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Tamil Nadu Chennai August 25, 26 Highlights: Over 1 lakh people got vaccinated in the mega drive; state records 1,559 Covid-19 cases

Tamil Nadu Chennai Latest News August 25, 26 Highlights: As of Thursday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 18,069.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: August 27, 2021 9:22:16 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 25, 26 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 1,559 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 26,07,206. Among these, Chennai reported 175 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,43,249. The state recorded 26 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 34,814

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) commenced its mega Covid-19 vaccination camp at 7 am in Chennai today. The drive was conducted at 400 camps in all the 200 wards of the city. The civic body, in a press release, said a total of 1,25,147 people were vaccinated in the drive today, the highest since the vaccination commenced in the city.

Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy, who holds the finance portfolio, Thursday presented the Budget for the fiscal 2021-22. Rangasamy said the Budget size for the year 2021-22 has been fixed at Rs 9,924.41 crore and the Union Territory’s own revenue receipts have been estimated at Rs 6,190 crore.

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22:27 (IST)26 Aug 2021
TN records 1,559 cases, 26 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1,559 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 26,07,206. Among these, Chennai reported 175 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,43,249. The state recorded 26 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 34,814

18:25 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Rs 742 crore alloted for education department in Puducherry budget

AINRC leader Rangasamy said Rs 742 crore has been allotted for the educational department. He said the Puducherry government will work hard for 100 per cent literacy and steps would be taken to reduce the dropouts in schools. Apart from this,  Rs 296.82 crore has been allotted for higher education in the Union Territory.

17:35 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Puducherry's revenue is Rs 6,190 crore: CM N Rangasamy

Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangaswamy said the Union Territories' revenue is Rs 6,190 crore. Rangasamy presented the budget for Rs 9,924 crore. He said the farmers would be provided a subsidy of Rs 5,000 per acre. For women and other self-employed involved in farming, 50 per cent subsidy would be provided. The Chief Minister also promised to set up new farm markets and reopen PDS shops that were closed.

17:03 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Budget session underway in Puducherry

Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangaswamy, holding the Finance portfolio, is presenting the budget for the financial year 2021-22. He has assured to fulfill all the promises his party made during the election. 

16:30 (IST)26 Aug 2021
CM MK Stalin introduces billl to allocate 7.5 per cent to government students in professional courses

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin on Thursday tabled a bill in the assembly to provide 7.5 percent reservation to students studying in government schools for professional courses like agriculture, law, fisheries, and engineering. State's main opposition AIADMK welcomed the bill. Stalin said the bill will provide opportunities for students from rural areas to enter into professional courses. 

15:11 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Puducherry govt has largely succeeded in containing spread of Covid: Lt Governor

Puducherry Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Thursday said the territorial government is making all efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic and has largely succeeded.

Delivering her customary address in Tamil to the territorial Assembly on the opening day of the budget session (2021-2022) in Puducherry, she said she was confident that Puducherry would certainly be free from the coronavirus pandemic soon with the cooperation of the government machinery and the people.

Soundararajan said she wanted to reiterate that the people of the union territory had voted for the government with high expectations and hoped that all the Members of the House under the able guidance of the Chief Minister would work hard to fulfil their expectations and Puducherry prosperous, free from poverty and unemployment in course of time.

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14:53 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Make mandatory ‘bumper-to-bumper’ insurance: Madras HC

In a significant order, the Madras High Court has ruled that “bumper-to-bumper” insurance should be mandatory whenever a new vehicle is sold, from September 1.

This must be in addition to covering the driver, passengers and owner of the vehicle, for a period of five years.

Thereafter, the owner of the vehicle must be cautious in safeguarding the interest of driver, passengers, third parties and himself/herself, so as to avoid unnecessary liability being foisted on the owner of the vehicle, as beyond five years, as on date there is no provision to extend the bumper to bumper policy, due to its non-availability, Justice S Vaidyanathan said in a recent order.

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14:41 (IST)26 Aug 2021
IN PICS | Mass vaccination drive GCC underway in Chennai
14:40 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Tamil Nadu: Vandalur zoo reopens after 127 days amid strict Covid guidelines

The Arignar Anna Zoological Park, popularly known as Vandalur zoo, reopened to the public Wednesday after a gap of 127 days. As a part of the relaxations by the Tamil Nadu government, parks, wildlife sanctuaries have been reopened in the state amid strict guidelines.

The country’s largest zoological park, which attracts around 20 lakh visitors every year, was shut on April 20 this year following the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Authorities will check the temperature of every visitor before allowing them to buy tickets. The details of visitors will also be recorded. If anyone is found having symptoms like cold, cough or fever, they will not be allowed to enter the premises.

Sanitizers have been kept near the ticket counters. People have to wear masks to enter the zoo. Not more than 7,000 people will be allowed inside the park each day.

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14:11 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Samantha Akkineni says The Family Man was ‘scary, risky’ for her: ‘Thought it would flop badly or…’

Actor Samantha Akkineni took a gamble when she decided to play the role of Rajalekshmi Sekharan/ Raji in The Family Man season 2. As she had usually remained within the confines of a quintessential heroine, it was quite a surprise to see her as a trained LTTE operative, living undercover in Chennai. “I have been put in this ‘cute girl’ slot. I thought this role would flop really badly or work really well. It completely hinged on the performance. It was very scary and risky for me,” Samantha told indianexpress.com.

Indeed, it is safe to say that her gamble paid off. Her performance as a deadly assassin, who is hardened by the bloody civil war of Sri Lanka, became one of the highlights of the series. One moment she is a helpless woman vulnerable to exploitation. The next, she is a lethal force, who can kill without thinking twice. “I never expected so many people to call and message me (to appreciate my performance). I got calls from people who never called me before,” she added.

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Samantha plays Raji, a deadly assassin, who is hardened by the bloody civil war of Sri Lanka in season 2 of The Family Man.
13:44 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Chennai: Worker dies as soil caves in at hospital construction site, two injured

A 27-year-old worker died and two others were injured after soil caved in while they were building a rainwater-harvesting unit at an under-construction private hospital in Old Washermenpet, Chennai on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Chinnadurai from Villupuram, and the injured Veerappan (55) and Akash (22) from Chennai.

According to an official of the northern region district of Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Service, the accident took place when the workers were setting up concrete rings in the 15-foot deep and 6-foot wide pit they had dug for rainwater harvesting. At around 2 pm, the loose soil caved in and the workers were trapped inside.

Soon, a 108 ambulance with a doctor and nurses reached the spot. Both Veerappan and Akash were rescued and they were provided first-aid by the healthcare personnel and sent to a nearby hospital. Since the work was going on in a narrow area, the firefighters were not able to bring in big rescue machines like a JCB and hence the mission got delayed than usual.

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13:28 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai today

Petrol and diesel prices remained steady across the country for the second consecutive day on Thursday, August 26, 2021. On August 24, 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 while diesel costs Rs. 93.52 per litre.

13:13 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Arya says he suffered ‘mental trauma’ after man impersonated him, duped Sri Lankan woman of Rs 65 lakh

Actor Arya on Monday expressed relief after the Chennai police department arrested a man for impersonating him and duping a Sri Lankan woman. “I would like to thank Commissioner of Police @chennaipolice_ Additional Commissioner of Police-Central Crime Branch and Cyber Crime Team of Chennai city for arresting the Real culprit. It was a real mental trauma which I never expressed. Love to everyone who believed in me (sic),” he wrote on Twitter.

The cyber crime wing of the city police arrested Mohammed Arman and his accomplice Mohammed Hussaini, both the residents of Pulianthope, in connection with the cheating case. Mohammed Arman posed as Arya on the internet and connected with a Sri Lankan Tamil woman now living in Germany. He also took Rs 65 lakh from the woman after promising to marry her.

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12:46 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Over 1.26 lakh posters removed by GCC in Chennai till date

A total of 1,26,190 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 - 34,411

Central Chennai - 40,013

South Chennai - 51,766

12:36 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Vanniyar quota: Entry subject to result of PILs challenging 10.5 per cent reservation, says Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Wednesday declined to grant a total stay against the 10.5 per cent Vanniyar quota but held that admission in higher educational institutions and appointment in government services will be subject to the outcome of the batch of petitions challenging the same.

Declining the interim plea of the petitioners to grant a total stay on the operation of the GO, providing 10.5 per cent exclusive reservation to Vanniyars in Tamil Nadu, the second bench of Justices M M Sundresh and S Kannammal said the admissions and appointments shall be subject to the final orders to be passed later.

The bench was passing interim orders on a batch of writ and PIL petitions from individuals and caste-outfits challenging the reservation of 10.5 per cent to Vanniyars within the 20 per cent reservation for the BCs, MBCs and other DNCs.

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12:05 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Govt asks districts bordering Kerala to maintain strict vigil

"Districts bordering Kerala should maintain strict vigil and ensure check up of entry requirements and also encourage 100 percent vaccination of persons travelling daily up and down....", the Tamil Nadu government said on Wednesday.

"Also considering the unprecedented spike in Kerala Wednesday post Onam, do not lose focus on disease containment through contact tracing and crushing any emerging clusters and strictly implement the respective SOPs for permitted activities," it said. (PTI)

11:53 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Govt urges district collectors to ensure enforcement of Covid SOP

The Tamil Nadu government Wednesday issued a set of directions to the district collectors regarding further reducing the spread of the pandemic.

With new relaxations in place, announced last week, the government asked the district collectors to ensure strict enforcement of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

"It is noticed that in hotels, especially popular restaurants, 50 percent occupancy by leaving adjacent chairs vacant is not followed. Similarly, in functions involving eating at a common point- whether religious or family or cultural, especially events such as marriage, birthday, funeral, office and work place related functions and in activities in the gated communities and row houses and also in  main shopping streets and roadside shops, buses, railway stations, social distance, masks and applicable SOPs are being flouted," the government said.

This may be monitored and (SOPs) enforced, the collectors were advised. (PTI)

11:42 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Rajavelu to be elected unopposed as Pondy Deputy Speaker

AINRC legislator P Rajavelu on Wednesday filed nomination for the post of Deputy Speaker of Puducherry Assembly. As his was the only nomination received till deadline of 12 noon Wednesday, Rajavelu is set to be elected unopposed in the House scheduled to have its budget session from Thursday.

Secretary to Assembly R Mounisamy told media that PWD Minister K Lakshminarayanan proposed the name of Rajavelu while Agriculture Minister C.Djeacoumar seconded it.

Rajavelu was elected to the House in the April 6 Assembly polls on AINRC ticket from Nettapakkam (reserved) segment. 

Chief Minister N.Rangasamy, Transport Minister Chandra Priyanga, Lakshminarayanan and Djeacoumar were present when Rajavelu filed nomination before the Secretary to the Assembly. (PTI) 

11:35 (IST)26 Aug 2021
SRMIST organises Indo-US bilateral webinar

A two-day Indo-US bilateral virtual workshop on water and air was conducted by the SRM Institute of Science and Technology near here, the institute said on Wednesday.

The webinar, titled "Water and Air Research Initiative for Societal Health (WaARISH 2021)" on August 24 and 25, gathered academicians, medical professionals and industry stakeholders to discuss the challenges due to air and water pollution and associated impacts on human health, a release here said.

"The workshop is part of a larger international collaborative effort between SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Water for Food Global Institute & the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum in providing a platform to highlight research outcomes and sustainable development initiatives by the brightest minds of different countries," it said.

The themes and topics covered in the workshop were air and water pollution, their association with human health impacts, cost-effective remediation techniques, and analytical techniques for the quantification of the pollutants. (PTI)

11:21 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Coast Guard chief calls on TN Governor

Director-General of Coast Guard K Natarajan on Wednesday made a courtesy call on Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit in Chennai. The Governor was briefed on the various operational facets and recent string of achievements of the Coast Guard, especially in Tamil Nadu, an official press release here.

"With the ever-increasing challenges of maritime security and safety, discussions were on strengthening the safety aspects, including that of fishermen, in the State of Tamil Nadu... The Governor was also briefed on the progress of the Coast Guard towards its operational infrastructure and strengthening of security," the release said.

During the interaction,  Purohit was assured that the Coast Guard would continue to be an enabler for maritime trade that fuels the economy of the State as also providing rescue service to the fishermen whenever in distress at sea. 

The Director-General acknowledged the efforts of the State administration in strengthening the  mechanism and conveyed his gratitude to the Governor for the strong support, the release added. (PTI)

The Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP on Wednesday removed a youtuber, who uploaded a sleaze video of a senior state leader, and his associate from the party for expressing views against the party. Announcing the expulsion of Madan Ravichandran and his associate Venba from the BJP, party state general secretary Karu Nagarajan said both were removed from the primary membership. He appealed to the party workers not to have any ties with them.

READ | Fallout of controversial video: BJP removes youtuber, associate for anti-party activities

The Tamil Nadu Government has issued guidelines for Anganwadi centres which has been permitted to open for providing mid-day meals from September 1. As a part of the relaxations announced by the government on Saturday, schools for classes IX-XII and all colleges including polytechnics have been allowed to reopen from September 1 on a rotational basis.

READ | Tamil Nadu: Anganwadi centres to reopen from September 1; govt issues guidelines

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)

Tamil Nadu Chennai News August 23, 24 Highlights

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