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Tamil Nadu Chennai August 30, 31 Highlights: TN records 1,512 Covid-19 cases, 22 deaths

Tamil Nadu Chennai Latest News August 30, 31 Highlights: A total of 1,725 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,63,101.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: September 1, 2021 10:03:33 am
Chennai, Covid-19 vaccinePeople wait to be inoculated against Covid-19 at a vaccination centre in Chennai. (PTI Photo/File)

Tamil Nadu Chennai News August 30, 31 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 1,512 positive cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 26,14,872. Among these, Chennai reported 189 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,44,153. The state recorded 22 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 34,921. A total of 1,725 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,63,101.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin Tuesday congratulated Indian medalists at the Tokyo Paralympics. In a statement, Stalin said he is happy to see India continuing its streak at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. “Congrats to our Tamil Nadu star Thiru Mariyappan Thangavelu who won his 2nd consecutive Paralympics medal in High Jump, Thiru Sharad Kumar and Thiru Singhraj Adhana for their Bronze in High Jump and Shooting respectively,” Stalin said.

Tamil Nadu BJP leader K Annamalai Tuesday has passed a remark where he questioned the government of allowing the TASMAC to run in the state but denied permission for Vinayaka Chathuthi event in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Annamalai said the government should leave it to the organisers to conduct the event following safety guidelines including social distancing. “The government can fix a cap on the number of people like 100 or 200 or 300. Vinayaka Chathurthi event is part of our lives. We are allowing TASMAC to run in our states, people are visiting the shops, police protection is provided. Why ban Vinayaka  Chathurthi procession alone? Government can provide restrictions but issuing a blanket ban is unacceptable. We still have time, we are thinking whether to present this demand to Chief Minister,” he added.

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19:30 (IST)31 Aug 2021
TN records 1,512 cases and 22 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1,512 positive cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 26,14,872. Among these, Chennai reported 189 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,44,153. The state recorded 22 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 34,921. A total of 1,725 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,63,101.

18:54 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Chief Minister MK Stalin congragulates Mariyappan Thangavelu for clinching Silver in Tokyo Paralympics

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin Tuesday congratulated Indian medalists at the Tokyo Paralympics. In a statement, Stalin said he is happy to see India continuing its streak at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. "Congrats to our Tamil Nadu star Thiru Mariyappan Thangavelu who won his 2nd consecutive Paralympics medal in High Jump, Thiru Sharad Kumar and Thiru Singhraj Adhana for their Bronze in High Jump and Shooting respectively," Stalin said.

18:35 (IST)31 Aug 2021
When government can keep TASMAC open, why not provide permission for Vinayaka Chathurthi procession?

Tamil Nadu BJP leader K Annamalai Tuesday has passed a remark where he questioned the government of allowing the TASMAC to run in the state but denied permission for Vinayaka Chathuthi event in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Annamalai said the government should leave it to the organisers to conduct the event following safety guidelines including social distancing.

 “The government can fix a cap on the number of people like 100 or 200 or 300. Vinayaka Chathurthi event is part of our lives. We are allowing TASMAC to run in our states, people are visiting the shops, police protection is provided. Why ban Vinayaka  Chathurthi procession alone? Government can provide restrictions but issuing a blanket ban is unacceptable. We still have time, we are thinking whether to present this demand to Chief Minister,” he added.

14:44 (IST)31 Aug 2021
AIADMK MLAs including OPS detained by Chennai police

The Chennai police Tuesday detained several AIADMK MLAs, including deputy leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly O Pannerselvam, after they resorted to a road blockade outside Kalaivanar Arangam.

The MLAs were protesting against the bill introduced by the Tamil Nadu government to merge Dr. J Jayalalithaa University with Annamalai University.

14:16 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Over 39.63 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 39,63,386 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 33,906 people inoculated on Monnday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

13:35 (IST)31 Aug 2021
An extramarital affair and a child thrashed for being ‘ugly’: Police unravel sordid tale behind Tamil Nadu toddler’s assault

A young mother arrested by the Tamil Nadu police on Sunday on charges of assaulting her two-year-old child has confessed to the cops that she tortured the toddler as he resembled her husband and was not beautiful like her. She also beat up the boy as she felt that she lost her beauty after giving birth to him.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, the Gingee Deputy Superintendent of Police C Elangovan said Thulasi (23) told the police that she developed an extramarital affair following a missed call.

“During the couple’s stay in Chennai, she had received a missed call from a man named Premkumar which later developed into a relationship. They had been chatting regularly through video calls and the man had told her that her two-year-old son, who was born prematurely at seven months, did not look good like her elder son. He also told her that after the birth of her second son, she was no longer beautiful and the child was ugly like her husband,” he said.

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12:49 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai today

Petrol and diesel prices were steady across the country for the seventh consecutive day on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. The prices of the key auto fuels were last revised on August 24 when petrol and diesel prices were cut by 15 paise per litre each in the national capital.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 99.20 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 93.52 per litre.

12:16 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Over 1.32 lakh posters removed by GCC in Chennai till date

A total of 1,32,125 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 - 36,319

Central Chennai - 41,946

South Chennai - 53,860

11:47 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Mysuru rape accused arrested earlier in sandalwood theft cases, got bail in Feb

A key accused in the Mysuru gangrape case was linked to at least four sandalwood theft and smuggling cases in the region since 2019, with the latest of those filed in January this year, it has emerged.

Police are now looking at the possibility of the sandalwood theft gang’s involvement in other attacks and robberies in Mysuru, which may have not been reported on account of fear among the victims.

Bhupathi, alias Keeri, 24, a resident of Talavadi town in Tamil Nadu’s Erode district, a key accused held in the August 24 gangrape case, was arrested, along with three others, on January 8 after Mysuru police seized 40 kg sandalwood pieces from a car with Tamil Nadu registration. A senior officer said the seized sandalwood was worth Rs 5.5 lakh. “He was on the (police) radar, but not for crimes against women. He was out on bail,” the officer added.

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11:15 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Ensure timely supply of fertilisers, TN tells Centre

The Union government should ensure full, timely supply of fertilisers to Tamil Nadu as per allotment and arrange to offload imported fertiliser cargo in ports in the state and neighbouring Puducherry, the state government urged the Centre on Monday.

Though the Centre allotted 3.838 lakh tonnes of urea to Tamil Nadu for the April 2021-August 2021 period, only 2.56 lakh tonnes were supplied by fertiliser firms to Tamil Nadu and there is a shortfall of 1.278 tonnes, Minister for Agriculture, M R K Panneerselvam said in a letter to Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Mansukh Mandaviya. 

Also, there is a shortfall of 33,000 tonnes in respect of Di-Ammonium Phosphate (DAP) as the receipt was only 87,000 tonnes as against the allocation of 1.20 lakh tons for the same period, Panneerselvam said. 

The need for urea and DAP have increased in Tamil Nadu considering the requirements in respect of all crops in about 25.40 lakh acres. Hence, if shortfall continued in supply of fertilisers, it would affect crop production and lead to a cut in farmers income, the Agriculture Minister said. 

Also, he urged the Centre to make arrangements to offload imported fertiliser cargo in ports in Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry. (PTI)

10:56 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Puducherry adopts resolution on Mekedatu issue

The Puducherry Assembly on Monday passed a resolution against the move of Karnataka to build at Mekedatu a dam across Cauvery. 

The resolution, tabled by Chief Minister of the Union Territory N Rangasamy, said the 13th meeting of the Cauvery Water Management to be held on Tuesday should not take up for discussion the issue among the riparian States. 

The resolution said if and when the dam is built, there would not be any water available for farming in Karaikal which is in the region of Puducherry. 

The government of neighbouring Tamil Nadu has already approached the Supreme Court to restrain Karnataka from building the dam. (PTI)

10:48 (IST)31 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:

  • Rajakilpakkam: Venkatramanan Nagar, Muthmizh Nagar, Gayathri Nagar, Jayalakshmi Nagar and Varadharajan Nagar
  • Kadapperi: Annai Indra Nagar and New Colony 1st to 14th Streets
  • Perumbakkam: Dharmalinga Nagar, Vivekananda Nagar, Pandian Nagar, Sai Ganesh Nagar, Rajalakshmi, Krishna Nagar and Gandhi Street
  • Medavakkam: Perumbakkam Main Road, VGP Prabu Nagar, Veerathamman Koil Street, Andal Nagar, Erikari Road and surrounding areas

Adyar:

  • Velachery West: Sankaran Avenue, Ganapathy Nagar, Parts of Velachery Main Road and Sangeetha Hotel
  • Enjambakkam: Kokinoor Complex, Pandian Nagar, Bismilla Nagar, Ibrahim Street, and Teachers Colony
  • Panaiyur: Rajivgandhi Nagar, NRI Layout, J Nagar, Panaiyur School Street, ECR Main Road Panaiyur and Panaiyur Kuppam

IT Corridor:

  • Rajiv Nagar: Anna Nedunsalai, MGR Salai and Dr. Ambedkar Purachi Nagar
  • Semmencherry: Jawahar Nagar and Ezhilmuga Nagar

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10:44 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Tamil Nadu government issues fresh Covid curbs, schools for classes 9 to 12 reopen on Sept 1

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin Monday extended the restrictions imposed in the state in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic till September 15. According to a press release, a meeting chaired by Stalin at the secretariat discussed various issues related to vaccination, the impact of Covid-19 in few districts, the surge in cases in the neighbouring states and precautionary measures.

The latest Covid guidelines issued stated that public entry has been denied to all beaches in the state on Sunday. Also, in line with the previous announcement, public entry has been restricted to places of worship on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The ban on conducting religious events will continue.

All district collectors have been directed to take necessary preventive measures to control the spread of the virus.

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10:23 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Hosur DMK MLA's son, six others die in road accident in Bengaluru

Seven persons, including Hosur DMK MLA Prakash's son Karuna Sagar died after their car rammed into a road pedestrian way and a compound in the early hours of Tuesday. While the police are yet to confirm the identity of the rest of the deceased, all are aged between 21-28 years and were travelling in an Audi car.

The incident took place near Mangala Kalayana Manatapa near Koramangala around 1.30 am. 

Joint commissioner of Police (Traffic) Ravikanthe Gowda said that four male and three female persons have died. Six of them died on the spot and one died one the way to the hospital. Prima facie, it looks like that the car was being drivern fast and in a negligent matter. "We are yet to know whether they were drunk", he added.

Adugodi traffic police have registered a case of rash and negligent driving and the bodies have been shifted to St John's hospital for post-mortem.

10:21 (IST)31 Aug 2021
2 oxygen generator plants installed at Govt Hospital in Hosur

Two oxygen generator plants were set up at a cost of Rs 1.18 crore in a government hospital in Hosur on the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border for the benefit of COVID-19 patients. The plants have a capacity to generate 500 litres of liquid oxygen per minute and have a storage capacity of 400 litres with a bottling facility. 

The plants were sponsored by Hinduja Group company Ashok Leyland, a press statement from the company said here on Monday.

"As the nation fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we stand united with the government to provide support in these challenging times...our commitment to support our society during these challenging times is our priority and we are extending our support through this contribution," managing director of Ashok Leyland Vipin Sondhi was quoted as saying in the statement. The plants were inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Minister for Medical and Family Welfare M Subramanian on Monday. (PTI)

09:59 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Probe into Lanka boat intercepted with drugs, rifles may suggest LTTE revival: Kerala, TN officials

An ongoing National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the seizure of 300 kg heroin, five AK-47 rifles and 1,000 live rounds of 9mm ammunition off the coast of Vizhinjam near Thiruvananthapuram has led to speculation that an international drug running and weapon trading racket is aimed at reviving the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group LTTE.

The case relates to the March 18 interception of a boat with the contraband by the Coast Guard following an intelligence input. The mastermind behind the operation was Sri Lankan Tamil Suresh Rajan, a resident of Colombo who had been living at Kundrathur, a Chennai suburb, for some time.

Multiple sources in Kerala and Tamil Nadu intelligence agencies said they failed to closely look at the case as it was being probed by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). “The NCB was about to chargesheet six Sinhalese who were on board when NIA stepped in and probed further,” said an intelligence officer attached to Kerala Police.

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09:35 (IST)31 Aug 2021
TN CM Stalin inaugurates drinking water schemes

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Monday inaugurated projects worth Rs 477.42 crore, which includes drinking water schemes in Vellore, Tiruchirappalli and Krishnagiri districts. Neighbourhoods under panchayat unions including Musiri and Uthangarai in Tiruchirappalli and Krishnagiri districts respectively and Vellore Corporation areas would be benefited under the drinking water schemes, the government said. 

The Vellore project was completed at a cost of Rs 234.93 crore while the projects in Tiruchirappalli and Krishnagiri districts were completed at a cost of Rs 140.22 crore and Rs 28.24 crore respectively, an official release in Chennai said.

The several other schemes of the Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department inaugurated by Stalin from Chennai through video conferencing includes a plan for enhanced illumination in the Madurai Meenakshi Temple area using LED and ornamental lamps at a cost of Rs 14.14 crore.

All the projects were completed at a total estimated cost of Rs 477.42 crore. (PTI)

09:30 (IST)31 Aug 2021
TN reports 1523 fresh cases, 21 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1,523 positive cases of Covid-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 26,13,360. Among these, Chennai reported 183 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,43,968. The state recorded 21 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 34,899. 17 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 1,739 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,61,376.

As of Monday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 17,085. Till date, 15,26,010 males, 10,87,312 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, 4,21,66,911 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 150,948 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 288 Covid-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 219 are private facilities.

09:27 (IST)31 Aug 2021
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20:49 (IST)30 Aug 2021
TN Govt extends lockdown till Sep 15

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin Monday announced that the lockdown would be extended in the state till September 15. As per the release, a meeting was chaired by Stalin at the secretariat and issues related to vaccination, the impact of Covid-19 in few districts, and the surge in cases in the neighbouring states,  precautionary measures were discussed.

As per the guidelines issued by Stalin, public entry has been denied to all beaches in the state on Sunday.  In line with the previous announcement, public entry is restricted to places of worship on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Ban on conducting religious events to continue. All district collectors have been directed to ensure precautionary measures are in place to control the spread of the virus.

An ongoing National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the seizure of 300 kg heroin, five AK-47 rifles and 1,000 live rounds of 9mm ammunition off the coast of Vizhinjam near Thiruvananthapuram has led to speculation that an international drug running and weapon trading racket is aimed at reviving the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group LTTE.

READ | Probe into Lanka boat intercepted with drugs, rifles may suggest LTTE revival: Kerala, TN officials

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin Monday extended the restrictions imposed in the state in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic till September 15. According to a press release, a meeting chaired by Stalin at the secretariat discussed various issues related to vaccination, the impact of Covid-19 in few districts, the surge in cases in the neighbouring states and precautionary measures.

READ | Tamil Nadu government issues fresh Covid curbs, schools for classes 9 to 12 reopen on Sept 1

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