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Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus October 19, 20 Highlights: Rainfall in parts of Chennai; Telangana CM announces relief to flood-affected households in Hyderabad

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 19, 20 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 3536 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 6,90,936. Among these, Chennai reported 885 positive cases.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: October 21, 2020 9:33:23 am
Chennai Rains, Tamil Nadu Rains, Chennai Rainfall, Tamil Nadu Rainfall, Rain in ChennaiParts of Chennai received moderate showers in the morning. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News October 19, 20 Highlights: Citizens in Chennai woke up to cloudy skies and light showers as parts of Chennai received rainfall Tuesday morning, ahead of the northeast monsoon in the state.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu recorded 3536 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 6,90,936. Among these, Chennai reported 885 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,90,949. The state recorded 49 deaths, putting the state toll at 10,691. Forty eight of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 38,093. Till date, 4,17,216 males, 2,73,688 females and 32 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state. The state discharged 4515 patients following treatment Monday, putting the total number of recoveries at 6,42,152.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday announced Rs 10,000 as immediate relief to each flood-affected household in the city, besides an assistance of Rs one lakh each to totally damaged houses and Rs 50,000 to partially damaged houses. Observing that essential commodities like rice and pulses have been lost due to the flooding, Rao said the financial assistance of Rs 10,000 would be distributed from Tuesday itself, according to an official release.

Rao instructed the Collectors of Hyderabad, Rangareddy, and Medchal districts (under the jurisdiction of Hyderabad) to send teams on the field to start distributing the amount to the poor from Tuesday morning, it said.

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18:30 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Delhi govt to donate Rs 15 crore for Telangana flood relief

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced a donation of Rs 15 crore for relief efforts in flood-hit Telangana, saying people of Delhi stand with residents of the state.

“Floods have caused havoc in Hyderabad. People of Delhi stand by our brother and sisters in Hyderabad in this hour of crisis. “Delhi govt will donate Rs 15 cr to the Govt of Telangana for its relief efforts,” he tweeted.

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16:43 (IST)20 Oct 2020
AP POLYCET 2020 counselling deadline extended, check revised schedule

The Department of Technical Education, Andhra Pradesh has extended the last date to apply for the counselling process for admission to polytechnic colleges in the state. The counselling process was scheduled to be closed on October 19, but it has been extended till October 22 to provide an opportunity to students who could not able to attend counselling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the official website, the last date for the payment processing is October 21, and the online window to verify documents will remain active till October 22. The first allotment list will be released on October 24 after 6 pm at the official website- appolycet.nic.in.

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16:42 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Kumaran Silks showroom in T Nagar sealed for Covid norm violation

Kumaran Silks, a popular textile showroom in Chennai’s T Nagar, was on Tuesday sealed by the Greater Chennai Corporation for violating the Standard Operating Procedures [SOPs] issued by the Tamil Nadu government to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Taking to Twitter, the civic body said: “A shop in T Nagar has been locked and sealed today, since they allowed overcrowding and didn’t follow the Covid-19 safety protocols. Other such shops, which don’t follow the protocols shall be sealed too. Shop owners and public are requested to strictly follow safety protocols.”

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15:53 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Telangana Guv, CM thank EPS for Rs 10 cr relief

Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday thanked Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami for announcing Rs 10 crore as relief to the rain and flood-battered state.

Palaniswami had on Monday announced Rs 10 crore towards relief efforts for Telangana as a token of support and solidarity of the government and people of Tamil Nadu with those of Telangana. Rao thanked the chief minister during their telephonic conversation, an official release said.

Further, he also expressed his condolences over the death of the Tamil Nadu chief minister's mother Davusayammal, who died of heart attack last week.

Soundararajan also spoke to EPS over the phone and thanked him for his announcement to provide Rs 10 crore to Telangana, the release said.

Residents wade through a waterlogged alley after heavy rainfall in Hyderabad, the capital of the southern state of Telangana, India, October 14, 2020. REUTERS/Vinod Babu
15:48 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Prez recused from EC meet on resolution condemning AP CM’s letter to CJI: SCBA Secy

SCBA President Dushyant Dave had recused from the process of passing the resolution condemning Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy’s letter to Chief Justice of India S A Bobde in which allegations were levelled against a sitting judge of the Supreme Court, an official of the bar body said on Monday.

Dave had a different view “in principle” on passing the resolution at such an early stage, Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Secretary Rohit Pandey said when asked about media reports on alleged division in the executive committee (EC) over the issue.

Dave had reportedly said the bar had no idea about the truthfulness of the allegations and such a resolution would be premature at this stage.

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15:43 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Telangana records 1,486 new cases, 7 deaths in Telangana

Telangana recorded 1,486 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the infection count to 2.24 lakh, while seven deaths pushed the toll to 1,282. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 235, followed by Rangareddy 112 and Medchal Malkajgiri 102 districts, a government bulletin said on Tuesday.

As many as 20,686 patients are under treatment and 42,299 samples were tested on October 19. Cumulatively, 38.98 lakh samples have been tested.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.57 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 90.21 per cent.

14:59 (IST)20 Oct 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai recorded less than 1000 cases for the first time in weeks on Monday, taking the city's tally to 1,90,949. Currently, there are 12,285 active cases across all 15 zones of the city.

Here are the active cases in the top 10 zones in Chennai:

  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1141
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1037
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 889
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 889
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 827
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 780
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 717
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 673
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 623
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 622
14:09 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Son of shepherd cracks NEET with help of govt school teacher, family lacks money for admission

N Jeevithkumar, the son of a shepherd in Tamil Nadu’s Theni district, scored 664 marks out of 720 in this year’s National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). With his all India rank of 1,823, he has secured the highest rank amid the government-school candidates from across the country.

Jeevithkumar’s father rears goat for a living while his mother is an MGNREGA worker. He had secured 548 in Class XII and was the district topper. This was his second attempt at taking the examination. Earlier, Jeevith had attended a 45-day NEET coaching camp organised by the government and wrote the exam but had failed to clear the test.

Though Jeevith had cleared the NEET, his dream of pursuing the medicine is hanging by a thread as the fees for medical colleges are beyond his family’s financial capability.

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12:40 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Telangana CM’s adopted daughter gets engaged

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s adopted daughter C Pratyusha got engaged in Hyderabad on Sunday. Photos of Pratyusha with her fiancé Charan Reddy emerged on social media Monday.

Officials at the Women and Child Welfare Department said Pratyusha and Charan are set to be married soon.

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12:29 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Chennai corporation seals store in T Nagar for violating COVID-19 guidelines

Officials from the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) sealed a shop shut in Chennai for violating COVID-19 guidelines. The store was found to be overcrowded, with customers not adhering to social distancing norms.

11:25 (IST)20 Oct 2020
398 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Monday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 398 fever clinics in Chennai on Monday. A total of 18,210 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 832 people who were identified with ILI symptoms, while others were provided with medication for minor ailments.

The most number of camps were held in Teynampet (Zone 9) where 49 camps were set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with four camps.

10:08 (IST)20 Oct 2020
155 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 155 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 78 arrivals and 77 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

10:06 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai today from 9 am to 2 pm to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

  • Nolambur: Aiswarya Nagar, Vanagaram Main Road, Galaxy Road, Sadayappa Vallal Street, Geason Housing Colony, S&P Foundation, Nolambur TNHB and SRR Nagar.
  • Tambaram Mudichur: Balaji Nagar, Swamy Nagar, Mullai Nagar, Navabhabibullah Nagar, Purusothamman Nagar, Lakshmi Nagar, Kommaiamman Nagar, Nethaji Nagar, Periyar Salai, Sarabava Nagar, Kattabomman Street, Sri Ram Nagar, S K Avenue, Parvathy Nagar, Sakthi Nagar, Royappa Nagar, Vijay Nagar, Singaravelan Nagar, Astalakshmi Nagar and Thirumudivakkam.
  • Guindy: Ramar Koil Street, Parts of Mount Poonamallee Road, Vasantham Nagar, Kalaignar Nagar, Thanduma Nagar, Parts of Meenambakkam, Thiruvalluvar Nagar, Kumaran Nagar, Defence Colony, Indira Nagar and Matiyas Nagar.
  • Pattabiram: Bharathiyar Nagar, Kakkanji Nagar, Thiruvalluvar Nagar, Deendhayalan Nagar, Navajeevan Nagar, Chatram School Street, Devarajapuram, Gandhi Nagar and P G Apartment.
  • Melpakkam: Iyyappa Nagar, VGV Nagar, Dhana Lakshmi Nagar, Srinivasa Nagar, Kannappalyam, Melpakkam, Melpakkam VGN, Arunachalam and NSR Nagar.
09:19 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Chennai-Bengaluru direct train to resume services from tomorrow

The Southern Railway Monday announced that a fully-reserved double-decker special train will begin services from Wednesday (October 21) between Dr MGR Chennai Central and KSR Bengaluru stations in both directions.

This leads to a direct passenger train service on the route resuming operations after over six months courtesy the coronavirus-induced lockdown, expected to aid hundreds of passengers daily.

As per the notification by Southern Railway. the train will comprise eight AC-chair car coaches and is scheduled to leave Chennai at 7.25 am to reach Bengaluru at 1.10 pm. In the return direction, the train will depart from Bengaluru at 02.30 pm to reach Chennai at 08.30 pm daily.

Reservations for the above specials are open from 8 am on Tuesday (Oct 20), according to the notification.

09:18 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Telangana CM announces Rs 10,000 as relief to each flood-affected household in Hyderabad

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday announced Rs 10,000 as immediate relief to each flood-affected household in the city, besides an assistance of Rs one lakh each to totally damaged houses and Rs 50,000 to partially damaged houses.

Observing that essential commodities like rice and pulses have been lost due to the flooding, Rao said the financial assistance of Rs 10,000 would be distributed from Tuesday itself, according to an official release.

Rao instructed the Collectors of Hyderabad, Rangareddy, and Medchal districts (under the jurisdiction of Hyderabad) to send teams on the field to start distributing the amount to the poor from Tuesday morning, it said.

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09:17 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Chennai reports less than 1000 cases after weeks

Tamil Nadu recorded 3536 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 6,90,936. Among these, Chennai reported 885 positive cases, bringing the city's total to 1,90,949.

The state recorded 49 deaths, putting the state toll at 10,691. Forty eight of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. Tamil Nadu discharged 4515 patients following treatment Monday, putting the total number of recoveries at 6,42,152.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 38,093. Till date, 4,17,216 males, 2,73,688 females and 32 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 90,31,696 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 85,130 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:16 (IST)20 Oct 2020
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17:44 (IST)19 Oct 2020
Explained: Why Andhra is setting up separate bodies for each backward class

The Andhra Pradesh government set up separate corporations for 56 major castes under the Backward Classes category. Earlier, one single Backward Classes Corporation catered to all the requirements of 139 such castes.

During Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s padayatra before the May 2019 elections, he received several complaints from people belonging to several backward castes that benefits and schemes of the government were not reaching them properly. The YSRCP leader promised that he would set up separate corporations for BC castes which have a population of more than 30,000 so that each corporation can micro manage a particular caste’s people and their needs.

These corporations will receive funding from the government which will be used to deliver government’s schemes and benefits to the beneficiaries. Some of the benefits include pre and post-metric school fees reimbursement; financial assistance of Rs 18,750 given to women in the age group of 45-60 years to encourage them to start small businesses; old age pensions; rations through PDS; and healthcare benefits. Officials say they would be able serve the communities better because each corporation would be responsible for a limited number of beneficiaries.

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16:54 (IST)19 Oct 2020
Fino Payments Bank to add 300 more points at BPCL outlets in TN

Fino Payments Bank is planning to add another 300 points at BPCL outlets to its existing 1,075 in Tamil Nadu, to help truck drivers to get fleet cards recharged by paying equivalent cash, without any hassles, a top official said on Monday.

Recharging the Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) SmartFleet cards that are used to pay for fuel has been a challenge to truck drivers for quite some time and in order to ease this discomfort, Fino with BPCL has started such facilities, its State head, Dhanasekaran said.

The digitised cash in the form of prepaid fleet cards allows drivers to make payments for fuel at BPCL outlets, which also completely frees BPCL from handling the cash given by the drivers, Dhanasekaran told reporters after inaugurating a facility at Perundurai in Erode district.

16:43 (IST)19 Oct 2020
Vijay Sethupathi exits Muttiah Muralitharan biopic 800

Actor Vijay Sethupathi has opted out of the Muthiah Muralitharan biopic 800 on the cricketer’s request. In a statement, Muralitharan said that doing the film would cause harm to Sethupathi’s career, and therefore he has asked the actor to quit the project. He also mentioned that the producers will be recasting the role and that the biopic will soon be available for his fans and general audience.

Sethupathi on Monday shared Muralitharan’s statement on Twitter and wrote, “Thank you and goodbye.”

The controversy began as soon as it was announced that Vijay Sethupathi will be playing Muthiah Muralitharan, who is a Sri Lankan Tamil, in the biopic 800. This is largely because Muralitharan is seen as a supporter of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was at the helm during almost 30 years of civil war that gripped the island nation. The war affected the Malayaga Tamils, with Indian-lineage, to a great extent.

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coronavirus, coronavirus testing kits, coronavirus testing kits manufacture andhra pradeesh, coronavirus latest updates, Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone, COVID-19, Indian express The corporations had been among the poll promises of CM Jagan Mohan Reddy. (File/PTI)

Andhra Pradesh on Sunday announced the names of chairpersons for 56 Backward Caste (BC) corporations, set up by the Jagan Mohan Reddy government. With 50 per cent reservation to women, nearly 29 of the corporations are going to be led by women. In addition to this, the state government also appointed 12 directors for each corporation, representing all the 13 districts.

According to the Backward Classes Welfare Department of AP, the state has 49.55 per cent BC population.

READ | Andhra Pradesh: 56 bodies for backward caste welfare get chairpersons

Minister for BC Welfare, C Venugopala Krishna, said that the state is committed to their development, and as a step in this direction, Chief Jagan set up the 56 BC corporations. Minister for Municipal Administration Botsa Satyanarayana said this was a first-of-its-kind initiative taken up by any state in the country.

Ejji K Umamahesh of Chennai passed away on October 16 at the age of 72. A self-obituary left by him has now made netizens emotional and teary-eyed. The obituary titled “Self-written Obituary Announcement from Ejji K Umamahesh” was published in a local newspaper and is now being shared widely on social media

READ | ‘My party is over‘: Chennai man’s self-written obituary is leaving netizens teary-eyed

Describing himself as a “congenital sybarite, recycled teenager, rat-race runner (Retd.), whole-time househusband & homemaker, compulsive party host, theatre movie actor, international car rally driver and organiser, rationalist, humanist, atheist, free-thinker,” the obituary said that he “lived on his own terms as a religionless citizen of the world on village earth”.

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