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Tamil Nadu Chennai Highlights: State reports 1,039 new Covid-19 cases, 11 deaths

Tamil Nadu News Highlights: Chennai and Coimbatore has the highest number of fresh cases among districts with 126 and 118 cases, respectively.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: October 30, 2021 11:28:42 am
Beneficiaries wait after receiving the dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Government Omandurar Medical College Hospital, in Chennai. (PTI)

Tamil Nadu Chennai Highlights and Updates: State today reported 1,039 new Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths, health department’s media bulletin said. With today’s infections, Tamil Nadu’s total caseload has reached 27,00,593. A total of 1,229 people recovered from Covid today. Chennai and Coimbatore has the highest number of fresh cases with 126 and 118 cases, respectively.

Meanwhile, a statement from Kauvery hospital, chennai, said actor Rajinikanth was admitted ‘following an episode of giddiness.’ He underwent carotid artery revascularization, a procedure done to restore blood supply to the brain. He is recovering well and will be discharged in a few days, the statement added. Rajinikanth was admitted to the hospital yesterday.

In another news, Chief Minister M K Stalin inspected the ancient excavation site of Keeladi in Sivaganga district today, where the archaeological findings reveal the Sangam-era settlement on the banks of Vaigai river. About 11,470 artifacts were dug out from Keeladi and group of sites over sustained excavation over the years and these would be displayed at the site museum.

The Centre for Urbanisation, Building and Environment (CUBE), which has assessed the quality of the Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board (TNUHDB) at Kesava Pillai (KP) park in Pulianthope, found “poor quality” and “unacceptable workmanship” of plastering as one of the critical defects out of several discrepancies that led to faulty construction in the tenements.

 

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22:29 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Madras HC sets aside life sentence of CISF jawan who killed 3 colleagues

The Madras High Court has set aside a lower court order awarding life term to a CISF jawan for gunning down three of his colleagues and injuring two others in 2014 at the Kalpakkam nuclear power plant near here, after invoking Section 84 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which deals with the 'act of a person of unsound mind."
          
A bench of Justice P N Prakash and Justice RN Manjula set aside the lower court order of 2018 and directed the transfer of the appellant, Vijay Pratap Singh to Government Mental Hospital in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, forthwith. (PTI)

21:23 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Today's Covid numbers: 1,039 new cases, 11 deaths

State today reported 1,039 new Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths, health department's media bulletin said. With today's infections, Tamil Nadu's total caseload has reached 27,00,593.  1,229 people recovered from Covid today. Chennai and Coimbatore has the highest number of fresh cases with 126 and 118 cases.

20:29 (IST)29 Oct 2021
CM inspects ancient Sangam-era excavation site of Keeladi

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Friday inspected the ancient excavation site of Keeladi in Sivaganga district where the archaeological findings reveal the Sangam-era settlement on the banks of Vaigai river.
  
About 11,470 artifacts were dug out from Keeladi and group of sites over sustained excavation over the years and these would be displayed at the site museum. The CM who visited the Sivaganga district near Madurai, enquired with the archaeological officials the status of museum to be established at an outlay of Rs 12.21 crore. (PTI)

19:15 (IST)29 Oct 2021
DMK should stop intimidating govt officials, police, says AIADMK

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK co-coordinator K Palaniswami on Friday asked DMK functionaries in the local bodies to stop intimidating government officials and police.
          
He alleged that the DMK members elected in the civic bodies election were indulging in "anarchy and intimidating" the government officials and police in order to "push their agenda."
        
"The elected representatives are indulging in anarchy and are intimidating the government officials and police on tender violation," Palaniswami, who is the leader of the opposition in the Assembly, said in a statement here. (PTI)

17:56 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Puneeth Rajkumar death: Kamal Haasan tweets condolences

Condoling the death of Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar, Kamal Haasan wrote on Twitter, "The demise of my dear younger brother Puneeth Rajkumar was most unexpected. We were mutually very fond of each other. My deepest sympathy to his family and his fans in Karnataka."

17:23 (IST)29 Oct 2021
RMC predicts rainfall over Chennai for the next seven days

Chennai will receive moderate to heavy rain for the next seven days, according to the weather forecast issued by the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Chennai. 

16:20 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Stalin mourns the death of Puneeth Rajkumar

Chief Minister M K Stalin said he is deeply shocked and appalled to hear about the sudden demise of Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar. "Both our families share a cordial bond for many decades. Thus, it's a personal loss to me," Stalin tweeted.  Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar passed away on Friday at Vikram hospital in Bengaluru after suffering a heart attack.

15:16 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Rajinikanth was admitted 'following an episode of giddiness': Hospital

A statement from Kauvery hospital says actor Rajinikanth was admitted following an episode of giddiness. He underwent a procedure and is recovering well, it said. Rajinikanth was admitted to the hospital yesterday.

14:52 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Chennai: Poor quality in plastering work major defect at KP Park tenements, says report

The Centre for Urbanisation, Building and Environment (CUBE), which has assessed the quality of the Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board (TNUHDB) at Kesava Pillai (KP) park in Pulianthope, found that “poor quality” and “unacceptable workmanship” of plastering as one of the critical defects out of several discrepancies that led to faulty construction in the tenements.

The report published by CUBE, which is a joint Initiative of IIT Madras and Tamil Nadu Government, had studied the tenements after several complaints were raised by the occupants about stability and quality of construction last month. CUBE had assessed the quality of 864 apartment units in four blocks in one of the two clusters at KP Park. The other cluster, which has a total of 1,056 units, was not included in the assessment, the report showed.

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14:31 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Tamil Nadu: Illegal online gambling racket busted, nine arrested

Police in Tamil Nadu’s Kallakurichi busted an online gambling racket and arrested nine persons from a hideout in Krishna Nagar Wednesday. Based on a tip-off, the police arrested the gang who were conducting illegal betting through the ‘1X Bet’ application. The arrested were identified as M Manikandan (27), G Chandrasekhar (27), A Krishna Moorthy (27), R Gokul Nath (24), K Manivel (27), K Aravindh (24), R Prakash and R Balaji (23).

14:23 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Health Dept to identify 60 lakh yet to get vaccinated in Tamil Nadu, says Minister

As many as 60 lakh people in Tamil Nadu have not been inoculated against Covid-19 and the Health Department has embarked upon measures to identify the people in order to vaccinate them, State Minister Ma Subramanian said on Thursday. The Minister for Medical and Family Welfare said during the seventh edition of the mass vaccination campaign scheduled for October 30, the department would target the 60 lakh.

14:12 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Temple jewellery won’t be melted now: Tamil Nadu government tells HC

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday informed the Madras High Court that unused gold jewellery donated by devotees to temples in the state would not be melted before appointing the trustees to the respective shrines. The trustees alone are empowered to undertake such important works, Advocate-General R Shanmugasundaram said. An undertaking to this effect was given by the AG when the PILs from the Indic Collective Trust and four other individuals came up for further hearing, today.

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14:10 (IST)29 Oct 2021
No retrenchment taking advantage of pandemic: Madras HC

Holding that no employers should be allowed to take advantage of the pandemic situation and retrench their employees, the Madras High Court has directed the Labour Welfare and Skill Development Employment department to assess the situation in consultation with all the Commissioners of Labour and file a detailed report with regard to the conditions of service, non-employment particulars of the workers or employees in Tamil Nadu. Though the Covid-19 pandemic situation could be termed as a misfortune, the employers cannot be permitted to make a fortune out of this misfortune, Justice M S Ramesh said on Wednesday.

12:59 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Madurai: Ahead of Thevar Jayanti, Sasikala pays tribute to Mutharamalinga Thevar

Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala on Friday paid tribute to freedom fighter Muthuramalinga Thevar before a statue of the leader at Goripalayam Junction in Madurai ahead of the 114th Thevar Jayanti and the 59th guru puja celebrations to be observed on Saturday. She also paid homage to the Maruthu Brothers, who were also freedom fighters, at Teppakulam before heading to Pasumpon.

Sasikala reached the venue in a van that had been exclusively used by former chief minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa during her campaigns. She garlanded the life-size bronze statue of Thevar early in the morning with her supporters alongside. The visit is considered significant as Sasikala enjoys sizeable support from the Thevar community. If the party heads for a vertical split in future, it is believed that the ‘caste card’ might prove useful.

12:43 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Kauvery Managment has said that Rajinikanth is stable: Health Minister Ma Subramaniam
12:33 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Madras HC directs government to consider plea for more compensation

The Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu government to consider a plea for more compensation to the victims of alleged excesses of the special task force (STF) deployed to nab forest brigand Veerappan in the border areas of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, in 2002. The dreaded bandit, a notorious sandalwood smuggler, was gunned down by the STF in an operation in October 2004. Justice R Mahadevan gave the direction on enhanced compensation recently, while disposing of a writ petition from Vidiyal People Welfare Foundation, by its managing director A Murugesan of Urnatham in Salem district.

12:05 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Child, among 4, hit by dengue in Coimbatore

Four people, including a child, have tested positive for dengue positive and been undergoing treatment at the  Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) in Coimbatore.

Following heavy rains in the district, many people have been landing at the CMCH with symptoms of fever and cough, said the hospital Dean Dr N Nirmala on Thursday. Already, there have been 80 cases with symptoms of malaria and viral fever, she said.

With rains, diseases like dengue and viral fever are likely to increase and the general public is advised to consume hot water and approach the hospital if they have symptoms of fever and cough, Nirmala said. (PTI)

11:50 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Court allows police 5 days custody of driver’s kin in Kodanad Estate case

The district court on Thursday allowed the police to take into custody Dhanpal, the brother of deceased Kanagaraj, the driver of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, in connection with the Kodanadu murder and heist case.

The police had filed a petition in the court here seeking 10 days custody of Dhanpal, an accused in the case. But, the Magistrate allowed them five days to interrogate the accused in their custody.

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11:27 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Governor seeking info on welfare schemes, a routine: Tamilisai Soundararajan

Amid a controversy over Tamil Nadu Governor, R N Ravi reportedly seeking presentations on the implementation of welfare schemes, Governor of Telangana Tamilisai Soundararajan on Thursday said it was routine and that she too used to seek such information from both Telangana and Puducherry, of which she holds additional charge.                                                        

Soundararajan, who was here to congratulate those who had worked to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, told reporters that the Governor seeking such details has become a controversy in Tamil Nadu and been politicised in the State.

Stating that she used to seek the information on the welfare schemes implemented in Telangana and Puducherry, she said both the administrations were cooperating with her in this regard. The information was collected to present before the Centre at the Governors' meeting scheduled on November 11 in New Delhi, she pointed out. (PTI)

11:09 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Chennai: 5 ostriches in Vandalur zoo die suddenly

Five ostriches in the Arignar Anna Zoological Park (AAZP), popularly known as the Vandalur zoo, in Chennai, died suddenly prompting stepped-up surveillance of the birds and monitoring of the others in enclosures, the AAZP said on Thursday. Also, a lioness named Kavitha (19) died of age-related ailments on October 26, the zoo said.

“Ostrich was breeding well naturally in AAZP. Five ostriches died all of a sudden on October 27. A team from Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), along with the zoo veterinarians, was present during prophylactic treatment to the remaining birds in ostrich enclosure and during the postmortem,” a press release from the director of AAZP said.

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A man crosses a street during rain at Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district, Thursday.. (PTI Photo)

As many as 60 lakh people in Tamil Nadu have not been inoculated against Covid-19 and the Health Department has embarked upon measures to identify the people in order to vaccinate them, State Minister Ma Subramanian said on Thursday. The Minister for Medical and Family Welfare said during the seventh edition of the mass vaccination campaign scheduled for October 30, the department would target the 60 lakh.

“Till date, 70 per cent of the people (in Tamil Nadu) have received first dose of vaccine. Till date, 5.71 crore vaccinations have been given in the State. About 13 lakh people are waiting to receive the second dose (Bharat Bitotech’s) Covaxin. We have requested to expedite release of 10 lakh Covaxin doses by the Centre,” he said. Subramanian was talking to reporters at the airport here after arriving from New Delhi.

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The Apostolic Nunciature in India — the Vatican’s envoy to New Delhi — has issued a strongly-worded message to the Tamil Nadu clergy, asking it to stay away from holding positions in independent trusts and NGOs, saying that they become “financial and political power bases for the priests involved”.

The directive to the Tamil Nadu Bishops’ Council (TNBC) has called for corrective and regulatory measures from bishops to ensure that the clergy is not associated with standalone trusts or societies without the consent of the diocesan ordinary.

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The cybercrime wing of the Chennai police have arrested a three-member gang from Jharkhand for allegedly duping a man of Rs 13 lakh by posing as executives of a mobile service provider.

According to the police, the man who lives in Kodambakkam received a text message on September 26 from an unknown number stating that the SIM card verification for his mobile number is pending and the services to the number will be disconnected within 24 hours. The fraudster had instructed the man to call one customer care number he had mentioned in the message for further inquiry regarding this.

READ | Jharkhand gang held for defrauding people by posing as executive of mobile service provider

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