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Tamil Nadu Chennai September 3, 4 Highlights: State logs 1575 fresh covid cases, 20 fatalities

Tamil Nadu Chennai Latest News September 3, 4 Highlights: Coimbatore registered the highest 244 covid cases, followed by Chennai's 167 infections.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: September 6, 2021 9:10:46 am
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 Tamil Nadu Chennai News September 3, 4 Highlights:  Tamil Nadu today reported 1575 new covid cases, 1610 recoveries, and 20 deaths. With today’s numbers, the state’s active caseload has reached 16,315. Among districts, Coimbatore registered the highest number of cases with 244 people testing positive, followed by Chennai’s 167 infections. Erode reported 109 cases.

Meanwhile, CM M K Stalin on Saturday announced the cancellation of one per cent market levy on cotton and cotton waste. The Tamil Nadu Agricultural Produce Marketing (Regulation) Act 1987, which levies one per cent fee on cotton and cotton waste -based on the sale value- by the market committee, would be amended for the same, he said the assembly.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places over Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. Thunderstorm with heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Erode, Coimbatore, Krishnagiri, Tirupattur, Vellore and Salem districts of Tamil Nadu. Thunderstorm with moderate rain is likely to occur at a few places over Delta districts, coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal area. Thunderstorm with light to moderate rain is likely to occur at a few places over rest Tamil Nadu, the department said.

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22:15 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Textile trade bodies welcome the removal of cotton cess

Tamil Nadu textile trade bodies have welcomed the govt's decision to withdraw one percent cess on purchase of cotton and cotton waste. The scrapping of cess would benefit cotton farmers and the industry, T Rajkumar Chairman of Confederation of Indian Textile Industry. Southern India Mills' Association also praised the govt's decision. CM M K stalin had announced the scrapping of one percent cess levied on cotton and cotton waste in the assembly on Saturday.  PTI

20:30 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu logs 1575 fresh covid cases, 20 fatalities

Tamil Nadu Saturday reported 1575 new covid cases, 1610 recoveries, and 20 deaths today. With today's numbers, the state's total active toll has reached 16,315. While Coimbatore registered the highest number of cases with 244 people testing positive, Chennai has 167 cases.

19:50 (IST)04 Sep 2021
CM Stalin lauds badminton medalists Pramod Bhagat and Manoj Sarkar

Tamil Nadu CM Saturday congratulated  India's Paralympics badminton medalists Pramod Bhagat and Manoj Sarkar on their victories. India’s Pramod Bhagat won gold medal  in the Men’s Singles SL3 event at the Tokyo Paralympics today. This is India’s first medal in badminton at the Paralympics Games. Manoj Sarkar clinched a bronze medal in the same category.

"#Badminton is being played for the first time at #Paralympics and our players Pramod Bhagat and Manoj Sarkar win #Gold and #Bronze, respectively. Congratulations on this historic achievement & I also wish Pramod all the best for his Bronze medal match in mixed-doubles category," CM Stalin tweeted.

19:10 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Tourism in Tamil Nadu gets a boost

Setting up helipads, promoting adventure and camping, creating facilities for paragliding, rock-climbing and conducting a study on the potential of boat and cruise ship trips were among the announcements made by Tamil Nadu Minister for Tourism M Mathiventhan in the Assembly on Saturday. Steps would be taken to get the blue flag certification for beaches in the State, he said.  (PTI)

16:31 (IST)04 Sep 2021
TN CM Stalin announces cancellation of market levy on cotton

A one per cent market levy on cotton and cotton waste would be withdrawn and the relevant legislation shall be suitably amended to give effect to it, Chief Minister M K Stalin announced in the Assembly on Saturday.
Citing representations from weavers and entrepreneurs, Stalin said the levy of one per cent fee by the market committee "is cancelled," and an amendment Bill would be passed in the ongoing Assembly session. (PTI)

15:31 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Puducherry govt allows Ganesh Chathurthi celebrations

Few days after Tamil Nadu decided to ban Ganesh Chathurthi processions to curb the covid spread,  Puducherry govt granted permission for Ganesh Chathurthi festival citing decline in covid cases on Saturday. "If people want to worship the deities following restriction, then I think there is nothing in government paying heed to their request," said Lieutenant Governor Dr Tamilisai. The Union Territory of Puducherry recorded 120 new cases of coronavirus on Friday taking the overall tally to 1,24,049.   Ganesh Chathurthi festival is marked on Septmeber 10. 

14:07 (IST)04 Sep 2021
IMD forecasts rains in TN for three days

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted heavy rainfall in parts of Tamil Nadu over the next few days. Here is the forecast:

HEAVY RAINFALL WARNING:

Day 1(04.09.2021): Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. Heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Erode, Coimbatore, Krishnagiri, Tirupattur, Vellore and Salem districts of Tamil Nadu.

Day 2(05.09.2021): Heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places over Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Krishnagiri and Tirupattur districts of Tamil Nadu.

Day 3(06.09.2021): Heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places over Nilgiris and Coimbatore districts of Tamil Nadu.

13:54 (IST)04 Sep 2021
IMD issues alert, heavy rain likely in parts of Tamil Nadu today

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places over Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. Thunderstorm with heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Erode, Coimbatore, Krishnagiri, Tirupattur, Vellore and Salem districts of Tamil Nadu. Thunderstorm with moderate rain is likely to occur at a few places over Delta districts, coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal area. Thunderstorm with light to moderate rain is likely to occur at a few places over rest Tamil Nadu, the department said. 

13:49 (IST)04 Sep 2021
1,720 active cases in Chennai till date

There are 1,720 active Covid-19 cases in Chennai, as of September 4, a post by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) showed. Over 5,34,523 people recovered from the disease till date.

13:44 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Several artisans, including those who migrated from Rajasthan to Madurai, face financial crisis due to curbs on Ganesh Chaturthi events
13:02 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Madras HC orders notice on plea to examine Palaniswami, Sasikala

The Madras High Court on Friday ordered notice to the Sholurmattam police in the Nilgiris on a plea to examine former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and expelled AIADMK leader and close aide of late CM J Jayalalithaa, V K Sasikala, in connection with the 2017 Kodanadu heist and murder case.

Justice M Nirmal Kumar later adjourned the matter for September 27.

Though the prayer in the criminal revision petition from Deepu, M S Satheesan and A Santosh Samy of Kerala, all accused persons in the case, was to set aside a partially dismissed portion of the April 30 order this year of the Sessions Judge at The Nilgiris, they had contended that the judge had passed the order in a hurried manner without considering their pleas in their original petition.

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12:33 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Andaman MP demands UT admin operate passenger vessels from Chennai, Kolkata to Port Blair

The Member of Parliament of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Kuldeep Rai Sharma has demanded that the Union Territory administration operate passenger vessels between Chennai-Port Blair and Kolkata-Port Blair to bring back islanders, who are stranded on the mainland due to high airfares.

In a letter to the Chief Secretary of Andaman and Nicobar administration, the Congress MP said that many islanders stranded in Chennai and Kolkata have informed him that due to high airfare between Chennai-Port Blair and Kolkata- Port Blair sectors, they are unavailable to reach Port Blair from mainland.

He said that when cross-checked by his office staff, it has been found that the airfare from Chennai to Port Blair, in the month of September, ranges from Rs 8,000-Rs 29,000. Similarly airfare between Kolkata and Port Blair ranges from Rs 10,000-Rs 28,000, which is unaffordable for a lot of people, especially people from low-income groups and islanders, who have gone to the mainland for medical treatment.

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12:18 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Vanniyar movement in Tamil Nadu: relevance today

With local body polls round the corner, the DMK government in Tamil Nadu has announced the construction of a memorial in Villupuram to people killed in police firing and clashes in 1987, during a movement demanding reservation for the Vanniyar community.

A look at the movement of the community, its significance in Tamil Nadu politics, and what the ruling DMK’s move means when the party is represented by its powerful rival PMK, an ally of the AIADMK-BJP alliance.

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12:00 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Actress Kangana Ranaut pays tribute to former TN CM J Jayalalithaa's memorial at Marina beach

Bollywood actress Kanangana Ranaut Saturday paid tribute to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalaithaa at her memorial in the Marina beach in Chennai. Ranaut is in the city for the promotions of her movie Thalaivii, which is a biopic on the late chief minister. 

11:38 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Madras HC rejects plea against 'archanai' in Tamil

The Madras High Court on Friday rejected a plea against the use of Tamil language while performing 'archanai' (pooja/chanting of mantras) in Hindu temples throughout the State.

Citing the judgement of a Division Bench of the High Court delivered in 2008, the First Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P D Audikesavalu today dismissed at the admission stage itself a PIL petition from Ranganathan Narasimhan of Srirangam in Tiruchirappalli district.

The petition sought to restrain the State Tourism and Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments Departments from interfering with the religious affairs and altering the religious practices of Hindu religious institutions in any manner and a direction to the departments to withdraw the Annai Tamizhil Archanai Scheme. (PTI)

11:18 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin voices concern against privatisation of PSUs

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Friday urged the Centre to 'reconsider' its decision to 'privatise' Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), saying they play a key role in the country's industrialisation and self-reliance goals.

The chief minister's missive to Modi came a day after he informed the Tamil Nadu Assembly that he will write to the PM on the matter.

An official release, quoting from Stalin's communication, stated he told Modi that to establish such units, people's lands, besides those ofthe government, had also been allotted. "Therefore, people have a pride and right over such undertakings," he was quoted as saying.

Referring to Centre's National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP), Stalin said it was not clear what kind of impact it will leave on small and medium industries and the employees therein. The release further quoted Stalin as saying that irrespective of the nomenclature, considering the country's present economic scenario, such a 'large privatisation' will result in government assets going into the 'control' of a few 'groups' or large corporations. (PTI)

11:05 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Three days into reopening of schools in Tamil Nadu, two students and a teacher test positive for Covid

Three days after schools in the state reopened for classes IX-XII, the Covid-19 test results of two students and a teacher have come back positive in separate cases reported from Cuddalore, Namakkal and Ariyalur districts.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Cuddalore district collector K Balasubramaniam said a government secondary school teacher who had taken both doses of the Covid vaccine has tested positive. “She reached school at 9 am on September 1. She wasn’t feeling well and went to the waiting room without interacting with any student and was later sent home. Her test results came back positive on Thursday night,” he said, adding that the entire campus was sanitised and that all other teachers and students have tested negative.

In Namakkal district, a Class X student of a government school near Tiruchengode was found to be Covid-positive in a test randomly conducted by the district administration on the reopening day, said Health Department officials. The girl’s parents were informed and she was immediately taken to a hospital, they said. The student’s classroom and other areas she visited have been closed. Other students and teachers at the school are currently awaiting the results of their Covid tests.

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10:41 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin congratulates Manish Narwal, Singhraj Adhana for winning medals at Tokyo Paralympics
10:32 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Chennai power cut today: These parts of city to face electricity disruption

The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) has announced that power will be suspended in parts of Chennai today for carrying out maintenance work in the city.

Parts of Chennai will face a power shutdown from 9 am to 2 pm, with supply expected to resume before 2 pm if the work is completed.

As per a press release given by the company, the following neighbourhoods in Chennai will be affected:

Tambaram:

    • Kadapperi: Kakkalanchavadi, SBI Colony 1st Main Road, Valliammai Street, Anjanayar Kovil Street, Vijayalakshimi Nagar, MIT Bridge Down and Old Hasthinapuram Road 
    • Madambakkam:Madambakkam, East, West and North Mada Streets; Maruthi Nagar, Chandra Bass Nagar, Manickam Avenue and Padmavathy Colony 
    • Pammal:Sammanthanar Street, Padmanaban Nagar, Thiru Nagar, Thangal and Chithirai Nagar
    • Sithalapakkam:Parts of Otiyambakkam Main Road, Jayanthi Nagar, Gangaiamman Kovil Street, Jothimangala Nagar and Bajanai Kovil Street
    • Shankarapuram:Basil Avenue, Meigai Vinayagar Koil Street, TNHB Colony, MGR Nagar and surrounding areas

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10:21 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Health Minister Ma Subramaniam speaks with Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandivya

Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian earlier on Friday called on Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya in New Delhi along with top officials and discussed various issues pertaining to Tamil Nadu, including allocating vaccines based on the size of the state's population, expediting construction work to set up the All India Institute of Medical Sciences hospital near Madurai and setting up of 11 medical colleges in the state.

Briefing reporters later, Subramanian said that during the previous meeting with the Union minister in June, the state had requested allocation of more vaccines, based on which the Centre increased supply in June, July and August.          

The Minister said Mandviya was also requested to step up vaccine supply to nine districts bordering Kerala as that state had been reporting high number of cases and added that all the residents in these areas would be inoculated.                    

Subramanian said during the meeting with Mandviya, a request was also made to set up an AIIMS Medical College in Coimbatore, which he said he would consider. Noting that new Primary Health Centres had not been sanctioned to Tamil Nadu in the last three years, Subramanian said 'we reiterated our earlier demand that we need 25 new PHCs in Tamil Nadu'.  (PTI)                                                                     

As part of efforts to inoculate all citizens in Nilgiris district, authorities have made it compulsory for those who want to buy liquor in state-run TASMAC outlets to produce vaccination certificates to show that they have taken two doses against Covid-19. Nilgiris is the first district to come up with such an initiative in Tamil Nadu. The drive had commenced from September 1.

READ | Two doses of COVID vaccine mandatory to buy liquor in Nilgiris district

Tamil Nadu Minister for Public Works EV Velu said Thursday that the government will take measures to close down 32 toll plazas functioning across the state. Replying to a calling attention motion moved by Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK) leader MH Jawahirullah, the minister said the neighbouring state of Kerala has reduced the number of toll plazas to three as per provisions of the National Highways Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules 2008, but there are 48 toll plazas in Tamil Nadu when ideally it should have only 16.

READ | Minister EV Velu promises measures to shut 32 toll plazas in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu government is planning to establish a population Health Registry and a Unique Health ID (UHID) will be assigned to all the residents across the state, Health Minister Ma Subramaniam said on Thursday. Speaking at the State Assembly, the Health Minister said the Health ID will improve the state health index and will help in achieving sustainable development goals. Subramaniam announced the project along with a number of decisions taken by the Health Ministry.

READ | Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramaniam announces plans to create Unique Health ID for all

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 | 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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