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Tamil Nadu Chennai Highlights: TN records 1,893 cases, 27 deaths

Tamil Nadu Chennai Latest News Highlights: A case has been registered against 17 people, including the minister and his brother.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: August 11, 2021 6:44:16 am
S P Velumani (PTI)

Tamil Nadu Chennai News Highlights: The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption police in Tamil Nadu searched as many as 52 places of former Tamil Nadu Municipal Administration Minister SP Velumani on Tuesday morning. As per reports, the raids are in connection with corruption allegations against Velumani.

According to reports, close to 35 places have been raided in Coimbatore in areas like Thondamuthur, Vadavalli, etc and 15 places in Chennai and one place apiece in Dindigul and Kancheepuram. The officials reached Velumani’s Chennai residence at around 7 am and hundreds of supporters gathered outside as the searches began.

A case has been registered against 17 people, including the minister and his brother.

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20:37 (IST)10 Aug 2021
DVAC seize Rs 13.08 lakh, FD to the tune of Rs 2 crore and other assets

Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) Tuesday raided 60 properties linked to SP Velumani, the former Tamil Nadu municipal administration minister. In a statement, the officials said they seized Rs 13,08,500/- documents related to land registrations, transport documents of business firms, fixed deposits to the tune of Rs 2 crore. Apart from this, the sleuths added that official records of corporations, electronic hard disks, and other incriminating documents were seized. 

20:16 (IST)10 Aug 2021
TN records 1,893 cases, 27 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1,893 positive cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 25,79,130. Among these, Chennai reported 209 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,40,063. The state recorded 27 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 34,367.  A total of 1,930 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,24,400

17:33 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Elephant, sloth bear found dead in TN

A female elephant was found dead at Kaalakkaal Mokkai coming under Masinagudi in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in the Nilgiris district on Tuesday, Forest department sources said. The field staff of Mangalaapatti beat on rounds noticed the dead animal and immediately alerted Forest Department officials, who rushed to the spot.

The reason for the death will be known after the post-mortem, Forest department sources said. Meanwhile, an 86-year old farmer Ramasamy was detained for inquiry, following the suspected electrocution of a sloth bear on the fence of his land at Vazhaithottam village in the district. The male animal was found lying dead on the wired fence on the farmland, reportedly connected with power, they said

14:41 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Prof R Velraj appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Anna University

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit Tuesday appointed Prof Dr R Velraj as the Vice-Chancellor of Anna University for a period of three years from the date of the assumption of his office. 

13:10 (IST)10 Aug 2021
TN assembly revised budget session to begin on August 13

According to a release by assembly secretary K Srinivasan, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly revised budget session to be held from August 13 to September 21. 

12:51 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Velumani's close aid admitted in hospital

According to reports, former AIADMK Minister SP Velumani's close aid and KCP engineering firm's managing director K Chandraprakash has been admitted to a private hospital after he developed chest pain. Chandraprakash was one among the 17 people against whom the DVAC filed an FIR. 

12:21 (IST)10 Aug 2021
DVAC sleuths raid more than 52 places including former TN minister SP Velumani’s residence

The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) police on Tuesday launched searches at more than 52 places including the residence of former Tamil Nadu municipal administration minister SP Velumani in connection with a corruption case against him. According to reports, close to 35 places have been raided in Coimbatore in areas like Thondamuthur, Vadavalli, etc and 15 places in Chennai and one place apiece in Dindigul and Kancheepuram. The officials reached Velumani’s Chennai residence at around 7 am and hundreds of supporters gathered outside as the searches began.
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11:56 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Over 33 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 33,60,920 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 17,694 people inoculated on Monday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

11:25 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Over 1.02 lakh posters removed by GCC in Chennai till date

A total of 1,02,004 posters have been removed across Chennai by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) till Tuesday as a part of the civic body’s poster removal campaign. 

Here are the details:

North Chennai - 26,027

Central Chennai - 31,735

South Chennai - 44,242

11:04 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Tamil Nadu publishes white paper on economy, blames AIADMK regime for ‘fiscal mismanagement’

Tamil Nadu Finance Minister PTR Palanivel Thiagarajan published a white paper Monday on the state’s finances and said that there has been “fiscal mismanagement” during the AIADMK regime over the last decade.

Thiagarajan said the approach must change if the state had to break out of the vicious cycle of increasing debt and interest rates. “This is an opportunity to effect once-in-a-generation reforms, many of which should have been undertaken years ago by any responsible government.”

Profound structural reform is the need of the hour, he said.

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10:50 (IST)10 Aug 2021
NHRC seeks more time to file counter in Sterlite firing case

The National Human Rights Commission on Monday sought more time to file its counter in response to a PIL from a human rights activist seeking to reopen the 2018 police firing case in Tuticorin, in which 13 persons were killed.

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice T S Sivagnanam, before which the PIL from Henry Tiphagne, the executive director of People’s Watch, an NGO, came up for further hearing today, granted time till September 13.

Tiphagne, also an advocate, had contended the NHRC, after initiating an investigation into the issue, had closed the case in October 2018.

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10:31 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Raids underway in properties owned by S P Velumani

The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption police in Tamil Nadu searched as many as 52 places of former Tamil Nadu Municipal Administration Minister SP Velumani on Tuesday morning. As per reports, the raids are in connection with corruption allegations against Velumani.

A case has been registered against 17 people, including the minister and his brother. Meanwhile, supporters of S P Velumani moved barricades and argued with the police over the raids at various places in Tamil Nadu.

10:21 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Online data science program: IIT-M calls for applications

The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) on Monday called for applications for its online data science program. Said to be the first-of-its-kind, the program, launched last year, aims at making a data scientist out of anyone who has cleared class XII and studied English and Maths in Class X, according to a press release from IIT-M.

The classes for the new batch would begin in September 2021.

"The program provides a unique opportunity to study at IIT-Madras without having to go through joint entrance examination (JEE). Students can pursue the diploma in programming and data science along with their on-campus courses," the release said.

The last date to apply for the course is August 30, it said. Those interested can apply through the website - https://onlinedegree.iitm.ac.in, the release said. Anyone regardless of his or her geographic location, academic background and profession can apply, it added. (PTI)

10:03 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Olympian Dhanalakshmi’s sister passes away; breaks down on return to India

After returning from Tokyo to India, Olympian Dhanalakshmi Sekar broke down into tears upon learning about the death of her sister on Sunday.

The 22-year-old, who was a reserve for the 4x400m mixed relay team, returned to Gundur village near Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu from the Olympic Games along with another sprinter, Subha Venkataraman. Within a few minutes after meeting her family, Dhanalakshmi came to know the tragic news: her sister Gayathri had breathed her last on July 12.

However, Dhanalakshmi’s family didn’t inform her about the passing of her ailing sister as they wanted her to focus on the competitive event. While speaking to a local channel, Dhanalakshmi’s mother Usha, a daily wage labourer, said Gayathri had been a pillar of support for the athlete.

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09:45 (IST)10 Aug 2021
2.49 crore people in Tamil Nadu vaccinated: Health Minister

Tamil Nadu is heading towards a milestone in covering more people under the inoculation drive against COVID-19, State Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian said on Monday.

Soon, a couple of districts of the State would see all the people vaccinated, the Minister told reporters in Chennai.

Among the metros in the country, Chennai tops the list with 33,43,276 getting the vaccines administered.

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09:44 (IST)10 Aug 2021
161 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 161 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 81 arrivals and 80 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:29 (IST)10 Aug 2021
TN reports 1929 fresh cases, 182 from Chennai alone

Tamil Nadu recorded 1929 positive cases of Covid-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 25,77,237. Among these, Chennai reported 182 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,39,856. The state recorded 23 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 34,340. 19 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 1886 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,22,470.

As of Monday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 20,427. Till date, 15,05,408 males, 10,71,791 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, 3,88,51,889 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,54,702 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 283 Covid-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 214 are private facilities.

09:12 (IST)10 Aug 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:

Tambaram Kadapperi: Durga Nagar Main Road, TNHB Colony, Gandhi Road, Kamatchi Nagar, Vinoba Nagar and Thiruvalluvar Street

Adyar: 3rd and 4th Avenue, 32nd, 34th and 35th Cross Roads; 4th Main Road, Alcottkuppam, Arunachalem Street, Karpagam Garden, Fashion Avenue, Rajajibhavan, Thiruvalluvar Nagar 2nd Street and surrounding areas

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09:07 (IST)10 Aug 2021
Parts of TN to receive rainfall

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has forecast rainfall in parts of Tamil Nadu today. According to the RMC, thunderstorm with light to moderate rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places over Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur, Vellore, Tirupattur and Ranipettai districts over the next one to two hours.

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

09:03 (IST)10 Aug 2021
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Tamil Nadu Finance Minister PTR Palanivel Thiagarajan published a white paper Monday on the state’s finances and said that there has been “fiscal mismanagement” during the AIADMK regime over the last decade. Thiagarajan said the approach must change if the state had to break out of the vicious cycle of increasing debt and interest rates.

READ | Tamil Nadu publishes white paper on economy, blames AIADMK regime for ‘fiscal mismanagement’

After returning from Tokyo to India, Olympian Dhanalakshmi Sekar broke down into tears upon learning about the death of her sister on Sunday. The 22-year-old, who was a reserve for the 4x400m mixed relay team, returned to Gundur village near Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu from the Olympic Games along with another sprinter, Subha Venkataraman. Within a few minutes after meeting her family, Dhanalakshmi came to know the tragic news: her sister Gayathri had breathed her last on July 12.

READ | Olympian Dhanalakshmi’s sister passes away; breaks down on return to India

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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