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Chennai Hyderabad June 14, 15 Highlights: TN records 11,805 cases and 267 deaths

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 14, 15 Highlights: As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Telangana is 20,461.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: June 16, 2021 9:14:34 am
Chennai, COVID-19, Coronavirus VaccineA health worker gives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine to a transgender at a Drive-In vaccination centre in Chennai. (PTI Photo)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News June 14, 15 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 11,805 positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 23,78,298. Among these, Chennai reported 793 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,26,614 The state recorded 267 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 30,968.204 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 23,207 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 22,23,015.

This is neither satire nor allegory. A groom called Socialism and a bride called Mamata Banerjee have tied the knot. As they solemnised their union on Sunday under the sickle and hammer, brothers of the groom, Communism and Leninism, looked on. This grand alliance, though, did not take place in West Bengal. In fact, the fates seem to have a sense of narrative consistency: The marriage took place in Salem district in a state ruled by Stalin.

Socialism is the third son of the Salem Communist Party of India district secretary, A Mohan. His two elder children are named after high-minded party principles as well. Mamata’s grandfather is responsible for her name — he was a fan of the now three-term Chief Minister of West Bengal. Social media, and even its more analogue counterparts, took great interest in the nuptials ever since the wedding card went viral last week. And why not? “Mamata Banerjee marries Socialism” is a great headline, and even better clickbait. Then, there’s the fact that many a left sympathiser, and quite a few liberals, had hoped that the Left Front and Trinamool Congress would bury their hostilities and ally in West Bengal to defeat the BJP before the elections. They wouldn’t have known that their wish, albeit in a symbolic and belated manner, would come true in Tamil Nadu.

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18:53 (IST)15 Jun 2021
TN records 11,805 cases and 267 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 11,805 positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 23,78,298. Among these, Chennai reported 793 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,26,614 The state recorded 267 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 30,968.204 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 23,207 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 22,23,015.

17:34 (IST)15 Jun 2021
Special teams formed to drive two jumbos away from human settlements

Three special teams have been formed to drive away two wild elephants straying into human settlements in and around Boluvampatti range on the outskirts, forest department sources said on Tuesday. According to the sources, two tuskers attempted to enter the area last night, but the department staff succeeded in chasing them away.

However, both the elephants returned through Thanikandi tribal hamlet and stayed put at a pond near Muttathuvayal early Tuesday. Based on information given by the residents, forest rangers and other department staff rushed to the spot to chase them away, with the help of a team each from Coimbatore and Madukkarai range office, they said. Efforts are on to drive the elephants away to the reserve forest area, which is just two km from the pond, and senior officials are monitoring their movement with the help of drones, the sources said.

16:50 (IST)15 Jun 2021
Call on reopening of schools after assessing lockdown relaxations: Tamil Nadu minister

The Tamil Nadu government will take a call on reopening schools in the state after assessing the situation following the relaxation of some curbs,   School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi reaffirmed on Monday.

The Class XI admission in government and government-aided schools began in the state on Monday. The minister visited a school in Chennai to review the process. While addressing the reporters, he said apart the admission process is not taking place currently in 11 districts – Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Karur, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthrurai which have a high caseload of Covid-19.

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15:00 (IST)15 Jun 2021
Telangana TSBIE Intermediate 2nd year exams cancelled, 1st year students to be promoted

The Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) announced the cancellation of Intermediate Public Examinations (IPE) for the first year (Class 11) and second-year (Class 12) students. This decision has been taken in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The inter were earlier postponed due to Covid-19.

“Considering the present pandemic situation prevailing in the State, Government hereby decides to cancel Class XII Intermediate public examination for the academic year 2020-21. Results to be declared on basis of pre-determined objective criteria. Secretary, Board of Intermediate Examination is directed to issue orders for promoting all Class XI students to Class 12,” the government of Telangana said in its latest official order.

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14:33 (IST)15 Jun 2021
Rs 16 cr wonder drug brings smiles back for Hyderabad family

A few hours after taking the single-dose intravenous injection of Zolgensma, considered the world’s most expensive medical drug, three-year-old Ayaansh told his parents he would like to walk and come home. Rupal and Yogesh Gupta, the boy’s parents for whom it was the most memorable day of their lives, broke down hearing these words.

“Every mother wants to see her child walking and running. I never got to see that,” the 34-year-old mother said recalling those moments from June 9.

Ayaansh has not been a regular boy, after having missed almost all developmental milestones in a child’s growth. It was a few days after his first birthday, on June 4, 2018, that Ayaansh was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy(SMA), a life-threatening progressive condition. Not only were treatment options not available in the country, but the drug also cost Rs 16 crore despite the Center’s waiver of import duty and GST running into a few crores. “While leaving the hospital, Rupal and I recalled our situation two years ago when we knew about SMA for the first time. We hope our son can now lead a normal life. That is all that we wanted,” said Yogesh Gupta (35).

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14:20 (IST)15 Jun 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

A day after hitting fresh record highs on Monday, petrol and diesel prices were steady across the country on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The auto fuel prices had touched record highs on June 14, when petrol rose 29 paise per litre and diesel climbed 30 paise in the national capital.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 97.69 per litre and diesel at Rs. 91.92 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol is priced at Rs. 100.20 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 95.14 per litre.

13:49 (IST)15 Jun 2021
A wedding in Tamil Nadu goes viral, proving that there's a lot in a name

This is neither satire nor allegory. A groom called Socialism and a bride called Mamata Banerjee have tied the knot. As they solemnised their union on Sunday under the sickle and hammer, brothers of the groom, Communism and Leninism, looked on. This grand alliance, though, did not take place in West Bengal. In fact, the fates seem to have a sense of narrative consistency: The marriage took place in Salem district in a state ruled by Stalin.

Socialism is the third son of the Salem Communist Party of India district secretary, A Mohan. His two elder children are named after high-minded party principles as well. Mamata’s grandfather is responsible for her name — he was a fan of the now three-term Chief Minister of West Bengal. Social media, and even its more analogue counterparts, took great interest in the nuptials ever since the wedding card went viral last week. And why not? “Mamata Banerjee marries Socialism” is a great headline, and even better clickbait. Then, there’s the fact that many a left sympathiser, and quite a few liberals, had hoped that the Left Front and Trinamool Congress would bury their hostilities and ally in West Bengal to defeat the BJP before the elections. They wouldn’t have known that their wish, albeit in a symbolic and belated manner, would come true in Tamil Nadu.

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13:35 (IST)15 Jun 2021
Over 22.19 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 22,19,452 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 16,886 people inoculated on Monday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

13:21 (IST)15 Jun 2021
Call on reopening of schools after assessing lockdown relaxations: Tamil Nadu minister

The Tamil Nadu government will take a call on reopening schools in the state after assessing the situation following the relaxation of some curbs,   School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi reaffirmed on Monday.

The Class XI admission in government and government-aided schools began in the state on Monday. The minister visited a school in Chennai to review the process. While addressing the reporters, he said apart the admission process is not taking place currently in 11 districts – Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Karur, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthrurai which have a high caseload of Covid-19.

“The School Education Department only has Kalvi TV now as the medium to reach a large number of students for classes. Connectivity issues prevail at many places but as far as possible, teachers are trying to reach out to students through WhatsApp. Even for those who don’t possess a smartphone, we made necessary arrangements like involving them in initiatives like group studies. We can take a call on reopening the schools only after witnessing how these lockdown relaxations play out. We cannot put all the students in one class, we need to maintain social distancing. Several people from other schools want to enroll their wards in government schools, we need to create a space for that as well,” he said.

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12:49 (IST)15 Jun 2021
Drones for vaccines: Telangana explores ‘Medicines from Sky’

With the focus moving to delivering vaccines in difficult to reach areas, the Centre and state governments are taking the drone route to get to such terrains. On one hand, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has sought bids from drone operators to supply medicines and vaccines; on the other, the Telangana government has launched a project to check delivery feasibility of medical supplies. Companies with logistics experience including Flipkart and Dunzo have announced their consortia under Telangana’s drone delivery scheme to develop and execute drone deliveries there.

In a statement announcing its participation in the Telangana government’s ‘Medicines from Sky Project’, Flipkart said: “As part of the consortium, Flipkart will utilise learnings from its tech-enabled supply chain to deploy drones and enable deliveries of vaccines and medical supplies”.

“A combination of these technologies will then be used to conduct BVLOS deliveries in remote areas of the state where the road infrastructure is not conducive for fast delivery of vaccines. The pilot, which is expected to be conducted for over six days, will be tested out for delivering thousands of vaccines while keeping in mind all the safety and efficiency parameters,” it added.

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12:31 (IST)15 Jun 2021
HC grants relief to ‘miscreant officer’ with ‘heavy heart’

The Madras High Court has granted relief to a “miscreant” officer of a temple, who had caused loss to that shrine, with a “heavy heart”.

Justice S Vaidyanathan granted the relief in view of a provision in the rules and castigated the higher authorities, who acted hand in glove with that official.

R Muthusamy, the executive officer grade-I, applied for retirement under the voluntary retirement scheme on August 3, 2020 and as as per rules it should have been accepted or rejected within three months, that is before November 4.

But the plea was rejected only on November 5, 2020.

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12:20 (IST)15 Jun 2021
More COVID-19 deaths than what Modi govt acknowledges: Owaisi

AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday alleged that the number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the country is more than what the NDA government acknowledges. He claimed that the government was hiding the truth.

"Modi government says so many deaths have not taken place due to COVID....they have lost connection with the sufferings of ordinary people of the country and the deaths. They are totally aloof," he told reporters in Hyderabad.

He cited media reports which talked about the high number of deaths in the country during the second wave of COVID-19. He also referred to claims that more death certificates were being issued during the second wave compared to the first.

The AIMIM president alleged that the government has not done proper preparation for the second wave and that it delayed orders for vaccination. These failures have led to a large number of deaths, he claimed. BJP is not ready to accept the reality to hide its failures, he alleged. (PTI)

11:51 (IST)15 Jun 2021
O Pannerselvam elected as deputy leader of AIADMK legislature party

Former Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister and AIADMK’s coordinator O Pannerselvam has been elected as the deputy leader of the legislature party. Former minister SP Velumani will be the party whip.

The decisions were taken at a meeting that was attended by the newly elected party legislators and convened by the party high command at the headquarters in Chennai.

Arakkonam MLA S Ravi has been appointed the deputy whip while former ministers Kadambur C Raju and KP Anbalagan have been provided the posts of the treasurer and the secretary. Alangulam MLA PH Manoj Pandian will be the deputy secretary.

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11:14 (IST)15 Jun 2021
Three lions recovering slowly, efforts on to help them recuperate from Covid: Zoo official

The three infected lions at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park (AAZP), popularly known as the Vandalur Zoo here, are responding “very slowly” to treatment and all efforts are being taken to help them recuperate, a senior official at the zoo said on Monday.

Of the 14 lions in the Zoo, 3 lions are responding to treatment very slowly. “However, all efforts are being made by the team of zoo veterinarians in coordination with experts of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) to ensure that they recover,” the park’s deputy director said. The officials briefed the Tamil Nadu forests minister K Ramachandran about the present health status of the lions in detail when he visited the AAZP on Monday and reviewed the measures being taken by zoo authorities to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and also the health status of the lions infected with SARS CoV2. The minister visited the lion safari area where 7 lions were infected by SARS CoV2 virus recently, and discussed their health status with the veterinary doctors treating the animals.

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11:06 (IST)15 Jun 2021
Engineers, MSW graduate held for selling cars taken on hire in Hyderabad

Police on Monday arrested six people, including a 34-year-old MTech graduate, for allegedly selling cars which were taken on rental basis. There are two BTech graduates and a master's degree holder in social work (MSW) among the arrested.

According to Cyberabad commissioner VC Sajjanar, the main accused, Palle Naresh Kumar, used to take cars on rent by giving false promises to car owners and travel agencies and later sell or mortgage the vehicles.

Naresh, with the help of the others, got hold of 272 cars. However, owners of 205 cars took back their vehicles after he failed to pay the promised rent monthly.

The Ramachandrapuram police recovered 50 cars. (PTI)

10:54 (IST)15 Jun 2021
Consider transgenders' plea for cash relief: Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Monday directed the state government to consider the plea of transgenders, who had applied for the cash relief of Rs 4,000, before May 31.

When a PIL petition from Grace Banu of Thoothukudi came up for further hearing Monday before the first bench of the court, Advocate-General R  Shanmugasundaram said the matter will be considered.

"The State should consider whether all applicants who have applied to the Transgender Board in the State by May 31, 2021 (and not beyond) may be considered as transgenders for the purpose of obtaining the benefit announced by the State and extended already to some of the recognised transgenders," the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said. (PTI) 

10:51 (IST)15 Jun 2021
File report on adherence of Covid-19 guidelines by car makers: Madras HC tells govt

The Madras High Court on Monday directed the Directorate of Industrial Safety (DIS) to make available on June 21, its report on adherence of Covid-19 protocols, more specifically on maintenance of distance between the workers, by the car making companies, including Renault-Nissan at Oragadam near Chennai city.

“The report sought from the government through the DIS should be available when the matter appears next. Copies of such a report should be made available to advocates representing the workmen and the management, well before the matter is taken up,” the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said.

The bench gave the direction when the PIL petition from Renault workmen union came up for further hearing Monday.

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10:29 (IST)15 Jun 2021
Southern Railway delivers over 5,000 MT medical oxygen to TN

Over 5,000 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) has been delivered to Tamil Nadu through Oxygen Express trains since last month, the Southern Railway said on Monday. Tamil Nadu received the first oxygen supply through an express train on May 14 in Chennai from Durgapur in West Bengal.

"As on date, Southern Railway has delivered a total of 5,052.98 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen for Tamil Nadu through oxygen express trains," a press release said. The latest oxygen express train from Maharashtra reached the state on Sunday evening, the release said.

Southern Railway said the inland container depot in Tondiarpet handled the maximum number of such express trains with 30 trains delivering 2,169.96 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen, while the remaining was shared by Tondiarpet Goods Yard, Tiruchirappalli Goods Yard, Tiruvallur and Vadipatti (Madurai), Madukkarai (near Coimbatore).

As for further oxygen express trains, Southern Railway said one train from Chhattisgarh and another from Odisha were on transit. (PTI)

10:09 (IST)15 Jun 2021
102 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 102 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 53 arrivals and 49 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:49 (IST)15 Jun 2021
Facing allegations of abuse, popular Chennai YouTuber Madan O P absconding

Popular YouTuber Madan O P failed to appear before the cyber crime police in Chennai on Monday, after he was summoned based on allegations of abuse. At least two people have filed complaints against Madan with the Pulianthope Cyber Crime, alleging he uses obscene language online when people disagree with him, is often heard abusing women, and behaves inappropriately with minor girls.

Chennai City Police Commissioner Shankar Jiwal had said on Sunday that an investigation was underway, and action would be taken against Madan if he was found to have used objectionable content.

The police has sent letters to YouTube and Instagram to block Madan’s channels, and is probing whether more people were associated with his accounts.

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Former Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister and AIADMK’s coordinator O Pannerselvam has been elected as the deputy leader of the legislature party. Former minister SP Velumani will be the party whip.

READ | O Pannerselvam elected as deputy leader of AIADMK legislature party

Tamil Nadu has reopened Tasmac outlets, the state government-owned liquor shops, after a gap of more than a month as part of several relaxations of Covid-19 restrictions and the move has created a political storm with opposition parties accusing the government of double standard.

READ | Tasmac shops reopen in Tamil Nadu, opposition parties slam CM MK Stalin and DMK

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 | 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)

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