24 hours ending 9 AM on Wednesday, raising the total caseload to 1,29,366. The new cases identified at the end of examination of 2,617 samples were spread over Puducherry 18 and Mahe three. Karaikal and Yanam regions did not report any new case of infection.

There was no fresh fatality during the last twenty-four hours in the Union Territory and fatalities remained 1880. The active cases were 146 which included 31 patients in hospitals and the remaining 115 cases were in home isolation, Director of Health G Sriramulu said in a release. Five patients recovered and were discharged during last twenty-four hours while the overall recoveries were 1,27,340, the Director said. (PTI)

09:11 (IST)23 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 2 pm, with supply expected to resume before 2 pm if the work is completed.

As per a press release given by the company, the following neighbourhoods in Chennai will be affected:

Tambaram/IAF area: Soloman street, Club road PALLIKARANAI Ram nagar, 200 feet radial road, Jerusalam college, Balaji Dental College, Kamakoti nagar, IIT colony 3 rd main road, Velachery main road, Jones HT service and above surrounding areas.

Triplicane: Canal Street, Old & New Fire Wood street, Palamiamman koil 6 th street, Old & New Kattai thoti street, Sunguvar lane and street.

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09:02 (IST)23 Dec 2021
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Welcome to today’s live blog. We bring to you the latest news on Covid-19, politics, features, entertainment, sports, weather, art and culture from across Chennai and Tamil Nadu. Follow our live blog and @ie_chennai to stay up to date with what’s happening in the state.

21:19 (IST)22 Dec 2021
DMK denies ‘vendetta’ as AIADMK stalwarts, former ministers face cases

A Tamil Nadu Police team searching for former AIADMK minister Rajenthra Bhalaji shifted its operations from Bengaluru to Coorg on Tuesday. Meanwhile, another team, of the state vigilance and anti-corruption wing, raided at least 14 premises linked to ex-AIADMK minister P Thangamani, after 69 similar locations were searched last week.

Since the DMK government came to power six months ago, five former AIADMK ministers have faced action, on allegations of corruption, disproportionate assets and violations in allotting tenders worth crores.

The first to see action was former transport minister M R Vijayabhaskar, who was booked along with his wife Vijayalakshmi and brother Sekar, by the vigilance and anti-corruption wing in July for allegedly amassing wealth disproportionate to his known income. Incidentally, Vijayabhaskar is the AIADMK district secretary of Karur, an area that used to be an AIADMK stronghold till senior leader Senthil Balaji left the party. In an acknowledgement of his efforts towards establishing the DMK in Karur, Balaji has been rewarded with a position in M K Stalin’s Cabinet. Read More

15:33 (IST)22 Dec 2021
Puducherry to allow tourists for New Year, masks, vaccine mandatory

While Tamil Nadu has put a brake on New Year celebrations and has denied permission to all social or cultural gatherings, the neighbouring state of Puducherry is inviting tourists to the city during the festive season, when a host of programmes will be held, albeit amid strict Covid restrictions.

Amid other programmes, the ‘LOLALAND’ event is expected to be the main attraction as Bollywood actress Sunny Leone is likely to make a special appearance on one of the days between December 30 and January 1. Organised by the Kamar Film Factory, the event will be held at the Old Port Dock.

According to a statement from the government, more than 40 music concerts of nationally- renowned bands and other live performances will be in place at popular destinations like Old Port and Paradise beach to entertain tourists on December 30, 31 and January 1. Read More

14:30 (IST)22 Dec 2021
Cop killed in Madurai as 110-year-old building collapses

A 42-year-old head constable was killed after a portion of a 110-year-old building collapsed in the early hours of Wednesday at Keezh Veli street near the Nelpettai area in Madurai. Another constable who was standing near the building suffered grievous injuries and is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital.

The deceased head constable Saravanan and his colleague Kannan (40), attached to the Vilakkuthoon police station, were on duty Tuesday night. According to the police, the two were about to head to the next spot around 1 am when a portion of the dilapidated building came crashing down. Saravanan got stuck beneath the debris, while Kannan suffered injuries on his head and limbs.

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Tamil Nadu Food Minister R Sakkarapani on Tuesday said the state government and local bodies will provide land for setting up the Centre’s proposed community kitchens, while urging the Union government to bear the capital expenditure as well as recurring expenses for the same. While capital expenditure includes expenses for the building, utensils and furniture, recurring costs are incurred for food grains, transport of material, salary of staff and so on.

Participating in a meeting convened by Union Minister for Food and Public distribution, Piyush Goyal, to discuss the model community kitchen scheme to address hunger and malnutrition across the country, Sakkarapani highlighted the initiatives implemented by the Tamil Nadu government to fight hunger.

READ | Tamil Nadu minister urges Centre to bear capital cost, recurring expenses of community kitchens

A 42-year-old head constable was killed after a portion of a 110-year-old building collapsed in the early hours of Wednesday at Keezh Veli street near the Nelpettai area in Madurai. Another constable who was standing near the building suffered grievous injuries and is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital.

The deceased head constable Saravanan and his colleague Kannan (40), attached to the Vilakkuthoon police station, were on duty Tuesday night. According to the police, the two were about to head to the next spot around 1 am when a portion of the dilapidated building came crashing down. Saravanan got stuck beneath the debris, while Kannan suffered injuries on his head and limbs.

READ | Cop killed in Madurai as 110-year-old building collapses

AIADMK top leader O Panneerselvam on Tuesday urged the Centre to ensure that the GST slab rate is brought down to 5 per cent on textile and apparel items. In the wake of the twin factors of the Covid-19 pandemic for the last two years and huge rise in the price of cotton yarn, the textile industry in Tamil Nadu is already facing hardship and lot of challenges, Panneerselvam, who is also a former Chief Minister said.

Against such a background, a decision was taken by the GST Council in its last meeting to correct the inverted tax structure by rising GST from 5 per cent to 12 per cent for several textile and apparel items with effect from 1 January 2022, the AIADMK leader said in a letter to Union Minister for Textiles, Piyush Goyal.

READ | Reverse move to increase GST on textile items, AIADMK urges Centre

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