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Tamil Nadu Chennai 6, 7, 8 Highlights: Chennai Corporation to set up 1,600 special camps on September 12

Tamil Nadu Chennai Latest News 6, 7, 8 Highlights: The main opposition AIADMK's members were not in the House during its passage. BJP MLAs staged a walkout.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: September 9, 2021 9:12:25 am
M K StalinTamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin. (PTI)

Tamil Nadu Chennai News 6, 7, 8 Highlights: The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution urging the Centre to repeal the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 to protect and ensure unity and communal harmony and uphold the secular principles enshrined in the Constitution.

According to PTI, the resolution moved by Chief Minister M K Stalin said the CAA passed by the Parliament in 2019 “is not in tune with the secular principles laid down in our Constitution and also not conducive to the communal harmony that prevails in India.”

The main opposition AIADMK’s members were not in the House during its passage. They staged a walkout over issues they tried to raise during the zero hour. Opposing the resolution, the BJP MLAs also staged a walkout and later speaking to media, the party’s legislature party leader Nainar Nagendran said the CAA has absolutely nothing against Muslim people.

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19:14 (IST)08 Sep 2021
TN records 1,587 cases,18 deaths

Tamil Nadu reported 1,587 new Covid-19 cases taking the overall tally to 26,27,365. With 18 fatalities, the death toll reached 35,073. A total of 1,594 people got discharged and 1,60,303 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. The number of active cases in the state stood at 16,180. Coimbatore (232), Chennai (179), Erode (117), Chengalpet (115) contributed to the maximum number of infections. Zero deaths were reported in 24 districts.   

18:49 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Chennai Corporation to set up 1,600 special camps on September 12

The Greater Chennai Corporation Wednesday said a total of 1,600 special camps would be organised on September 12 in the city to increase the vaccine coverage. In a meeting chaired by principle secretary and the corporation commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi, the decision was taken to conduct these camps. The corporation said as of Wednesday, a total of 43,62,753 vaccine doses have been administered. This includes  29,89,064 first dose beneficiaries and 13,73,689 second dose beneficiaries.

A total of 600 doctors and 600 nurses are set to be deployed in this special vaccination drive on September 12.

16:31 (IST)08 Sep 2021
TN passes resolution urging Centre to repeal CAA, BJP walks out

The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution urging the Centre to repeal the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 to protect and ensure unity and communal harmony and uphold the secular principles enshrined in the Constitution. 

According to PTI, the resolution moved by Chief Minister M K Stalin said the CAA passed by the Parliament in 2019 "is not in tune with the secular principles laid down in our Constitution and also not conducive to the communal harmony that prevails in India." 

The main opposition AIADMK's members were not in the House during its passage. They staged a walkout over issues they tried to raise during the zero hour. 

Opposing the resolution, the BJP MLAs also staged a walkout and later speaking to media, the party's legislature party leader Nainar Nagendran said the CAA has absolutely nothing against Muslim people.

15:03 (IST)08 Sep 2021
GCC to organise mega vaccination drive on Sept 12

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) will be organising a mega vaccination drive in Chennai on September 12. The drive will be conducted across 500 locations with over 3 lakh vaccines to be administered. 

The drive will be conducted as a part of the state-wide vaccination drive to inoculated over 12 lakh people in 10,000 camps.

14:39 (IST)08 Sep 2021
'Not in tune with secular principles’: Tamil Nadu assembly moves resolution against CAA

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin Tuesday moved a resolution against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 passed by Parliament in 2019. Stalin said the Act is not in tune with the secular principles laid down in our Constitution and is also not conducive to the communal harmony that prevails in India.

The legislation, which grants citizenship to illegal immigrants belonging to Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Parsi, Christian, and Buddhist communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, was passed by Parliament amid vehement criticism from the Opposition that pointed out the communal agenda behind the law as it conspicuously left out Muslims.

“As per established democratic principles, a country should be governed taking into consideration the aspirations and concerns of the people belonging to all sections of the society. But, it is clearly seen that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act was passed in such a way that it does not accord warm support to the refugees considering their plight, but instead discriminates them according to their religion and their country of origin,” Stalin said.

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14:15 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Kangana Ranaut explains the process of playing Jayalalithaa in Thalaivii

Kangana Ranaut’s Thalaivii is all set to release in theatres this Friday. Featuring Kangana in the titular role, the film is based on the life of cine icon and former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. To get into the skin of the actor-politician, Kangana had a ‘spiritual’ and ‘psychological’ approach.

According to the 34-year-old actor, more than anything, she needs to understand the psychology of a character to play it efficiently. Also, she believes it is important to “fall in love with the character and their deepest, darkest truths”. In a recent interview, Kangana explained her prep to essay the role of Jayalalithaa.

"It’s a very personal process that I wouldn’t recommend for anyone but the psychology of a character is very important to me. To know the missing link in their psyche. To figure them out. To put the dots together. What were their deep desires and what were their weaknesses? What were the soft points and strengths? It’s a very psychological approach to begin with and it leads to the traits that are dominant in their personality,” Kangana Ranaut told Film Companion.

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13:29 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai today

Petrol and diesel prices were steady across the country for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, September 8, 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.

12:43 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin announces Rs 5,000 cash aid for Ganesh idol makers

With the Tamil Nadu government banning public celebrations of the Vinayaka Chaturthi festival in the wake of Covid-19, Chief Minister MK Stalin Tuesday announced Rs 5,000 as financial aid to 3,000 artisans who make Ganesh idols.

Stating that the ban on public celebrations of the Vinayaka Chaturthi festival had affected the idol makers, Stalin announced financial assistance in the state assembly. He was responding to BJP legislative party leader Nainar Nagendran’s request to allow the festival in the state.

Stalin said that the government had already provided Rs 5,000 to around 12,000 potters who were unable to earn a livelihood during the monsoon season. “Among them, around 3,000 make Ganesh idols. Keeping in mind that the idol makers lost their livelihood during this time, the government has decided to provide them Rs 5,000 as financial aid,” he said.

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12:04 (IST)08 Sep 2021
205 hoardings and 584 flex boards removed by GCC in Chennai Tuesday

A total of 205 hoardings and 584 flex boards were removed across Chennai by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) on Tuesday as a part of the civic body’s poster removal campaign. 

Here are the details:

North Chennai 

  • Flex boards - 50

Central Chennai 

  • Hoardings - 52
  • Flex boards - 27

South Chennai 

  • Hoardings - 17
  • Flex boards - 64
11:43 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Don’t waste public money for political reasons: Madras HC

Thanking Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin for his decision not to waste the school bags and other stationery materials containing the photographs of former Chief Ministers, the late J Jayalalithaa and another, the Madras High Court on Friday told the State to take extreme care and caution to ensure that public funds are not expended for publicity purposes of political leaders, including in hoardings and other materials.

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P D Audikesavalu gave the direction while closing a public interest writ petition from Ranjan Oveyam praying for a direction to the authorities concerned to continue to use the unused stocks of text-books and other stationery materials like crayons, colour pencils and school bags, which carried the photos of former Chief Ministers, including that of Edappadi K Palaniswami.

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11:16 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Retail sales force of TN govt run liquor vends get pay hike

The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday announced a hike of Rs 500 for the retail sales personnel of liquor vends run by it, effective from April 2021. Announcing fresh initiatives for his department in the State Assembly, Excise Minister V Senthil Balaji said that 25,009 employees, who are assigned the task of retail sales, are working on consolidated pay in liquor shops across the state. 

Such retail shops are run by the government owned Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC). Of the 25,000 plus personnel, 6,761 are supervisors, while 15,090 are salesmen and 3,158 sales assistants. For these workers, the monthly consolidated pay would be increased by Rs 500 and the hike would be implemented from April 2021, entailing an additional expenditure of Rs 15.01 crore per year, he said. 

The Minister said district-wise awareness campaigns and special camps would be conducted against alcohol consumption and driving vehicles after consuming alcoholic drinks and Rs four crore would be allotted for the purpose. Also, he announced a Rs five crore fund for rehabilitating reformed people who have been released from prisons after serving sentences for prohibition offences like brewing illicit liquor. (PTI)

11:11 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Shortage of few days need not stand in the way of age eligibility: Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Tuesday held that shortage of a few days for the prescribed age qualification need not be an obstacle for an intelligent student seeking admission or writing exams like the NEET.

Citing an order of a division bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, headed by Justice V Ramasubramanian in 2019 in a similar case, the present bench of Justices Pushpa Sathyanarayana and Krishnan Ramasamy made the observation, Tuesday.

It, however, refused to allow a minor girl to write the NEET.

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10:54 (IST)08 Sep 2021
TN announces Welfare Board, ‘Kalaignar’ award for journalists

The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday announced a welfare board for journalists, an increase in financial support to families of press, media persons who die in harness and funding higher education of young, eligible scribes in journalism schools.

Making announcements on new initiatives for his department, Information Minister M P Saminathan announced institution of “Kalaignar Ezhuthukol Award” for journalists making exemplary journalistic contributions towards social development and the uplift of marginalised people.

The award includes a cash component of Rs 5 lakh and a certificate of appreciation, he said.

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10:28 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Tamil poet Pulamaipithan passes away

Pulamaipitha, a renowned Tamil poet and loyalist to former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa passed away Wednesday owing to ill health.

Expelled AIADMK leader V K Sasikala had visited the poet at the hospital on Tuesday.

10:25 (IST)08 Sep 2021
CM Stalin moves resolution in TN Assembly urging Centre to repeal CAA

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin Tuesday moved a resolution in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, urging the Centre to repeal the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019. Stalin urged the Centre to ensure unity and uphold the principles of secularism as envisioned in the Constitution.

"The Citizenship Amendment Act was enacted to discriminate against refugees on the basis of their religious affiliation and nationality, regardless of their status", ANI quoted Stalin on Anti-CAA resolution in the state Assembly.

10:12 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Coast Guard vessel hits fishing boat, claim TN fishermen

Two fishermen from Vedaranyam in Nagapattinam district sustained injuries as a Coast Guard vessel allegedly hit their fishing boat. The injured fishermen returned to the shore on Tuesday morning. While the Coast Guard in Chennai said that an investigation has been launched into the matter, official sources said there appears to be "no collision".   

Earlier, four fishermen belonging to Pushpavanam hamlet near Vedaranyam ventured into the sea in a fiberglass boat on Monday afternoon. Around 11:30 in the night, a Coast Guard vessel that happened to pass through that area accidentally hit the edge of the fishing boat, the injured fishermen claimed.

In the impact, two fishermen Mahalingam (60) and Selvamani (30) slipped into the sea from the boat. The engine portion of the boat sustained damage, they claimed. While Mahalingam managed to board the boat shortly, Selvamani struggled in the water for over two hours before being rescued by another fishing boat that happened to pass through that way.

All the fishermen reached the Vedaranyam shore on Tuesday morning. Mahalingam and Selvamani were rushed to the Vedaranyam GH and their condition is stable. 

Officials of Coastal Security Group police, Q Branch, and fisheries welfare department are enquiring into the issue. Meanwhile, the Coast Guard said "investigation has been undertaken to analyse the situation." Official sources, while claiming that there was "no collision", said fishing nets in the boat must have got entangled with the CG vessel and in the impact the fishermen must have fallen into the sea. They did not elaborate. (PTI)

09:50 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Relief for TN govt employees who struck work in AIADMK rule, strike period to be regularised

The period when sections of government employees struck work and faced suspension during the previous AIADMK regime would be regularised, Chief Minister M K Stalin announced in the Assembly on Tuesday.

The retirement age of chefs and kitchen assistants at the state-run nutritious meal centres would be increased to 60 from 58 benefitting a total of 53,713 such employees, he said.

Making announcements related to government employees, the Chief Minister said many employee associations have submitted representations in respect of strike and suspension periods. They have requested regularisation of periods, during which they struck work and faced “temporary suspension” in 2016, 2017 and 2019 for protest against the then government (the previous AIADMK regime), he said.

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09:35 (IST)08 Sep 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:

Porur: Parts of Porur, Moulivakkam, Madha Nagar, Tharaipakkam, Gerugambakkam, RE Nagar, Kurunji Nagar, Kundrathur Main Road, Sathiyanarayanapuram and surrounding areas. 

Tambaram:

  • Madambakkam: KK Salai, Vijayalakshmi Nagar, Gopulapuram, Velachery Main Road, Balaji Nagar and Thiruvethi Amman Koil Street
  • Perungalathur: Indira Gandhi Salai and Ammankoil
  • Subrayan Nagar: Subrayan Nagar, Parvathipuram and Bharathiyar Street
  • Perumbakkam: Perumbakkam Main Road, Sentamil Nagar and surrounding areas

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09:11 (IST)08 Sep 2021
DA hike for TN govt employees advanced to Jan 1, 2022: CM Stalin

The enhanced Dearness Allowance to government employees and pensioners would be advanced by three months and it shall be implemented with effect from January 1, 2022, Chief Minister M K Stalin announced in the Assembly on Tuesday.

In the revised budget (2021-22), the increase in DA for employees and pensioners was announced from April 1, 2022, he said. However, considering representations received from associations of government employees, the DA hike would be implemented for them and pensioners from January 1, 2022 despite serious fiscal constraints, the Chief Minister said. 

The move would benefit 16 lakh government employees and pensioners and the advancement of the DA hike would entail an additional expenditure of Rs 1,620 crore for three months and for a year the expenditure shall be Rs 6,480 crore. 

An office-bearer of a government employees association said that the DA is expected to be raised on par with the Centre's announcement of 11 per cent in sync with the practice so far. "Usually, the state government announces the DA hike soon after the Centre's announcement. This is the first time we are witnessing such a scenario," he told PTI. 

The associations of government employees have been demanding a 11 per cent DA increase. Effective July 1, 2021, the Centre had announced a 11 per cent increase (17 per cent to 28 per cent) in DA and Dearness Relief to Central government employees and pensioners respectively. (PTI)

09:10 (IST)08 Sep 2021
TN reports 1544 fresh cases, 19 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1,544 positive cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 26,25,778. Among these, Chennai reported 194 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,45,352. The state recorded 19 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 35,055. 17 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 1,576 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,74,518.

As of Tuesday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 16,205. Till date, 15,33,075 males, 10,92,665 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, 4,34,28,075 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,55,210 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 292 Covid-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 223 are private facilities.

With the Tamil Nadu government banning public celebrations of the Vinayaka Chaturthi festival in the wake of Covid-19, the BJP and other right-wing organisations across the state have been up in arms for the past few days. On Monday, Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai had issued a statement questioning the DMK government’s decision to deny permission for the Hindu festival and alleging that it was meant to appease followers of other religions.

READ | Row over Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations in Tamil Nadu sees BJP locking horns with state govt

In the wake of the neighbouring state Kerala reporting a death due to Nipah virus infection, the Tamil Nadu government has tightened security measures in areas bordering the state. Health Minister Ma Subramanian said that directions have been issued to nine districts that border Kerala to take preventive measures.

READ | Security measures tightened up in Tamil Nadu after Nipah virus reported in neigbouring Kerala

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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