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Tamil Nadu Chennai September 20, 21, 22 Highlights: State reports 1682 new covid cases, 21 deaths

Tamil Nadu Chennai Latest News September 20, 21, 22 Highlights: Among districts, Coimbatore reported the highest with 235 covid cases followed by Chennai (194).

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: September 23, 2021 9:35:00 am
Beneficiaries wait to receive a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at a government hospital in Krishnagiri, Monday, June 14, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Tamil Nadu Chennai News September 20, 21, 22 Highlights: Tamil Nadu logged 1682 fresh covid cases today taking the total number of active cases to 17, 027. The state also recorded 21 deaths and 1627 recoveries. Among districts, Coimbatore reported the highest with 235 covid cases followed by Chennai (194).

In other news, The Tamil Nadu state election commission has directed the collectors of nine districts to form flying squads for one to three panchayat unions where rural local body polls will be held on October 6 and 9.

As per the official release, the flying squads would comprise executive magistrates in the rank of tahsildars, revenue divisional officers besides police personnel. They need to check and act on complaints of violation of model code of conduct, anti-social activities, threat, intimidation, and bribing of voters with liquor and cash.The elections will be held in two phases on October 6 and October 9 in nine districts – Kancheepuram, Chengalpet, Vellore, Ranipet, Tiruppatur, Villupuram, Kallakurichi, Tirunelveli and Tenkasi.

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22:47 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Smelling something fishy, HC orders inquiry into patta transfer

Holding that all is not well, the Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the Commissioner of Land Administration to inquire into the matter of transfer of patta of a piece of land in suburban Chromepet, in favour of a leather factory, said to be owned by a DMK MP. A division bench of Justices Pushpa Sathyanarayana and Krishnan Ramaswamy gave the direction, while passing interim orders on a writ appeal from Quentin Dawson of Moovarasanpet, challenging the August 24 2020 order of a single judge, passed in a writ petition in favour of the leather factory, represented by its vice-president Vairakumar.  (PTI)

21:01 (IST)22 Sep 2021
TN eyes USD 100 billion exports by 2030, signs MoUs worth Rs 2,120.54 crore

The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday signed Memorandum of Understanding for 24 projects worth Rs 2,120.54 crore, while Chief Minister M K Stalin said the government's goal is to increase the state's exports to USD 100 billion by 2030. The state government's Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Trade and Investment Promotion Bureau (M-TIPB) entered into an MoU with Flipkart/Walmart for promotion of e-commerce among MSMEs in Tamil Nadu through a supplier development programme.  (PTI)

19:59 (IST)22 Sep 2021
TN reports 1682 new covid cases, 21 deaths

Tamil Nadu logged 1682 fresh covid cases today taking the total number of active cases to 17, 027. The state also recorded 21 deaths and 1627 recoveries. Among ditsricts, Coimbatore reported the highest with 235 covid cases followed by Chennai (194). 

19:14 (IST)22 Sep 2021
CM inaugurates 'Export Exhibition'

Tamil Nadu CM today inaugurated the 'Export Exhibition' at Kalaivanar Arangam. 

18:12 (IST)22 Sep 2021
2 accused in Kodanad case being quizzed

A special police team investigating into the Kodanad murder-and-heist case on Wednesday interrogated two of the accused in the case. According to police, six people reportedly escaped to Kerala via Gudalur after the crime was committed on April 24, 2017. As the case was re-opened for further investigation by five special police teams, one team summoned the two to appear before it today. (PTI)

16:30 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu civic polls: Election commission asks district collectors to form flying squads

The Tamil Nadu state election commission has directed the collectors of nine districts to form flying squads for one to three panchayat unions where rural local body polls will be held on October 6 and 9.

As per the official release, the flying squads would comprise executive magistrates in the rank of tahsildars, revenue divisional officers besides police personnel. They need to check and act on complaints of violation of model code of conduct, anti-social activities, threat, intimidation, and bribing of voters with liquor and cash. Read More 

16:10 (IST)22 Sep 2021
T Natarajan tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of DC-SRH contest

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer T Natarajan tested positive for COVID-19 at a scheduled RT-PCR test ahead of his team’s IPL 2021 encounter against Delhi Capitals (DC) on Wednesday. Despite the positive test, the match will go ahead in Dubai.

The 30-year-old, who is currently asymptomatic, has isolated himself from the rest of the squad. Six close contacts of the player have also been placed in isolation. T Natarajan hails from Salem, Tamil Nadu. 

15:06 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai today

Prices of petrol and diesel continued to remain unchanged across the country for the 17th successive day on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. The prices of the key auto fuels were last revised on September 5 when petrol and diesel prices were cut by 15 paise per litre each in the national capital.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 98.96 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 93.26 per litre.

15:06 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai today

Prices of petrol and diesel continued to remain unchanged across the country for the 17th successive day on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. The prices of the key auto fuels were last revised on September 5 when petrol and diesel prices were cut by 15 paise per litre each in the national capital.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 98.96 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 93.26 per litre.

14:45 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Drunk man damages six ATMs, held

A 50-year-old inebriated man damaged six ATMs with a hammer on Monday, after his attempts to loot cash from the machines failed. The man was finally arrested by Chennai police near CTH Main Road.

The cops said that they received information on Monday evening that a man was damaging an SBI ATM located on Prakash Nagar Main Road. The T-11 Tiruninravur patrol team was alerted and the man was caught. The arrestee, Seshadri, is a resident of Prakash Nagar in Tiruninravur.

Police said that the accused was upset as he had an argument with his wife recently. Of the six ATMs damaged by the man, three belonged to the SBI and one each to the Axis Bank, Canara Bank and the Union Bank of India.

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14:31 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Over 48.94 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 48,94,362 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 14,020 people inoculated on Tuesday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

Among these, 36,50,888 people have been administered Covishield, with 25,07,492 people having taken the first dose and 11,43,396 people having taken the second dose.

A total of 12,43,474 people have been administered Covaxin, with 7,31,795 people having taken the first dose and 12,43,474 people having taken the second dose.

14:05 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu’s Kovalam beach, Puducherry’s Eden get Blue Flag certification

The Kovalam beach in Chennai and Eden beach in Puducherry have now been awarded the prestigious ‘’Blue Flag’’ certification, an international eco-level tag taking the number of such beaches in the country to 10.

“Happy to announce India has now 10 International blue flag beaches with the addition of Kovalam and Eden beaches this year and recertification for 8 beaches which got the tag in 2020. Another milestone in our journey towards a clean and green India led by PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji,” Union Minister Bhupender Yadav tweeted.

Eight nominated beaches namely Shivrajpur- Gujarat, Ghoghla- Diu, Kaskarkod and Padubidri – Karnataka, Kappad –Kerala, Rushikonda – Andhra Pradesh, Golden – Odisha, and Radhanagar- Andaman and Nicobar were also recertified. These eight beaches had got the Blue Flag certification in 2020.

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13:34 (IST)22 Sep 2021
NEET encroaches on state power, skews field in favour of privileged

India is a federal country; the Indian Constitution distributes the legislative field of education among both states and the Union. The establishment (incorporation), regulation, and winding up of universities is an exclusive state subject. That power is denied to the Parliament.

Admission of students, appointment of teaching faculty, conduct of examination, declaration of results, conferment of degrees, fixation of syllabus are all included within the regulation of the university. “Coordination and determination of standards in higher education” is an exclusive field conferred on the Union. The Union has to co-ordinate with states before fixing such standards. According to the Supreme Court, “The word coordination does not merely mean evaluation but also harmonising relationship for concerted action”. 

Without such consultation with the state governments and treating them as equal partners, the Union cannot decide the standards by itself. Even after the 42nd Amendment, the legislative field of “incorporation”, “regulation” and “winding up” of the universities, carved out from education, remains with the states.

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13:17 (IST)22 Sep 2021
BJP prevails over AINRC, nominates S Selvaganapathy for RS seat

Ending weeks of negotiations, the BJP prevailed over its alliance partner AINRC and nominated S Selvaganapathy as its Rajya Sabha candidate from Puducherry.

Sources close to the AINRC high command said Chief Minister N Rangasamy was pushing hard for his close aide and former health minister Malladi Krishna Rao for the post. However, the BJP top brass was firm on nominating Selvaganapathy.

A former nominated MLA, Selvaganapathy runs a popular private school in the Union Territory and has an RSS background. He is also serving as the treasurer of the BJP local unit.

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13:17 (IST)22 Sep 2021
BJP prevails over AINRC, nominates S Selvaganapathy for RS seat

Ending weeks of negotiations, the BJP prevailed over its alliance partner AINRC and nominated S Selvaganapathy as its Rajya Sabha candidate from Puducherry.

Sources close to the AINRC high command said Chief Minister N Rangasamy was pushing hard for his close aide and former health minister Malladi Krishna Rao for the post. However, the BJP top brass was firm on nominating Selvaganapathy.

A former nominated MLA, Selvaganapathy runs a popular private school in the Union Territory and has an RSS background. He is also serving as the treasurer of the BJP local unit.

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12:56 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Over 65K saplings planted in Chennai till date

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has said that 65,571 saplings have been planted till Tuesday as a part of the civic body's tree plantation drive in the city. Of these, 472 were planted on Tuesday alone.

Here are the details:

North Chennai - 95

Central Chennai - 254

South Chennai - 123

12:35 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Record heroin haul in Kutch: Probe expands, Chennai couple in custody

In what might be one of the single biggest hauls of heroin in the country — amounting to nearly 3,000 kg, worth Rs 21,000 crore — a court in Bhuj has sent a couple arrested from Chennai on 10-day remand. Six persons, including Afghan nationals, held in Delhi with cocaine and heroin in their possession on Tuesday are being probed for possible links to the case, sources said.

The heroin believed to be from Afghanistan was discovered at Mundra port in Kutch district on September 16 in two shipping containers imported from Bandar Abbas Port in Iran, by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Ahmedabad zone officials, acting on a tip-off.

Sources said multiple searches are ongoing in Ahmedabad, Gandhidham and Mandvi of Gujarat as well as Delhi and Chennai, and that “involvement of Afghan nationals in the drug racket might be possible”.

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12:30 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Pune: Over 100 women may have been cheated by Chennai man in marriage fraud, say police

After a man from Chennai was arrested for allegedly cheating a woman in Chinchwad, a probe by the Pimpri-Chinchwad police has indicated that the suspect could have cheated more than 100 women after contacting them via matrimonial websites and defrauding them of crores of rupees.

Last week, the suspect, Premraj Thevraj, a resident of Chennai, was arrested for allegedly cheating a woman of Rs 11 lakh by entering into a fake marriage with her. He had met the woman on a matrimonial website in April, police said.

Thevraj was arrested after a well planned operation in which he was asked to come to Pune by the complainant and a trap was laid, police said. Upon searching him, the police had seized seven cell phones, 13 SIM cards, two Aadhar cards, two PAN cards and two driving licences from him.

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11:42 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu requests Centre to postpone idea of resuming Covid-19 vaccine exports

The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday requested the Centre to postpone resumption of exports of Covid-19 vaccines, saying only one third of the country’s population have been fully inoculated so far and 115 crore vaccines are still required to give the shots to all the people.

Minister for medical and family welfare Ma Subramanian put forth the request after Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday said that exports of surplus Covid-19 vaccines would resume next month under the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ programme.

Talking to reporters after unveiling the simulation centre at Apollo Hospitals in Vanagaram on Tuesday, Subramanian said the global medical fraternity welcomed the vaccination programme in India, as inoculating people holds the key in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.

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11:21 (IST)22 Sep 2021
How do you look young? Walker asks CM Stalin

It was a question, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin had faced before as well. When he was on his routine morning walk on Tuesday, a woman, all smiles and amid laughter asked him the secret behind his youthfulness. 

"It is diet control," replied Stalin with a gentle smile. The woman, who was also doing her morning exercise told the Chief Minister that people are all happy since he is looking into all matters concerning the state and coming up with right schemes and appropriate measures.

She said she had conveyed her best wishes to him about two years ago for becoming the Chief Minister.

A video clip of the conversation, in which a couple of other walkers also appear, has surfaced in the social media. Stalin, who is lean, had faced similar questions before and his replies had been more or less similar. 

The Chief Minister is a regular walker and rides a bicycle often to destinations like nearby Mamallapuram, not missing an opportunity to greet people and interact with them on his way. (PTI)

Slamming reports that appeared in the wake of the recent vigilance raids at his properties, former Tamil Nadu minister KC Veeramani said efforts were being made to malign his image. Addressing reporters at Tirupattur on Monday Veeramani said, “Our family has a legacy. I was used to imported cars from an early age. My father got me a Mercedes Benz when I was studying Class VII. More than 10,000 workers used to work for us, we still run our factory. Even my wife hails from an affluent family.”

READ | Only Rs 5,600 seized from my residence, Rolls Royce worth just Rs 5 lakh, claims former AIADMK minister after vigilance raids

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested two foreigners in connection to its probe into a case of fraudulent foreclosure and withdrawal of fixed deposits belonging to the Chennai Port Trust (CPT). The arrested individuals have been identified as Boussiomo Steve Bertrand Yannick from Cameron and Musasa Ilunga Lucien alias Bo Bo from Congo.

READ | CBI arrests two foreigners in Chennai Port Trust fraud case

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)

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