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.