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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus November 2, 3 Highlights: Active cases in Tamil Nadu drop to 19,504

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News November 2, 3 Highlights: According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 1,00,99,519 samples from Tamil Nadu have been sent for testing till date.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: November 4, 2020 9:37:40 am
COVID-19 Test, Telangana, Coronavirus TestingAhead of Diwali, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has commenced a drive to test sweet shop employees across all zones (Representational/AP)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News November 2, 3 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 2481 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 7,29,507. Among these, Chennai reported 671 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,01,195.

Tamil Nadu recorded 31 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 11,183. Twenty eight of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 3940 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 6,98,820.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 19,504. Till date, 4,40,252 males, 2,89,223 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, 1,00,99,519 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 70,297 samples having been sent yesterday.

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18:27 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Hyderabad floods: Govt sets up special wing to study city drainage system

In the aftermath of heavy rains that flooded several parts of the city, exposing the inadequate capacity of the city’s stormwater drains, the state government has now set up an exclusive project wing within the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to mitigate the adversities due to heavy rains in the future.

On Monday, an order was issued regarding the establishment of the Strategic Nala Development Programme (SNDP) and appointing Dr. C Vasantha, retired chief engineer of Roads and Buildings department, to head the new wing as the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) for a year.

According to the government order, the project wing will study the existing Nala (nullah) or stormwater drainage system across the city and identify critical narrow points, encroachments on its path, and also related issues, and submit reports to take up all works in a mission mode.

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17:50 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Chennai Metro records footfall of over 10.63 lakh passengers from September 7 to October 31

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) announced on Tuesday that CMRL has recorded a footfall of 10,63,416 passengers from September 7 to October 31.

Metro services resumed in Chennai in a phased manner on September 7 as lockdown restriction were eased in the state.

17:22 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Hyderabadi man stabbed in the US, family seeks government’s assistance

A 37-year-old man from Hyderabad was stabbed to death outside his home in Georgia, USA while returning from work on Saturday night. The victim’s family members have appealed to the Government of India as well as the Telangana government for immediate assistance.

Mohammed Arif Mohiuddin has been living in Thomaston, Georgia for the last 10 years. After losing his job recently, he had opened a grocery store.

Arif’s family in Chanchalguda, Hyderabad maintained that he had some differences with his business partner. “When I last spoke to him Saturday night, he said he would call back in an hour. I tried calling him again and again and till 11 pm there was no answer. My sister-in-law then contacted her friend over there and she found out that he was murdered and the body was in the hospital,” Arif’s wife Mehnaz Fathima told the media.

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15:18 (IST)03 Nov 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has 6422 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) - 489
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 474
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 445
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 405
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 354
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 326
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 310
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 240
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 232
  • Perungudi (Zone 14) - 188
14:20 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Tamil Nadu govt announces Deepavali bonus to over 2.91 lakh employees

The Tamil Nadu government on Monday announced Deepavali bonus to the tune of Rs 210.48 crore to the PSU employees in the state, despite a dip in the operating income of many companies due to non-operation of public transport and factories due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

The move would benefit over 2.91 lakh employees, an official release here said.

Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ category workers and employees working in all profit/loss-making public sector undertakings will be given a bonus of 8.33 per cent and an ex-gratia of 1.67 per cent. Eligible permanent workers will receive a bonus and ex-gratia of Rs. 8,400 each.

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14:14 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Violin maestro TN Krishnan passes away at 92

Legendary violinist T N Krishnan died in Chennai on Monday evening. He was 92.

Although Krishnan was in good health, he had a “sudden uneasiness” in the evening and passed away, said Ramanathan Iyer, a Chennai-based music lover and organiser of musical events. Iyer, who was close to Krishnan’s family, said they had celebrated his birthday last month. “He was healthy. Even in the recent days, he was watching videos of rasikas and his disciples wishing him a happy birthday,” Iyer said.

Born in 1928 in Tripunithura in Kerala, Krishnan started as a child prodigy and went on to perform with legends from several generations. Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Alathur Brothers, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, MD Ramanathan and Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer were among those whom Krishnan accompanied in performances.

He had been living in Chennai since 1942. “There was nobody who could match his experience, he was lucky to play with every legend since the 1940s. His was a remarkable life,” said Iyer.

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13:20 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Chennai Corporation restores defunct public wells in city

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has given a facelift to defunct public wells in Chennai, with the wells sporting aesthetic and trendy looks.

12:03 (IST)03 Nov 2020
1,536 new cases, 3 fatalities recorded in Telangana

Telangana recorded 1,536 fresh coronavirus cases on Monday, taking the total infection count to 2.42 lakh while three related deaths pushed the toll to 1,351. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 281, followed by Khammam 97 and Medchal Malkajgiri 96, a government bulletin said on Tuesday.

On November 2, 45,021 samples were tested. Cumulatively, 43.94 lakh samples have been tested till date. The samples tested per million population was 1.18 lakh the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.55 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 92.12 per cent.

11:49 (IST)03 Nov 2020
393 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Monday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 393 fever clinics in Chennai on Monday. A total of 18,997 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 769 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.

11:36 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Timing of Jagan letter suspect, but no consent for contempt: AG

Noting that the “timing” of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s letter to Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, complaining against Justice N V Ramana, and the state’s move to make it public “could certainly be said to be suspect” in the wake of the latter’s order to expedite trial in cases against legislators, Attorney General K K Venugopal on Monday, however, declined consent to initiate proceedings against Reddy for criminal contempt of the Supreme Court.

In a letter to Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, who had sought his consent to initiate criminal contempt of court proceedings against Reddy and the Chief Minister’s Principal Advisor Ajeya Kallam, Venugopal said since the matter is pending before the CJI, it will not be appropriate for him to deal with it. He did point out though that the conduct of Reddy and Kallam is prima facie “contumacious” – wilfully disobedient or rebellious.

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10:18 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Centre to transfer Rs 6,000 crore to Andhra Pradesh and 15 other states

The Finance Ministry on Monday said it will transfer the second tranche of borrowing worth Rs 6,000 crore for compensation shortfall to 16 states and 3 union territories including Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Karnataka, Puducherry and Delhi.

The Centre had on October 23 transferred Rs 6,000 crore to 16 states and 2 UTs of Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir, taking the total borrowed amount under the special window to Rs 12,000 crore.

This second round of borrowing was done at an interest of 4.42 per cent, which is lower than the cost of borrowings for the states and UTs, thus benefiting them, the Finance Ministry said. The first tranche last month was borrowed at 5.19 per cent.

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09:38 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Hyderabad airport starts on-site Covid-19 testing facility

International passengers flying out of Hyderabad or arriving in the city can now get themselves tested for Covid-19 at the airport itself. An on-site coronavirus testing laboratory started its operations from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport from Monday

According to the Centre’s guidelines, its mandatory for arriving international passengers to carry a RT-PCR negative report, conducted within 96 hours before departure to India. This report needs to be furnished before the medical team deputed at the airport to avoid institutional quarantine.

The GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) has collaborated with Mapmygenome, a Hyderabad based NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories) and ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) certified agency to provide the services for testing COVID-19 samples, whose results will be issued in 3-4 hours. Arriving passengers scheduled for domestic connecting flights too can avail the service.

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09:37 (IST)03 Nov 2020
UPSC CDS II result 2019 declared

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) declared the result of Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam II on Monday. A total of 241 candidates have qualified the exam. The merit list has been released and marks of the candidates will be available within 15 days from the date of declaration of final results. It would only be available for 30 days.

The result includes names of candidates who were recommended earlier for admission to Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala and Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (pre-flying) training course(s). The results of the medical exam have not been taken into account in preparing the merit list.

The candidature of all the candidates is provisional, as per the official notice. Verification of date of birth and educational qualification of these candidates will be done by army headquarter.

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09:27 (IST)03 Nov 2020
164 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 164 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 82 arrivals and 82 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:22 (IST)03 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:

  • Thillaiganga Nagar: Thillaiganga Nagar, Parts of Nanganallur, Pazhavathangal, Jeevan Nagar, Sanjay Gandhi Nagar, Nanganallur - Ram Nagar; Adambakkam, Andal Nagar, Vanuvampettai, Brindavan Nagar, Mahalakshmi Nagar, Shanthi Nagar, Puzhuthivakkam, Parts of Ullagaram, Velachery West - AGS Colony; Nilamangai Nagar, Bharath Nagar and Kalki Nagar.
09:18 (IST)03 Nov 2020
COVID-19: Deaths continue to decline in Tamil Nadu as state records 31 fatalities

Tamil Nadu recorded 2481 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 7,29,507. Among these, Chennai reported 671 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,01,195.

Tamil Nadu recorded 31 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 11,183. Twenty eight of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 3940 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 6,98,820.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 19,504. Till date, 4,40,252 males, 2,89,223 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, 1,00,99,519 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 70,297 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:17 (IST)03 Nov 2020
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18:19 (IST)02 Nov 2020
IITM students design digital COVID-19 awareness game

Students of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) have developed a multi-lingual free of cost digital game to create pubic awareness on COVID- 19, the premier institute said on Monday.

"IITM Covid Game" takes inspiration from the popular 'Super Mario' game and is available in Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil and Telugu, besides English, it said. Students have developed the browser-based digital game to create awareness among the general public, particularly children, on the importance of following precautions announced by the government to safeguard themselves against coronavirus.

"The game takes inspiration from the famous Super Mario game and consists of a character who encounters various right things-like masks, washing hands and also encounters things to be avoided like hugs, handshakes. As the character does the right things, points keep getting added. If the character fails to avoid a wrong thing, points get deducted to highlight the consequence. The game goes on for one minute and the players should aim for maximum points," a release from IIT-M said.

The game was created by students who took a nine-credit elective course called "Let's Play To Learn" offered during the January-May 2020 Semester, in which they were taught game-based learning tools and techniques, it added. The game can be played on personal computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

17:10 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Telangana records 922 fresh COVID-19 cases

Telangana reported 922 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the tally to 2,40,970 while seven more deaths pushed the toll to 1,348, the state government said on Monday. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 256, followed by Rangareddy (56) and Sangareddy (44) districts, it said in a bulletin.

As many as 17,630 people are under treatment and 25,643 samples were tested on November 1. Cumulatively,43,49,309 samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 1,16,854, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.55 per cent, while the recovery rate in Telangana was 92.12 per cent. The number of individuals in home/ institutional isolation was 14,717

13:47 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Kamal Haasan meets MNM district secretaries, discusses road map for 2021 polls

Actor and MNM leader Kamal Haasan met the party's district secretaries in Chennai today to discuss MNM's road map for the assembly polls next year.

reopening of cinema halls, unlock 5, cinema halls reopening state wise, october 15 cinema halls, films releasing on october 15, theatrical release new films, cinema halls india, cinema halls unlock 5, delhi cinema halls reopening, maharashtra cinema halls Theatres can be reopened with 50% capacity from November 10. (Express Photo: Shashi Ghosh/Representational)

The Tamil Nadu government Saturday announced more relaxations for the state, even as some of the lockdown restrictions remain in place. According to the latest government release, Classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 in schools, and classes in colleges, research institutions and other educational institutions, may resume from November 16. All hostels, including schools and colleges, are allowed to function from November 16.

READ | Tamil Nadu: Classes 9-12 can come to school, cinema halls, gyms reopen

Suburban train services also can be resumed, as per the regulations insisted by the Centre.While movie theatres are allowed to reopen on November 10 upto 50% capacity, shooting, including for small screens, is also allowed, with a crew strength of 150 members.

Every evening, 14-year-old Tasnia Tasneem waits for her father to finish his day and return home early. As he returns and gets busy with family chores, Tasneem wastes no time to take away his Samsung smartphone. The device is her portal into another world, a world of mobile phone games. But the teenager is not playing them, but practicing how to create new ones and exploring what is beyond.

Also Read | Tamil Nadu minister Doraikkannu succumbs to Covid-19

She was among the batch of 26 students and 13 teachers from 13 government schools in Makthala who recently finished a two-week online course on coding organised by the Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA). Following an online assessment, these students are certified as Telangana Early Coders (TEC) by the University of Texas in Dallas (UTD).

READ | In small town Telangana, an attempt to embed coding skills in students

The training programme selected one student each from classes 8 and 9 in the 13 schools along with a teacher from the school. Students learnt Scratch and Python programming languages. Apart from designing games like Apple and Bowl, Cat and Mouse, etc they learnt to develop a calculator and design different quizzes.

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