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Chennai, Hyderabad November 30, December 1 Highlights: GHMC polls: 29.76 percent votes polled till 4 pm; CMRL records footfall of over 19.2 lakh since Sept

Chennai, Hyderabad Latest News November 30, December 1 Highlights: The election commission has identified, across 913 locations, 1004 hypersensitive, 1439 sensitive, and 257 critical polling stations. As many as 36,404 poll personnel and over 51,000 police personnel are deployed across the region for voting day.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: December 2, 2020 9:21:53 am
GHMC polls, Hyderabad, Hyderabad polls, GHMCA woman casts her vote in Hyderabad as GHMC polls are underway. (Image by GHMC)

Chennai, Hyderabad News Live Updates: Polling is underway in Hyderabad to elect the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s (GHMC) next council. Around 29.76 percent votes were polled till 4 pm. As many as 1122 candidates are in the fray to win 150 divisions of the civic body. A total of 74.67 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise, and the State Election Commission of Telangana has set up 9101 polling stations across 2927 locations in the city. Voting started at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm. The counting of votes will be held on December 4.

Also Read | Hyderabad civic polls on Dec 1: What is at stake for the TRS and BJP?

In view of Covid-19, the Commission has instructed for mandatory sanitisation at every polling station on the day of polling and a day before. Sanitizers are being provided at the entry and exit point of every polling station. Face masks are mandatory and the electors are required to lower the face masks for identification, when required. No voter, according to the SEC, will be allowed inside the polling station without a face mask.

Tamil Nadu recorded 1410 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 7,81,915. Among these, Chennai reported 385 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,15,360. The state recorded nine deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 11,712. All nine of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

The state discharged 1456 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,59,206. As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 10,997.

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18:16 (IST)01 Dec 2020
Chennai Police extends section 144 in the city

With the lockdown in Tamil Nadu being extended till December 30, the Greater Chennai Police has extended Section 144 in the city. As per the order, assemblies or meetings in public places is banned under the Greater Chennai Police jurisdiction from 12 am on December 1 upto 24 hours on December 31.

18:00 (IST)01 Dec 2020
VITEEE 2021 application process begins

The Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) released the application forms for the Vellore Institute Engineering Entrance Examination (VIEEE) at its official website, vit.ac.in. The interested and eligible candidates can apply online till March 30. The exam is likely to be held in the third week of April, 2021.

Candidates appearing for or class 12 or those who have cleared plus two or equivalent level of education can apply. The candidates' age below 21 can only apply. The candidates have to pay an application fee of Rs 1,150, while for foreign nationals, the fee would be $50, excluding bank charges.

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17:15 (IST)01 Dec 2020
Former IAS officer Santhosh Babu joins Kamal Haasan’s party

Former IAS officer and principle secretary of Tamil Nadu Information Technology Santhosh Babu joined Kamal Haasan’s political party Makkal Needhi Maiam in Chennai on Tuesday. The celebrated Tamil Nadu cadre belongs to the 1995 batch and took voluntary retirement earlier this year, despite having many years left to his service.

Kamal Haasan provided the MNM membership card to Babu and made him party’s general secretary – Head office. The former civil servant would be responsible for handling IT, Data, Research, policy, and election manifesto.

“I am happy to join MNM which is level-headed, democratic, and works for the upliftment of a common man. This is the only honest party that wants to bring a change in Tamil Nadu politics and that’s the reason why people like us are attracted to Kamal Ji’s party. If we take the UK or the USA, the livelihood of a man in a village and the town will be on the same level. But here, especially in Tamil Nadu, there is a great divide between the rural and urban sectors. We can bring a change only if there is an innovative leader. The potential of our youngsters is world-class. We have to compare the potential we have, to what we have achieved. So many things which are too complicated can be made easy with proper governance and technology and MNM is capable of achieving that,” Santhosh said.

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16:45 (IST)01 Dec 2020
Chennai Metro records footfall of over 8.58 lakh passengers in November

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has announced that a total of 8,58,646 passengers had availed metro services in Chennai in November. Metro operations along the Blue line and Green Line had commenced from September 7 in a phased manner as a part of eased lockdown measures in Chennai.

According to CMRL, a total of 19,21,962 passengers have travelled via Chennai metro from September 7 to November 30. In November, while 21,579 passengers made use of the QR code ticketing system, 4,72,027 passengers had used the Travel Card Ticketing System.

16:40 (IST)01 Dec 2020
GHMC polls: 29.76% votes polled till 4 pm

Around 22.06 lakh people (29.76 per cent) had voted till 4 pm in Hyderabad during the GHMC polls. Conducted in 9101 polling stations across 2927 locations in the city, voting to elect the next GHMC council will be closed at 6 pm.

16:03 (IST)01 Dec 2020
GHMC polls: 25.34% votes polled till 3 pm

Around 25.34 per cent of votes were polled in Hyderabad till 3 pm as voting to elect the next GHMC council is underway.

15:38 (IST)01 Dec 2020
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15:05 (IST)01 Dec 2020
GHMC polls: 18.20% votes polled till 1 pm

Around 18.20 per cent of votes were polled in Hyderabad till 1 pm as voting to elect the next GHMC council is underway. Polling is expected to end at 6 pm today.

15:04 (IST)01 Dec 2020
GHMC polls: State election commission orders repoll in ward 26 after CPM symbol was printed instead of CPI

The state election commission has ordered re-polling in all 69 polling booths of ward 26, Old Malakpet after a complaint was made by a CPI candidate that his party's symbol was missing from the ballot paper.

The re-poll will take place on Wednesday.

14:19 (IST)01 Dec 2020
Explained: Behind Baghyanagar, a Hyderabad temple, and the city's name

On Saturday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited the Bhagyalakshmi temple while on a trip to Hyderabad to campaign for the city’s municipal elections. And Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, campaigning in Hyderabad, made a pitch for renaming the city as Bhagyanagar, which BJP leaders claim used to be its name earlier. “Some people were asking me if Hyderabad can be renamed as Bhagyanagar. I said — why not?” he said.

Shah is the latest in a line of BJP leaders who have visited the Bhagyalakshmi temple over the last several days. Some BJP leaders claim the temple derives its name from Bhagyanagar.

It is a small temple dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, adjacent to the southeast minar of Charminar. Made of bamboo poles and tarpaulins, it has a tin roof, and the southeast minar forms its back wall. There is no definitive version on how and when exactly it came up, but it has been there since at least the 1960s. Secunderabad MP G Kishan Reddy claimed that the temple predates Charminar, whose construction was started in 1591.

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13:29 (IST)01 Dec 2020
Week after cyclone Nivar, Tamil Nadu braces for cyclone 'Burevi'

Another cyclone, brewing in the southeast region of the Bay of Bengal, is headed towards southern Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka coasts.

"We have noticed warmer sea surface temperatures recorded both in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea," said Dr D Sivanand Pai, head of the Climate Research and Services at IMD, Pune.

On Monday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) set up a pre-cyclone watch. The Met office has said that a depression, which lies at about 1,120 km east-southeast of Kanyakumari, is set to intensify within 12 hours and by Tuesday, it will develop into a cyclonic storm.

"It will also intensify into a cyclonic storm and move west-northwestwards and cross the Sri Lanka coast around December 2," stated the special bulletin released by the IMD on Monday. Once the system attains the strength of a cyclonic storm, it will be named 'Burevi'.

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12:49 (IST)01 Dec 2020
Sachin Tendulkar helps in treatment of underprivileged kids across six states including TN and Andhra Pradesh

Sachin Tendulkar has financially assisted the treatment of 100 underprivileged children suffering from critical ailments across six states, the charity foundation with which the former captain is associated has said.

Tendulkar's partnership is with a foundation called Ekam, which focusses on children receiving treatment in government and trust hospitals. Tendulkar's assistance through the foundation has helped children in Maharashtra, West Bengal, Assam, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh.

Children from underprivileged families, suffering from critical ailments and those who cannot afford to follow up on their elective medical costs, got the support from Tendulkar's foundation.

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12:45 (IST)01 Dec 2020
TNUSRB Constable exam admit card released, how to download

The Tamil Nadu Uniformed Service Recruitment Board (TNSURB) released the admit card for the police constables recruitment exam at its official website, tnusrbonline.org.

The admit card is released for the written exam. Those who clear the written test will have to appear for the physical efficiency test, viva-voice. The recruitment drive is for over 10,000 jobs including those for police constables, jail warden and, fireman posts.

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11:58 (IST)01 Dec 2020
State polls next year, Rahul Gandhi meets leaders from Assam, Tamil Nadu

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday held separate virtual meetings with party leaders from Assam and Tamil Nadu, which are expected to go to polls in April-May next year.

Congress leaders from Tamil Nadu are on the same page on an alliance with the DMK for the Assembly elections, said sources. The question of how many seats the party will get to contest in Tamil Nadu in the alliance appeared to be weighing heavily on their minds, the sources added. Rahul told them to work towards ensuring that the election ushers in a “new dawn” and the ruling AIADMK is removed from power, said sources.

Sources said that in the meeting with Tamil Nadu leaders – attended among others by CWC member P Chidambaram and AICC office bearers and MPs Manickam Tagore and A Chellakumar – it was decided that a campaign should be launched against “anti-Tamil” activities of the BJP government such as “Hindi imposition” and conduct of NEET.

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11:45 (IST)01 Dec 2020
405 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Monday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 405 fever clinics in Chennai on Monday. A total of 19,489 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 534 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.

11:38 (IST)01 Dec 2020
GHMC polls: 8.9% votes polled till 11 am

Around 8.9 per cent of votes were polled in Hyderabad until 11 am as voting to elect the next GHMC council began at 7 am today.

11:32 (IST)01 Dec 2020
IN PICS | Voters cast their votes in Hyderabad as GHMC polls are underway

A voter gets his hands sanitised before casting his vote in Hyderabad. (Image by GHMC)
A woman casts her vote in Hyderabad as GHMC polls are underway. (Image by GHMC)
A man displays his inked finger after casting his ballot during the GHMC polls. (Image by GHMC)

10:53 (IST)01 Dec 2020
COVID-19 cases dwindle in Telangana with 502 fresh cases

Telangana continued to see a downward trend in daily COVID-19 cases with 502 fresh infections and three related deaths being reported on Monday, taking the tally to more than 2.70 lakh.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 101, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 46 and Bhadradri Kothagudem 33, a government bulletin said on Tuesday.

The toll rose to 1,461 with three more fatalities. As many as 9,627 patients are under treatment and 46,597 samples were tested on Sunday. Cumulatively, over 55 lakh samples have been tested till date. The samples tested per million population was over 1.47 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 95.89 per cent.

10:47 (IST)01 Dec 2020
Leaders go on fast to protest alleged abuse of power by TRS

BJP national vice president DK Aruna, national president of OBC morcha Dr K Laxman and former MP G Vivek Venkataswamy are sitting on a fast from morning to evening at the state office of the BJP to protest alleged abuse of power by TRS, alleged partisan attitude of the police and failure to conduct free and fair elections.

10:23 (IST)01 Dec 2020
TRS MLA Nomula Narasimhaiah passes away at 64

Nagarjunasagar MLA and Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader Nomula Narasimhaiah passed away Tuesday morning. He was 64. He was shifted to a corporate hospital in Hyderguda early Tuesday morning, when he complained of chest pain.

A statement from the hospital said, "MLA Nomula Narsimhaiah was brought dead to Apollo hospitals, Hyderguda, today at 5.30 am."

Chief Minister Sri K Chandrashekhar Rao expressed shock over the sudden demise of the MLA. The CM said, "Narasimhaiah would remain as the leader who worked for the people throughout his life. He said the death of Narasimhaiah would be a loss to the TRS party and the people in his constituency."

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Chennai Metro, Chennai, CMRL Passengers at Puratchi Thalaivi Dr. J Jayalalithaa CMBT Metro station in Chennai get their temperatures checked ahead of their commute. Express Photo: Srinivas K

The restrictions imposed due to Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu will remain in force till December 31, the state government announced Monday. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said the decision was taken after consulting medical experts, district collectors and other officials.

READ | Tamil Nadu Covid-19 restrictions to remain in force till Dec 31, some exemptions made

The government has allowed classes for final year students of undergraduate programmes in colleges and universities to begin from December 7. For undergraduate and post-graduate students who are pursuing medicine, courses will resume from December 7. For students who have been provided admission for the 2020-21 academic year, the courses will begin on February 1, 2021. For the first time since March, Marina beach in Chennai will open for the public on December 14.

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A day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah claimed a secret alliance between the TRS and AIMIM for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, K T Rama Rao, Municipal Administration Minister and son of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, said there is no such tie-up.

READ | Hyderabad civic polls: Day after Amit Shah remark, minister says direct fight between TRS and AIMIM

TRS leaders pointed out that the party is contesting all the 150 seats in the civic polls, which clearly indicates there is no tie-up. “We have put up our candidates in all 51 seats where AIMIM is contesting. Where is the question of a tie-up?” Rao asked.

Also Read | Will eradicate nawab-nizam culture from Hyderabad: Amit Shah

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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