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Tamil Nadu Chennai August 4, 5 Highlights: Former AIADMK minister E Madhusudhanan passes away at 81

Tamil Nadu Chennai Latest News August 4, 5 Highlights: As of Thursday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 20,138.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: August 6, 2021 9:28:08 am
Stalin said in the initial phase a total of 1,264 women health volunteers, physiotherapists are to be deployed to identify non-communicable diseases and provide treatment at the doorstep.

Tamil Nadu Chennai News August 4, 5 Highlights: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin Thursday launched ‘Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam’(healthcare services at people’s doorstep) scheme in Krishnagiri. The scheme is aimed at eliminating the need for patients to visit hospitals for treating non-communicable diseases.

AIADMK presidium chairman and former minister E Madhusudhanan (81) died in Chennai Thursday after a prolonged illness. According to a bulletin issued by Apollo Hospital, he was admitted on July 18 with multi-organ dysfunction and sepsis. “He was treated in the critical care unit by a multi-disciplinary medical team. Despite all active medical measures, his condition deteriorated gradually and passed away today (Thursday),” the bulletin added.

A loyalist to late AIADMK leaders M G Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa, Madhusudhanan was elected as an MLA from Radhakrishnan Nagar in North Chennai. He served as the Minister for Handloom and Textiles under J Jayalalithaa from 1991-96. In 2007, he was named as the presidium chairman of the party.

The Tamil Nadu government has made mandatory a negative RT-PCR test report and a Covid-19 vaccination (two doses) certificate for people coming to the State from neighbouring Kerala in order to keep the pandemic in check.

Tamil Nadu recorded 1,997 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 25,69,398. Among these, Chennai reported 196 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,39,105. The state recorded 33 deaths on Thursday putting the state toll at 34,230. A total of 1,943 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,15,030.

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21:49 (IST)05 Aug 2021
TN records1,997 positive cases and 33 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1,997 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 25,69,398. Among these, Chennai reported 196 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,39,105. The state recorded 33 deaths on Thursday putting the state toll at 34,230. A total of 1,943 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,15,030.

As of Thursday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 20,138.

14:40 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Ponniyin Selvan: Aishwarya Rai plays antagonist, Prakash Raj replaces Amitabh Bachchan in Mani Ratnam movie

Director Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan has a sprawling star cast, comprising several superstars from across the country. It is one of the reasons why the fantasy costume drama has already caught the imagination of movie buffs. However, Mani Ratnam and his team are keeping a tight lid on the production and preventing any information leaks, adding to the growing curiosity of the fans.

A list revealing the character details of all actors, however, has surfaced online. According to the leaked list, Mani Ratnam had approached Amitabh Bachchan to play a role called Sundara Chozhar. However, the role eventually went to actor Prakash Raj.

The list also reveals that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be seen in the role of Nandhini/ Mandhankini. And surprisingly, she has been identified as an antagonist on the list. 

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14:12 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Over 32.5 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 32,50,703 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 19,711 people inoculated on Wednesday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

13:44 (IST)05 Aug 2021
IIT-Madras launches fellowship in clean energy and green mobility for young graduates

The IIT-Madras Wednesday established the Venkataramani fellowship in clean energy and green mobility to encourage and motivate graduate students to undertake research in the areas of clean energy and green mobility.

The endowment is being set up by the family of the late Mr N Venkataramani, who was the chairman and managing director of India Pistons and was a fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

An MoU towards setting up the endowment with a sum of Rs 50 lakh for this fellowship was signed today by Prof. Mahesh Panchagnula, Dean (alumni and corporate relations), IIT Madras, and Sita Venkataramani on behalf of Amalgamations Inc and the Venkataramani family.

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13:21 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Chennai corporation holds competitions to spread Covid-19 awareness

The Greater Chennai Corporation is holding a series of competitions to raise awareness about Covid-19. The competition will be held today and tomorrow.

The categories include drawing competition, poster designing, slogan writing, memes writing as well. There is also a quiz competition for school and college students.

On the agenda today is a drawing competition, poster designing, and slogan writing. Tomorrow, competitions related to meme writing and a quiz will take place.

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13:00 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Amazon Prime releases list of upcoming Tamil movies

Amazon Prime Video on Thursday released a list of Tamil movies that will release on the platform later this year. Check out the list here.

 
 
 
 
 
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12:31 (IST)05 Aug 2021
WATCH | Tamil Nadu BJP President begins hunger strike against Mekedatu project
12:29 (IST)05 Aug 2021
MK Stalin launches ‘doorstep healthcare’ scheme in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin Thursday launched ‘Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam’(healthcare services at people’s doorstep) scheme in Krishnagiri.

The scheme is aimed at eliminating the need for patients to visit hospitals for treating non-communicable diseases.

Addressing the reporters, Stalin said the scheme is a pioneer for the whole country. “The scheme will be expanded to other parts of the state. A total of Rs 242 crore has been allocated for this scheme. We are expecting one crore people from 30 lakh families to be benefitted from this scheme within this year,” he said.

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Stalin said in the initial phase a total of 1,264 women health volunteers, physiotherapists are to be deployed to identify non-communicable diseases and provide treatment at the doorstep.
12:03 (IST)05 Aug 2021
“Gait pattern” test helps build evidence, two men in TN get triple death penalty

An additional sessions court in Chennai on Wednesday awarded triple death sentence to two assailants in the case of a murder of a noted neurosurgeon, based on evidence that includes “gait pattern examination,” which is a first in Tamil Nadu.

Out of the ten accused persons, two men Murugan and Selvaprakash who hacked Dr Subbiah to death in Chennai in 2013 in connection with a property dispute, were handed triple death sentence and their identity was firmly established by the gait pattern test based on CCTV footage, Special Public Prosecutor N Vijayaraj told PTI. “This is the first time in Tamil Nadu that this test was done in such a case.”

Gait examination or analysis helps firmly establish the identity of suspects based on evidence gathered from crime scene, he said.

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11:53 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Karnataka CM Bommai says will implement Mekedatu project

Responding to Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai holding a protest to pressure the Karnataka government not to construct the dam at Mekedatu, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday morning said that the government will not compromise regarding the Mekedatu dam project.

“During the water distress this project is very useful for both the states, whoever is protesting there (Tamil Nadu) it is for doing politics. We have already prepared a Detailed project report (DPR) and submitted it to Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat recently and I have confidence that the DPR will be approved by the centre and the project will be taken up soon.”

11:23 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Over 94K posters removed by GCC in Chennai till date

A total of 94,680 posters have been removed across Chennai by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) till Wednesday as a part of the civic body’s poster removal campaign. 

Here are the details:

North Chennai - 23,417

Central Chennai - 29,144

South Chennai - 42,119

11:21 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Tamil Nadu cabinet okays 7.5% quota for govt school students in professional courses

The MK Stalin-led Tamil Nadu cabinet on Wednesday resolved to provide 7.5 per cent reservation to students of state-run schools in admission to professional courses, similar to the existing benefit given in medical admission.

The previous AIADMK government headed by K Palaniswami had last year provided 7.5 per cent quota for students of such schools in undergraduate medical courses.

Detailing the decisions taken in the cabinet meeting, an official release said while the ruling DMK’s first budget will be presented on August 13, a separate Agri Budget will be tabled in the Assembly the next day, in line with the party’s promise made in its manifesto for the April 6 polls.

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10:56 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Tamil Nadu makes negative Covid report a must for those from Kerala

The Tamil Nadu government has made mandatory a negative RT-PCR test report and a Covid-19 vaccination (two doses) certificate for people coming to the State from neighbouring Kerala in order to keep the pandemic in check.

Owing to the huge number of coronavirus cases in the neighbouring State which saw 22,414 cases and 108 deaths on Wednesday, the Tamil Nadu government issued an addendum to the Covid-19 screening/testing guidelines for inter-State travellers issued earlier by the Health and Family Welfare Department.

The addendum made compulsory the negative report or vaccination certificate or both for travellers from Kerala.

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10:45 (IST)05 Aug 2021
NCB recovers Pseudoephedrine bound for Australia

Five kg of Pseudoephedrine, bound for Australia, has been recovered from a courier shipment in Chennai and two persons arrested in this connection, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) said on Tuesday. Pseudoephedrine is a controlled Substance under NDPS
Act, 1985. 

The seizure was made on Tuesday based on specific intelligence inputs and NCB officials recovered the drug from a courier office in Chennai, an official release said.

"The consignment contained a tea kettle and was destined to New South Wales, Australia. On thorough examination, the NCB officers found that some white coloured crystalline substance was hidden in the inner parts of the kettle. The extraction and testing of the hidden material revealed that it was Pseudoephedrine, a controlled substance under NDPS Act, 1985," the release from Amit Ghawate, Zonal Director, NCB, said.

Two persons have been arrested in connection with the seizure and one of them is the 'kingpin,' the release added.

Precursor chemicals like Acetic Anhydride, Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine have genuine use in various industries and act as intermediary for the manufacture of dyes, paints, textiles and pesticides. However, they are also used for the manufacture of
various narcotics drugs and psychotropic substances like heroin and Methamphetamine, the release said.

"Therefore, these precursor chemicals are diverted from licit channels for production of drugs," it added. (PTI)

10:19 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Revised Budget session in Tamil Nadu on August 13, minister to launch white paper on state finances

In DMK’s first-ever Budget session after being elected to power, state Finance and Human Resources Minister PTR Palanivel Thiaga Rajan will present a revised Budget for 2021-22 on August 13. This will also be the first-ever e-Budget session of the Tamil Nadu assembly.

Ahead of the Budget session, Thiaga Rajan will release a white paper on the state finances on August 9.

Assembly secretary K Srinivasan Wednesday announced that Governor Banwarilal Purohit has summoned the assembly on the day. The session will commence at 10am at the multi-purpose hall of Kalaivanar Arangam.

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09:55 (IST)05 Aug 2021
CM Stalin lauds Indian men's hockey team for securing bronze medal
09:47 (IST)05 Aug 2021
TN CM lauds Lovlina Borgohain for clinching bronze

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Wednesday congratulated boxer Lovlina Borgohain for clinching the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. He noted that the life of the Indian boxer who kept her promise to her mother, serves as a great inspiration to all Indians.

"I am pleased to know that @LovlinaBorgohain, hailing from a small village of Assam, fighting against all odds, won the third medal for India in #Olympics and kept the promise she made to her mother. Her life serves as a great inspiration to all Indians than the #Bronze she won," the Chief Minister tweeted.

Congratulatory messages poured in from several quarters to the 23-year-old boxer who won the bronze medal in women's welterweight category at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday. (PTI)   

09:28 (IST)05 Aug 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 2 pm for maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

Tambaram: Parts of LIC Colony, TR Mani Street, Parts of Anna Salai, MGR Road, IIT Colony, Kamakodi Nagar, VGP Shanthi Nagar, Church Avenue, Parts of Nemilicherry Main Road, Balasubramaniyan Street, Muthusamy Nagar, Fathima Nagar 200 Feet Road, Periya Kovilambakkam and nearby areas

Sothuperumbedu: Alimadu, Attapalayam, Palayam, Mattusurapadu, Pallasurapadu and Orakadu

Guindy: Guindy, Nanganallur, Moovarasampet, Alandur, St. Thomas Mount, Adambakkam, T.G Nagar, Puzhthivakkam and surrounding areas

Redhills: Azhinjivakkam, Selva Vinayaga Nagar, Vilangadupakkam, Theeyampakkam, Kosappur and Gomathy Amman Nagar

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09:20 (IST)05 Aug 2021
TN reports 1949 fresh cases, 38 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1949 positive cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 25,67,401. Among these, Chennai reported 189 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,38,908. The state recorded 38 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 34,197. 32 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 2011 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,13,087.

As of Wednesday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 20,117. Till date, 14,99,777 males, 10,67,586 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, 3,80,52,335 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,56,635 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 282 Covid-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 213 are private facilities.

09:20 (IST)05 Aug 2021
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A day after the Madras High Court struck down a recent amendment made to the Tamil Nadu Gaming Act, passed in 1930, which imposed a ban on online games with stakes like rummy and poker, the Tamil Nadu Law Minister S Ragupathy said a new legislation will be passed to ban the games in the state.

READ | Legislation to ban online games like rummy, poker soon: Tamil Nadu law minister

In a step towards inclusivity, the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in Chennai’s Kilpauk has for the first time employed members from the transgender community. While Manisha (28) has been offered the job of a telephone operator at the institute, Vaishnavi (26) has been employed as a housekeeping worker.

READ | In a first, mental health institute in Chennai employs two transpersons

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 and book your slot 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)

Tamil Nadu Chennai News August 2, 3 Highlights

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