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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus December 14, 15 Highlights: COVID-19 tally in TN crosses 8 lakh

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 14, 15 Highlights: According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 1,30,20,594 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: December 16, 2020 9:10:40 am
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Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News December 14, 15 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 1141 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 8,00,029. Among these, Chennai reported 343 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,20,211. The state recorded 14 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 11,909. All 14 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1203 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,78,081.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 10,039. Till date, 4,83,390 males, 3,16,605 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, 1,30,20,594 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 63,989 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 231 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 67 are government and 164 are private facilities.

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17:59 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Congress begins process for picking new Telangana party chief

After successive electoral defeats, Congress in Telangana is now faced with the task of choosing a successor to its state president N Uttam Kumar Reddy, who resigned from the post after the party's dismal performance in the recent civic polls in the city.

Consultations have been held by AICC in-charge of the party affairs in Telangana Manickam Tagore with a large number of leaders, including elected representatives, on picking the new head amid indications that there are at least 4-5 contenders for the post.

They include party MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, who has gone on record saying he was an aspirant, another MP A Revanth Reddy, MLA D Sridhar Babu and Congress Legislature Party (CLP)
leader M Bhatti Vikramarka.

A herculean task of rejuvenating the party awaits the new Pradesh Congress President president with the presence of formidable competitors in ruling TRS and a resurgent BJP, fresh from its recent wins in the Dubbak assembly bypoll and the GHMC elections.

17:10 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Paava Kadhaigal teaser: Gautham Menon promises a gut wrenching story

The teaser of Vaanmagal, a segment in Netflix’s upcoming anthology film Paava Kadhaigal was released on Tuesday.

The 30-minute long film is directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon, who has also plays the lead role in the family drama. The film follows the mental trauma of a family after their daughter is brutally assaulted. Judging by the teaser, it seems like the parents find it difficult to make peace with the reality and struggle to support their daughter. The film seems to examine the culture of victim-blaming and society’s role in making life more difficult for the victims of sexual crimes.

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16:09 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Southern Railway eliminates 3 stoppages for Dr. MGR Chennai Central - New Jalpaiguri - Dr. MGR Chennai Central Weekly Superfast Special train

The Southern Railway has eliminated three stoppages for Train No. 02611/02612 Dr. MGR Chennai Central - New Jalpaiguri - Dr. MGR Chennai Central Weekly Superfast Special train between Chennai and Jalpaiguri. The train will now not have stoppages at Cuttack, Jajpur K Road and Bhadrak.

As per the revised schedule, the train will have stoppages at Nellore, Ongole, Vijayawada, Eluru, Anakapalle, Duvada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Berhampur, Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Hijili, Bankura, Adra, Asansol, Durgapur, Rampurhat, Malda Town, Barsol and Kishanganj.

15:37 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Rajinikanth likely to contest on ‘autorickshaw’ symbol in 2021 Tamil Nadu polls

Actor Rajinikanth who is set to make his political debut in the assembly polls scheduled next year in Tamil Nadu, is likely to have ‘autorickshaw’ as the election symbol for his party, whose name and other details he has said he will reveal on December 31. While it is not official yet, it is learnt that the Election Commission has allotted the ‘autorickshaw’ symbol to a newly registered but unrecognised party called ‘Makkal Sevai Katchi’ (MSK).

Rajinikanth, who played an auto-rickshaw driver in his 1995 blockbuster ‘Baasha’, has likely gone for the symbol as it will have an easy connect with people . Even after 25 years, the Tamil superstar’s Manickam character in the film remains much admired by his fans. Every Aayudha pooja festival, auto-rickshaw drivers across the state are often seen playing Rajinikanth’s iconic ‘Naan autokaran’ song from the movie.

According to sources, the applicant who has registered the party is a senior functionary of Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) in Thoothukudi. The registration process was done in another person’s name on the instructions of Rajinikanth. The applicant’s details are not known either.

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14:51 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Telangana: Forum urges probe into Nayeem’s terror links after RTI reveals his firearm cache

The Forum for Good Governance, a not-for-profit organisation, has urged Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan to order a detailed probe into slain gangster Nayeem alias Mohammed Nayeemuddin’s terrorist links after an RTI response revealed that he possessed a large collection of weapons.

Nayeem, a renegade Maoist-turned-gangster, was killed in a shootout on the outskirts of Shadnagar town, 60 kms away from Hyderabad, in August 2016. A state government ordered SIT investigation is currently underway. An RTI response from the Telangana police revealed that three AK-47 rifles, a sten gun, 9 pistols, 3 revolvers, 7 tapanchas, 1 SBBL 12 bore gun, 2 hand grenades, 30 detonators, and a bulletproof jacket were among the many things seized by the SIT.

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14:50 (IST)15 Dec 2020
183 infected with Covid at IIT-Madras; CM orders statewide testing at colleges

At least 79 residents of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chennai tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, taking the number of infected on the campus to 183. The cluster of cases in IIT-Madras has prompted the government to instruct officials to monitor other colleges and universities across the state.

A team from the Tamil Nadu Health Department and Chennai Corporation is already conducting Covid-19 tests in colleges across Chennai.

“Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami has instructed district collectors to closely monitor other colleges and universities. We are conducting aggressive testing… We have already issued two Government Orders (GOs), and if any person or management fails to adhere to them, we will initiate action against them under the Epidemic Disease Act,” Dr Radhakrishnan told reporters in Chennai.

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12:47 (IST)15 Dec 2020
IBM, Telangana govt join hands for skilling 30k students in emerging technologies

Tech major IBM and the Telangana government have entered into a collaboration to provide curated online courses for the states’ students that will enhance their technical and professional skills, the company said on Monday.

IBM will work with Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK) to offer Open P-TECH, a free digital education platform focused on emerging technologies and professional development skills, it said in a release. A total of 30,000 students of engineering, degree and polytechnic courses would benefit from the initiative over a period of one year.

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11:59 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Rajinikanth resumes shooting for Annaatthe

Superstar Rajinikanth has begun shooting for his upcoming movie Annaatthe in Hyderabad. He took a chartered flight on Sunday to Hyderabad. The Superstar was accompanied by his daughter Aishwarya Dhanush. Rajinikanth joined the sets of Annaatthe on Monday.

It is said that there is about 40 per cent of the movie remaining to be shot. And the filmmakers have planned to finish it in a single stretch.

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11:27 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Telangana transport minister tests positive

Telangana Transport Minister P Ajay Kumar tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours. In a statement, he advised people who had come in contact with him recently to undergo COVID-19 tests. The minister is currently in home isolation.

11:22 (IST)15 Dec 2020
491 new cases, 3 deaths reported in Telangana

Telangana registered 491 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the total caseload to over 2.78 lakh while three fatalities pushed the toll to 1,499.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 102, followed by Rangareddy 35 and Medchal Malkajgiri 33, a government bulletin said on Tuesday.

As many as 7,272 patients are under treatment and 48,005 samples were tested on Monday. Cumulatively, over 62.05 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 1.66 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.53 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 96.85 per cent.

10:20 (IST)15 Dec 2020
391 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Monday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 391 fever clinics in Chennai on Monday. A total of 19,164 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 390 people who were identified with ILI symptoms, while others were provided with medication for minor ailments.

The most number of camps were held at Anna Nagar (Zone 8), Teynampet (Zone 9) and Adyar (Zone 13), where 37 camps each had been set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with six camps.

10:14 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Ola to invest Rs 2,400 crore to set up e-scooter factory in Tamil Nadu

Ride-hailing platform Ola said Monday it has inked an agreement with the Tamil Nadu government to invest Rs 2,400 crore for setting up its first electric scooter factory at Hosur in the state. Upon completion, the factory will create nearly 10,000 jobs and will be the world’s largest scooter manufacturing facility, with an initial annual capacity of 2 million units, it said in a statement.

Ola said the plant will help cut import dependence in a key sector like electric vehicles, boost manufacturing, create jobs and improve technical expertise in India.

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09:59 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Tamil Nadu launches mini-clinics to provide essential healthcare services for poor

With Tamil Nadu gearing up for elections next year, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday launched a project to set up 2,000 mini-clinics across the state to provide essential healthcare services to the downtrodden.

People will be treated for minor ailments like cold, fever, headache, etc at these clinics, which are being set up to reduce overcrowding in government hospitals that are already packed with Covid-19 cases.

Palaniswami inaugurated the state’s first mini-clinic in Royapuram in north Chennai. The Greater Chennai Corporation has planned to establish 200 such clinics in the city and 47 will be set up in the first phase. About 20 clinics have started operations across the city.

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09:19 (IST)15 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:

  • Kovoor: Kovoor, Thandalam, Periyapanichery, South Malayambakkam, Paraniputhur, Mananchery, Babu Garden, Akash Nagar, Manikandan Nagar, Metha Nagar, Ondi Colony and Parts of Kundrathur.
  • Madhavaram: Sathiyaraj Nagar, KKR Nagar, Francise Colony, Burma Colony, Ambedkar Nagar - 1st to 8th Streets, Michtish Colony, Kannabiran Koil Street, Thiruvalluvar Street, Muthumariamman Koil Street, Udaiyar Thottam - 1st to 3rd Streets and KKR Estate.
09:09 (IST)15 Dec 2020
201 flights to be operated between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 201 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 100 arrivals and 101 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:07 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Week after GHMC results, Hyderabad nowhere near getting a new Mayor

The absence of a clear mandate from the voters to any of the political parties in the recently held elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, which evoked attention from across the country as a result of a high-octane campaign, means that even a week after the results there is no clear indication on who will become the Mayor.

The tenure of the outgoing GHMC council ends on February 10, 2021, and the Mayor’s post is reserved for a woman Corporator in the upcoming council.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which won 56 of the 150 divisions, is not in a comfortable position. Despite having 31 of the 45 ex officio members to its credit, in the absence of a clear majority in the house, the party is in no position to secure the Mayor’s chair on its own.

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09:04 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Chennai tally crosses 2.2 lakh with 343 more cases

Tamil Nadu recorded 1141 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 8,00,029. Among these, Chennai reported 343 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,20,211.

The state recorded 14 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 11,909. All 14 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1203 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,78,081.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 10,039. Till date, 4,83,390 males, 3,16,605 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, 1,30,20,594 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 63,989 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 231 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 67 are government and 164 are private facilities.

09:04 (IST)15 Dec 2020
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18:27 (IST)14 Dec 2020
Torrent Gas to invest Rs 5,000 cr in Chennai gas project

Torrent Gas Ltd on Monday pledged Rs 5,000 crore investment to develop infrastructure to retail CNG to automobiles and piped gas to households and industries in Chennai, the biggest city gas license in its portfolio.

Torrent Gas, part of the pharma-to-energy Torrent Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Tamil Nadu for development of city gas infrastructure at the Growth and Investment Conclave in Chennai, the company said in a statement.

The firm will lay pipelines and other infrastructure in Chennai and Tiruvallur districts, covering an area of 3,569 square kilometres, to provide piped natural gas (PNG) connections to homes, industries and commercial establishments. It will also set up the infrastructure to dispense compressed natural gas (CNG) to automobiles.

As part of the first phase of infrastructure roll-out, Torrent Gas is expecting to commission over 30 CNG stations in Chennai and Tiruvallur districts in the last quarter of the current financial year.

17:36 (IST)14 Dec 2020
Kamal Haasan pitches for establishing Madurai as second capital of Tamil Nadu

Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) leader Kamal Haasan said if elected his party will take forward “the dream of the dream of former chief minister MGR” and establish Madurai as the second capital of Tamil Nadu. He also reiterated that he will contest in the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly polls in 2021 and that he will later announce the constituency.

Haasan, who kick-started his political campaign in Madurai — a place where he launched his party two years ago — has been addressing the party cadres, and other professional experts like Industrialists, entrepreneurs, lawyers at various events since Sunday

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The absence of a clear mandate from the voters to any of the political parties in the recently held elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, which evoked attention from across the country as a result of a high-octane campaign, means that even a week after the results there is no clear indication on who will become the Mayor.

READ | Week after GHMC results, Hyderabad nowhere near getting a new Mayor

Also Read | Kamal Haasan pitches for establishing Madurai as second capital of Tamil Nadu

With Tamil Nadu gearing up for elections next year, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday launched a project to set up 2,000 mini-clinics across the state to provide essential healthcare services to the downtrodden. People will be treated for minor ailments like cold, fever, headache, etc at these clinics, which are being set up to reduce overcrowding in government hospitals that are already packed with Covid-19 cases.

READ | Tamil Nadu launches mini-clinics to provide essential healthcare services for poor

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)

Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus December 11, 12 Highlights