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Chennai News July 14, 15 Highlights: TN records 2,405 positive cases and 49 deaths

Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 14, 15 Highlights: As of Thursday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 29,950.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: July 16, 2021 9:24:57 am
Chennai mall, ChennaiPeople arrive to shop at a mall that reopened after authorities eased COVID-induced restrictions, in Chennai, Monday, June 28, 2021. (PTI)

Chennai Coronavirus News July 14, 15 Highlights Tamil Nadu recorded 2,405 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 25,28,806. Among these, Chennai reported 148 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,35,747. The state recorded 49 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 33,606. 36 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 3,006 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,65,250.

Meanwhile, parts of Chennai received light showers in the morning following light to moderate showers on Thursday evening. Parts of the city are expected to receive light showers today as well.

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20:06 (IST)15 Jul 2021
TN records 2,405 positive cases and 49 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 2,405 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 25,28,806. Among these, Chennai reported 148 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,35,747. The state recorded 49 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 33,606. 36 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 3,006 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,65,250.

19:31 (IST)15 Jul 2021
49666 posters defacing walls in public places removed in Chennai

The Greater Chennai Corporation has launched a drive to remove posters defacing walls in public places.The Corporation Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi said stringent action would be taken against those who struck posters at bus shelters, street signage, and on walls carrying public announcements. As of Thursday, the corporation has removed 49666 posters in North, South and Central Chennai.     

18:37 (IST)15 Jul 2021
Puducherry postpones reopening of schools and colleges

The Puducherry government has decided to postpone the reopening of schools and colleges from July 16 following a plea from various sections that the decision to reopen institutions be reconsidered, Home and Education minister A Namassivayam said on Thursday.

The minister said he held talks with Chief Minister N Rangasamy and also with education department officials on the matter and now it had been decided to put off reopening of the institutions. According to him, as of now the number of new coronavirus cases has not come down and there were pleas from various sections including parents and voluntary organisations to put off the reopening of schools and colleges.

17:48 (IST)15 Jul 2021
TN Health Minister Ma Subramanian meets Union Minister, seeks exemption from NEET

Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian called on Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in New Delhi today seeking cancellation of NEET. Subramanian said conducting National Level Entrance Examination or similar exam for any professional course would be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of students.

14:54 (IST)15 Jul 2021
Tamil Nadu CM Stalin directs Chennai Metro officials to accelerate pending projects

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Wednesday conducted a review of the Chennai Metro Rail projects and asked the officials to expedite the works on the phase I line from Meenambakkam to Kilambakkam and from Tambaram to Velachery.

Stalin met the officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) and inquired about the progress of the extension projects on Phase I and the status of Phase II corridors. He had asked the officials to expedite the works to open the lines for the public soon.

The Phase I metro line covers a distance of 45 km and consists of two corridors which run between Washmenpet and Chennai Airport and another one between Chennai Central and St.Thomas Mount. The extension of Phase I covers a stretch of 9.05 km from Washmenpet to Wimco Nagar.

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14:06 (IST)15 Jul 2021
PM Modi pays homage to Kamarajar on his birth anniversary
13:13 (IST)15 Jul 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai today

After remaining steady for two days, petrol and diesel prices were hiked on Thursday, July 15, 2021, with petrol touching a fresh record high across the country. In the national capital, the petrol price rose 35 paise while diesel inched up 15 paise.

In Chennai, petrol costs Rs. 102.23 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 94.39 per litre.

12:26 (IST)15 Jul 2021
After Zika scare, Chennai administration plugs holes to stop dengue spread

With 11 cases of dengue in the city in the last two weeks and a scare over Zika virus, the Greater Chennai Corporation stepped up its preventive measures to stop vector-borne diseases spread by aedes aegypti mosquitoes that are responsible also for chikungunya.

The civic body issued instructions to all residents and the owners of domestic buildings to make sure they keep their premises clean and prevent breeding of mosquitoes.

The recent intermittent rains in the city also posed a tough challenge before the civic body and the corporation workers were asked to conduct door-to-door awareness campaigns in the 15 zones of the city. To fight the mosquito menace alongside the canals in the city, the corporation has deployed drones to spray larvicide. The project is entering phase 3 and is likely to go on for the next three-four days.

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11:55 (IST)15 Jul 2021
Study in Chennai finds that adults from low-income families get less than seven hours of sleep per night

Adults in Chennai belonging to low-income families face sleep deprivation, according to a study. Categorising the finding as “significantly below both time in bed and recommended 7 to 9 hours,” the study, held during October 2017- September 2020, said that 95% of persons surveyed slept less than seven hours a night and 71% slept less than six hours per night. 

The study was carried out as part of the stat government’s memorandum of understanding with the Abdul Latif Jameel- Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

Most of the people surveyed were unemployed and earned less than Rs 15,000. 

11:54 (IST)15 Jul 2021
Will not defer hearing pleas challenging validity of IT Rules, 2021: Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Wednesday made it clear that it will not defer hearing of pleas challenging the validity of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital media Ethics Code) Rule 2021, in the absence of any stay on the high court proceedings by the Supreme Court. 

“There is no stay on the proceedings. We can go ahead with the matter and decide. The SC will have the benefit of the opinion of the high court,” said a bench comprising of chief justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy.

11:20 (IST)15 Jul 2021
Tamil Nadu NEET panel submits report, says ‘most don’t want the exam’

The Justice (retired) AK Rajan-led committee Wednesday handed over its report on National Eligibility cum Entrance Test’s (NEET) issues and impact in Tamil Nadu to Chief Minister MK Stalin.

According to Rajan, the full report, which runs into 165 pages, was prepared after looking into about 86,000 representations from various stakeholders.

Addressing the media after submitting the report, the retired Madras High Court Judge said most representations have said they don’t want NEET, and the report draws the Chief Minister’s attention to key aspects.

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10:47 (IST)15 Jul 2021
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai from 9 am to 5 pm today to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

Maduravoyal: MMDA Colony, Varalakshmi Nagar, Ganga Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Dhanalakshmi Nagar, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Ganapathy Nagar, Ayyappa Nagar, Balamurugan Nagar, Rajaranjan Nagar, Vanagaram Mettupakkam Road and surrounding areas.

10:27 (IST)15 Jul 2021
Madras HC directs EC to devise procedure to promptly deal with plaints against candidates

The Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the Election Commission of India (EC) to devise a procedure for dealing with complaints against the contesting candidates promptly.

The ECI should issue a notice to the relevant candidate and his explanation sought and the matter closed by a reasoned order if the explanation is found suitable or satisfactory.

If the explanation is found unsatisfactory, it should pursue the matter with full rigour, irrespective of the political allegiance of the relevant candidate, the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said.

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10:05 (IST)15 Jul 2021
3 girls, 2 women drown in TN temple tank; CM grants solatium

Three girls, aged between 11 and 14, and two women drowned in a temple tank in the nearby Tiruvallur district on Wednesday.

Chief Minister M K Stalin condoled the deaths and announced a solatium of Rs five lakh from the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund to the families of each of the deceased, an official press release in Chennai said.

They all were washing clothes in the tank when the 11-year-old slipped and fell into the waters. On seeing this, the rest tried one after the other to save her but in vain. Ultimately, the five died, the release said. (PTI)

09:51 (IST)15 Jul 2021
AIADMK targets DMK govt over NEET, asks it to fulfill promise

AIADMK top leader Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday slammed Chief Minister M K Stalin over NEET and demanded that the DMK government take steps to fulfill its poll promise of getting Tamil Nadu exempted from the ambit of the national test.

During the run up to the April 6 Assembly elections, DMK chief Stalin had assured steps within “24 hours” of assuming power to get the test scrapped, Palaniswami said in a statement.

However, the announcement of examination date (September 12, 2021) was a “thunderbolt” for students who believed the words of the Chief Minister and Ministers and were not prepared for the test as they expected NEET to be scrapped, he said.

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09:19 (IST)15 Jul 2021
Parts of Chennai receive light showers

Citizens in Chennai woke up to overcast skies as parts of the city received light showers in the morning.

Parts of Chennai had received light to moderate showers on Thursday evening accompanied by gusty winds.

09:18 (IST)15 Jul 2021
Deaths continue to spike in TN amid declining infections

Tamil Nadu recorded 2458 positive cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 25,26,401. Among these, Chennai reported 153 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,35,588. The state recorded 55 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 33,557. 35 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 3021 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,62,244.

As of Wednesday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 30,600. Till date, 14,76,288 males, 10,50,075 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, 3,49,73,281 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,46,394 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.

09:15 (IST)15 Jul 2021
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20:54 (IST)14 Jul 2021
TN records 2,458 deaths and 55 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 2,458 positive cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 25,26,401. Among these, Chennai reported 153 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,35,588. The state recorded 55 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 33,557. A total of 3,021 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,62,244.

19:56 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Mekedatu issue: All party delegation from Tamil Nadu to reach Delhi tomorrow

A team of representatives of all parties from Tamil Nadu is scheduled to reach Delhi on Thursday afternoon to hand over the resolutions passed by the Tamil Nadu Government has passed opposing the Karnataka Government's decision to build dam at Mekedatu across the river Cauvery. 

The Justice (retired) AK Rajan-led committee Wednesday handed over its report on National Eligibility cum Entrance Test’s (NEET) issues and impact in Tamil Nadu to Chief Minister MK Stalin. According to Rajan, the full report, which runs into 165 pages, was prepared after looking into about 86,000 representations from various stakeholders.

READ | Tamil Nadu NEET panel submits report, says ‘most don’t want the exam’

With 11 cases of dengue in the city in the last two weeks and a scare over Zika virus, the Greater Chennai Corporation stepped up its preventive measures to stop vector-borne diseases spread by aedes aegypti mosquitoes that are responsible also for chikungunya.

READ | After Zika scare, Chennai administration plugs holes to stop dengue spread

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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