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Tamil Nadu Chennai August 11, 12 Highlights: 8 police personnel from TN among 152 officers awarded HM’s medal for excellence in investigation

Tamil Nadu Chennai Latest News August 11, 12 Highlights: The Court also asked the Coimbatore Mahila court to conduct the trial on a day-to-day basis and complete it within six months.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: August 13, 2021 9:03:37 am
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Tamil Nadu Chennai News August 11, 12 Highlights: Eight police personnel from Tamil Nadu are among 152 police officers in the country who have been conferred with the ‘Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation’ for 2021 for their high professional standards of investigation of crime. The Union Home Ministry, in a statement, said the awardees include 28 women police officials from across the country.

The Madras High Court Wednesday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to arrest all the accused in the 2019 Pollachi sexual assault case and that the probe agency must take an “earnest effort” to commence the trial by the first week of September. The Court also asked the Coimbatore Mahila court to conduct the trial on a day-to-day basis and complete it within six months.

A 30-year-old man fell into the Cooum river from Napier bridge while taking a selfie on Tuesday night and was rescued eight hours later by police. According to the police, Karthik, a resident of Periamet, went to the bridge at around 10 pm and leaned on the walls to take a selfie. When his phone slipped out of his hand, he tried to grab it and accidentally fell into the river.

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19:35 (IST)12 Aug 2021
TN records 1,942 cases, 33 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1,942 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 25,83,036. Among these, Chennai reported 217 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,40,523. The state recorded 33 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 34,428. A total of 1,892 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,28,209.

17:57 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Woman kills husband with help of lover, surrenders before police

A 37-year-old woman surrendered before police on Tuesday admitting she had killed her husband with her lover’s help at Manimangalam in Tamil Nadu’s Kancheepuram district. The victim Thangavel (44), a factory worker at Oragadam, had been missing for a few days and the police were already searching for him based on a complaint by his father.

Thangavel, Vimala Rani and their 14-year-old son had been living near Somangalam in Kancheepuram. Vimala Rani confessed that she hatched a plan to kill Thangavel after he had come to know about her relationship with Raja, a native of Salem.

According to the police, Vimala Rani said they committed the crime on July 28. After killing him using a kitchen knife, the duo burned the body near the forest area at Acharapakkam. The Manimangalam police said they identified a half-charred body on August 2 and sent the samples to the lab to ascertain that it was Thangavel. 
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17:42 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Chennai - Bengaluru Brindavan Express Special gets LHB rake

Southern Railway Thursday posted a video on their Twitter handle about various facilities present in the Chennai - Bengaluru Brindavan Express Special. 

16:43 (IST)12 Aug 2021
IIT Madras collaborates with Partners to Develop Air Sanitization Technologies to prevent spread of COVID 19 & Tuberculosis

IIT Madras has collaborated with VIT Chennai, Queen Mary University of London and Magneto Cleantech to Develop Air Sanitization Technologies to prevent spread of COVID 19 and  Tuberculosis. According to a release, this low-cost Bio-aerosol Protection System will eliminate airborne pathogens and prevent their spread in confined indoor spaces such as offices, hospitals and where ever large gatherings happen

"The target geographies for this project are India and its adjacent countries. The major factor working with this area is the high population and heavy urban pollution. It is expected that this project, when successfully implemented, will benefit nearly 10 crore people in the Indian sub-continent," the release added.

The project will be aimed at developing an experimental proof-of-concept of a revolutionary air filtration system using ‘Ultraviolet-C’ radiation. It has a strong potential to increase the effectiveness of eliminating viruses and other airborne pathogens and reduce maintenance costs as compared to the available filters, which is important for developing countries such as India.

15:02 (IST)12 Aug 2021
GCC to organise contest from Aug 13

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) will be organising a series of competitions around the theme, "Let no water go waste" from tomorrow. 

14:54 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai today

Petrol and diesel prices continued to remain unchanged across the country for the 26th straight day on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Petrol was last revised when it had touched a fresh record highs on July 17, when it rose by 30 paise per litre in the national capital while diesel prices were kept unchanged.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 102.49 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 94.39 per litre.

14:37 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Tamil Nadu: Petrol pump offers free fuel to people named Neeraj and Sindhu to celebrate Olympic medallists

To celebrate Olympians Neeraj Chopra and PV Sindhu who clinched gold and bronze medals respectively in the Tokyo Olympics, a petrol pump at Tirumanilaiyur village in Karur district is offering free fuel to their namesakes. According to the owner AR Malaiyappasamy, a former Pattali Makkal Katchi MLA, the initiative which was launched on Wednesday will continue till Friday.

Earlier, a Gujarat petrol pump had also offered free fuel to Neeraj’s namesakes.

“Neeraj Chopra, born in a non-affluent family, has brought laurels to the country by winning a gold medal in javelin. As a token of appreciation, we decided to provide two litres of free petrol to people named Neeraj. From today (Thursday), we are planning to provide one litre of free petrol to people named Sindhu. Till now, only three people named Neeraj have reached our pump because it is not a very common name here. In Tamil Nadu, Sindhu is a very common name and so I hope more people will turn up today,” he said.

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To avail this offer, people named Neeraj or Sindhu will have to produce their Aadhaar card at the petrol pump. (Express Photo)
14:28 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Over 33.91 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 33,91,453 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 14,260 people inoculated on Wednesday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

14:00 (IST)12 Aug 2021
AIADMK constitutes a six-member legal committee following the DVAC raids

The AIADMK has constituted a six-member legal committee following the DVAC raids at properties of former ministers S P Velumani and Vijayabaskar. In a statement, the party claimed that the ruling DMK has been filing cases against the AIADMK functionaries with a political vendetta.

AIADMK functionaries D Jayakumar, Thalavai Sundaram, C Ve Shanmugam, PH Manoj Pandian, IS Inbadurai and RM Babu Murugavel are a part of the committee.

13:38 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Did Nayanthara just confirm her engagement with Vignesh Shivan? See video

The news of Nayanthara’s engagement with her longtime partner Vignesh Shivan again made it to the headlines after a television promo featuring the actress went viral on social media. As part of the promotions for her upcoming thriller Netrikann, Nayanthara appeared in a Tamil television talk show in which she was asked about the ring she wore. “This is an engagement ring,” the 36-year-old said with a smile.

Did the Sya Raa Narasinha Reddy star just confirm her engagement with Vignesh officially? We will know more once the talk show airs on August 15 on Vijay Television but the promo sure has her fans excited. At the end of the promo, Nayanthara was also asked about what she likes about Vignesh Shivan. “Everything,” was her disarming answer.

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13:36 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Covid-19 cluster in Chennai’s Kilpauk: 20 positive, 1 dead after attending temple festival

Twenty people, who attended a temple festival on August 2, have tested positive for Covid-19 at Varadhammal Garden Street near Kilpauk in Chennai. Reportedly, close to 300 people had participated in the annual religious event and among them a 47-year-old woman, who was diabetic and unvaccinated, has succumbed to the disease.

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC), which identified the Covid-19 cluster after one of the organisers of the event turned positive, has taken stringent measures to curb the spread, like tracking and testing those who were in close contact with the people who had participated in the event.

The corporation officials said the samples of all the people who had participated in the event were taken on August 7, 8, and 9 and they would again be taking the sample in a few days.

13:17 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Pollachi sexual assault case: Take earnest effort to commence trial by first week of Sept, orders Madras HC

The Madras High Court Wednesday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to arrest all the accused in the 2019 Pollachi sexual assault case and that the probe agency must take an “earnest effort” to commence the trial by the first week of September.

The Court also asked the Coimbatore Mahila court to conduct the trial on a day-to-day basis and complete it within six months.

Justice M. Dhandapani issued the direction while rejecting the bail plea filed by K. Arulanantham, one of the accused arrested in January, in the case involving allegations of rape, sexual assault and extortion of a number of women from Pollachi.

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13:15 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Eight police personnel from TN among 152 officers awarded HM's medal for excellence in investigation

Eight police personnel from Tamil Nadu are among 152 police officers in the country who have been conferred with the 'Union Home Minister's Medal for Excellence in Investigation' for 2021 for their high professional standards of investigation of crime.

The Union Home Ministry, in a statement, said the awardees include 28 women police officials from across the country. 

This medal was constituted in 2018 with the objective to promote high professional standards of investigation of crime and to recognise such excellence in investigation by investigating officers. (PTI)

13:04 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Prakash Raj undergoes shoulder surgery, thanks fans for love and prayers

Actor-filmmaker Prakash Raj has undergone a surgery to fix the fracture in his left shoulder.

“The devil is back… successful surgery.. thank you dear friend Dr #guruvareddy and thank you all for your love n prayers.. back in action soon,” the actor tweeted, while sharing a photo of himself from the hospital bed.

According to reports, Prakash Raj fell and injured himself at his Kovalam house.

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12:48 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Ajith unwinds doing target pistol shooting, watch video

Ajith seems to have developed a strong appetite for target pistol shooting. He was recently caught on camera sharpening his shooting skills at a firing range. If you didn’t know, Ajith is a member of the Chennai rifle club. And he has already proved his aptitude in shooting by winning top prizes at a competition, which was held earlier this year.

Ajith and his team members won multiple gold medals in various divisions of the 46th Tamil Nadu State Shooting Championship.

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12:39 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Over 27,000 tree saplings trees planted as of August 11

In a bid to make Chennai a greener city, the Greater Chennai Corporation started a tree plantation drive recently, along with the help of Residential Welfare Associations (RWA) and other organisations. As of August 12, 2021, 27, 054 tree saplings have been planted across the city. On August 11 alone, 737 tree sapling have been planted. 

North Chennai- 118 

Central Chennai- 171 

South Chennai- 448 


12:38 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Budget session of Puducherry Assembly to begin on August 26

The Budget session of the Puducherry Assembly will begin on August 26 with the customary address by Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan.

Official sources told PTI that the date of the Assembly session was decided on Wednesday at a meeting the Speaker R Selvam had with Chief Minister N Rangasamy and a request had been sent to the Lt Governor to present her customary address that day.

This would be the first budget session after the AINRC-BJP coalition government headed by Rangasamy assumed office after emerging victorious in the April 6 Assembly elections. The sources also said the Chief Minister, who holds the Finance portfolio, would present the budget for the fiscal 2021-2022. (PTI)

12:07 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Chennai: Man falls into Cooum river while taking selfie, rescued after eight hours

A 30-year-old man fell into the Cooum river from Napier bridge while taking a selfie on Tuesday night and was rescued eight hours later by police. According to the police, Karthik, a resident of Periamet, went to the bridge at around 10 pm and leaned on the walls to take a selfie. When his phone slipped out of his hand, he tried to grab it and accidentally fell into the river.

Since Karthik lost his phone, he could not alert any close ones and no one heard his cries for help since the traffic was minimal due to Covid-19 restrictions. He held onto one of the pillars of the bridge throughout the night and at around 6 am on Wednesday, walkers on the stretch found Karthik in the river and alerted the police.

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11:34 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Nine held for Rs 100-crore Chennai Port Trust fixed deposit scam

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested nine people in connection with a Rs 100.67-crore scam involving fraudulent foreclosure and withdrawal of fixed deposits made by Chennai Port Trust in Indian Bank.

CBI sources said more arrests were likely as they suspect involvement of port trust insiders in the scam, which surfaced in May last year shortly after the fixed deposits were made.

“It is certain that there were people from the port who played a role in this. We are probing,” said a source familiar with the investigation, referring to the breach in several layers of security mechanisms that led to the fraud.

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11:16 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Over 1.04 lakh posters removed by GCC in Chennai till date

A total of 1,04,683 posters have been removed across Chennai by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) till Wednesday as a part of the civic body’s poster removal campaign. 

Here are the details:

North Chennai - 27,219

Central Chennai - 32,527

South Chennai - 44,937

The AIADMK top leaders who met here a day after the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) raids on party colleague and former local administration minister S P Velumani, condemned the State government’s alleged political vendetta. Party’s Coordinator O Panneerselvam and Co-coordinator K Palaniswami who met at the party headquarters also hit out at the police for raiding the party organ Namadhu Amma’s office here.

READ | AIADMK slams raids on Velumani’s residence, police search at party organ’s office

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court Tuesday granted conditional bail to Kanniyakumari Roman Catholic priest P George Ponniah, accused of making derogatory remarks against ‘Bharat Mata’, Hindu religious beliefs, and against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. Justice B Pugalendhi granted bail after Ponniah’s advocate submitted an affidavit undertaking that the priest would not make such statements against religious and political leaders in the future. He also said that the petitioner has heart problems and is taking treatment. The counsel added that the priest is prepared to stay away from the Kanniyakumari district.

READ | Tamil Nadu: Bail to priest arrested for ‘remarks against Bharat Mata, PM Modi’

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)

Tamil Nadu Chennai News August 9, 10 Highlights

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