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Chennai Hyderabad June 23, 24 Highlights: TN sees 6,162 new cases, 155 deaths

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 23, 24 Highlights: As of Thursday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 49,845.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: June 25, 2021 9:13:21 am
India achieves milestone of conducting 40 crore COVID-19 tests: ICMRA health worker takes a swab sample of a fisherman for COVID-19 testing, at Kasimedu Fishing Harbour, in Chennai. (PTI)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News June 23, 24 Highlights: Tamil Nadu on Thursday recorded 6,162 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 155 deaths. The caseload so far was 24,49,577 and the death toll till date was 31,901. As many as 9,046 people got discharged today, taking the tally to 23,67,831 leaving 49,845 active infections. Among the 155 deaths,127 succumbed due to comorbidities.

In line with the Covid-19 lockdown relaxations announced by the Tamil Nadu Government, the Southern Railways on Thursday informed that the suburban trains services will resume in Chennai from June 25.

To avoid gathering of people, the Southern Railways has classified the passengers into  different categories and the travel pattern would change accordingly.

Women and Children below 12 years are allowed to board the trains anytime while there are certain restrictions for male passengers.

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18:40 (IST)24 Jun 2021
TN sees 6,162 new cases, 155 deaths

Tamil Nadu on Thursday recorded 6,162 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 155 deaths. The caseload so far was 24,49,577 and the death toll till date was 31,901. As many as 9,046 people got discharged today, taking the tally to 23,67,831 leaving 49,845 active infections. Among the 155 deaths,127 succumbed due to comorbidities.

18:08 (IST)24 Jun 2021
In Tamil Nadu, a tribal settlement still untouched by Covid-19

Coronavirus has found its way into every nook and corner of the country. This is where a Tamil Nadu village stands out. Chinnampathi, a tribal settlement in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district, has seen zero Covid-19 cases so far since the beginning of the outbreak last year.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Sudhakaran, the block development officer of Madukkarai panchayat confirmed Chinnampathi village has reported no Covid cases till now. As per sources, 65 families and 150 persons are currently residing in the village. Around 80 of them are above 45 years.

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15:07 (IST)24 Jun 2021
CMRL invites tenders for renting out commercial spaces at metro stations

Following the resumption of metro services in Chennai on Monday, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has invited tenders for renting out commercial spaces (bare shell shops and office spaces) along corridors 1 (between Washermenpet and Chennai Airport) and 2 (between Chennai Central and St. Thomas Mount) of Phase I and its extension (between Washermenpet and Wimco Nagar), in the city.

The spaces can be rented at street, concourse and link bridge levels at select elevated and underground metro stations across the city.

The move aims to facilitate the needs of commuters and increase footfall and boost the revenue for CMRL, which has seen a dip in revenue owing to the pandemic-induced lockdowns.

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14:33 (IST)24 Jun 2021
Andhra Pradesh High Court takes cognizance of withdrawal of cases against Chief Minister; government terms process as contrary to CrPc provisions

The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday on its own took cognizance of withdrawal of various criminal cases against Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy after he assumed power but the state government contended that the process now initiated were contrary to the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The Court Registry filed on its own 11 criminal revision cases against as many orders passed by magistrates of different courts across the state permitting withdrawal of the criminal cases against Jagan.

Justice Lalitha Kanneganti took up the hearing on Wednesday.

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14:11 (IST)24 Jun 2021
Suburban train services to resume in Chennai from Friday
13:34 (IST)24 Jun 2021
Close to 24 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 23,99,238 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 20,356 people inoculated on Wednesday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

13:07 (IST)24 Jun 2021
Kamal Haasan gets emotional during interaction with a terminally ill fan, watch video

Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan recently interacted with his fan Saketh, who has been diagnosed with stage 3 brain cancer. During the video call, a visibly emotional Kamal expressed his solidarity with Saketh and his family.

“I am sure to jump back for my little one, my wife and my family,” Saketh said. “You must,” responded Kamal.

Kamal Haasan also noted that every person is a born winner. “I always say nobody is a loser. Because you were born after winning a battle against 40 million of your brothers. It is a tragedy, but you won. You are destined to win. So keep trying,” Kamal told Saketh during their conversation.

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12:31 (IST)24 Jun 2021
GCC rolls out WhatsApp helplines for medical advice

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has rolled out WhatsApp helplines for the public to seek Covid-19-related medical advice from doctors over video call through the civic body's tele-medicine centres.

12:21 (IST)24 Jun 2021
IBPS RRB PO/Clerk 2021 provisional allotment result under reserve list released

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released the provisional allotment 2021 under the reserved list for Regional Rural Banks (RRB). The provisional allotment list has been released for the post of IBPS RRB 2021 PO (officer scale I) and clerk (office assistant).

Candidates who appeared for the exam can download their IBPS RRB provisional allotment result from the IBPS official website i.e. – ibps.in. IBPS has released the provisional list state-wise.

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12:06 (IST)24 Jun 2021
Allu Arjun set to resume shooting for Pushpa

With lockdown restrictions lifted in Telangana, many films are going back on the floors. While SS Rajamouli and team are back on the sets of magnum-opus RRR, Adivi Sesh-starrer Major is all set to resume its shoot in July.

Meanwhile, the team of Allu Arjun’s Pushpa is gearing up to be back on the sets in the second week of July. According to a source, the shooting of Pushpa will commence from July 5 in Hyderabad. The schedule is expected to continue for 40 days.

While Pushpa Part 1 will release in theatres this year, its second part is expected to hit the screens in 2023.

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12:02 (IST)24 Jun 2021
Stalin announces solatium to family of farmer who died in Salem

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin announced a solatium of Rs 10 lakh to the family of Murugesan who succumbed to injuries inflicted on him by a police officer in Salem. SSI Periyasamy who was involved in the incident was arrested and has been suspended from the service.

In a purported video of the incident which has gone viral, the police officer was seen beating up Murugesan, a resident of Edayamapatti village near Salem, with a lathi even as his friends were pleading with the cop to stop. The incident reportedly happened at Pappanaickenpatti check post on Tuesday evening.

11:22 (IST)24 Jun 2021
Supreme Court frowns on AP’s decision to hold Intermediate exams

If there is any fatality, we will hold the state responsible”, the Supreme Court told the Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday on being informed of its decision to hold the Intermediate examination. A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari was informed that Andhra Pradesh and Kerala are the only two states which have till now decided to hold the Class 12 board examination.

“You will have to give very good reasons to hold Class 12 board examinations. If there is any fatality, we will hold the state responsible”, the bench told counsel for Andhra Pradesh. At the outset, advocate Mahfooz Nazki, appearing for the state, said the government has till now decided to hold the examination but the final decision will be taken in the first week of July.

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11:22 (IST)24 Jun 2021
Andhra Pradesh HC takes up withdrawal of cases against Jagan, govt objects

The Andhra Pradesh High Court has taken suo motu cognizance of the withdrawal of 11 criminal complaints by different magistrates in the state against Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, registering criminal revision cases in the matter.

All 11 cases were linked to protests led by Reddy when he was the leader of the Opposition in the state and the TDP was in power. They included charges like mischief, causing loss or damage through mischief, offence in a place of worship, obstructing a public servant from discharging his duties, armed rioting and criminal conspiracy.

Questioning the High Court’s move, Advocate General Subrahmanyam Sriram said, “It is unprecedented that the High Court on the administrative side has taken a decision to seek suo motu revision of the matter.” Following arguments in court, the matter was adjourned to Friday.

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10:42 (IST)24 Jun 2021
Telangana govt fixes ceiling on rates chargeable by pvt hospitals for COVID-19 treatment

The Telangana government has issued an order, fixing a ceiling on rates to be charged by private hospitals and laboratories for COVID-19 treatment and testing. According to the June 22 Government Order, the rate per day for routine ward and Isolation will be Rs 4,000. The charges per day for ICU without ventilator (plus Isolation) has been fixed at  Rs 7,500 and the charges per day for ICU with ventilator (plus Isolation) is Rs 9,000.

The inclusions in the three categories of treatmentare monitoring and investigations like CBC, Urine routine, HIV spot, Anti HCV, Serum Creatinine and others. The exclusions in the three categories are interventional procedures like Central line insertion, Chemoport insertion and also high end drugs like Immunoglobins and Meropenem, the G.O said.

The rates are not applicable to patients subscribing the insurance scheme, as well as those being treated under various agreements or MoUs entered into (between) the hospitals and different sponsored groups or corporate entities, it said. The G.O also listed out the ceilings applicable to investigations pertaining to COVID-19 in private laboratories. (PTI)

10:27 (IST)24 Jun 2021
TN reports first Delta plus variant of Covid-19, a nurse from Chennai

Tamil Nadu has reported its first case of Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 from in Chennai, with a city-based nurse getting infected with it, a top government official said on Wednesday.

The state health department had sent 1,159 samples in May to INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortia), a consortium of 28 labs tasked with genome sequencing of the virus causing Covid and reports of 772 samples were made available on Wednesday, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan said.

“Of the 772 samples, one has been reported as Delta Plus variant from Chennai. It pertained to a 32-year-old lady employed as a staff nurse at a hospital,” he told PTI. The senior IAS official, who has been handling the pandemic crisis, said there was no need for alarm.

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10:17 (IST)24 Jun 2021
New IT Rules breach law and gag free speech: 13 key news media firms move Madras HC

The Madras High Court issued notices Wednesday to the Union Ministries of Electronics and Information Technology and Information & Broadcasting on a plea by Digital News Publishers Association — a 13-member collective of the nation’s biggest news media companies — challenging the Constitutional validity of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (IT Rules, 2021).

The petition has contended that these rules violate Articles 14 (equality), 19 (1) (a) and 19 (1) (g) of the Constitution (right to freedom of speech and expression and right to profession).

Hearing the application for interim orders, a bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy recorded the petitioners’ submission that there is “sufficient basis for the petitioners…apprehension that coercive and arm-twisting action may be taken” undersuchprovisions and sought an order seeking restraint of operation of Rules 12, 14 and 16 Rule 16 of the Rules give the Secretary, I&B, emergency powers to block, as an interim measure, public access to any information or a part of it without giving the intermediary hosting the said information any opportunity of hearing. Provision 12 offers options for one or more self-regulatory body of publishers, while 14 says that I&B Ministry shall constitute an inter-departmental committee with representatives from other Ministries.

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09:53 (IST)24 Jun 2021
TN Assembly witnesses debate between BJP and CM Stalin on use of words ‘union government’

The Tamil Nadu Assembly witnessed a debate on Wednesday between the BJP and government on using the words “union government” for a reference to the Centre, with Chief Minister M K Stalin asserting that it was being used by them as it had a connotation of federalism.

BJP MLA Nainar Nagendran, referring to the newly elected DMK government preferring using “union government” for a reference to the Central government, said there was nothing wrong in the choice of words and even the Constitution said that “India, that is Bharat, shall be a union of states.”

Speaking on the motion of thanks to the Governor for his Address, Nagendran, a former Minister in a previous AIADMK government before he joined the Saffron party, however, sought to know the intention behind its use. He asked if it was being used by “thinking something else.”

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09:38 (IST)24 Jun 2021
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai from 9 am to 1 pm today to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

  • Tambaram: Parts of Madambakkam, Kovilambakkam Nanmangalam, 200 Feet Road, Parts of  Radha Nagar, Parts of Rajakilpakkam, Parts of ETL, TNHB Colony, Parts of IAF, Parts of Mudichur, Parts of Pudhuthangal and Parts of Pallavaram
  • Perambur Agaram: Jawahar Nagar, LOCO works and SRP South
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar: Ramamoorthy Colony, Ram Nagar, Vetri Nagar, SRP Koil Street North and Thangavel Street
  • Sidco Nagar: MTH Road, Bharathy Nagar, Sivankoil Mada Street and surrounding areas
  • Kolathur: Thanigachalam Nagar, Ramalingam Colony, Kumaran Nagar, Vasu Nagar and surrounding areas
  • Sembium Senthil Nagar: Canal Road, Balakrishna Nagar, Annai Therassa Street, Ganesh Nagar, Senthil Nagar and surrounding areas
  • Madhavaram: CMDA Trunk Terminal, Thattankulam Road, Seethapathy Nagar, Parts of MRH Road, Vadaperumbakkam, VOC Street, Munusamy Nagar and surrounding areas
  • Alamathy: Bangarapet, Kaniamman Nagar, Morai, TSP Camp and Veerapuram
  • Mylapore: CSI Church, Rane Commercial Building, Parts of Devadi Street, Parts of Kuchery Road, Parts of Bazaar Road, Peters Road, Sardarjung Garden Tank Street, Hussain Nagar, R.K Mutt Road, North Mada Street, Ruttland Gate, KNK Road, Pump House - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 55 and 56 and surrounding areas
  • Avadi: Mathanakuppam, Kadappa Road, Puthagaram, Aandal Koil Street, Perumal Nagar, Sekkadu Main Road, Mettu Street, Reddy Street and surrounding areas
  • Thirumullaivoyal: Green Field, Venkatachalam Nagar, Kamalam Nagar, Thirumullaivoyal Colony, Mullai Street, Jayaram Nagar and Oragadam Society
  • Tondiarpet: N.T Road, Veeraragavan Road, Parts of Fishing Harbour, Ashok Nagar, Desiyan Nagar, Irusappa Street, Parts of Jothinagar, Madura Nagar, Kalaignar Nagar, Parts of Rajeshanmugam Nagar and surrounding areas
  • Napalayam: Sidco Industrial Estate, Kulakarai, Ezhil Nagar, Semmanali and surrounding areas
  • Adyar: Kakkan Colony, Sasthiri Nagar, Parts of ECR, Seetharam Nagar, VGP Layout, Sivagamipuram, Palavakkam, Vijay Nagar, Guru Nanak College, Journalist Colony, MG Road and surrounding areas
  • Atthipattu: Atthipattu Pudhu Nagar, Cheppakkam, Mouthmedu, Kattupalli Industrial, Nandhiyambakkam, Karaiyanmedu and surrounding areas
  • Ambattur: MTH Road, Chruch Road, Kamadenu Street, Vellalar Street, Pudur, Teachers Colony and surrounding areas
  • KK Nagar: Bajanai Koil Street, Anna Main Road, Thanthai Periyar Street, Krishna Street, Kamakodi Nagar, Palaniyappan Nagar and surrounding areas
  • Guindy: Madipakkam, Nandambakkam, Alandur, Ramapuram, Puzhuthivakkam, Moovarasampet, St. Thomas Mount, Guindy, Rajbhavan, Adambakkam and Nanganallur areas
  • Porur: Kundrathur, Poonamallee, Thiruneermalai Main Road, Thirumudivakkam, Ayyapathangal and Metha nagar
  • Sholinganallur: SIPCOT, Pudupakkam, Ramappa Main Road, Thirumalai Magar, Sapthagiri Nagar and Ezhil Nagar
09:31 (IST)24 Jun 2021
Telangana logs 1,114 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths

Telangana on Wednesday added 1,114 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the infection count to 6,16,688, while the toll rose to 3,598 with 12 more deaths. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 129 followed by Rangareddy (75) and Nalgonda (72) districts, a state government bulletin said.

The number of recoveries outnumbered fresh cases with 1,280 people recuperating from the infectious disease, taking the cumulative number of recoveries to 5,96,628. The number of active cases was 16,462, the bulletin said.

It said 1,18,109 samples were tested on Wednesday and the total number of samples tested till date was 1,78,88,192. The samples tested per million population were 4,80,606.

The case fatality and recovery rates were at 0.58 per cent and 96.74 per cent, respectively. (PTI)

09:29 (IST)24 Jun 2021
TN reports 6596 fresh cases, 166 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 6596 positive cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 24,43,415. Among these, Chennai reported 396 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,30,432. The state recorded 166 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 31,746. 131 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 10,432 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 23,58,785.

As of Wednesday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 52,884. Till date, 14,28,916 males, 10,14,461 females and 38 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 3,16,75,744 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,70,105 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 273 Covid-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 204 are private facilities.

A police officer was arrested in Tamil Nadu after a 47-year-old farmer he allegedly beat up succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday. In a purported video of the incident which has gone viral, the police officer was seen beating up Murugesan, a resident of Edayamapatti village near Salem, with a lathi even as his friends were pleading with the cop to stop.

READ | TN cop arrested for allegedly beating up farmer who later succumbed to injuries

The Andhra Pradesh High Court has taken suo motu cognizance of the withdrawal of 11 criminal complaints by different magistrates in the state against Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, registering criminal revision cases in the matter.

READ | Andhra Pradesh HC takes up withdrawal of cases against Jagan, govt objects

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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus June 21, 22 Highlights

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