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Chennai News Live: State reports 17,934 fresh Covid-19 cases, positivity rate at 11.47%; Chennai at 7,372

🔴 Chennai, Tamil Nadu Omicron Coronavirus Cases Live Updates, Chennai Omicron Covid-19 Cases Today News Live, Chennai Lockdown Guidelines, 13 January: Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian on Wednesday said the weekly mega vaccination camps would be suspended in view of the coming festival season.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: January 13, 2022 9:11:57 pm
Chennai Weather Today Live Update, News Chennai LiveChennai: A health worker administers a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a policeman, in Chennai, Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)

Chennai, Tamil Nadu Live News: Tamil Nadu recorded 17,934 fresh Covid-19 infections and 19 fatalities on Wednesday, pushing the state’s caseload to 28,47,589 and death toll to 36,905. Chennai continued to top the district-wise tally with 7,372 fresh infections, followed by neighbouring Chengalpattu (1,840), Coimbatore (981) and Thiruvallur (931). As 4,039 Covid patients got discharged in the past 24 hours in the state, only 88,959 cases remain active.

On a day the test positivity rate stood at 11.47 per cent, state Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian said the weekly mega vaccination camps would be suspended in view of the coming festival season.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “favourably consider” the State’s request for exemption from NEET for students’ admission to medical colleges. Stalin said that the in order to protect the admission policy of Tamil Nadu which plays an important role in the state’s health infrastructure, the government had been continuously demanding the exemption from NEET.

In other news, the Greater Chennai Police has said that devotees would not be allowed to enter the Sri Parthasarathy temple from 10pm on Wednesday till 6am on Thursday during the Vaikunta Ekadesi festival as part of Covid-19 restrictions. The annual festival usually witnesses thousands thronging the temple in Triplicane and queuing up from the previous day night to catch a glimpse of the deity.

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu Omicron Coronavirus Case Today Live News: Chennai reports 7,372 Covid-19 cases; mega vaccination camp suspended in view of Pongal festival; Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin urges PM Modi to reconsider state’s request for NEET exemption; Foxconn resumes operations at TN plant; Follow live updates here.

21:11 (IST)13 Jan 2022
64% population fully vaccinated in Tamil Nadu: CM M K Stalin

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin Thursday informed that the state has fully vaccinated 64 percent of its eligible population. He expressed his views during the Prime Minister’s interaction with Chief Ministers over the prevailing Covid-19 situation.

Stalin also said the state government is fully-prepared to manage the Omicron wave of the pandemic and after their government assumed charge, they have increased the vaccination coverage as well.

18:59 (IST)13 Jan 2022
As bulls begin to roar, dauntless tamers ask for more

More than the sugarcane or sweet dish pongal made of rice and jaggery, it's the roaring bulls let off from the Vaadivasal (entry point) into the arena that appear to excite the dauntless bull tamers of Tamil Nadu, which witnessed the first Jallikattu for this Pongal 2022 season in Pudukottai on Thursday.

As about 700 bulls were let out into the arena, the tamers pumped their adrenaline to ride the native bulls by clinging on to their humps. On several occasions, the bulls had a free run as they menacingly charged forward giving but little option to the tamers to evade from being goarded.

The event at Thatchankuruchi in Pudukkottai district, flagged by State Law Minister S Regupathy, was held amidst stringent COVID-19 safety norms and SoP for men and bulls. (PTI)

16:34 (IST)13 Jan 2022
CPI(M)’s visually-impaired district secretary says politics should have space for differently-abled

Fifty-one-year-old B S Bharathi Anna, a visually-impaired person, who was recently elected as CPI(M)’s Chengalpet district secretary, is the first differently-abled person to be elected to a top post in the political circles of Tamil Nadu.

In an interaction with indianexpress.com, Anna said political parties should provide opportunities to the differently-abled persons to change the prevailing perspective in society about them.

At 19, comrade Anna had joined the party’s student wing, Students Federation of India. His association simultaneously grew with other organisations, including the Democratic Youth Federation of India.

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16:32 (IST)13 Jan 2022

The 'Bhogi' festival on the eve of the harvest fete 'Pongal' was celebrated across Tamil Nadu on Thursday with bonfires leading to mild smog for a while in some areas here. Flight operations here were unaffected, airport sources said, adding the presence of fog and smog was mild to moderate and it lasted only for a while. Residents here said early on Thursday, the smog was mild and some areas briefly witnessed drizzle as well. In keeping with the tradition, people lit bonfires and youngsters beat drums early in the morning in front of their houses. The celebrations signify fresh aspirations, hope and a new beginning on the eve of Pongal and the start of Tamil month, 'Thai' on the day of harvest festival. Though things that are not needed were discarded in the past as part of Bhogi celebrations, nowadays it is largely symbolic. On the origin of the festival, noted archaeologist, S Ramachandran told PTI that 'Bhogi' began in ancient times and it could be traced to the worship of Lord Balarama and the plough as well. The present-day celebrations involving bonfires is also a residual feature of the 'Naga Deepaali' event associated with farming communities in olden times, Ramachandran said. The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, underscoring the 'Smoke-free Bhogi festival' slogan had appealed to the people to not burn tyres or items like plastic to protect the environment. "Our ancestors celebrated Bhogi festival before Pongal festival traditionally based on hope by discarding negative thoughts and cheering the positive thoughts so as to celebrate the Pongal festival," Tamil Nadu Environment Minister Siva V Meyyanathan had said. Such celebrations in olden days had not caused pollution as only things made of natural raw materials were discarded in bonfires, he had said on Wednesday.

12:37 (IST)13 Jan 2022
Fine amount for not wearing masks in public increased to Rs 500: TN government

The Tamil Nadu Government Thursday issued an order increasing the fine limit for those found not wearing face masks in public places from Rs 200 to Rs 500.

12:33 (IST)13 Jan 2022
MK Stalin inaugurates police patrolling vehicles in Chennai

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin Thursday inaugurated 20 police patrolling vehicles for the Avadi and Tambaram Police Commissionerate.

12:23 (IST)13 Jan 2022
Madras HC confirms death sentence to man convicted of raping minor

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday confirmed the orders of a lower court awarding death sentence to a 26-year-old man, who allegedly raped a seven-year-old Dalit girl and killed her to hide the crime.

In all fairness, the judgment of the trial court fulfilled all the touchstones to determine that it is one of the rarest of rare cases for imposition of death sentence, as imposition of any other punishment much less life imprisonment is completely insufficient and inadequate and would not meet the ends of justice, the court said.

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12:17 (IST)13 Jan 2022
No question of shutting down AIR: L Murugan

There is no question of closing down the All India Radio (AIR), Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting L Murugan said on Wednesday. The government was not not considering the closure of AIR stations and only technology upgradation was happening, Murugan told reporters on his way to Tirupur to participate in the inauguration function of 11 new medical colleges in Tamil Nadu. (PTI)

12:01 (IST)13 Jan 2022
Madras HC directs TN govt to allocate 50 per cent seats to service doctors in select courses

The Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to allocate 50 per cent of the super-speciality seats in DM/Mch courses in government medical colleges to in-service doctors in Tamil Nadu for the current academic year 2021-2022. Justice M Dhandapani gave a direction to this effect while passing final orders on a writ petition from Dr D Suresh, Assistant Professor in General Medicine, Madras Medical College.

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11:40 (IST)13 Jan 2022
In Pictures | People in Chennai celebrate Bhogi festival
11:27 (IST)13 Jan 2022
NEET is not against social justice: TN BJP chief

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admitting students to medical colleges is not against social justice but is only targeted against those private medical colleges demanding hefty capitation for admitting students, Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai claimed on Wednesday.

Accusing certain political parties of attempting to create an impression that the screening test was against the interests of the poor and downtrodden, Annamalai said, on the contrary, it has fulfilled the aspirations of many students in pursuing their ambition. 'NEET is only against those private medical colleges that demand hefty capitation from the students and it is not discriminatory. Nor is it against social justice,' Annamalai said. (PTI)

11:09 (IST)13 Jan 2022
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin urges PM Modi to reconsider state’s request for NEET exemption

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “favourably consider” the State’s request for exemption from NEET for students’ admission to medical colleges.

Making a fervent appeal when the Prime Minister virtually launched 11 new government medical colleges in the State, Stalin said, “admission policy of Tamil Nadu plays an important role in our health infrastructure and to protect this, we have been continuously demanding exemption to Tamil Nadu from NEET. I appeal to the Union Government to consider our request favourably.”

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11:06 (IST)13 Jan 2022
Foxconn resumes operations at Tamil Nadu plant

After a brief hiatus, iPhone supplier Foxconn on Wednesday reopened its manufacturing facility near Chennai as the company decided to resume operations, government sources said. The factory, located on the city outskirts of was opened after remaining shut for over three weeks following workers’ protests on the back of a mass-food poisoning incident at the offsite dormitory facility.

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10:45 (IST)13 Jan 2022
No entry for devotees for Vaikunta Ekadesi festival

The Greater Chennai Police has said that devotees would not be allowed to enter the Sri Parthasarathy temple from 10pm on Wednesday till 6am on Thursday during the Vaikunta Ekadesi festival as part of Covid-19 restrictions. The annual festival usually witnesses thousands thronging the temple in Triplicane and queuing up from the previous day night to catch a glimpse of the deity.

This year, as per the police advisory, devotees will be allowed to enter the temple after 6:15 am on Thursday and have the darshan till 8pm adhering to Covid-19 rules. Senior citizens above 65 years and those with comorbidities, pregnant women and children below 10 years have been advised not to visit the temple.

10:37 (IST)13 Jan 2022
BPL families in Puducherry to get cash payments in lieu of free garments for Pongal: Minister

The Puducherry government would transfer cash in the bank accounts of those families coming under the Below Poverty Line (BPL) ahead of Pongal festival, a minister said on Wednesday. In a press release, Local Administration Minister C Jayakumar said the Department of Women and Child Development would credit cash in BPL family accounts on Thursday under the DBT system instead of distribution of free garments for the harvest festival.

He said Rs 500 would be credited for a single-member family and Rs 1,000 for more than two members. The cash would be transferred into the account of women members in the families. He said around 1.30 lakh families would benefit through this system and the government would spend Rs 12.13 crore under the scheme. (PTI)

10:21 (IST)13 Jan 2022
Russian national sentenced to 18 yrs in jail in drug trafficking case

A Russian national was sentenced to 18 years rigorous imprisonment for his involvement in an international pharmaceutical drug trafficking network by a special court handling drug cases, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) said on Wednesday. The officials of NCB Chennai busted an international pharmaceutical drug trafficking network in September 2011 and booked a complaint against a Russian national and others.

According to the officials, the Russian based out of Puducherry used to procure banned 'psychotropic substances' through another individual from Villupuram in Tamil Nadu and the duo used to then ship the drugs to the United States and the United Kingdom through speed posts declaring them as 'herbal medicines', a press release from NCB Zonal Director Amit Ghawate said. (PTI)

10:05 (IST)13 Jan 2022
Chennai reports 7,372 Covid-19 cases, 9 fatalities

Chennai continued to top the district-wise Covid-19 tally in the state reporting 7,372 fresh infections, followed by neighbouring Chengalpattu (1,840), Coimbatore (981) and Thiruvallur (931). The rest of the cases were spread mostly across Kancheepuram (620), Madurai (498), Tirunelveli (451) and Trichy (444).

10:04 (IST)13 Jan 2022
Covid-19 vaccination centre installed at Chennai airport

The Airport Authority of India (AAI) Wednesday set up a free Covid-19 vaccination at the Chennai airport for all passengers and visitors. The facility will be open between 9am to 5 pm and the public can make use of the facility and get vaccinated. 

09:40 (IST)13 Jan 2022
Puducherry reports 893 new Covid-19 cases; test positivity rate at 20.36%

The Union territory of Puducherry recorded 893 fresh infections till 10 am on Wednesday, taking the cumulative Covid figure to 1,32,759. One person succumbed to the infection in Puducherry in the past 24 hours, raising the toll to 1,883. The new cases were spread over Puducherry (801), Karaikal (60), Mahe (22) and Yanam (10). 

A press release from G Sriramulu, director of Puducherry’s health department, said that active cases were 3,203, of whom only 137 patients were in hospitals and the remaining in home isolation. The test positivity rate was 20.36 per cent while the fatality and recovery rates were 1.42 per cent and 96.17 per cent respectively.

The department has so far administered 14,85,255 doses—8,99,596 first doses, 5,84,896 second doses and 763 booster shots.

09:28 (IST)13 Jan 2022
Supreme Court grants 4-week bail to former Tamil Nadu minister Rajenthra Bhalaji, slams DMK govt for hasty arrest

The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a four-week bail to former Tamil Nadu minister KT Rajenthra Bhalaji who was arrested in connection with an alleged job scam. The court also slammed the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) government in Tamil Nadu over the manner in which Bhalaji was arrested when his appeal against the rejection of anticipatory bail by Madras High Court was pending before it.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana directed that the former All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) minister be released on bail subject to the condition that he shall not leave the jurisdiction of the police station where the crime was registered, surrender his passport to the concerned magistrate and cooperate with the investigation.

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Labourers on their way to a construction site of Sipcot Hi Tech Sez campus near Foxconn factory in Sriperumbudur, in Chennai, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)

After a brief hiatus, iPhone supplier Foxconn on Wednesday reopened its manufacturing facility near Chennai as the company decided to resume operations, government sources said. The factory, located on the city outskirts of was opened after remaining shut for over three weeks following workers’ protests on the back of a mass-food poisoning incident at the offsite dormitory facility. Private buses were seen ferrying employees wearing face masks, inside the Sriperumbudur campus, about 40 kms from Chennai.

READ | Foxconn resumes operations at Tamil Nadu plant

The Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to allocate 50 per cent of the super-speciality seats in DM/Mch courses in government medical colleges to in-service doctors in Tamil Nadu for the current academic year 2021-2022. Justice M Dhandapani gave a direction to this effect while passing final orders on a writ petition from Dr D Suresh, Assistant Professor in General Medicine, Madras Medical College.

After listening to arguments advanced by senior advocate P Wilson and advocate G Sankaran for the petitioner, the judge passed the orders for the implementation of an earlier government order dated November 7, 2020 which allocated 50 per cent of seats in super-speciality courses in favour of in-service doctors of Tamil Nadu, for the current academic year.

READ | Madras HC directs TN govt to allocate 50 per cent seats to service doctors in select courses

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