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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus November 11, 12 Highlights: Tamil Nadu postpones reopening of schools, new dates to be announced

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News November 11, 12 Highlights: Intermittent showers are expected to continue throughout the day across Chennai.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: November 13, 2020 9:24:01 am
The government had earlier announced that schools for Classes 10, 11 and 12 will be reopened from November 16. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News November 11, 12 Highlights: The Tamil Nadu government Thursday announced that schools across the state will not be reopened as planned on November 16 following opposition from parents during a meeting between the schools and parents in the state.

Earlier, the government had announced that schools for Classes 10, 11 and 12 will be reopened from November 16. Meanwhile, colleges for research and final year postgraduate students will be reopened on December 2

Schools and other educational institutions in Tamil Nadu have been closed since March following the outbreak of the pandemic.

Tamil Nadu recorded 2184 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 7,50,409. Among these, Chennai reported 571 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,06,588.

Tamil Nadu recorded 28 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 11,415. Twenty four of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 2210 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,20,339.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 18,655. Till date, 4,53,158 males, 2,97,218 females and 33 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, 1,07,86,565 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 77,309 samples having been sent yesterday.

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18:11 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Puducherry rolls out free breakfast scheme for school students named after Karunanidhi

The Congress-ruled Puducherry on Thursday rolled out a free breakfast scheme for school students named after the late DMK President M Karunanidhi, saying it was a "fitting tribute" to his efforts to ensure States' rights.

Karunanidhi, a former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, was keenly interested in development of Puducherry and more particularly the downtrodden and marginalised sections, UT Chief Minister V Narayansamy said. "He had been a champion of the concept of coalition rule at the Centre and autonomous rule at the state level," the chief minister, who presided over the event, said.

Senior DMK leader and Rajya Sabha member from Tamil Nadu, RS Bharathi, formally inaugurated the "Dr Kalaignar Mu Karunanidhi Kaalai Sitrundi Thittam" (Dr Kalaignar M Karunanidhi breakfast scheme) that will benefit about 80,000 students in 419 government and aided institutions. To start with, the scheme would cover about 106 schools since not all of them are open owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Launching the scheme, Bharathi thanked the Puducherry government for naming it after Karunanidhi. He assured his party's cooperation to States on protecting their rights.

17:33 (IST)12 Nov 2020
TN cancels nod for socio-political, religious events

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday cancelled its order allowing social, political, religious and cultural events from November 16 permitting participation of a maximum of 100 people. Citing festival season and people congregating in large numbers in public places throwing anti-COVID-19 norms like social distancing to the winds, the government said curbs shall continue as regards such programmes and it includes those related to entertainment and education.

It has come to the government's notice that people gathered in large numbers in public places like markets, and they thronged bus terminals, "without paying attention to social distancing and wearing masks," an official release said. Though the spread of the virus has been controlled in Tamil Nadu due to a slew of measures, when a possibility of a second wave of the pandemic could be seen in some foreign countries, it has become imperative to intensify curbs, the government said.

Ahead of Deepavali on November 14, markets and shopping hubs like T Nagar in Chennai are teeming with people. The government had on October 31 said that social, political, religious and cultural events would be allowed from November 16, and permitted participation of a maximum of 100 people by adhering to measures like social distancing.

15:36 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Hiring activities in hospitality, travel sectors bouncing back: Report

The hiring activities in the hospitality and travel sectors witnessed a steady improvement with a sequential recovery of 33 per cent in October over September, as per a report by Naukri.com. The demand for professionals in the ticketing/ travel/ airlines and hospitality sectors saw an incline of 35 per cent and 28 per cent respectively in October.

Meanwhile, the report hinted that the complete recovery in these sectors will take certain time. “The relaxations in lockdown restrictions from June onwards are reflected in the month-on-month (MoM) recovery, with a slight dip in July, but an overall upward trend. However, the road to complete recovery is still far off when we look at the pre vs post COVID-19 period, the sector is down by 61 per cent in October compared to February,” as per the report.

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14:47 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Telangana reports 1,015 new cases, 3 deaths

Telangana reported 1,015 fresh coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the tally to 2.54 lakh while three fatalities pushed the toll to 1,393.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 172, followed by Rangareddy 98 and Medchal Malkajgiri 97, a government bulletin said on Thursday.

As many as 17,323 patients are under treatment and 40,603 samples were tested on November 11. Cumulatively,47.70 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 1.28 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent, while the recovery rate in Telangana was 92.65 per cent.

14:44 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Chennai Corporation releases monsoon helpline numbers

With the northeast monsoon having set in Tamil Nadu, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has released monsoon helpline numbers for citizens to lodge rain-related complaints with the civic body. Citizens can also contact the GCC's 24x7 control room for assistance.

13:40 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Suriya: Soorarai Pottru is an important story to tell

Soorarai Pottru is a fictionalized account of Captain GR Gopinath’s fascinating entrepreneurial journey. And Suriya was captivated by how Sudha Kongara had shaped Nedumaaran Rajangam for him. So much so that he went the extra mile in terms of physical transformation and acting to do justice to the character that he loved so much.

Suriya had to reduce weight and gain back weight in a short period to play different ages of his character. “I really like fitness. And gaining or losing weight is not difficult when you follow a regular fitness routine. When you are 80 per cent disciplined and give one of your days (to workout), you can gain and drop weight by simply changing your diet. And when you have a ringmaster like Sudha, you have no other choice,” said Suriya.

Suriya said that one of the challenges of making Soorarai Pottru was how to make a story about an airline relevant for people, who are facing issues daily due to scarcity of food, drinking water and sanitization. “I think that’s what we have cracked (with this movie),” Suriya told indianexpress.com.

Suriya noted that movies like Soorarai Pottru offer more than just regular entertainment. “Imagine, what would have been the situation when Gopinath sir started (the low-cost airline). I think there were less than 400 flights in 2000. And now the aviation industry is completely changed. I think it is an important story to tell,” said the Singam star.

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11:32 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Tamil Nadu varsity removes Arundhati Roy’s book from syllabus after ABVP’s objection

The Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in Tirunelveli on Wednesday decided to withdraw a book authored by Arundhati Roy from their syllabus following a complaint from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

‘Walking with the Comrades,’ a decade-old work of the Booker Prize winner, captures the face-off in the forests of central India between the Indian state and the armed revolutionary guerrilla force, Maoists.

The book was a part of the syllabus in the university since 2017 under the Commonwealth Literature category for BA English language and literature students in the third semester.

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10:23 (IST)12 Nov 2020
TN govt postpones reopening of schools on November 16

The Tamil Nadu government Thursday announced that schools across the state will not be reopened as planned on November 16 following opposition from parents during a meeting between the schools and parents in the state.

Earlier, the government had announced that schools for Classes 10, 11 and 12 will be reopened from November 16. Meanwhile, colleges for research and final year prostgraduate students will be reopened on December 2

Schools and other educational institutions in Tamil Nadu have been closed since March following the outbreak of the pandemic.

10:22 (IST)12 Nov 2020
KSRTC starts bus services to Tamil Nadu for six days

The Karnataka State Road Transportation Corporation (KSRTC) on Wednesday resumed services to Tamil Nadu, ahead of Deepavali festival.

The state transport corporation had earlier stopped inter-state services due to the lockdown necessitated by COVID-19. The services started after the Tamil Nadu government issued an order permitting inter-State services from Karnataka for six days from November 11 to 16 without e-registration.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, KSRTC PRO Latha T S said, “The KSRTC had requested the Tamil Nadu government to permit interstate bus operations and on Wednesday Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary has given permission, hence KSRTC is resuming its bus operation to Tamilnadu with immediate effect.”

The bus services were operated on Wednesday evening with 25 buses to Hosur, Kanchipuram, Vellore, and other destinations.

09:48 (IST)12 Nov 2020
186 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 196 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 92 arrivals and 96 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:24 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Parts of Chennai receive light to moderate showers

Citizens in Chennai woke up to gloomy skies, as parts of the city received light to moderate showers on Thursday morning. Intermittent showers are expected to continue throughout the day across the city.

09:24 (IST)12 Nov 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:

  • Madhavaram: Parts of GNT Road, Ganapathi Thottam, Periya Salai, Vasudevan Thottam, Prakash Nagar, Thanikachellam Nagar, E, F Blocks; Brindavan Garden, Rajaji Street, Srinivasa Nagar, VGP Santhose Nagar and Parts of Ponniamman Medu.
09:21 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Tamil Nadu: 28 more deaths bring COVID-19 toll to 11,415

Tamil Nadu recorded 2184 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 7,50,409. Among these, Chennai reported 571 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,06,588.

Tamil Nadu recorded 28 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 11,415. Twenty four of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 2210 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,20,339.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 18,655. Till date, 4,53,158 males, 2,97,218 females and 33 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, 1,07,86,565 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 77,309 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:21 (IST)12 Nov 2020
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16:18 (IST)11 Nov 2020
FM Sitharaman sets out bank account-Aadhaar linking deadline

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday asked all banks to ensure all bank accounts are Aadhaar-seeded by March 31, 2021 and linked with PAN cards wherever necessary.

Addressing the annual general meeting of the Indian Banks’ Association Tuesday, the Finance Minister said, “Ideally by December, if not by March 31, 2021, every account should have a PAN where needed and applicable and Aadhaar in every case.”

Sitharaman also advised banks to issue RuPay cards as the first option to customers. Urging bankers to promote RuPay cards, she said National Payments Corporation of India can become a brand India product. Whenever issuing a card, you must first issue a Rupay card, the Finance Minister said in her virtual address.

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16:13 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Parts of Chennai receive rainfall

Following brief showers in the morning, parts of Chennai are receiving moderate to heavy showers late in the afternoon. 

15:25 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Missing for 12 yrs, Cooch Behar man found in Chennai, reunited

A 40-year-old man from Cooch Behar district missing for the last 12 years has been reunited with his family, over a year after he was spotted by a social worker in Chennai. He suffers from mental illness, and initially struggled to tell his carers where he was from.

In January 2019, Makbul Hossain was found in a deranged state by a social worker from the Udavum Karangal philanthropic organisation in Chennai’s Vadapalani neighbourhood. The social worker, Jacob, saw Hossain roaming around the streets muttering to himself. He was carrying a bag full of waste materials.

Initially, Hossain was unable to recall anything about his family. After a few months of medication and psychiatric treatment, his condition improved. Slowly, he started giving his family details. He told his hosts that he belonged to Chhodaatharakotha village in Cooch Behar’s Moamari panchayat area. He told them about his parents Jekir Uddin Miya and Mujjiya, four brothers, and a sister named Momina. Hossain told his carers that his wife’s name was Moshina, and that they had two children.

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14:29 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Tamil Nadu theatres reopen after eight months

Cinema theatres in Tamil Nadu reopened on Tuesday, after a gap of nearly eight months of closure due to the Covid-19 induced lockdown, but only few of them threw open their screens to fans as the issue of Virtual Print Fee (VPF) weighed in on them.

Among the theatres and multiplexes which reopened today, some offered contactless scanners and hand sanitiser dispensers as part of Covid-19 protocols. However, a majority of theatre and multiplex owners across the state have planned to reopen on Wednesday hoping the stalemate over the VPF issue between producers and digital service providers in the state would be resolved, facilitating the release of new films this Deepavali.

The state government, which has been easing lockdown curbs pertaining to various sectors, had recently allowed theatres to reopen from Tuesday, mandating a number of Covid-19 guidelines including capping the seating to 50 per cent of the capacity. Subsequently, theatre owners had carried out anti-covid activities including fogging operations to welcome movie goers after a break of nearly eight months.

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13:52 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Parents oppose reopening of schools in TN from November 16

With the Tamil Nadu government set to reopen schools for classes 10, 11 and 12 and colleges across the State from November 16, parents have opposed the move amid the pandemic. The outcry comes after the schools in the state had held discussions with parents on Monday. 

The government is expected to take a decision on Thursday.

12:46 (IST)11 Nov 2020
TS PGECET counselling process to begin today

The counselling process for the Telangana Postgraduate Engineering Common Entrance Test (TS PGECET) will begin on November 11 by TSCHE. The GATE/ GPAT, PGECET qualified candidates have been informed to register online from tomorrow at pgecet.tsche.ac.in, pgecetadm.tsche.ac.in.

Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) in its notification Tuesday mentioned, “The GATE/ GPAT qualified and eligible candidates of 2018, 2019 and 2020 and TS PGECET qualified and eligible candidates of 2020 seeking admission into ME/ M.Tech/ M.Arch/ M.Pharmacy/ Pharm.D (P.B.) courses for the academic year 2020-21 are informed to register online from November 11 onwards.”

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Following the suicide of second-year LSR College student Aishwarya Reddy (19), whose family couldn’t afford a laptop for her to attend online classes, principals of several Delhi University colleges have said they will work harder to bridge the digital divide facing students from economically weaker sections.

READ | LSR student’s suicide prompts introspection among Delhi University’s premier colleges

LSR Principal Suman Sharma said the college had Tuesday put out a notification extending the deadline for submission of fees for all courses, so students get more time to pay.

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Stating that she held a meeting with teachers-in-charge on how to go forward, Suman said: “There is a lot of hand-holding in LSR but we felt we can do more. There is a lot of diversity now and students are coming from remote areas, so we will keep speaking to students about issues they face. We are going to strengthen our structures and systems. We have to see how to extend our scholarships, given the Covid times.”

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Over a year after the High Court of England and Wales rejected Pakistan’s claim to 35 million pounds in a seven-decades-old ‘Hyderabad Fund Case’, and ruled in favour of India and the Nizam VII, Nawab Osman Ali Khan Bahadur’s grandsons’ – Mufakkam and Mukkaram Jah, the legal battle appears to be far from over.

READ | Nizam’s Fund Case: Kin to challenge princes’ claim to 35 million pounds

Najaf Ali Khan, a grandson of the Nizam, has decided to take his cousins, the two princes, to court, accusing them of fraud and misappropriation of funds, among other serious charges. Mir Osman Ali Khan had 16 sons and 18 daughters.

Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus November 9, 10 Highlights