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Tamil Nadu Chennai August 16, 17 Highlights: TN records 1,804 cases and 32 deaths

Tamil Nadu Chennai Latest News August 16, 17 Highlights: As of Monday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 20,225.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: August 18, 2021 9:12:19 am
Chennai, Marina Beach, COVID-19Visitors at Marina Beach during Covid-induced lockdown in Chennai. (PTI)

Tamil Nadu Chennai News August 16, 17 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 1,804 positive cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 25,92,436. Among these, Chennai reported 209 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,41,626. The state recorded 32 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 34,579. A total of 1917 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,37,632.

Tamil Nadu Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department (HR&CE) PK Sekar Babu on Tuesday said that no serving priests would be asked to go following the appointment of 58 trained priests from all castes, and that a few people are spreading malicious campaigns around the government’s move.

Addressing reporters in Chennai, Sekar Babu said priests who are past their retirement period are still permitted by HR&CE to carry out their services on a humanitarian basis. “With the sole intention to make the next generation of youth travel in the god-believing path, 58 people who had completed their archakar training and studied agama shastras have been appointed in temples falling under HR&CE. They all are under 35 years of age. Chief Minister MK Stalin has taken measures like this with a vision to make a strong foundation for the next generation,” he said.

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18:36 (IST)17 Aug 2021
TN records 1,804 cases and 32 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1,804 positive cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 25,92,436. Among these, Chennai reported 209 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,41,626. The state recorded 32 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 34,579. A total of 1917 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,37,632.

18:10 (IST)17 Aug 2021
IIT Madras to collaborate with Road Transport Ministry on Pavement Engineering & Intelligent Transportation Systems

Indian Institute of Technology Madras is set to collaborate with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Government of India, on Pavement Engineering and Intelligent Transportation Systems. This includes research on novel pavement materials and technologies, hydrogen cell transportation, automatic vehicle classification, novel toll systems, incident management systems, traveller information systems, FastTAG data analytics and traffic simulations besides transportation safety.

Towards this, a ‘MoRTH Chair’ is being created at IIT Madras, to focus on R&D, teaching and training in Traffic and Highway Engineering. The Chair Professor will act as a Strategic Advisor to MoRTH in Road Transport and Highways. The Chair professor will interface with the Standard and Research (S&R) wing of MoRTH, facilitating need-based research in the area of ‘Traffic and Highway Engineering.’

The MoU for setting up this Chair was signed during a virtual event today.

15:00 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Boomika to premiere on Netflix on August 23

Netflix has bagged the streaming rights of Aishwarya Rajesh’s upcoming film titled Boomika. The streaming giant released a new trailer of the movie while announcing the film’s premiere date. Billed as an “eco-horror thriller”, Boomika will be made available on Netflix on August 23, a day after its television debut.

Boomika will premiere on Vinay Television on August 22 at 3pm.

Boomika also stars Vidhu, Pavel Navageethan, Madhuri, Surya Ganapathy, Ayaan Abhishek and Avantika Vandanapu.

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14:46 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Serving priests won’t be relieved from service, assures Tamil Nadu minister Sekar Babu

Tamil Nadu Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department (HR&CE) PK Sekar Babu on Tuesday said that no serving priests would be asked to go following the appointment of 58 trained priests from all castes, and that a few people are spreading malicious campaigns around the government’s move.

Addressing reporters in Chennai, Sekar Babu said priests who are past their retirement period are still permitted by HR&CE to carry out their services on a humanitarian basis. “With the sole intention to make the next generation of youth travel in the god-believing path, 58 people who had completed their archakar training and studied agama shastras have been appointed in temples falling under HR&CE. They all are under 35 years of age. Chief Minister MK Stalin has taken measures like this with a vision to make a strong foundation for the next generation,” he said.

“Certain channels and a few people on social media are claiming that the government has introduced a scheme against priests. People who uphold Hindutva are left with no job and hence they are involved in these fake campaigns,” he said.

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14:04 (IST)17 Aug 2021
EC notifies Rajya Sabha poll for one seat in TN

The Election Commission (EC) has notified Rajya Sabha polls for one seat in Tamil Nadu, which fell vacant following the demise of A Mohammedjan on March 23 this year. The term of the seat ends on July 24, 2025.

The election will be held on September 4 from 9 am to 4 pm. The votes will be counted the same day from 5 pm.

Here are the dates for the poll:

Aug 24 - Issue of notification

Aug 31 - Last date for nominations

Sept 1 - Scrutiny of nominations

Sept 3 - Last date for withdrawal of candidatures

Sept 13 - Polls

Sept 13 - Counting of votes

Sept 15 - Deadline for completing election

13:43 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Videos against PM, Adityanath: Chennai YouTuber ‘just opinionated old man’, says family

At 3rd Cross Street, VRD Nagar, in the north Chennai neighbourhood of Madhavaram, the buzz around Manmohan Mishra hasn’t quietened since the 62-year-old YouTuber was arrested last week over his videos.

“Always clad in saffron,” said a neighbour. “He is the Ramdev man here,” said another, referring to Mishra’s association with Patanjali products. “Man of few words. Calm and peaceful”, said a third, “except at night, when he is shooting his videos. He is like a public speaker then… gives loud speeches.”

On Friday evening, a team of 10 policemen, including a CB-CID officer, came all the way from Uttar Pradesh and arrested Mishra following an FIR registered against him in UP’s Jaunpur, from where he originally hails, for allegedly making unrestrained statements regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and creating fear among the public through his videos.

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13:03 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Chiyaan 60: Vikram wraps up Karthik Subbaraj’s film, first look poster to be out on August 20

Director Karthik Subbaraj has completed shooting his next directorial, which is tentatively titled Chiyaan 60. On Sunday, he tweeted, “It’s a wrap for #Chiyaan60 (sic).” Karthik has also announced that the first look poster, revealing the actual title of the project, will be unveiled on August 20.

Chiyaan 60 generated a lot of interest among fans as Vikram will be sharing screen space with his son Dhruv in the film. Chiyaan 60 also stars Vani Bhojan, Simran, Bobby Simha and Sananth.

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12:39 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Fully reserved special trains between Hubballi and Chennai from Aug 21

The South Western Railway has notified the operation of fully reserved special trains between Hubballi and Chennai (Train No. 07355/07356 Hubballi – Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Chennai Central  - Hubballi Weekly Superfast Special) from August 21.

Train No. 07355 Hubballi – Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Chennai Central  Weekly Superfast Special will leave Hubballi on Saturdays at 20.25 hours on and from August 21 and will reach Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Chennai Central at 11.40 hours the next day until further advice. 

In the return direction, train No. 07356 Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Chennai Central  - Hubballi Weekly Superfast Special will leave Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Chennai Central on Sundays at 15.00 hours on and from August 22 and reach Hubballi at 05.25 hours the next day until further advice.

The train will have one - AC 2 tier coaches, two - AC 3 tier coaches, seven - sleeper class coaches, five - general second class coaches and two luggage cum brake vans.

Enroute, the trains will have stoppages at Karajgi, Haveri, Ranibennur, Harihar, Davangere, Birur, Arsikere Junction, Tiptur, Sampige Road, Tumkur, Yeshwanthpur, Banaswadi, Krishnarajapuram, Bangarapet, Jolarpettai, Katpadi and Arakkonam. Train No. 07355 Hubballi – Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Chennai Central Weekly Superfast Special will have an additional stoppage at Perambur.

12:37 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Over 35.15 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 35,15,561 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 24,454 people inoculated on Monday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

11:31 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Grace Banu bags Tamil Nadu government’s first ever ‘Best Third Gender’ award for contributions to society

30-year-old transgender activist Grace Banu has been conferred the first ever ‘Best Third Gender’ award by the Tamil Nadu government for her services rendered towards the welfare of the society. She was honoured at the Independence Day event held in Chennai. The award, organised by the Social Welfare and Women Empowerment Department, has been introduced for the first time by the government of Tamil Nadu to recognise transgenders and their contributions to the society.

Hailing from Thoothukudi, Banu had to leave her family due to her gender awareness as a woman and quit job as an IT professional due to undesirable experiences. However, her hardships and hardwork turned Banu to a role model to many of the transgender achievers including Prithika Yashini, India’s first sub-inspector of police. She has bagged several awards in the state for ensuring education and employment rights to transgenders.

She also played a significant role in passing of the court order that gives an opportunity for transgenders in the TNPSC recruitment examination.

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11:08 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Over 1.111 lakh posters removed by GCC in Chennai till date

A total of 1,11,416 posters have been removed across Chennai by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) till Monday as a part of the civic body’s poster removal campaign. 

Here are the details:

North Chennai - 29,554

Central Chennai - 34,653

South Chennai - 47,209

10:46 (IST)17 Aug 2021
DMK won’t go back on poll promises, says Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin said the government would not go back on DMK’s poll promises as a response to the questions raised by AIADMK during the budget debate session at the assembly on Monday.

The AIADMK members, including the leader of opposition Edappadi K Palaniswami and RB Udhaya Kumar, alleged that the DMK government failed to deliver on the promises they made to come to power. In response, the DMK ministers listed down the initiatives by the government and added that it has been just 100 days since they assumed office and they would fulfil all the promises. Commenting on AIADMK MLA Udhaya Kumar’s accusation that the DMK government published the ‘White Paper’ to cover their failure, Stalin said at any cost, the government would not backtrack from their obligations.

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10:34 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Popular Tamil VJ Ananda Kannan passes away

Popular Tamil VJ and actor Ananda Kannan(48) succumbed to cancer on Monday. 

A popular TV host in the 90s and early 2000s, Ananda began his career in Singapore before moving to Chennai and working as a RJ. He later joined a popular music network as a VJ and even had cameos in a couple of shows and movies.

Ananda had maed his debut with Venkat Prabhu's film Saroja in 2008.

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10:09 (IST)17 Aug 2021
‘Modi is the real champion of social justice, unlike opposition parties’

Union Minister of State for Information and Technology Dr L Murugan on Monday accused opposition parties, who were boasting to be champions of social justice, of stalling the introduction of new Central ministers in Parliament, particularly those from the SC and tribal communities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had accommodated 20 people from Dalits and tribal communities, including himself, in the ministry and on the day we were to be introduced in Parliament, opposition parties like the Congress, DMK and Communists, who boast of fighting for social justice, did not allow him (Modi) to do so and stalled the House, Murugan said, taking a dig at the opposition.

Speaking after inaugurating the three-day ‘Jan Ashirvad Yatra’ in Coimbatore, he asked as to who showed the real spirit of social justice whether it was Modi, by inducting more dalits and tribals in the ministry or the parties which were in power and were claiming to be champions of social justice for more than 20 years.

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09:45 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Chennai: Traffic diversions in parts of Chennai Tuesday due to Metro Phase II construction

The Greater Chennai Traffic Police (GCTP) has announced traffic diversions in parts of Chennai on Tuesday (August 17) from 6 am to 10 pm due to Phase II (elevated corridor) works by Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) from Kodambakkam Power House to Porur junction.

The diversions are being implemented on a trial basis, GCTP added.

There will be no diversions for vehicles travelling from Porur towards Kodambakkam Bridge.

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09:22 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Tamil Nadu: Rainfall details till Tuesday morning

Parts of Tamil Nadu received light to moderate showers accompanied by thunderstorms early Tuesday morning.

Here is the details of rainfall received:

  • Chennai - 15.5 mm
  • Meenambakkam - 16 mm
  • Kancheepuram - 20 mm
  • Madurai - 39 mm
  • Aduthurai - 10 mm
  • Tiruttani - 1 mm
  • Virinjipuram - 2.5 mm
  • West Tambaram - 24 mm
  • MRC Nagar - 40 mm
  • Taramani - 35.5 mm
  • YMCA Nandanam - 22.5 mm
  • Tirukoilur - 2.5 mm
  • Chembarambakkam - 17 mm
  • Sathyabama University - 21.5 mm
  • Goodwill School, Villivakkam - 17.5 mm
  • Puzhal - 38 mm
  • R K Pet - 1 mm
  • Arani - 2.5 mm
  • CNI - 15.4 mm
  • Adiramapatnam - Trace
  • CNI (AP) - 17.1 mm
  • Vellore - Trace
  • Kodaikanal - 0.7 mm
  • Coonoor - 1 mm
09:15 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Parts of Chennai receive early morning showers

Citizens in Chennai woke up to overcast skies as parts of the city received light to moderate showers early Tuesday morning.

09:12 (IST)17 Aug 2021
TN reports 1851 fresh cases, 28 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1851 positive cases of Covid-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 25,90,632. Among these, Chennai reported 205 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,41,402. The state recorded 28 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 34,547. 24 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 1911 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,35,715.

As of Monday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 20,370. Till date, 15,13,052 males, 10,77,542 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, 3,99,58,164 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,54,631 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 285 Covid-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 216 are private facilities.

09:12 (IST)17 Aug 2021
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20:00 (IST)16 Aug 2021
TN records 1,851 Covid-19 cases and 28 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1,851 positive cases of Covid-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 25,90,632. Among these, Chennai reported 205 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,41,402. The state recorded 28 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 34,547. A total of 1,911 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,35,715. The state has 20,370 active cases. 

30-year-old transgender activist Grace Banu has been conferred the first ever ‘Best Third Gender’ award by the Tamil Nadu government for her services rendered towards the welfare of the society. She was honoured at the Independence Day event held in Chennai. The award, organised by the Social Welfare and Women Empowerment Department, has been introduced for the first time by the government of Tamil Nadu to recognise transgenders and their contributions to the society.

READ | Grace Banu bags Tamil Nadu government’s first ever ‘Best Third Gender’ award for contributions to society

At 3rd Cross Street, VRD Nagar, in the north Chennai neighbourhood of Madhavaram, the buzz around Manmohan Mishra hasn’t quietened since the 62-year-old YouTuber was arrested last week over his videos. On Friday evening, a team of 10 policemen, including a CB-CID officer, came all the way from Uttar Pradesh and arrested Mishra following an FIR registered against him in UP’s Jaunpur, from where he originally hails, for allegedly making unrestrained statements regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and creating fear among the public through his videos.

READ | Videos against PM, Adityanath: Chennai YouTuber ‘just opinionated old man’, says family

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 13, 14, 15 Highlights

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