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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus December 11, 12 Highlights: Active cases in Tamil Nadu at 10,299 owing to declining cases

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 11, 12 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 17 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 11,870. All 17 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: December 14, 2020 9:57:45 am
Chennai, Chennai Coronavirus Test, Chennai COVID-19 Test, Chennai CoronavirusHealth workers collect swabs at a fever camp in Chennai. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News December 11, 12 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 1235 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 7,96,475. Among these, Chennai reported 307 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,19,168. The state recorded 17 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 11,870. All 17 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1311 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,74,306.

As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 10,299. Till date, 4,81,239 males, 3,15,202 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, 1,28,14,915 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 70,346 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 228 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 67 are government and 161 are private facilities.

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18:28 (IST)12 Dec 2020
Chennai: Marina beach vendors can now apply for modern pushcarts; here’s why

The Greater Chennai Corporation has invited vendors of Marina Beach to apply for procuring smart carts. The vendors can receive the application form directly from the Revenue officer Department in Rippon Building, Chennai Corporation from December 21 till December 26. The forms will be validated between December 29-31 and the final list will be decided on January 6.

The Chennai Corporation officials claim this is the first time ever since Independence that an initiative such as this is taking place at the Marina beach. The aim of the project is to maintain hygienic, disciplined standards in stalls as well as to provide the vendors a transparent process through which they can set up their shops. This was not possible earlier due to the influence of local politicians and other mafias.

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16:07 (IST)12 Dec 2020
Rajinikanth turns 70: Narendra Modi, AR Rahman and others wish Thalaiva

Tamil cinema superstar Rajinikanth celebrates his 70th birthday today. Rajinikanth was last seen in AR Murugadoss’ Darbar, which released in January 2020. His next project is Siva’s Annaatthe. Rajinikanth has already announced his entry into politics after he wraps up Annaatthe.

On the occasion of his birthday, PM Narendra Modi, actors Mohanlal, Navin Pauly, Mahesh Babu, musician AR Rahman and many others took to social media to send their best wishes.

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14:03 (IST)12 Dec 2020
Rajinikanth turns 70, supporters throng his residence

Superstar Rajinikanth turned 70 on Saturday and his fans thronged his residence in Chennai to celebrate while Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a host of leaders extended their wishes.

The jubilant fans cut a cake shouting 'Thalaiva Vaazhga' (Leader livelong) and they distributed sweets to the people in many places.

Several fans, including women who arrived at his home since early morning to wish him personally were disappointed when they were told that Rajinikanth was not available and his absence was confirmed by his public relations team.

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13:13 (IST)12 Dec 2020
Chennai: Rs 400-crore stormwater drains project approved for city’s south

To provide a solution to flooding woes in Chennai’s low-lying areas, the Tamil Nadu government has approved a stormwater drains project, to be executed by the Greater Chennai Corporation and the state Public Welfare Department (PWD) at an estimated cost of Rs 400 crore.

The project was sanctioned after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami visited Chennai localities hit by heavy rainfall during Cyclones Nivar and Burevi recently.

Addressing reporters on Friday, Chennai Corporation Commissioner G Prakash claimed that the city received 60 per cent more rainfall than average this year. “Due to Cyclone Nivar and Burevi, which brought heavy rainfall to the city, some pockets saw water stagnation. We have identified the locations that posed the greatest challenge to us for a permanent remedy. Based on the orders of CM Palaniswami, five perpendicular drainage channels will be built. Once this project is complete, South Chennai will be free from flooding forever,” he said.

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12:11 (IST)12 Dec 2020
In TN, 100 kg gold missing from CBI custody, HC orders police probe

In a major embarrassment to the CBI, the Madras High Court Friday ordered the Tamil Nadu Police to probe the disappearance of 103 kg gold (amounting to more than Rs 43 crore) from the agency's custody, rejecting its plea that "the prestige of the CBI would come down if investigation is done by the local police". Asking the CB-CID to register an FIR, the court said: “It may be an agni pariksha (trial by fire) for the CBI, but that cannot be helped. If their hands are clean, like Sita, they may come out brighter. If not, they would have to face the music.”

On the CBI Special Public Prosecutor asking for a probe by the CBI or National Investigation Agency instead of the state police, Judge P N Prakash said, “The court cannot subscribe to this view, because the law does not sanction such an inference. All policemen have to be trusted and it does not lie in the mouth of one to say that the CBI have special horns, whereas, the local police have only a tail.”

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11:38 (IST)12 Dec 2020
635 new cases, 4 deaths reported in Telangana

Telangana reported 635 fresh coronavirus cases on Friday, taking the tally to over 2.77 lakh while four fatalities pushed the toll to 1,489.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 141, followed by Rangareddy 76 and Medchal Malkajgiri 72, a government bulletin said on Saturday.

As many as 7,670 patients are under treatment and 52,308 samples were tested on Friday. Cumulatively, over 60.81 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 1.63 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.53 per cent while thhe recovery rate in Telangana was 96.69 per cent.

11:23 (IST)12 Dec 2020
Railways to commence its another 'largest recruitment drive' from December 15

Following the completion of the recruitment drive notified in 2018 to fill 1.2 lakh vacancies in group D, ALP and Technician posts, the Railway Recruitment Board is going to start its recruitment exam to hire in 1.4 lakh (1,40,640) vacant posts in Isolated and Ministerial Categories (1,663), Non Technical Popular Categories (35,208) and, RRC level 1 (1,03,769).

The recruitment drive will start with the examination for Isolated and Ministerial categories posts from December 15, followed by NTPC from December 28, and RRC level-1 from April (expected). A total of 2.44 crore applicants applied for the vacancies, with 1.03 lakh for Isolated and Ministerial categories, 1.26 crore for NTPC, and 1.15 crore for level-1 posts.

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11:22 (IST)12 Dec 2020
Chennai: Six arrested for kidnapping infant in Koyembedu

The Chennai Police Thursday arrested six people, including two juveniles, for trying to sell a three-month-old baby that was stolen from Koyembedu market. Based on a tip-off, the police were able to intervene, and rescued the child from Ambattur Industrial estate.

The six-member gang included auto rickshaw driver Babu (36), his wife Gayathri (33), Senguttuvan (36) and Ganesh (24), who were sent to jail. Babu's son (17) and another 16-year-old boy were sent to a juvenile home.

The parents of the child, Ramesh and Sandhya, had alerted the police of their missing daughter on November 9. They told the police the infant was kidnapped while they were asleep near the Koyembedu wholesale market, where they worked at a shop.

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09:41 (IST)12 Dec 2020
396 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Friday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 396 fever clinics in Chennai on Friday. A total of 18,749 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 380 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 48 camps were set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with six camps.

09:39 (IST)12 Dec 2020
TS PGECET round 1 seat allotment result released, how to check

The round 1 seat allotment result for the Telangana Postgraduate Engineering Common Entrance Test (TS PGECET) was released Friday. The students who have filled their choice of courses will be able to check the seat allotment results through the official websites- pgecet.tsche.ac.in, pgecetadm.tsche.ac.in.

To access the seat allotment result, candidates need to provide hall ticket number, and ranks of GATE/ GPAT/ PGECET scores.

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09:38 (IST)12 Dec 2020
Andhra govt forms multi-disciplinary panel to probe Eluru ‘mystery’ illness

The Andhra Pradesh Government has set up a 21-member multi-disciplinary committee to investigate the cause of the mystery illness in Eluru town in West Godavari district. The government said that 597 persons were affected and 515 have been discharged.

"After careful examination of the situation, the Government constitutes a multi-disciplinary committee to investigate the source of the infection, thoroughly examine various causes of the incident and suggest remedial measures to prevent any occurrence of such events in future in the state," a statement said.

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09:36 (IST)12 Dec 2020
Chennai tally crosses 2.19 lakh with 307 fresh cases

Tamil Nadu recorded 1235 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 7,96,475. Among these, Chennai reported 307 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,19,168.

The state recorded 17 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 11,870. All 17 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1311 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,74,306.

As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 10,299. Till date, 4,81,239 males, 3,15,202 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, 1,28,14,915 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 70,346 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 228 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 67 are government and 161 are private facilities.

09:35 (IST)12 Dec 2020
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18:13 (IST)11 Dec 2020
RRB MI recruitment exam admit card 2020 released

The hall ticket for the Railway Recruitment Board, RRB isolated and ministerial categories exams has been released. The candidates can download hall ticket through the region based official websites, such as rrbald.gov.in for candidates appearing from Allahabad region.

The ministerial and isolated categories exam will be held from December 15 to 18. The shift 1 starts at 10:30 am, shift 2 at 3 pm. For morning shift, the candidates have to report at 9 am, while for the afternoon shift, it is 1:30 pm.

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18:11 (IST)11 Dec 2020
TS PGECET round 1 seat allotment result released

The round 1 seat allotment result for the Telangana Postgraduate Engineering Common Entrance Test (TS PGECET) has been released. The students who have filled their choice of courses will be able to check the seat allotment results through the official websites- pgecet.tsche.ac.in, pgecetadm.tsche.ac.in.

To access the seat allotment result, candidates need to provide hall ticket number, and ranks of GATE/ GPAT/ PGECET scores.

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16:10 (IST)11 Dec 2020
Andhra govt forms multi-disciplinary panel to probe Eluru ‘mystery’ illness

The Andhra Pradesh Government has set up a 21-member multi-disciplinary committee to investigate the cause of the mystery illness in Eluru town in West Godavari district. The government said that 597 persons were affected and 515 have been discharged.

"After careful examination of the situation, the Government constitutes a multi-disciplinary committee to investigate the source of the infection, thoroughly examine various causes of the incident and suggest remedial measures to prevent any occurrence of such events in future in the state," a statement said.

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16:08 (IST)11 Dec 2020
Chennai: Six arrested for kidnapping infant in Koyembedu

The Chennai Police Thursday arrested six people, including two juveniles, for trying to sell a three-month-old baby that was stolen from Koyembedu market. Based on a tip-off, the police were able to intervene, and rescued the child from Ambattur Industrial estate.

The six-member gang included auto rickshaw driver Babu (36), his wife Gayathri (33), Senguttuvan (36) and Ganesh (24), who were sent to jail. Babu's son (17) and another 16-year-old boy were sent to a juvenile home.

The parents of the child, Ramesh and Sandhya, had alerted the police of their missing daughter on November 9. They told the police the infant was kidnapped while they were asleep near the Koyembedu wholesale market, where they worked at a shop.

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14:36 (IST)11 Dec 2020
Hyderabad woman alleges husband gave triple talaq from US over phone

A 24-year old woman here has alleged her husband, a Somalia national, having US citizenship, gave her triple talaq over phone without any reasons and appealed to the Centre to intervene in the issue.

The woman, who lives with her father here, in a letter addressed to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday, requested intervention in the matter and help get justice.

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13:35 (IST)11 Dec 2020
Telangana reports 612 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

Telangana reported 612 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the tally to over 2.76 lakh while three fatalities pushed the toll to 1,485, the state government said on Friday.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 144, followed by Rangareddy (73) and Medchal Malkajgiri (60), it said in a bulletin.

As many as 7,604 patients are under treatment and 56,178 samples were tested on Thursday. Cumulatively, over 60 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 1.61 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.53 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 96.71 per cent.

11:27 (IST)11 Dec 2020
Chennai Metro Rail’s stretch Washermanpet to Wimco Nagar to be ready by January 2021

Chennai Metro Rail’s 9km stretch from Washermanpet to Wimco Nagar in North Chennai is to be up and running by January 2021. The line between Washermanpet and Wimco Nagar has eight new stations namely New Washermanpet, Toll Gate, Kaladipet, Thiruvottiyur, Thiruvottiyur Theradi, Thegaraya College, Tondiarpet and Wimco Nagar. Out of this, Thegaraya college and Tondiarpet two are underground stations.

According to the CMRL official, the trackwork was completed recently in this phase-1 line and the elevation works are almost ready. The final phase works like laying cables for signaling work and electrification works are expected to be completed soon. “We will do the trial run and later the safety inspectors will do a check. The service will be open to the public hopefully by January end,” the Chennai Metro official said.

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An aerial view of flooded Mudichur area following heavy rain triggered by Cyclone Nivar, in Chennai. (PTI Photo)

To provide a solution to flooding woes in Chennai’s low-lying areas, the Tamil Nadu government has approved a stormwater drains project, to be executed by the Greater Chennai Corporation and the state Public Welfare Department (PWD) at an estimated cost of Rs 400 crore. The project was sanctioned after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami visited Chennai localities hit by heavy rainfall during Cyclones Nivar and Burevi recently.

READ | Chennai: Rs 400-crore stormwater drains project approved for city’s south

Among the five drains, the Chennai Corporation will build three and the PWD two. The drains built by the corporation will come up at the stretch between Pallikaranai Marshland and the Radial road connecting the Buckingham canal. The next channel will be linked from Perumbakkam to Buckingham canal and Nookampalayam to Semmencheri slum tenement. The PWD will build the channel in Tharambur and Navalur.

Also Read | Chennai: As slum-dwellers oppose eviction drive, Pa. Ranjith, Kamal Haasan speak up in support

On Wednesday, when public welfare department staff, Chennai Municipal Corporation officials and the police reached the area and asked residents to move out, they refused to budge. The officials bulldozed several houses in and warned people of legal action. The residents then went on a hunger strike, entered the Cooum river, and stayed in the neck-deep water for hours, until the authorities halted the eviction drive and left. The video of close to a dozen men and women standing in the sewage water was circulated across social media.

Also Read | Explained: What do we know about the mystery illness in Eluru?

The Andhra Pradesh Government has set up a 21-member multi-disciplinary committee to investigate the cause of the mystery illness in Eluru town in West Godavari district. "After careful examination of the situation, the Government constitutes a multi-disciplinary committee to investigate the source of the infection, thoroughly examine various causes of the incident and suggest remedial measures to prevent any occurrence of such events in future in the state," a statement said.

READ | Andhra govt forms multi-disciplinary panel to probe Eluru ‘mystery’ illness

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)

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