Chief Minister MK Stalin at Udaga Government Arts College, Nilgiris on Saturday. (Photo: Twitter/@CMOTamilnadu)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu Live Updates: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Saturday laid foundation stones for 20 projects in Nilgiris district at a cost of Rs 34.30 crore. He also inaugurated 28 completed projects worth Rs 56.20 crore at a function organised at Government Arts College here. Stalin also distributed welfare measures worth Rs 28.13 crore to 9,500 beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, India’s Covid-19 genome sequencing network INSACOG has confirmed one case of BA.4 sub-variant of Omicron from Tamil Nadu. Out of the first two cases of the variant detected across India, one is from Chennai. The Tamil Nadu Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine released a bulletin and said, “The WGS identification of the sub variant as per the initial report awaiting confirmation at the national level by NCDC is the result of the robust and focussed whole genomic sequencing being carried out by the State to keep track of the variants and sub variants in circulation.”
“While the identification of the BA.4 Omicron Sub-variant is not a cause of any immediate panic, it is more a reminder to continue the focus on eligible persons getting completely vaccinated and the need to continue to follow Covid appropriate behaviour in crowded areas,” it said.
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Ooty: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin at the inauguration of the 124th Flower Show, in Ooty, Friday, May 20, 2022. (PTI Photo) (PTI05_20_2022_000034B)
To cater to tourists visiting Nilgiris District, Southern Railway will operate summer special trains in Nilgiris Mountain Railway (NMR) from May 21. The special trains will be operated as fully reserved trains and weekly trains will be operated between Mettupalayam and Udhagamandalam. The Mettupalayam – Udhagamandalam train will leave Mettupalayam at 9.10 AM on Saturdays from May 21 to July 17 (nine services) to reach Udhagamandalam at 2.25 PM the same day.
The Madras High Court on Thursday restrained two persons, including a DMK minister, from making any arrangement for installing the statue of former Chief Minister, the later M Karunanidhi at a public place in Tiruvannamalai. Since the Tiruvannamalai Collector did not file a sworn affidavit after consulting his subordinates and prayed for more time to do so as directed yesterday, a vacation bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday gave the direction.
The bench of Justices S M Subramaniam and J Sathya Narayana Prasad granted the interim injunction when the PIL petition from G Karthick came up for further hearing today. The petition prayed for a direction to the authorities concerned to remove the encroachment in Vengikkal village in Tiruvannamalai district and its surrounding areas. It alleged that A Rajendran, who was owning a land measuring 92-1/2 sq. ft., in collusion with the government authorities, secured patta over and above the land owned by him. In the encroached portion, attempts were being made to put up the construction, which would cause greater inconvenience to the public at large. The other respondents in the petition included the name of an educational trust and DMK minister E V Velu.