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Chennai News July 16 Highlights: Lockdown extended in Tamil Nadu till July 31

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News July 16 Highlights: A total of 2,986 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,68,236.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: July 19, 2021 9:27:22 am
coronavirus, covid-19, delhi unlock, delhi bars open, delhi parks open, coronavirus latest updates, coronavirus india news, coronavirus india unlock, covid-19 india cases, covid india deatshs, covid india news coronavirusA healthworker administers a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine in Chennai on Monday. (PTI)

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News July 16 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 2,312 positive cases of Covid-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 25,31,118. Among these, Chennai reported 144 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,35,902. The state recorded 46 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 33,652. A total of 2,986 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,68,236.

Chief Minister MK Stalin Friday announced that the lockdown would be extended till July 31. Activities like Public/private bus transportation within states (except Puducherry), flight services, theatres, bars, swimming pools, social/political gatherings and other events, reopening of schools/colleges, Zoo would still be restricted. However, the government has provided relaxation for ITIS, Industrial schools, typewriting training institutes, who are permitted to function with 50% of students on a rotational basis. Teachers are allowed to visit schools to carry out works related to admission, distribution of textbooks, etc.

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20:49 (IST)16 Jul 2021
TN records 2,312 cases and 46 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 2,312 positive cases of Covid-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 25,31,118. Among these, Chennai reported 144 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,35,902. The state recorded 46 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 33,652. A total of 2,986 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,68,236.

19:38 (IST)16 Jul 2021
TN extends lockdown till July 31

Chief Minister MK Stalin Friday announced that the lockdown would be extended till July 31. Activities like Public/private bus transportation within states (except Puducherry), flight services, theatres, bars, swimming pools, social/political gatherings and other events, reopening of schools/colleges, Zoo would still be restricted. However, the government has provided relaxation for ITIS, Industrial schools, typewriting training institutes, who are permitted to function with 50% of students on a rotational basis. Teachers are allowed to visit schools to carry out works related to admission, distribution of textbooks, etc.

18:50 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Light to Moderate rain is likely to occur over Chennai, Kancheepuram and other districts

Chennai and it's neighbouring districts received a sharp spell of rain on Friday evening. According to Regional Metrological Centre, Chennai, light to moderate intensity rain with thunderstorms is likely to occur over Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Vellore, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Salem, Virudhunagar districts of Tamilnadu for the next two hours. 

17:55 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Stalin asks Modi to reconsider decision to hold NEET

Tamil Nadu chief minister M K Stalin requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reconsider the decision to conduct NEET as it may lead to further spread of Covid-19.

“Schools and colleges are shut. Under these circumstances, conducting a national level entrance examination may lead to the spread of the virus. Hence, the honourable Prime Minister should reconsider the decision,” Stalin said.

Modi on Friday held a virtual meeting of several chief ministers on Covid-19 to discuss the current scenario and subsequent vaccination strategies as the country prepares to face the third wave of infections.

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15:00 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai on Saturday

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

Here are the affected areas:

Thirumudivakkam: Parts of Kundrathur, Thirumudivakkam Industrial Estate, Pazhanthandalam, Poonthandalam, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Kundrathur Bazaar, Nattham and surrounding areas

Ponneri Durainallur: Kavarapettai, Panpakkam, Arani, Durainallur, Medur, Mangalam and surrounding areas

IT Corridor: Elcot Avenue Road, Nedunchezhian Street, Narayanasamy Street, Kumaran Nagar, TNHB, Gandhi Nagar, OMR, Chemenchery, Sathyabama College, JPR College, St. Joesph College, Nehru Nagar, Ganesh Nagar, Anna Street, Gandhi Street, MGR Street and surrounding areas

Velachery: Bhuvaneswari Nagar II Main Road and surrounding areas

R A Puram: RA puram, Parts of MRC Nagar, Parts of Gandhi Nagar, RK Nagar, Raja Gramani Garden, Velayuthraja Street, Kasthuri Avenue, Santhome High Road, Annai Therasa Nagar, Perumal Koil Street and surrounding areas

Guindy: Adambakkam, T.G Nagar, Vanavampet, Puzuthivakkam, Ramapuram, Nanganallur and surrounding areas.

14:39 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Over 27.82 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 27,82,932 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 9141 people inoculated on Thursday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

14:05 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Rajinikanth dissolves political platform, a political career ends before its launch

On Monday, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth announced pack-up for his political dreams. He wound up Rajini Makkal Mandram, the political platform he had floated to win the 2021 assembly elections. Hereafter, only the Rasikar Mandram (fan club) will continue though the fans have aged.

Ages ago, Muthu, a character played by Rajinikanth, said: “Naan eppo varuven, eppadi varuvenennu yarukkum theriyathu. Aana vara vendiya nerathile correcta varuven (No one can tell when or how I’ll arrive — but I always do, when the time is right)”. For someone whose screen persona always exuded confidence and decisiveness, Rajini’s diffidence about his political entry has been surprising. 

Since the 1990s, all of Tamil Nadu has waited with bated breath for the superstar to take the plunge. Each time when expectations skyrocketed, he shied away. Much water has flowed through the Cauvery over the years. The two larger-than-life figures who dominated the skyline of Tamil politics, M Karunanidhi and J Jayalalithaa, departed in the last five years. That’s when the buzz around Rajinikanth restarted. 

In the 1970s, M G Ramachandran had used his fan base to launch the AIADMK. Like MGR, Rajini was to play out the screen persona of the decisive, convincing hero who stood with the poor, oppressed and the working class in the electoral arena. But times had changed and soon Rajini realised that history could repeat as a farce. He read the pandemic as a sign to retreat. The rigours of politics may have been too tiring for an aching body and confused mind. Just ahead of the assembly polls, Rajini announced that he was no longer in the contest. The decks were cleared for DMK chief M K Stalin to win office.

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13:19 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai today

Prices of petrol and diesel remained unchanged across the country on Friday, July 16, 2021. Petrol had touched a fresh record high on July 15, when it rose by 35 paise per litre while diesel inched 15 paise in the national capital.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 102.23 per litre and diesel is priced at Rs. 94.39 per litre.

12:25 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Provide more financial assistance to disabled persons: Madras HC

Holding that persons with disabilities deserve enhanced relief, the Madras High Court on Thursday said they should be given more than the Rs 1,000 which is currently being given as assistance during the COVID-19 situation.

The First Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy gave the direction to this effect when a PIL petition seeking grant of increased assistance to such persons came up for further hearing on Thursday.

Section 24 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act requires persons with disabilities to be provided more assistance than what the others get.

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11:56 (IST)16 Jul 2021
TN health minister discusses NEET issues with union education minister, four new exam centres added

Tamil Nadu Health Minister M Subramanian met Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan here on Thursday and discussed issues pertaining to the medical entrance exam NEET 2021.

Pradhan informed him that for the convenience of the students of Tamil Nadu, four cities — Chengalpet, Virudhunagar, Dindigul and Tiruppur — have been added to the list of places where NEET(UG) will be conducted.

“Health Minister, Government of Tamil Nadu, M Subramanian met me to discuss various issues of Tamil Nadu, including NEET (UG) 2021. Explained to him the background of the Supreme Court’s directions in this regard.

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11:34 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Plea in Madras HC to make NCLT in city fully functional

A petition has been filed in the Madras High Court for a direction to authorities concerned to make the regional bench of the National Company Law Tribunal in Chennai fully functional by filling up the vacancies for the posts of members.

The first bench of Chief Justice Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, before which the PIL petition from V Venkatesa Sivakumar came up for hearing on Thursday, ordered three weeks' notice to the Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

According to the petitioner, the infrastructural facilities were made available in 2018 itself for the Tribunal, but the third bench did not come into operation, as it lacked members. Presently, there are 27 division benches across India requiring 54 adjudicating authorities. However, there are only 42 such authorities. Of them, 21 are judicial members and the remaining 21 are technical members.

The Union ministry, taking into account the number of cases pending in Tamil Nadu, constituted three division benches for the regional NCLT in Chennai in 2017. But, there were only two division benches and that too one division bench with only one judicial member, contrary to the provisions of the Act. The third one is yet to take off, he added. (PTI)

11:14 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Don’t encroach water bodies in the name of development projects: Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Thursday advised the Tamil Nadu government to not encroach water bodies and ways in the name of development projects.

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy gave the advice while entertaining a PIL petition from S Sridhar, a resident of Padur.

The petitioner alleged that the contractors engaged by the Tamil Nadu Road Development Corporation (TNRDC) were destroying the water ways and bodies in Padur for the Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) Phase II project, near Chennai.

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10:48 (IST)16 Jul 2021
49,666 posters removed in Chennai till date

A total of 49,666 posters have been removed across Chennai till date as a part of the Greater Chennai Corporation's (GCC) poster removal drive.

Here are the posters removed till July 15:

North Chennai - 9744

Central Chennai - 9944

South Chennai - 29,978

10:28 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Why not appoint team, led by an IAS officer, to maintain Marina: Madras HC asks TN govt

To look after the cleanliness and maintenance of the Marina beach, a key tourist spot in Tamil Nadu, why not the state government appoint a dedicated team, headed by an IAS officer? the Madras High Court has asked.

The team can consist of officials from the Greater Chennai Corporation and the departments of the public works and the police, the local councillor, an environmentalist, a social worker and a representative of traders, a division bench of Justices N Kirubakaran and T V Thamilselvi suggested.

The bench was passing interim orders on a batch of PIL petitions recently from vendors praying for a direction to authorities concerned to allot them ice cream parlours on the beach.

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10:11 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Centre has assured it will review state’s NEET exemption demand: Tamil Nadu Minister

Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian on Thursday said that the Union Government has promised to review Tamil Nadu government’s demand for exemption from the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET).

Subramanian, who called on Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in New Delhi Thursday, said he and other state officials briefed the Union Minister on the fallout of implementation of NEET in Tamil Nadu.

He said Pradhan was apprised of the difference of syllabus between the state board and CBSE, the death of 13 students in the last four years over failure to qualify NEET, and also the report submitted by the retired Judge AK-Rajan-led committee to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on the impact of NEET.

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09:48 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Ensure rear view mirrors in two-wheelers: HC

The Madras High Court on Thursday directed the authorities concerned to ensure that two-wheelers are mandatorily fitted with rear view mirrors on both the sides. The State Transport Commissioner and the Commissioner of Police should ensure strict implementation of this rule already in the statute book, the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said.

The bench gave the direction while passing interim orders on a PIL petition from advocate B Ramkumar Adityan of Tiruchendur.

The petitioner sought to levy a fine of Rs 500 on those who ride two-wheelers without the two rear view mirrors and Rs 1,500 on repeat offenders. The number of two-wheelers in the State had increased manifold from 32.14 lakh in 1999 to 2.49 crore in 2020. A majority of fatal road accidents involved two-wheelers.

Rear view mirrors on both sides of the handle-bar are essential parts of these vehicles since they help the riders to keep a better view of the traffic behind them. But, most of the two-wheeler riders remove the rear view mirrors either for styling purposes or for other reasons and the traffic police seldom fine them. The absence of rear view mirrors was viewed seriously by the police in other States, petitioner pointed out. (PTI)

09:29 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai today from 9 am to 5 pm to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

Neelankarai: Sun Rise Avenue, Kabaleeswarar Nagar – North and South, Kabaleeswarar Nagar Main Road and Kabaleeswarar Nagar Beach Road.

09:26 (IST)16 Jul 2021
TN reports 2405 fresh cases, 148 from Chennai alone

Tamil Nadu recorded 2405 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 25,28,806. Among these, Chennai reported 148 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,35,747. The state recorded 49 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 33,606. 36 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 3006 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,65,250.

As of Thursday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 29,950. Till date, 14,77,644 males, 10,51,124 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, 3,51,19,946 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,46,665 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 274 Covid-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 205 are private facilities.

09:25 (IST)16 Jul 2021
Welcome to today's live blog

Good morning!
Welcome to the live blog from Chennai where we bring to you the latest updates on COVID-19, lockdown in Tamil Nadu and more across Chennai and Tamil Nadu. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time.

Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian on Thursday said that the Union Government has promised to review Tamil Nadu government’s demand for exemption from the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET).

READ | Centre has assured it will review state’s NEET exemption demand: Tamil Nadu Minister

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Wednesday conducted a review of the Chennai Metro Rail projects and asked the officials to expedite the works on the phase I line from Meenambakkam to Kilambakkam and from Tambaram to Velachery.

READ | Tamil Nadu CM Stalin directs Chennai Metro officials to accelerate pending projects

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 | 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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