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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus December 4, 5 Highlights: Recoveries in Tamil Nadu cross 7.64 lakh as cases decline in state

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 4, 5 Highlights: Till date, 4,75,883 males, 3,11,637 females and 34 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in Tamil Nadu.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: December 7, 2020 9:07:08 am
Rapid testing, Coronavirus test, COVID-19 testAs of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 10,938. Express Photo: Gurmeet Singh

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News December 4, 5 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 1391 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 7,87,554. Among these, Chennai reported 356 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,16,867. The state recorded 15 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 11,762. Fourteen of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1426 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,64,854.

As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 10,938. Till date, 4,75,883 males, 3,11,637 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, 1,23,34,447 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 70,378 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 227 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 67 are government and 160 are private facilities.

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18:28 (IST)05 Dec 2020
Kamal Haasan backs Anna University V-C: 'Can't let them create another Nambi Narayanan'

Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) leader Kamal Haasan has come out in support of Anna University Vice-Chancellor MK Surappa who is facing an inquiry on corruption charges.

Haasan, in a video message, said Surappa is an honest man who has refused to yield to authoritative pressure. “He (Surappa) wanted to raise the quality of education standards in engineering in Tamil Nadu. But will our ‘corruption collective’ let that happen? They will break anyone who doesn’t bend to their will.”

Haasan also lashed out at the Tamil Nadu government for instituting the inquiry against Surappa on the basis of an “anonymous letter”. “After the commission couldn’t find any wrong, they started spending people’s money to publish advertisements in the hope to find any details,” Haasan said.

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16:41 (IST)05 Dec 2020
796.32 mm of rainfall received in Chennai till 6 am

Chennai recorded 796.32 mm of rainfall till 6 am today as parts of the city received moderate to heavy showers from Friday night. The average rainfall recorded was 72.39 mm.

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

  • Chennai Collectorate Building, Purasawakkam - 64.40 mm
  • Corporation Bank, Perambur - 58.50 mm
  • Ambattur - 27 mm
  • New Taluk Office, Ayanavaram - 74.20 mm
  • Nungambakkam, Egmore - 47.62 mm
  • CD Hospital, Tondiarpet - 56 mm
  • Government Higher Secondary School, MGR Nagar, Mambalam - 98 mm
  • Anna University, Guindy - 110 mm
  • DGP Office, Mylapore - 120.20 mm
  • Alandur - 63.60 mm
  • Sholinganallur - 76.80 mm
16:22 (IST)05 Dec 2020
RRB releases exam schedule for ministerial and isolated category recruitment

The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) has released the exam schedule for the computer-based test (CBT) to be held at various posts of ministerial and isolated categories. The exam will be held between December 15 and 18 in two shifts. 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. Around 1.03 lakh candidates are expected to appear for the exam.

The admit card is available at the official websites. The exam will be objective-type for 100 marks. Every question will be for one mark and for each wrong answer, one-third of marks will be deducted. The question paper for single stage CBT will be of 90 minutes duration for 100 questions and 120 minutes for PwBD candidates.

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15:05 (IST)05 Dec 2020
AIADMK leaders pay tribute to Jayalalithaa on fourth death anniversary

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Azhagam (AIADMK) observed former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s fourth death anniversary at her memorial near Marina beach in Chennai. The entire stretch of Kamarajar Salai was covered with posters and banners of Jayalalithaa.

Clad in black shirt, party coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, party co-coordinator and Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and other AIADMK ministers and MLAs paid tribute to AIADMK supremo’s memorial. Both Edappadi and Pannerselvam placed a wreath at the decorated mausoleum and bowed down to pay their respect to ‘Amma’.

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12:30 (IST)05 Dec 2020
596 new cases, 3 deaths reported in Telangana

Telangana recorded 596 fresh coronavirus cases on Friday, taking the tally to over 2.72 lakh while three related fatalities pushed the toll to 1,470.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 102, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 47 and Rangareddy 46, a government bulletin said on Saturday.

As many as 8,498 patients are under treatment and 59,471 samples were tested on Friday. Cumulatively, over 57.22 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 1.53 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.53 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 96.34 per cent.

12:09 (IST)05 Dec 2020
2017 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 207 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 103 arrivals and 104 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

11:24 (IST)05 Dec 2020
DMK to organise state-wide back flag protest in all district headquarters in support of farmers

The DMK will be organising a state-wide black flag protest in the party's district headquarters across Tamil Nadu in support of farmers who are demanding the withdrawal of the the three new agricultural laws.

11:21 (IST)05 Dec 2020
Massive BJP surge in Hyderabad civic poll, says Telangana next

Marking a stunning performance in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, the BJP on Friday emerged as the second-largest party, dislodging the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) from half the seats it had held. While the BJP tally went up from four in 2016 to 48, the TRS numbers went down from 99 to 55.

With only one result in the 150-member GHMC still pending following the order for a recount, the TRS will finish well short of the mark of at least 65 seats to get the mayor's post.

BJP leaders said the party's performance “made it ambiguously clear that it is emerging as the alternative force" in Telangana, which they said was their agenda for this election. The party sees Telangana as one of the states where it has the most chance after Karnataka. BJP president J P Nadda and senior leader and Home Minister Amit Shah said the results also showed “unequivocal support towards PM Modi’s development and governance model”.

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10:17 (IST)05 Dec 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai today from 9 am to 2 pm to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

  • Thirumudivakkam: Parts of Kundrathur, Thirumudivakkam Industrial Estate, Thirumudivakkam Village, Pazanthandalam, Erumaiyur, Somangalam, Naduveerpattu, Varadharajapuram, Poonthandalam, Puthuperu, Srikalathur, Keluthipettai, Periyar Nagar, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Nanthambakkam, Kundrathur Bazaar, Sambantham Nagar, Vazhuthalamedu and Natham.
  • Pattabiram: TNHB Avadi, Muthumariyamman Koil, Moorthi Nagar, Rajbai Nagar, TNHB Fire Station and Sudharsan Hospital.
09:39 (IST)05 Dec 2020
Over 1.23 crore samples tested for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu till date

Tamil Nadu recorded 1391 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 7,87,554. Among these, Chennai reported 356 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,16,867.

The state recorded 15 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 11,762. Fourteen of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1426 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,64,854.

As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 10,938. Till date, 4,75,883 males, 3,11,637 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, 1,23,34,447 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 70,378 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 227 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 67 are government and 160 are private facilities.

09:38 (IST)05 Dec 2020
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17:32 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Heavy rains continue to pound TN, deep depression to weaken

Heavy rains continued in Tamil Nadu on Friday leading to inundation of crops and waterlogging in many rural and urban areas while the deep depression over the Gulf of Mannar near Ramanathapuram is likely to weaken into a depression today.

The India Meteorological Department tweeted saying the deep depression over Gulf of Mannar, near Ramanathapuram district's coast remained stationary, about 40 km southwest of Ramanathapuram. It would remain stationary over the same region and weaken into a depression during the next 12 hours and then into a well-marked low pressure area, it said.

Crops, including paddy and sugarcane were inundated in districts including Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Pudukottai and Ariyalur falling under the Cauvery delta zone and complete submergence of agricultural fields was also seen as showers continued for the third successive day.

Low-lying residential areas in parts of Madipakkam, Velachery, Pallikaranai and Kovilambakkam in Chennai and several other urban and rural areas in districts including Cuddalore saw water entering the neighbourhoods and as a precautionary measure, electricity supply was halted in several districts.

15:48 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Open to tie-up with Rajinikanth’s party: Tamil Nadu Deputy CM Panneerselvam

AIADMK coordinator and Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has hinted at a possible alliance with actor Rajinikanth who confirmed Thursday that his party will contest the upcoming elections in Tamil Nadu.

Addressing the reporters in Theni, Panneerselvam said: “We welcome great film actor Rajinikanth’s decision to enter politics. In politics, anything can happen. If there is an opportunity, an alliance will be formed (with Rajinikanth),” he said.

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15:28 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Chennai-based startup and 2 others win grant to assist people with disabilities through technology

A device that detects hearing impairment in infants and small children; a wheelchair with 18 features to customise and a motor-powered clip-on that makes it roadworthy; and an app that automates speech therapy — three Indian startups have won the inaugural Prosus Social Impact Challenge for Accessibility (Prosus SICA), to mark the International Day of People with Disabilities on December 3.

Chennai-based NeoMotion, who won second place, makes bespoke wheelchairs, designed to ensure accurate posture, energy conservation and compactness to enhance accessibility and mobility. Founded by Swostik Sourav Dash, these wheelchairs also come with a motor-powered clip-on which converts the chair into a safe, roadworthy vehicle, eliminating the need for the user to transfer into other vehicles.

"In 2015, I was working on the research project Standing Wheelchair, and traveled across 40 locations in India and interacted with around 200 users. It gave me a first-hand understanding of the kind of products in the market. Every year, close to three lakh wheelchairs are sold in India, and 95 per cent of them are of the concept of one size fits all. This affects the health and posture of the users and their outdoor mobility is restricted,” said Dash.

Hence, he started developing a wheelchair with 18 customisations, based on the measurement of the person, terrain and the environment where it is being used. “If we do these 18 things correctly, the person will be seated with a great posture, the propulsion will be easy, a user will cover three to five times more distance for every push. And it is 30 per cent compact,” he says.

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13:41 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Telangana HC keeps SEC order on ballot papers in abeyance

The Telangana High Court on Friday kept in abeyance the latest order of the Telangana State Election Commission that allowed counting of ballot papers with distinguishing markings instead of the arrow cross-mark rubber stamp as valid votes. It, however, allowed counting of votes to continue.

On Thursday, Secretary of SEC M Ashok Kumar clarified "if the intention of the voter is clear on marking to a particular candidate, that vote can be treated as a valid vote to the candidate since it is the mistake of the polling personnel under rule 51(h) of Conduct of Election Rules, 2005.

The results of those divisions where the ballots with such distinguish markers cannot impact final results can be announced, the court said, directing the SEC to not declare results where the ballots with distinguished markers are in majority. The court passed this order in the house motion moved by the BJP and posted the matter for further hearing on Monday.

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13:31 (IST)04 Dec 2020
IN PICS | Temple in Chidambaram inundated following heavy rainfall in wake of Cyclone Burevi
13:19 (IST)04 Dec 2020
399.60 mm on rainfall recorded in Chennai till 6 am:

Chennai recorded 399.60 mm of rainfall as till 6 am today as parts of the city received moderate to heavy showers from Thursday night. The average rainfall recorded was 36.31 mm.

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

Chennai Collectorate Building, Purasawakkam - 26.80 mm

Corporation Bank, Perambur - 40.20 mm

Ambattur - 56 mm

New Taluk Office, Ayanavaram - 36 mm

Nungambakkam, Egmore - 54.30 mm

CD Hospital, Tondiarpet - 29.30 mm

Government Higher Secondary School, MGR Nagar, Mambalam - 23.40 mm

Anna University, Guindy - 12.40 mm

DGP Office, Mylapore - 12.40 mm

Alandur - 55.40 mm

Sholinganallur - 53.40 mm

12:01 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Salem police station among top 3 police stations in India

NongpokSekmai police station in Thoubal district of Manipur has topped the list of police stations awarded this year by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) as the best performing police stations in the country. AWPS-Suramangalam police station in Salem city of Tamil Nadu has bagged the second spot and Kharsang police station in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh has ranked third.

The other police stations in the top 10 list are Jhilmili (Chhattisgarh), Sanguem (Goa), Kalighat (Andaman and Nicobar Islands), Pakyong (Sikkim), Kanth (UP), Khanvel (Dadra and Nagar Haveli) and Jammikutna Town police station (Telangana), in that order.

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11:28 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Rajinikanth to launch party next month, names BJP face as aide

After several delays and half-starts, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth appeared to have firmed up plans for a political career by announcing Thursday the launch of his own party in January 2021 — the year when Assembly elections will be held in Tamil Nadu.

In a brief statement on Twitter, Rajinikanth said his party would be a “non-corrupt, honest, transparent and secular party with a spiritual politics”, which will “definitely win the next elections”. The date of the launch will be announced on December 31, he said.

Speaking to reporters outside his residence, Rajinikanth fuelled speculation about his party's leanings by introducing Ra Arjunamurthy, former president of the BJP state unit's intellectual wing, as the chief coordinator of his fans' association. Arjunamurthy was relieved of his post in the BJP this week.

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10:53 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Telangana reports 631 new coronavirus cases, 2 deaths

Telangana reported 631 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the tally to over 2.72 lakh while two fatalities pushed the toll to 1,467, the state government said on Friday.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 109, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (57) and Rangareddy (49), it said in a bulletin.

As many as 8,826 patients are under treatment and 57,405 samples were tested on Thursday. Cumulatively, over 56.62 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 1.52 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.53 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 96.21 per cent.

Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam. (PTI)

AIADMK coordinator and Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has hinted at a possible alliance with actor Rajinikanth who confirmed Thursday that his party will contest the upcoming elections in Tamil Nadu.

READ | Open to tie-up with Rajinikanth’s party: Tamil Nadu Deputy CM Panneerselvam

Addressing the reporters in Theni, Panneerselvam said: “We welcome great film actor Rajinikanth’s decision to enter politics. In politics, anything can happen. If there is an opportunity, an alliance will be formed (with Rajinikanth),” he said.

Also Read | Explained: Rajinikanth's political entry, and the road ahead

Marking a stunning performance in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, the BJP on Friday emerged as the second-largest party, dislodging the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) from half the seats it had held. While the BJP tally went up from four in 2016 to 48, the TRS numbers went down from 99 to 55.

READ | Massive BJP surge in Hyderabad civic poll, says Telangana next

BJP leaders said the party's performance “made it ambiguously clear that it is emerging as the alternative force" in Telangana, which they said was their agenda for this election. The party sees Telangana as one of the states where it has the most chance after Karnataka. BJP president J P Nadda and senior leader and Home Minister Amit Shah said the results also showed “unequivocal support towards PM Modi’s development and governance model”.

Also Read | International Disability Day: This Chennai man defied odds to earn a living

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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