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Chennai News July 9 Highlights: Parts of TN and Chennai to receive rainfall accompanied by thunderstorm over next five days

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 9 Highlights: Parts of Chennai had received light to moderate showers accompanied by thunderstorms on Thursday night as well.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: July 12, 2021 9:19:41 am
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Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News July 9 Highlights: The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai has forecast heavy to very rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms in parts of Tamil Nadu and Chennai over the next five days.

Meanwhile, the state recorded 3,039 new Covid-19 cases, while the active cases stood at 33,224. The new infections pushed the caseload to 25,13,098 while the toll from the virus touched 33,322 with 69 new causalities. With 3,411 patients getting discharged after treatment today, the total recoveries increased to 24,46,552. As many as 3, 42,47,698 RT-PCR tests have been conducted in the state till date including 1,51,631 tests on Friday.

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20:12 (IST)09 Jul 2021
TN records 3,039 cases and 69 deahts

The state recorded 3,039 new Covid-19 cases,while the active cases stood at 33,224. The new infections pushed the caseload to 25,13,098 while the toll from the virus touched 33,322 with 69 new causalities. With 3,411 patients getting discharged after treatment today, the total recoveries increased to 24,46,552. As many as 3,42,47,698 RT-PCR tests have been conducted in the state till date including1,51,631 tests on Friday.   

18:28 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Union Government has promised to send 15.85 lakh doses of vaccines within July: Health Seceratary J Radhakrishnan

Tamil Nadu Health Seceratary J Radhakrishnan who is in New Delhi as part of an official visit, said the Union Government has promised to send 15.85 lakh of doses of vaccines within July 12. He added that the Union government informed him that supply was delayed to states due to the time taken by them to get the quality clearance for the next batch of vaccines. He said the Union Government has also assured to take steps to provide admission for MBBS courses in 11 other colleges in the states.

16:48 (IST)09 Jul 2021
TN to launch a dedicated website to exhibit donations received to the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund

Tamil Nadu finance minister PTR Palanivel Thiagarajan says a web portal to showcase all the donations received to the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund (CMPRF) will soon be launched. The initiative is done to exhibit the transparency of the government. Palanivel Thiagarajan said in the last two months, the state had received Rs 472 crore as donations and Rs 241 crore has been spent on Covid-19 measures.

16:06 (IST)09 Jul 2021
MK Stalin convenes all party meet on Mekedatu dam row

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin has convened a consultative meeting on July 12, of all parties with representation in the Assembly, to discuss the Mekedatu dam issue. Pitching a united front, the government said on Friday that the proposed meet is to reflect the unanimous views of all sections in Tamil Nadu to protect the interests of farmers. The government is taking all legal steps on the issue, and days ago Stalin wrote to his Karnataka counterpart B S Yediyurappa categorically stating that the proposed dam went against the Supreme Court verdict and also would affect interests of Tamil Nadu farmers.

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15:09 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Tamil Nadu Fisheries Minister Anitha Radhakrishnan lands in soup, asks fishermen to carry him to shore

Tamil Nadu Fisheries- Fishermen Welfare and Animal Husbandry Minister Anitha R Radhakrishnan (60) has landed in a fresh soup after he caught on camera being carried by fishermen as he was purportedly hesitant to step into muddy waters and get his white shoes wet. The incident happened when the Minister visited the Palaverkadu area in Tiruvallur district to inspect sea erosion.

In the video which was shared widely on social media, the Minister was seen stepping up on a chair and then fisherman and few others carry him to the shoreline. The act was slammed by netiznes, many called it as a VIP racism.

Radhakrishnan was elected to the Tamil Nadu assembly from Tiruchendur constituency. Commenting on the incident, the minister said the fishermen lifted him out of affection as the ministers in the previous regime haven’t visited their area.

14:48 (IST)09 Jul 2021
RMC forecasts rainfall in parts of TN and Chennai

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai has forecast heavy to very rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms in parts of Tamil Nadu and Chennai over the next five days.

Parts of Chennai had received light to moderate showers on Thursday night and Friday morning.

14:19 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Over 26.75 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 26,75,235 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 10,523 people inoculated on Thursday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

13:53 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Rajinikanth returns to Chennai amid fanfare, watch video

Superstar Rajinikanth returned to Chennai late last night amid a lot of fanfare. He was greeted at the airport by a huge crowd of his fans and the media. Last month, he flew to the United States along with his wife Latha to undergo his regular health check-ups. He was once spotted coming out of Mayo Clinic along with his daughter Aishwarya Dhanush.

Before heading to the US, Rajinikanth received his second dose of Covid-19 vaccination in Chennai. During his stay in America, he met many of his fans and obliged their requests to take pictures with him. From America, he first flew to Doha, Qatar and took a connecting flight to Chennai from there.

As soon as Rajinikanth arrived outside the airport, the crowd went into a frenzy looking at him. He was whisked away by his staff quickly as he didn’t even have time to take questions from the media stationed at the airport.

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13:23 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

After rising for two consecutive days, the prices of petrol and diesel remained unchanged across the country on Friday, July 9, 2021. The key fuel prices had touched their fresh lifetime high on July 8, when petrol rose by 35 paise per litre while diesel inched up 9 paise in the national capital.

In Chennai, petrol costs Rs. 101.37 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 94.15 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol costs Rs. 104.50 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 97.68 per litre.

12:58 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Chennai Corporation launches drive to make city poster free

The Greater Chennai Corporation has launched a drive to remove posters defacing walls in public places.

Corporation Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi said stringent action would be taken against those who stuck posters at bus stands, on street signage, and on walls carrying public announcements.

Everday, the corporation will select five bus routes in each of the city’s 15 zones where posters will be removed from medians and walls. Conservancy workers are been involved in stripping off the posters stuck on bridges, pillars, and other public spaces.

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12:25 (IST)09 Jul 2021
KGF 2’s Tamil Nadu rights bagged by Dream Warrior Pictures, release date announcement soon

If not for the devastating second wave of coronavirus, KGF: Chapter 2 would have opened in cinemas across the country next week. The film, starring Yash in the lead role, was slated for release on July 16. The filmmakers are expected to announce the new release date soon.

In the meantime, Dream Warrior Pictures has come on board the project as the main distributor in Tamil Nadu. The Tamil dubbed version of KGF Chapter 1 was distributed by actor Vishal’s production company Vishal Film Factory.

The two-part fictional mob drama traces the journey of India’s most dreaded criminal, Rocky. After losing his mother at a very early age to poverty and sickness, Rocky develops an insatiable urge for power. And his pursuit for power leads him to the gold mines of Kolar, and a turf war ensues.

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12:08 (IST)09 Jul 2021
It will be 'union' not 'central govt' in textbooks, says TN educational body chief

In school textbooks, the current usage of 'central government' would be replaced with 'union government,' Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation chief, Dindigul I Leoni said in Chennai on Thursday. The newly appointed chairman of the corporation, Leoni said a huge responsibility has been given to him by Chief Minister M K Stalin and he was ready to usher in novelty.

Asked if he was prepared for changes like replacing the use of words central government (Mathiya Arasu) with union government (Ondryiya Arasu) in textbooks, he told reporters that people have started using that term really well adding television channels too used it continously.

"In the curricula too, the use of words central government will be changed and when books are printed for the next term, the words union government shall be used," he said adding the corporation would fully involve itself to implement the change.

As soon as it assumed office in May, the DMK, in sync with its ideology of better autonomy for state governments, began using the term 'union government' to refer to the 'central government'. According to the DMK, the word 'union' strongly signified the concept of federalism and last month, in the Assembly, a debate ensued between the BJP and Chief Minister Stalin over the issue.

Though the use of words 'Ondriya Arasu,' a formal term comprising pure Tamil words, is not altogether new in either public domain or in official communications, the DMK government has been adhereing to its use fully. (PTI)

11:38 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Tamil Nadu minister carried on shoulders by fishermen to the shoreline, video sparks controversy

Tamil Nadu’s Fisheries Minister Anitha R Radhakrishnan found himself amidst a controversy, after a video of him being carried by fishermen to the shoreline as he was reportedly hesitant to get his shoes wet went viral on social media. 

The incident took place when the minister visited the Palaverkadu area in Thiruvallur district on July 8 to inspect complaints of seashore erosion. The visuals show the minister getting out of a boat stepping on a red chair, after which few fishermen carry him on their shoulders to the shore. 

After the video went viral on social media, the minister clarified by saying that the people carried him out of love and that he never asked them to do it.

11:17 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Two maoists surrender before Telangana police

Two maoists surrendered before police in Bhadradri Kothagudem district of Telangana on Thursday. An area committee member and a woman member of the banned CPI (Maoist), operating in Jegurugonda in Chhattisgarh, surrendered before Bhadradri Kothagudem District Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt.

Addressing reporters in Bhadradri Kothagudem, the senior official said both feared for their lives due to  "harassment" by Maoist Party leadership, which is against members leaving the party.

"We have learnt that many Maoist party members have left the party and more are willing to leave, but Maoist leaders are threatening them and not allowing them to live a better social life," Dutt said. Maoist party leadership is committing excesses and violation of freedom of these poor tribal members of the party, he pointed out.

The SP appealed to all ultras to surrender before the government and join the mainstream. (PTI)

11:14 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Only people who came out of poverty are those like KCR: YSR’s daughter launches Telangana party

Launching the YSR Telangana Party in Hyderabad, Y S Sharmila Reddy, daughter of late Y S Rajashekara Reddy and sister of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, Thursday made strong remarks against Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

Claiming that she received several complaints from people being denied government benefits during her tour in Telangana, Sharmila said many remained in poverty and “the only people who came out of poverty are those like KCR”.

However, there was silence at the convention centre filled with supporters of the late YSR when Sharmila made the remarks.

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10:52 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Woman kills self after killing two daughters in Telangana

A 32-year-old woman allegedly killed her two daughters and later took her own life at their house in neighbouring Yadadri Bhongir district, police said on Thursday. 

They said the woman resorted to the extreme step due to her husband's physical and mental harassment as he was addicted to alcohol.

She allegedly killed her two daughters, aged 12 and 8 and later died by suicide on Wednesday night while her youngest daughter, who she tried to kill survived, police said.

The family members found the woman and her daughters dead in the early hours of Thursday. (PTI)

10:39 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Karnataka can’t go ahead with Mekadatu project without our nod: TN minister Durai Murugan

Back from New Delhi where he had gone to raise the Mekadatu dam issue, Tamil Nadu water resources minister Durai Murugan reiterated that Karnataka could not build the reservoir across Cauvery without the state’s concurrence.

Durai Murugan reached Chennai on Wednesday after holding a meeting Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. He claimed that the minister had informed him that Karnataka only had the permission to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR), and they cannot construct the reservoir based just on that.

“The Union minister said there are 1,000 issues surrounding the project and hence they (Karnataka) cannot build a reservoir just like that. He said the central government won’t be watching it silently,” Murugan told the reporters.

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10:28 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Justice Rajan panel has no jurisdiction to decide on NEET: Centre to Madras HC

The Centre on Thursday told the Madras High Court that a panel constituted by the Tamil Nadu government on the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET) has no jurisdiction to go into the issue.

The ruling DMK had last month constituted the panel, headed by retired high court judge AK Rajan, to analyse if NEET had an adverse impact on students from backward classes and if so, the committee would recommend remedial measures to the government.

In its reply-affidavit to a petition by BJP state general secretary K Nagarajan, which sought to quash the state government order constituting the panel, the Centre said a conjoint reading of the relevant provisions of the Constitution makes it abundantly clear the executive power of the State to set up such a commission is restricted to subjects within its legislative competence.

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10:15 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Pondy CM inspects progress of construction work of Kamaraj memorial

Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy on Thursday said the Kamaraj memorial, built at a cost of Rs 24 crore, near the union territory would be thrown open to public soon.

After inspecting the progress of construction work of the mammoth structure, he told reporters that the 'manimandapam' dedicated to the former Tamil Nadu CM K Kamaraj would be inaugurated in about two weeks.

The memorial will have facilities to train students for civil service examinations.

Rangasamy said the memorial would also house two open auditoriums, a museum and have portraits on the life of the late leader. (PTI)

09:58 (IST)09 Jul 2021
Madras University professor starts podcast to promote Tamil short stories

Dr T Jaisakthivel, assistant professor of the Department of Journalism and Communication, University of Madras, has started a podcast to promote Tamil literature among students. Jaisakthivel says he came up with the idea after realising his students have limited knowledge about Tamil literature. He said his podcast aims to introduce his students to noted authors and their short stories.

In his podcast, called Tamil Sirukathaigal, Jaisakthivel gives listeners a brief introduction of the author before reading the short story. A soothing background score along with his narration helps draw listeners’ attention. Each episode is anywhere between 15 and 35 minutes.

Jaisakthivel, who was previously a journalist, says he started Tamil Sirukathaigal as a way to teach his students a Radio Production course. “Our Radio Production classes used to be interactive, but after the pandemic struck, I had to come up with a way to keep students engaged. I asked them to start their own podcasts, and to help them, I decided to do my own.”

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R Mahendran, who had quit the Kamal Haasan-led party in May this year citing lack of democracy, joined DMK in the presence of party president and Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday. Alongside Mahendran, 78 other people also joined DMK at the party headquarters, Anna Arivalayam, in Chennai.

READ | Former MNM vice-president R Mahendran joins DMK

Back from New Delhi where he had gone to raise the Mekadatu dam issue, Tamil Nadu water resources minister Durai Murugan reiterated that Karnataka could not build the reservoir across Cauvery without the state’s concurrence.

READ | Karnataka can’t go ahead with Mekadatu project without our nod: TN minister Durai Murugan

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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