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Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus November 27, 28 Highlights: PM Modi visits Bharat Biotech facility in Hyderabad

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News November 27, 28 Highlights: Till date, 4,69,792 males, 3,07,790 females and 34 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in Tamil Nadu.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: November 30, 2020 9:13:15 am
Narendra Modi, Modi Hyderabad, Bharat Biotech, Modi Bharat BiotechModi interacted with Bharat Biotechs Chairman and Managing Director Krishna Ella, scientists and senior management, who appraised the PM of the progress of the vaccine candidate. (Twitter/@narendramodi)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News November 27, 28 Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited a facility of Bharat Biotech located at Genome valley in Hyderabad and reviewed the progress of Covaxin, a vaccine candidate for COVID-19 being developed by the company.

Modi interacted with Bharat Biotechs Chairman and Managing Director Krishna Ella, scientists and senior management, who appraised the PM of the progress of the vaccine candidate. He spent about one hour at the facility.

Tamil Nadu recorded 1435 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 7,77,616. Among these, Chennai reported 392 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,14,191.

The state recorded 12 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 11,681. All twelve of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1494 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,54,826. As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 11,109. Till date, 4,69,792 males, 3,07,790 females and 34 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, 1,18,64,177 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 61,610 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 220 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 67 are government and 153 are private facilities.

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18:15 (IST)28 Nov 2020
Bookings for Vijayawada - Dr. MGR Chennai Central - Vijayawada Daily Super Fast Special train from Sunday

The Southern Railway has announced that bookings for the Vijayawada - Dr. MGR Chennai Central - Vijayawada Daily Super Fast Special trains will commence from 8 am on Sunday. The train will commence operations from December 1. The train will three AC chair car coaches, 18 second class chair cars, one pantry car and two luggage cum brake vans.

The train (No. 02711) will leave from Vijayawada at 6.10 am on the date of journey and will reach Chennai at 1 pm the same day. The train will have stoppages at Tenali, Nidubrolu, Baptala, Chirala, Ongole, Singarayakonda, Kavali, Bitragunta, Nellore, Gudur, Nayudupeta and Sullurpeta enroute.

For the return journey, the train (No. 02712) will leave from Chennai at 2.10 pm on the date of journey and will reach Vijayawada at 9.10 pm the same day. The train will have stoppages at Sullurpeta, Nayudupeta, Gudur, Nellore, Bitragunta, Kavali, Singarayakonda, Ongole, Chirala, Baptala, Nidubrolu and Tenali enroute.

17:06 (IST)28 Nov 2020
PM Modi interacts with scientists and senior management at Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited a facility of Bharat Biotech located at Genome valley in Hyderabad and reviewed the progress of Covaxin, a vaccine candidate for COVID-19 being developed by the company.

Modi interacted with Bharat Biotechs Chairman and Managing Director Krishna Ella, scientists and senior management, who appraised the PM of the progress of the vaccine candidate. He spent about one hour at the facility.

"At the Bharat Biotech facility in Hyderabad, was briefed about their indigenous COVID-19 vaccine. Congratulated the scientists for their progress in the trials so far. Their team is closely working with ICMR to facilitate speedy progress," Modi tweeted after the visit.

"The management gave a presentation to Modi and explained the progress of Covaxin. The Prime Minister appreciated them," company sources told PTI.

15:40 (IST)28 Nov 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has 3924 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) - 412
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 402
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 397
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 396
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 378
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 320
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 310
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 246
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 238
  • Madhavaram (Zone 3) - 179
14:28 (IST)28 Nov 2020
PM reaches Hyderabad, to visit Bharat Biotech plant

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Hyderabad on Saturday as part of his three-city tour to 4take stock of the COVID-19 vaccine development. After landing at Hakimpet Air Force station, he was received by Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Director General of Police and other officials.

Modi will be proceeding to Bharat Biotech's facility located at Genome valley, a life sciences cluster about 20 km from the AF base, officials said.

Covaxin, being developed byBharat Biotech in collaboration with Indian Council of Medical Research and National Institute of Virologyis now undergoing phase-3 trials. The vaccine is being developed and will be manufactured at Bharat Biotech's BSL-3 (Bio-Safety Level 3) facility in Genome Valley in Hyderabad.

Modi will be interacting with scientists and senior management of the city-based vaccine maker on the status of Covaxin, officials said.

13:56 (IST)28 Nov 2020
IMD forecasts heavy rainfall and thunderstorm

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has announced that a low-pressure area has been formed over the south Andaman sea which is expected to intensify into a depression over the next 48 hours and move towards the south Tamil Nadu coast. The IMD has forecast heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorm and lightning in parts of Tamil Nadu on December 1 and 2. 

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13:11 (IST)28 Nov 2020
Telangana reports 753 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

Telangana reported 753 fresh coronavirus cases on Friday, taking the tally to over 2.68 lakh while three related fatalities pushed the toll to 1,451.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 133, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 78 and Rangareddy 71, a government bulletin said on Saturday.

As many as 10,637 patients are under treatment and 41,991 samples were tested on Friday. Cumulatively, over 53.74 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 1.44 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent, while the recovery rate in Telangana was 95.49 per cent.

11:42 (IST)28 Nov 2020
419 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Friday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 419 fever clinics in Chennai on Friday. A total of 18,022 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 469 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.

11:02 (IST)28 Nov 2020
SC extends Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict Perarivalan's parole by a week

The Supreme Court Friday extended by one week the parole of AG Perarivalan, serving life term in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, for medical treatment.

A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat said the court had extended the parole by a week on November 23 and directed the state to provide escort to Perarivalan. It said that an interlocutory application has been filed by the petitioner seeking extension of parole by 90 days on ground of ailment and need for surgical intervention.

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10:32 (IST)28 Nov 2020
Cyclone Nivar: Ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh for kind of deceased and Rs. 50,000 each to the injured will be given from PMNRF, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each will be given to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 each will be given to those who sustained injuries from the PMNRF as Cyclone Nivar made landfall near Puducherry on Wednesday. Modi also expressed his condolences and said that central teams had been sent to Tamil Nadu to assist in relief and recovery work.

10:27 (IST)28 Nov 2020
COVID-19: Cases continue to decline in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu recorded 1435 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 7,77,616. Among these, Chennai reported 392 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,14,191.

The state recorded 12 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 11,681. All twelve of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1494 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,54,826.

As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 11,109. Till date, 4,69,792 males, 3,07,790 females and 34 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, 1,18,64,177 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 61,610 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 220 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 67 are government and 153 are private facilities.

10:27 (IST)28 Nov 2020
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17:35 (IST)27 Nov 2020
SC extends Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict Perarivalan's parole by a week

The Supreme Court Friday extended by one week the parole of AG Perarivalan, serving life term in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, for medical treatment.

A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat said the court had extended the parole by a week on November 23 and directed the state to provide escort to Perarivalan.

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16:45 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Modi to visit Bharat Biotech facility in Hyderabad Saturday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit vaccine maker Bharat Biotech's facility in Hyderabad on Saturday, Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar said.

Modi will be arriving at Hakimpet Air Force station in an IAF flight from Pune in the afternoon, an official memo issued by the Telangana Chief Secretary on Thursday night said. He will directly go to Bharat Biotech's facility at Genome Valley and return to the Air Force base after the visit. He will fly back to the national capital the same evening, it said.

Official sources said Modi will spend one hour at the facility. Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin, being developed by BharatBiotechis now undergoing phase-3 trials.

15:48 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Air pollution rising faster in south than in Gangetic India, finds study

While the Indo-Gangetic Plain continues to be the most polluted region in the country – in fact in the whole world – in terms of PM 2.5 levels, the rate of increase in pollution levels in southern and eastern India is far greater than the Gangetic plain between 2000 and 2019, a study commissioned by the Central Pollution Control Board has found.

The study, conducted on the basis of satellite data, is the first of its kind to look at air pollution spatially. It found that the rate of increase of PM2.5 over eastern and southern India is more than 1.6 per cent per year during this period, and less than 1.2 per cent annually in the Gangetic plain.

Some of the states to have shown the highest rate of increase in PM 2.5 in this period are Kerala (24.2 per cent in urban areas, and 21.9 per cent in rural), Goa (36.4 per cent in urban; 37.3 per cent in rural), Andhra Pradesh (20.1 per cent in urban; 18.9 per cent in rural), Maharashtra (24 percent in urban; 21 per cent in rural) and Odisha (28 per cent in both urban and rural areas).

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14:42 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Lakshmi Vilas Bank to operate as DBS Bank India from tomorrow

Lakshmi Vilas Bank Ltd will start normal operations as DBS Bank India Ltd from Friday, with the government on Wednesday approving a scheme for amalgamation proposed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for the lender. The RBI said the moratorium imposed on Lakshmi Vilas Bank Ltd will be lifted on November 27, resulting in depositors being able to withdraw their funds without any limits.

“All the branches of the Lakshmi Vilas Bank will function as branches of DBS Bank India with effect from this date. Customers, including depositors of LVB will be able to operate their accounts as customers of DBS Bank India with effect from November 27,” the RBI said.

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14:00 (IST)27 Nov 2020
No fresh COVID-19 fatality in Puducherry as UT reports only 16 new cases

The union territory of Puducherry registered 16 fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking the overall tally to 36,856, a top Health department official said. A release from the Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said 46 patients were discharged after recovery from hospitals during the last 24 hours ending 10 am.

The 16 new cases were registered at the end of the examination of 1,609 samples. The Puducherry region accounted for nine fresh cases, while Karaikal and Yanam had one case each and Mahe reported five infections.

The fatality and recovery rates were 1.65 per cent and 96.95 per cent respectively. Of the 3.95 lakh samples tested so far the Department of Health found 3.54 lakh samples to be negative. As many as 514 cases of the total 36,856 were active while 35,733 patients had recovered and were discharged from health facilities so far.

The number of fatalities remained at 609 with Puducherry reporting no fresh death, the Health department Director said.

13:43 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Gujarat police rescue 2-year-old boy from Gondal ‘sold to couple in Coimbatore’

A team of Gondal town police flew to Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu and rescued a two-year-old boy who had gone missing with his mother from Gondal town in December 2019. The mother, a native of Maharashtra, who claimed that she had sold the boy as he was proving to be an obstacle in her second marriage, was detained.

“Our team went to Coimbatore and rescued the child from the custody of a childless couple in a village around 90 km away from the town. We had also took the boy's father, Ajay Dharajiya, along to identify the child,” Gondal town police inspector Sanjyasinh Jadeja said on Thursday.

“After the father confirmed that the child was his two-year-old son Divyesh, we rescued the child on Wednesday and brought him to Gondal on Thursday. We have detained his mother, Jayshree alias Pooja, as as well as one Sonu Paiekrao who had acted as the middleman in Dharajiya's marriage with Jayshree,” the inspector added.

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12:44 (IST)27 Nov 2020
BJP Hyderabad civic polls manifesto: Free Covid-19 vaccine and testing, free water, power, promised

The BJP Thursday released its manifesto for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) polls –– for which it is campaigning aggressively this time –– promising, among other things, free coronavirus vaccine and tests for all, free water, free power, free tablet PCs, and high-speed WiFi for economically disadvantaged children.

The party has promised setting up exclusive primary healthcare centres (PHCs) for Covid vaccine and testing in various areas of Greater Hyderabad, based on population. The BJP has also promised free travel to women commuters in the Metro and city buses in Hyderabad.

Calling its manifesto a reflection of people's aspirations, the saffron party has promised the celebration of 'Mukti Diwas' as a state function on September 17, when the Tricolour was hoisted in Hyderabad after the annexation of the state to the Indian union.

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11:48 (IST)27 Nov 2020
GHMC polls: SEC warns parties against personal criticism of candidates

Days ahead of the Greater Hyderabad civic polls, the Telangana state election commission has warned political parties against making personal attacks on rival candidates. The warning comes amid a high-decibel battle for the civic body's council, with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and Bharatiya Janata Party making accusations against each other.

The poll body, in a press note, said it had noticed several leaders indulging in personal criticism, based on unverified facts, while electioneering. "Such personal criticism triggers chain reaction and vitiates electioneering which should be carried on in an atmosphere of restraint," said M Ashok Kumar, secretary, SEC.

As per paragraph 4 and 5 of the Model Code of Conduct of the State Election Commission, "no criticism of any aspect of candidate's private life which is not connected with his public life shall be made nor any allegation be made which are based on unverified facts or incidents." The commission also reminded political parties that "criticism of a political party, when made, shall be confined to its policies and programmes, past record and works and shall not be based on unverified allegations."

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11:12 (IST)27 Nov 2020
410 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Thursday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 410 fever clinics in Chennai on Thursday. A total of 11,599 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 299  people who were identified with ILI symptoms, while others were provided with medication for minor ailments.

The most number of camps were held in Tondiarpet (Zone 4) where 51 camps were set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with four camps.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said the government has “definite information” that “anarchic forces” want to “manufacture riots”. (File Photo)

Amid a bitter campaign for elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the Hyderabad Police Thursday warned of strict action against anyone trying to incite communal tension in the city. This came after Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao gave a free hand to the police to act against “anti-social elements”, who are trying to derive political mileage through “conspiracies”, “false propaganda” and “provocative utterances”. The Chief Minister said the government has “definite information” that “anarchic forces” want to “manufacture riots”.

READ | As GHMC poll campaign turns ugly, cops warn of action over ‘provocative speeches’

DGP M Mahender Reddy said they were watching social media posts and incendiary speeches of some political leaders and warned of action if they try to instigate communal violence. Heavy security has been deployed across the city.

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For assistance on COVID-19-related queries and mental health support in Chennai, citizens can contact the Greater Chennai Corporation's (GCC) COVID-19 helpline 044 46122300 | Citizens can find the nearest GCC-facilitated COVID-19 fever clinic here | For lodging rain-related complaints and assistance during the monsoon, citizens can contact the GCC's monsoon helplines 044 25384530 or 044 25384540 or the control room 1913 (available 24x7)