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Chennai Hyderabad News January 11, 12 Highlights: IMD issues heavy rainfall forecast in TN for next two days

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 January 11, 12 Highlights: Parts of Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Theni, Pudukkottai and Sivagangai will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: January 13, 2021 9:23:39 am
The IMD has said that the current easterly wave will weaken and there will be no heavy rainfall warning for Tamil Nadu from January 14. Express Photo: Shivani Ramakrishnan

Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 January 11, 12 Highlights: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a heavy to very heavy rainfall forecast for Tamil Nadu till January 14. Meanwhile, the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Chennai, warning of widespread rainfall, thunder and chances of lightning till early Friday. “This will be mainly under the influence of the presence of a cyclonic circulation laying off Sri Lanka coast over the Bay of Bengal,” stated the weather update issued by RMC, Chennai.

Tamil Nadu recorded 682 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 8,26,943. The state recorded six deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 12,228. All six of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 869 patients were discharged following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 8,07,744.

A day after a protest in Chennai to demand his political entry, Rajinikanth on Monday clarified that he has no plans to revisit his decision to abstain from the political arena and asked his fans not to pressure him further. “Do not put pressure on me to change my decision to not enter politics by holding rallies. My statement was clear about why I am not entering electoral politics,” he said.

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17:44 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Hyderabad: Three arrested for killing money lender

Hours after a man was indiscriminately stabbed and bludgeoned to death in full public view Sunday late night, three persons were arrested by Cyberabad police Monday.

Mohammed Khaleel, a realtor who also lent money to people, was chased and killed on the spot by the three accused at around 11.45 pm on Sunday in Rajendranagar even as passersby filmed the turn of events.

Police arrested Shaik Rasheed (29), a chef and owner of a restaurant in Rajendranagar, and his two co-chefs Mohammed Azmath(28) and Syed Imran(27).

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16:46 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Rahul Gandhi to visit TN on Jan 14

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will visit Tamil Nadu on Pongal (January 14) and witness Jallikattu, the bull taming event, the party's state president K S Alagiri said on Tuesday.

By witnessing the event at Avaniapuram in Madurai district, the senior Congress leader will lend his moral support to farmers protesting against the new farm laws across the country, he told reporters. "The bull is a symbol of farmers," he said. (PTI)

16:19 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Telangana: Special Court acquits Ministers, MLAs, and MPs; Forum demands appointment of full-time PP

The Special Court trying MPs and MLAs have acquitted or discharged 49 legislators from the state in 86 criminal cases during 2018 and 2019, a Right To Information response has revealed. The Forum for Good Governance, which filed the RTI, said that the absence of a regular public prosecutor and permanent staff for the court led to acquittal or discharge due to lack of focus on cases.

The acquitted include Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Union MOS for Home G Kishan Reddy, Himachal Pradesh Governor Bandaru Dattatreya, MPs Asaduddin Owaisi, A Revanth Reddy, Ministers KT Rama Rao, T Harish Rao, Etala Rajender, T Srinivas Yadav, MLC K Kavitha, and MLAs Akbaruddin Owaisi, T Raja Singh, etc.

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15:42 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Three members of ‘Chennai Talks’ Youtube channel arrested for uploading obscene content

The Chennai city police Monday arrested three members of a Tamil YouTube channel ‘Chennai Talks’ for uploading a video of profanity content.

A resident of Besant Nagar filed a complaint Monday evening demanding strict against the people responsible for the interview of a woman who spoke indecently in public.

In a 10 minute 36 seconds video titled ‘How 2020 went| Girls Open Speech’, the anchor was seen asking women at the Besant Nagar Beach questions about how they spent the last year amid lockdown rules. One of the remarks has landed the channel in trouble.

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15:04 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Amid Covid, an NREGS first: 10 crore people used scheme

As the economy plunged into recession amid the coronavirus pandemic, the number of workers who availed the National Rural Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) has crossed the 10-crore mark for the first time, marking an unprecedented demand for the rural job scheme.

Latest data available on the NREGS portal shows that till January 10 in the current financial year, over 10 crore individuals across the country worked under the scheme, which is 21 per cent higher than the 7.89 crore figure for 2019-2020. With two months still remaining in the current financial year, the number is expected to go up further.

West Bengal has seen the highest numbers this financial year, with 1.07 crore individuals availing the scheme until January 10. The state is followed by Uttar Pradesh (1.06 crore), Rajasthan (99.25 lakh), Madhya Pradesh (91.62 lakh), Andhra Pradesh (77.57 lakh) and Tamil Nadu (75.37 lakh).

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14:15 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Schools in Telangana to reopen from February 1

The Telangana government has decided to reopen schools and colleges from February 1. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao reviewed the prevailing situation with ministers and district collectors Monday and announced the reopening of schools from class 9 onwards.

“Reopen Classes from 9th standard upwards in all the private and government educational institutions from February 1. Classes should be held for the students of 10th, Intermediate, Degree, and other professional courses,” the CM said in a statement.

The CM directed officials to ensure that all arrangements are in place for the reopening of educational institutions in the next 20 days. “Meanwhile, keep ready hostels, residential schools, and all educational institutions and ensure that the toilets are clean. The Collectors should take the necessary measures to keep the educational institutions clean and hygienic.”

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13:40 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Andhra High Court suspends state poll panel notification for panchayat elections

The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday suspended the notification issued by the State Election Commission to hold Panchayat elections in the state. The commission announced on January 9 that it will hold panchayat elections in four phases. The elections were scheduled for February 5, 9, 13, and 17.

However, the Andhra Pradesh government objected, stating that the Covid-19 situation in the state is not conducive to hold elections. The government challenged the commission’s notification in the High Court.

While observing that the commission had not undertaken an objective decision in the matter, the court impugned the notification in the interests of public health. The court also noted that the election programme would hamper the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

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13:30 (IST)12 Jan 2021
301 new cases, 2 deaths reported in Telangana

Telangana posted 301 fresh coronavirus cases on Monday, taking the total infection count to over 2.90 lakh, while two fatalities pushed the toll to 1,568.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 58, followed by Rangareddy and Medchal Malkajgiri with 27 and 16 respectively, a
government bulletin said on Tuesday .

The total number of cases stood at 2,90,309 while recoveries were 2,84,217. As many as 4,524 patients are under treatment and 34,431 samples were tested on Monday. Cumulatively, over 73.12 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 1.96 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 97.90 per cent. (PTI)

12:38 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Jallikattu: Tamil Nadu govt lays down Covid rules, bull tamers say ill-planned

Yemen rebels terror designation, US yemen rebels terror designation, US yemen terror designation, yemen famine, yemen rebels famine, Oxfam America's Humanitarian Policy, yemen aid agencies, houthi rebels, yemen houthi rebelsJallikattu, the traditional bull taming sport, will this year be held on January 16 at Alanganallur in Tamil Nadu. The ‘Muhurta Kaal’ for the event was held on Sunday, attended by Revenue Minister RB Udhayakumar, along with other senior officials.

Speaking at the event, Udhayakumar said the race will be flagged off by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Pannerselvam around 8 am on January 16, and is expected to conclude by 4 pm. Apart from the usual safety measures, Covid precations have been put in place this year to conduct the race smoothly, the revenue minister said.

Udhayakumar said local bodies have been given detailed instructions, and arrangements like putting up barricades and constructing separate spectator galleries will begin soon following Covid-19 protocols. Drinking water facilities, parking lots, and toilets will also be set up. Apart from this, all three venues –– Alanganallur, Avaniyapuram and Palamedu –– will be under CCTV surveillance.

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12:04 (IST)12 Jan 2021
355 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Monday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 355 fever clinics in Chennai on Monday. A total of 20,246 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 247 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 41 camps had been set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with four camps.

11:35 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Covishield vaccines arrive in Chennai

Covishield vaccines arrived in Chennai today morning. The vaccines, which arrived at the Chennai International Airport will be transported from the airport to the storage and distribution hub.

Serum Institute of India (SII) had announced on Monday that the central government has signed a contract with the institute for the supply of 11 million doses of Covishield, the Indian variant of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against the novel coronavirus, the Pune-based firm said on Monday.

In Pune, SII officials had said the consignments would be flown to the nearest airport and then driven to the depots. Some 60 locations, including in Maharashtra and Gujarat, and Chennai, are mentioned in the consignee list, the SII officials had said.

11:07 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Telangana: ASHA workers, anganwadi personnel, medical and health employees to get COVID vaccine in first phase

Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA), Anganwadi personnel and medical and health employees in Telangana will be administered the COVID-19 vaccine in the first phase, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said on Monday. It will be given to police, security personnel and sanitary workers later, he said.

"The government of India has identified Serum Institutes Covishield and Bharat Biotechs Covaxin as the effective vaccines. We have decided to administer these vaccines in Telangana State," he said.

Rao directed officials to make all preparations for the exercise and also to treat those who may develop side effects, an official release quoted him as saying. He said arrangements had been made to administer the vaccine at 1,213 Centres, including PHCs, all over the state. A total of 866 Cold chain points have been created to transport the vaccine, the chief Minister said.

Rao also said a committee under the chief secretary would monitor the vaccination programme A Task Force Committee has been formed from the district to mandal level, he added. (PTI)

10:48 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Pongal rush: TN government to operate 16,221 buses to facilitate transportation

Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) will operate a total of 16,221 buses between January 11 and 13 across the state to facilitate the transportation for Pongal festival. A total of 2,226 buses will be operated on January 11, 4,000 on January 12, and 4,002 on January 13. Apart from this, 5993 buses will be operated to benefit the commuters outside Chennai.

The state will run 310 special link buses for 24 hours from January 11-14 for easy access for commuters to reach Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Bus Terminus in Koyembedu (CMBT), Tambaram Sanatorium (MEPZ), Poonamalle, Madhavaram and KK Nagar Bus stand. From January 17 to January 19, apart from the regular 2,050 buses, including the special buses, as many as 15,270 buses is scheduled to be operated.

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10:38 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Tamil Nadu to reopen schools for Classes 10 and 12 on January 19

The Tamil Nadu government Tuesday announced the reopening of schools for Classes 10 and 12 on January 19.

A statement issued by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said each classroom would have only 25 students to maintain social distancing norms. And, the state health department will supply vitamin and zinc tablets to boost their immunity.

The decision was taken following feedback from parents, during meetings held at schools. Majority of the parents favoured the idea of reopening schools before the academic year concludes in March.

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10:20 (IST)12 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 today.

Here are the affected areas:

  • Kadapperi: Kamach Nagar, Housing Board, Durga Nagar, Thiruvalluvar Street and surrounding areas.
  • Royapettah - II: Peters Road, Dr. Besant Road, Bharathi Salai, Westcott Road, JJ Khan Road, Gaffore Sahib Street, Devaraj Street, Gazette Begum Street, Balaji Nagar, Ice House, Triplicane, Nayar Varatha Pillai Street and surrounding areas.
  • Kolathur: Jayaram Nagar, Ambedkar Nagar, Ashoka Avenue, Kambar Nagar, Poompuhar Nagar, Vasantham Nagar, Venus Nagar, Lakshmipuram, Vetri Nagar, Ramamurthy Colony, Sai Nagar, Avvai Nagar, Teachers Colony and surrounding areas.
10:08 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Sandalwood Drug Case: Vivek Oberoi’s brother-in-law Aditya Alva arrested in Chennai

Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) Police has arrested absconding accused Aditya Alva in connection with the Sandalwood drugs case.

According to police officials, Aditya Alva was arrested from Chennai on Monday night.

Aditya, who has been absconding ever since the FIR at Cottonpet police station was lodged on September 4, is the son of late minister Jeevaraj Alva and the brother-in-law of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi. He is among the 12 accused in the case involving Kannada actors.

In a statement Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) said, "In the Cottonpet drug case, absconding accused Aditya Alva has been arrested. Continuous search and enquiry was conducted, got information and arrested him in Chennai yesterday night."

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09:42 (IST)12 Jan 2021
238 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 238 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 120 arrivals and 118 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:18 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Rajinikanth’s appeal to fans: Don’t put pressure… my statement clear

A day after a protest in Chennai to demand his political entry, Rajinikanth on Monday clarified that he has no plans to revisit his decision to abstain from the political arena and asked his fans not to pressure him further.

“Do not put pressure on me to change my decision to not enter politics by holding rallies. My statement was clear about why I am not entering electoral politics,” he said.

Amid reports that the protest was orchestrated by a section of people on behalf of the BJP, Rajinikanth’s statement expressed displeasure that members of his fans club had joined hands with people who were actually expelled from Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) — a Rajinikanth fans association. “It was against the decision of RMM,” Rajinikanth said.

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09:17 (IST)12 Jan 2021
COVID-19: Deaths continue to decline in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu recorded 682 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 8,26,943. Among these, Chennai reported 201 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,27,975.

The state recorded six deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 12,228. All six of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 869 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 8,07,744.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 6971. Till date, 4,99,801 males, 3,27,108 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, 1,48,85,013 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 60,314 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 249 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 68 are government and 181 are private facilities.

09:17 (IST)12 Jan 2021
IMD forecasts heavy rainfall in parts of TN till January 14

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a heavy to very heavy rainfall forecast for Tamil Nadu till January 14.

Meanwhile, the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Chennai, warning of widespread rainfall, thunder and chances of lightning till early Friday. “This will be mainly under the influence of the presence of a cyclonic circulation laying off Sri Lanka coast over the Bay of Bengal,” stated the weather update issued by RMC, Chennai.

According to the IMD, heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Virudhunagar and Ramanathapuram, while heavy rain has been forecast at isolated places over Kanyakumari, Madurai, Theni, Pudukkottai and Sivagangai.

The IMD has said that the current easterly wave will weaken and there will be no heavy rainfall warning for Tamil Nadu from January 14.

Jallikattu, Jallikattu 2021 dates, Jallikattu registration, Jallikattu Covid rules, Jallikattu tokens, indian express, tamil nadu news A total of 655 bull tamers at Alanganallur, 651 at Avaniyapuram, and 430 at Palamedu have been declared fit for the first phase. (Express/file)

Jallikattu, the traditional bull taming sport, will this year be held on January 16 at Alanganallur in Tamil Nadu. The ‘Muhurta Kaal’ for the event was held on Sunday, attended by Revenue Minister RB Udhayakumar, along with other senior officials. Udhayakumar said local bodies have been given detailed instructions, and arrangements like putting up barricades and constructing separate spectator galleries will begin soon following Covid-19 protocols. Drinking water facilities, parking lots, and toilets will also be set up. Apart from this, all three venues –– Alanganallur, Avaniyapuram and Palamedu –– will be under CCTV surveillance.

READ | Jallikattu: Tamil Nadu govt lays down Covid rules, bull tamers say ill-planned

Also Read | Pongal rush: TN government to operate 16,221 buses to facilitate transportation

The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday suspended the notification issued by the State Election Commission to hold Panchayat elections in the state. The commission announced on January 9 that it will hold panchayat elections in four phases. The elections were scheduled for February 5, 9, 13, and 17.

READ | Andhra High Court suspends state poll panel notification for panchayat 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 | 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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