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Chennai Hyderabad News Highlights: 19 UK returnees, 16 of their contacts test positive in TN

Tamil Nadu recorded less than 1000 cases for the first time in months as 957 fresh cases were reported on Tuesday.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: December 31, 2020 9:19:19 am
COVID-19 Test, Coronavirus test, COVID-19 positiveChennai reported 286 positive cases on Tuesday, bringing the city’s total to 2,24,958. (Representational)

Tamil Nadu recorded 957 positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 8,16,132. Among these, Chennai reported 286 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,24,958. The state recorded 12 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 12,092. Eleven of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1065 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,95,293.

Till date, 19 passengers who had returned from UK have tested positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu. A total of 100 contacts of the 19 patients have been tested. So far, 16 have tested positive and 79 contacts have tested negative, while the results of five passengers are awaited.

Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth Tuesday announced that he would not be entering politics owing to his ill health and the pandemic situation. His announcement came two days before he was to reveal details of the launch of his political party. In a three-page statement that he posted on Twitter, the actor expressed regret and said it pained him to make such an announcement after having said he would contest the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections in 2021.

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17:38 (IST)30 Dec 2020
Tamil Nadu feels BJP irrelevant, will seek Rajinikanth’s support: Kamal Haasan

Actor-turned politician Kamal Haasan says the people of Tamil Nadu feel BJP is irrelevant. Haasan, who is on the third-phase of his election campaign, addressed the reporters in Pudukkottai and said he will seek actor Rajinikanth’s support for the assembly election.

Commenting on actor Rajinikanth’s decision not to enter the politics, the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) leader said as a friend he supports the decision and he will meet Rajinikanth once he returns to Chennai from his campaign. When asked about the BJP’s decision to include people into their fold who accept spiritual politics, Haasan said he is not against spirituality it’s just he doesn’t believe in that. “There is no animosity between myself and spirituality. No one can force me to accept spirituality just like I cannot force anyone to accept rationality,” he said.

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15:31 (IST)30 Dec 2020
Former Indian cricketer Laxman Sivaramakrishnan joins BJP

Former Indian cricketer Laxman Sivaramakrishnan on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Chennai in presence of CT Ravi, BJP national secretary in-charge of Tamil Nadu and L Murugan, the president of Tamil Nadu BJP. The development comes ahead of the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections that are slated to be held next year.

Sivaramakrishnan made his Test debut at the age of 17 against West Indies. In nine Test matches, Sivaramakrishnan had claimed 26 wickets. He also scalped 15 ODI wickets. After retiring from international cricket in 1987, the former leggie started cricket commentary.

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14:39 (IST)30 Dec 2020
Varun Tej Konidela tests positive for COVID-19

Telugu actor Varun Tej Konidela has tested positive for coronavirus. The actor took to Twitter to share the news on Tuesday evening.

Varun tweeted, “Earlier today I tested positive for Covid-19 with mild symptoms. I am currently quarantined at home taking the necessary precautions. I will be back soon. Thank you for all your love.”

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14:03 (IST)30 Dec 2020
Rajinikanth’s confidante Tamilaruvi Manian quits politics

A day after actor Rajinikanth announced that he will not take the political plunge due to his health, his confidante and founder of Gandhiya Makkal Iyakkam, Tamilaruvi Manian, also quit electoral politics. “Until death embraces me, I won’t step into politics,” Manian said.

Manian, who was appointed as the supervisor of Rajinikanth’s proposed political party, said in his political career spanning over 50 years he has been virtuous and accused the two Dravidian parties AIADMK and DMK of ruining the public welfare in the state.

“There is nothing left for me to accomplish in this political world which doesn’t know the difference between a gem and a pebble. It is only wise for me to stay away from politics completely which hasn’t acknowledged my integrity, righteousness, and discipline,” Manian said.

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13:23 (IST)30 Dec 2020
Reservations commence for NMR trains, operations from Dec 31

The Southern Railway announced that reservations for Nilgiris Mountain Railway (NMR) services commenced at 8 am today. The trains will be operational from December 31 (Thursday). The fully-reserved special trains will be operated daily along the Udagamandalam - Coonoor - Mettupalayam section.

13:17 (IST)30 Dec 2020
Explained: What is the significance of Rajinikanth cancelling his political entry?

After widespread speculations about his political debut for over two decades, and his first declaration to enter politics in December 2017, and yet another but concrete statement about his political debut and launching a party earlier this month, Rajinikanth on Tuesday said he has cancelled all his political plans. The statement has come two days before he was to reveal the date to launch his party in January 2021. Tamil Nadu is likely to go to polls in May 2021.

Many of his fans agree to the fact that Rajinikanth’s health condition may not allow him to enter politics amid a pandemic There is also a section that was keen on his entry as other politicians are leading the campaign ahead of the Assembly polls. His entry was also seen as a necessity for the BJP to build an anti-Dravidian front in the state given that the actor largely holds nationalistic and spiritual views.

So, did a minor fluctuation in blood pressure last week make him change his mind? His critics, as well as many on the social media, see it as a strategic move by the actor arguing to deal with power centres in New Delhi. Someone who knew about early discussions in the Rajinikanth camp said he was actually playing around in order to escape from the obligations he could have had with the national party.

Having no party or done any political work, having not met people nor travelled in the state, Rajinikanth’s proposed party was an entity only on paper until Tuesday. Not only was his entry plan too much delayed but also he was confused when too many reasons, including personal, forced him to make it appear that he will enter politics. When he finally decided to call off his political plans, it is nothing more than aborting a much-hyped political party that was never born.

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13:03 (IST)30 Dec 2020
474 new cases, 3 deaths reported in Telangana

Telangana clocked 474 fresh cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, taking the total positives to nearly 2.86 lakh while three related fatalities pushed the toll to 1,538.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 102, followed by Rangareddy and Medchal Malkajgiri with 49 and 45 respectively, a government bulletin said on Wednesday.

The total number of cases stood at 2,85,939 while the recoveries were at 2,78,523. As many as 5,878 patients are under treatment and 45,590 samples were tested on Tuesday. Cumulatively, over 68.39 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 1.83 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.53 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 97.40 per cent.

13:03 (IST)30 Dec 2020
474 new cases, 3 deaths reported in Telangana

Telangana clocked 474 fresh cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, taking the total positives to nearly 2.86 lakh while three related fatalities pushed the toll to 1,538.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 102, followed by Rangareddy and Medchal Malkajgiri with 49 and 45 respectively, a government bulletin said on Wednesday.

The total number of cases stood at 2,85,939 while the recoveries were at 2,78,523. As many as 5,878 patients are under treatment and 45,590 samples were tested on Tuesday. Cumulatively, over 68.39 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 1.83 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.53 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 97.40 per cent.

12:01 (IST)30 Dec 2020
Courses on games like PUBG, Covid-19 data analytics a hit among online learners during lockdown

Sitting at home due the COVID-19 pandemic, people opted for several online courses to hone up their skills. According to trends available, they enrolled in courses like data analytics, mental health, contact tracing and Covid-19. Learning platforms like Coursera witnessed a 640 per cent increase in registration for various online courses during the lockdown.

The courses include COVID-19 data analytics, Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19, PUBG, mobile multiplayer third-person shooting game, Gerontology, How to cure laziness without working hard and Applied Natural Language Processing.

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11:22 (IST)30 Dec 2020
IN PICS | Members of Rajini Makkal Mandram urge Rajinikanth to take his political plunge

Members of Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) gathered outside actor Rajinikanth's Poes Garden residence in Chennai today. Holding placards and raising slogans, they urged the actor to reconsider his decision and make his political debut.

The actor on Tuesday announced that he would not be entering politics owing to his ill health and the pandemic situation. His announcement came two days before he was to reveal details of the launch of his political party. In a three-page statement that he posted on Twitter, the actor expressed regret and said it pained him to make such an announcement after having said he would contest the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections in 2021.

11:04 (IST)30 Dec 2020
351 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Tuesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 351 fever clinics in Chennai on Tuesday. A total of 18,633 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 245 people who were identified with ILI symptoms, while others were provided with medication for minor ailments.

The most number of camps were held in Adyar (Zone 13) where 38 camps had been set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with two camps.

10:59 (IST)30 Dec 2020
Bigg Boss Tamil contestant Anitha Sampath’s father passes away

Newsreader and Bigg Boss Tamil contestant Anitha Sampath’s father R C Sampath passed away on Tuesday. He was 62.

Anitha took to her Instagram account to share the news. “My Dad Mr. R. C. Sampath suddenly demised due to age factor.. He is 62. I still can’t believe he is no more. Last ah I met him when I went to quarantine for Bigg Boss..When i came home after Bigg boss, he went to Shirdi. I didn’t even talk to him as his phone was not reachable.. Today 8 am heard this shocking news that he passed away when he was returning Chennai from Shirdi in train near Andhra. By tomorrow, he will come to Chennai..(sic),” she said in a statement posted on her Instagram story.

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10:58 (IST)30 Dec 2020
‘Disappointing…but’: Kamal Haasan on Rajinikanth’s decision to drop political plans

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan termed as “disappointing” his counterpart Rajinikanth’s decision to not take the political plunge but said that his health is very important to him.

Addressing a public rally during the third phase of his campaign in Mayiladuthurai, the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) leader said he would have to talk to Rajinikanth to understand why he dropped his plans to join politics.

“Until a day before the start of the third phase of campaigning, I was in touch with him over the phone. As soon as campaigning is over and I am back in Chennai, I will meet him. As far as I am concerned, I am feeling the same way that his (Rajini’s) fans are feeling. Even if it is slightly disappointing to me, his health is very important to me as well,” Haasan said.

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10:18 (IST)30 Dec 2020
246 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 246 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 123 arrivals and 123 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:53 (IST)30 Dec 2020
Rajinikanth’s brother backs actor’s decision to not enter politics: ‘We can’t force him’

Rajinikanth’s elder brother R Sathyanarayana Rao on Tuesday backed the Tamil superstar’s decision to not launch his political party. The 77-year-old said it’s his brother’s wish and one can’t force him to change his mind.

Rao told PTI: “We too believed that (he would launch the party). He (Rajinikanth) has cited health reasons. So, we can’t force him. It’s his wish (not to launch party). Whatever decision he has taken, that’s definitely right.”

R Sathyanarayana Rao said he spoke to Rajinikanth on Monday inquiring about his health. Earlier this month, Rajinikanth paid a visit to his brother in Bengaluru, where he grew up.

The 70-year-old had sought the blessings of his brother, who wished him good health and long life. Rao had recalled that Rajinikanth spent his childhood in Bengaluru, and lived in the citry till the age of 22 before shifting to Chennai.

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09:49 (IST)30 Dec 2020
Rajinikanth says will neither enter politics nor launch political party

Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth Tuesday announced that he would not be entering politics owing to his ill health and the pandemic situation. His announcement came two days before he was to reveal details of the launch of his political party.

In a three-page statement that he posted on Twitter, the actor expressed regret and said it pained him to make such an announcement after having said he would contest the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections in 2021. “It is with profound regret that I have to say that I will neither be launching my political party nor entering politics. Nobody can understand my pain in making this decision,” he wrote.

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09:48 (IST)30 Dec 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai from 9 am to 2 pm to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

  • Rajakilapakkam: Shantha Avenue, Thirumahal Nagar, Parts of Chitlapakkam, Umar Nagar, Balaji Avenue, Mahalakshmi Nagar, Ganesh Nagar, Parts of Sembakkam, Iyyappa Nagar, Pavanandiyar Street, Prasanthi Colony, Camp Road Velachery Main Road, Mosque Colony, Tellus Avenue - I, Rajakilapakkam and Parts of Gowrivakkam.
  • Pammal: Parts of Pammal (Signal Office Road), Venkateswara Nagar, Moovar Nagar, Agatheeswarar Koil - 1st, 2nd Streets; Agatheeswarar Nagar, Andal Nagar, Cowl Bazaar, Indira Nagar, Siva Shankar Nagar, ECTV Nagar, Malliamma Nagar, Prem Nagar, Kalliamman Nagar and Gerugambakkam.
  • Durainallur: M/S PMP Iron Steels, M/S GBR Metals, 33 KV Gummidipoondi Feeder, 33 KV Basudha Feeder and 33 KV Chinnambedu Feeder.
  • Medur: Medur, Pulicot, Avoorivakkam, Kollur, Arasur and Annamalaicherry.
  • Devambedu: Devambedu, Agaram, Kallore, Poongulam, Rakkampalayam and Senganiyum.
  • 33 KV Chinnabedu: Arani, Kosavanpettai, Palavakkam, Pondavakkam, Rallapadi, Karani and Mangalam.
  • Tambaram: Iraniamman Koil, HT Service and LTCT Service, Vandalur, Parts of GST Road, Parts of Vandalur and Singarathottam.
09:22 (IST)30 Dec 2020
6 more passengers who returned from UK test positive, tally now at 19

A total of 19 passengers who had returned to Tamil Nadu from UK have tested positive for COVID-19 till date. A total of 100 contacts of the 19 patients have been tested. So far, 16 have tested positive and 79 contacts have tested negative, while the results of five passengers are awaited.

Among the 19 primary cases, eight cases were reported in Chennai, three each in Thanjavur and Madurai, two in Nilgiris and one each in Theni, Nagapattinam and Chengalpattu. Among the 16 contact cases, six were reported in Chennai, three in Thanjavur, one in Nilgiris, two in Theni and four in Chengalpattu.

A total of 2300 passengers have travelled to Tamil Nadu from UK between November 25 and December 21, of which 1582 have been tested. Among these, 18 have tested positive, 1516 have tested negative and the results of 47 passengers are awaited. Of the 49 passengers who travelled between December 21 and 23, one passenger tested positive.

All the UK returnees and their contacts have been kept in isolation wards, according to the Tamil Nadu Health Department.

09:21 (IST)30 Dec 2020
TN records less than 1000 cases for the first time since March

Tamil Nadu recorded 957 positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 8,16,132. Among these, Chennai reported 286 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,24,958.

The state recorded 12 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 12,092. Eleven of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1065 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,95,293.

As of Tuesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 8747. Till date, 4,93,200 males, 3,22,898 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, 1,40,52,537 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 64,768 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 235 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 67 are government and 168 are private facilities.

09:21 (IST)30 Dec 2020
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Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan termed as “disappointing” his counterpart Rajinikanth’s decision to not take the political plunge but said that his health is very important to him. Addressing a public rally during the third phase of his campaign in Mayiladuthurai, the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) leader said he would have to talk to Rajinikanth to understand why he dropped his plans to join politics.

READ | 'Disappointing…but’: Kamal Haasan on Rajinikanth’s decision to drop political plans

Also Read | Celebs support Rajinikanth’s decision to not enter politics: ‘Your health is very important to us’

Rajinikanth has announced he would not take the electoral plunge citing health concerns and the pandemic. After widespread speculations about his political debut for over two decades, and his first declaration to enter politics in December 2017, and yet another but concrete statement about his political debut and launching a party earlier this month, Rajinikanth on Tuesday said he has cancelled all his political plans.

READ | Explained: What is the significance of Rajinikanth cancelling his political entry?

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)

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