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Chennai Hyderabad June 10, 11 Highlights: TN extends lockdown till June 21 with more relaxations

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 10, 11 Highlights: As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 1,74,802. 

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: June 12, 2021 7:31:26 am
Ambulances parked outside Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH), in Chennai. (PTI Photo)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News June 10, 11 Highlights: Tamil Nadu Government has extended lockdown for another week with more easing of restrictions in districts which has reported fewer Covid-19 positive cases. On Thursday, Chief MK Stalin chaired a meeting with health experts and other officials to review the situation in the state after three weeks of lockdown.

The state has been divided into parts on the basis of areas having a higher number of cases and it is according to this that the relaxations will be imposed. One part includes 11 districts – Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Karur, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthrurai where the government has provided relaxations for shops selling essential commodities alone and the rest of the state fall in the second category.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu recorded 15,759 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 23,24,597. Among these, Chennai reported 1094 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,23,123. The state recorded 378 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 28,906. 298 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 29,243 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 21,20,889. As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 1,74,802.

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19:56 (IST)11 Jun 2021
TN records 15,759 cases and 378 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 15,759 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 23,24,597. Among these, Chennai reported 1094 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,23,123. The state recorded 378 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 28,906. 298 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 29,243 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 21,20,889. As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 1,74,802.

19:41 (IST)11 Jun 2021
Three police officers in Tamil Nadu booked for alleged burglary

In an uncanny incident, a Sub-inspector and two constables have been booked for allegedly stealing Rs 8.5 lakh and gold ornaments during a prohibition raid at Kurumalai hills in Nachimedu village near Ariyur in Vellore district.

Based on a complaint about few people brewing illicit arrack, three police personnel – SI Anbagalan, constables Yuvaraj and Ilayaraja – attached to Ariyur police station broke into the houses of Elango and Selvam as part of their raid on Wednesday.

The officers found around 50 liters for illicit arrack and other substances needed for its production.

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18:03 (IST)11 Jun 2021
Nippon Paint resumes support to painter community in TN

Nippon Paint (India) Private Limited (Decorative Division), one of Asia's leading paint manufacturers, has resumed its outreach efforts to painters who have been affected due to lack of employment opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first phase, groceries were distributed to painters in their respective localities here and in Chennai, a company release said on Friday. So far, the company has supplied grocery to over 1,500 painter families by conducting relief camps in more than 25 localities across these two cities, the release said. During the first wave, Nippon Paint supported over 2,500 painter families amidst the series of lockdowns, it said.

16:22 (IST)11 Jun 2021
Covid-19: Chennai Corporation intensifies vaccination drive in Koyambedu wholesale market

The Greater Chennai Corporation has stepped up the Covid-19 vaccination drive in the Koyambedu wholesale market, one of the largest perishable markets in Asia. As part of its measures to control the spread, Chennai Corporation first carried out random testing for traders at the complex itself and the traders, helpers, drivers were inoculated later.

Till May 31, 4,742 were vaccinated but on June 1, June 2 and June 3, the numbers came down to 17, 11, and 54, respectively. The corporation decided to intensify the vaccination pace and conducted a special drive which led to an increase in numbers. On June 4, 541 got vaccinated and 672 got the next day. On June 9, as many as 703 people got inoculated taking the tally to 8,239 to date.

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16:11 (IST)11 Jun 2021
Tamil Nadu Congress stage protest across the state against diesel price hike

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee staged a protest in front of petrol pumps across the state against the diesel price hike. In Chennai, party's state president KS Alagiri led the protest. He was accompanied by Kanniyakumari MP Vasantha Kumar, Congress spokesperson Gopanna, and other leaders. The protestors raised slogans condemning the centre. They claimed that people are economically weakened due to the pandemic and the price hike will further burden them.

14:52 (IST)11 Jun 2021
Hyderabad: Nine arrested after video of outdoor birthday celebration goes viral

Nine youngsters in Hyderabad were arrested Friday for violating Covid-19 protocols and lockdown guidelines while celebrating birthday of two of them. The celebration took place in the bylanes of Afzalsagar near Mallepally in the city on the night of June 9.

The youngsters took to the streets in the neighbourhood at midnight, wielding swords and knives, and danced to music in a crowd. Following this, a case was registered at Habeebnagar police station.

The visuals from the midnight celebration were shared widely on social media demanding action against them. Police booked them under section 25 of the Arms Act, sections 188 and 269 of the Indian Penal Code.

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14:48 (IST)11 Jun 2021
Over 21.48 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 21,48,912 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 2327 people inoculated on Thursday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

14:25 (IST)11 Jun 2021
Covid-19: Active caseload drops below 2-lakh mark in Tamil Nadu

The number of active Covid-19 positive cases in Tamil Nadu has come down below two lakh on Thursday. More importantly, the number of daily fresh cases too declined in the state and has now come down to 16,813.

Similarly, there has been a significant drop in the number of positive cases in Chennai as well. The capital city, which had been reporting over 7,000 infections daily a month ago, reported 1,223 cases on Thursday and now has 12,210 active cases.

The test positivity rate (TPR) also came down below five per cent, the first time since March. A total of 32,168 samples were tested on Thursday and 1,223 cases were reported.

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14:09 (IST)11 Jun 2021
4th consignment of Sputnik vaccines arrives in Hyderabad
13:57 (IST)11 Jun 2021
Telangana: Leopard injured by buffaloes, moved to zoo for treatment

A severely injured and incapacitated leopard was rescued and moved to Hyderabad’s Nehru Zoological Park for treatment from Telangana’s Mahabubnagar district late Thursday evening after locals informed the Forest Department.

According to locals, the leopard was injured by grazing buffaloes. It was found lying on the ground in severe pain, and could not move due to internal injuries. The incident took place in Burugupally village in Koilkonda.

A statement from the Nehru Zoological Park said a vet team from the zoo reached the location near Burugupally village upon receiving a call from the Conservator of Forests, Mahabubnagar. The team led by Dr Rakesh found the leopard, believed to be a two to three years old male, incapacitated.

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13:17 (IST)11 Jun 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

After being steady for a day, prices of petrol and diesel were hiked again on Friday, June 11, 2021, touching fresh record highs across the country. In the national capital, the petrol price rose by 29 paise while that of diesel too inched up 28 paise.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 97.19 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 91.42 per litre. 

In Hyderabad, petrol costs Rs. 99.62 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 94.57 per litre.

12:41 (IST)11 Jun 2021
Hyderadbad one of four cities to build consortium for genomic surveillance of virus

To complement the national effort led by Indian SARS-CoV-2 Consortium on Genomics (INSACOG), a consortium of four city clusters – Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Pune – has been established to upscale genomic surveillance on SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. The new effort aims at developing strategies and building capabilities to identify variants of concern before they spread widely and cause outbreaks, said experts.

The consortium aims to develop targeted sampling strategies based on granular epidemiological and clinical data. Coupled with intense environmental surveillance and advanced computational techniques, the consortium will also focus on building capabilities for real-time surveillance and epidemiology, read an official statement issued on Thursday.

The consortium has been established with the support and seed funding of Rockefeller Foundation, and is led by CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad. At present, it includes different partners in three other cities: NCBS-TIFR, InStem-DBT and NIMHANS in Bengaluru; CSIR-IGIB in New Delhi; Pune Knowledge Cluster, CSIR-NCL and IISER in Pune. It will work closely with local governments, hospitals and clinicians. In collaboration with INSACOG, the consortium aims to eventually turn this into a national effort by expanding to other strategic locations in India.

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12:08 (IST)11 Jun 2021
Exempt TN from NEET, common entrance exams, allow admissions on HSE marks this year: AIADMK

Insisting that admissions to various courses including medical in Tamil Nadu be allowed based on marks in the higher secondary examination for this year in view of COVID-19, the opposition AIADMK on Thursday again urged the Centre to exempt the state from common entrance examinations including NEET.

The criteria for admissions to college courses should be based on the marks to be awarded by a committee to be set up for this purpose, AIADMK's coordinator O Panneerselvam said. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said the Performance Grading Index of states and union territories for 201920 fiscal, published by the school education and literacy department of the union education ministry, stated that Tamil Nadu crossed the threshold of 90 percent i. e.  A++ grade and stood first along with four other states.

"This index was released after examining 70 indicators.This scheme is mainly focused on quality of education to catalyse transformational change in the field of school education," he said. The index took into account various parameters and the standard of education in Tamil Nadu is extremely good. 

"Hence, I am of the view that there is no need to test the ability of the students by conducting entrance examination for admission to all professional and other courses including medical courses," the AIADMK leader said in the letter. (PTI)

11:34 (IST)11 Jun 2021
‘Lakhs collected for exam’: Tamil Nadu medical college under probe

The Tamil Nadu government has asked Dr M G R Medical University in Chennai to conduct an “impartial probe” into the alleged “unauthorised collection” of at least Rs 22 lakh from final-year MBBS students of a prestigious government medical college in the name of conducting practical exams.

The move came after the University submitted a report on “unwarranted and unethical practices of collecting money” at Stanley Medical College “to show gratefulness to the departments” and “to arrange accommodation and food” for external examiners. The University has also suspended several internal examiners of the college from its official examination panel.

“We have now asked the University to conduct an impartial inquiry. We cannot compromise on examination malpractices. We will get to the root of this issue. We will see if it was an isolated incident or a common practice. We will send out a strong message, and the people behind this will not be spared,” TN Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan told The Indian Express.

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11:14 (IST)11 Jun 2021
TN NEET panel will give its report in a month, says government

A high level committee led by retired judge of the Madras High Court, A K Rajan to study the impact of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test on aspirants from the socially disadvantaged sections in medical admissions, would make its recommendations in a month, the state government said here on Thursday.

Besides Justice Rajan, who heads the panel, there would be eight other members including Dr G R Ravindranath (Doctors Association for Social Equality), Jawahar Nesan (educationist) and six top government officials including Principal Secretary of Medical and Family Welfare Department

The panel would study the data related to medical admissions in the state and make necessary recommendations within a month to safeguard the interests of students from the backward sections and “the government will initiate the next course of action after considering the recommendations,” an official release here said.

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11:13 (IST)11 Jun 2021
Panel to revive badly hit TN tourism sector post-COVID

Tamil Nadu tourism, badly affected by the pandemic both in terms of tourist arrivals and revenue loss, is in the process of evolving a roadmap to revive the sector. Tourism minister M Mathiventhan on Thursday directed officials to constitute an expert committee to develop post-COVID tourism recovery plan.

Aiming to put the sector on the recovery path, thereby revitalising livelihood opportunities, the minister, who reviewed the issues afflicting the tourism industry, asked the department officials to devise appropriate plans to lure tourists to the state.

"Tourist destinations across Tamil Nadu saw a drastic decline in the arrival of tourists since the last 18 months owing to the pandemic.As a result, the tourism stakeholders lost substantial income," an official release said. The post-COVID tourism recovery plan, which is being taken up on the advice of Chief Minister M K Stalin, will take into account the safety of tourists visiting Tamil Nadu in the near future, besides appropriate measures to enhance the income of the stakeholders, it said.

Mathiventhan directed the officials to prepare a project report for landmark lighting and projection show at the statue of Thiruvalluvar located in Kanyakumari district, to attract more tourists including foreign nationals. At the review meeting, the minister sought a proposal to improve the art gallery and infrastructure in the tourism complex at the ancient port town of the Cholas Poompuhar. (PTI)

10:53 (IST)11 Jun 2021
Chennai: Woman who went ‘missing’ from hospital found dead in same building

The body of a 41-year-old woman, who had been reported missing after being admitted at the Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital in Chennai, has been found in a decomposed stage on the eighth floor in Tower III of the hospital, police said on Thursday.

The woman went missing on May 23.

According to the police, Mouli (48) and his wife Sunitha, residents of West Tambaram, tested positive for Covid-19 in May. While Mouli was advised home isolation, his wife was admitted to RGGH. As per the FIR copy, Sunitha was admitted to the third floor of Tower III (b wing) around 11:30 pm on May 21.

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10:30 (IST)11 Jun 2021
Stalin announces solatium to kin of pregnant woman killed in ambulance mishap

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin announced Rs 5 lakh solatium to the kin of a pregnant woman, who died when the ambulance she was travelling in hit a roadside tree in Kallakurichi district on Thursday. Also, the chief minister announced Rs 3 lakh each as relief to the family of two of the 23-year old woman's relatives who also lost their lives in the accident.

The pregnant woman Jayalakshmi of Sorapattu was being taken in an ambulance to the Kallakurichi government general hospital from the Pudupattu Primary Health Centre, along with her mother-in-law and sister-in-law, when the accident occurred. While proceeding to the hospital early on Thursday, one of the tyres of the ambulance burst and the driver, losing control of the vehicle, rammed it into a tree, said police. Jayalakshmi, said to be nine months pregnant, died on the way to the hospital.

Expressing grief over the unfortunate death of Jayalakshmi and her two relatives in the accident, chief minister M K Stalin announced a solatium of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of Jayalakshmi and Rs 3 lakh each to the family of her two relatives. Conveying his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, the CM said he has directed the officials to ensure the entire benefits of the insurance policies reaches the victims' kin. (PTI) 

10:17 (IST)11 Jun 2021
AIADMK legislators to meet on June 14

The opposition AIADMK has convened a meeting of its legislators at the party headquarters in Chennai on June 14. With the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly set to commence on June 21 with the customary address by Governor Banwarilal Purohit at the Kalaivanar Arangam, AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam and co-coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami have called upon their party lawmakers to attend the meet.

"Since the meeting is meant for the AIADMK's legislators, office bearers and others in the party need not come to the party office due to the pandemic. Others will not be allowed," the leaders said in a joint release on Thursday.

The party MLAs should bring their identity cards, wear face masks and also follow the COVID safety norms stipulated by the government, when they come for the meeting at 12 noon, they said. (PTI)

10:15 (IST)11 Jun 2021
P Mamata Banerjee weds AM Socialism: Wedding invite in Tamil Nadu goes viral

A wedding invitation announcing the nuptials of a young couple has generated widespread buzz in Tamil Nadu. The names of the bride and groom — P Mamata Banerjee and AM Socialism — have left people wondering whether the card is legitimate or edited. What’s more, the card also mentions the names of the groom’s elder brothers — AM Communism and AM Leninism.

Family members of the couple have since confirmed that the card is, in fact, real. The groom is the son of  Lenin Mohan, popularly known as A Mohan, the district secretary of CPI in Salem, Tamil Nadu. Mohan is also the councillor of Panamarathupatti town in Salem.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Mohan explained the reasons behind naming his son and how their family is carrying on the tradition. “After the Soviet Union was dissolved, people were saying that communism has fallen and the ideology won’t prosper anywhere in the world.  There was a news clip on Doordarshan with regards to this and at that time, my wife gave birth to my elder son. I decided immediately to name him communism as I believed that till the human race exists, communism won’t fall,” he said.

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In a major rejig, 25 IAS officers in Tamil Nadu have been transferred to new posts. As per the order issued by chief secretary V Irai Anbu, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Tirunelveli, and Tiruppur corporations will have new commissioners Raja Gopal Sunkara, KP Karthikeyan, T Christuraj, B Vishnu Chandran, and Kranti Kumar Pati respectively.

READ | Five corporations in Tamil Nadu get new commissioners in major reshuffle

The Tamil Nadu government has asked Dr M G R Medical University in Chennai to conduct an “impartial probe” into the alleged “unauthorised collection” of at least Rs 22 lakh from final-year MBBS students of a prestigious government medical college in the name of conducting practical exams.

READ | ‘Lakhs collected for exam’: Tamil Nadu medical college under probe

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