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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus October 17, 18 Highlights: Recoveries in TN cross 6.27 lakh; Telangana tally touches 2.2 lakh

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 17, 18 Highlights: As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Telangana is 22,774, with 18,905 individuals in home or institutional isolation.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: October 19, 2020 9:31:23 am
COVID-19 TestA total of 87,66,038 samples have been tested till date in Tamil Nadu. (Express Photo: Gurmeet Singh/Representational

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News October 17, 18 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 4389 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 6,79,191. Among these, Chennai reported 1140 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,87,852. The state recorded 57 deaths, putting the state toll at 10,529. Fifty one of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 40,959. Till date, 4,10,208 males, 2,68,951 females and 32 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state. The state discharged 5245 patients following treatment Friday, putting the total number of recoveries at 6,27,703.

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 87,66,038 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 91,245 samples having been sent yesterday.

Telangana reported 1451 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 2,20,675. Among these, Hyderabad reported 235 positive cases. The state recorded nine deaths, putting the state toll at 1265.

Also Read | Hyderabad sees slow return to normalcy; 4 of family still missing

As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Telangana is 22,774, with 18,905 individuals in home or institutional isolation. The state discharged 1983 patients following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,96,636.

According to a bulletin released by the state health department, 37,89,460 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 42,497 samples having been sent yesterday. The case fatality rate in Telangana is 0.57 per cent, while the recovery rate is 89.1 per cent.

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18:18 (IST)17 Oct 2020
AIADMK marks foundation day by giving welfare assistance

The AIADMK on Saturday celebrated its founding anniversary in a grand manner and distributed welfare assistance to beneficiaries, a day after vowing to retain power for the third time in a row by winning the 2021 Assembly elections.

Party coordinator and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam garlanded the statues of AIADMK founder leader M G Ramachandran and late supremo J Jayalalithaa at the party headquarters in Chennai and hoisted the party flag amid bursting of crackers and playing of traditional music.

OPS gave away demand drafts totally worth Rs 26,39,778 to 28 students (23 MBBS and five BDS and engineering students) as the party's assistance.

Party co-coordinator and Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami paid floral tributes to the two iconic leaders of the AIADMK in his home district Salem and unfurled the party flag.

16:18 (IST)17 Oct 2020
COVID-19: Deaths in top 10 zones in Chennai

A total of 3488 people have succumbed to COVID-19 in Chennai till date across all 15 zones of the city.

Here are the deaths in the top 10 zones:

  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 442
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 393
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 384
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 359
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 334
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 304
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 257
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 215
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 183
  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 149
15:59 (IST)17 Oct 2020
Madras Crocodile Bank faces severe financial crunch amid pandemic

The Madras Crocodile Bank in Chennai, which is home to 17 species of crocodiles and 2,000 reptiles, is facing severe financial crunch after the nationwide lockdown triggered by the coronavirus halted the flow of the visitors to the park. .

Allwin Jesudasan, the director at the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, said revenue from ticket sales has been nil since mid-March 2020. The bank, which is the country’s biggest such facility, was established in 1976.

“Pre Covid-19 times, the ticket revenues used to be 50 per cent of our total revenue. If the zoo was open during the last six months, we would have generated a crore through ticket revenue. During this period, we used to get around 30,000 visitors each month,” he said in an email.

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14:34 (IST)17 Oct 2020
Tamil Nadu govt to reject eminence status offered for Anna University

The Tamil Nadu government on Friday said it will not accept the Institute of Eminence (IoE) status offered to Anna University, as it would affect the 69-per cent reservation in the state-run varsity, brought in by former chief minister late J Jayalalithaa “after a long battle”.

State Higher Education Minister K P Anbalagan said if Anna University, the state’s Tamil Nadu’s largest technical university, gets the IoE recognition, it will have to stop the reservation system, and the process could also lead to increase in the fee structure.

The IoE is a recognition for the country’s higher education institutions from the University Grants Commission.

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14:32 (IST)17 Oct 2020
Rajinikanth pays tax to corporation for entire year

Top actor Rajinikanth on Friday paid a property tax of Rs 6.39 lakh for the second half year of 2020-21 for his marriage hall in Chennai to the Greater Chennai Corporation.

A day after remitting Rs 6.56 lakh property tax, including penalty, for the first half year (2020-21) for his Raghavendra Mandapam, the actor has now paid Rs 6,39,846 as well to the civic body which is the property tax for the year’s second six months.

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12:50 (IST)17 Oct 2020
ED orders seizure of DMK MP’s assets worth Rs 8.6 crore

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday issued orders to seize financial assets to the tune of Rs 8.6 crore belonging to DMK Gautham Sigamani. The orders were issued under Section 37A of Foreign Exchnage Management Act (FEMA) for allegedly acquiring foreign securities illegally and not repatriating foreign exchange earned abroad.

According to ED, Sigamani allegedly acquired foreign security without RBI approval. During the course of investigation, ED has claimed, it was revealed that in March 2008, Sigamani made overseas investment of USD 1 lakh (Rs 41.57 lakh then) in acquiring 2.45 lakh shares of M/s PT Excel Megindo, Jakarta and USD 55,000 (Rs 22.86 lakh then) in M/s Universal Business Ventures, UAE without RBI approval. This ED has said was in contravention of Section 4 of FEMA.

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12:46 (IST)17 Oct 2020
Explained: Tracking the weather system that gave Hyderabad its rainiest day ever

Earlier this week, three days of extremely heavy rainfall led to massive floods that killed over 70 people in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Hyderabad recorded its rainiest day in 117 years, flooding over 20,000 houses. In Pune, Sangli and Solapur, nearly 20,000 people were evacuated.

This was caused by a weather that formed in the Bay of Bengal, hit the east coast and moved westward, weakening on the way. On Friday, it re-emerged in the Arabian Sea and is set to intensify further as it moves farther into the sea.

On October 9, a low pressure system developed in the North Andaman Sea. During its landward journey, it intensified multiple times — first to form a well-marked low pressure area, then a depression, and later a deep depression while at sea. Low pressure area, depression and deep depression are part of a classification based on wind speed.

On October 13, the system crossed over land near Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, as a deep depression. As the system moved west-north-westward, it brought extremely heavy rainfall all along Telangana and some parts of Andhra Pradesh on October 13 and 14. In the last 48 hours, the system weakened into a well-marked low pressure area, and moved along south Madhya Maharashtra, causing widespread heavy rain over several areas of Maharashtra. Early on Friday, the system left the west coast.

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12:44 (IST)17 Oct 2020
Three more succumb to coronavirus in Pondy, toll rises to 574

Three more people, including a 65-year old woman, died of COVID-19 on Saturday, pushing the toll in the union territory to 574. Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release that 222 fresh cases were reported today, raising the overall tally to 32,978.

Kumar said the total active cases were 4,420 and 27,984 patients recovered and were discharged so far from hospitals. He said 313 patients were discharged today alone. The fatality and recovery rates were 1.74 percent and 84.86 percent respectively.

The Director said 2.59 lakh samples have been tested so far and it was found that 2.23 lakh of them were negative and result of examination of remaining samples was awaited.

Of the 222 new cases reported, Puducherry region had 190 fresh cases followed by 14 in Karaikal, 4 in Yanam and 14 in Mahe region, he said.

11:04 (IST)17 Oct 2020
Hyderabad sees slow return to normalcy; 4 of family still missing

Two days after eight members of a family in Hyderabad were swept away in a flash flood, four still remain untraceable, even though police and disaster management agencies widened their search.

Hyderabad limped back to normal as flood waters receded, although a few areas still remain inundated and power supply remained disrupted. Police officials in the jurisdictions of Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda Police Commissionerates said they were searching for a total of 24 persons reported missing by their family members. Government estimates say that 50 people have died in the flash floods.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of those who perished. The state government released Rs 297 crore to take up repair and restoration of all the major roads in the city which developed potholes or craters or were washed away. GHMC officials said the PVNR Expressway and airport road have been opened after repairs.

GHMC mayor B Ram Mohan said the corporation and the government is evacuating all those stranded in areas where the rain water has stagnated. “The flash flood water is not receding in some areas. Water upto 3-4 feet has stagnated in these areas. With the help of fire and emergency services, we are pumping out the water. We are also supplying essentials to the stranded residents,” the mayor said.

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10:59 (IST)17 Oct 2020
400 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Friday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 400 fever clinics in Chennai on Friday. A total of 17,341 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 773 people. 773 people with ILI symptoms were identified, while others were provided with medication for minor ailments.

The most number of camps were held in Teynampet (Zone 9) where 48 camps were set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with four camps.

09:48 (IST)17 Oct 2020
148 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 148 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 74 arrivals and 74 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:47 (IST)17 Oct 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

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

Here are the affected areas:

  • Alwarthiru Nagar: Anbu Nagar, Velan Nagar, Indira Gandhi Nagar, Rama Krishna Salai, New Colony, C V Koil, AVM Avenue, Parts of Arcot Road, Gandhi Nagar, Veerappa Nagar, Kaikkan Kuppam and Suresh Nagar.
  • Chepauk: T V Station, Triplicane, PWD Complex, Presidency College, T H Road, MAC Stadium, Bells Road, CNK Road, Ezhilagam Complex, Madras University Complex, Wallajah Road, Abdul Kareem Street, Vallabha Agraharam Street, OVM Street, Krishnappa Street and Krishnappa Lane.
  • Gummidipoondi: Gummidipoondi Bazaar, New Gummidipoondi, Bypass Road, Ma.Po.Si Nagar, Munusamy Nagar, SR Kandigai, Thambureddy Palayam, Rettembedu, Rajapalayam, Perianatham, Mangavaram, Appavaram, Choliampakkam, Ayanallur and Enathimelpakkam.
09:42 (IST)17 Oct 2020
Telangana reports 1451 positive cases, nine deaths

Telangana reported 1451 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 2,20,675. Among these, Hyderabad reported 235 positive cases. The state recorded nine deaths, putting the state toll at 1265.

As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Telangana is 22,774, with 18,905 individuals in home or institutional isolation. The state discharged 1983 patients following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,96,636.

According to a bulletin released by the state health department, 37,89,460 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 42,497 samples having been sent yesterday. The case fatality rate in Telangana is 0.57 per cent, while the recovery rate is 89.1 per cent.

09:41 (IST)17 Oct 2020
Chennai reports 1140 cases, city tally now at 1.87 lakh

Tamil Nadu recorded 4389 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 6,79,191. Among these, Chennai reported 1140 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,87,852. The state recorded 57 deaths, putting the state toll at 10,529. Fifty one of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 40,959. Till date, 4,10,208 males, 2,68,951 females and 32 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state. The state discharged 5245 patients following treatment Friday, putting the total number of recoveries at 6,27,703.

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 87,66,038 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 91,245 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:39 (IST)17 Oct 2020
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18:30 (IST)16 Oct 2020
ED seizes properties of DMK MP Gautham Singamani
15:35 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Telangana rains: Portion of 17th-century fort wall collapses

A portion of the outer boundary wall of a 17th-century fort in Telangana’s Jangaon district collapsed Thursday morning following heavy rains. A video of the collapse of the 30-feet-tall wall has gone viral online.

The Quila Shapur fort, about 95 km away from Hyderabad, was built by a local leader Sarvay Papadu or Sardar Sarvay Papanna. The fort has been at the receiving end of official apathy and neglect for years, and now questions are being raised on its safety itself.

“People have been living in row houses very close to the wall. Around 7.30 am, the wall collapsed onto three houses fully damaging them. Around 40 people have been evacuated and moved to nearby government high school,” said K Ashok Kumar, sub-inspector Raghunathapally. “No one was injured in the incident.”

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15:31 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Cinema halls continue to remain shut in Andhra Pradesh

Cinema halls and multiplex screens remained shut in Andhra Pradesh though the Centre permitted them to reopen to half capacity from Thursday under Unlock 5.0.

Film exhibitors made it clear that they could not resume shows given the various constraints, primarily the steep maintenance costs. Besides the financial burden, the other major issue that is deterring exhibitors from resuming business is the lack of new movies for screening.

As film shootings did not happen for more than five months now due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, no major Telugu movie is lined up for release immediately.

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14:51 (IST)16 Oct 2020
In Tamil Nadu, row over Vijay Sethupathi playing Muttiah Muralitharan in 800

The release of the trailer of a new Tamil film portraying the life of Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan has sparked a controversy in Tamil Nadu, with fans, several political leaders and many prominent film industry personalities in the state protesting Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi’s decision to play the lead role.

Many in Tamil Nadu are, however, irked over Vijay Sethupathi’s decision to enact the life of an Indian-origin Tamil from Sri Lanka’s Kandy who had a questionable political stand during the 26-year civil war involving the LTTE.

Many in Tamil Nadu were opposed to Muttiah Muralitharan’s political stand during Lanka’s civil war, as he was seen as supporting the government in Colombo — even as a Tamil celebrity who either refused to or never bothered to acknowledge the struggles of Tamils in northern part of Sri Lanka.

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14:07 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Nitin Raut writes to TN Governor after Dalit panchayat president ‘forced’ to sit on floor during meeting

Maharashtra Power Minister and Congress leader Nitin Raut has demanded strict action against the vice-president of a village panchayat in Tamil Nadu for allegedly forcing a Dalit woman panchayat president to sit on the floor during a meeting.

In a letter to TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday, Raut – who is also the president of AICC scheduled castes department – has demanded stern action against the vice-president of the panchayat, cancellation of the membership of the panchayat members and immediate legal action against the accused.

“I was shocked to know from a media report that Shrimati Rajeshwari S, an elected president of Therku Thitthai panchayat in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu, was forced to sit on the floor during a meeting that she was presiding when the upper caste panchayat members and vice-president Mohan Rajan were sitting in chairs,” he wrote. Raut said he has learnt that the vice-president didn’t allow her to preside over the meeting as she belonged to a Scheduled Caste. Rajan even didn’t let Rajeswari S hoist the National Flag since she was elected from a reserved seat last year, he said in the letter.

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Ka Pae Ranasingam Directed by MS Sripathy, 800 will see Vijay Sethupathi play the role of the Sri Lankan spin legend.

The release of the trailer of a new Tamil film portraying the life of Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan has sparked a controversy in Tamil Nadu, with fans, several political leaders and many prominent film industry personalities in the state protesting Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi’s decision to play the lead role.

READ | In Tamil Nadu, row over actor playing Muttiah Muralitharan in biopic

Many in Tamil Nadu were opposed to Muttiah Muralitharan’s political stand during Lanka’s civil war, as he was seen as supporting the government in Colombo — even as a Tamil celebrity who either refused to or never bothered to acknowledge the struggles of Tamils in northern part of Sri Lanka.

Also Read | Meet Gopi Krishnan, a die-hard MS Dhoni fan who painted his house in CSK colours

Also Read | Hyderabad floods plunge parts of city into darkness, angry residents take to Twitter

All through Thursday, the day after extraordinarily heavy rain wreaked havoc on Hyderabad, 60-year-old Mohammed Abdul Taher Qureshi received one bad news after another — until he could no longer bear it. Four members of Taher’s immediate family are dead; another four, including his five-year-old grandson, are missing. In just one day, the world of the retired state transport corporation driver has come crashing down around him.

READ | Gone in a flash flood: 60-yr-old in Hyderabad mourns loss of 4 family members, 4 missing

All eight members of Taher’s family, the dead as well as the missing, were swept away by floodwaters that surged through the city that was pounded by incessant rain that began on Tuesday evening. The last time Taher saw them was between 12.30 am and 1 am on Wednesday.

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