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Chennai Hyderabad January 20, 21 Highlights: TN Governor to decide on Perarivalan’s pardon recommendation in 3-4 days

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 January 20, 21 Highlights: As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 5314.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: January 22, 2021 9:06:20 am
A G Perarivalan (File)

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 January 20, 21 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 549 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 8,32,415. Among these, Chennai reported 150 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,29,537. The state recorded nine deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 12,290. All nine of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 713 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 8,14,811.

A total of 26 passengers who had returned to Tamil Nadu from UK and 20 of their primary contacts have tested positive for COVID-19 till date. Among the 26 primary cases, 20 of them who tested negative in their follow up RT-PCR test have been discharged and kept under home quarantine. Similarly, 18 of the 20 contact cases have been discharged and kept under home quarantine. Among the 26 primary cases, nine cases were reported in Chennai, three each in Thanjavur, Madurai, Nilgiris and Chengalpattu and one each in Theni, Nagapattinam, Coimbatore, Karur and Virudhunagar. Among the 20 contact cases, six were reported in Chennai, three in Thanjavur, two each in Nilgiris and Theni, four in Chengalpattu and three in Nagapattinam.

The massive crop loss due to excess rain in Cauvery delta region is likely to become an issue in the upcoming elections in Tamil Nadu with more than six lakh farmers hit by the loss of samba paddy crop that was ready for harvest. This comes months after similar damage due to Cyclone Nivar. After meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said he conveyed the seriousness of the issue to the Centre and sought its help. “We are estimating the damage, relief will be declared soon,” he said.

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18:34 (IST)21 Jan 2021
Pudhupettai 2 with Dhaunsh on the cards, reveals Selvaraghavan

Director Selvaraghavan has signed multiple movies with his brother Dhanush. His collaboration with Dhanush has always struck gold at the box office. While the two have already announced Ayirathil Oruvan 2 and Naane Varuven, the director recently opened up about Pudhupettai 2 as well.

In an interview to Ananda Vikatan, Selvaraghavan revealed that he will also be doing a sequel to Pudhupettai before starting Ayirathil Oruvan 2. “It (Naane Varuven) is not Pudhupettai 2. In between this and Ayirathil Oruvan 2, Pudhupettai sequel will be released and Kokki Kumar will come back,” the director said.

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18:31 (IST)21 Jan 2021
Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Reddy launches door delivery of rations

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday launched door delivery of rice to ration card holders along with a fleet of 2,500 Mobile Dispensing Units from Vijayawada. The CM flagged off the fleet of vehicles today.

The CM said that he was moved by the plight of elderly and differently-abled people who were kept waiting in long queues to get the ration supplies. “My government has taken the initiative to provide good quality rice and other ration supplies right at the doorstep of the ration cardholders. The government aims to deliver good quality rice to the cardholder through a mobile vehicle, with an additional cost of Rs 830 crore per annum to the government,” he said.

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17:26 (IST)21 Jan 2021
AP EAMCET 2020: Option entry of round 2 web counselling begins today

The option entry for the Andhra Pradesh Engineering, Agriculture and Medicine Common Entrance Test (AP EAMCET) 2020 second round of counselling will begin on January 21. The candidates who want to take admission through EAMCET counselling can do so through the website- apeamcet.nic.in.

The last date to choose options is January 23. “If vacancy is not available in option number 1, option number 2 will be considered for allotment, if vacancy is also not available in option number 2, option number 3 will be considered for allotment and so on. The allotment will not proceed to the next rank candidate till the list of candidate’s options is completely searched for availability of a seat,” the official statement mentioned.

The round 1 counselling was earlier commenced on December 28.

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17:22 (IST)21 Jan 2021
Cheating case against Telugu actor

A cheating case has been registered against Telugu actor, his father and others for allegedly duping a man here in connection with the sale of car on discount, police said on Wednesday.

The man, in his complaint to the police, accused the actor Viswant, his father and others of offering him the car worth Rs 25 lakh for Rs 17 lakh in September 2017.

In the complaint filed on January 8, the victim said he paid Rs 12.5 lakh to them and took the vehicle but he was not given the vehicle ownership documents, the police said.

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17:06 (IST)21 Jan 2021
Siva to work on Suriya’s film as Rajinikanth starrer Annaatthe gets delayed

Director Siva’s upcoming film Annaatthe starring Superstar Rajinikanth would have released in cinemas for Pongal, had everything gone according to the plan. However, the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown threw a wrench into the plans of the filmmakers.

There was about 40 percent of the movie remaining to be shot. During the second week of December, Rajinikanth resumed the shooting in Hyderabad with all precautions in place. However, the shooting was suspended a few days later after COVID-19 outbreak on the sets. And Rajinikanth was hospitalised due to severe blood pressure fluctuations. It is said that the shooting has been postponed by a few months now.

The buzz is Siva is now preparing to start the pre-production work on his next film with Suriya during this break. He has plans to start shooting Suriya’s film from the second half of 2021.

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16:08 (IST)21 Jan 2021
Telangana: Two TRS MLAs speak in favour of KTR becoming CM

Two ruling TRS MLAs in Telangana on Wednesday spoke in public in favour of making the party’s Working President and minister K T Rama Rao the Chief Minister.

This is probably the first time that some ruling party leaders have spoken in public about making Rama Rao, son of TRS supremo and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, the CM.

There had been some talk in the past about 44-year-old Rama Rao taking over the reins from his father, but he had dismissed it.

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15:26 (IST)21 Jan 2021
Sasikala diagnosed with acute respiratory infection, stable

Former AIADMK leader V K Sasikala, who was rushed to a Bengaluru hospital on Wednesday evening, has diagnosed with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) but is stable now.
 
Dr. Manoj Kumar HV, dean and director, Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital, Bengaluru, said that Sasikala can be discharged in 2-3 days. “She was admitted to hospital with the complaint of fever, cough, and breathlessness but now she is stable. She was diagnosed with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) but her RT-PCR report has come out negative.”
 
Sasikala was taken to Victoria Hospital for CT Scan on Thursday morning.  “Sasikala’s fever has come down and her oxygen saturation is normal. She was walking around and had her breakfast in the morning. We don’t think there is any problem now. Since she has SARI symptoms we have referred for a CT Scan,” Dr Manoj Kumar added.

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14:28 (IST)21 Jan 2021
TN governor to decide on Perarivalan's pardon recommendation in 3-4 days

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit is expected to take a decision on the pardon recommendation of Perarivalan, who is currently serving a life sentence in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination, over the next three to four days, said the Solicitor General on Thursday.

The Tamil Nadu cabinet had submitted the recommendations for Rajiv convicts' release in September, 2018, under Article 161. While the Governor cannot reject the recommendation, there is no limit to arrive at the decision either. 

14:15 (IST)21 Jan 2021
Massive crop loss in rain, compensation to farmers likely to be poll issues in Tamil Nadu

The massive crop loss due to excess rain in Cauvery delta region is likely to become an issue in the upcoming elections in Tamil Nadu with more than six lakh farmers hit by the loss of samba paddy crop that was ready for harvest. This comes months after similar damage due to Cyclone Nivar.

After meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said he conveyed the seriousness of the issue to the Centre and sought its help. “We are estimating the damage, relief will be declared soon,” he said.

The Chief Minister’s remarks came days after DMK president M K Stalin accused the AIADMK government of failing to reach out to the farmers and claimed that many were yet to receive full compensation for crop losses owing to the cyclone. He said the Chief Minister was adding salt to injury by saying that they are yet to assess the damage.

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14:15 (IST)21 Jan 2021
Chennai Mega Streets Project: Corporation to revamp 25 km stretch of road in the city under ‘quick wins’

Following the announcement of the 110 km-long Mega Streets Project in Chennai last year, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) Wednesday announced that 25 km of roads across the city will be revamped for ‘quick wins’. Additionally, the designs and details for about 100 km of roads are ready as well.

Under ‘quick wins’, a few portions of the proposed 110 km long project will be revamped initially. The GCC has already identified consultants for the same after issuing tenders.

“We cannot focus on all 110-km of roads right now under the project owing to paucity of funds. Under quick wins, we have chalked out certain portions of the roads to be revamped. Quick wins will focus on roads across Chennai, thus giving a city-wide representation. This will also ensure that there is no assumption that only T Nagar (Pedestrian Plaza) is getting revamped under the project”, G Prakash, IAS, the Commissioner of the GCC told indianexpress.com.

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13:18 (IST)21 Jan 2021
Telangana reports 226 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death

Telangana recorded 226 fresh coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the total cases to over 2.92 lakh while one fatality pushed the toll to 1,584, the state government said on Thursday.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 39, followed by Karimnagar and Medchal Malkajgiri with 16 each, it said in a bulletin.

The total number of cases stood at 2, 92,621 while recoveries were at 2, 87,117. As many as 3,920 patients are under treatment and 31,647 samples were tested on Wednesday. Cumulatively, over 75.74 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 2.03 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 98.11 per cent. (PTI)

12:53 (IST)21 Jan 2021
Licence watch, school lessons: How Tamil Nadu turned a corner on accidents

Tamil Nadu has implemented a slew of measures since 2016, bringing down its road accidents by 38% and deaths in the same by over 54%, winning the state an award this week from the Centre. Commending the state, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari asked everyone to follow “the Tamil Nadu model”.

With around two crore driver licences, a little over three crore registered vehicles and one of the largest road networks in India — over 66,000 km — Tamil Nadu regularly tops states in number of annual road accidents, and ranked second in total deaths in 2019. Currently, the state accounts for around 13.7% of all road accidents in India and around 11% of road deaths. However, the state believes it has turned a corner.

“The next aim is to have zero deaths. We have not set a date, but we are working on it,” says M Manakumar, Additional Transport Commissioner, Tamil Nadu.

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12:25 (IST)21 Jan 2021
Tamil Nadu village cheers for Harris during swearing-in as US Vice President

Residents of a tiny Indian village surrounded by rice paddies flocked to a Hindu temple, setting off firecrackers and praying and as they watched Kamala Harris, who has strong roots to the village, take her oath of office and become the U.S. vice president on Wednesday.

Groups of women in bright saris and men wearing white dhoti pants watched the inauguration live as reporters broadcast the villager’s celebrations to millions of Indians. The villagers chanted “Long live Kamala Harris” while holding portraits of her and blasted off fireworks the moment she took the oath.

Earlier, the villages adorned their temple with flowers, offering special prayers for Harris’ success. Her maternal grandfather was born in the village of Thulasendrapuram, about 350 kilometers (215 miles) from the southern coastal city of Chennai.

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11:41 (IST)21 Jan 2021
Rahul Gandhi to launch campaign for TN assembly polls on Jan 23

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will hit the campaign trail on Saturday in Tamil Nadu where assembly elections are likely to be held in April-May, party state unit chief K S Azhagiri said on Wednesday.

He also asserted the present Congress-DMK alliance would continue for the elections and said it would be a welcome development if actor-politician Kamal Haasan joined the combine.

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11:39 (IST)21 Jan 2021
Master producers demand Rs 25 crore as compensation for leaked scenes: Report

Just days ahead of the release of Vijay’s Master, certain  scenes from the movie got leaked on the internet. It sent a shock wave across the industry as the revival of the country’s film exhibition business hinged on the success and failure of Master.

The members of the Tamil film fraternity and the makers of Master came together to request people to stop sharing the leaked clips online. 

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10:59 (IST)21 Jan 2021
356 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Wednesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 356 fever clinics in Chennai on Wednesday. A total of 21,303 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 152 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 37 camps had been set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with five camps.

10:52 (IST)21 Jan 2021
Health worker in Telangana dies after jab; state govt says unrelated

A 42-year-old ambulance driver in Nirmal district who was vaccinated on Tuesday died in the early hours of Wednesday after complaining of chest pain. The Telangana government has said that primary investigation suggested that the death was not related to the vaccine.

The health care worker was given Covishield at Kuntala Primary Health Centre in Nirmal district. “At about 2.30 am on January 20, he is said to have developed chest pain and was brought dead to the District Hospital at Nirmal around 5.30 am. Preliminary findings suggest that the death seems to be unrelated to vaccination. As per the guidelines, postmortem will be conducted by a team of doctors. The district AEFI (Adverse Event Following Immunization) committee is examining the matter and will submit its report to the state AEFI committee which will submit it to the Centre,” Director of Public Health, G Srinivas Rao, said in a statement.

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10:21 (IST)21 Jan 2021
236 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 236 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 118 arrivals and 118 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

10:18 (IST)21 Jan 2021
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

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

Here are the affected areas:

  • Pammal: Parts of Pammal (H L Colony), Nehru Nagar, Venkateswara Nagar, Agatheeswarar Nagar, Viman Nagar, Lakshmi Nagar, MGR Street and Bharathi Nagar.
09:40 (IST)21 Jan 2021
Telangana: Schools seek vaccination for staff before reopening, extension of academic year; parents want reduction in fees

As schools across Telangana are scheduled to open from February 1 for students of class 9 and above, parents and private schools’ management registered their concerns during a meeting with Education Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy Tuesday.

Apart from raising long pending issues of school fee regulation, representatives of the Hyderabad School Parents Association (HSPA) requested the minister to ensure that all teaching and non-teaching staff in schools are tested for coronavirus infection, before commencing classes.

Parents told the minister that children would be more prone to the virus and their safety would be at risk if physical classes are started. Responding to this, the minister told them that physical classes will not be mandatory. If parents are unwilling to send their children to schools, they can continue with online classes. She assured parents that physical attendance will not be mandatory and that the students will not be detained for shortage of attendance.

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Hold election for post of AIADMK general secretary: Sasikala to EC V K Sasikala (PTI)

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s close aide and ousted AIADMK leader VK Sasikala was Wednesday taken to Bowring hospital from the Parappana Agrahara jail in Bengaluru, after she complained of fever. Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital said Sasikala’s condition was stable.

READ | Bengaluru: Sasikala complains of fever, taken to hospital from jail

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A 42-year-old ambulance driver in Nirmal district who was vaccinated on Tuesday died in the early hours of Wednesday after complaining of chest pain. The Telangana government has said that primary investigation suggested that the death was not related to the vaccine.

READ | Health worker in Telangana dies after jab; state govt says unrelated

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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