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Chennai Hyderabad January 4, 5 Highlights: IMD forecasts heavy rainfall in TN, Puducherry for next few days

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 January 4, 5 Highlights: Chennai, Karaikal and other parts of coastal Tamil Nadu, along with Puducherry, will receive thunderstorms with moderate rainfall on Wednesday.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: January 6, 2021 9:14:13 am
Chennai rain, rain in Chennai, Chennai rainfallPedestrians cross a road in Chennai as the city receives rainfall. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 January 4, 5 Highlights: The IMD has forecast thunderstorms accompanied by light to moderate rainfall in parts of coastal and interior Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry over the next two days as well. Chennai, Karaikal and other parts of coastal Tamil Nadu, along with Puducherry, will receive thunderstorms with moderate rainfall on Wednesday. Isolated areas of Nilgiris, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai and Villupuram will receive heavy rains.

Tamil Nadu recorded 838 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 8,21,550. The state recorded 10 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 12,166. A total of 24 passengers who had returned to Tamil Nadu from UK and 20 of their primary contacts have tested positive for COVID-19 till date.

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After MDMK chief Vaiko, the leader of another DMK-led alliance partner, VCK’s Thol Thirumavalavan, has announced they will contest the 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls under a separate symbol. Political experts believe that small parties in the DMK alliance had agreed to contest under its ‘Rising Sun’ symbol in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to defeat the BJP-led NDA. However, in the state election, they have the responsibility to secure their own vote share, along with recognition from the Election Commission.

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18:15 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Three more test positive for UK variant of Covid-19 in Chennai

Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Dr. Radhakrishnan Tuesday confirmed that three more people from Chennai have contracted the UK variant of Covid-19. He said that so far four people have tested positive for the new strain in the state, including a man who had already tested positive for the same variant and is now undergoing treatment at the King Institute in Guindy.

Of the 44 people who tested positive after reaching Tamil Nadu, genome sequencing of 12 people have been completed and the results of the rest are awaited from Pune. “They are doing well; they are undergoing treatment at the King Institute in a special ward,” Radhakrishnan added.

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17:26 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Bharat Biotech, Serum Institute pledge for smooth rollout of COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccine makers Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech on Tuesday said both the companies jointly pledge for smooth roll out of COVID-19 vaccines in the country and the world.

In a joint statement posted on their respective twitter accounts, the companies said Serum Institute Chief Executive Officer Adar Poonawalla and Bharat Biotech Chairman Krishna Ella communicated their combined intent to develop, manufacture and supply the COVID-19 vaccines.

"We are fully aware of the importance of vaccines for the people and countries alike, we hear by communicate our joint pledge to provide global access for our COVID-19 vaccines", they said in the statement. (PTI)

16:41 (IST)05 Jan 2021
TN govt declares ‘Thai Poosam’ a public holiday

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday said he has ordered public holiday for ‘Thai Poosam,’ a festival dedicated to worship of Lord Muruga.

Palaniswami said during his tour of several districts, people made representations, urging him to declare Thai Poosam a public holiday and they said in Sri Lanka and Mauritius the day was a holiday.

“Considering their representations, I have ordered declaration of Thai Poosam festival on January 28 (in 2021) a public holiday and for including it in the list of public holidays for the years to come,” he said in an official release.

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16:00 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Kamal Haasan’s MNM announces agenda for environment protection

Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan has announced a seven-point agenda to protect the environment. Unveiling the agenda in Salem, where Haasan was stationed as part of his election campaign, he said the party is aiming to strike a balance between industries, agriculture and environment.

Former IAS officer Santhosh Babu and party’s environmental wing state secretary Padmapriya read out the agenda titled ‘Key Pillars of MNM promises on Environment’, which is aimed at establishing a circular economy where recycling and re-use will be the norm for water, plastic, and e-waste.

The agenda also promises to incentivise production of non-plastic alternatives by household industries. Self-Help Groups is another objective of the proposed economy.

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15:21 (IST)05 Jan 2021
500 cusecs of water released from Chembarambakkam lake

With Chennai witnessing heavy rains since dawn, officials Tuesday said 500 cusecs of water would be released from Chembarambakkam lake at 2 pm. A flood warning was issued to residents residing in low-lying areas around the lake. Officials said the the shutters may be opened again later in the day if heavy rains continue to lash the city.

Chennai was among several parts of Tamil Nadu, including Villupuram, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Tiruvannamalai, that received heavy rainfall today.

The IMD has forecast thunderstorms accompanied by light to moderate rainfall in parts of coastal and interior Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry over the next two days as well.

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14:40 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Telangana: LED bulb removed from 9-year-old’s lungs

Doctors at a Hyderabad hospital removed a LED bulb from a nine-year-old boy’s lungs after he had swallowed it.

Prakash, who hailed from Telangana’s Mahaboobnagar, had swallowed a LED bulb while playing with his friends on Sunday. He was rushed to a hospital after he complained of difficulty in breathing and coughed profusely.

On Monday morning, a CT scan of the chest revealed that the tiny LED bulb had entered the right main bronchus (tube leading to the lung) extending on to the lower bronchus. A pediatric rigid bronchoscopy was performed and the bulb was taken out in less than 10 minutes. Prakash was discharged the same day without any complications.

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14:11 (IST)05 Jan 2021
‘Trying to convert people to Christianity’: 2 from Tamil Nadu among 5 booked in UP

Shahjahanpur police have lodged an FIR against five persons, including two from Tamil Nadu, under the new anti-conversion law for allegedly trying to convince people to convert to Christianity.

“No one has been arrested in the case so far. Among the named persons, two are from Tamil Nadu. On the basis of the gathered evidence, action would be taken against the accused,” Superintendent of Police (Shahjahanpur) S Anand said, adding that all the five accused have promised to co-operate in the investigation.

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14:08 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Nissan to raise output at Chennai plant

Buoyed by the overwhelming response to its newly launched compact SUV Magnite in India, Japanese car major Nissan Motor on Monday said it will introduce third shift at its Chennai plant and hire 1,000-plus workforce at the plant to reduce waiting period to two to three months.

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12:56 (IST)05 Jan 2021
253 new coronavirus cases, 3 deaths reported in Telangana

Telangana added 253 fresh infections to its COVID-19 tally on Monday, taking the total caseload to nearly 2.88 lakh while three related fatalities pushed the toll to 1,554.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 61, followed by Warangal Urban and Medchal Malkajgiri with 20 and 18 respectively, a
government bulletin said on.

The total number of cases stood at 2,87,993 while the recoveries were at 2,81,400. As many as 5,039 patients are under treatment and 42,485 samples were tested on Monday. Cumulatively, over 70.61 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 1.89 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.53 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 97.71 per cent. (PTI)

12:55 (IST)05 Jan 2021
500 cusecs of water to be released from Chembarambakkam lake in the afternoon

Officials have announced that 500 cusecs of water will be released from Chembarambakkam lake at 2 pm today. The outflow is likely to be increased based on the inflow of water into the lake. 

A flood warning has been issued to residents residing in low-lying areas around the lake.

12:15 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Kollywood heaves a sigh of relief as TN govt permits 100 per cent occupancy in theatres

The Tamil Nadu government’s decision to allow theatres across the state to fill up seats without any restrictions has brought joy to Kollywood. On Monday, the government issued an order removing the 50 per cent cap on occupancy in theatres. And it is being viewed as a shot in the arm that the Tamil film industry needed so greatly.

“We welcome the order wholeheartedly as that’s the need of the hour. If 100% occupancy is not there, big films will not release. If big theatrical films do not release, the audience will not come. It’s a chicken and egg situation. To revive the industry, there’s no option other than big films releasing with full occupancy,” said producer G Dhananjayan.

“We are very happy. Big stars will only release their movies if 100 per cent occupancy is allowed,” said Tamil Nadu Theatres and Multiplexes Owners Association president Tirupur M Subramaniam.

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11:36 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Three more UK returnees test positive for new Britain strain, says TN Govt

Three more returnees from the United Kingdom have tested positive for the new Britain COVID-19 strain, genomic analysis has confirmed, the Tamil Nadu government said on Monday. With this, the number of UK returnees who have tested positive for the new variant in the state has gone up to four.

A youth, who returned to Chennai from the UK had recently tested positive for the new strain found in Britain. Quoting results of genomic analysis from the National Institute of Virology, Pune, Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said eight others have tested negative for the UK strain.

Out of 44 returnees, the results of genomic analysis of 12 have been received and 32 were being awaited, he said in a statement on Monday. (PTI)

11:07 (IST)05 Jan 2021
NCB arrests Telegu actor, suspects links to drug network

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Monday arrested a Telugu actress on the suspicion that she is part of a drug network that sold mephedrone or MD in Thane and neighbouring areas. The NCB had earlier made an arrest in the case on Sunday.

NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede said Shwetha Kumar (27), a Hyderabad resident, was arrested in connection with a narcotics case registered on Sunday. “We suspect her involvement in a network that sold mephedrone,” the officer said.

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10:58 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Bookings open for fully reserved MEMU services between Arakkonam and Salem

Bookings for the fully reserved MEMU services between Arakkonam and Salem commenced at 8 am today. Operated as Express Special trains, the MEMU services will begin from January 6.

According to Southern Railway, the trains will be operated five days a week from Monday to Friday. Train No. 06087: Arakkonam - Salem MEMU Express Special Train will depart from Arakkonam at 5.15 am and reach Salem at 10.50 am on January 6. In the return direction, Train No. 06088: Salem - Arakkonam MEMU Express Special Train will depart from Salem at 3.30 pm and arrive at Arakkonam at 9.10 pm on January 6.

The train will have stoppages at Sholinghur, Walajha Road, Mukundarayapuram, Katpadi, Gudiyatham, Ambur, Vaniyambadi, Jolarpettai, Tirupattur, Samalpatti, Dasampatti, Doddampatti, Morappur, Buddireddipatti, Bommidi, Tinnappatti and Karuppur enroute.

The trains will comprise two motor coaches and six trailer coaches.

10:47 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Tamil Nadu Assembly polls: After MDMK, VCK to contest on own symbol, not DMK’s

After MDMK chief Vaiko, the leader of another DMK-led alliance partner, VCK’s Thol Thirumavalavan, has announced they will contest the 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls under a separate symbol.

Both Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) have been part of the DMK camp since the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Vaiko had announced his decision on January 1, when he said his party would contest under their own symbol to ‘maintain individuality’.

Political experts believe that small parties in the DMK alliance had agreed to contest under its ‘Rising Sun’ symbol in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to defeat the BJP-led NDA. However, in the state election, they have the responsibility to secure their own vote share, along with recognition from the Election Commission.

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10:38 (IST)05 Jan 2021
231 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 231 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 116 arrivals and 115 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

10:19 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Decision on reopening schools in TN after obtaining suggestions from parents, students: Minister

Tamil Nadu School Education and Youth Welfare Minister K A Sengottaiyan on Monday said a decision on reopening schools in the state shut since the COVID-19 enforced lockdown would be taken by the chief minister after suggestions are obtained from parents and students.

A final decision on reopening schools will be taken by the Chief Minister K Palaniswami, he told reporters at Gobichettipalayam near here after inaugurating the distribution of Rs 2,500 cash and gift hamper to ration card-holders.

“On behalf of the School Education Department, suggestions will be obtained from parents, students and from Parents-Teachers Associations also about reopening of the schools in Tamil Nadu. They will be collected till this weekend,” the minister said.

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10:09 (IST)05 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:

  • Pudhuthangal: Mullai Nagar TNHB, State Bank Colony, Mudichur Road, Old Tambaram, Patel Nagar, Irumbuliyur, Vaigai Nagar, Sai Nagar, TTK Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Sakthi Nagar, Kalyan Nagar, Melandai Street, Bharathi Nagar, Kannadapalayam, Kishkintha Road, Reddiyarpalayam, Parts of Amutham Nagar, Goodwill Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Kannan Avenue and Parts of Kurinji Nagar.
  • Gummidipoondi: Chitrarajakandigai, Madarpakkam, Pathirivedu, Pallavada, Poovalai, Kannankottai, Kannabakkam, Kondamanalore, Equarpalayam, Arambakkam, Nemalure and Budur.
  • Thirumudivakkam: Parts of Kundrathur, Thirumudivakkam Industrial Estate, Thirumudivakkam Village, Pazanthandalam, Erumaiyur, Somangalam, Naduveerpattu, Varadharajapuram, Poonthandalam, Puthuperu, Srikalathur, Keluthipettai, Periyar Nagar, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Nanthambakkam, Kundrathur Bazaar, Sambantham Nagar, Vazhuthalampedu and Natham.
09:30 (IST)05 Jan 2021
2146 UK returnees tested for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu till date

A total of 24 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 24 primary cases, nine cases were reported in Chennai, three each in Thanjavur, Madurai, Nilgiris and Chengalpattu and one each in Theni, Nagapattinam and Coimbatore. 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.

A total of 2300 passengers had travelled to Tamil Nadu from UK between November 25 and December 23, of which 2146 have been tested. Among these, 24 have tested positive, 2122 have tested negative and tracing of more passengers in underway. Additionally, 3482 close contacts of the 2122 passengers who had tested negative were also tested for COVID-19 and were found to be negative.

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

09:30 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Parts of Chennai receive heavy rainfall

Citizens in Chennai woke up to grey skies as parts of the city received moderate to heavy showers early Tuesday morning. According to private weather blogger Tamil Nadu Weatherman, parts of Tamil Nadu are expected to receive widespread rainfall today and on Wednesday, with Chennai and Delta districts expected to receive good amount of rainfall.

VCK chief Thol Thirumavalavan.

After MDMK chief Vaiko, the leader of another DMK-led alliance partner, VCK’s Thol Thirumavalavan, has announced they will contest the 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls under a separate symbol. Political experts believe that small parties in the DMK alliance had agreed to contest under its ‘Rising Sun’ symbol in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to defeat the BJP-led NDA. However, in the state election, they have the responsibility to secure their own vote share, along with recognition from the Election Commission.

READ | Tamil Nadu Assembly polls: After MDMK, VCK to contest on own symbol, not DMK’s

Also Read | 19-year-old kills cousin who attempted to rape her

In a big boost to the battered Tamil film industry, the state government on Monday issued a new directive removing the 50 per cent cap on occupancy in theatres. “Now, therefore the government hereby permits to increase the seating capacity of cinemas/theatres/multiplexes from existing 50 per cent to 100 per cent by following the Standard Operating Procedure issued already,” said the Tamil Nadu government in its later order.

READ | Tamil Nadu government removes 50 per cent cap on theatre occupancy

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