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Tamil Nadu Chennai September 16, 17 Highlights: State reports 1669 fresh covid cases, 196 in Chennai

Tamil Nadu Chennai Latest News September 16, 17 Highlights: With 205 new cases, Coimbatore reported highest covid number among districts followed by Chennai's 196.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: September 20, 2021 9:30:14 am
Chennai, Covid-19Beneficiaries wait after receiving the dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Government Omandurar Medical College Hospital, in Chennai. (PTI)

Tamil Nadu Chennai News September 16, 17 Highlights: Tamil Nadu reported 1669 fresh covid cases today taking the total number of active cases to 16, 843. The state also recorded 17 deaths and 1565 recoveries. With 205 new cases Coimbatore reported highest covid number among districts followed by Chennai’s 196.

Following the success of the mega vaccination drive in Chennai last week, Chennai’s civic body, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has announced another mega vaccination drive in the city on September 19. A total of 1.88 lakh people had been vaccinated in Chennai last week.

Tamil Nadu recorded 1,693 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 26,40,361. Among these, Chennai reported 202 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,47,076. The state recorded 25 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 35,271. 24 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 1,548 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,88,334.

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22:42 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Tax on fuel the last vestige of State's right to manage revenues, says TN Minister

Tamil Nadu on Friday opposed the idea of bringing fuels under the goods and services tax (GST) by saying the petrol and diesel remain one of the last vestiges of a State's right to manage its own revenue, according to Finance Minister of the State P T Palanivel Thiaga Rajan. Addressing the GST Council led by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Rajan raised concerns that the Centre has been increasing tax on petrol and diesel between 500 per cent and 1,000 per cent since 2014. (PTI)

20:13 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu reports 1669 new covid cases, 17 deaths

Tamil Nadu reported 1669  fresh covid cases today taking the total number of active cases to 16843. The state also recorded 17 deaths, and 1565 recoveries. With 205 new cases Coimbatore reported highest covid number among districts followed by Chennai's 196.

19:36 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Air warriors on 700-km cycle expedition to celebrate victory in war with Pakistan

Air warriors of the Air Force Station in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu have undertaken a 700-km journey on bicycles between Thanjavur and Mahabalipuram, 65 km from here, to commemorate the golden jubilee celebrations of the victory in the war against Pakistan in 1971. Sixteen air warriors began the trip on September 10 from Thanjavur and the journey was flagged off by Commander of the Air Force Station P A Shah, a defence press release said. (PTI)

17:48 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Kamal Haasan’s MNM to go it alone in TN rural civic polls

Actor-politician Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) is set to face the Tamil Nadu rural local body elections alone. The party high command has taken the decision following its poor performance in the 2021 assembly polls in which MNM joined hands with parties like All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi and Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi, which hardly had any vote share in the state.

Taking to Twitter Thursday, Haasan made the announcement while assuring that he will campaign in all nine districts in which the polls are being held in two phases. Read More

17:48 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Kamal Haasan’s MNM to go it alone in TN rural civic polls

Actor-politician Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) is set to face the Tamil Nadu rural local body elections alone. The party high command has taken the decision following its poor performance in the 2021 assembly polls in which MNM joined hands with parties like All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi and Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi, which hardly had any vote share in the state.

Taking to Twitter Thursday, Haasan made the announcement while assuring that he will campaign in all nine districts in which the polls are being held in two phases. Read More

15:52 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Rain predicted over Chennai

Chennai and several other parts of Tamil Nadu is expected to receive moderate rain for the next two hours. 

15:43 (IST)17 Sep 2021
CM Stalin leads TN in observing Social Justice Day

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Friday led the State in observing the 143rd birth anniversary of rationalist leader E V Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, as Social Justice Day. Paying rich tributes to the reformer, the Chief Minister said the rationalist sowed the seeds of social justice in the minds of the people around. Tamil Nadu was resurrected only after his birth. "I took the pledge of social justice on such a glorious birthday. Entire Tamil Nadu undertook the pledge. We will set up an egalitarian society on your path," he tweeted. (PTI)

15:03 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Students in Thiruvallur district perform song on Covid awareness
14:57 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Over 46.46 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 46,46,233 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 13,457 people inoculated on Thursday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

Among these, 34,88,915 people have been administered Covishield, with 24,27,557 people having taken the first dose and 10,61,358 people having taken the second dose.

A total of 11,57,318 people have been administered Covaxin, with 6,94,779 people having taken the first dose and 4,62,539 people having taken the second dose.

14:28 (IST)17 Sep 2021
CM Stalin extends birthday greetings to PM Modi

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin extended greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday today.

14:28 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Over 61K saplings planted in Chennai till date

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has said that 61,762 saplings have been planted till Thursday as a part of the civic body's tree plantation drive in the city. Of these, 1050 were planted on Thursday alone.

Here are the details:

North Chennai - 222

Central Chennai - 392

South Chennai - 436

14:15 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to Periyar on his 113th birth anniversary

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and paid tribute to social reformer Periyar on his 113th birth anniversary today.

13:58 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Have to get vaccinated to avail govt benefits, says Puducherry Lieutenant Governor

Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan on Thursday said that only those who have got their Covid-19 shots will be eligible for government benefits in the Union Territory (UT).

Tamilisai chaired a state-level Covid-19 task force meeting at Raj Nivas to discuss the strategies and measures to intensify the ongoing vaccination drive by collaborating with NGOs and other activists. Dr G Sriramulu, the director of the health department, chief secretary Ashwani Kumar, and other public health officials were present in the meeting.

According to a statement by the government, Tamilisai stressed on intensifying the inoculation drive to achieve a 100 per cent vaccination status.

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13:29 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu: One dead, 11 injured as police van collides with car near Arni

A police van and a car collided in Kannamangalam village near Arni in Tiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu on Friday, killing a 60-year-old and injuring at least 11 others.

An official from the Kannamangalam police said the van was carrying staff working at the Tiruvannamalai Superintendent of Police’s office. It crashed into a car with four people who were on their way to Gudiyatham from Chengam at around 8.30 am.

At least eight staff members, who are employed to maintain records at the SP office, and three passengers in the car were injured in the accident. They are admitted to a government hospital.

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13:19 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu BJP fishermen wing conduct fish festival to celebrate PM Modi's birthday
13:01 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Madras HC stays key clause: ‘May rob media of its independence’

Underlining the right to freedom of speech and expression as critical in a democracy, the Madras High Court on Thursday stayed the operation of a key provision of the Information Technology Rules, 2021, enacted in May, that set up an oversight mechanism by the Central government to regulate social media and digital media platforms.

“Prima facie, there is substance to the petitioner’s grievance that the oversight mechanism to control the media by the Government may rob the media of its independence and the fourth pillar of democracy may not at all be there,” a bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P D Audikesavulu observed while staying the operation of Rule 9(1) and 9(3) of the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.

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12:34 (IST)17 Sep 2021
EPS offers tribute to Periyar on his 113th birth anniversary

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK leader Edappadi K Palaniswami offered tribute to social reformer Periyar on his 113th birth anniversary today.

12:19 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu must support its students in NEET transition, rather than let subnationalism dictate its choices

The Tamil Nadu government’s efforts to exit the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) system for admission to undergraduate medical colleges make for unsound policy. The state assembly this week passed a bill restoring the system of admission on the basis of Class XII marks — an electoral promise of the DMK government — which now awaits the President’s approval. 

The state has pointed to the data gathered by a nine-member government committee as the rationale for such a legislation. Indeed, the panel has highlighted a worrying trend: The proportion of students from rural areas, economically weaker backgrounds, Tamil-medium schools, and state board schools has decreased significantly in Tamil Nadu’s medical colleges since the state moved to NEET in 2017-18. 

Switching back to the older system, which the state claims has served its robust public health system well, will correct the skew in favour of the privileged, the government reasons. A spate of suicides by students appearing for the entrance test also makes for an emotive issue, especially in a state with an enviably high percentage of students enrolled in higher education. However, it appears that a politics of Tamil subnationalism is also stopping the DMK government from acknowledging gaps in the state curriculum and forcing it into unnecessary hard positions.

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11:57 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu CM Stalin pays floral tribute to social reformer Periyar on his 143rd birth anniversary

Celebrating the 143rd birth anniversary of Dravidian ideologue EV Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, Chief Minister MK Stalin paid floral tributes to the social reformer in Anna Salai on Friday. Stalin was joined by cabinet ministers Durai Murugan, Sekar Babu and KN Nehru, and MPs TR Balu and K Kanimozhi, among others.

The chief minister said Periyar laid the foundation for the growth of Tamil society in the last century and his teachings will continue to pave the way for the future.

He later left for the state Secretariat to take a pledge alongside government officials affirming that they will follow the social reformer’s ideology which is based on social justice, self-respect, rationalism and equality.

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11:51 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Day-long Annadhanam scheme launched for 3 Tamil Nadu temples

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday launched a day-long Annadhanam scheme at three renowned temples in the state benefiting about 7,500 devotees.

The Annadhanam scheme at the famous Sri Subrahmanya Swamy temple at Tiruchendur, Mariamman temple in Samayapuram and Sri Subrahmanya Swamy temple at Thiruthani will be operated from 8 am to 10 pm. At present this scheme is being implemented at 754 temples across the State, a release from the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments said.

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The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) searches at over 20 premises and locations related to former AIADMK Minister K C Veeramani on Thursday are being seen by the party as part of pressure tactics on it, as it struggles to contain dissension since it lost power earlier this year.

READ | Sasikala looming, raids on, ADMK fears more blows, further cracks

The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) police launched searches at 35 premises linked to former Tamil Nadu Minister KC Veeramani Thursday. The search operation began around 7 am in several places like Tirupattur, Krishnagiri, Ranipet, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Chennai in TN and two places in Bengaluru. The DVAC sleuths registered a case against the AIADMK leader under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

READ | DVAC searches at premises linked to former AIADMK minister, party cries ‘political vendetta’

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