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Chennai Hyderabad News November 16, 17 Highlights: Anna University supplementary exams from today; Cases continue to decline in Chennai

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News November 16, 17 Highlights: Students who had faced technical issues during the final exams held earlier, absentee candidates and those whose results mentioned WHRX (withheld re-exam) during online exams will be allowed to appear for the exams.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: November 18, 2020 9:29:10 am
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Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News November 16, 17 Highlights: Chennai’s Anna University will hold the supplementary exams for undergraduate and postgraduate courses from November 17 to 21 in two shifts. The varsity has released the date sheet for all courses and colleges affiliated to it.

These exams are for those students who had faced technical issues due to internet connectivity and the disruption of electricity during the final exams held earlier. The absentee candidates and those whose results mentioned WHRX (withheld re-exam) during online exams will also be allowed to appear, as per the official notice.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu recorded 1725 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 7,59,916. Among these, Chennai reported 497 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,09,167. The state recorded 17 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 11,495. Sixteen of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 2384 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,32,656.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 15,675. Till date, 4,59,073 males, 3,00,810 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, 1,11,36,662 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 63,777 samples having been sent yesterday.

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18:15 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Workout in a pandemic: How prepared are gyms?

As part of the unlock guidelines, the government has allowed the opening of gymnasiums in non-containment zones with all COVID-19 precautions in place. However, as of now, there is low footfall at gyms as compared to pre-COVID times.

Besides following standard guidelines, fitness centre chains like Cult.Fit has also put in additional protocols. Naresh Krishnaswamy, its growth and marketing head, says, “We started opening our centres in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Gurgaon in September and tested our safety protocols. After seeing positive response from our members and on-ground teams, we opened our centres in several other cities like Vishakapatnam, Ahmedabad, Mangalore, Jaipur, Coimbatore, Indore, Chandigarh, Jammu, Mysore, Ludhiana, Kochi and Amritsar in October. In the coming weeks, we are also re-opening some of our centres in Mumbai and Pune following the same stringent Cult CARES measures we have been adhering to.”

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17:50 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Telangana: GHMC polls to be held on December 1

Elections to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will be held on December 1 and counting of votes will take place on December 4.

At a press conference, state election commissioner C Partha Sarathi said that the nominations would be accepted from November 18. Candidates can file their nominations before the returning officer between 11 am and 3 pm. The last date for filing nominations would be November 20. Filed nominations will be scrutinized on November 21 and the last date for withdrawal would be November 22.

Partha Sarathi said the election process to 150 divisions of the municipal corporation will be completed before December 6.

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16:23 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Veteran Tamil publisher Cre-A Ramakrishnan passes away

Cre-A Ramakrishnan, one of the tallest figures in the Tamil publishing industry passed away in Chennai on Tuesday morning. He was 76. Ramakrishnan was undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at Omandurar Government Hospital in Chennai.

In a career spanning over more than four decades, Ramakrishnan has brought out Tamil translations of various literary works in Hindi, Kannada, Bengali, etc. Ramakrishnan founded Cre-A Publications in 1974 and many works of great Tamil writers like Ashokamitran, G Nagarajan, N Muthusamy, Sa Kandasamy were published by him. Ramakrishnan was also a pioneer in introducing various technological advancements.

The demise of Ramakrishnan has left a void in the Tamil literary world. Various political leaders including DMK president MK Stalin, AMMK’s TTV Dhinakaran, MNM leader Kamal Haasan, MP Tamizhachi Thangapandian expressed their condolences.

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15:42 (IST)17 Nov 2020
KSRTC extends services to Tamil Nadu

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) Tuesday announced that it will extend services beyond special buses scheduled till Monday to operate to various destinations in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

“For the convenience of the travelling public, KSRTC will continue to operate all regular services from different places of Karnataka to various places of Tamil Nadu State as being operated earlier. The services will be operated keeping in view the density of passengers,” a KSRTC statement read.

Officials added that it is mandatory for all passengers to wear mask and to make use of the online ticketing facility to avoid crowds at bus stations.

15:20 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Vasan Eye Care founder Dr AM Arun dies in Chennai

Dr AM Arun, the founder of Vasan Eye Care, died in Chennai on Monday morning. The cause of death is still unclear.

According to reports. Arun (51) suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Monday morning and was rushed to a private hospital in Chennai where he was pronounced dead. According to PTI, the police, quoting preliminary inputs, said the death appeared to be only of natural causes. However, few other media reports suggested that Arun died by suicide.

A case of suspicious death has been registered by the city police. The body was sent to the Omandurar Multi-Specialty Hospital for postmortem.

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13:59 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Rowdy Baby garners 1 billion views on YouTube

Composer Yuvan Shankar Raja took to Twitter on Monday to express happiness over his song “Rowdy Baby” becoming the most-watched Tamil song on YouTube. The music video, which features a groovy dance performance by Dhanush and Sai Pallavi, has garnered over 1 billion views on YouTube.

“It was a sweet surprise for me when I was notified by my fans, that the Rowdy Baby has created another milestone, & has reached billion views, Alhamdulillah. Thanking everyone on this,” he wrote on his Twitter page.

“Rowdy Baby”, choreographed by Prabhu Deva, was created for the 2018 gangster drama Maari 2, which was a sequel to director Balaji Mohan’s 2015 movie Maari.

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13:54 (IST)17 Nov 2020
414.60 mm of rainfall received in Chennai in the last 24 hours

Chennai recorded 414.60 mm of rainfall over the last 24 hours as parts of the city received moderate to heavy showers. The average rainfall recorded was 37.69 mm.

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

  • Chennai Collectorate Building, Purasawakkam - 38.40 mm
  • Corporation Bank, Perambur - 44.10 mm
  • Ambattur - 38  mm
  • New Taluk Office, Ayanavaram - 37.20 mm
  • Nungambakkam, Egmore - 39 mm
  • CD Hospital, Tondiarpet - 39.50 mm
  • Government Higher Secondary School, MGR Nagar, Mambalam - 22.80 mm
  • Anna University, Guindy - 26 mm
  • DGP Office, Mylapore - 62.40 mm
  • Alandur - 24 mm
  • Sholinganallur - 43.20 mm
12:54 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Indian Army recruitment rally from January 18 in Secunderabad

The India Army will conduct a mega recruitment rally in Secunderabad, Telangana from January 18. The interested, eligible candidates can attend the recruitment rally to be held till February 28 for enrolment of soldier tech (AE), soldier general duty, soldier tradesmen, outstanding sportsmen (open category).

The candidates need to possess 45 per cent marks in matriculation/ SSC for the Soldier GD post, and either 8th/ 10th pass for the position of soldier tradesman. For soldier tech (AE), the candidates need to pass intermediate science with 50 per cent marks and 40 per cent in subjects- physics, chemistry, maths and English. For Soldier Clk/SKT, the candidates required to score 60 per cent marks in plus 2 with 50 per cent marks in subjects like maths/ accounts/ bookkeeping.

The upper age limit of the candidates for the post of a soldier should not cross 21 years, for other posts- 23 years. The selected candidates at the recruitment rally have to appear for the common entrance examination. The dates of which will be notified later.

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11:45 (IST)17 Nov 2020
383 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Tuesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 383 fever clinics in Chennai on Monday. A total of 17,811 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 400 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.

11:42 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Actor Thavasi seeks financial aid for his cancer treatment

A video showing actor Thavasi seeking financial help for his cancer treatment is going viral. The disease has taken a severe toll on Thavasi as he has lost a lot of weight.

“I have acted in films from Kizhakku Cheemayile (1993) to the latest Rajinikanth’s Annaatthe. I never thought that I would get such a disease,” Thavasi said in the video while seeking help from members of the film fraternity.

Thavasi’s unfortunate predicament throws light on the sorry state of junior actors, who spend their entire lives as extras on film sets in the hope of catching a big break.

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11:15 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Not an inch of Polavaram dam will be reduced, AP asserts

The Andhra Pradesh government on Monday said that the height of Polavaram dam will not be reduced, and that the project would be completed next year.

Opposition Telugu Desam Party had earlier alleged that the YSR Congress Party-led government buckled under pressure from neighbouring Telangana to reduce the height of the dam.

However, AP Water Resources Minister Anil Kumar Yadav brushed aside the allegations and said on Monday: “We have affirmed that there will not be any reduction in height of the project and the project will be completed on time… Not an inch of the height of Polavaram project will be reduced. It will be ready by December 2021.”

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10:45 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Bookings for specials train between Tirupati and Chennai commence today

The reservations for fully reserved daily special trains between Chennai and Tirupati commenced at 8 am today. The trains are scheduled to begin operations from November 19 (Thursday).

The train will depart from Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G Ramachandran Chennai Central station at 6.25 am and will reach Tirupati at 9.40 am the same day. The train will have stoppages at Ambattur, Tiruvallur, Arakkonam, Tiruttani, Ekambarakuppam, Puttur and Renigunta before reaching Tirupati.

The return journey will commence at 10.15 am from Tirupati and the train will reach Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G Ramachandran Chennai Central station at 1.40 pm the same day. The train will have stoppages at Renigunta, Puttur, Ekambarakuppam, Arakkonam, Tiruvallur and Perambur before reaching Chennai.

10:36 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Telangana records 952 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

Telangana recorded 952 fresh coronavirus cases on Monday, taking the tally to nearly 2.59 lakh while three fatalities pushed the toll to 1,410. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 150, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 77 and Bhadradri Kothagudem 71, a government bulletin said on Tuesday.

As many as 13,732 patients are under treatment and 38,245 samples were tested on November 16. Cumulatively, over 49.29 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 1.32 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 94.14 per cent.

10:16 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Karunanidhi’s elder son Alagiri likely to form a political outfit, join BJP-led alliance

After getting actor-turned-politician Khushbu into its fold, the state unit of BJP is working towards obtaining the support of another prominent face, M K Alagiri, the elder son of late M Karunanidhi, and brother of DMK president M K Stalin. Ahead of the 2021 Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, an alliance with Alagiri may give shape to a broader political front in the state.

Sources in the state BJP unit and the Alagiri camp confirmed there has been significant progress in the alliance talks. If everything goes as per the plans of the national party, Alagiri will likely meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah on November 21, when the latter is scheduled to visit Chennai.

According to sources, Alagiri’s new political outfit may be called ‘Kalaignar DMK’ or ‘KDMK.’ Alagiri’s son Dayanidhi may also back the new party. “Like Stalin’s son Udayanidhi who heads the DMK youth wing, let Dayanidhi also assume the same position in KDMK,” said a source.

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09:47 (IST)17 Nov 2020
187 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 187 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 94 arrivals and 93 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:20 (IST)17 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:

  • Chembarambakkam: Nazarathpet, Meppur, Varatharajapuram, Bangalore Trunk Road, Parts of Chembarambakkam, Parts of Thirumazhisai, Parts of Malayambakkam and Agaramel.
09:18 (IST)17 Nov 2020
COVID-19: Deaths see steep decline in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu recorded 1725 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 7,59,916. Among these, Chennai reported 497 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,09,167.

The state recorded 17 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 11,495. Sixteen of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 2384 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,32,656.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 15,675. Till date, 4,59,073 males, 3,00,810 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, 1,11,36,662 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 63,777 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:17 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Anna University supplementary exams commence from today

Chennai’s Anna University will hold the supplementary exams for undergraduate and postgraduate courses from November 17 to 21 in two shifts. The varsity has released the date sheet for all courses and colleges affiliated to it.

These exams are for those students who had faced technical issues due to internet connectivity and the disruption of electricity during the final exams held earlier. The absentee candidates and those whose results mentioned WHRX (withheld re-exam) during online exams will also be allowed to appear, as per the official notice.

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09:15 (IST)17 Nov 2020
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18:12 (IST)16 Nov 2020
Tamil Nadu NEET merit list 2020 released

The Directorate of Medical Education (DME), Tamil Nadu has released the NEET merit list for admissions to MBBS/ BDS courses. Health Minister C Vijayabaskar has tweeted about the release of the NEET merit list, the candidates can check it through the website- tnhealth.tn.gov.in.

“The rank list for the TN #Medicalcounselling is published. As committed by Hon’ble CM, the list includes the 7.5 per cent reservation for govt school students. The counselling will commence from 18th Nov at Nehru Indoor Stadium w/ social distancing norms. My best wishes! @CMOTamilNadu,” Health Minister tweeted.

This year, the state government has reserved 7.5 per cent seats for government school students in medical admission. The new law will provide a 7.5 per cent horizontal quota for students who have studied in state government schools and qualified in NEET for admissions to undergraduate medical courses. The 7.5 per cent quota will be ensured for students who have studied from classes 6 to 12 in government schools.

The horizontal reservation shall be provided in each category of vertical reservation followed in Tamil Nadu within 69 per cent reservation from the academic year 2020-21.

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MK Alagiri, DMK, DMK president, MK Stalin, Karunanidhi's son, indian express news

M K Alagiri (File photo)After getting actor-turned-politician Khushbu into its fold, the state unit of BJP is working towards obtaining the support of another prominent face, M K Alagiri, the elder son of late M Karunanidhi, and brother of DMK president M K Stalin. Ahead of the 2021 Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, an alliance with Alagiri may give shape to a broader political front in the state.

READ | Karunanidhi’s elder son Alagiri likely to form a political outfit, join BJP-led alliance

Sources in the state BJP unit and the Alagiri camp confirmed there has been significant progress in the alliance talks. If everything goes as per the plans of the national party, Alagiri will likely meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah on November 21, when the latter is scheduled to visit Chennai.

According to sources, Alagiri’s new political outfit may be called ‘Kalaignar DMK’ or ‘KDMK.’ Alagiri’s son Dayanidhi may also back the new party. “Like Stalin’s son Udayanidhi who heads the DMK youth wing, let Dayanidhi also assume the same position in KDMK,” said a source.

Also Read | Ahead of Amit Shah’s Tamil Nadu visit, AIADMK slams ally BJP over ‘Vetrivel Yatra’

The Andhra Pradesh government on Monday said that the height of Polavaram dam will not be reduced, and that the project would be completed next year. Opposition Telugu Desam Party had earlier alleged that the YSR Congress Party-led government buckled under pressure from neighbouring Telangana to reduce the height of the dam.

READ | Not an inch of Polavaram dam will be reduced, AP asserts

However, AP Water Resources Minister Anil Kumar Yadav brushed aside the allegations and said on Monday: “We have affirmed that there will not be any reduction in height of the project and the project will be completed on time… Not an inch of the height of Polavaram project will be reduced. It will be ready by December 2021.”

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 | 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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