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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus October 26, 27 Highlights: Cases on the decline in TN as state records 2708 fresh cases

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 26, 27 Highlights: Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News Live Updates: Till date, 4,29,594 males, 2,82,087 females and 32 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: October 28, 2020 9:32:46 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 October 26, 27 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 2708 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 7,11,713. Among these, Chennai reported 747 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,96,378.

Tamil Nadu recorded 32 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 10,956. Twenty nine of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 29,268. Till date, 4,29,594 males, 2,82,087 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, 95,89,743 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 72,236 samples having been sent yesterday.

The state discharged 4014 patients following treatment today, putting the total number of recoveries at 6,71,489.

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17:21 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Cost of COVID-19 tests in Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has left it to state governments to decide the cost of Covid-19 tests. In most government facilities, Covid-19 testing is free.

  • Andhra Pradesh

    In July, the Andhra Pradesh government fixed the price of Covid-19 tests for samples tested at both government and private clinics. The rapid antigen test at private labs costs not more than Rs 750, including the kit, PPR and manpower costs. The sample of patients who test negative but are symptomatic have to be sent to tied-up VRDL Labs for retesting by a RT-PCR machine. In such a case, the patient should not be charged more than Rs 2,800 per sample.
  • Telangana

    The Telangana government has capped RT-PCR tests for private centres at Rs 2,200 for samples collected at labs or hospitals. Samples collected from home are Rs 2,800.
  • Tamil Nadu

    The cost of an RT-PCR test in Tamil Nadu is Rs 1,500 for the beneficiaries of the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme. It is Rs 2,000 for non-beneficiaries, and an additional amount of Rs 500 will be charged for both the beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries for sample collection at doorstep.
15:02 (IST)27 Oct 2020
How much does a Covid-19 test cost in Karnataka?

In an order dated October 16, the Karnataka government fixed the rates for Covid-19 tests at Rs 800 for a government referred RT-PCR sample to a private lab; Rs 1,200 for privately given samples to private labs; and Rs 1,600 for samples collected at home and given to private labs. The government said the ceiling rates fixed included screening and confirmatory tests, as well as the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE) kits.

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15:02 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Karnataka KMAT admit card 2020 released, here’s how to download

The Karnataka Private Postgraduate Colleges’ Association has released the admit card for the Karnataka Management Aptitude Test (KMAT) at its official website, kmatindia.com. The exam is scheduled to be held on October 29.

Due to COVID-19, the exam will be held in online mode this year. Earlier, the exam used to be held in paper-pen based mode. The exam will run only on webcam and microphone enabled desktop or laptop. Candidates will not be allowed to use mobile phone or tablet devices. If a candidate takes the test on mobile phones, it will be invalid, as per the official notice.

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15:01 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Telangana records 837 fresh cases, four deaths

Telangana reported 837 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the overall tally to 2,32,671 while four more deaths pushed the toll to 1,315, the state government said in a bulletin on Tuesday. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 185, followed by Khammam (76) and Rangareddy (59) districts.

As many as 17,890 people are under treatment and 21,099 samples were tested on October 26. Cumulatively, 41, 15,516 samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 1,10,572, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.56 per cent, while the recovery rate in Telangana was 91.14 per cent. The number of individuals in home/institutional isolation was 14,851.

11:56 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Actor Khushbu arrested on way to protest against VCK Chief Thirumavalavan

Actor Khushbhu, who quit Congress and joined BJP earlier this month, was arrested by the Chengalpet police on Tuesday while on her way to Chidambaram to take part in a protest against Viduthalai Siruthaigal Katchi (VCK) leader and MP Thol Thirumavalvan for his alleged remarks that Manusmriti denigrated women.

Moments after her arrest, Khushbu took to Twitter and wrote that the party will fight till their last breath for the dignity of women. In a series of Tweets, Khushbu condemned VCK workers, calling them cowards and said respecting women is alien to them. She also questioned Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami for blocking the BJP protest.

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11:17 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Andhra Pradesh: Jagan announces industrial policy for SC/ST entrepreneurs

The Andhra Pradesh government on Monday announced a special industrial policy for SC/ST entrepreneurs for 2020-23. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy said the policy was another step towards ensuring social justice, and that various incentives would be provided to encourage entrepreneurship among SC and ST communities in the state.

“The people of SC and ST communities should not be left out as working class but should emerge as entrepreneurs. I am happy to launch Jagananna YSR Badugu Vikasam, a special industrial policy for SC/ST entrepreneurs on the occasion of Dussehra,” Jagan said.

The new special policy provides fiscal incentives, besides exemption of stamp duty, investment subsidy, land allotment, power, interest subsidy, net SGST, quality certification or patent registration, seed capital and any other assistance as required. Reservations in land allotment in industrial zones will also be made, the CM said.

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11:12 (IST)27 Oct 2020
SC rejects interim prayer of TN, AIADMK for 50 pc OBC quota in medical seats for 2020-21

The Supreme Court Monday rejected the interim prayer of Tamil Nadu and the AIADMK party for grant of 50 per cent quota in medical seats surrendered by the state in all India quota for undergraduate, postgraduate and dental courses for the 2020-21 academic year. A bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and Ajay Rastogi dismissed the interim prayer made in the pleas for implementation of 50 per cent quota for the current academic year.

The Tamil Nadu government and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) have challenged the Madras High Court order of July 27 on the limited point by which it had cleared the decks for OBC reservation under All India Quota (AIQ) medical seats in non-central institutions and gave the Centre three months’ time to take a decision on the percentage.

The Centre has contended that it would not be practically feasible to implement the 50 per cent quota in the current academic year.

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11:01 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Chennai metro timings extended till 9 pm today

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has announced that metro timings in Chennai will be increased till 9 pm today owing to the festive season. To faciliate the commute of passengers returning to the city from their holidays, trains will be operated from 5.30 am to 9 pm today.

10:08 (IST)27 Oct 2020
Explained: Why some Tamils are upset about a planned biopic of Muttiah Muralitharan

A controversy over the legendary cricketer from Sri Lanka Muttiah Muralitharan erupted on October 8, when the actor Vijay Sethupathi, tweeted about the launch of ‘800’, a biopic on the cricketer.

Tamil nationalist sympathisers in the world of film and politics in Tamil Nadu publicly expressed their wish that Sethupathi should not act in the biopic as they believe Muralitharan, part of the minority Tamil community, was a traitor to the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils.

They questioned his conduct during the Sri Lankan civil war, which left lakhs of civilians dead, and ended with the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009. In the wake of the uproar, Muralitharan issued a statement that he had asked the actor to withdraw from the project, and Sethupathi shared the statement on his Facebook page.

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09:33 (IST)27 Oct 2020
346 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Monday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 346 fever clinics in Chennai on Tuesday. A total of 12,134 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 510 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.

09:31 (IST)27 Oct 2020
151 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 151 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 75 departures and 76 arrivals scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:28 (IST)27 Oct 2020
COVID-19: Deaths on the decline in Tamil Nadu as state only records 32 fatalities

Tamil Nadu recorded 2708 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 7,11,713. Among these, Chennai reported 747 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,96,378.

Tamil Nadu recorded 32 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 10,956. Twenty nine of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 4014 patients following treatment today, putting the total number of recoveries at 6,71,489.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 29,268. Till date, 4,29,594 males, 2,82,087 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, 95,89,743 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 72,236 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:27 (IST)27 Oct 2020
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17:54 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Hindu Munnani opposes govt bid to 'acquire' land belonging to temple in TN

The Hindu Munnani on Monday alleged that the authorities intended to acquire 35 acres of land belonging to a temple to build a collectorate complex for the newly carved out Kallakurichi district in Tamil Nadu and strongly opposed the move. Rather than showing concern about the state of ruin of the Veera Cholapuram Sri Ardhanareeswara temple in Kallakurichi district, the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department has placed advertisements in newspapers about the intended sale of that shrine's land, Munnani, a Tamil Nadu-based affiliate of the RSS said in a statement.

According to the advertisement, Rs 1.98 crore has been fixed as the price for 35 acres owned by the Shiva temple and the bid to acquire the land is to build a new collectorate complex for Kallakurichi district, State Secretary of the Munnani, T Manoharan said.

The government department has invited objections if any to the proposal and office-bearers of the Munnai from Kallakurichi district have forwarded representations to authorities opposing the 'sell-off.'

The proposed alienation not only went against the intention of the donors of the land, which was to create an endowment to support the temple perpetually for its regular functioning but also a 'betrayal,' he alleged. Even according to the government's guidelines, 35 acre land should fetch about Rs 100 crore and fixing a value of Rs 1.98 crore is "fraud and an illegal move," the Munnani alleged.

16:44 (IST)26 Oct 2020
List of 12 containment zones in Chennai

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has identified 12 containment zones in Chennai till date.

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

  • Manali (Zone 2) - 3 containment zones

    MMDA – 106th Street, 116th Street and Manali – Thamaraikullam Street 
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 1 containment zone

    KKD Nagar 5th Block 2nd Street
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 3 containment zones

    Govindappa Street, Irulappan Street and Budraian Street
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1 containment zone

    Aminjikarai – Limeklin Street
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 2 containment zones

    Choolaimedu - Aziz Mulk Street and Rakkiyappa Street
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 1 containment zone

    Ekkattuthangal – Danakotti Raja Street
  • Sholinganallur (Zone 15) - 1 containment zone

    Okkiyam Petti - Thiruvalluvar Street
14:37 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Puducherry records 144 new cases, tally now at 34,336

Puducherry reported no fresh fatalities due to COVID-19 on Monday for the second time this month. No deaths were reported on October 18 and again, no fatality has occurred on Monday. The union territory added 144 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release. The 144 fresh cases were identified at the end of the examination of 1,059 samples pushing the overall tally to 34,336 after transfer of two cases to Tamil Nadu.

As many as 189 patients were discharged during the last 24 hours ending 10 am today, the Health department Director said. Of the total new cases, Puducherry had 127 cases followed by Karaikal (two), Yanam (five) and Mahe (10). Mohan Kumar said the fatality and recovery rates were 1.71 per cent and 87.34 per cent respectively.

Of the 2.92 lakh samples tested so far 2.54 lakh samples were found to be negative.

13:40 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Telangana records 582 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

Telangana recorded 582 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, pushing the tally to 2,31,834, while the death toll rose to 1,311 with four more fatalities. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for 174 of the 582 fresh cases, followed by Nalgonda (87), Rangareddy (55), Medchal Malkajgiri (38) and other districts, said a government bulletin.

According to the bulletin, 14,729 samples were tested on October 25. Cumulatively, the number of samples tested was 40,94,417. The samples tested per million population was 1,10,005.

The cumulative recoveries stood at 2,11,912, while 18,611 patients were under treatment.

The recovery rate in the state rose further to 91.40 per cent while the case fatality rate in the state was 0.56 per cent.

11:14 (IST)26 Oct 2020
307 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Sunday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 307 fever clinics in Chennai on Sunday. A total of 6423 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 337 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 47 camps were set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with four camps.

10:42 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Hyderabad-based jeweller bags Guinness record for making a ring with 7,801 diamonds

A Hyderabad-based jeweller has bagged the Guinness World Record for the most number of diamonds set in one ring.

Kotti Srikanth, owner of The Diamond Store by Chandubhai (A unit of Hallmark Jewellers), used a total of 7,801 gems for a flower-shaped ring in order to make it to the book of records. The ring was named ‘The Divine – 7801 Brahma Vajra Kamalam’, taking inspiration from Brahma Kamalam, a rare flower found in the Himalayas.

“In India, we have a tradition of worshipping our Gods with garlands of flowers and individual flowers are used as an offering. The flowers signify the essence of purity,” Kotti said while talking to the Guinness World Records.

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10:38 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Chief of DMK ally criticises Manusmriti’s ‘portrayal of women’, booked

A video of a Dalit politician criticising a Hindu text’s alleged portrayal of women has kicked up a major row in Tamil Nadu with the BJP demanding an apology from him for “denigrating women”.

Thol Thirumavalavan, the chief of DMK ally Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), was booked by the Chennai Police on Friday after a complaint by the BJP. He faces charges under IPC sections relating to outraging of religious feelings, vilification of religion, causing alarm to the public and others.

Kushboo Sundar, the actor-turned-politician who recently joined BJP from Congress, said Thirumavalavan had denigrated women from a particular faith with his statement and sought an apology. The VCK chief has denied the accusation and said he was simply referring to the Manusmriti’s version.

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VCK chief Thol Thirumavalavan.

A video of a Dalit politician criticising a Hindu text’s alleged portrayal of women has kicked up a major row in Tamil Nadu with the BJP demanding an apology from him for “denigrating women”.

Thol Thirumavalavan, the chief of DMK ally Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), was booked by the Chennai Police on Friday after a complaint by the BJP. He faces charges under IPC sections relating to outraging of religious feelings, vilification of religion, causing alarm to the public and others.

READ | Chief of DMK ally criticises Manusmriti’s ‘portrayal of women’, booked

Kushboo Sundar, the actor-turned-politician who recently joined BJP from Congress, said Thirumavalavan had denigrated women from a particular faith with his statement and sought an apology.

Kadiyala Kaleshwar of Balapur’s Lenin Nagar in Hyderabad is hoping for some good news. In last week’s sudden and unprecedented rains that flooded several low-lying areas of Hyderabad, the 32-year-old haplessly watched his car being swept away from outside his home by the strong currents of gushing water.

READ | Hyderabad: Taxis damaged in floods, owners hope govt will rescue

Kaleshwar, who used to be a driver for IT companies in the city, had been reeling under the coronavirus lockdown, lack of earning, and now the flash floods, according to him, just dealt him the last blow. Along with the house, the water snatched away his livelihood, too. In the absence of insurance for vehicles damaged in natural disasters, he is among several cab drivers in need for financial assistance from the government to jumpstart his life.

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