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Tamil Nadu Chennai Highlights: State reports 1,390 fresh Covid cases, 27 deaths

Tamil Nadu Chennai Highlights and Updates Today: Among districts, Chennai and Coimbatore continue to report the highest numbers with 173 and 145 fresh cases respectively.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: October 8, 2021 8:50:58 am
Hindu devotees perform a ritual to appease the souls of their ancestors on the occasion of Mahalaya Amavasya, at Kapaleeswaran temple in Chennai, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. (PTI)

Tamil Nadu Chennai Highlights and updates:  Tamil Nadu recorded 1,390 new Covid cases and 27 deaths today, a media bulletin released by the state health department stated. The state has a total of 16,513 active cases as of today. Among districts, Chennai and Coimbatore continue to report the highest numbers with 173 and 145 fresh cases respectively.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu unit of BJP started their protest in various parts of the state in front of all religious places to push the government to allow people to enter the places of worship on weekends as well. In a statement issued Monday, state president Annamalai asked the general public to take part in the protest in large numbers as it will be organised “for the welfare of the people”. Annamalai said the Tamil Nadu government, citing Covid-19, has closed the places of worship on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday when devotees usually want to pay a visit with their families.

The NIA on Wednesday arrested a 47-year-old former LTTE operative in connection with the probe into seizure of 300 kg heroin, five AK-47 rifles and 1,000 live rounds of 9 mm ammunition off the coast of Vizhinjam near Thiruvananthapuram last March.

In other news, a delegation of DMK office-bearers, led by T K S Elangovan, the party’s Rajya Sabha MP on Wednesday called on Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram and handed over a dossier on grounds for opposition to the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, seeking the neighbouring state’s support to fight against it.

 

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Tamil Nadu, Chennai Highlights and Updates: Here is live news and updates on the Covid-19 situation in the state, lockdown news, politics, entertainment, weather, culture and more. Also read Karnataka, Bengaluru news

22:34 (IST)07 Oct 2021
TN CM honours Paralympics medalist Mariappan Thangavelu, chess maestro Anand

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday honoured sportsmen from the state who represented India in various international events and brought laurels to the country, with cash awards. The Chief Minister handed over a cheque for Rs 2 crore to Mariappan Thangavelu, who won a silver medal in the recently held Paralympics in Tokyo, in the T-63 high jump event and the remaining cash prize to chess players who won medals in various international events, an official press release said here. (PTI)

21:42 (IST)07 Oct 2021
SL navy pelts stones on Indian fishermen, damages nets

The Sri Lankan Navy on Wednesday pelted stones on Indian fishermen from Rameswaram and damaged their fishing nets, Tamil Nadu government officials said. Fisheries Department officials said on Thursday that the incident happened near Katchateevu when the Lankan naval personnel who came in 10 fishing boats pelted stones on the Indian fishermen and damaged the nets in about 20 craft. (PTI)

20:42 (IST)07 Oct 2021
TN reports 1,390 fresh covid cases, 27 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1390 fresh covid cases and 27 deaths today, a media bulletin released by the state health department stated. The state has a total of 16,513 active cases as of today. Among districts, Chennai and Coimbatore continue to report the highest numbers with 173 and 145 fresh cases respectively. 

19:15 (IST)07 Oct 2021
HC allows setting up of compost yards in parks

n an important judgment, a Full Bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday allowed authorities concerned to set up Micro Bio-disposable Units (Compost Centres) in a portion of parks or playgrounds. A specially constituted bench of Justices R Mahadevan, V Parthiban and P T Asha gave the ruling, while answering the important issue referred to it by the first bench, headed by the Chief Justice, today. (PTI)

18:15 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Rodic Consultants donates 20MT cryogenic container to Govt Medical College, Chennai

Leading infrastructure consultancy Rodic Consultants on Thursday said it has handed over ISO certified 20 MT cryogenic containers to government medical college in the city for storage and transportation of liquid medical oxygen. The initiative undertaken as part of corporate social responsibility, would strengthen the supply chain and ensure timely oxygen supply to hospitals, a press release said. The cryogenic container imported from Dubai was handed over by the company's AVP (Finance), Sukhvinder Singh Daid to Madras Medical College and Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Dean E Theranirajan. (PTI)

16:47 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Operations to trap man-eater tiger intensified on 13th day

The Forest department has intensified the combing operations to trap the suspected man-eater tiger on the 13th day on Thursday in Masanagudi and Gudalur areas in the Nilgiris district. The operations, to trap the tiger, coded T23, started after it killed four people, two in the gap of 14 days, in Gudalaur, Masinagudi and Singara area and more than 20 head of cattle, involves officials from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. To assist the teams, two tamed elephants and sniffer dogs were also requisitioned, with modern drone to trace the location and movement. (PTI)

16:28 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Re-open temples in 10 days, don't impose your ideology, BJP tells TN govt

Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai on Thursday demanded that the state government lift restrictions on week-end worship at the temples, within 10 days and warned that the DMK dispensation's attempt to "impose its ideology" will result in a backlash from the people.

Accusing the state government of attempting to ?impose its ideology? on the theists by restricting darshan during weekends, Annamalai insisted that there was "no logic" in keeping temples closed from Friday to Sunday citing coronavirus, when it had permitted cinema halls to re-open and is getting ready to restart schools for all classes for children for whom COVID-19 vaccine is yet to be rolled out. 

He also charged the state government with using the Centre's advisory on COVID-19 to its advantage. (PTI)

16:02 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Postal forms to be available in Tamil too after Madurai MP’s grievance

The department of posts on Wednesday said all the customer-related forms would be made available in Tamil as well as English in Tamil Nadu.

Madurai MP Su Venkatesan shared the letter he received from the chief postmaster general, Tamil Nadu circle, B Selvakumar on Twitter and wrote ‘Hindi imposition averted’.

He said more than 40,000 forms used in 14,000 post offices in the state will be made available in Tamil as well as English within a month. Read More

14:59 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Chennai: 3 arrested for abducting former policeman

The city police Tuesday night arrested three men on charges of abducting a retired police officer and demanding a ransom for his release.The officer, identified as Moosa (73), is a retired sub-inspector and a resident of Chetpet in Chennai. As per reports, he is into trading business. According to the police, around 10 am on October 3, a gang abducted Moosa from his residence. The abductors called up Moosa’s younger son Basheer and demanded a ransom of Rs three crore. Basheer alerted the J-12 Kanathur police station and lodged a complaint. Read More

 
14:50 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Hanging cross or going to church can’t be grounds to cancel SC certificate: Madras HC

Pointing out that going to church or hanging a cross on the wall does not necessarily mean that one has abandoned the original faith to which one was born, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court recently ordered the restoration of the Scheduled Caste community certificate to a woman who was married to a Christian.

A division bench consisting of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice M Duraiswamy made the observation while hearing the petition filed by a woman doctor from Ramanathapuram who was seeking to quash an order passed by the district collector in 2013, cancelling her community certificate signifying that the petitioner belonged to the Hindu Pallan community.

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14:34 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Visuals | Tamil Nadu BJP members protesting in Coimbatore
14:00 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Chennai Metro Water Board plans to increase cashless transactions

In order to promote cashless transactions, the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) has decided to introduce point of sale (POS) services machines in all of its offices. This step has been taken to reduce cash collection.

Since 2019, there has been a drastic increase in online payments done by the people, a senior official from CMWSSB said. “We have been visiting other modes of the payment of taxes for a while now. To promote cashless transactions, we have decided to supply POS machines all the officers and in all the depots,” he said.

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13:19 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Visuals | TN BJP's Women's wing protest against the closure of temples during weekends
12:53 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Cauvery river polluted with high levels of pharmaceutically-active compounds: IIT Madras study

The waters of River Cauvery are polluted by a range of emerging contaminants including pharmaceutically-active compounds, a study by the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) revealed. The other contaminants include personal care products, plastics, flame retardants, heavy metals, and pesticides, among many others.

A study by a team of researchers from IIT Madras led by Dr. Ligy Philip showed that pharmaceutical contamination was particularly serious in India, which is the second-largest pharmaceutical manufacturing country in the world. These drug compounds, when released even in minuscule amounts into water bodies, can harm human beings and the ecosystem in the long run, the study said.

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12:49 (IST)07 Oct 2021
SL navy pelts stones on Indian fishermen, damages nets

The Sri Lankan Navy on Wednesday pelted stones on Indian fishermen from here and damaged their fishing nets, Tamil Nadu government officials said. Fisheries Department officials said on Thursday that the incident happened near Katchateevu when the Lankan naval personnel who came in 10 fishing boats pelted stones on the Indian fishermen and damaged the nets in about 20 craft.

However, nobody was injured in the incident, even as they warned the Indian fishermen against fishing there, the officials said. A complaint was filed with the Fisheries officials. Fishermen association representatives expressed concern over such recurring incidents and called for a permanent solution to the issue. (PTI)

11:55 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Chennai: Yoga instructor arrested for allegedly raping 22-year-old disciple

A 45-year-old yoga instructor from Kodambakkam was arrested on Wednesday by the Chennai Police for allegedly raping a 22-year-old woman on multiple occasions, recording the act, and threatening to leak the videos on the internet. The victim was a disciple of the accused, identified as Yogaraj alias Poovendran Chidambaram.

According to the All Women Police in Mambalam, the woman in her complaint alleged the instructor had intoxicated her by mixing sedatives in a cold dink before raping her for the first time in April this year. She alleged he raped her on multiple occasions after that, and blackmailed her saying he would leak the videos if she didn’t cooperate with him.

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11:21 (IST)07 Oct 2021
AIADMK to hold year long golden jubilee fete of its founding

Starting October 17, the AIADMK would hold year long celebrations of the golden jubilee (2021-22) of its founding, the main opposition party announced here on Wednesday. Hailing party founder M G Ramachandran, the AIADMK said 'revolutionary leader' MGR founded the party in 1972 to uphold justice and dharma and dislodge the regime of 'evil force.'

In a statement, O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami, party coordinator and co-coordinator respectively, appealed to cadres and office-bearers to celebrate the 'historic golden jubilee' with joy and by holding celebratory events. The statues of late Chief Ministers MGR and 'Puractchi Thalaivi' (Revolutionary leader) J Jayalalithaa should be garlanded and party flags hoisted across Tamil Nadu and in other states, including neighbouring Kerala where the party has an organisational presence.

Sweets should also be distributed to the people on the occasion of the inaugural of the golden jubilee on October 17, they said and urged the party workers to follow guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The AIADMK, over the years, had time and again accused the DMK and its late patriarch M Karunanidhi as an 'evil force.' Such an accusation had always elicited a strong response from the DMK, which snubbed the AIADMK over the allegations, including corruption. (PTI)

11:10 (IST)07 Oct 2021
No water supply in few areas of Chennai on October 7, 8: Here’s the full list

The Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) Wednesday announced that certain areas in Chennai will not receive water supply Thursday and Friday (October 7 and 8) due to the maintenance work in EVR Periyar Salai.

In a press release, CMWSSB said that the Highways Department would construct a stormwater drain across the lanes near the Greater Chennai Police Commissionerate on the EVR Periyar Highway in preparation for the upcoming monsoon.

Due to this, piped water supply will be suspended from 8 pm on October 7 to 6 am on October 8 in the areas of Vepery, Periyamedu, Chintadripet, Egmore and Park Town.

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10:54 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Cop dies by suicide in Chengalpattu district

A 59-year-old special sub-inspector (SSI) of police allegedly died by suicide inside his residential quarters at Melakottaiyur in Chengalpattu district of Tamil Nadu.

The deceased has been identified as Gowthaman. The local Thalambur police station said that the cop shot himself with his service revolver. The officer’s wife and his two sons were at the quarters when the incident took place. The body of the officer was sent for autopsy to the Chengalpet Government Hospital and later handed over to the family members.

As per local reports, Gowthaman was serving as a personal security officer to a judge of the Madras High Court. An official at the Thalambur police station said they have registered a case of unnatural death, but were yet to ascertain whether the officer took the extreme step owing to work pressure or a family dispute.

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10:52 (IST)07 Oct 2021
Announcement on apparel parks welcome, say exporters

The Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA) on Wednesday said it  welcomes the announcement of the Centre for setting up seven mega integrated textile region and apparel (mitra) parks. While noting the '5F Vision' of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the president of TEA Raja M. Shanmugham, in a statement, said the Tirupur knitwear exports cluster already possesses the textile eco system -  farm, fibre, factory, fashion and foreign - to fulfil the vision.

He welcomed the maximum development capital support (DCS) of Rs 500 crore to greenfield mitra and a maximum of Rs 200 crore to brownfield mitra for the development of common infrastructure.  The association, he said, lauds the provision of Rs 300 crore as competitiveness incentive support to each mitra. (PTI)                                                                   

Chennai: Hindu devotees perform a ritual to appease the souls of their ancestors on the occasion of Mahalaya Amavasya, at Kapaleeswaran temple in Chennai, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. (PTI Photo)

A Welfare Board for Non-Resident Tamils would be set up and a total allocation of Rs 20 crore shall be made, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin announced here on Wednesday. Tamil Nadu Non-Resident Tamils’ Welfare Act was enacted during the previous DMK regime on March 1, 2011 and setting up of a Welfare Board was also announced, Stalin said.

With the AIADMK assuming power later that year, the new regime did not set up the Board, the Chief Minister said adding, a welfare board for Non-Resident Tamils would now be founded. The state government would constitute Rs five crore benevolent fund for Non-Resident Tamils, an official release here said.

READ | MK Stalin announces Welfare Board for Tamils living abroad

The NIA on Wednesday arrested a 47-year-old former LTTE operative in connection with the probe into seizure of 300 kg heroin, five AK-47 rifles and 1,000 live rounds of 9 mm ammunition off the coast of Vizhinjam near Thiruvananthapuram last March. In a statement, the NIA said Satkunam alias Sabesan, “a Sri Lankan national and a former member of intelligence wing of LTTE”, was arrested from Valsaravakkam area of Chennai “for his involvement in arms and drug trafficking from Pakistan to Sri Lanka, and utilising the proceeds for furthering and supporting the revival of LTTE”.

READ | Drug and arms haul: NIA arrests ex-LTTE operative in Chennai

A delegation of DMK office-bearers, led by T K S Elangovan, the party’s Rajya Sabha MP on Wednesday called on Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram and handed over a dossier on grounds for opposition to the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, seeking the neighbouring state’s support to fight against it. Elangovan gave a copy of a letter written by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin to Vijayan seeking Kerala’s support to oppose the test and restore “the primacy of states” in education.

READ | DMK team meets Kerala CM, seeks support to oppose NEET

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