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Tamil Nadu Chennai 28, 29 Highlights: TN records 1,859 fresh Covid-19 cases and 28 deaths

Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News 28, 29 Highlights: A total of 2,145 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,00,434.

A health worker administers a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to a person at a drive-in vaccination centre, at MGM Hospital, in Chennai. (PTI)

Tamil Nadu Chennai News 28, 29 Highlights:  Tamil Nadu recorded 1,859 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 25,55,664. Among these, Chennai reported 181 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,37,732. The state recorded 28 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 34,023. A total of 2,145 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,00,434.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin issued an order on Thursday withdrawing 90 defamation cases filed against Journalists and Media organizations from 2012 – 2021(until February) by the previous AIADMK government. In a statement, Stalin the order was passed as part of the poll promise he made before the 2021 assembly election.

Urgent action should be taken to remove capping of Central share of premium subsidy under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.

The Fasal Bima Yojana is successfully implemented and Tamil Nadu has witnessed a huge growth in terms of area insured and farmers’ enrolment due to sincere efforts and best practices adopted by the state, Stalin said in a letter to Modi.

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20:10 (IST)29 Jul 2021
TN records 1,859 cases and 28 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1,859 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 25,55,664. Among these, Chennai reported 181 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,37,732. The state recorded 28 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 34,023. A total of 2,145 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,00,434.

19:37 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Congress needs to regain ideological clarity in Tamil Nadu: Sasikanth Senthil

Former IAS officer Sasikanth Senthil, who has now been appointed as the coordinator for the social media wing and other frontline teams of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC), said that he wants to strengthen the party at the ground level ahead of the upcoming local body elections.

In 2019, Senthil quit as an IAS officer alleging that ‘fundamental building blocks of democracy are being compromised’. He tweeted back then that he had decided to leave the civil service in search of a method to stem the totalitarian attack on the country he “dearly loves”. Sasikanth was formally inducted into TNCC in November 2020.

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19:04 (IST)29 Jul 2021
TN Govt withdraws defamation cases filed against Journalists

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin issued an order on Thursday withdrawing 90 defamation cases filed against Journalists and Media organizations from 2012 - 2021(until February) by the previous AIADMK government. In a statement, Stalin the order was passed as part of the poll promise he made before the 2021 assembly election.

18:22 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Remove cap on central share of premium subsidy under Fasal Bima Yojana, TN CM Stalin urges PM Modi

Urgent action should be taken to remove capping of Central share of premium subsidy under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.

The Fasal Bima Yojana is successfully implemented and Tamil Nadu has witnessed a huge growth in terms of area insured and farmers’ enrolment due to sincere efforts and best practices adopted by the state, Stalin said in a letter to Modi.

However, the state’s share of premium subsidy has increased at a compound annual growth rate of 28.07 per cent in the last five years.

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14:57 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Netrikann trailer: Nayanthara-starrer promises to be an edgy thriller

Filmmaker Vignesh Shivan on Thursday unveiled the trailer of his latest production venture Netrikann, which stars his girlfriend Nayanthara in the lead role. Written and directed by Milind Rau of Aval fame, the thriller has a vibe similar to the Hollywood hit ‘Don’t Breathe.’ A blind person with uncanny skills makes the trespassers pay for their grave miscalculations.

Judging by the trailer, Nayanthara, who is blind, is a witness in a case that has become a nightmare for the police department. A killer is on the prowl and is targeting young women in Chennai city. He crosses paths with Nayanthara’s character and underestimates her ability to defend herself due to her visual impairment. Well, as Daredevil (in Marvel’s The Defenders) puts it, the gift of “sight is overrated.”

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14:07 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Over 30.75 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 30,75,292 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 23,652 people inoculated on Wednesday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

13:37 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai today

Petrol and diesel prices remained unchanged across the country for the 12th consecutive day on Thursday, July 29, 2021. Petrol had touched fresh record highs on July 17, when it rose by 30 paise per litre in the national capital, while diesel prices were kept unchanged.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 102.49 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 94.39 per litre.

12:40 (IST)29 Jul 2021
No stay on GO prescribing 10.5 per cent reservation to Vanniyars

The Madras High Court on Wednesday did not stay the operation of a government order providing 10.5 per cent internal reservation exclusively for Vanniyars in the state.

Instead, the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy adjourned to August second week, further hearing on the batch of PIL petitions challenging the government order.

The adjournment followed a submission from Advocate-General R Shanmugasundaram that similar petitions challenging the reservation policy of the state government were pending before the Supreme Court and they are likely to come up for hearing in the first week of next month.

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12:22 (IST)29 Jul 2021
100-year-old CPM leader to donate cash prize to CM’s Covid-19 relief fund

100-year-old CPM leader N Sankaraiah, who is slated to received the ‘Thagaisal Thamizhar’ award that was instituted by the MK Stalin-led DMK government to honour personalities for their eminent contribution to the betterment of Tamil Nadu and the Tamils, has said that he will donate the cash prize to the Chief Minister’s Covid-19 relief Fund.

In a statement, Stalin had said that the decision to honour Sankaraiah was taken at a meeting chaired by him where the minister for Industries, Tamil official language, Tamil culture and archaeology Thangam Thennarasu and Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu were also present. Stalin said the committee chose the centenarian who entered public life at a very young age, became a student leader, and then participated in the country’s freedom struggle and served the people as member of the legislative assembly.

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11:51 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Chief Minister MK Stalin launched several projects at Kolathur yesterday

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin Wednesday launched several projects at the Kolathur constituency, which he represents. Stalin inaugarated smart classrooms at the Chennai Middle School in Gopalapuram, and also launched centres for Integrated Child Development Scheme, distributing books to children, according to The Hindu. 

11:35 (IST)29 Jul 2021
PG degree from OU without UG degree has no value: Madras HC

Post Graduate degree obtained in the Open University System without a basic Under Graduate degree cannot be considered either for appointment or promotion, the Madras High Court has ruled.

A division bench of Justices Pushpa Sathyanarayana and Krishnan Ramasamy gave the ruling on Tuesday while allowing a writ appeal from the Inspector General of Registration and the secretary of Commercial Taxes & Registration department challenging a February 2020 order of a single judge.

The issue relates to the educational qualification for the purpose of promotion as Sub Registrar Grade I from Sub Registrar Grade-II.

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11:13 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Over 81K posters removed across Chennai till date

A total of 81,790 posters have been removed across Chennai till Wednesday as a part of the Greater Chennai Corporation's (GCC) poster removal campaign.

Here are the details:

North Chennai - 19,509

Central Chennai - 23,677

South Chennai - 38,604

10:48 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Free vaccination in pvt hospitals to be held in 4 districts in 1st phase: CII

Four districts in Tamil Nadu would witness the rollout of the free vaccination drive in private hospitals by utilising the CSR funds of companies under the first phase, trade body Confederation of Indian Industry said on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, CII partnered with the Tamil Nadu government to launch a free vaccination drive in the state supported by  CII members through the corporate social responsibility funds.

The free vaccination rollout in private hospitals was formally launched by Chief Minister M K Stalin at the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai. "This is the first of its kind initiative in the country and we are happy to see that many industries in the state have come forward to support this cause which would go a long way in inoculating the people of the state, especially in the rural areas," CII Tamil Nadu Chairman S Chandrakumar said in a press release. 

"In the first phase, the free vaccination drive will be held in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Cuddalore and Erode districts with the support of CII members in their respective locations," CII said.

CII has contributed Rs 2.20 crore for the initiative which was supported by CII members, truck major Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, Saint-Gobain, ZF Wabco, CavinKare and Danfoss Industries. CII members have supported the state government in relief and rehabilitation activities including augmenting critical medical infrastructure like medical oxygen and oxygen concentrators, CII TN vice chairman Satyakam Arya said
in the release. (PTI)

10:25 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Kamal Haasan demands withdrawal of Draft Cinematograph Bill

Veteran actor Kamal Haasan on Wednesday said he had submitted before a Parliamentary panel in detail, the “dangerous aspects” of the Draft Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which “strangles the voice of freedom of expression.”

The actor, also founder of Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) political party, had appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology chaired by senior Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday.

He also wanted the Centre to immediately withdraw the draft bill.

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10:05 (IST)29 Jul 2021
AIADMK will remain intact under dual leadership, none can capture party, asserts Panneerselvam

AIADMK Coordinator O Panneerselvam on Wednesday asserted his party will remain intact under the present set up of dual leadership and that none can capture it.

The AIADMK, he said, has since the last four-and-a-half years demonstrated it can run its affairs under the dual leadership of coordinator and joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami and no individual or a person from a family can capture or gain control of the party.

“An individual or a person from a particular family can never capture the AIADMK, which has democratically elected me and Palaniswami as coordinator and joint coordinator to guide the party.”

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09:40 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Take action against officials who failed to collect taxes: Madras HC

The Madras High Court has directed the Commercial Taxes department to issue suitable orders to all subordinate authorities to identify the cases where no actions are taken or taken belatedly after efflux of time regarding collection of tax or arrears of tax.

Issuing the directions to the Secretary, Commercial Taxes and Registration and the Commissioner, Commercial Taxes, the court also asked them to initiate appropriate action against all who are responsible and accountable for such lapses, negligence or dereliction of duty.

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09:40 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Minister visits TNAU, witnesses demo on drone technology

Tamil Nadu Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister M R K Panneerselvam on Wednesday inspected research activities, technologies and improved crop varieties developed by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) in Coimbatore.

During the visit, the Minister declared open the vermicompost unit, pellatization of forage crops for production of nutritive fodder pellets for enhancing livestock productivity. He inspected the ultra high density mango-planting and witnessed the demonstration of drone technology in agriculture for spraying pesticide and nutrients at TNAU orchard.

The Minister visited the arid fruit zone orchard and also the renovated botanical garden at the university. He was accompanied by the Vice-Chancellor of TNAU Dr N Kumar who gave a briefing on various activities of the university, an official press release said.

Research studies were conducted at the university utilising the capabilities of drone (unmanned aerial vehicle) technology in detecting health status of crops using sensors and delivering inputs as foliar spray in accordance with site-specific prescription with minimal labour requirement. 

The digital technology of drone applications would revitalise agriculture besides attracting/retaining youth in farming to foster rural livelihood, the release said. (PTI)

09:26 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Madras HC quashes IT assessment order against Karti Chidambaram

The Madras High Court on Wednesday set aside an assessment order passed by the Income Tax Department against Karti, son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram and Lok Sabha member from Sivaganga constituency, and his wife Srinidhi.

The charge against Karti and Srinidhi was they had failed to disclose an income of Rs 6.38 crore during 2014-15.

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09:26 (IST)29 Jul 2021
President Ram Nath Kovind in Tamil Nadu for 5 days starting August 2

President Ram Nath Kovind will reach Tamil Nadu for a five-day visit starting August 2 and participate in several events in Chennai and Ooty, officials said on Wednesday.

In his maiden visit to New Delhi after taking charge as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M K Stalin had invited Kovind to attend the commemoration of the 100th year of the Madras Legislative Council and unveil the portrait of former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi at the assembly hall.

According to the schedule, Kovind will reach Chennai airport on August 2 at 12:45pm and after a brief reception, he will head to Raj Bhavan for lunch. At 5pm, he will participate in the centenary celebrations of the legislative assembly, formerly known as the Madras Legislative Council, and later, unveil the portrait M Karunanidhi at the assembly hall.

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09:15 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a power cut in parts of Chennai today from 9 am to 5 pm today for maintenance work.Here are the affected areas:

Kovoor: Kovoor, Periyapanicheri, Baraniputur, Thandalam, Manancheri, South Malayambakkam, Babu Garden, Akash Nagar, Manikandan Nagar, Metha Nagar, Ondi Colony and Parts of Kundrathur

IT Corridor: Entire Sai nagar 1st to 13th Cross Street, Sainagar 1st, 2nd and 3rd Main Road, Selvaganapathy Avenue, Selvakumar Avenue, Arumugam Avenue, Bethel Nagar, Saravana Nagar 3rd and 4th Street, Corporation Road Partial Area, New Kumaran Nagar, Gandhi Street and School Road

Velachery West: Kamarajapuram, Ganapathi Nagar, Radha Mohan Street, Gandhi Kumaran Street and Kannaki StreetAdyar: 8th and 9th Cross Street of Dhandeeswaram and Dhandeeswaram 3rd Main Road

Mylapore: Thirumurthy Nagar Main Road and Thirumurthy Nagar 2nd Street and 4th Street

Manali: Parthasarathy Street, Avarai Kollimedu, Cheyalam Street, Periyasekkadu, Perumal Koil Street and Pachaiyappan Garden

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The Tamil Nadu police Wednesday arrested two more people in connection with the financial fraud case filed against MR Ganesh and MR Swaminathan, popularly known as the ‘Helicopter Brothers’ of Kumbakonam district. The brothers — accused of cheating people to the tune of Rs 600 crore — are absconding.

READ | ‘Helicopter brothers’ cheating case: Ganesh’s wife, a firm employee held

The AIADMK staged a statewide protest in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday alleging that the DMK made false electoral promises to come to power. Senior leaders Edappadi K Palaniswami, O Panneerselvam, SP Velumani, Kadambur C Raju, D Jayakumar and several other functionaries took part in it.

READ | DMK rode on false promises to capture power in Tamil Nadu, says AIADMK leader Edappadi K Palaniswami

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 or 044 25384520 | Citizens can also contact the general helpline 104, the 24-hour helplines 044 29510400 or 29510500 and the 24 x 7 mobile helplines 8754448477 or 9444340496 | Citizens can find the nearest GCC-facilitated COVID-19 fever clinic here | Find your GCC vaccine centre 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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