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Tamil Nadu Chennai September 9, 10 Highlights: 1 dead, 8 injured in blast at illegal firecracker manufacturing unit in Virudhunagar

Tamil Nadu Chennai Latest News September 9, 10 Highlights: Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government will hold a mega Covid-19 vaccination camp on Sept 12.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: September 13, 2021 9:27:16 am
The unit had been involved in manufacturing crackers ahead of the Deepavali festival. (Representational/File)

Tamil Nadu Chennai News September 9, 10 Highlights: One person was killed and eight others injured in a blast at an illegal firecracker manufacturing unit at Thayilpatti town of Vembukottai taluk in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu Friday morning. The unit was by run one Balamurugan (32) at his residence on SPM Street. The unit had been involved in manufacturing crackers ahead of the Deepavali festival.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government Thursday appealed to people to make use of the mega vaccination camp scheduled to be held on September 12 in the state, saying such an event was essential to attain Covid-19 free status. Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian said as part of the mega camp, 40,000 booths would be established in primary health centres, government run hospitals, noon meal centres, schools and other vital locations in the state.

“Elaborate arrangements have been made to vaccinate 20 lakh people above 18 years in these booths. Revenue, local bodies, education, Rotary International and other NGOs have extended their support. In order to avoid the third wave (of the Covid-19), the state is implementing the Covid-19 vaccination. It is very essential to attain the Covid-19 free status and also protect our people from the virus”, he said in a press release.

The vaccination booths on that day would function between 7am and 7pm and around 20 lakh people above 18 years are expected to receive the vaccination including both “first and second” doses. Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) kits would be kept in all the booths while necessary arrangements on campaigning have been made in all the districts like banners, posters among others.

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20:54 (IST)10 Sep 2021
Subdued Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in TN

The Ganesh Chaturthi festival was celebrated on Friday with subdued fervour in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu.
          
Though Chennai and the rest of the State would miss the colourful Vinayaka Chaturthi procession this year too due to the pandemic which necessitated the State government to ban political, social and religious gatherings till October 31, a two-feet high Manjal (turmeric) Vinayaka, was the cynosure of all eyes at Washermanpet here. The Turmeric Ganesh, weighing 11 kg was installed by the locals and BJP members. Special pujas were performed to the God and prasad was offered to the devotees.
        
Special pujas were performed to the decorated idol of Ganesh at the Karpaka Vinayaka Temple or Pillaiyarpatti Pillaiyar Temple, a 7th century CE rock-cut cave shrine, in Sivaganga district. (PTI)

18:58 (IST)10 Sep 2021
'Thalaivi': AIADMK demands deletion of scenes 'not factual' about MGR, Jayalalithaa

The opposition AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Friday objected to certain references about party stalwarts--the late MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa-- in the latter's multi-lingual biopic 'Thalaivi,' and wanted the scenes deleted.

Senior AIADMK leader and former Minister, D Jayakumar, who watched the AL Vijay-directed film at a cinema theatre here, said such references were not factual and insisted that barring them the movie was a well-made one with a lot of effort put in and that it will receive good response both from party supporters as well as the general public.

For instance, one scene showed Ramachandran, fondly addressed as MGR, as seeking a Minister post in the first DMK government and being denied by the late M Karunanidhi, Jayakumar said and asserted the yesteryear matinee idol-turned-politician was never after such posts.

MGR was then part of the DMK, which under its founder the late CN Annadurai, unseated the Congress in the 1967 elections to become the first regional party to head the state in independent India. Later, Ramachandran parted ways with it when Karunanidhi helmed the party and launched his AIADMK in 1972. The DMK chief succeeded Annadurai as CM following his death in 1969. (PTI)

17:27 (IST)10 Sep 2021
1 killed, 8 injured in blast at illegal cracker unit near Tamil Nadu’s Sivakasi

One person was killed and eight others injured in an explosion Friday at an illegal firecracker manufacturing unit at Thayilpatti town in Virudhunagar district’s Vembukottai. The unit on SPM street functioned out of residential premises and was manufacturing crackers ahead of the upcoming Deepavali festival.

Identifying the deceased as Shanmugaraja (52), police said they have registered an FIR against the illegal unit under section 9B (1) (a) of the Indian Explosives Act and section 304 (2) of the IPC. Read More

14:45 (IST)10 Sep 2021
Meet Dhruv as Dada, a dragon warrior in Vikram’s Mahaan. Watch teaser

Director Karthik Subbaraj on Friday unveiled the first look of Dhruv Vikram from his upcoming directorial titled Mahaan. “DADA !! The Son of #Mahaan (sic),” Karthik captioned the poster.

The poster features a muscular Dhruv whose spirit animal seems to be a Chinese dragon. Karthik intends to present Dhruv in the mythical mould of a ‘dragon warrior.’ The poster teaser also features folk artists, similar to that of the first teaser, which introduced Vikram’s Mahaan.

Mahaan is the maiden collaboration between Vikram and his son Dhruv. The production of the film is already complete and Karthik is busy with its post-production work. Bankrolled by Seven Screen Studio, the film also stars Simran, Bobby Simha, and Vani Bhojan in the supporting roles. The filmmakers are yet to announce the release date.

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14:18 (IST)10 Sep 2021
Over 42.71 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 43,71,309 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 19,637 people inoculated on Thursday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

Among these, 32,43,134 people have been administered Covishield, with 22,93,841 people having taken the first dose and 9,49,293 people having taken the second dose.

A total of 11,28,175 people have been administered Covaxin, with 6,87,267 people having taken the first dose and 4,40,908 people having taken the second dose.

13:43 (IST)10 Sep 2021
EPS extends Vinayaka Chaturthi greetings

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADML leader Edappadi K Palaniswami extended Vinayaka Chaturthi greetings today.

13:34 (IST)10 Sep 2021
AIADMK, PMK greet R N Ravi, Congress doubts Centre’s intention over guv appointment

Opposition AIADMK and PMK on Friday greeted R N Ravi over his appointment as the Governor of Tamil Nadu but the Congress’ state unit doubted the Centre’s ‘intention’ over the move, wondering if it was an attempt to target the MK Stalin-led DMK government.

TNCC President K S Alagiri said former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, after being appointed as Lt Governor of neighbouring Puducherry, when the Congress was in power there, created “many roadblocks” following which a “number of welfare schemes could not be implemented” there.

Top AIADMK leaders O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami extended their greetings to Ravi.

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13:10 (IST)10 Sep 2021
When Jayalalithaa ‘raged, argued against’ a film career: ‘My mother explained there was no way out’

Kangana Ranaut is all set to take over the silver screen with her upcoming biopic Thalaivii, which is based on the life of veteran late actor-politician Jayalalithaa. Ahead of the film release, we revisited Jayalalithaa’s interview with Simi Garewal on the latter’s talk show.

In the very first five minutes of the hour-long video, Jayalalithaa admitted to being the “person who hates the limelight.” Interestingly, Jayalalithaa ruled the silver screen as the leading lady. She featured in more than 125 films. Later, after quitting her filmy career, she stepped into politics and became among the most loved politicians of her time. She served as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for more than 14 years between 1991 and 2016.

Talking about her filmy and political career, Jayalalithaa said that she was “propelled by fate into two high profile careers. Both not of my choosing.”

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12:54 (IST)10 Sep 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai today

Petrol and diesel prices remained unchanged across the country for the fifth successive day on Friday, September 10, 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.

12:27 (IST)10 Sep 2021
CMC Vellore ranked third best medical college, here’s the list of top 10: NIRF Ranking 2021

For the fourth time in a row, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi has topped in the medical category in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF 2021). PGIMER Chandigarh and Christian Medical College, Vellore have retained the second and third positions, respectively. 

The ranking was released Thursday by Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan through a webcast from the NIRF website. Apart from medical, a separate ranking for dental and pharmacy colleges was also announced.

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12:12 (IST)10 Sep 2021
Annaatthe first look: Rajinikanth is in festive mood this Ganesh Chaturthi

The first look of superstar Rajinikanth from his upcoming film Annaatthe was released on Friday, coinciding with the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. We can see Rajinikanth dressed in a traditional vesti and shirt, as he performs the rituals. The poster is firmly rooted in festive mood.

Looking at the poster, we can imagine that the moment is set in the backdrop of a village festival, which warrants a high octane celebration song. It is probably Rajinikanth’s introduction scene, so composer D Imman must have composed high energy beats, amplified further by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam’s vocals.

Traditionally, SPB has sung all hero introduction songs in Rajinikanth films. And Annaatthe is no exception. It was said to be his last recording before he passed away last year owing to Covid-19 complications.

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12:03 (IST)10 Sep 2021
IIT-Madras, IISc-Bangalore sweep top positions: NIRF Ranking 2021

IIT-Madras, IISc-Bangalore, and IIT-Bombay have emerged as the country’s top three higher education institutions in the sixth edition of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) announced by Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Thursday.

The research category was introduced this year and IISc-Bangalore has been adjudged the best, followed by IIT-Madras and IIT-Bombay. This year roughly 6,000 education institutions participated in NIRF.

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11:43 (IST)10 Sep 2021
EPS thanks outgoing Governor Banwarilal Purohit

Former Chief Minister and leader of the Opposition Edappadi K Palaniswami Thursday thanked outgoing Governor Banwarilal Purohit. "To the Governor who helped in the development of Tamil Nadu and is now the Governor of Punjab, I thank and congratulate Banwarilal Purohit", he tweeted.

11:28 (IST)10 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin promises to live-telecast assembly proceedings

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday announced that the government would live-telecast Assembly proceedings following a public outcry demanding the same.

In a reply to Opposition leader Edappadi K Palaniswami during the Assembly debate on the demand for grants for a couple of government departments, Stalin said the proceedings will be live-telecast once the session commences at the Fort St George Campus.

Due to Covid-19, the assembly proceedings are currently taking place at the Kalaivanar Arangam on Wallajah Salai as Fort St George lacked space to maintain physical distancing among legislators. The ongoing budget session of the Tamil Nadu assembly is set to be completed on September 13.

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11:26 (IST)10 Sep 2021
Chennai: 34-year-old techie accosts woman journalist, arrested

A 34-year-old software engineer was arrested by the Chennai police on Wednesday evening for allegedly accosting a woman journalist in Anna Nagar. The accused, a resident of Anna Nagar, is learnt to have recently returned to the city from the US.

The journalist took to Twitter Wednesday to narrate her ordeal. She said she was on her scooter and standing at a prominent junction in Anna Nagar when a car stopped close to her and the man inside demanded that she speak with him. She, however, did not engage with him and drove off. The man, according to the woman, sped up and intercepted her again, this time by stopping his car in front of her scooter.

The journalist has, in the Twitter post, also explained how she was made to run from pillar to post to register a complaint against the harassment. After taking a picture of the car’s registration number, she approached a traffic cop who was about 10 metres from the scene. She was directed to the traffic control room at Anna Nagar Round Thana, and then to the K4 police station. The woman said it was only after she disclosed that she was a journalist that the police acted swiftly.

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11:13 (IST)10 Sep 2021
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10:54 (IST)10 Sep 2021
Madras HC upholds levy of tax on electronic music instruments

The Madras High Court has upheld the notifications of the Commercial Taxes department levying and collecting general sales tax on sale of electronically made Indian music instruments.

There are no merits in the contentions raised by the petitioner, Justice SM Subramaniam said while dismissing a writ petition from city-based Radel Electronics Private Limited, on September 3.

The petition filed in 2008 sought to quash a notification dated December 30, 2006 of the Commercial Taxes department as ultra vires of Sec.17 of the TNGST Act and Articles 14, 19 (1) (g) and 265 of the Constitution and hence, liable to be declared as null and void. It also sought to quash the subsequent clarifications issued in 2007 and 2008.

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10:49 (IST)10 Sep 2021
TN river civilisation 3200 years old, will go for excavations abroad & in other states too, says CM MK Stalin

To trace Tamil cultural roots, the state archaeological department would undertake excavations in countries including Indonesia and in states such as Andhra Pradesh after obtaining due permission, Chief Minister M K Stalin announced in the Assembly on Thursday while unveiling finding of a study that pointed to a 3,200 year-old civilisation in Tamil Nadu.

Releasing key findings of excavations by archaeological department, he said rice with soil/husk found in the offering pot inside of an urn at Sivakalai area in southern Tamil Nadu was sent for AMS ( Accelerator Mass Spectrometry) Carbon dating to the Beta Analytical Laboratory at Miami in Florida of USA.

“Recently, we have got the test results, I am extremely happy to announce that the rice samples have yielded the date of 1,155 BCE and hence, the Tamiraparani River Civilisaiton (Tirunelveli region in southern TN) is 3,200 years old and this is scientifically validated,” he said amid thumping of desks.

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10:32 (IST)10 Sep 2021
CM Stalin greets RN Ravi, says TN welcomes him

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday greeted RN Ravi over his appointment as the Governor of the state, wishing that his arrival to Tamil Nadu encouraged its growth and prosperity. 

He also extended a "loving and respectful" farewell to outgoing Governor Banwarilal Purohit.

In his message, Stalin greeted Ravi over his appointment. "Let your arrival encourage Tamil Nadu's growth and prosperity," he said in a tweet. "Tamil Nadu welcomes you," he added.

Further, Stalin said "we are bidding farewell to Purohit with love and respect," and recalled the cordial ties he shared with the latter, both as Leader of Opposition earlier and chief minster now. He wished Purohit's "large heartedness" benefited Punjab. (PTI)

10:13 (IST)10 Sep 2021
Naga interlocutor R N Ravi moved to Tamil Nadu as Governor

In a move suggesting disapproval of Naga interlocutor R N Ravi’s handling of the Naga peace process in the last couple of years, the Centre has made him the Governor of Tamil Nadu.

In a press statement, the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Thursday said the President has appointed three Governors, besides accepting the resignation of one.

Ravi’s posting as Governor of a much bigger state is a signal by the government that while it wants the Naga peace process to move forward, it values his contribution as Naga interlocutor over the years.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday announced that the government would live-telecast Assembly proceedings following a public outcry demanding the same. In a reply to Opposition leader Edappadi K Palaniswami during the Assembly debate on the demand for grants for a couple of government departments, Stalin said the proceedings will be live-telecast once the session commences at the Fort St George Campus.

READ | Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin promises to live-telecast assembly proceedings

A 34-year-old software engineer was arrested by the Chennai police on Wednesday evening for allegedly accosting a woman journalist in Anna Nagar. The accused, a resident of Anna Nagar, is learnt to have recently returned to the city from the US. The journalist took to Twitter Wednesday to narrate her ordeal. The journalist has, in the Twitter post, also explained how she was made to run from pillar to post to register a complaint against the harassment.

READ | Chennai: 34-year-old techie accosts woman journalist, arrested

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