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Chennai Hyderabad News December 2, 3 Highlights: Chennai tally crosses 2.16 lakh with 397 fresh cases

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 2, 3 Highlights: Till date, 4,74,195 males, 3,10,518 females and 34 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in Tamil Nadu.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: December 4, 2020 9:31:30 am
COVID-19 test, CoronavirusAs of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 10,999. Express Photo: Ashish Kale

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News December 2, 3 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 1428 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 7,84,747. Among these, Chennai reported 397 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,16,119.

The state recorded 11 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 11,733. All 11 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1398 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,62,015. As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 10,999. Till date, 4,74,195 males, 3,10,518 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, 1,21,93,913 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 68,854 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 221 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 67 are government and 154 are private facilities.

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18:31 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Explained: Rajinikanth's political entry, and the road ahead

Tamil actor Rajinikanth announced that he will launch his political party in January 2021, ahead of the 2021 Assembly polls. Even as the announcement on Thursday was expected this month, there were speculations that he could cancel his plan owing to the pandemic.

Talks about his political entry started in 1996, when he first spoke against the then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, and even claimed later that it was his statement that defeated her in the polls. The first decisive statement about his political outfit, however, came more than two decades later, in December 2017. And in March 2020, he said he will enter politics but that he will not contest.

On Thursday, the actor announced that he will launch the party in January 2021, and that the date for the same will be announced on December 31. He said he will form a party which is “honest, non-corrupt, transparent and secular,” following a “spiritual politics,” to win the polls. The unpopular word “spiritual” in Tamil Nadu’s dominant Dravidian politics was clarified by the actor in a statement earlier: “Honest and corruption-free.”

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18:10 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Telangana HC orders pole climbing test for two women rejected for lineman job

The Telangana High Court has directed the Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana to conduct pole climbing test for two women candidates, who cleared the written test for the post of junior lineman. The court gave the direction after its counsel informed the court that the state-run power utility did not want to engage women for field jobs such as lineman as they could not climb poles easily.

A division bench has directed the power department to conduct the pole climbing test for the petitioners in two weeks and submit the result to the single bench which is hearing the petition.

G Vidya Sagar, senior advocate appearing for the DISCOM, said the power utility in its advertisement for filling vacancies of lineman, had mentioned that women candidates were not eligible for the posts of lineman. However some women candidates approached the High Court court seeking its permission to appear for the exam. Out of them, two cleared the written test.

17:48 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Female lesser florican of the pair tagged in Bhavnagar takes off to Telangana

One of the two lesser florican birds tagged by the Gujarat forest department in the Blackbuck National Park (BBNP), Velavadar, in Bhavnagar district in September this year, has flown all the way to Telangana and has been camping there.

The revelation substantiates observations and findings of ornithologists such as late Dharmakumarsinhji that these birds migrated to peninsular India from the western part after the breeding season.

“The tagged male florican is camping near Velavadar. But the female has flown away to Telanagana and has been camping there,” a source privy to the development told The Indian Express.

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17:44 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Cyclone Burevi: Tuticorin-Mysuru train partially cancelled

In the wake of Cyclone Burevi, the South Western Railway has announced partial cancellation of Tuticorin - Mysusru – Tuticorin Express. According to the officials, the train scheduled on Thursday is cancelled between Madhurai and Tuticorin.

16:48 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Special train between Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh from December 9

In a bid to facilitate more travellers between Karnataka and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, a special train will begin operations from December 9 thrice a week.

According to the South Western Railway, the special train will be operated between Machilipatnam and Yesvantpur stations in both directions.

While Train No.07211 Machilipatnam – Yesvantpur Tri-weekly Special is scheduled to depart from Machilipatnam on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3.30 pm, it is scheduled to reach Yesvantpur at 10.10 am the next day. In the return direction, Train No.07212 Yesvantpur – Machilipatnam Tri-weekly Special will leave Yesvantpur at 2.20 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays to reach Machilipatnam the next day.

En route, the train will have stoppages at Gudiwada, Vijayawada, Guntur, Narasaraopet, Markapur Road, Giddalur, Nandyal, Dhone, Gooty, Anantpur, Dharmavaram, Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam, Penukonda, Hindupur and Yelahanka in both directions.

"This Special Train will operate as a fully reserved service," SWR officials added.

15:47 (IST)03 Dec 2020
11 fallen trees cleared across Chennai

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has cleared a total of 11 trees which had fallen in the city following heavy rains on Thursday. The GCC cleared one fallen tree in Royapuram (Zone 5), two each in Anna Nagar (Zone 8) and Adyar (Zone 13) and six in Kodambakkam (Zone 10).

15:18 (IST)03 Dec 2020
After GHMC polls: Fearing Covid-19 second wave in Telangana, party workers, leaders advised a week's self-isolation

Fearing a second wave of Covid-19 in Telangana after high-intensity campaigns for the recently-concluded GHMC elections, the Director of Public Health in Telangana has advised all the political leaders and cadre involved in electioneering to go under a week's self-isolation.

Addressing a press conference Wednesday, Dr G Srinivasa Rao said that the spread of coronavirus is under control in the state but there are factors like falling temperatures with the onset of winters, campaigns for GHMC election, results of which are awaited on December 4, and ongoing festivals, that could lead to a second wave of COVID-19 like witnessed in other states. According to him, Telangana has the lowest number of active cases, lowest mortality rate, and the highest number of recovery cases, but Telangana is no exception to the second wave of viral infection.

"A large number of people have participated in electioneering and we have seen many people have not followed the COVID-19 protocols by not wearing a mask or not maintaining social distancing. Elections are over, and now it is time for us to take all precautions. We request that all political leaders, workers, and the general public who could have been exposed to stay in isolation for five to seven days. All those with symptoms should get tested for the virus," said the director of public health.

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13:15 (IST)03 Dec 2020
356.20 mm of rainfall received in Chennai till 6 am

Chennai recorded 356.20 mm of rainfall over the last 24 hours as parts of the city received moderate to heavy showers. The average rainfall recorded was 32.38 mm.

Here is the breakup of rainfall recorded across Chennai till 6 am:

  • Chennai Collectorate Building, Purasawakkam - 27.20 mm
  • Corporation Bank, Perambur - 32 mm
  • Ambattur - 36 mm
  • New Taluk Office, Ayanavaram - 26.30 mm
  • Nungambakkam, Egmore - 25.60 mm
  • CD Hospital, Tondiarpet - 37.50 mm
  • Government Higher Secondary School, MGR Nagar, Mambalam - 32.60 mm
  • Anna University, Guindy - 44.20 mm
  • DGP Office, Mylapore - 38.40 mm
  • Alandur - 38.40 mm
  • Sholinganallur - 18 mm
13:07 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Rajinikanth to launch party in January

Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth has announced that he will be launching his party in January. Taking to Twitter, he said, "In the upcoming assembly elections, with the support of the people, we will win and form honest, non-corrupt, transparent, secular spiritual politics."

The actor had held a meeting with the district secretaries of Rajini Makkal Mandram in Chennai a few days ago.

12:05 (IST)03 Dec 2020
609 new cases, 3 deaths reported in Telangana

Telangana registered 609 fresh coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the aggregate to over 2.71 lakh while three fatalities pushed the toll to 1,465.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 114, followed by Rangareddy 48 and Medchal Malkajgiri 45 , a government bulletin said on Thursday.

As many as 8,999 patients are under treatment and 53,686 samples were tested on Wednesday. Cumulatively, over 56 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 1.50 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.53 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 96.14 per cent.

11:37 (IST)03 Dec 2020
PM Modi speaks to EPS, assures support from Centre

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Wednesday and discussed the situation prevailing in parts of the states due to cyclone Burevi while pledging all possible support from the Centre.

Tweeting about his telephonic conversation with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami, Modi said, "We discussed the conditions prevailing in parts of the state due to Cyclone Burevi. Centre will provide all possible support to TN. I pray for the well-being and safety of those living in the areas affected."

11:02 (IST)03 Dec 2020
409 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Wednesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 409 fever clinics in Chennai on Wednesday. A total of 20,934 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 525 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.

10:49 (IST)03 Dec 2020
1000 cusecs of water to be released from Chembarambakkam lake

Authorities have announced that 1000 cusecs of water will be released from Chembarambakkam lake at 12 pm today. The level of water in the reservoir was 22.15 feet at 8 am today and the lake has a total capacity of 3158 mcft.

A flood warning has been issued to low lying areas.

10:20 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Former HC judge CS Karnan arrested in Chennai over remarks on judges

Former judge of the Calcutta and Madras High Courts, Justice C S Karnan, was arrested in Chennai on Wednesday by the cybercrime wing of the city police, for allegedly uploading a video containing “obscene, defamatory remarks” against several former and serving judges of Supreme Court and High Court, their wives, and woman judges.

The police team arrested Karnan from his residence on the outskirts of the city. He had been booked in October last week under Sections 153 and 509 of the IPC on a complaint by a senior lawyer of the Madras HC to Chief Justice of India Sharad A Bobde.

In the video, which was doing the rounds on social media, Karnan was purportedly seen making objectionable comments against women, threatening sexual violence against people in the judiciary, spouses of judges and judicial officers.

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09:48 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Thoothukudi copper plant: No immediate SC relief for Vedanta

The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to grant any immediate interim relief to Vedanta Ltd to run its copper smelter plant in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi and said it will hear in detail its plea challenging the state government’s decision to close the plant over allegations of environmental pollution.

A three-judge Bench headed by Justice R F Nariman posted the company’s appeal, which challenged the Madras High Court verdict upholding the Tamil Nadu government’s decision, for hearing in January 2021.

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09:46 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Didn’t discuss seat-sharing: Cong after meeting DMK chief Stalin

Amid buzz of a seat-sharing deal ahead of the state elections next year, All India Congress Committee in-charge of Tamil Nadu Dinesh Gundu Rao called on Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief MK Stalin at the party headquarters in Chennai. They were accompanied by Tamil Nadu Congress Committee leader KS Alagiri. Senior DMK leaders TR Balu, K Ponmudy, Duraimurugan and KN Nehru were also present at the meeting.

The meeting lasted for less than half-an-hour. Speaking to reporters, Rao said, “I know the media has been speculating a lot about this meeting. But our agenda was different. We met DMK president MK Stalin to discuss Rahul Gandhi Ji’s programme in Tamil Nadu. We invited him to join our campaign.”

“The DMK leadership has agreed to participate in some of our events over the next few weeks. Seat-sharing was not on the agenda today, it was not discussed at the meeting. Our meeting was about strengthening the organisation, discussing campaign strategies and assessing where we stand in Tamil Nadu,” Rao said.

Alagiri reiterated that the meeting was more about inviting the DMK leader for Rahul Gandhi’s campaign in Tamil Nadu and there is still time to discuss seat-sharing.

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09:37 (IST)03 Dec 2020
202 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 202 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 101 arrivals and 101 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:26 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Active cases in Tamil Nadu fall below 11,000

Tamil Nadu recorded 1428 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 7,84,747. Among these, Chennai reported 397 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,16,119.

The state recorded 11 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 11,733. All 11 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1398 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,62,015.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 10,999. Till date, 4,74,195 males, 3,10,518 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, 1,21,93,913 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 68,854 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 221 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 67 are government and 154 are private facilities.

09:25 (IST)03 Dec 2020
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17:48 (IST)02 Dec 2020
SC rejects Vedanta's interim plea to inspect, operate closed Sterlite copper unit at Tuticorin

The Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed the interim plea of mining major Vedanta Ltd seeking permission to inspect its Sterlite copper unit at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu, which is closed since May 2018 over pollution concerns, and to operate it for four weeks to assess the pollution level.

Vedanta had sought handing over of the plant for three months saying it requires two months to start the unit and the company should be allowed to run it for four weeks to ascertain whether its polluting or not.

The interim plea by Vedanta was opposed by Tamil Nadu government which claimed before a bench headed by Justice R F Nariman that the plant had been “polluting consistently”.

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DMK, Congress Senior DMK leaders TR Balu, K Ponmudy, Duraimurugan and KN Nehru were also present at the meeting.

Amid buzz of a seat-sharing deal ahead of the state elections next year, All India Congress Committee in-charge of Tamil Nadu Dinesh Gundu Rao called on Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief MK Stalin at the party headquarters in Chennai. They were accompanied by Tamil Nadu Congress Committee leader KS Alagiri. Senior DMK leaders TR Balu, K Ponmudy, Duraimurugan and KN Nehru were also present at the meeting.

READ | Didn’t discuss seat-sharing: Cong after meeting DMK chief Stalin

The meeting lasted for less than half-an-hour. Speaking to reporters, Rao said, “I know the media has been speculating a lot about this meeting. But our agenda was different. We met DMK president MK Stalin to discuss Rahul Gandhi Ji’s programme in Tamil Nadu. We invited him to join our campaign.” Alagiri reiterated that the meeting was more about inviting the DMK leader for Rahul Gandhi’s campaign in Tamil Nadu and there is still time to discuss seat-sharing.

Also Read | Former HC judge CS Karnan arrested in Chennai over remarks on judges

The high-voltage campaign ahead of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation did not translate into votes on election day. After final scrutiny and tallying, officials announced late Tuesday night a final turnout of 46.6 per cent. Polling on Tuesday started slow with only 3.96 per cent of votes cast between 7 am and 9 am. It increased to 8.9 per cent by 11 am, and to 18.20 per cent at 1 pm. By 4 pm, only 22.06 lakh voters had exercised their franchise.

READ | GHMC elections: 46.6% voter turnout

This was only 29.76 per cent of the total voters. Till 5 pm, according to the state election commission, the total voter turnout was 36.73 per cent. With only one hour left until closing, it was feared the 2020 GHMC election would witness the lowest turnout. The SEC did not announce the final voter turnout till midnight.

Also Read | Amaravati case: Supreme Court tags plea against Jagan with Andhra govt appeal

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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