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Tamil Nadu Chennai August 18, 19 Highlights: TN records 1,702 Covid-19 cases, 29 deaths

Tamil Nadu Chennai Latest News August 18, 19 Highlights: The two leaders stated that the only agenda of the M K Stalin-led government is 'corruption, collection and vendetta'.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: August 20, 2021 9:09:49 am
Edappadi K Palaniswami, O PanneerselvamAIADMK joint coordinator and leader of Opposition Edappadi K Palaniswami and coordinator and deputy leader of Opposition O Panneerselvam address the media on Thursday.

Tamil Nadu Chennai News August 18, 19 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 1,702 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 25,95,935. Among these, Chennai reported 193 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,42,010. The state recorded 29 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 34,639. A total of 1,892 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,41,432.

Amid a two-day boycott against the Tamil Nadu Assembly proceedings by the AIADMK, AIADMK joint coordinator and leader of Opposition Edappadi K Palaniswami and coordinator and deputy leader of Opposition O Panneerselvam submitted a five-page letter to Governor Banwarilal Purohit today, detailing the failure of the DMK government and elected representatives indulging in corruption.

Alleging that the DMK Government is indulging in “political whiplash” against the opposition especially AIADMK, the two leaders stated that the only agenda of the M K Stalin-led government is “corruption, collection and vendetta”.

The letter was submitted a day after the Opposition AIADMK on Wednesday staged a protest and walked out of the Assembly claiming that the DMK government was reviving the probe to falsely implicate its leaders. “Instead of working on the pressing issues of the people of the state, the DMK is targeting opposition parties by abusing power. We will resist this move. They are trying to revive the case to come up with fake evidence to target us. That process has been happening for the past few days. We will not surrender before such threats, we will fight it out legally,” Panneerselvam said.

 

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20:18 (IST)19 Aug 2021
TN records 1,702 Covid-19 cases, 29 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1,702 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 25,95,935. Among these, Chennai reported 193 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,42,010. The state recorded 29 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 34,639. A total of 1,892 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,41,432.

20:03 (IST)19 Aug 2021
Minister inspects building at KP Park after complaints on faulty construction

The families who were allotted flats of the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board at Kesava Pillai (KP) park in Pulianthope have been raising complaints about stability and quality of construction for the past few days.

Leaky ceilings, damaged staircases, cracks on the doors, faulty lifts, broken water pipes are among the many difficulties the residents claimed they are facing because of the alleged substandard structures constructed within the city limits. Following complaints, Minister for Rural Industries and Slum Clearance Board Thamo Anbarasan and Minister Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department P K Sekar Babu made an inspection Wednesday. 
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16:58 (IST)19 Aug 2021
Traders shut shop in Coimbatore urging the District administration to take action against VAO in Annur incident

Traders have shut shop, farmers and other members have been staging a protest at Annur urging the Coimbatore district administration to suspend the case filed against farmer Ponnusamy and further take legal action VAO Kalai Selvi, assistant VAO Muthusamy in connection to the incident at Ottarpalayam Village Administrative office. This comes at the backdrop of a new video which was emerged on August 6 showing the assistant dalit VAO slapping the man before falling on his feet.
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14:48 (IST)19 Aug 2021
Renowned wildlife photographer Maheen Hassan shares photo of stork feeding its offspring at Tirunelveli's Kunthankulam Bird Sanctuary

Every year, World Photography Day is celebrated on August 19. The word photography is derived from the Greek words phos (light), and graphis (stylus, paintbrush), which together mean ‘drawing with light’.

Photography is considered to be a powerful medium which evokes emotions through visuals. The camera captures not only scenes from history but also scenes that create history.

This World Photography Day, renowned wildlife photographer Maheen Hassan shares 10 photographs and the story behind them. Among them is a powerful picture of a bird is seen feeding its baby water and fish that is carried from a great distance. This precious moment was captured from the Kunthankulam Bird Sanctuary in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.

Click here to see the other nine pictures

14:37 (IST)19 Aug 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai today

Prices of diesel were cut for the second consecutive day on Thursday, August 19, while petrol prices continued to remain steady. In the national capital, diesel slipped 20 paise per litre.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 99.47 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 94.02 per litre.

14:31 (IST)19 Aug 2021
Over 35.5 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 35,54,978 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 20,240 people inoculated on Wednesday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

14:04 (IST)19 Aug 2021
Bill to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET soon: CM MK Stalin

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin Wednesday announced in the state assembly that the DMK government would draft and table legislation exempting the state from the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), within the ongoing session.

Stalin said that the bill would be formulated based on the recommendations of the AK Rajan Committee which studied the impact of NEET-based medical admissions on students from socially backward classes. The committee, led by Justice AK Rajan, submitted its report on NEET and said that most students did not want NEET in the state.

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13:37 (IST)19 Aug 2021
Dibrugarh - Kanniyakumari Weekly Special rescheduled

Owing to engineering works being carried out in connection with Limited Height Subway between Vizianagaram - Korukunda and Dusi - Ponduru sections on August 23, the East Coast Railway has notified that Dibrugarh - Kanniyakumari Weekly Special has been rescheduled.

Train No. 05906 Dibrugarh - Kanniyakumari Weekly Special, which is scheduled to leave Dibrugarh at 19.25 hours on August 21 is rescheduled to leave Dibrugarh at 00.55 hours on August 22.

13:30 (IST)19 Aug 2021
IPS officer sexual harassment case: SC ends Madras HC’s monitoring, expunges its observations

The Supreme Court Wednesday ended the Madras High Court’s involvement in the sexual harassment case filed by a woman IPS officer against former Special DGP Rajesh Das and has expunged some of the observations it made in the case.

A bench comprising Justices UU Lalit and Ajay Rastogi further said that the trial court in Villupuram should proceed with the case “purely based on its own merits without being influenced in any manner” by a series of orders passed by the high court.

On August 2, the Madras High Court had ordered a day-to-day trial of the case and directed the Villipuram Chief Judicial magistrate to complete the proceedings before December 20, 2021, and submit a compliance report.

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13:07 (IST)19 Aug 2021
Madras HC slams MLA for putting up illegal building, orders demolition

The Madras High Court has slammed a ruling DMK MLA from Chennai for constructing a public hall on a piece of government land in the area and ordered for its immediate demolition.

“Prima facie, it appears to be an act of extreme anarchy. No law-maker can take the law into his own hands and put up a construction on government land, however pious the intention may be, because the relevant government department has not put up a construction according to his demand,” the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P D Audikesavalu said on Tuesday.

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12:45 (IST)19 Aug 2021
Tamil Nadu: Covaxin only for those needing second dose due to shortage in supply

Amid a shortage in supply, Tamil Nadu Health and Family Welfare Minister Ma Subramanian said Wednesday that the state will only provide Covaxin shots to those requiring a second dose.

Addressing reporters in Chennai, Subramanian said the state government has received 39,08,250 doses of Covaxin and 36,31,545 have been administered. He added that the government has notified the Centre that four lakh doses are needed to give the second dose as well.

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12:31 (IST)19 Aug 2021
EPS, OPS write to TN Guv over ‘political whiplash’ by DMK govt against the Opposition

Amid a two-day boycott against the Tamil Nadu Assembly proceedings by the AIADMK, AIADMK joint coordinator and leader of Opposition Edappadi K Palaniswami and coordinator and deputy leader of Opposition O Panneerselvam submitted a five-page letter to Governor Banwarilal Purohit today, detailing the failure of the DMK government and elected representatives indulging in corruption.

Alleging that the DMK Government is indulging in political whiplash on the opposition especially AIADMK, the two leaders stated that the only agenda of the M K Stalin-led government is 'corruption, collection and vendetta'.

In the letter, the two leaders claimed that the DMK used corruption as a way of governance, furthered their political vendetta through false cases, misused government machinery and enjoyed ultra-constitutional powers in the state.

The letter was submitted a day after the Opposition AIADMK on Wednesday staged a protest and walked out of the Assembly claiming that the DMK government was reviving the probe to falsely implicate its leaders. 

12:03 (IST)19 Aug 2021
Over 1.14 lakh posters removed by GCC in Chennai till date

A total of 1,14,282 posters have been removed across Chennai by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) till Wednesday as a part of the civic body’s poster removal campaign. 

Here are the details:

North Chennai - 30,523

Central Chennai - 35,546

South Chennai - 48,213

12:03 (IST)19 Aug 2021
Tamil Nadu government issues SOPs ahead of reopening schools

The Director of Public Health Wednesday issued the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for reopening schools for students of Classes IX, X, XI and XII.

The SOPs comes after the Tamil Nadu School Education Department tentatively announced to reopen schools from September 1. As per reports, an official announcement on the date of reopening is likely to be made by the government on August 20.

According to the guidelines issued by the government, schools have been asked to ensure that only 50% students are allowed at a time. The guidelines also mandate 100 per cent vaccination of teachers and other staff working in the schools. All students, within the eligible group, visiting the schools will also have to be vaccinated.

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11:24 (IST)19 Aug 2021
Order giving 27 per cent reservation in compliance of Madras HC order, no contempt made: Centre

The Centre told the Madras High Court on Wednesday that its order providing 27 per cent reservation is in full compliance with the latter’s order in July last year on implementation of OBC reservation and submitted that the 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections (EWS) is a constitutional one.

The court was hearing a contempt application from the ruling DMK, seeking to punish central government officials concerned for not implementing the July 2020 High Court order on implementation of OBC reservation under the All India Quota (AIQ) in medical admissions for 2021-22.

Additional Solicitor General K M Nataraj told the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P D Audikesavalu that the 10 per cent reservation for EWS people is a constitutional one and the High Court has no power to comment on it.

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10:58 (IST)19 Aug 2021
Kauvery Hospital ropes in Dhoni as brand ambassador

Tamil Nadu-based Kauvery Group of Hospitals on Wednesday announced roping in former India Cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its brand ambassador.

The city-based healthcare chain said its growth was similar to that of the popular cricketer, also the captain of the Chennai Super Kings IPL franchise.

"Dhoni, who rose from a smaller town and achieved greater heights  is similar to Kauvery's journey.  We started with a 30 bedded hospital in Trichy (Tiruchirappally) and now we are a 1500 bedded strong group with branches across Tamil Nadu and Bengaluru working towards the mission of delivering quality healthcare at affordable cost," Dr Manivannan Selvaraj, Managing Director of Kauvery Group of Hospitals was quoted as saying in a release.

Speaking about his association with the brand, Dhoni said the group was offering medical services for over two decades, and that he was glad to be associated with it. (PTI) 


10:37 (IST)19 Aug 2021
149 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 149 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 76 arrivals and 73 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

10:19 (IST)19 Aug 2021
Madras HC bats for more functional autonomy for CBI

The Madras High Court has batted for more functional autonomy for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), without any government control and bring the premier agency on par with departments that report directly to the Prime Minister.

Charging the agency with dragging its feet whenever the court wanted to hand over serious cases, saying it lacked the resources and manpower to take up the probe, the Madurai bench on Tuesday said this has “been parroted” for a long time before the court whenever it wanted to hand over investigation of certain cases to the CBI.The agency should be made independent with functional autonomy without the administrative control of government.

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10:05 (IST)19 Aug 2021
We're not happy over rate cut, says UPASI president

The United Planters Association of Southern India has expressed disappointment at the announcement of Remission of Duties and Taxes on Export Products (RoDTEP) for plantation commodities and said it would raise the issue with the Commerce Ministry.

The RoDTEP rates were fixed on tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom at 1 per cent except for black tea (leaf and dust) in bulk which is at 1.7 per cent and natural rubber at 1.4 per cent.

Plantation commodities were earlier getting 5 per cent, which was later reduced to 3 per cent, said the president of UPASI  Prashanth Bansali said in a statement on Wednesday. The cut in rates will have an impact on exports and there were no reasons for the reduction, he said. Export of plantation commodities needs to be supported,  Bansali said.

"It is pertinent to note that the freight rates have gone up by more than 150 per cent in the past 12 months. UPASI is of the view that VISION 400-billion USD as the export target will be difficult to reach with the current RoDTEP rates," he added. (PTI)

09:41 (IST)19 Aug 2021
Madras HC imposes Rs 5 lakh fine on Lyca Productions

The Madras High Court on Wednesday imposed a cost of Rs 5 lakh on Lyca Productions, a noted film production company, for filing an application which was allegedly devoid of merits, against another film producer and actor Vishal.

“This application for decree on admission is not only devoid of merits, but also the affidavit filed by another person in support of Lyca, is also a misrepresentation of statement on record.”

“Hence, this application is dismissed with a cost of Rs 5 lakh payable to the respondent/defendant Vishal,” Justice G Jayachandran said.

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A day after Tamil Nadu Police recorded fresh statements of one of the main accused in the 2017 Kodanad estate robbery-murder case, the Opposition AIADMK on Wednesday staged a protest and walked out of the Assembly claiming that the DMK government was reviving the probe to falsely implicate its leaders.

READ | AIADMK protests against probe revival, Stalin says no political agenda

In a video that was circulated on social media a couple of days ago, a government bus driver of the route between Kadayam and Alangulam in Tenkasi district of Tamil Nadu was seen abusing a woman and later threatening to hit her with his footwear. Based on a complaint, the driver was suspended by the transport department.

READ | Tamil Nadu: Bus driver suspended after video shows him abusing woman, threatening to beat her

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)

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