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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus November 4, 5 Highlights: 373.40 mm of rainfall recorded in Chennai; Telangana tally crosses 2.45 lakh

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News November 4, 5 Highlights: As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 19,154.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: November 6, 2020 9:31:21 am
Chennai Rains, Chennai Rainfall, northeast monsoon, Rain in ChennaiThe average rainfall recorded in Chennai was 33.94 mm. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News November 4, 5 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 2487 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 7,34,429. Among these, Chennai reported 657 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,02,495.

Tamil Nadu recorded 30 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 11,244. Twenty nine of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 2504 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,04,031.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 19,154. Till date, 4,43,338 males, 2,91,058 females and 33 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, 1,02,45,248 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 75,331 samples having been sent yesterday.

Telangana reported 1,539 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the tally to 2,45,682 while five more deaths pushed the toll to 1,362, the state government said on Thursday. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 285, followed by Rangareddy (123) and Medchal Malkajgiri (102) districts, it said in a bulletin.

As many as 18,656 are under treatment and 44,327 samples were tested on November 3. Cumulatively, 44,84,183 samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 1,20,477, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.55 per cent, while the recovery rate in Telangana was 91.85 per cent. The number of individuals in home/institutional isolation was 15,864.

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17:12 (IST)05 Nov 2020
COVID-19: Recoveries in top 10 zones in Chennai

A total of 1,92,631 people have recovered from COVID-19 across all 15 zones in Chennai till date. Anna Nagar (Zone 8) leads the tally with 21,147 recoveries followed by Kodambakkam (Zone 10) with 20,911 recoveries and Teynampet (Zone 9) with 18,234 recoveries.

Here are the recoveries in the top 10 zones in Chennai:

  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 21,147
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 20,911
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 18,234
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 17,310
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 15,116
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 15,104
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 14,829
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 13,588
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 12,344
  • Perungudi (Zone 14) - 6982
16:48 (IST)05 Nov 2020
EPS urges Naveen Patnaik to reconsider ban on firecrackers

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami wrote to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today, urging him to reconsider the ban on firecrackers. "Tamil Nadu contributes to about 90 per cent of total manufacture of crackers in the country, providing direct employment to around 4 lakh people and indirect employment to 4 lakh people. Their livelihood solely depends on the sale of crackers during Diwali season. The ban on bursting crackers in your State can have a direct bearing on the livelihood of over 8 lakh workers in the State of Tamil Nadu and another equal number of people engaged in the sale", EPS wrote. 

Stating that Tamil Nadu mainly produces green crackers, EPS urged his Odisha counterpart to reconsider his decision to ban the sale and bursting of firecrackers in Odisha this Diwali.

16:33 (IST)05 Nov 2020
COVID-19: Deaths in top 10 zones in Chennai

A total of 3682 people have succumbed to COVID-19 in Chennai across all 15 zones of the city till date.

Here are the deaths in the top 10 zones in Chennai:

  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 461
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 415
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 413
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 374
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 352
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 318
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 276
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 227
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 190
  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 153
16:19 (IST)05 Nov 2020
7 fallen trees cleared across Chennai

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has cleared a total of seven trees which had fallen in the city following heavy rains on Thursday. The GCC cleared five trees in Madhavaram (Zone 3) and two trees in Anna Nagar (Zone 8).

15:26 (IST)05 Nov 2020
262 students test positive after schools reopen in Andhra Pradesh

As many as 262 students and about 160 teachers tested positive in Andhra Pradesh during the past three days after schools were reopened on November 2 for class 9 and 10 students, a senior official of the school education department said on Thursday.

Commissioner of School Education V Chinna Veerabhadrudu said the figure is not alarming when compared to the number of students attending the schools, though every care is being taken to ensure COVID-19 safety protocols are in place in every institution. "Yesterday (November 4) around four lakh students attended schools. There were 262 positive cases. It is not even 0.1 per cent. It is not correct to say that they were affected due to their attendance to schools. We ensure that each school room has only 15 or 16 students," the official told PTI, adding "It is not alarming."

As per the statistics provided by the department, there are 9.75 lakh students registered for Class 9 and 10 in the state out of which 3.93 lakh attended. Out of 1.11 lakh teachers, over 99,000 thousand attended the educational institutions on Wednesday. Out of 1.11 lakh teachers, about 160 teachers tested positive, he added.

14:59 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Applications open for Teach For India fellowship programme

Teach For India has invited applications to join the two-year fellowship programme. The application process is on and will be closed on November 8. The fellows will have to teach children from low-income communities in under-resourced schools. The fellows will work at 260 schools across Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Chennai. Interested can apply at teachforindia.org.

The teach for India fellows teach English, mathematics, science and social studies, in English, across classes 1 to 10. Candidates will have to fill the form. The selected candidate will be interviewed over the phone and then the successful candidates will have to participate in the third and final stage where they can be asked to teach a five-minute lesson, take part in a group activity and complete a short problem-solving activity.

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14:49 (IST)05 Nov 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has a total of 6182 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) - 493
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 444
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 435
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 379
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 350
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 344
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 302
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 255
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 234
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 200
12:31 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Tamil Nadu government denies BJP permission to conduct Vetri Vel Yatra

The Tamil Nadu government Wednesday told the Madras High Court it would not allow the BJP to conduct the Vetri Vel Yatra, which was to be held in the state between November 6 and December 6. The government cited Covid-19 as the reason for its decision. The state is expected to officially communicate its decision to the state BJP unit later in the day.

The BJP was to conduct the Vetri Vel Yatra, , celebrating Lord Muruga, to consolidate Hindu votes ahead of the Tamil Nadu elections next year. The yatra was to begin from Thiruttani on November 6 and end at Thiruchendur a month later. Modelled on Rath Yatras, the campaign was to cover the six major temples of Lord Muruga in the state including Palani, Swamimalai and Pazhamudircholai.

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11:48 (IST)05 Nov 2020
373.40 mm of rainfall received in Chennai on Thursday

Chennai recorded 373.40 mm of rainfall as parts of the city received moderate to heavy showers today morning. The average rainfall recorded was 33.94 mm.

Here is the breakup of rainfall recorded across Chennai:

  • Chennai Collectorate Building, Purasawakkam - 2.20 mm
  • Corporation Bank, Perambur - 37.30 mm
  • Ambattur - 16 mm
  • New Taluk Office, Ayanavaram - 12.20 mm
  • Nungambakkam, Egmore - 31.60 mm
  • CD Hospital, Tondiarpet - 7.40 mm
  • Government Higher Secondary School, MGR Nagar, Mambalam - 48.70 mm
  • Anna University, Guindy - 57.80 mm
  • DGP Office, Mylapore - 68.50 mm
  • Alandur - 79.20 mm
  • Sholinganallur - 12.50 mm
11:33 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Telangana records 1,539 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths

Telangana reported 1,539 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the tally to 2,45,682 while five more deaths pushed the toll to 1,362, the state government said on Thursday.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 285, followed by Rangareddy (123) and Medchal Malkajgiri (102) districts, it said in a bulletin.

As many as 18,656 are under treatment and 44,327 samples were tested on November 3. Cumulatively, 44,84,183 samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 1,20,477, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.55 per cent, while the recovery rate in Telangana was 91.85 per cent. The number of individuals in home/institutional isolation was 15,864.

10:37 (IST)05 Nov 2020
388 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Wednesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 388 fever clinics in Chennai on Wednesday. A total of 18,332 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 451 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.

10:03 (IST)05 Nov 2020
For identifying 50 cartoon characters in a minute, Chennai boy bags world record

Who would have thought that memorising names of cartoon characters would be useful? It has definitely worked wonders for a 5-year-old boy, who, by identifying 50 cartoon characters in one minute, has found his name etched in the Guinness World Records.

Shared on the official Facebook page of the Guinness World Records is a video of Shrish Nirghav, the little boy from Tamil Nadu, who earned the title.

“Most Cartoon Characters Identified In One Minute – New record: 5-year-old memory master Shrish Nirghav really knows his cartoons,” read the video caption. The record was made on September 13 this year.

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09:27 (IST)05 Nov 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:

  • Nappalayam: Ganapathy Nagar, Sri Ram Nagar, Jegan Nagar, Ezhil Nagar, I J Puram, Kulakkarai, Vichoor SIDCO Estate and Vellankulam.
09:25 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Chennai tally crosses 2.02 lakh with 657 fresh cases

Tamil Nadu recorded 2487 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 7,34,429. Among these, Chennai reported 657 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,02,495.

Tamil Nadu recorded 30 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 11,244. Twenty nine of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 2504 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,04,031.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 19,154. Till date, 4,43,338 males, 2,91,058 females and 33 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, 1,02,45,248 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 75,331 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:25 (IST)05 Nov 2020
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17:25 (IST)04 Nov 2020
Tamil Nadu second in generating jobs in MSMEs, says RBI report

Tamil Nadu has been ranked second on the list of states that have generated most jobs in the MSME (Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises) sector, according to a report of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The other four states are Maharashtra (1), Gujarat (3), Madhya Pradesh (4) and Uttar Pradesh (5).

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17:17 (IST)04 Nov 2020
For identifying 50 cartoon characters in a minute, Chennai boy bags world record

Who would have thought that memorising names of cartoon characters would be useful? It has definitely worked wonders for a 5-year-old boy, who, by identifying 50 cartoon characters in one minute, has found his name etched in the Guinness World Records.

Shared on the official Facebook page of the Guinness World Records is a video of Shrish Nirghav, the little boy from Tamil Nadu, who earned the title.

“Most Cartoon Characters Identified In One Minute – New record: 5-year-old memory master Shrish Nirghav really knows his cartoons,” read the video caption. The record was made on September 13 this year.

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16:15 (IST)04 Nov 2020
EPS inaugurates mobile Amma Unavagams in Chennai

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami inaugurated three mobile Amma Unavagam canteens in Chennai today. The canteens, which will provide food at a subsidised rate will be operated from 7 am to 10 am for breakfast and between 12 pm and 3 pm for lunch.

According to officials, the mobile canteens will be used to provide food in places where labourers are employed.

15:30 (IST)04 Nov 2020
CPI urges Rajasthan govt to withdraw ban on firecrackers

The CPI on Wednesday urged the Rajasthan government to revoke its ban on firecrackers as most of what was sold nationwide was being made in Tamil Nadu and provided employment to lakhs of workers.

About 95 per cent of crackers sold across the country was being manufactured at Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu's Virudhunagar district and the industry provided livelihood to about six lakh workers, CPI State Secretary R Mutharasan said in a statement. To protect their interests and that of micro and small firework units, the Rajasthan government should withdraw its order banning sale and use of firecrackers, the CPI leader said.

15:28 (IST)04 Nov 2020
2.5 crore rural homes get tap water; Telangana tops

Over 2.5 crore rural households have been provided tap connections under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) since it started in 2019, with Telangana and Bihar emerging as leading states, shows data available with the Jal Shakti Ministry.

The data available on the mission dashboard shows that Telangana is the top performing state in terms of providing tap connections to a maximum proportion (69.56 per cent) of rural households, providing about 38 lakh tap connections.

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Hyderabad, Hyderabad floods, Hyderabad lakes, Hyderabad waterways, Why did Hyderabad flood, Indian Express Floodwater gushes through a street following heavy rains, at Falaknuma, in Hyderabad. (PTI Photo)

In the aftermath of heavy rains that flooded several parts of the city, exposing the inadequate capacity of the city’s stormwater drains, the state government has now set up an exclusive project wing within the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to mitigate the adversities due to heavy rains in the future.

READ | Hyderabad floods: Govt sets up special wing to study city drainage system

On Monday, an order was issued regarding the establishment of the Strategic Nala Development Programme (SNDP) and appointing Dr. C Vasantha, retired chief engineer of Roads and Buildings department, to head the new wing as the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) for a year.

Also Read | Telangana board awards grace pass marks to absentee intermediate students

Legendary violinist T N Krishnan died in Chennai on Monday evening. He was 92.

Although Krishnan was in good health, he had a “sudden uneasiness” in the evening and passed away, said Ramanathan Iyer, a Chennai-based music lover and organiser of musical events. Iyer, who was close to Krishnan’s family, said they had celebrated his birthday last month. “He was healthy. Even in the recent days, he was watching videos of rasikas and his disciples wishing him a happy birthday,” Iyer said.

READ | Chennai: Violin maestro TN Krishnan passes away at 92

Born in 1928 in Tripunithura in Kerala, Krishnan started as a child prodigy and went on to perform with legends from several generations. Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Alathur Brothers, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, MD Ramanathan and Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer were among those whom Krishnan accompanied in performances.

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