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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus November 9, 10 Highlights: Theatres and multiplexes in TN to reopen from today with 50% capacity

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News November 9, 10 Highlights: Theatre owners and staff should ensure that touch-free hand sanitisers are installed and the halls are disinfected after every show. Those visiting theatres will be thermally scanned and should wear a mask at all times.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: November 11, 2020 9:32:21 am
Chennai Theatre, Tamil Nadu Theatre, Chennai cinema hallA staff member disinfects a theatre hall in Chennai. (Twitter/@koushiktweets)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News November 9, 10 Highlights: Theatres, cinemas and multiplexes across Tamil Nadu will resume operations from today, after nearly eight months since the lockdown began in the state. Theatres, cinema halls and multiplexes had suspended operations in March following the outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent nation-wide lockdowns.

As per the SOP released by the Tamil Nadu government, theatres will be allowed to function with 50 per cent capacity. Theatre owners and staff should ensure that touch-free hand sanitisers are installed and the halls are disinfected after every show. Those visiting theatres will be thermally scanned and should wear a mask at all times. Seating must be arranged adhering to social distancing norms.

While no new releases have been planned for now, theatres will re-release old movies that were released last year and other box-office hits.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu recorded 2257 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 7,46,079. Among these, Chennai reported 585 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,05,419. Tamil Nadu recorded 18 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 11,362. Seventeen of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 2308 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,15,892.

As of Sunday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 18,825. Till date, 4,50,473 males, 2,95,573 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, 1,06,36,999 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 74,508 samples having been sent yesterday.

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17:55 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Nizam’s Fund Case: Kin to challenge princes’ claim to 35 million pounds

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.

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.

He claims that the two princes presented a certificate issued by the Government of India in February 1967, which recognised Prince Mukkarram Jah alias Barkat Ali Khan as the Nizam VIII of Hyderabad, during the court proceedings. The Certificate, he said, was quashed by the Andhra Pradesh High Court in 1968 and Delhi High Court in 1969. “The 26th Amendment to the Indian Constitution added Article 363A substituting Article 366 clause [22]. Hence the recognition to erstwhile Rulers or successors of Rulers ceased to exist,” he said.

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16:30 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Telangana CM announces Rs 50 lakh financial aid to kin of slain soldier

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday announced Rs 50 lakh financial assistance to the family of an army jawan from Nizamabad district, who was killed in an anti-terror operation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Expressing shock over R Mahesh's death, Rao said he would be remembered in history as the one who sacrificed his life for the country and the state government would stand by and support the family.

In an official release, Rao said one member of the family would be offered a government job, based on the qualification, besides a house site to the kin.

16:09 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Four TN fishermen held by Lankan Navy

Four Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on Tuesday when they were allegedly fishing in the sea off Kodiakarai coast, a fishermen association in Ngapattinam said.

The fishermen belonging to Tarangambadi in the district were apprehended for allegedly entering the Lankan territorial waters. The fishermen ventured into the sea on November 7 and were fishing about 20 knots southeast of Kodiakarai this morning when the Lankan naval personnel came to the spot and arrested them, representatives of the association claimed.

The fishermen have been taken to Kangesanthurai in the island nation, they said and added that they have lodged complaints with the officials of the fisheries department.

14:46 (IST)10 Nov 2020
QUBE announces 100% waiver of VPF for November

Qube Cinema has announced a 100 percent waiver of Virtual Print Fee (VPF) for the month of November for all film makers to help them release new movies post the lockdown. 

14:34 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Tamannaah Bhatia announces first Telugu web series

Actor Tamannaah Bhatia is all set to star in her first Telugu web series. Titled 11th Hour, the show will premiere on streaming service aha.

Tamannaah’s look in the web series and the title logo was unveiled on Monday in Hyderabad. The actor, director Praveen Sattaru, writer-producer Pradeep U and aha promoter Allu Aravind were present at the launch event.

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12:55 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Andhra govt ties up with Amul to boost dairy farming

To encourage women dairy farmers and to boost dairy farming in the state, the Andhra Pradesh Government has tied up with Gujarat-based Amul to procure milk from the state’s dairy farmers.

Minister for Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development S Appalaraju said that milk procurement under the AP-Amul project will start from November 20 in Prakasam, Chittoor, and Kadapa districts.

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11:36 (IST)10 Nov 2020
391 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Monday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 391 fever clinics in Chennai on Monday. A total of 18,834 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 573 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.

11:35 (IST)10 Nov 2020
1,267 new cases, 4 reported deaths in Telangana

Telangana registered 1,267 fresh coronavirus cases on Monday, taking the total infection count to 2.52 lakh while four more deaths pushed the toll to 1,385.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 201, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 109 and Rangareddy 104, a government bulletin said.

As many as 18,581 people are under treatment and 42,490 samples were tested on Monday. Cumulatively,46.84 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 1, 25,866, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 92.09 per cent.

11:00 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Tamil Nadu — Will form govt on own: AIADMK day after BJP claim to choose next CM

After the Tamil Nadu government refused to grant permission to the BJP state unit for its much-hyped Vel Yatra to celebrate Lord Muruga abodes in the state, a statement by the saffron party’s state president, L Murugan, has irked the AIADMK leadership and invited a strong counter.

On Sunday, during his second unsuccessful attempt to launch his Vel Yatra, as the police took him and others into custody again, Murugan had said that the Vel Yatra will make BJP an unquestionable force in Tamil Nadu in the upcoming Assembly polls, expected by next summer. Murugan also said that the next chief minister of Tamil Nadu will be a person chosen by the BJP.

Reacting to Murugan’s statement, state Cabinet minister and senior party leader D Jayakumar said the AIADMK continues to be powerful enough to face the polls and form the next government on its own. Ruling out the BJP’s chances of assuming a key role in the government if AIADMK is elected for the third consecutive time, Jayakumar said, “There is space for talks about a coalition government. The AIADMK will form the government, as it has done in the past. There is no doubt about that.”

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10:43 (IST)10 Nov 2020
LSR student suicide: No laptop to hostel stay, key concerns were flagged to college admin by students

Two key issues that LSR College student Aishwarya Reddy’s family said were troubling her — lack of resources for online learning and having to vacate her hostel room by October-end — had been flagged during the course of this year by students and student representatives to college authorities.

Aishwarya, a second-year student of B.Sc. (Hons) Mathematics at DU’s prestigious Lady Shri Ram College for Women, committed suicide on November 2. In a purported suicide note she had left in her Telangana home, she wrote “Because of me, my family is facing many financial problems. My education is a burden. If I can’t study, I can’t live.”

One of the issues her family said she was facing was that they could not afford a laptop and she was having difficulty keeping up with online learning on a phone. Her father G Srinivas Reddy, a motorcycle mechanic, had said she asked for a laptop in October but he had not been able to afford even a second-hand one.

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10:40 (IST)10 Nov 2020
179 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 179 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 90 arrivals and 89 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:37 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Aishwarya Reddy’s father seeks help for younger daughter’s studies: ‘No one should meet such a fate’

“Another meritorious student like my daughter should not face the same fate. Let this be an eye-opener. The government should help poor students, especially during this Covid crisis,” said G Srinivas Reddy, father of LSR College student Aishwarya Reddy who committed suicide at her Telangana home last week over her family’s financial difficulties.

Seaking to The Indian Express, Reddy said just like him, many families must have lost livelihoods during the lockdown and students who hoped for a bright future must be facing a grim financial situation. “I urge the central and state governments to help such students continue their studies… No one should die like my daughter due to lack of money to study. She worried over our poor financial condition and took the extreme step. This should not happen in any other house again.

Reddy, who had asked his second daughter to drop out of school so that Aishwarya could go to college in Delhi, said he now wants her to resume school: “My elder one is no more… I want to educate the younger one. I will do whatever I can to fund her studies.”

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09:32 (IST)10 Nov 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 today to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

  • KK Nagar: Parts of KK Nagar, Rajamanar Salai, Ramaswamy Salai, Lakshmanasamy, RK Shanmugam Salai, Parts of Nesapakkam, Parts of P T Rajan Salai, Ashok Nagar Avenue, Kannigapuram, Vijayaragavapuram and 80 Feet Road.
09:22 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Chennai records 585 fresh cases as cases continue to decline

Tamil Nadu recorded 2257 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 7,46,079. Among these, Chennai reported 585 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,05,419.

Tamil Nadu recorded 18 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 11,362. Seventeen of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 2308 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,15,892.

As of Sunday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 18,825. Till date, 4,50,473 males, 2,95,573 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, 1,06,36,999 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 74,508 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:21 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Theatres, multiplexes resume operations in Tamil Nadu from today

Theatres, cinemas and multiplexes across Tamil Nadu will resume operations from today, after nearly eight months since the lockdown began in the state. Theatres, cinema halls and multiplexes had suspended operations in March following the outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent nation-wide lockdowns.

As per the SOP released by the Tamil Nadu government, theatres will be allowed to function with 50 per cent capacity. Theatre owners and staff should ensure that touch-free hand sanitisers are installed and the halls are disinfected after every show. Those visiting theatres will be thermally scanned and should wear a mask at all times. Seating must be arranged adhering to social distancing norms.

While no new releases have been planned for now, theatres will re-release old movies that were released last year and other box-office hits.

Theatre staff and managers inspect measures put in place ahead of the reopening of theatres in Chennai. (Twitter/@koushiktweets)
09:19 (IST)10 Nov 2020
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17:54 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Tamil Nadu: Former IAS officer Sasikanth Senthil joins Congress

Former IAS officer Sasikanth Senthil, who had resigned last year alleging that “fundamental building blocks of democracy are being compromised”, joined Tamil Nadu Congress Monday in the presence of state Congress Committee leader KS Alagiri and AICC general secretary Dinesh Gundu Rao. Sasikanth said he has always worked for the welfare of the people and will continue to do so.

On Sunday, Sasikanth posted a note on Twitter confirming that he has decided to join the Congress party. In his note, Sasikanth mentioned that he decided to leave the civil service in “search of a method to stem the totalitarian attack on the country he dearly loves.” He added that after his resignation, he met many people, participated in many protests, made contributions to the CAA/NRC movement which proved to him that people in the country are ready to stand for one another.

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17:26 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Vaiko urges Modi to get TN boats released from Sri Lanka

MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate steps for the release of over 100 impounded mechanised boats of Tamil Nadu fishermen from Sri Lanka or ensure compensation.

Citing news reports, he said a Sri Lankan court has ordered 121 boats seized from the fishermen to be 'destroyed', adding it was shocking. Of the over 100 boats, as many as 88 were from Rameswaram, Vaiko said in a letter to Modi.

"The government of India should take up this issue with the Sri Lankan government either for releasing the boats or to pay due compensation to the boat owners of Tamil Nadu. I would request you to take immediate effective steps in this regard", Vaiko said in the letter.

The cost of a mechanised boat was about Rs 25 lakh to Rs 40 lakh and fishermen obtained loans to buy them and were still paying huge interests, he said.

15:33 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Telangana reports 857 fresh COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

Telangana reported 857 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the tally to 2,51,188 while four more deaths pushed the toll to 1,381, the state government said on Monday.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 250, followed by Rangareddy (88) and Medchal Malkajgiri (61) districts, it said in a bulletin.

As many as 19,239 people are under treatment and 23,806 samples were tested on November 8. Cumulatively,46,42,276 samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 1,24,859, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 91.79 per cent. The number of individuals in home/institutional isolation was 16,449.

15:29 (IST)09 Nov 2020
COVID-19: Recoveries in top 10 zones in Chennai

A total of 1,95,291 people have recovered from COVID-19 across all 15 zones of Chennai.

Here are the recoveries in the top 10 zones of the city:

  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 21,391
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 21,148
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 18,494
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 17,460
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 15,355
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 15,257
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 15,089
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 13,769
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 12,469
  • Perungudi (Zone 14) - 7086

In a brief signed suicide note, Aishwarya said she would not want to be a burden on the family while her education has become one for everyone. (Express photo by Rahul V Pisharody)

“Another meritorious student like my daughter should not face the same fate. Let this be an eye-opener. The government should help poor students, especially during this Covid crisis,” said G Srinivas Reddy, father of LSR College student Aishwarya Reddy who committed suicide at her Telangana home last week over her family’s financial difficulties.

READ | Aishwarya Reddy’s father seeks help for younger daughter’s studies: ‘No one should meet such a fate’

Reddy, who had asked his second daughter to drop out of school so that Aishwarya could go to college in Delhi, said he now wants her to resume school: “My elder one is no more… I want to educate the younger one. I will do whatever I can to fund her studies.”

Also Read | LSR student suicide: No laptop to hostel stay, key concerns were flagged to college admin by students

Also Read | Tamil Nadu — Will form govt on own: AIADMK day after BJP claim to choose next CM

Former IAS officer Sasikanth Senthil, who had resigned last year alleging that “fundamental building blocks of democracy are being compromised”, joined Tamil Nadu Congress Monday in the presence of state Congress Committee leader KS Alagiri and AICC general secretary Dinesh Gundu Rao. Sasikanth said he has always worked for the welfare of the people and will continue to do so.

READ | Tamil Nadu: Former IAS officer Sasikanth Senthil joins Congress

On Sunday, Sasikanth posted a note on Twitter confirming that he has decided to join the Congress party. In his note, Sasikanth mentioned that he decided to leave the civil service in “search of a method to stem the totalitarian attack on the country he dearly loves.” He added that after his resignation, he met many people, participated in many protests, made contributions to the CAA/NRC movement which proved to him that people in the country are ready to stand for one another.

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