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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus November 18, 19 Highlights: Active cases in TN drop below 15k; Tests in Telangana cross 50 lakh mark

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News November 18, 19 Highlights: As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 14,470. Till date, 4,61,157 males, 3,02,092 females and 33 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: November 20, 2020 9:24:16 am
Chennai, Chennai temple, covid-19A guard checks a woman's temperature at a temple in Chennai. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News November 18, 19 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 1714 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 7,63,282. Among these, Chennai reported 479 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,10,135.

The state recorded 18 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 11,531. All 18 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 2311 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,37,281.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 14,470. Till date, 4,61,157 males, 3,02,092 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, 1,12,66,091 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 67,014 samples having been sent yesterday.

Telangana reported 1,058 fresh coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the tally to over 2.6 lakh while four fatalities pushed the toll to 1,419, the state government said on Thursday. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 168, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (93) and Rangareddy (91), it said in a bulletin.

As many as 12,682 patients are under treatment and 38,757 samples were tested on November 16. Cumulatively, over 50 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 1,34,636, the bulletin said. The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the the recovery rate in Telangana was 94.59 per cent.

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18:16 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Prabhas-starrer Adipurush to release on August 11, 2022

Adipurush, starring Prabhas and Saif Ali Khan, will release on August 11, 2022, the makers announced on Thursday. The film is an adaptation of Ramayana with Prabhas playing the role inspired by Lord Ram and Saif playing the role based on Ravan.

The tagline of the film reads, “Celebrating the victory of good over evil.”

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18:15 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Poor demand: SWR cancels train on Bengaluru-Chennai route

Citing "poor occupancy", the South Western Railway Thursday announced the cancellation of trains operating in both directions between KSR Bengaluru and MGR Chennai Central railway stations.

"Train No.02027/02028 KSR Bengaluru – Chennai – KSR Bengaluru Express Special is cancelled due to poor occupancy with effect from November 21 until further advise," the SWR statement read.

According to SWR officials, the train had only around 20 per cent occupancy from Bengaluru on an average, the same was nearly 10 per cent while operating on the return direction. The trains, connecting the state capitals of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, had resumed operations on October 23 after several months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

17:54 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Three held, mephedrone drug seized in Hyderabad

Three people were nabbed in Hyderabad on Thursday for allegedly peddling mephedrone, a banned narcotic drug, police said. Around 200 grams of the drug with a market value of Rs 10 lakh was seized from their possession, they said.

The trio was apprehended when police teams, acting on credible information, raided a place in Secunderabad locality. They were packing the drug in sachets for delivery to 'customers', police said.

The accused in their mid 30s, used to purchase mephedrone for Rs 2,500 per gram from Mumbai and sold it at Rs 5,000 per gram at various places in the city, police said, adding further investigation was on.

17:38 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Maanaadu poster: STR set to fight a lonely battle

Simbu on Thursday released the first look of Maanaadu. The poster shows the actor on his knees, offering prayers amid a raging riot. And the caption on the poster reads, ”Stand for what is right even if it means standing alone.”

Simbu also announced that a new poster revealing his character look from the movie will be released tomorrow.

Simbu plays Abdul Khaaliq in Maanaadu, which is written and directed by Venkat Prabhu. Judging by the poster, it is fair to assume that this movie deals with political parties indulging in communal politics.

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17:38 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Explained: The moratorium on Lakshmi Vilas Bank, and what it means for depositors and the financial sector

After the failures of IL&FS, Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank and DHFL, and the bailout of Yes Bank, the Reserve Bank of India decision to impose a 30-day moratorium on Lakshmi Vilas Bank Ltd (LVB) and put in place a draft scheme for its amalgamation with DBS Bank India, a subsidiary of DBS of Singapore, has raised concerns about the safety of the financial system.

The RBI said the financial position of the Chennai-based LVB, which has a network of 563 branches and deposits of Rs 20,973 crore, has undergone a steady decline, with continuous losses over the last three years eroding the bank’s net-worth. The bank has not been able to raise adequate capital to address these issues. It was also experiencing continuous withdrawal of deposits and low levels of liquidity.

The RBI, which put a cap of Rs 25,000 on withdrawals, has assured depositors of the bank that their interest will be protected. The combined balance sheet of DBS India and LVB would remain healthy after the proposed amalgamation, with Capital to Risk Weighted Assets Ratio (CRAR) at 12.51% and Common Equity Tier-1 (CET-1) capital at 9.61%, without taking into account the infusion of additional capital.

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15:18 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Elephant falls into 50 feet dry well in Tamil Nadu, two cranes assist in rescue efforts

A sub-adult female elephant, weighing approximately three tons, fell into a dry farm well around 4 am on Thursday at Yelagundur near Panchapalli village in Tamil Nadu’s Dharmapuri district. Venkatachalam, who owns the agricultural land, found the animal trapped and informed the police.

A team of forest officials rushed to the spot and are in the process of rescuing the wild animal using two cranes. The elephant ventured into the field in search of food before getting trapped in the well at 50 feet.

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14:39 (IST)19 Nov 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

There are 4698 active cases across all 15 zones of Chennai.

Here are the active cases in the top 10 zones of Chennai:

  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 382
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 278
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 250
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 249
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 223
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 191
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 161
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 160
  • Madhavaram (Zone 3) - 149
13:29 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Explained: Where does BJP stand in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu goes to polls in about six months. Top BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to visit the state this weekend (November 21) to apparently discuss his party’s plans vis-a-vis the elections with alliance partners AIADMK and PMK.

However, as the BJP devises different plans to conquer the state’s electoral politics with its “nationalist” ideas, it is to be remembered that except for a few urban, upper class sections, the land and language have always been inseparable entities of ordinary Tamil lives. And it is these two cultural entities that make the saffron party’s journey in the Dravidian state difficult.

The AIADMK leadership continues to show a tough face to BJP on several issues. Recently, AIADMK spoiled BJP’s much-hyped attempt to take out a month-long ‘Vel Yatra’ in the state, a rally modelled on rath yatra celebrating and visiting six abodes of the popular Tamil Hindu god Lord Muruga. BJP leaders, who are trying to defy the ban against Vel Yatra, are still being arrested.

Two days ago, AIADMK mouthpiece compared BJP with Karuppar Koottam, an unheard YouTube channel charged under the Goonda Act for a video hurting religious sentiments of Hindus. In multiple statements, senior AIADMK leaders made it clear that no effort to fan communal tensions in the state will be allowed, a clear message to their ally BJP. The Dravidian majority continues to flex muscles against the BJP and their local leadership.

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12:25 (IST)19 Nov 2020
COVID-19: Tests in Telangana cross 50 lakh mark

Telangana reported 1,058 fresh coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the tally to over 2.6 lakh while four fatalities pushed the toll to 1,419, the state government said on Thursday.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 168, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (93) and Rangareddy (91), it said in a bulletin.

As many as 12,682 patients are under treatment and 38,757 samples were tested on November 16. Cumulatively, over 50 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 1,34,636, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the the recovery rate in Telangana was 94.59 per cent.

12:01 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Viral video: Netizens are all praise for this Tamil Nadu cop for carrying out his duty amid heavy rains

Come rain or shine, traffic policemen continue to do their duty without letting the conditions affect them. Recently, a video of a Tamil Nadu traffic constable discharging his duties with utmost dedication amid the pounding rains has gone viral, earning him praise from netizens.

The 13-second video shows traffic constable Muthuraja from Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, wearing a raincoat and guiding the traffic on a busy road amid heaving downpour even as people ran helter-skelter to find a shelter. A video of the cop was shared by IPS officer Dipanshu Kabra while lauding him for his dedication. Later, Thoothukudi SP Jayakumar met Muthuraja on the spot, appreciating his good work while also handing him a gift.

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11:42 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Over 400 Tamil Nadu govt school students to get medical seats: Minister

Over 400 students of government schools in Tamil Nadu are to get medical college seats under the 7.5 per cent reservation, Minister of School Education K A Sengottiyan said on Wednesday.

He told reporters at Gobichettipalayam in the district that 313 students would get medical seats and 92 at dental colleges, including 55 from Erode district alone.

Tamil Nadu is the only state in the country to implement 7.5 per cent reservation, the Minister said.

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11:08 (IST)19 Nov 2020
412 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Wednesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 412 fever clinics in Chennai on Wednesday. A total of 20,615 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 455 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.

11:08 (IST)19 Nov 2020
412 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Wednesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 412 fever clinics in Chennai on Wednesday. A total of 20,615 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 455 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.

10:18 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Sasikala pays Rs 10 crore fine, release expected from Bengaluru jail

A fine of over Rs 10 crore imposed on late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s aide V K Sasikala in a disproportionate assets case was on Wednesday deposited in a Bengaluru court and her release is expected soon, her lawyer said.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami, meanwhile, asserted that the anticipated release of Sasikala would not alter the stand of AIADMK to keep her and her kin at bay, both from the party and the government. There shall be no change in the party stand as regards Sasikala, he told reporters at Coimbatore.

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09:45 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Stolen from temple, bronze idols return to Tamil Nadu after four decades

Union Culture Minister Prahlad Patel on Tuesday handed over 13th-century bronze idols —of Ram, Lakshman and Sita — which were recently repatriated from the UK to the Tamil Nadu government at the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) headquarters in Delhi.

These artefacts, stolen from a temple in the state more than 40 years ago, were handed over to the Indian High Commission on September 15 by the London Metropolitan Police, via a digital event, but they landed in India this week. The idols are believed to be masterpieces of Indian metal art and vary between 74 cm and 90 cm in height.

As per photographic evidence from 1958, these idols belong to the Sri Rajagopal Vishnu Temple built during the Vijayanagara period in Tamil Nadu’s Nagapattinam district. As per the police probe, these were stolen in November 1978 and could not be found in the custody of thieves who were nabbed later.

The idols are now likely to be handed back to the temple management, where they will be put on display after 40 years, said an official from the Tamil Nadu government’s Idol Wing.

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09:07 (IST)19 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.

09:06 (IST)19 Nov 2020
COVID-19: Recoveries cross 7.37 lakh in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu recorded 1714 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 7,63,282. Among these, Chennai reported 479 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,10,135.

The state recorded 18 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 11,531. All 18 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 2311 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,37,281.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 14,470. Till date, 4,61,157 males, 3,02,092 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, 1,12,66,091 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 67,014 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:05 (IST)19 Nov 2020
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18:33 (IST)18 Nov 2020
Netizens are all praise for Tamil Nadu cop for carrying out his duty amid heavy rains

Come rain or shine, traffic policemen continue to do their duty without letting the conditions affect them. Recently, a video of a Tamil Nadu traffic constable discharging his duties with utmost dedication amid the pounding rains has gone viral, earning him praise from netizens.

The 13-second video shows traffic constable Muthuraja from Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, wearing a raincoat and guiding the traffic on a busy road amid heaving downpour even as people ran helter-skelter to find a shelter. A video of the cop was shared by IPS officer Dipanshu Kabra while lauding him for his dedication. Later, Thoothukudi SP Jayakumar met Muthuraja on the spot, appreciating his good work while also handing him a gift.

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18:13 (IST)18 Nov 2020
Nayanthara is up against a ruthless serial killer in Netrikann

The teaser of Netrikann was released on Wednesday, coinciding with the birthday of Nayanthara, who is playing the lead role in the film. Netrikann is written and directed by Milind Rau.

The thriller genre is right up the director’s alley. Milind made a hit horror thriller Aval in 2017, and we can also expect Netrikann to be as nail-biting as his previous film. At least, that’s what the teaser of Netrikann promises.

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Khusbu Lakshmi Stores Actor-politician Khushbu Sundar.

Actor-politician Khushbu Sundar on Wednesday met with an accident while she was on her way to participate in BJP’s ‘Vel Yatra’. Khushbu and her niece Raja Priya both escaped unhurt. The mishap occurred after a tanker rammed into her car near Melmaruvathur in Tamil Nadu and the police are investigating if there was any foul play, or the driver (of the container) was under any influence. The BJP leader is continuing her journey to Cuddalore.

Read | Khushbu Sundar meets with accident on way to BJP’s ‘Vel Yatra’

Also Read | Explained: Where does BJP stand in Tamil Nadu

“With your blessings and God’s grace, I am safe. Will continue my journey towards Cuddalore to participate in VelYaatrai. Police are investigating the case. LordMurugan has saved us. My husband’s trust in him is seen,” Sundar tweeted, sharing pictures of her damaged car.

Also Read | Veteran Tamil publisher Cre-A Ramakrishnan passes away

On a day the Telangana Election Commission announced elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on December 1, BJP leaders and cadres in the state said they have been galvanised with the appointment of BJP national secretary Bhupendra Yadav — who played a key role in tilting the Bihar polls in favour of BJP — as in-charge of the GHMC elections.

READ | GHMC polls on Dec 1, Telangana BJP upbeat after Yadav appointment

The BJP, which is expecting Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP chief J P Nadda to campaign in Hyderabad, is chalking out a high-voltage campaign against the TRS-AIMIM alliance while the TRS sought to catch the BJP off guard and has advanced the GHMC elections.

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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