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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus October 30, 31 Highlights: TN minister R Doraikannu succumbs to COVID-19

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 30, 31 Highlights: Till date, 4,35,783 males, 2,86,196 females and 32 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in Tamil Nadu.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: November 2, 2020 9:30:36 am
Rapid testing, COVID-19 Test, Coronavirus Test, COVID-19 TestingAccording to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 98,85,443 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date. (Express Photo: Gurmeet Singh/Representational

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News October 30, 31 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 2608 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 7,22,011. Among these, Chennai reported 723 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,99,173.

Tamil Nadu recorded 38 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 11,091. Thirty six of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 3924 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 6,87,388.

As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 23,532. Till date, 4,35,783 males, 2,86,196 females and 32 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, 98,85,443 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 77,356 samples having been sent yesterday.

Telangana reported 1,445 new coronavirus cases taking the tally to 2.38 lakh while six more fatalities pushed the toll to 1,336. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 286, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 122 and Rangareddy 107, a government bulletin said on Saturday.

As many as 18,409 are under treatment and 41,243 samples were tested on October 30. Cumulatively, 42.81 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 1,15,045, the bulletin said. The case fatality rate in the state was 0.56 per cent, while the recovery rate in Telangana was 91.72 per cent.

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18:11 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Andhra Pradesh schools reopen from Monday, academic year extended up to April 30

As Andhra Pradesh government is ready to reopen schools from November 2, it has also extended the academic year 2020-21 up to April 30. Although the schools start functioning from November 2 for classes 9 and 10, the students will be attending on alternate day and classes will be held till noon. The officials made it clear that each classroom is limited to only 16 students, following social distance protocols.

As the schools reopen in a phased manner, the officials are making changes right from day-to-day schedules to mid-day meals in order to adhere to safety protocols in wake of the COVID-19 situation.

Commissioner of School Education V China Veerabhadrudu said, “Wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining physical distance are mandatory which should be followed by every student as well as teachers. Every day, the students will be undergoing orientation on COVID precautions and the classes start from 9:15 am and will go on up to 1:45 pm, followed by midday meals. In the afternoon hours, the students will be taking online classes for those students, who didn’t turn up for schools. The academic year 2020-21 is extended up to April 30, totaling 180 working days.” said V China Veerabhadrudu.

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17:02 (IST)31 Oct 2020
RRB announces exam date for ministerial and isolated category recruitment

The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) will hold the computer-based test (CBT) for recruitment at various posts of ministerial and isolated categories between December 15 and December 23, as per the latest notice by the Railways.

The link for viewing the exam city and date and downloading of traveling authority for SC/ST candidates will be made available on all RRB websites about 10 days prior to the start of the exam. The admit card will be released four days ahead of the CBT.

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17:00 (IST)31 Oct 2020
1,445 fresh cases, 6 deaths reported in Telangana

Telangana reported 1,445 new coronavirus cases taking the tally to 2.38 lakh while six more fatalities pushed the toll to 1,336. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 286, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 122 and Rangareddy 107, a government bulletin said on Saturday.

As many as 18,409 are under treatment and 41,243 samples were tested on October 30. Cumulatively, 42.81 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 1,15,045, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.56 per cent, while the recovery rate in Telangana was 91.72 per cent.

16:50 (IST)31 Oct 2020
List of 4 containment zones in Chennai

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has identified four containment zones in Chennai till date.

Here are the names of the containment streets across the city's 15 zones as of Saturday:

  • Manali (Zone 2) - 3 containment zones

    MMDA - 106th Street and 116th Street and Manali - Thamaraikulam Street
  • Sholinganallur (Zone 15) - 1 containment zone

    Okkiyam Petti - Thiruvalluvar Street
16:46 (IST)31 Oct 2020
CMRL offers 50% off on tickets on November 1

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has announced a discount of 50 per cent on all train tickets except for trip pass and unlimited rides pass on November 1 owing to a public holiday.

15:43 (IST)31 Oct 2020
TN rated as one of the best governed states: CM Palaniswami

Commitment and unwavering effort towards developing the state has led to Tamil Nadu being rated among the best governed states, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said in Chennai on Saturday.

Palaniswami, in his twitter handle said, “TN has been rated as one of the best governed states in India. This is a result of our unwavering effort and commitment to the development of the state. Let us continue to work together, and work harder, to keep our state the best governed one in India.”

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14:20 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Doraikannu's health deteriorates further

Tamil Nadu Minister for Agriculture R Doraikannu is critical, said a statement from Kauvery Hospital where he is currently undergoing treatment. According to the hospital, the minister had suffered a significant deterioration in vital functions.

12:19 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Tamil Nadu Governor gives assent to Bill on 7.5% medical reservation

A day after the state government issued an executive order assuring 7.5% horizontal reservation for government school students in medical admissions in this academic year, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit too granted his assent to the Bill—which had been pending for approval for over a month.

The government chose to take the executive route on Thursday as there was a delay from the Raj Bhavan despite pressure from Opposition parties as well as a meeting of some state Cabinet leaders with Purohit.

The Bill was unanimously passed in the Assembly on September 15.

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11:29 (IST)31 Oct 2020
In small town Telangana, an attempt to embed coding skills in students

Every evening, 14-year-old Tasnia Tasneem waits for her father to finish his day and return home early. As he returns and gets busy with family chores, Tasneem wastes no time to take away his Samsung smartphone. The device is her portal into another world, a world of mobile phone games. But the teenager is not playing them, but practicing how to create new ones and exploring what is beyond.

The Class 9 student from Makthala, a small town in Telangana’s Narayanpet district, Tasneem has never learnt the basics of computers. Till a month ago, she had no idea what goes into the development of the animations and games that she played on her father’s smartphone. Now Tasneem, who aims to become a scientist when she grows up, is confident that she has made the first step in the right direction.

She was among the batch of 26 students and 13 teachers from 13 government schools in Makthala who recently finished a two-week online course on coding organised by the Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA). Following an online assessment, these students are certified as Telangana Early Coders (TEC) by the University of Texas in Dallas (UTD).

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11:26 (IST)31 Oct 2020
379 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Friday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 379 fever clinics in Chennai on Friday. A total of 14,463 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 582 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.

11:10 (IST)31 Oct 2020
APPSC Group 1 revised result declared

The Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) declared the revised result for the preliminary exam held for group 1 recruitment across the state on Friday. Candidates who appeared for the exam can check their result at psc.ap.gov.in. The result has been revised based on the High Court’s order.

Subsequently, the main exam has also been rescheduled. “Scheduled to be held from November 2 to November 13 are postponed as per directions and instructions issued by the Hon’ble AP High Court,” the official notice stated. Now, the exam will be held from December 14 to 20. The language exams — Telugu and English — which will be held on December 14 and 15, will be qualifying in nature only.

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10:19 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Telangana launches electric vehicles policy: Full exemption in road tax, registration fee for early adopters

In a major step aimed at promoting electric vehicles (EV), the Telangana government Friday formally launched the Telangana State Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage Systems Policy 2020-2030.

Apart from incentivising manufacturing of electric vehicles, energy storage systems (ESS) and its components, the new EV policy offers 100 per cent exemption in road tax and registration fees for early adopters in different categories of vehicles, including tractors.

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10:18 (IST)31 Oct 2020
ABVP backs Dr. Subbiah’s appointment to AIIMS board: ‘Oppn dragging personal issues’

The Tamil Nadu unit of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) came out in support of ABVP National president Dr. Subbiah Shanmugam, whose appointment as a board member of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) project at Thoppur in Madurai triggered criticism from the Opposition.

Shanmugam has been accused of harassing a 62-year-old woman over a parking lot row in Chennai. The Tamil Nadu wing of the organisation claimed that opposition parties in the state are blowing the issue out of proportion to gain political mileage.

On Friday, the ABVP unit of Tamil Nadu brushed aside all the allegations against their National President. G.Perumal, the Tamil Nadu secretary of ABVP said “Dr. Subbiah Shanmugam’s impeccable career speaks of his integrity and sincerity. To malign his illustrious carrier and to derail the developmental activities in establishing AIIMS-Madurai, VCK, DMK, and other allied parties are dragging his personal issues into the professional career of a renowned cancer surgeon."

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09:22 (IST)31 Oct 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:

  • Mathur: Parvathipuram, Industrial Garden, Annai Nagar, Vetti Nagar, Srinivasa Modern Town, Dhanalakshmi Nagar, Chetti Medu, Ponniamman Koil Street, Telecom Colony, Manjambakkam Eri Karai, Omakulam Street, Athikula Medu and Periya Mathur.
  • Guindy Ramapuram Nagar: IPS Colony, Ramapuram, Manapakkam, Kolappakkam, Mugalivakkam, Venkateswara Nagar, Poothappedu, Nesapakkam, Ramachandra Nagar (Gerugambakkam), Jaibalaji Nagar, Khan Nagar, MGR Nagar and KK Ponnurangam Salai.
  • Rajbhavan: TNHB Colony, Nehru Nagar, Kanigapuram - 1st to 34th Streets; Periyar Nagar, Thiruvalluvar Street, Dr. Ambedkar Nagar, Indra Gandhi Nagar, Sengeni Amman Koil Street, Angalamman Koil Street, Parts of Vandikaran Road, Parts of Nethaji Road, Basiyam Layout and Ranganathan Street.
  • Tondiarpet Napalayam: Thirumoorthy Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Subramani Nagar, Arulmugam Nagar, Old and New Napalayam, Edayanchavadi, Kondakarai and Ekkal Colony.
09:15 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Active cases fall below 25K in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu recorded 2608 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 7,22,011. Among these, Chennai reported 723 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,99,173.

Tamil Nadu recorded 38 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 11,091. Thirty six of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 3924 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 6,87,388.

As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 23,532. Till date, 4,35,783 males, 2,86,196 females and 32 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, 98,85,443 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 77,356 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:13 (IST)31 Oct 2020
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18:29 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Tamil Nadu adjudged second best governed large State

Tamil Nadu was adjudged the second best governed large State and Andhra Pradesh the third in the Public Affairs Index 2020 released by the Public Affairs Centre here on Friday, while Kerala topped the index, as the best-governed state in the country.

In its annual report released on Friday, the city-based not-for-profit organisation, headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Kasturirangan, said the states were ranked on governance performance based on a composite index in the context of sustainable development.

Four southern states, Kerala (1.388 PAI Index point), Tamil Nadu (0.912), Andhra Pradesh (0.531) and Karnataka (0.468) stood in the first four ranks in the large state category in terms of governance, it said.

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17:16 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Tamil Nadu governor clears 7.5% quota bill for govt students clearing NEET

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has given his assent to a Bill envisaging 7.5 per cent reservation to government school students who have cleared the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) in admission to medical courses.

A day after the state government took the executive route to implement the quota regime from the current 2020-21 academic year itself and issued a government order to facilitate it, the Raj Bhavan said the Governor has given his assent to the Bill.

The Governor sought legal opinion of the Solicitor General of India through a letter dated September 26 and the opinion was received on October 29, an official release from the Raj Bhavan said. “As soon as the opinion was received, honourable Governor has given assent to the Bill,” the statement said.

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15:49 (IST)30 Oct 2020
CMRL offers 50% off on tickets today and on November 1

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has announced a discount of 50 per cent on all train tickets except for trip pass and unlimited rides pass on October 30 and November 1 owing to public holidays.

15:17 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Why stalling the film on Muralitharan will not help Tamils in Sri Lanka

Tamil film star Vijay Sethupathi’s decision to opt out of a biopic on legendary Sri Lankan Tamil cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan is another tragedy to befall Tamil Nadu’s love-hate relations with the island nation, according to M R Narayan Swamy, a historian of the LTTE.

“Tamil nationalists, sections of Tamil Nadu politicians, and personalities from the Tamil film world can claim victory, but it is doubtful if the axing of the movie (for now) will do any good to Tamils in Sri Lanka,” he states in his opinion piece in The Indian Express.

The charge against Muralitharan is that he supported then defence secretary and now President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who presided over the military destruction of the LTTE in 2009. The cricketer has been accused of describing 2009 as the best year in his life, which was read as supporting the killing of the many innocent Tamils in the war. Muralitharan’s refutation that he never supported the killings has made no difference to his critics.

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rajnikanth citizenship amendment act, delhi violence death toll, northeast delhi violence, rajnikanth bjp Actor Rajnikanth. (File Photo)

The Tamil Nadu unit of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) came out in support of ABVP National president Dr. Subbiah Shanmugam, whose appointment as a board member of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) project at Thoppur in Madurai triggered criticism from the Opposition.

Shanmugam has been accused of harassing a 62-year-old woman over a parking lot row in Chennai.

READ | ABVP backs Dr. Subbiah’s appointment to AIIMS board: ‘Oppn dragging personal issues’

The Tamil Nadu wing of the organisation claimed that opposition parties in the state are blowing the issue out of proportion to gain political mileage.

Also Read | Tamil Nadu Governor gives assent to Bill on 7.5% medical reservation

After a letter purportedly written by Rajinikanth hinting at his political exit was “leaked” to the media, the actor Thursday dismissed it as fake, but added that its contents on his health, which puts him at increased risk from Covid-19, was accurate.

The letter was addressed to senior leaders of the actor’s fan association—expected to form the backbone of his long-delayed political party. It talks about the actor’s concern over his health if he launches campaigns amid a pandemic ahead of the May 2021 state elections.

READ | Rajini says ‘leaked’ letter on his political exit is fake

Rajini, however, tweeted: “A letter appearing to be my statement is being shared virally on social media and in the press. Everyone knows that it is not my statement.” “However, some references made in the letter about my health and my doctor’s advice to me were true. I will make an announcement regarding my political stand to the people regarding this at the right time after due consultation with members of Rajini Makkal Mandram,” he wrote.

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