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Tamil Nadu Chennai highlights: Sasikala likely to visit Jaya memorial on Oct 16, first since release from prison

Tamil Nadu Thursday reported 1,390 new Covid-19 infections, pushing the caseload to 26,74,233, while 27 more deaths took the toll to 35,734.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: October 12, 2021 9:14:45 am
As per reports, Sasikala is set to pay floral tributes at the memorial of AIADMK leaders Jayalalithaa and M G Ramachandran, both former presidents of the party.

Tamil Nadu Chennai live updates:  Expelled AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala is likely to visit the memorial of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on October 16, a day ahead of the golden jubilee celebration of the founding of the AIADMK party. This will be Sasikala’s first visit to the memorial since she was released from the Parappana Agrahara prison in Bengaluru after serving a four-year jail term in a disproportionate assets case.

The total number of people who have been administered with Covid-19 vaccines in Tamil Nadu has breached the five crore mark with 64 per cent of people receiving the first dose, State Minister Ma Subramanian said on Thursday. As many as 50 lakh vaccines were in stock with the department for the fifth edition of the state-wide Mega Vaccination Camp scheduled to be held on October 10, the Minister for Medical and Family Welfare said.

Meanwhile, In 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. The ruling was subject to certain conditions with regard to the maintenance of the compost yards.

In other news, 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.

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19:17 (IST)08 Oct 2021
Chennai police arrest teen for impregnating minor cousin

The Avadi police arrested a 19-year-old for sexually exploiting his minor cousin and impregnating her. The accused has been charged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act.

The 14-year-old girl had on Wednesday visited the Government Kilpauk Medical College Hospital in Chennai for medical treatment. On learning that she was seven months pregnant, doctors at the hospital alerted the all-women police station at Avadi and a case was registered.

The police said the girl’s mother had left her at her uncle’s house in November last year as her father was unwell and needed to be taken care of. The girl was exploited by her cousin during the period. The accused has been remanded in judicial custody.

14:35 (IST)08 Oct 2021
Watch: Chennai man makes Guinness World Record by driving auto-rickshaw on two wheels for 2.2 km

Doing a side-wheelie with any vehicle is no easy feat and may often look straight-out of some Hollywood action movie. Now, an auto-rickshaw driver has taken social media by storm as he performs the stunt with his vehicle. He and his auto have driven their way directly into the coveted Guinness World Record (GWR).

Sharing a video of a Chennai man, Jagathish M, on its social media handles, GWR introduced the record holder for furthest side-wheelie on an auto rickshaw. Dubbing his Guinness attempt as an “epic” side wheelie, the GWR’s website stated that for the record he drove a remarkable distance of 2.2 km while balancing the vehicle just on two wheels.

14:33 (IST)08 Oct 2021
DMK MP Kanimozhi reacts to IIT Madras's study on Cauvery pollution

DMK MP Kanimozhi took to Twitter and said the revelations of the IIT Madras study on Cauvery pollution is shocking and causes great sadness. She said steps should be taken immediately to prevent River Cauvery, which serves as the symbol of Tamil Nadu, from getting polluted.

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. Read more

13:15 (IST)08 Oct 2021
Sasikala likely to visit Jaya memorial on Oct 16, first since release from prison

Expelled AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala is likely to visit the memorial of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on October 16, a day ahead of the golden jubilee celebration of the founding of the AIADMK party. This will be Sasikala’s first visit to the memorial since she was released from the Parappana Agrahara prison in Bengaluru after serving a four-year jail term in a disproportionate assets case.

12:02 (IST)08 Oct 2021
Serosurvey finds 70 per cent in TN have anti-bodies against Covid-19

Tamil Nadu has witnessed an increase in the overall sero-prevalence among the people at 70 per cent, suggest the findings of a latest round of serosurvey by the state government. The Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine on Thursday released the report of the ‘state wide cross sectional Sero Survey’, conducted in July-August across 827 clusters covering 24,586 samples.

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11:36 (IST)08 Oct 2021
Tamil Nadu reports 1,390 new Covid-19 cases, 27 deaths

Tamil Nadu Thursday added 1,390 new Covid-19 infections, pushing the caseload to 26,74,233, while 27 more deaths took the toll to 35,734. Recoveries eclipsed new infections with 1,487 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 26,21,986 leaving 16,513 active infections, a medical bulletin said. A total of 1,45,846 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 4,80,36,604.

11:29 (IST)08 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.

He handed over cheques for Rs 20 lakh each to four chess players-- former world champion Vishwanathan Anand, V R Aravind Chidambaram, R Praggnanandhaa and R Vaishali for representing India and winning gold medal in the  FIDE online Olympiad in 2020. Their coach N Srinath was given Rs 12 lakh. Also, Anand, B Adhiban, Praggnanandhaa, Vaishali and Savitha Shri were presented cheques for Rs 10 lakh each for winning bronze medal in the FIDE online Olympiad 2021 recently. Coach of the men's team N Srinath was given Rs 4.5 lakh and coach of the women's team M Shyam Sundar was given Rs 3 lakh.

10:59 (IST)08 Oct 2021
TN BJP kicks off slew of programmes to mark Seva Samarpan Abhiyan

Dashing off postcards to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to thank him for implementing various welfare schemes, commencing the Swachta Abhiyan campaign and distributing welfare aids to the needy are among the slew of programmes launched by the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP on Thursday as part of the Seva Samarpan Abhiyan.

Party's national co-incharge P Sudhakar Reddy cleaned the coastal area along with his party members while participating in the Swachta Abhiyan at Indira Nagar, Kasimedu, here. Apart from launching a sapling planting campaign, he distributed food packets to the needy on the occasion. Covid warriors (Safai Karamcharis) were felicitated. Fishermen sent postcards to the Prime Minister thanking him for implementing numerous welfare schemes.

Keshav Vinayagam, BJP's organising secretary, Chennai north east district president Krishna Kumar, BJP fishermen wing president Sateesh and others participated. BJP's State president K Annamalai participated in a campaign to thank the Prime Minister, here. Also, he cleaned toilets in Sholinganallur as part of Swachta Abhiyan. (PTI)

10:48 (IST)08 Oct 2021
Chennai Professor bags prestigious award

Professor Saket Saurabh of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc) here has been awarded the 'coveted' Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology 2021 in Mathematical Sciences. Saurabh is Professor in the Theoretical Computer Science group of the city-based institute.

"This award given by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) India is considered to be (the) most coveted Science prize in India," an official release said, adding, the award was announced on the CSIR Foundation Day last month.

Saurabh has completed his PhD in Theoretical Computer Science and after a Postdoctoral stint at the University of Bergen, Norway, joined IMSc as faculty member in 2009. "He has done pioneering work on parametrized complexity (a recent approach to computationally hard problems), graph algorithms, satisfiability problems and more," it said. (PTI)

10:17 (IST)08 Oct 2021
Sainik school admits girls cadets as 'boarders' for the first time

The Sainik School at Amaravathinagar in Tamil Nadu's Tiruppur district has admitted into class VI, girl cadets as 'boarders,' for the first time in its history. The school, located at Udumalpet, commenced online classes for these cadets on September 21 and on Thursday the first batch of 'boarder' girl cadets visited the institution along with their parents and underwent the orientation and the mandatory document verification, a PIB (Defence) release here said.

"For the first time in the history of Sainik School Amaravathinagar, girl cadets have been admitted into class VI as 'boarders' in the academic year 2021-22 based on their performance in the All India Sainik Schools Entrance Examination," it said. As per the directive of the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Naval Command, a hostel has been made ready with all requisite amenities for the girls.

The accommodation facility has been named the 'Rani Velu Nachiyar' Girls' hostel in honour of the queen of Sivaganga who defeated the British in a battle in 1780, and the first Indian queen to have done so, it said. "On this occasion, when the girls have been admitted for the first time to this school as 'boarders', the portrait of this brave warrior, also known as 'Veeramangai' (Brave Woman) was also unveiled," it added. (PTI)

10:07 (IST)08 Oct 2021
Tamil Nadu breaches the 5 crore mark in Covid-19 vaccines

The total number of people who have been administered with Covid-19 vaccines in Tamil Nadu has breached the five crore mark with 64 per cent of people receiving the first dose, State Minister Ma Subramanian said on Thursday.

As many as 50 lakh vaccines were in stock with the department for the fifth edition of the state-wide Mega Vaccination Camp scheduled to be held on October 10, the Minister for Medical and Family Welfare said.

“Till date, 5,01,30,323 beneficiaries have received the Covid-19 vaccine in government and private run health care facilities. As many as 3,73,18,608 people (64 per cent) of them have received first dose while 1,28,11,715 of them (22 per cent) were administered with second doses,” he said in a press release.

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09:52 (IST)08 Oct 2021
Tamil Nadu: BJP protests in front of temples to demand access on weekends

The Tamil Nadu unit of BJP Thursday organised a demonstration in front of 12 major temples in the state demanding the state government to allow the public to enter places of worship on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Earlier in a statement, state president K Annamalai had said he would lead the protest in Chennai and other senior leaders, including former Union minister and senior BJP leader Pon Radhakrishnan, former BJP National Secretary H Raja, senior leader and MLA Nayinaar Nagendran, MLA Vanathi Srinivasan and other leaders will spearhead the protests in other cities.

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09:22 (IST)08 Oct 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 4 pm, with supply expected to resume before 4 pm if the work is completed.

Sholinganallur: Ezhil nagar entire area, Kannagi nagar (one part), VPG Avenue, Pillaiyar koil st, NGK Avenue, Secretariat colony, Mahatma Gandhi nagar, Karpaga vinayagar nagar, Thiruvalluvar nagar, Ramalinga nagar, Injambakkam and above all surrounding areas.

Injambakkam: TNHB flats sholinganallur, School road.

Guindy: M.K.N Road, Alandur main road, Railway station Road, GST road, Madurai street, Erikarai and Adambakkam area, Velachery road, Officer colony, NGO colony, SBI colony and above all surrounding areas.

Annasalai: Annasalai, From Tamil Hindu office subway near to Spencer signal full areas. G.P road, Woods road, Club House road and above all surrounding areas.

Ambattur: TNHB 608 flat, Ayapakkam main road, TNHB 336 flat, TG Anna nagar, Kuppam (Athipet), Ambattur vanagaram road, Aishwarya nagar, Galaxy road, Kilayanampakkam, Nolambur TNHB, SRR nagar and above all surrounding areas.

Redhills : Padiyanallur, PT Moorthy nagar, Attanthangal, Part of Solaiyamman nagar.

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In 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. The ruling was subject to certain conditions with regard to the maintenance of the compost yards.

Originally, some residents of Thiru.Vi.Ka. Nagar, Vadavalli in Coimbatore approached the High Court with a writ petition questioning the decision of the Coimbatore Corporation to construct a compost yard in the place earmarked for park/children’s play area. And a single judge in August, 2019 dismissed the petition. Hence, the present writ appeal.

READ | Madras HC allows setting up of compost yards in parks

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 | Tamil Nadu: Postal forms to be available in Tamil too after Madurai MP’s grievance

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 | Chennai: 3 arrested for abducting former policeman

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