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Tamil Nadu Chennai highlights: Chennai Corporation orders to shuts shops in commercial areas till August 9

Tamil Nadu Chennai Latest News July 31, August 1 Highlights: As of Friday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 20,934.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: August 2, 2021 12:23:29 pm
TN Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan alongside Chennai Corporation officials at Ranganathan street (Twitter/Janardhan Koushik)

Tamil Nadu Chennai News July 31, August 1 Highlights:  The Greater Chennai Corporation Friday issued orders to shut down shops in nine commercial areas of the city from Saturday till August 9. The decision comes against the backdrop of the marginal rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the city.

The Madras High Court on Friday permitted private unaided schools in Tamil Nadu to collect 85 per cent of the annual fees for the year 2021-22 in six instalments from students whose parents had not suffered loss of income during the Covid-19 pandemic period. This, provided the schools conducted the online classes without any hindrance, the court said. Parents who have suffered loss of income during this period shall make an application to the school management, who shall consider their request and collect 75 per cent of the fees, as per a circular by the Commissioner of School Education for 2021- 2022, in six instalments.

Tamil Nadu recorded 1,947 positive cases of Covid-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 25,57,611. Among these, Chennai reported 215 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,37,951. The state recorded 27 deaths on Friday putting the state toll at 34,050. A total of 2,193 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,02,627.

Tamil Nadu Government Friday announced that the lockdown will continue in the state for another week till August 9 without any further relaxations. The decision was taken at the meeting chaired by Chief Minister MK Stalin at the secretariat. In a statement, the government said the relaxations were provided earlier with a view that the livelihood of the public should not be affected however if people fail to follow the Covid-19 protocol issued by the government then we will face serious issues. The district collectors and police have been instructed to strictly implement the protocol and close the areas where large gathering is witnessed in view of the welfare of the public.

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13:10 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Madras HC permits schools to collect 85% fees in six installments

The Madras High Court on Friday permitted private unaided schools in Tamil Nadu to collect 85 per cent of the annual fees for the year 2021-22 in six instalments from students whose parents had not suffered loss of income during the Covid-19 pandemic period.

This, provided the schools conducted the online classes without any hindrance, the court said.Parents who have suffered loss of income during this period shall make an application to the school management, who shall consider their request and collect 75 per cent of the fees, as per a circular by the Commissioner of School Education for 2021- 2022, in six instalments.

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12:04 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Tamil Nadu DGP orders weekly off for TN police

The Tamil Nadu DGP directed all Commissioners and SPs to sanction a weekly off and provide leave on birthday/marriage day to all the police personnel in the state. This was done to take good care of themselves and spend quality time with their families.

11:51 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Chennai Corporation shuts shops in commercial areas till August 9

The Greater Chennai Corporation Friday issued orders to shut down shops in nine commercial areas of the city from Saturday till August 9. The decision comes against the backdrop of the marginal rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the city.

According to a press release, shops between Ranganathan Street –North Usman Road junction and Mambalam will remain closed from today (Saturday) till 6 am on August 9. Shops and commercial entities located in other areas of Doveton Junction to Brickklin Road junction in Purasawalkam, Jam Bazaar Bharathi Salai Ratna Café junction to Bells Road junction, Fakir Sahib Street, Habibullah Street, Pulipone Bazaar, NSC Bose Road- Kuralagam junction to Mini Street junction, Royapuram Kalmandapam Salai, Water Tank to Kamatchi Amman Koil, Aminjikarai police outpost to Pulla Avenue Thiru.Vi.Ka.Park junction and Red Hills Anjaneyar Statue to Ambedkar Statue will also remain closed. It has been mentioned that Kothwal market will remain closed from August 1 (Sunday) till August 9.

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11:32 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Stalin pays tributes to 1971 war heroes

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday paid rich tributes to the 1971 war heroes whose supreme sacrifice earned a big victory to India and said it was a "historical coincidence" that the DMK which was in power then, is now participating in the golden jubilee of the victory.

Hailing the sacrifice of the brave officers and soldiers who had fought to liberate then East Pakistan, Stalin said their families too deserved commendation as they had prepared the men to sacrifice for the country.

Participating in the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Indian armed forces' victory (Swarnim Vijay Varsh) here, the chief minister recalled that during the December 1971 war, his father and late Dravidian stalwart M Karunanidhi was the chief minister.

"Now our DMK is in power to celebrate India's victory. It is sheer historical coincidence," Stalin said.

10:33 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Centre's announcement on OBC quota another milestone in AIADMK's legal battle, says party

The reservation of 27 per cent for OBCs (other backward classes) in the quota for medical students in the country that was announced by the Centre is another milestone in the AIADMK's legal battle on the issue, said top leaders of the party on Friday.

On Thursday, the Central government announced the 27 per cent quota for OBCs as well as 10 per cent for the economically weaker section (EWS) for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental courses from the academic year 2021-22.

Welcoming the announcement, AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam and joint coordinator of the party K Palaniswami claimed the legal battle has ensured the reservation for student from other backward classes in Tamil Nadu.

'We are proud to say that this is a great victory for social justice pursued by AIADMK leaders late M G Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa. We like to inform that the AIADMK will continue its efforts to achieve the target of 50 per cent reservation for OBCs,' they said.

In a joint statement here, Panneerselvam and Palaniswami lauded the announcement and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for it.

Tracing the party's struggle to ensure reservation for OBCs in education and employment, the two AIADMK leaders said M G Ramachandran had in 1980 increased the quota in Tamil Nadu to 50 per cent from 30 per cent. Acting on the recommendation of the Mandal Commission, the Central government in 1990 announced 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in jobs in Central government services and public sector undertakings (PSUs).

'But, no announcement was made regarding reservation in educational institutions. Aware of this, Jayalalithaa urged the Centre to expedite and fully implement the recommendations of the Mandal Commission to help the backward classes in the social and educational spheres,' they said. (PTI)

10:08 (IST)31 Jul 2021
MK Stalin tasks authorities to strictly enforce Covid-19 norms as fresh cases rise

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Friday asked local authorities and police officials to strictly enforce COVID-19 guidelines and said they could themselves decide on shutting down specific areas in case of continuous overcrowding.

Acting swiftly, the Greater Chennai Corporation announced closure of commercial complexes and retail outlets in crowded market places located in nine areas in the metropolis from July 31 to August 9.

Following a high level meeting at the Secretariat, Stalin extended curbs that are currently in vogue which includes closure of schools, colleges, cinemas and bars till 6 AM on August 9.

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09:41 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Mekedatu issue: Tamil Nadu BJP to hold hunger protest with 10,000 farmers on Aug 5

Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai has said their party will hold a one-day hunger protest on August 5 at Thanjavur in order to pressure the Karnataka government not to take measures to construct the dam at Mekedatu.

Soon after taking oath as the Karnataka Chief Minister, Basavaraj Bommai had said: “Our stand on Mekedatu is very clear. Legally we are on the right side. It is our right to utilise surplus water in the Cauvery basin.”

Addressing the reporters on Thursday, Annamalai said on behalf of the farmers’ wing of the party, they will stage a protest at Thanjavur, one of the delta regions in Tamil Nadu.

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Tamil Nadu BJP President K. Anamalai (Twitter/annamalai_k)
09:24 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) has announced that power will be suspended in parts of Chennai today for carrying out maintenance work in the city. 

The following neighbourhoods in Chennai will be affected:

Poonamalle: Poonamallee municipality entire, Seneerkuppam entire, Karayanchavadi entire, Chinna Mangadu,Kumananchavadi entire, Malyambakkam sakthi nagar, Pari garden, Anbu nagar, KK nagar, Rahmath nagar, Vasantha puri, Jeeva nagar, Kamaraj nagar.

Nungambakkam: Thirumurthy nagar 1 st street.

Villivakkam: Sidco 1 st block to 10 block, Nehru nagar, Ammankuttai, Balaramapuram, Ramakrishnapuram, Thirunagar entire area, Venugopal street, Sivan koil entire area, North high court colony, Reddy st, Red-hills road entire areas and above surrounding areas.

Thiruvanmayur: Marutheeswarar Temple, West Tank st, Part of North Mada st.

Egmore: Tank bund road 1 st , 2 nd and main st, Nehru jothi nagar, Krishnadoss road, Thikaakulam, Strahans road, Cooks road, Old vahaima nagar, Chinna babu othavadai st, Priyadharshini Quarters, CR Garden, Arunachalam st, Padavattamman koil st, Thideer nagar, Venkatarathinam st, Chellappa st, Valluvan st, Subrayan main road, Barakka road, Chinna babu st, Bashyam reddy 1 st , 2 nd st, Part of New France Road and above surrounding areas.

Tambaram: Victoria form, Rakesh Sharma nagar, Kuruji nagar, Annai sathiya nagar, Duraisamynagar, Ambedkar nagar, RR nagar and above surrounding areas.

Iyyappanthangal: Part of Iyyappanthangal, Dhanalakshmi nagar, VGN nagar, Padmavathi nagar, Mount Poonamallee road, Kattupakkam, KK nagar, Jasmin court, DRR nagar, Krishna nagar, Maruthi nagar, Rajesh Garden, Ayyappa nagar, Sree nagar, Jothi nagar and above surrounding areas.

Redhills: Azhinjivakkam, Selva vinayaga nagar, Vilangadupakkam, Theeyampakkam, Kosappur full area, Gomathy Amman nagar.

Mellur: Minjur town, Seemapuram, Pudhupedu, Nandhiambakkam, Melur, Pattamandhiri, Vallur, Athipattu, Pallipuaram and above surrounding areas.

Velachery: Ravi st, Jayanthi st, Amuthu st and above surrounding areas.

09:14 (IST)31 Jul 2021
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21:11 (IST)30 Jul 2021
TN records 1,947 cases and 27 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1,947 positive cases of Covid-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 25,57,611. Among these, Chennai reported 215 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,37,951. The state recorded 27 deaths on Friday putting the state toll at 34,050. A total of 2,193 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,02,627.

20:30 (IST)30 Jul 2021
TN extends lockdown for another week without any further relaxations

Tamil Nadu Government Friday announced that the lockdown will continue in the state for another week till August 9 without any further relaxations. The decision was taken at the meeting chaired by Chief Minister MK Stalin at the secretariat. In a statement, the government said the relaxations were provided earlier with a view that the livelihood of the public should not be affected however if people fail to follow the Covid-19 protocol issued by the government then we will face serious issues. The district collectors and police have been instructed to strictly implement the protocol and close the areas where large gathering is witnessed in view of the welfare of the public. 

18:15 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Sterlite winds up its operation at Thoothukudi

Vedanta owned Sterlite corporation has issued a statement where it has said that they are winding up the operations of their oxygen plant as the three-month time granted by the Supreme Court has come to an end. Sterlite claimed that they have produced 2132 MT and 7833nm³ of high purity medical Oxygen till date which was distributed to 32 districts. The company said their application for the extension of the facility for a period of six months is listed to be heard before the Supreme Court by August 6. Further, they added that a stock of 134 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen is present at their premises and they are optimistic about future orders from the Supreme Court on resuming production.

17:19 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Transgenders appointed at Kilpauk Institute of Mental Health

Two transgenders who were struggling to meet ends due to the pandemic have now been provided a job at Kilpauk Institute of Mental Health in Chennai. The institute has appointed Manisha as a receptionist while Vaishnavi as a sanitary worker. According to Tamil channel Puthiyathalaimurai, the transgenders who visited the Institute for receiving an aid certificate have approached the Institute director Dr. Poorna Chandrika seeking a job and they have now been appointed as contract workers. Dr.Chandrika said with the approval of the government, she is planning to appoint more transgender community members to uplift their livelihood. 

14:47 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Tamil Nadu government and Chennai civic body rescue 35 mentally ill persons under renewed scheme

The Tamil Nadu Health and Family Department along with the Chennai Corporation Thursday launched a drive to rescue mentally challenged homeless persons in the city.

Greater Chennai Corporation (File)

The joint team rescued 35 people and admitted them to the Emergency Care and Recovery Centre in Tondiarpet. However, eight went absconding from the centre and the corporation is in the process of identifying them.

Meanwhile, psychiatric evaluation and RT-PCR tests were conducted on the rest of the rescued persons. “As 22 persons of the lot required medical attention, they are admitted to the recovery centre while the remaining five were sent to shelter homes. We will receive the results of the RT-PCR tests today (Friday),” a civic official said.

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14:34 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Chennai civic body seeks residents’ help to make city greener

In a bid to make Chennai a greener city, the civic body has asked Residential Welfare Associations (RWA) to help it plant saplings alongside roads, in parks or open spaces in their respective localities.

The decision to conduct the tree drive was taken during a meeting between the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) and representatives of the Residents’ Welfare Association on Thursday at the Rippon Building.

During the meeting, GCC commissioner Gangandeep Singh Bedi said that the civic body intends to plant saplings that are suitable for each corporation zone according to the condition of the soil, availability of water, and width of the street.

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14:20 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Chargesheet filed against former DGP in sexual harassment case

The Tamil Nadu CB-CID filed its chargesheet against a former special director general of police who is accused of sexually harassing a woman IPS officer.

The chargesheet, which is around 400-pages-long, was filed by CB-CID Additional Deputy Superintendent of Police, Gomathi, before the Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Villupuram.

A complaint was registered by the CB-CID against the officer on February 27. He was booked under Sections 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman), 341 (punishment for wrong restraint), 506 (i) (Punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 3 (prohibition of harassment of woman) and 4 (penalty for harassment of women) of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act.

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14:14 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Tamil actor Venu Arvind is in ICU but not in a coma, confirm colleagues

Tamil TV actor Venu Arvind is admitted at the intensive care unit (ICU) of a private hospital in Chennai after undergoing brain surgery recently. However, he has not slipped into a coma, as several media reports suggested earlier.

“There are a lot of rumours as to what is happening with Venu sir and it is bothering everyone here. Particularly Shoba ma’am, Venu’s sir wife. He is not in a coma. He went through tough times in the last seven or eight months. He had other medical issues and he also had a surgery. He is in the ICU, but he is not in a coma. He is really responding well. He’s fine. Everybody here is very positive that he is going to be discharged soon. Please don’t spread negativity,” said popular television actor Arunrajan, who has worked with Venu in the serial Vani Rani.

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13:58 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai today

Petrol and diesel prices remained unchanged across the country for the 13th straight day on Friday, July 30, 2021. Petrol was last revised when it had touched a 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 and diesel is priced at Rs. 94.39 per litre.

13:17 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Over 83,589 posters removed across Chennai till date

A total of 83,589 posters have been removed across Chennai till Thursday as a part of the Greater Chennai Corporation's (GCC) poster removal drive.

Here are the details:

North Chennai - 20,104

Central Chennai - 24,590

South Chennai - 38,895

12:45 (IST)30 Jul 2021
TN govt issues orders to withdraw defamation cases filed by AIADMK govt against media

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin Thursday issued orders to withdraw 90 defamation cases filed against journalists and media organizations between 2012 and February 2021. The cases were filed by the previous AIADMK government against English and Tamil dailies, weekly magazines and television news channels.

The DMK-led government claimed that it was fulfilling one of the promises in its election manifesto.

Among the cases against English press, four had been filed against the editor of The Hindu newspaper, five against the editor of The Times of India, and one against The Economic Times. Additionally, in Tamil media, 23 cases were slapped against the editor of weekly Tamil Magazine Nakheeran, 17 against the editor of Murasoli, the mouthpiece of the DMK, 12 against the editor of Tamil daily Dinamalar, 11 against the editor of weekly magazine Junior Vikatan, nine against Ananda Vikatan and four against Tamil daily Dinakaran.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin Thursday issued orders to withdraw 90 defamation cases filed against journalists and media organizations between 2012 and February 2021. The cases were filed by the previous AIADMK government against English and Tamil dailies, weekly magazines and television news channels.

READ | TN govt issues orders to withdraw defamation cases filed by AIADMK govt against media

The Thanjavur cyber crime police arrested a woman who was an accomplice in crimes her husband committed over the past few years. The woman, identified as Rita Babilona (50), was arrested Tuesday in Tiruvallur district. Santhana Bharathy, the prime accused, is still on the run.

READ | Tamil Nadu: Woman held for cheating people posing as collector’s assistant, husband on the run

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 the nearest 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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