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Tamil Nadu Chennai September 23, 24 Highlights: One sentenced to death, others given life sentence in 2003 honour killing case

Tamil Nadu Chennai Latest News September 23, 24 Highlights: Kannagi and her husband Murugesan, an inter-caste couple from Kuppanatham near Vriddhachalam, was allegedly by the woman's family by setting them on fire in front of villagers.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: September 27, 2021 9:19:47 am
Kannagi's brother Maruthupandi was given the death sentence and others including her father were given life terms by the Cuddalore District Principal court. (File)

Tamil Nadu Chennai News September 23, 24 Highlights:  A Cuddalore court Friday awarded capital punishment to one person and life sentences to 12 others in the 2003 honour killing incident in the district, according to a PTI report.

Kannagi and her husband Murugesan, an inter-caste couple from Kuppanatham near Vriddhachalam, were allegedly killed by the woman’s family by setting them on fire in front of villagers. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was probing the case following a Madras High Court order.

Kannagi’s brother Maruthupandi was given the death sentence and others including her father were given life terms by the Cuddalore District Principal court. A police inspector who was then sub-inspector and the retired DSP who served as an inspector then were also awarded life sentences for mishandling the case.

Tamil Nadu Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian said the government plans to hold the third mega vaccination camp on September 26 through 20,000 camps and appealed to members of the public to make use of it by extending their support to the government’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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22:41 (IST)24 Sep 2021
Chennai college student murder case: Key accused remanded in 15-day judicial custody

The prime accused in the murder case of a 20-year-old college student has been sent in 15-day judicial custody. Ramachandran allegedly stabbed Swetha in broad daylight near Tambaram Railway Station (east side) on Thursday. He was undergoing treatment at the government hospital after he attempted to harm himself with the same weapon he had used to attack the woman.

Swetha was residing at Radha Nagar near Chromepet and studying Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology (DMLT) at the Madras Christian College School of Continuing Education. Read More

22:15 (IST)24 Sep 2021
Coimbatore: Woman arrested for killing toddler grandson

A 50-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly killing her one-year-old grandson by banging his head against the floor and later stuffing a biscuit wrapper in his mouth. The incident took place on Tuesday at RS Puram in Coimbatore.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, the police said the accused, identified as Nagalashmi, lives in a rented house on Anbagam street with her daughter Nandhini (24) and her grandson Durgesh. Nandhini works in a private hotel and is separated from her husband, Nithyanandam. Her other son stays with the father in Saravanampatti town. Read More

22:05 (IST)24 Sep 2021
Covid-19: 1,733 new cases, recoveries breach 26 lakh in TN

Tamil Nadu reported 1,733 new Covid-19 infections, pushing the caseload to 26,53,848, while 27 people succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 35,454, the health department said on Friday. According to a medical bulletin, 1,631 people were discharged, aggregating to 26,01,198 till date, leaving 17,196 active cases. A total of 1,58,075 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 4,60,74,497. (PTI)

18:25 (IST)24 Sep 2021
TN honour-killing: One sentenced to death, policeman among those sentenced to life

A local court here on Friday handed capital punishment to one person and life imprisonment to 12 others, including a serving inspector and a retired DSP in a honour-killing case dating back to 2003. The case pertains to the killing of an inter-caste couple from Kuppanatham near Vriddhachalam in the district, allegedly by the woman's family by setting them on fire after unsuccessfully trying to poison them, reportedly in the presence of many villagers. (PTI)

17:52 (IST)24 Sep 2021
Tiger kills shepherd

A 56-year-old man, grazing cattle near Gudalur in Nilgiris district, died on Friday after he was attacked by a tiger, forest officials said. Hearing the screams and the roar, some workers in an estate ran to the spot and managed to scare the big cat away. Then, the workers took the injured shepherd to a hospital where the doctors declared him dead, the officials said. The tiger had killed two people earlier, they said. (PTI)

17:26 (IST)24 Sep 2021
DMK has transformed the way govt should function: TN CM Stalin

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Friday said his DMK has transformed the way the government should function by taking welfare schemes to the people's doorsteps and the Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam healthcare scheme has won the administration a good reputation in a short time. This scheme (which he launched on August 5 in Krishnagiri) has so far benefitted over 10 lakh people and has become popular by the day with people even in remote villages availing the benefits.  (PTI)

15:00 (IST)24 Sep 2021
COVID-19: Puducherry adds less than 100 cases for second straight day

The union territory of Puducherry logged 94 fresh COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours as the overall tally rose to 1,25,920, a senior Health department official said on Friday. The union territory recorded less than 100 infections for the second straight day after adding 91 on Thursday.

Director of the Health Department G Sriramulu said the new cases were identified at the end of the examination of 4,836 samples and were spread over Puducherry (65), Karaikal (25) and Mahe (four). Yanam, an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh, did not report any fresh cases in the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Friday. 

Also, for the second day in a row, Puducherry and its enclaves - Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam did not report any fatality. The death toll stood at 1,834, the Director of Health said.

He said the number of active cases stood at 956 with 122 patients undergoing treatment in hospitals and remaining 834 patients in home isolation. As many as 107 patients recovered and were discharged during the last 24 hours, he said, adding that the overall recoveries mounted to 1,23,130.

Sriramulu said the Department of Health has so far tested 17.62 lakh samples and found 14.95 lakh out of them to be negative. The test positivity rate in Puducherry was 1.94 per cent while fatality and recovery rates were 1.46 per cent and 97.78 per cent respectively. The Health Department has so far administered 9,51,267 vaccines which included 6,74,697 first dose and the remaining 2,76,530 were second dose. (PTI)

14:49 (IST)24 Sep 2021
Private schools shouldn’t force students to attend in-person classes: Tamil Nadu Education Minister

Tamil Nadu Minister for School Education Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi Thursday said that private schools should not force students to attend in-person classes.

Speaking to reporters following an interaction organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry with representatives of private schools, Poyyamozhi said that if students are interested, they can come, while adding that they should not be forced as parents continue to remain worried about the safety owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Minister also said that the government had not yet decided on reopening of schools for students in Classes I-VIII. “Private schools have been requesting the government to allow physical classes for students in lower grades, but there is Covid scare among parents,” he added.

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14:35 (IST)24 Sep 2021
AI flight returns following suspected technical snag

A Port Blair-bound Air India flight returned to Chennai due to a "suspected technical snag" before resuming its journey later, officials said. There were 115 passengers onboard the aircraft.  

An Air India spokesperson said the flight first took off at 8.42 AM and then came back at 9.38 AM due to a "suspected technical snag."

"After inspection by engineers, the plane again took off at 11.23 AM," the official added. (PTI)

14:34 (IST)24 Sep 2021
IPL 2021, RCB vs CSK Live Streaming Online: When and where to watch


When Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore take on MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash on Friday evening, it will be a clash between two teams in the top half of the table but with very different form. CSK have a game in hand and are set to return to the top of the table with a win. RCB, still 3rd on the points table, suffered a convincing defeat in their last match, and will be looking to arrest the slide.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings match will take place at the Dubai International Stadium. The match begins at 7:30 PM IST on Friday (September 24).

The Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings match will be live broadcast on Star Sports channels — Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. The match will be live-streamed on Hotstar. You can also catch the live commentary on indianexpress.com.

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14:29 (IST)24 Sep 2021
Woman trampled to death by wild elephant on forest-fringe road

A 35-year old woman met with a tragic end early Friday as a wild elephant trampled her to death in this high range district of Kerala. While the woman died on the spot, her husband had a narrow escape with injuries, police said.

Both of them were tea plantation labourers who were said to be on the way from neighbouring Tamil Nadu after seeing their relatives there, they said.

The deceased woman, identified as Viji, was attacked by the jumbo while riding pillion with her husband Kumar, through a forest-fringe road in the Kerala -Tamil Nadu border near Anayirankal, over 20 kms away from famed tourist town Munnar.

Frightened to see the wild elephant in the middle of the road in the early morning, her husband tried to turn the bike but lost control over the vehicle and both of them fell down. Before they could even stand up, the jumbo trampled Viji as her husband could only remain a mute spectator. He later ran away to safety as the animal came after him, police said.

The woman's body was later shifted to the mortuary of the nearby taluk hospital, where her husband was admitted for treatment. (PTI)

14:27 (IST)24 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu sees uptick in dengue cases

Tamil Nadu has reported 2,733 cases of dengue since the start of the year, State Health Minister Ma Subramanian Thursday said. This is a rise in comparison with the 2,410 cases of dengue reported last year, he added.

“There is a rise in dengue cases in Tamil Nadu. Every year, dengue cases usually increase during the north-east and south-west monsoon period,” Subramanian said.

While the number of tests conducted to detect dengue was 26,000 last year, it increased to over 76,000 tests in the last nine months, the minister said. “We are conducting more tests now, so there is no need to fear.”

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14:22 (IST)24 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu: 3 killed in bus-lorry collision near Palani

Three people were killed and around 15 injured in a collision between a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation bus and a lorry near Thalayam in Palani on Friday morning. The bus was on its way to Coimbatore from Palani while the lorry had unloaded bricks near Coimbatore and was on its way to Palani.

According to the officials from the Dindigul SP office, three people were travelling in the lorry while the bus had 30 passengers, besides the driver and his associate. The accident happened at 2:40 am.

The deceased have been identified as Manikandan Prabhu (30), Ukkarapandi (24), Murugan (38).

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13:45 (IST)24 Sep 2021
IPL 2021, RCB vs CSK Predicted Playing XI: Maxwell’s slump adds to Kohli’s pressure, Curran adds to Dhoni’s problem of plenty

When Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore take on MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash on Friday evening, it will be a clash between two teams in the top half of the table but with very different form. CSK have a game in hand and are set to return to the top of the table with a win. RCB, still 3rd on the points table, suffered a convincing defeat in their last match, and will be looking to arrest the slide.

There are a few problems for RCB at the outset of the match — they suffered a batting implosion in their last match, they have a track record of losing momentum fast and the added pressure on skipper Virat Kohli. Kohli is not usually affected by defeats as India captain, but the demands of franchise cricket means that permutations and combinations need to be done to the playing XI.

CSK, on the other hand, would be in a buoyant mood. It was thought the seam-friendly pitches in the UAE would bog them down and they would be like ducks out of water outside the Chepauk. That had been proved wrong. It was also thought when they suffered a top-order collapse in their last match that they would lose. That was also proved wrong.

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13:19 (IST)24 Sep 2021
Chennai: DVAC raids at TNCP chairman’s premises

The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) officials Thursday raided at least five premises linked to A V Venkatachalam, the chairman of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), including his office in Guindy.

According to a press release, the DVAC has registered a case against Venakatachalam under the Prevention of Corruption Act for his alleged involvement in criminal misconduct and criminal misappropriation while holding the post of Member Secretary TNPCB, Chennai from (14.10.2013 to 29.07.2014) and as Member Secretary SEIAA (2017-2018) and as Chairman of TNPCB, Chennai (from 27.09.2019 till date).

“During the search proceedings, net cash of Rs 13.5 lakh and gold jewels around 6.5 kg (worth around Rs 2.5 crore) and documents related to the case were identified,” the DVAC said in a statement.

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12:58 (IST)24 Sep 2021
Over 49.28 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 49,28,819 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 24,507 people inoculated on Thursday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

Among these, 36,67,375 people have been administered Covishield, with 25,15,061 people having taken the first dose and 11,52,314 people having taken the second dose.

A total of 12,61,444 people have been administered Covaxin, with 7,42,358 people having taken the first dose and 5,19,086 people having taken the second dose.

12:20 (IST)24 Sep 2021
TN to hold 3rd edition of Mega Vaccination Camp on Sep 26: Health Minister

The Tamil Nadu government would hold its third edition of the Mega Covid Vaccination Camp on September 26, targeting to inoculate 15 lakh people, state minister Ma Subramanian said on Thursday.

The decision to hold the third vaccination camp follows the success of the first and second camps, which surpassed the targeted number of people receiving the jabs set by the health department.

Talking to reporters, Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian said on September 12 the department conducted the first camp targeting 20 lakh people. However it surpassed the target by vaccinating 21.98 lakh people.

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11:59 (IST)24 Sep 2021
Recover money, impose penalty from illegal miners: HC

In addition to the recovery of money equivalent to the value of minerals quarried by unauthorised miners, appropriate penalties should also be levied on them, the Madras High Court held on Thursday. 

"It will not do for the State to be satisfied with the illegal or impermissible mining activities being stopped. Any person who has indulged in illegal mining, where illegal mining would be when one operates without a licence or in excess of the terms granted by the licence, the person has to be made to pay," the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P D Audikesavalu said.

The State must assess the extent of illegal quarrying indulged in by a person and recover the money equivalent thereof together with the imposition of penalty.

"Unless a sense of fear is instilled in persons indulging in wanton illegal mining across the State, this malady may never be arrested," it said and requested the state government to use its machinery to come down heavily on illegal miners upon following the procedure established by law. (PTI)

11:57 (IST)24 Sep 2021
Madras HC orders shifting of dumping ground in Chennai

The Madras High Court has directed the state government authorities to shift the dumping yard in the city’s Perungudi and Alandur elsewhere and ascertain the feasibility of declaring the Pallikaranai marsh land there as a bird sanctuary and as a Ramsar site.

A Ramsar site is a wetland designated to be of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

Justice N Kirubakaran (since retired) gave the direction recently, while passing orders on a batch of petitioners, who apprehended arrest for alleged encroachment and fraudulent sale of a portion of the Pallikaranai marsh land to third parties. They were granted the relief by an order passed in December, 2014. By this recent order, the judge relaxed the conditions stipulated earlier in 2014.

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11:44 (IST)24 Sep 2021
TN’s ruling DMK backs call for ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Sept 27 against farm laws

The ruling DMK on Thursday appealed to the people, farmers, farm workers and traders to take part in the proposed nationwide strike on September 27 by farmer unions and urged its functionaries as well to make the “Bharat Bandh” a success in Tamil Nadu.

The party stood with farmers protesting -in Delhi and other places- against the farm laws, DMK’s state agriculture wing chief NKK Periyasamy said, adding, the Centre was however autocratic and does not pay heed to them.

The ruling DMK on Thursday appealed to the people, farmers, farm workers and traders to take part in the proposed nationwide strike on September 27 by farmer unions and urged its functionaries as well to make the “Bharat Bandh” a success in Tamil Nadu.

The party stood with farmers protesting -in Delhi and other places- against the farm laws, DMK’s state agriculture wing chief NKK Periyasamy said, adding, the Centre was however autocratic and does not pay heed to them.

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The Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) Wednesday announced that several areas in South Chennai will not receive water supply on Friday and Saturday due to the maintenance work at the Nemmeli desalination plant. CMWSSB said that that the water treatment activities at the plant will be stopped from 6 am on September 24 to 10 am on September 25.

READ | No water supply in these areas of South Chennai on Sept 24-25

The Directorate of Medical Education (DME) conducts the Tamil Nadu medical admission on the basis of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET-UG score. The National Testing Agency (NTA) has conducted NEET 2021 on September 12 in pen and paper-based mode. The results for the undergraduate medical exam will be announced on the official NTA NEET website — neet.nta.nic.in.

READ | NEET UG: All you need to know about Tamil Nadu medical admission process and cut-off

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 slots 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 September 20, 21, 22 Highlights

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