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Tamil Nadu Chennai July 19, 20 Highlights: Active cases in TN at 27,282 amid declining infections

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News July 19, 20 Highlights: According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 3,56,92,956 samples from the state have been tested till date.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: July 21, 2021 9:25:04 am
India achieves milestone of conducting 40 crore COVID-19 tests: ICMRA health worker takes a swab sample of a fisherman for COVID-19 testing, at Kasimedu Fishing Harbour, in Chennai. (PTI)

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News July 19, 20 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 1971 positive cases of Covid-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 25,37,373. Among these, Chennai reported 147 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,36,351. The state recorded 28 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 33,752. 22 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 2558 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,76,339.

As of Monday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 27,282. Till date, 14,82,615 males, 10,54,720 females and 38 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

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14:39 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Actor-politician Kushbu says her Twitter account hacked

Actor and BJP leader Kushbu Sundar on Tuesday said her Twitter account has been hacked.

Any activity or tweet from the account in the last few days was not done by her, she said in a statement.

“I would like to let you know that my Twitter account, @khushsundar, was hacked three days ago. We have been trying to follow up with the Twitter administration office regarding this matter,” she said.

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14:04 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Over 28.65 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 28,65,576 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 7444 people inoculated on Monday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

13:32 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Puducherry: AIADMK urges CM to take all party delegation to meet Union Jal Shakti Minister on Mekedatu issue

The AIADMK in Puducherry on Monday urged Chief Minister N Rangasamy to take an all-party delegation to meet the Union Jal Shakthi Minister and urge the Centre to prevent Karnataka from implementing the Mekedatu project across Cauvery river.

Former AIADMK legislator and secretary of the party’s Puducherry unit (East district) A Anbalagan presented a letter to the Chief Minister and also to PWD Minister K Lakshminarayanan separately on Monday  with this request.

He later told reporters that the Mekedatu dam would spell havoc to the ryots of Karaikal region of the Union Territory as flow of Cauvery water to Puducherry, one of the riparian states, would be hit if the reservoir came up across the river.

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13:03 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Govt may reopen vigilance probe against ex-AIADMK minister

The Tamil Nadu government on Monday told the Madras High Court it would reopen the probe into corruption allegations against former AIADMK minister S P Velumani, if necessary.

Advocate-General R Shanmugasundaram told the first bench of Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy that the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) had closed the complaints against the former Municipal Administration Minister without interrogating certain officials.

The court was hearing a PIL from Arappor Iyakkam, a non-governmental organisation, which came up for further hearing on Monday.

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12:35 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai today

Petrol and diesel prices remained unchanged across the country for the third successive day on Tuesday, July 20, 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.

12:00 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Karthi confirms Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan is a two-part epic, part 1 to release in 2022

Actor Karthi on Monday confirmed that his upcoming period drama Ponniyin Selvan will be released in two parts. And the first part of the epic fantasy drama will hit screens next year. “The golden era comes to life! (sic),” he tweeted while sharing a poster of the film.

Ponniyin Selvan is director Mani Ratnam‘s most ambitious movie yet. The film is based on iconic writer Kalki Krishnamurthy’s historical fiction novel of the same name. Set in the backdrop of Chola Dynasty, the epic novel has been adapted for the big screen by Ratnam along with writer B. Jeyamohan, who has penned dialogues for the movie.

Ratnam has put together an all-star cast to match the size, scale and scope that the novel represents. The film stars Aishwarya Rai, Vikram, Trisha, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Lal, Sarath Kumar, Jayaram, Vikram Prabhu, Prabhu, Ashwin Kakumanu, Kishore and Aishwarya Lekshmi among others.

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11:35 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Actor Vijay's tax case referred to another bench

A division bench of the Madras High Court on Monday referred a petition from actor Vijay, seeking permission to prefer an appeal against a single judge order indicting him for moving the court on the issue of entry tax for his imported car, to another bench.

Holding that the petition has been posted before them by mistake, Justices M M Sundresh and C Saravanan referred the matter back to the Registry for placing it before the appropriate bench, which is likely to be the one headed by Justice M Duraisamy.

Last week, Justice S M Subramaniam came down hard on Vijay for challenging levy of Entry Tax on his imported luxury car, Rolls Royce Ghost, from England in 2012, saying such a reputed actor is "expected to pay the tax promptly and punctually" and should not remain a mere reel-life hero. The amount of Rs one lakh was to be remitted to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's Covid-19 Public Relief Fund. The judge had also directed him to pay the tax.

Aggrieved, Vijay wanted to file an appeal, challenging the orders of the single judge and to expunge the remarks. As he could not get a hard copy of the order of the single judge, which is mandatory, he filed the present petition to permit him to file the appeal without the original order. (PTI)

11:25 (IST)20 Jul 2021
State Housing Minister reviews progress of housing projects

Tamil Nadu Housing and Urban Development Minister S Muthusamy on Monday reviewed the progress of housing projects being implemented by the Slum Clearance Board in and around Coimbatore city.

The Minister assured the people of Vellakinar, where 1,006 houses are being constructed in 53 acres, to look into their grievances on the issue over regularisation.

He reviewed the progress of work at Periyanaickenpalayam where 1,800 houses were being constructed in 10.81 acres and at Koundanpalayam where 1,848 houses were being built on 2.49 acres for the government employees.

Principal secretary to housing department Hiteshkumar Makwana was among the officials present during the review. (PTI)

11:00 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Nigerian national arrested in Coimbatore

A Nigerian national was arrested at the Coimbatore Railway Station on Monday and was found having 2.235 kg of white crystals believed to be amphetamine.

The foreigner identified as Egwin Kingsely is an alleged kingpin of a drug syndicate and was involved in selling narcotics for three years, the release said.

The contraband was found in small packets wrapped in carbon paper concealed in his luggage on the Kerala Express from Delhi.

Amphetamine, a banned substance under the NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Act, 1985, is used as rave party drug, the release from NCB said. (PTI)

10:37 (IST)20 Jul 2021
No scope for talks with Karnataka on Mekedatu: MK Stalin

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Monday ruled out scope for talks with Karnataka over the Mekedatu dam issue. Based on the Centre’s assurances, his government is confident that Karnataka cannot go ahead in its initiative and legal options would also be pursued in the dam matter, Stalin told reporters in the national capital after calling on President Ram Nath Kovind.

Stalin said the Tamil Nadu government has decided to commemorate the centenary of the Assembly, set up in 1921 and known then as the Madras Legislative Council, which was the first elected body of the then Madras Presidency.

The Chief Minister said he requested the President to preside over the commemoration of the centenary of the first elected House of people which he accepted and the event would also see the unveiling of the portrait of former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi in the Assembly.

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10:28 (IST)20 Jul 2021
NCB recovers over 300 kg of ganja bound for Kerala, arrests 2

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has seized over 300 kg of ganja destined to Kerala from Andhra Pradesh via Tamil Nadu and arrested two persons, a senior official of the NCB in Chennai said on Monday.

The seizure of 327.87 kg of ganja (cannabis) was made in Uttukottai, Tiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu, on Saturday. The cannabis was hidden in a special cavity created in a goods transport vehicle and its driver Dubash Shanker arrested, a press release from the office of Amit Ghawate Zonal Director of the NCB, said.

The narcotic was sourced from Annavaram (Andhra Pradesh) and was destined to Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), it said. Follow-up action by NCB in Kochi, Kerala, led to the arrest of Sreenath M at Kaliakavila on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border.

"He was receiver of the ganja consignment. He belongs to Thiruvananthapuram and was engaged in drug-peddling at Vizhinjam for the past four years," the release said. (PTI)

10:07 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Fishermen intensify stir over use of purse seine nets

Thousands of fishermen from Chandrapadi, Thirumullaivasal and 11 other villages in Mayiladuthurai district of Tamil Nadu on Monday intensified their protest seeking to lift the ban on use of purse seine nets.

With a view to preserving the marine resources, the Tamil Nadu government in year 2000 banned the nets by invoking the Tamil Nadu Marine Fishing Regulations Act, 1983. In 2018, the Madras High Court upheld the ban. 

The fishermen in Mayiladuthurai have since been saying the restriction was affecting their livelihood and they demanded the rollback of the ban. On July 17, they launched an indefinite hunger strike at Chandrapadi and Thirumullaivasal.

On Monday, hundreds of them from Chandrapadi marched towards the Tarangambadi taluk office to surrender their ration cards and aadhaar cards as part of the agitation, but the police stopped them. Following this, they sat in front of the taluk office and staged a dharna.

The Tarangambadi tahsildar Haridharan held talks with the protestors over the issue, but they continued the agitation. Meanwhile, hundreds of fishermen in Poompuhar, too, protested over the issue in the town. On July 17, they launched an indefinite hunger strike
at Chandrapadi and Thirumullaivasal. (PTI)

09:50 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Tamil Nadu 12th Plus Two Result 2021 declared: 100% pass, over 30k science students score 551-600 marks

The Directorate of Government Exams (DGE), Tamil Nadu Monday announced the result of class 12 or Higher Secondary Examination (HSE). Students can check their subject-wise score on these websites- tnresults.nic.in, dge1.tn.nic.in, dge2.tn.nic.in and dge.tn.gov.in.

A total of 8,16,473 students had registered for the Plus Two examination of which 4,35,973 are girls and 3,80,500 are boys. They all are declared pass. A total of 1,656 students who didn’t attend the classes were considered as candidates who have not taken exams this year. Overall, 39,679 students have managed to get a score between 551-600 and 1,67,133 students achieved a score in the 501-550 marks bracket. As many as 2,22,522 students scored between 451-500 marks.

Tamil Nadu school education minister Mahesh Anbil Poyyamozhi said that no one has scored 600/600. “Exams will soon be conducted for students who wish to improve their scores and also for other private candidates, the dates will be announced depending on the Covid-19 situation,” the minister said.

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09:49 (IST)20 Jul 2021
No GCC vaccination camps in Chennai today

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has announced that vaccination camps organised by the civic body in Chennai will not be organised today.

09:27 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Ambattur: TNHB Block 1 to 4000 (Devar Street), Church, Munusamy Street, Vanagaram Road, Lake View Garden, Perumal Koil, Agranaram, MTH Road, Kamarajapuram, Teachers Colony, Ramapuram, 2nd Main Road Ambattur Industrial Estate, Railway Station Road, Pattravakkam, Bajanai Koil Street, North Mada Street, TNEB Quarters, TVS Nagar, Annai Nagar, TNEB Colony, Gangai Nagar, AK Amman Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Vijayalakshmi Puram, Pudur Main Road, Iyyappan Nagar, Ayanambakkam and surrounding areas

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

Here are the affected areas:

Ambattur: TNHB Block 1 to 4000 (Devar Street), Church, Munusamy Street, Vanagaram Road, Lake View Garden, Perumal Koil, Agranaram, MTH Road, Kamarajapuram, Teachers Colony, Ramapuram, 2nd Main Road Ambattur Industrial Estate, Railway Station Road, Pattravakkam, Bajanai Koil Street, North Mada Street, TNEB Quarters, TVS Nagar, Annai Nagar, TNEB Colony, Gangai Nagar, AK Amman Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Vijayalakshmi Puram, Pudur Main Road, Iyyappan Nagar, Ayanambakkam and surrounding areas

Anna Nagar: Dhanalakshimi nagar, Krishna Industrial Estate, Temathamman Nagar, Parts of PH Road, South Mada Street, Rukumani Nagar and surrounding areas

Tambaram: MES Road, Sarma Street, Ashok Nagar, Ganapathipuram, Mothilal Nagar, Kannagi Street, LIC Colony, Velachery Main Road, Salomon Street, Thiruvalluvar Street, Chakkaravarthi Street, Professor Colony, Indian Air Force and surrounding areas

09:22 (IST)20 Jul 2021
TN reports 1971 fresh cases, 147 from Chennai alone

Tamil Nadu recorded 1971 positive cases of Covid-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 25,37,373. Among these, Chennai reported 147 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,36,351. The state recorded 28 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 33,752. 22 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 2558 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,76,339.

As of Monday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 27,282. Till date, 14,82,615 males, 10,54,720 females and 38 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, 3,56,92,956 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,34,989 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 276 Covid-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 207 are private facilities.

09:21 (IST)20 Jul 2021
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19:04 (IST)19 Jul 2021
TN records 1,971 cases and 28 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1,971 positive cases of Covid-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 25,37,373. Among these, Chennai reported 147 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,36,351. The state recorded 28 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 33,752. A total of 2,558 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,76,339.

18:30 (IST)19 Jul 2021
No scope for talks with Karnataka on Mekedatu: MK Stalin

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Monday ruled out scope for talks with Karnataka over the Mekedatu dam issue. Based on the Centre’s assurances, his government is confident that Karnataka cannot go ahead in its initiative and legal options would also be pursued in the dam matter, Stalin told reporters in the national capital after calling on President Ram Nath Kovind.

Asked if he took up any Tamil Nadu related issues with Kovind like the NEET or release of the seven Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts, he replied in the negative.

On the issue of convicts, Stalin said he wrote to Kovind seeking their release as soon as he assumed office in May as the Chief Minister. “The matter is in court, we have to pursue legal measures and we will continue to raise our voice (seeking their release),” he said.

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17:49 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Fulfill your poll promise, ensure live telecast of Tamil Nadu assembly proceedings: Kamal Haasan

Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan urged the Tamil Nadu Government to ensure a live telecast of the proceedings in the Tamil Nadu assembly. “Live-telecasting assembly proceedings will help the common man to know about the discussions the people’s representatives are having over public issues,” Haasan said.

Haasan said the public interest litigation filed in 2012 at the Madras High Court demanding the live telecast of assembly proceedings is pending due to various invalid reasons put forth by the previous AIADMK government.

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The ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has asked its cadres and other functionaries not to inconvenience the public by putting up hoardings and banners. In a statement, DMK organisational secretary and Rajya Sabha MP R S Bharathi said strict action will be initiated against those who act against party rules.

READ | Avoid putting banners, hoardings or face action: DMK to cadres

Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan urged the Tamil Nadu Government to ensure a live telecast of the proceedings in the Tamil Nadu assembly. “Live-telecasting assembly proceedings will help the common man to know about the discussions the people’s representatives are having over public issues,” Haasan said.

READ | Fulfill your poll promise, ensure live telecast of Tamil Nadu assembly proceedings: Kamal Haasan

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