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Chennai Hyderabad January 8 Highlights: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to oversee vaccine dry run in TN today

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 January 8 Highlights: As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 7547.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: January 11, 2021 9:31:05 am
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Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 January 8 Highlights: Union Health Minister harsh Vardhan will be overseeing the COVID-19 vaccine dry run across Tamil Nadu today. The minister will be visiting vaccination centres across Chennai today.

Tamil Nadu recorded 805 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 8,23,986. Among these, Chennai reported 208 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,27,145. The state recorded 12 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 12,200. All 12 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 911 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 8,04,239.

Southern Railway on Thursday announced that its special train, the Tejas Superfast Express, will resume operations from January 10, a few days ahead of the Pongal festival. The train service from Madurai to Chennai Egmore and back was cancelled on January 4 due to poor patronage. The move drew flak from Madurai residents, the Southern Railway Mazdoor Union and Dakshin Railway Employees Union, as well as senior politicians including MP Su. Thirunavukkarsar and MP Su. Venkatesan.

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21:46 (IST)08 Jan 2021
225 goats washed away in flood in Kallakurichi

As many as 225 goats were washed away on Thursday night at Pavalam village near Sankarapuram town in Kallakurichi district as rain battered Tamil Nadu. For the past few days, there has been heavy rainfall across Tamil Nadu. Kelambakkam (Chengalpet district) recorded 21 cm of rainfall, one of the highest amounts of rainfall registered on a single day. The incessant rainfall in Chennai led to waterlogging in many of the low-lying areas.

The Kallakurichi sub-collector HS Srikanth and officials from the Animal Husbandry department made inspection of the village. Based on the orders of the Kallakurichi district collector, the victims were provided a temporary financial aid of Rs 6.75 lakh (Rs 3,000 per goat). The officials said they are further analysing the damage.

18:18 (IST)08 Jan 2021
Andhra govt ties up with Cambridge University to develop English proficiency among teachers, students

To develop proficiency in English language among teachers and to provide students of municipal schools a level-playing field when it comes to job opportunities, the Andhra Pradesh Government on Thursday partnered with the University of Cambridge to train teachers and students.

The Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy Government is bringing in reforms in the education sector by introducing English as the medium of instruction in all government schools, and gradually transforming all Telugu medium schools into English language schools while still teaching mother tongue Telugu as a compulsory subject.

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17:57 (IST)08 Jan 2021
3 dead, 13 injured in road accident on Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border

Three people died on the spot and 13 sustained injuries in a road accident on the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border early Friday, police said.

Sixteen of a family from Tirupur district were travelling in a van to Chamundeeswari temple in Mysore when the mishap occurred, the police said. When the vehicle neared Mudaali village on the border, the driver lost control and the van fell into 15-foot deep drain, they said.

On seeing this, other vehicle drivers informed the police, who removed the injured and sent them to a hospital, they added. Police are further investigating. (PTI)

17:40 (IST)08 Jan 2021
Ruling alliance in Puducherry protest seeking recall of Lt Governor

The ruling Congress-led Secular Democratic Alliance (SDA) in Puducherry on Friday began its four-day long agitation here demanding recall of Lt Governor Kiran Bedi for allegedly “impeding developmental plans and welfare measures of the elected government.”

Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, the lone Lok Sabha Member from Puducherry V Vaithilingam, Congress legislator T Jayamoorthy, leaders of the CPI, CPI(M) and VCK also participated in the protest.

This is the second time that such an agitation against Bedi is being held herewith the Chief Minister and his ministerial colleagues and leaders of the alliance parties taking part.

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16:45 (IST)08 Jan 2021
Union Health Minister in Chennai, praises state’s ‘robust’ health system

A second dry run for the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out was conducted in select hospitals across the country on Friday, five days after the first mock drill was held. The nationwide exercise is being done to understand the best way to administer the vaccine and plug loopholes in logistics and training.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan landed in Chennai Friday to oversee preparations and review the mock drill of the Covid-19 vaccination. The Health Minister first paid a visit to the Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital (RGGH), after which he went to other vaccination centres, including Omandhurar Government Hospital and later to the General Medical Store Depot in Parimedu. Vardhan will also visit a vaccination centre in Apollo Hospital, and later the HLL Bio-Tech campus in Chengalpattu.

Addressing a press conference, the health minister said the vaccines will be given to the citizens very soon. “In a short time, India has done well by developing vaccines… In the next few days, in the near future, we should be able to give these vaccines to our countrymen. It will be given to our healthcare professional followed by frontline workers.”

“I know a couple of months back, Chennai was in a lot of trouble. We were worried about a lot of states and Tamil Nadu was one of them. But there has been meticulous planning about testing, tracing, and treatment. The state has a very robust health system,” Vardhan said, adding that he was particularly impressed the state had conducted 100 per cent of its Covid-19 tests through RT-PCR.

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15:41 (IST)08 Jan 2021
Hyderabad: Three minors sent to juvenile home for running over pedestrian

Three minor boys were sent to a juvenile observation home in Hyderabad for causing the death of a 55-year-old pedestrian in September last year. A case was registered at Bachupally Police Station, Cyberabad against the minors charging them with culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

The boys, triple-riding on a scooter, were speeding in a rash and negligent manner when they hit the pedestrian, the police said. Further, the driver did not possess a valid driving license.

The three juveniles in conflict with the law (JICL) were produced before the Juvenile Justice Board on December 30. The JJ Board ordered that all three be sent to the Government Observation Home for Boys in Hyderabad.

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14:54 (IST)08 Jan 2021
GHMC polls: ‘No hurry to elect Mayor and her deputy, elections to be held after Feb 10’

The elections for the post of Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation will be held after February 10. In the elections to the Corporation’s council held last month, the ruling TRS had won 56 divisions, whereas BJP came second with 48 divisions, followed by the AIMIM who secured 44 divisions.

“The State Election Commission is taking action to publish the declaration of results in the Telangana State Gazette. After the publication of results, the first meeting of the newly elected corporation will be held for the election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor. The term of the newly elected Corporation will be five years from the date of the first meeting of the Corporation,” GHMC said in a statement Thursday.

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14:22 (IST)08 Jan 2021
Telangana: Three businessmen arrested for GST fraud

Cracking down on businesses fraudulently claiming Input Tax Credit by issuing fake invoices, officers of the Anti-Evasion wing of GST-Rangareddy Commissionerate arrested three businessmen for fraudulently claiming GST refunds to the tune of Rs.19.1 crore.

The three accused – Mukesh Kumar Goel, Sanjay Joshi, and Rahul Aggarwal – created non-existent firms, issued invoices without actual supply of goods or services to avail Input Tax Credit and claimed refunds on account of inverted tax structure, said an official press release.

The investigators found that they had floated many firms either directly by them or with the help of their acquaintances and such firms have claimed Input Tax Credit based on fake/bogus invoices.

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12:19 (IST)08 Jan 2021
After flak, Southern Railways to resume Tejas Superfast Express service ahead of Pongal

Southern Railway on Thursday announced that its special train, the Tejas Superfast Express, will resume operations from January 10, a few days ahead of the Pongal festival. The train service from Madurai to Chennai Egmore and back was cancelled on January 4 due to poor patronage.

The move drew flak from Madurai residents, the Southern Railway Mazdoor Union and Dakshin Railway Employees Union, as well as senior politicians including MP Su. Thirunavukkarsar and MP Su. Venkatesan.

Considering all the views that were put forward, the Railway board revoked its cancellation on Thursday. It was decided that the Tejas Superfast Express will run six days a week (except Thursdays). The Chennai-Madurai Tejas Superfast Express (02613) will depart from Chennai Egmore at 6 am and arrive at Tiruchirapalli at 09.55/10.00 am. It will halt at Kodaikanal Road at 11.18/11.20 am and reach Madurai at 12.15 pm. On the return route, the train will depart from Madurai at 3 pm, stop at Kodaikanal Road at 3.28/3.30 pm, and arrive at Thiruchirapalli at 5.00/5:05 pm before finally reaching Chennai at 9.15 pm the same day.

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11:39 (IST)08 Jan 2021
Hyderabad: School watchman gets 20 years in jail for sexually assaulting student

A 30-year-old man was Thursday sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a student of a Hyderabad school where he worked as a watchman.

The incident had been reported to the police in October 2017 by the victim’s mother, who said the guard repeatedly sexually assaulted her daughter during intervals, lunch hours, and after-school hours at the school’s cellar parking, and threatened her against disclosing this to anyone.

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11:26 (IST)08 Jan 2021
354 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Friday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 354 fever clinics in Chennai on Friday. A total of 18,556 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 249 people who were identified with ILI symptoms, while others were provided with medication for minor ailments.

The most number of camps were held in Tondiarpet (Zone 4) where 37 camps had been set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with five camps.

10:54 (IST)08 Jan 2021
Four more held for supplying 1,000 SIM cards to Chinese gang behind illegal loan apps

The Central Crime Branch has arrested four more people, including an employee of a mobile phone service provider, in connection with the supply of over 1,000 SIM cards to the Chinese gang allegedly behind the illegal online apps which provided instant loans and later collected exorbitant rates of interest by threatening and harassing people availing them.

A Chennai resident had claimed to have been threatened and abused by staffers of these online loan firms, saying he had availed a loan of Rs 5,000 through one of these apps but found that only Rs 3,500 had been credited to his account. He said he was pressured by the staffers to repay the full amount within a week. As he delayed his loan repayment, the staffers advised him to take a fresh loan from another app to clear his due and before he knew what he was getting into, he had availed loans through 40 such apps and his due amount had ballooned to Rs 4 lakh, he said.

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10:13 (IST)08 Jan 2021
252 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 252 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 126 arrivals and 126 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

10:12 (IST)08 Jan 2021
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:

  • Mannady: Mannady Street, Armenian Street, Sembudoss Street, Nainiappa Street, Angappan Naicken Street, Beach - 3rd, 4th Lanes; Prakasam Salai, Thambu Chetty Street and Customs House and surrounding areas.
  • Manali: MMDA - Phases I and II; Elanthanoor, Sadaiyankuppam, 200 Feet Road, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Vaikkadu Village and Sathankadu Steel Yard.
09:39 (IST)08 Jan 2021
Union Health Minister to oversee vaccine dry run across TN today

Union Health Minister harsh Vardhan will be overseeing the COVID-19 vaccine dry run across Tamil Nadu today. The minister will be visiting vaccination centres across Chennai today.

09:38 (IST)08 Jan 2021
TN reports 805 fresh cases, 12 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 805 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 8,23,986. Among these, Chennai reported 208 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,27,145.

The state recorded 12 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 12,200. All 12 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 911 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 8,04,239.

As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 7547. 

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 1,46,30,875 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 64,364 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 242 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 68 are government and 174 are private facilities.

09:33 (IST)08 Jan 2021
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The Central Crime Branch has arrested four more people, including an employee of a mobile phone service provider, in connection with the supply of over 1,000 SIM cards to the Chinese gang allegedly behind the illegal online apps which provided instant loans and later collected exorbitant rates of interest by threatening and harassing people availing them.

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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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