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Chennai Hyderabad June 28, 29 Highlights: TN records 4,512 cases and 118 deaths

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 28, 29 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 4,512 positive cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 24,75,190

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: June 30, 2021 9:12:18 am
Chennai, shop, covid-19A shopkeeper cleans up mannequins as retail stores reopened in Chennai on Monday. (Twitter/@koushiktweets)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News June 28, 29 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 4,512 positive cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 24,75,190. Among these, Chennai reported 275 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,32,272. The state recorded 118 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 32,506. A total of 94 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 6,013 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,03,349

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Tuesday sanctioned Rs 100 crore from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund (CMPRF) to procure oxygen for treating Covid-19 patients in state-run medical facilities and also to initiate precautionary measures to tackle the possible third wave of coronavirus. Following an appeal by the chief minister, the government had received Rs 353 crore till date from donors towards the pandemic prevention measures.

From the sum, the government had already allocated Rs 41.40 crore to procure oxygen cylinders, concentrators and other medical equipment from Singapore and other foreign countries. About Rs 25 crore was allotted for purchasing life-saving drugs, including Amphotericin, for the treatment of black fungus.

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21:07 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Tamil Nadu records 4,512 Covid-19 cases and 118 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 4,512 positive cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 24,75,190. Among these, Chennai reported 275 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,32,272. The state recorded 118 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 32,506. A total of 94 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 6,013 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,03,349.

18:11 (IST)29 Jun 2021
MK Stalin sanctions Rs 100 Crore to tackle possible 3rd COVID wave

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Tuesday sanctioned Rs 100 crore from the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund (CMPRF) to procure oxygen for treating Covid-19 patients in state-run medical facilities and also to initiate precautionary measures to tackle the possible third wave of coronavirus. Following an appeal by the chief minister, the government had received Rs 353 crore till date from donors towards the pandemic prevention measures.

From the sum, the government had already allocated Rs 41.40 crore to procure oxygen cylinders, concentrators and other medical equipment from Singapore and other foreign countries. About Rs 25 crore was allotted for purchasing life-saving drugs, including Amphotericin, for the treatment of black fungus.

17:41 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Avinashi tahsildar moved out over beef row

Avinashi tahsildar M Tamilselvan, who landed in trouble after allegedly ordering a meat stall owner not to sell beef, has been transferred to Uthukuli near Tiruppur district of Tamil Nadu. A person named Velusamy had been running a meat stall in the Kaanangulam area in Ayyampalayam village. On Saturday evening, Tamilselvan had visited the area and instructed Velusamy not to sell beef as he had received complaints that they are slaughtering cows on the streets and are not maintaining hygiene.

In a purported video uploaded on social media, the tahsildar can be heard telling Velusamy he cannot sell beef but is allowed to sell chicken and mutton.

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14:58 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Madras HC questions TN govt over panel on NEET

The Madras High Court on Tuesday posed a series of questions to the Tamil Nadu government over its setting up of a committee to look into the impact of NEET, asking if it had obtained the permission of the Supreme Court and whether the move would not violate an apex court ruling.

Abolition of the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET) is a poll promise of the ruling DMK and it had recently set up a high level committee led by retired judge of the Madras High Court, A K Rajan, to study the impact of NEET on aspirants from the socially disadvantaged sections in medical admissions.

“Have you obtained the permission of the Supreme Court (which had upheld the NEET). Would it not amount to violation of the ruling of the apex court?” were among the questions raised by the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy.

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14:35 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Over 25.36 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 25,36,283 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 10,478 people inoculated on Monday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

13:56 (IST)29 Jun 2021
IN PIC | Children thank Udhayanidhi Stalin for arranging school seats in Chennai

Children along with their parents meet MLA Udhayanidhi Stalin, to thank him for arranging free school seats at his office, in Chennai, Monday, June 28, 2021. (PTI)

13:38 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

Petrol and diesel prices were hiked on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, after a gap of one day, touching fresh record highs across the country. In the national capital, the petrol price rose 35 paise while that of diesel inched up 28 paise.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 99.80 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 93.72 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol costs Rs. 102.69 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 97.20 per litre.

12:56 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Sonu Sood’s fan walks from Hyderabad to Mumbai to meet him, actor says ‘don’t risk your lives by doing this’

Sonu Sood took to Instagram to write about his fan who came walking all the way from his hometown in Hyderabad to meet the actor at his Mumbai residence. Sonu pleaded with everyone to not risk their lives to prove their adulation for him.

Sonu shared a click with the fan, Raghu on his Instagram stories. He is seen holding a banner which loosely translates into – “Sonu Sood my journey, my win. Walkathon – Hyderabad to Mumbai.” Presumably, Ragu walked from Hyderabad to Mumbai to meet the actor.

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12:27 (IST)29 Jun 2021
This Covid-19 ‘Vaccine Auto’ is turning heads on the streets of Chennai

A white-and-blue-coloured auto-rickshaw is gracing the streets of Chennai spreading awareness about vaccination. The Covid-19 Vaccine Auto was created by Chennai-based artist B. Gowtham, designed to eliminate vaccine hesitancy in local communities and build awareness about the benefits and the process of getting vaccinated.

Gowtham’s company ‘Art Kingdom’, along with the Greater Chennai Corporation, came together to establish innovative ways of promoting vaccination — and what better than a crafty vehicle that serves as a moving public service announcement?

“To go to communities, we needed transport,” Gowtham told indianexpress.com. “And since there were narrow roads with a large number of people around, we decided that an autorickshaw would be the perfect mode of transport.” Thus began their project: Gowtham and his team of four members gathered waste materials, such as newspapers and pipes, to create their unique vehicle. Over around 10 days in the lockdown, Gowtham’s team finished building their auto.

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12:07 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Two Tanzanian nationals held in Hyderabad

Two Tanzanian nationals - a man and a woman, were apprehended in Hyderabad on Monday for allegedly running a brothel, police said. On credible information, a police team conducted a decoy operation on a house in the Neredmet area and nabbed the duo, they said. 

Both of them came on a study visa in January 2020, but indulged in running a brothel house, a release from Rachakonda Police Commissionerate said. During verification, it was found that their visas had expired and they had not renewed it with the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) and they were staying illegally and participating in unlawful activities and earning money by illegal means, police added. (PTI)

12:06 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Madras HC commutes man’s capital punishment to life, says it will be a more ‘severe punishment’

The Madras High Court on Monday reduced to life term, the death sentence awarded by a lower court to a man who had killed four of his close family members including his mother, saying the reduced award will be a “far more severe punishment.”

The court also ruled that the appellant will not be entitled to any statutory remission or commutation until he completes 25 years of actual imprisonment.

If he is permitted to live, the thoughts of his fiendish act of liquidating his mother, wife and two minor children will haunt him till his last breath, which, in our opinion, is a far more severe punishment, than the death sentence,” a division bench of Justices P N Prakash and R Pongiappan said.

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11:38 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Two brothers from Hyderabad held in connection with Darbhanga railway station blast

Two brothers from the city have been picked up by the Telangana Counter Intelligence cell and Bihar police in connection with the June 17 blast at the railway station in Bihar's Darbhanga, police in Hyderabad said on Monday.

On June 17,  a blast took place inside the railway station premises at Darbhanga, though no one was injured. The incident took place when a bundle of clothes exploded while being carried from the parcel van of a train to the assigned place of storage.

The parcel had arrived by a train originating at Secunderabad and the cloth bundle caught fire following the blast. A bottle containing some liquid was found stashed inside the damaged parcel bundle after the blast and sent for forensic examination, they had said.

"The duo (two siblings) have been detained over their alleged role in booking the parcel (consignment of clothes) at Secunderabad railway station," an official said while declining to share any other details. Asked if police suspected a terror angle in the blast, the official said the matter is being verified. (PTI)

11:22 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Madras HC equates temple idol to a minor child, restores property to Palani temple

Equating an idol to a minor child, the Madras High Court has come to the rescue of the famous Sri Dhandayudhapani temple in Palani by restoring its vast property worth several lakhs of rupees, to the shrine.

It is ‘trite’ in law that the idol of a temple is akin to a minor child and the court is the guardian of a minor child both for person and property, Justice RMT Teekaa Raman said in a recent order.

“The court is the guardian of a minor child both for person and property. Likewise, the court is the guardian of properties of the idol of the temple,” he said. “The court has to protect the properties of the idol like that of a minor child. According to the Hindu mythology, at Palani Lord Subramaniya Swamy alias Karthick is abode as minor child and hence (and) the court has to protect the property of the idol as that of a minor child,” he said while dismissing a batch of second appeals from certain individuals, who enjoyed the property for generations.

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11:11 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Vandalur zoo welcomes Swamp deer fawns, Lion-tailed macaque

The Arignar Anna Zoological Park (AAZP), popularly known as the Vandalur zoo, near Chennai has welcomed the birth of two Swamp deerBarasingha fawns, a Mouse deer fawn and a Lion-tailed macaque. These new attractions in the zoo are in addition to the baby chimpanzee which was born to 23-year-old Gowri (Susie), a chimpanzee received from Singapore zoo and Gombe aged 28, earlier this month.

The Barasingha, also called Swamp deer, is a deer species found in the Indian subcontinent. "This species is currently listed under vulnerable status in the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List (of threatened species)," a release from the deputy director of AAZP said on Monday.

These Swamp deer fawns were born on June 11 and 14, respectively, the release said. The zoological park has also recorded the birth of a Mouse Deer fawn on June 9 and with this the present population of Mouse Deer in the park increased to 13. 

Also, the park recorded the birth of a Lion-tailed macaque infant on April 11 and this two-month-old infant is now fairly bonded with the troop. AAZP is a conservation breeding centre for Lion-tailed macaque, the deputy director said and added that all the newborns are under continuous monitoring by the veterinary team and the zoo staff. (PTI)

11:04 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Rs. 3800 collected for non-adherence of Covid norms

As a part of Covid management, CMRL has been sanitising the trains and stations regularly. With only 50 per cent occupancy allowed, seats have been marked with ‘X’ to ensure social distancing. Masks and social distancing are mandatory and Crowd Control staff have been deployed across all the stations in the city to ensure the same.

CMRL announced in a statement that fines amounting to Rs. 200 are being levied by squads on those not wearing masks while commuting in metro. Till date, 19 passengers have been fined and Rs. 3800 has been collected towards the same.

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11:04 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Rs. 3800 collected for non-adherence of Covid norms

As a part of Covid management, CMRL has been sanitising the trains and stations regularly. With only 50 per cent occupancy allowed, seats have been marked with ‘X’ to ensure social distancing. Masks and social distancing are mandatory and Crowd Control staff have been deployed across all the stations in the city to ensure the same.

CMRL announced in a statement that fines amounting to Rs. 200 are being levied by squads on those not wearing masks while commuting in metro. Till date, 19 passengers have been fined and Rs. 3800 has been collected towards the same.

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10:46 (IST)29 Jun 2021
BJP MLA asks CM to take steps to free elephant 'Rivaldo'

BJP MLA Vanathi Srinivasan on Monday requested Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin to take steps to release Rivaldo, an injured elephant, put in kraal in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in Nilgiris district. 

The 40-year-old Rivaldo, with injuries on its trunk for the last 10 years, was moving around Vazhathottam village in Nilgiris district without disturbing the villagers. To provide the animal much-needed treatment, the Forest Department decided to tranquilise and capture Rivaldo but the efforts were futile.

The department then constructed a kraal at Vazhathottam checkpost and Rivaldo walked freely into the kraal on May 5, even as Madras High Court had directed the department to provide treatment to the elephant. Citing the decision that the elephant would be released in three weeks after obtaining a report from an expert committee, Vanathi Srinivasan told reporters that former
Minister and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi had also urged the government to release the elephant in captivity for more than 40 days.

Stating that the issue had come up for discussion in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Vanathi, who is also the all-India president of Mahila Morcha, said since the elephant did not not hurt any individual in the last 10 years while in the village, the government should take steps to release it. (PTI)

10:38 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Chennai: CMRL extends validity of metro trip, QR trip passes due to Covid-19 lockdown

With patronage of metro services in Chennai rising steadily following resumption of services last week, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has announced that the validity of trip passes will be extended for the period equal to the validity lost during the lockdown in the city last month.

Metro services had been suspended for over a month from May 10 to June 20 this year after the Tamil Nadu government imposed a stringent lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 amid the second wave.

Similarly, QR trip passes will also be extended with effect from Wednesday, added CMRL.

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10:21 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Online classes for students in Telangana from July 1

The Telangana government on Monday decided to hold from July 1 online classes for students from KG to PG in view of the pandemic situation. 

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has instructed that online classes be conducted for students in view of Covid-19, State Education Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy said. Accordingly, it was decided to conduct the classes for students from the primary to the postgraduate-level, she told reporters.

The state government had earlier sought to allow offline (physical) classes from July 1.

She urged the management of private schools to collect only month-wise tuition fees as per a government order issued earlier. (PTI)

10:08 (IST)29 Jun 2021
TS Telangana Inter 2nd Year Results 2021 declared: How to check scores

Telangana state Education Minister PS Sabita Indrareddy Monday declared the TS inter second-year result 2021. A total of 4,51,585 students who had paid the examination fee were declared pass. Of those who passed, 2,28,754 were girls and 2,22,831 were boys.

Of the total pass number, 1,76,719 students secured “A” grade, 1,04,886 students secured “B” grade, 61,887 students secured “C” grade and 1,08,088 students secured “D” grade. The minister further clarified that in the case of practicals, maximum marks were given to all the students and pass marks were given only to the subjects who failed in the past.

The results are available on official websites — results.cgg.gov.in, tsbie.cgg.gov.in and bie.telangana.gov.in. The result is also available on the mobile app ‘T App Folio’. 

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A Chennai-based artist has modelled an auto-rickshaw after vaccines in a bid to raise awareness about Covid-19 vaccination. Large replicas of syringes and vaccine vials have been attached to the vehicle modified using pipes, plywood, cardboard and painted in light blue colour.

READ | Chennai artist designs auto-rickshaw with syringes and vials to create awareness about Covid-19 vaccination

Anumula Revanth Reddy, the 55-year-old MP from Malkajgiri and a two-time MLA, is the new chief of Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC). The firebrand leader replaced another parliamentarian, N Uttam Kumar Reddy, who held the post for the last seven years since the formation of a separate state. Revanth will assume the new role on July 7.

READ | New Telangana PCC chief Revanth Reddy has to take on TRS and keep Congress flock together

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)

Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus June 25 Highlights

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