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Tamil Nadu Chennai August 23, 24 Highlights: Tremors in parts of Chennai following ‘very strong’ earthquake in Bay of Bengal

Tamil Nadu Chennai Latest News August 23, 24 Highlights: The earthquake was a Category VII in the tremor intensity considered 'Very Strong'.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: August 30, 2021 7:03:48 pm
Chennai earthquake,The earthquake in the Bay of Bengal hit at 12.35 pm. (Source: seismo.gov.in)

Tamil Nadu Chennai News Live Updates: An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale sent tremors across parts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, on Tuesday. According to the National Centre for Seismology, the earthquake hit at 12.35 pm in the Bay of Bengal, around 320 km east of Chennai. It was recorded at a depth of 10 km.

The National Centre for Seismology has identified the epicentre located off Andhra Pradesh coast at a 10km depth in the Bay of Bengal (Latitude 14.40 and Longitude 82.91). The earthquake was a Category VII in the tremor intensity considered ‘Very Strong’.

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18:58 (IST)30 Aug 2021
TN transport corporation permits college, school students to travel free

As schools and colleges are reopening in the state on September 1, the Tamil Nadu Transport Corporation Monday said all the school and government college students can travel free in the busses from their residence to their Institutions until they are provided a bus pass by the corporation. The students are directed to carry their Identity card and show them to the bus conductor when required. 

19:42 (IST)24 Aug 2021
TN records 1,585 cases and 27 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1,585 positive cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 26,04,074. Among these, Chennai reported 165 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,42,902. The state recorded 27 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 34,761. A total of 1,842 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,50,710.

19:15 (IST)24 Aug 2021
After sexually explicit chat goes viral, state BJP leader resigns, denies allegation

General secretary of Tamil Nadu BJP K T Raghavan resigned from his post Tuesday after a ‘sting operation’ showed him purportedly engaging in a sexually explicit video chat with a woman.

Raghavan took to social media and said he denies all the allegations and will take the legal route. He said the people of Tamil Nadu and those closely associated with him know him well.

BJP state president K Annamalai issued a statement where he said that Raghavan had informed him that with a motive to bring bad reputation to the party, with advanced technology, an allegation has been levelled against him and he would like to resign from the party post. Annamalai said he accepted Raghavan’s resignation and said he is confident that he would face the issue legally and prove himself.
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17:12 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Six new corporations to come up in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Minister for Municipal Administration and Water Supply Tuesday said six new corporations would come up in the state. Tambaram, Kancheepuram, Cuddalore, Karur, Kumbakonam, Sivakasi will be upgraded as the municipal corporations, taking the overall count of municipal corporations in the state to 21.

While making an announcement in the legislative assembly, Nehru said Tambaram, Pallavaram, Sembakkam, Pammal, Anakaputtur municipalities and a town panchayats will be integrated.  Similarly, municipalities and a town panchayats around Kancheepuram, Cuddalore, Karur, Kumbakonam, Sivakasi will be Integrated.

16:56 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Special court issues summons again to top AIADMK leaders

A special court here on Tuesday asked top AIADMK leaders O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami to appear before it on September 14, after the duo could not do so in response to the summons issued by it in a defamation plaint by an expelled party leader. Initially after taking objection to the non-appearance of Panneerselvam, the AIADMK Coordinator and the joint coordinator Palaniswami today, in response to the summons issued earlier on the basis of a defamation complaint from V Pugalendhi, the special court constituted for exclusive trial of corruption cases against MPs and MLAs adjourned the hearing to September 14, when the duo should appear before it.

15:02 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Kamal Haasan to shoot for Bigg Boss Tamil season 5 today, teaser will be out this week

The pre-production work for the upcoming season of Bigg Boss Tamil has begun. Kamal Haasan will return to host season 5 of the popular reality show. The 66-year-old superstar will shoot for the show’s promotional videos in Chennai on Tuesday. Sources close to the production said the promos for the new season will be released this week.

The new season is expected to begin by end of October. An official word, however, is awaited.

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14:49 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Public policy administration needs a lot more investment & professionalism: P Thiaga Rajan

In his special address, at the XVI International Conference on Public Policy and Management, hosted by the Centre for Public Policy at IIM Bangalore, Dr. Palanivel Thiaga Rajan, Minister for Finance and Human Resources Management in the Tamil Nadu Government, focused on the complexity of administering public policy. “We need a lot more investment and professionalism in the area of governance,” he said.

Stepping back to the time he forayed into public administration from the world of international banking, Dr PTR said he had assumed that running the government would have access to performance data, institutional memory, and infrastructure/ systems. “I took institutional knowledge/ memory for granted, but I got the biggest shock when I assumed office. In administration, we don’t have the continuity or institutional knowledge/ memory that a simple small business would have built into it.”

He said while the bureaucracy – deemed IAS and the exam-written IAS cadre – has a direct connection with ministers, there is adequate continuity in administration as they are rotated. “The ministers and the bureaucrats keep changing. The continuity happens only below the cadre of IAS officers – who are rarely in direct contact with the ministers. Adding an additional layer to this complexity is the fact that there is no efficient data, dashboard, record keeping or electronic infrastructure. The net result is that you have a system which is in constant flux. Another part of the problem of complexity is the proliferation of boards, corporations, agencies, and entities, created by politicians who are searching for short-term solutions, or a relatively quick and easy way to leave a legacy, without these entities being backed up with adequate management capabilities or adequate infrastructure. This results in failure of governance, poor performance and poor explanation to the people, who then begin to feel excluded and alienated from the growth story.”

On the need to rethink and reimagine the use of resources, he used the example of land. “Land is a huge, under-utilised asset in most states and the lack of land banks is a big barrier to industrial growth,” he said, pointing out that, for example, there was no need for huge tracts of land to be allotted for official housing for government officers and ministers in prime parts of a city.

14:49 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai today

Prices of petrol and diesel eased across the country on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, after remaining steady for a day. In the national capital, the petrol price fell 15 paise while that of diesel slipped 15 paise.

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

14:36 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Over 1.23 lakh posters removed by GCC in Chennai till date

A total of 1,23,842 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 - 33,644

Central Chennai - 39,336

South Chennai - 50,862

14:27 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Karnataka CM to meet Union Jal Shakti Minister on Mekedatu issue

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said he is likely to meet the Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in New Delhi on August 26 to discuss the proposed dam on Cauvery water at Mekedatu. Bommai said he will also hold a meeting with the State's legal panel headed by the Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi and other senior lawyers to chalk out strategies to tackle the water sharing disputes with neighbouring states.

Besides Shekhawat, Bommai told reporters in Bengaluru he has sought appointment from Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

He added that most probably he would go to Delhi on August 25 evening and meet the Ministers the next day.

Karnataka is pushing for the ambitious balancing reservoir at Mekedatu at Kanakapura in Ramanagara district of Karnataka, which Tamil Nadu is opposing saying that it will hamper the interests of the State, especially the farmers. The State wanted the Mekedatu project to utilise the "balance" water to meet the drinking water requirement for Bengaluru and neighbouring regions.

14:03 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Now, 24×7 vaccination centres at 55 hospitals across Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu government has launched 24×7 vaccination centres in 55 government hospitals across the state. Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian launched the initiative Monday at Government Omandurar Medical College Hospital.

The Minister also inaugurated a 15-bed paediatric Covid ward with ICU facility and an oxygen generator worth Rs 1.5 crore at the hospital as part of boosting infrastructure to deal with a possible third wave of the coronavirus.

Subramanian said the 24-hour vaccination centres will help travellers and working professionals to get their vaccines at any time. He added that the health department is in talks with Apollo Hospital to supply second dose Covaxin shots from batches the hospital has purchased using Rs 5 lakh from its CSR funds.

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13:47 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Over 36.8 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 36,80,013 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 30,692 people inoculated on Monday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

13:38 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Kangana Ranaut-starrer Thalaivii to release on September 10: ‘Deserves to be witnessed only on the big screen’

Kangana Ranaut-starrer Jayalalithaa biopic Thalaivii finally has a release date, after being pushed due to the second deadly wave of the pandemic. The makers on Monday noon shared a brand new poster of the film, announcing that Thalaivii will hit theatres on September 10 this year.

Kangana Ranaut, who plays the titular role in the movie, also shared the happy news on her social media. Sharing the same poster, Kangana wrote, “The story of this iconic personality deserves to be witnessed only on the BIG SCREEN! Pave way, for #Thalaivii as she is all set to make a superstar entry into the world of cinema, yet again, a place where she has always belonged! Thalaivii IN CINEMAS near you on 10th September! #ThalaiviiOnTheBigScreen #ThalaiviiInTheatres.”

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13:29 (IST)24 Aug 2021
'Very strong' earthquake hits off Andhra coast in Bay of Bengal

An earthquake measuring 5.1 was reported at 12.35pm on Tuesday. The National Centre for Seismology has identified the epicentre located off Andhra Pradesh coast at a 10km depth in the Bay of Bengal (Latitude 14.40 and Longitude 82.91). The earthquake was a Category VII in the tremor intensity considered 'Very Strong'.

13:17 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Pa. Ranjith criticises Rolling Stone for excluding Arivu from its cover

Filmmaker Pa. Ranjith called out Rolling Stone India magazine and music platform Maajja for failing to credit lyricist, rapper and singer Arivu in its latest cover story for the songs Enjoy Enjaami and Neeye oli. The magazine interviewed singers Dhee and Shan Vincent de Paul and featured them on its August cover but failed to credit Arivu, lyricist of Enjoy Enjaami and co-lyricist of Neeye oli, who is known for his strong anti-caste lyrics. He was not featured on the cover also.

“@TherukuralArivu , the lyricist of #Neeyaoli and singer as well as lyricist of #enjoyenjami has once again been invisiblised. @RollingStoneIN and @joinmaajja is it so difficult to understand that the lyrics of both songs challenges this erasure of public acknowledgement? (sic),” Ranjith, the director Sarpatta Parambarai, wrote on Twitter.

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13:03 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Mild tremors in parts of Chennai

An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale sent tremors across parts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, on Tuesday.

According to the National Centre for Seismology, the earthquake hit at 12.35 pm in the Bay of Bengal, around 320 km east of Chennai. It was recorded at a depth of 10 km.

12:55 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Over 909 senior citizens vaccinated at their homes by GCC

A total of 1409 senior citizens, aged over 80 years, have been vaccinated at their homes by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC). Of these, 909 people were vaccinated on Monday alone. Residents can call 044-2538 4520, 044-4612 2300 to book a slot for senior citizens.

12:54 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Tamil Nadu CM announces memorial for Karunanidhi costing Rs 39 cr, opposition welcomes move

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Tuesday announced that the state government would build a memorial for former chief minister and DMK stalwart MK Karunanidhi at his resting place on Marina beach in Chennai.

Stalin said Karunanidhi, his father, played a pivotal role in Tamil Nadu’s development and worked till his last breath for the welfare of Tamils. Stalin said the memorial, which is set to be built on 2.21 acres and costing Rs 39 crore, will have digital content on the life and achievements of Karunanidhi. Stalin made the announcement under rule 110 of the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly.

Stalin said there has never been a leader in the country like Karunanidhi, who was never defeated in his 13 outings in the elections. He further added that in his 80 years of political life, Karunanidhi was an assembly member for 60 years.

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Karunanidhi with friend-turned rival MGR (Express archive photo)
12:27 (IST)24 Aug 2021
ED seizes bungalow, cash, luxury cars in money laundering case against alleged conman

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday said it has seized a beach-facing bungalow in Chennai, Rs 82.5 lakh cash and over a dozen luxurious cars in connection with a money laundering case against Sukesh Chandrashekar, an accused in an alleged multi-crore extortion racket.

The money laundering case of the agency is based on an FIR of the Delhi Police’s economic offences wing (EOW) against him and others.

“The ED has seized a luxurious beach front bungalow located in Chennai, Rs 82.5 lakhs cash, two kg gold, 16 luxurious cars and other high-end items in the Sukesh Chandrasekhar case,” the agency said in a Twitter post.

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12:01 (IST)24 Aug 2021
TN Assembly felicitates Duraimurugan

The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday felicitated senior DMK leader and Minister for Water Resources Duraimurugan for his 50 years of legislative service, with leaders cutting across party lines greeting him. Chief Minister M K Stalin heaped praises on Duriamurugan and said he has been guiding him in the absence of his father and late DMK president, former CM M Karunanidhi and the late K Anbazhagan, another party veteran.

AIADMK Deputy leader O Panneerselvam, BJP's Nainar Nagendran and other members including from the Congress feted the DMK leader, who has been elected to the House 10 times since 1971, eight of them being from Katpadi constituency in Vellore district.

"He will leave his stamp in any department that he would be allotted and can reel out the names of all the rivers in Tamil Nadu even now," Stalin said about his cabinet colleague who has in the past handled portfolios including the key Public Works Department. The chief minister, hailing Duraimurugan's acumen, noted he knows all details regarding the Cauvery river water agreements, even the one dating back to 1925. He can make an audience laugh or cry with aplomb, the CM said about the Leader of the House.

"He has been elected to the House 10 times from 1971 till date and has strived for the state's growth," Stalin said, before moving the resolution to laud the Minister which was adopted by the House. (PTI)

A 13-year-old boy got electrocuted after a DMK flagpole he was trying to erect came in contact with a live overhead cable. The incident happened on Friday on the Villupuram-Mambazhapattu Road while arrangements were being made to welcome Higher Education Minister K Ponmudi for the wedding ceremony of a DMK functionary.

READ | Teen electrocuted in Tamil Nadu while erecting DMK flagpole

Former AIADMK minister D Jayakumar said Monday that it was unnecessary to discuss the Kodanad heist-cum-murder case at the Legislative Assembly when the state was facing so many other pressing issues. A few days ago, Congress Legislature Party Leader Selvaperunthagai had said his party will introduce a calling attention motion on the Kodanad issue in the Assembly on Monday. Before the session began on Monday, Jayakumar called a press meet at his residence and said it is unusual to discuss a matter that is sub judice.

READ | Tamil Nadu: No need to discuss Kodanad robbery-murder case in Assembly, says AIADMK leader Jayakumar

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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