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Chennai News July 12, 13 Highlights: Madras HC junks Vijay’s plea to seek exemption of entry tax on luxury car

Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 12, 13 Highlights: According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 3,48,26,887 samples from the state have been tested till date.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: July 14, 2021 9:16:45 am
People visit a crowded market near the historic Charminar after the Telangana government lifted Covid restrictions, in Hyderabad, Sunday, June 20, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News July 12, 13 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 2,505 positive cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 25,23,943. Among these, Chennai reported 160 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,35,439. The state recorded 48 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 33,502. A total of 3,058 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,59,223.

 The Madras high court on Tuesday dismissed a writ petition filed by Tamil actor Vijay in 2012 seeking exemption of entry tax on his imported luxury car — Rolls Royce Ghost — from England and asked him to pay the tax in the next two weeks.

Justice S M Subramaniam noted that filing a writ petition and avoiding payment of entry tax and keeping the writ petition for about nine years can never be appreciated. He also imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on the actor and said evasion of tax is to be construed as “an anti-national habit, attitude and mindset and unconstitutional”. The actor has been asked to contribute the amount to the Chief Minister’s Covid-19 relief fund.

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20:20 (IST)13 Jul 2021
TN records 2,505 positive cases and 48 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 2,505 positive cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 25,23,943. Among these, Chennai reported 160 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,35,439. The state recorded 48 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 33,502. A total of 3,058 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,59,223.

18:31 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Scrap taxes on drug import for spinal muscular atrophy, Stalin tells Centre

Necessary steps should be taken to exempt customs duty, integrated GST and any other taxes on import of life saving drugs for treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin urged the Centre on Tuesday.

For children affected by SPA, gene-therapy has to be ideally given before the child reaches two years of age and this therapy costs over Rs 16 crore per person, Stalin said in a letter to union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. SPA is a rare disease, causing loss of nerve cells, which carry electrical signals from the brain to muscles. Drugs for gene-therapy are being imported by hospitals for treatment and in Tamil Nadu, annually 90-100 such cases are being reported, he said.

Stalin requested Sitharaman to take necessary steps to exempt customs duty, integrated GST, any other such taxes on import of life saving drugs for treatment of SMA, as a matter of policy

17:12 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Madras HC junks Vijay’s plea to seek exemption of entry tax on luxury car, asks him to pay in 2 weeks

The Madras high court on Tuesday dismissed a writ petition filed by Tamil actor Vijay in 2012 seeking exemption of entry tax on his imported luxury car — Rolls Royce Ghost — from England and asked him to pay the tax in the next two weeks.

Justice S M Subramaniam noted that filing a writ petition and avoiding payment of entry tax and keeping the writ petition for about nine years can never be appreciated. He also imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on the actor and said evasion of tax is to be construed as “an anti-national habit, attitude and mindset and unconstitutional”. The actor has been asked to contribute the amount to the Chief Minister’s Covid-19 relief fund.

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15:01 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Tamil Nadu has zero Zika virus cases, preventive measures in place: Health minister

With at least 18 cases of Zika virus detected in Kerala, the Tamil Nadu government Tuesday said it was testing residents living near the border of the two states. State Health Minister Ma Subramanian said 2,660 houses located on the border were inspected, and none of the residents were found to be positive for the infection.

The state government also said it was testing travellers arriving from Kerala through various modes of transport including buses, lorries and trains.

“There is a fear among the people of Tamil Nadu on Zika virus as Kerala has reported 18 cases till date. People who are infected by the virus will have symptoms for a week. The health department inspected 2,660 houses located in border areas like Pazhugal, Pathukani, Kollengode, Arudesam, and none of the residents were found to be positive. On behalf of the department of urban development, stringent screening and inspection activities are been carried out at municipalities and corporations located across the state,” Subramanian said.

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14:49 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Karnataka to go ahead with Mekedatu project despite opposition from Tamil Nadu

Karnataka Law Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the state government will 100 per cent go ahead with the Mekedatu project. 

Reacting to the all-party meeting convened by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Monday passing a unanimous resolution asking the Centre not to sanction the Mekedatu project, he said, “Karnataka is well within its rights to take this (Mekedatu project) up. Karnataka has got all the right to do the project and safeguard the interests of people because drinking water is the main component in this.”

He further said, “Karnataka’s detailed project report was with the Central Water Commission. The government of India has to consider Karnataka's request as per law.”

14:40 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Watchman kills son, stabs wife in Hyderabad

A watchman allegedly killed his toddler son after stabbing his wife in a room of a dairy farm at Moinabad in Hyderabad, police said on Tuesday. The incident happened late on Monday night when the family members were celebrating the birthday of the watchman's wife, they said.

The man, his 22-year-old wife and his mother-in-law consumed liquor and later quarrelled with each other over some family issues, police said. During the quarrel, the man allegedly stabbed his wife and killed his son, aged about 2-years-old.

The woman was shifted to a government hospital and her condition is stable, they said, adding it was a second marriage for both of them. (PTI)

14:30 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Hyderabad firm wants to replace personal trainers with its Portl smart mirror

“Gyms are not really solving the pain points. If you want highly personalised training and access, you still have to shell a good amount of money. That’s not sustainable in the long term,” Indraneel Gupta, the force behind Portl smart fitness mirror, explains why gyms these days only look at annual subscriptions more than helping individuals get fit or adopt a healthy lifestyle.

It was at the beginning of the pandemic last year that Gupta along with Vishal Chandapeta observed that gym sessions lack personalisation until and unless a consumer hires an expensive personal gym trainer. That led them to the idea of developing a smart mirror that delivers a sort of personalised fitness solution at home.

“What we are trying to achieve is autonomy, and empower people to manage their health better,” Gupta tells indianexpress.com in a phone interview. “The product in itself, addresses overall physiological health, energy or physical fitness and mental wellness, and helps people achieve their goals and lead a better life.”

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14:26 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Over 32,000 posters removed across Chennai till Monday

A total of 32,832 posters have been removed by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) across Chennai till date after the city began its poster removal drive. 

Here is the break-up of posters removed till Monday:

Chennai North - 7033

Chennai Central - 8163

Chennai South - 17,636

14:08 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Stalin writes to PM Modi over imbalance in vaccine allocation for Tamil Nadu

Chief Minister M K Stalin wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday requesting his intervention to correct the imbalance in the Covid-19 vaccine allocation for Tamil Nadu, and make a special allotment of 1 crore doses.

In his letter, Stalin said the state had received till July 8 only 29,18,110 vaccine doses from the Centre for beneficiaries in the 18-44 age category and 1,30,08,440 for those above the age of 45. He said the allocation was inadequate, and the state was finding it extremely difficult to meet the demand for vaccination.

“The success of my government’s efforts to eliminate vaccine hesitancy and make the vaccination drive a mass movement now squarely rests on the doses made available to us,” Stalin told the Prime Minister.

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13:39 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Over 27.23 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 27,23,629 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 26,148 people inoculated on Monday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

13:08 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

Prices of petrol and diesel remained unchanged across the country on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Petrol had touched fresh record highs on July 12, when it rose by 28 paise per litre while diesel slipped 16 paise in the national capital.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 101.92 per litre and diesel is priced at Rs. 92.24 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol is priced at Rs. 105.15 per litre and diesel is priced at Rs. 92.81 per litre.

12:34 (IST)13 Jul 2021
AIADMK says will boycott TV debates as they bring ‘disrepute to party and leaders’

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Monday said its representatives and spokespersons would no longer participate in TV debates organised by news channels. The top brass of the party, in a statement, said neither functionaries nor spokespersons would participate in debates on behalf of the party, and asked the media to stop inviting those who claimed to be representatives of the AIADMK.

“People are suffering without basic needs. Instead of highlighting those issues, the media — considered the fourth pillar of democracy — is holding debates regularly on topics that are aimed at bringing disrepute to the party and their leaders. This gives us immense grief and pain,” a joint statement issued by AIADMK coordinator O Pannerselvam and co-coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami read.

The decision was made after Tamil news channels conducted debates on former AIADMK leader V K Sasikala’s proposed comeback, and also on alleged politics in the party.

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11:59 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Telangana Governor takes Covid-19 vaccine among tribals

Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Monday took her second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a tribal habitation to motivate the people there to get vaccinated against the virus.

Following reports of low percentage of vaccination among the tribal people, the Governor got the second dose to motivate them, an official press release said.

"I just want to set an example by taking the vaccine at their remote tribal habitation and motivate the tribal people to overcome the vaccine hesitancy and come forward to get vaccinated", she said.

Amazed and inspired by the physical presence of the Governor, the tribal people in KC Thanda in neighbouring Rangareddy district took interest in getting vaccinated. The Governor then appreciated Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao's efforts in containing the pandemic in the State and in taking the vaccination drive forward, according to the release. (PTI)

11:37 (IST)13 Jul 2021
‘Kongu Nadu’, a region not formally defined, yet the subject of a ‘bifurcation’ debate in Tamil Nadu

A list of new Union Cabinet ministers issued by the BJP has triggered a debate in political circles in Tamil Nadu, as well as on social media, by referring to ‘Kongu Nadu’, the informal name for a region in the western part of the state. The list mentions new minister L Murugan as hailing from ‘Kongu Nadu’. This has led to allegations that the BJP of trying to bifurcate the state, with the ruling DMK-Congress alliance saying the “agenda” will not succeed.

‘Kongu Nadu’ is neither a place with a PIN code nor a name given formally to any region. It is a commonly used name for part of western Tamil Nadu.

In Tamil literature, it was referred to as one of the five regions of ancient Tamil Nadu. There were mentions of ‘Kongu Nadu’ in Sangam literature as a separate territory.

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11:13 (IST)13 Jul 2021
District in Telangana sets record in largest seed ball sentence

Mahabubnagar district in Telangana on Monday set a new Guinness World Record for the 'Largest Seed Ball Sentence' using as many as 73,918, a senior government official said. Women self-help groups (SHGs) prepared 2.08 crore seed balls over the last few days, District Collector S Venkata Rao said.

They were planted with the help of drones at KCR Urban Eco Park spread over 2,097 acres. The sentence framed was "Two Crore Seed Balls Made and Planted by SHG Women: Transform Mahabubnagar into Hetero Green Belt." As many as 73,918 seed balls were used to frame the sentence.

State Minister for Tourism V Srinivas Goud and Rajya Sabha MP and founder of Green India Challenge Joginipally Santosh Kumar were among those who participated in the event.

The previous record was set with 2,000 seed balls, the Collector said adding the adjudicator of Guinness Book Rishi Nath too was present to verify the new record. (PTI) 

11:00 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Orphaned at 5, sprinter Revathi Veeramani gears up to live Olympic dream

Orphaned at five, raised by her daily wager grandmother and forced to run barefoot early on as shoes was a luxury she couldn’t afford, sprinter Revathi Veeramani is now ready to live an Olympic dream, one that has come true much earlier than she expected.

The 23-year-old from Sakkimangalam village in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai district is part of the 4x400m Indian mixed relay team in the Tokyo Games, starting July 23.

“I was told that my father had some stomach issue because of which he died, six months after that, my mother died of brain fever. I was not even six when they passed away in quick succession,” Revathi told PTI in an interview recalling the tough circumstances she faced growing up.

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10:59 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Researchers at IIT-M develop AI-based algorithm to identify cancer-causing alterations

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, on Monday said its research team has developed an Artificial Intelligence based mathematical model to identify cancer-causing alterations in human cells. The algorithm uses a relatively unexplored technique of leveraging DNA composition to pinpoint genetic alterations that were responsible for progression of cancer, a press release said.

The team was led by professor B Ravindran, head, Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (RBCDSAI), IIT Madras and Karthik Raman, faculty member, RBCDSAI, IIT Madras. "One of the major challenges faced by cancer researchers involves the differentiation between the relatively small number of 'driver' mutations that enable the cancer cells to grow and the large number of passenger mutations that do not have any effect on the progression of the disease", Ravindran said.

Researchers hope that the driver mutations predicted through their 'mathematical model' would ultimately help discover potentially novel drug targets and advance the notion of prescribing the 'right drug to the right person at the right time'. "Our model could distinguish between well-studied drivers and passenger mutations from cancer genes with an accuracy of 89 per cent", Ravindran said.

The next step for the team includes developing an easy-to-use web interface to enable cancer researchers get predictions on preferred set of variants and further studies on the context of the mutations, among others, the release added. (PTI)

10:35 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Mekedatu dam move a ‘conspiracy’ to hinder water supply to TN, alleges CM Stalin

The Mekedatu dam initiative was a conspiracy to hinder water flow to Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister M K Stalin alleged on Monday in a meet of all parties with MLAs in Tamil Nadu Assembly.

The meeting condemned attempts by Karnataka to build the dam and urged the union government to not accord sanction for the proposal.

The move to build reservoir went against the Supreme Court judgment and challenged the Constitution’s majesty, a resolution adopted in the meet said and requested that no Central ministry related to the dam initiative should give its clearance.

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10:17 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Tamil Nadu all-party meeting urges Union Government not to permit Karnataka build dam at Mekedatu

An all-party meeting convened by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Monday urged the Union government not to give Karnataka clearance to construct a dam across the Cauvery river at Mekedatu. The representatives of all legislature parties unanimously passed three resolutions in the meeting at the secretariat.

“No constructions should be made at Mekedatu without the approval of lower riparian states as per the Supreme Court order. The Karnataka government’s efforts to construct the dam against the Supreme Court order is highly condemnable. The project would affect the Tamil Nadu farmer’s from getting the required water,” the resolution read.

It added that such an attempt by the Karnataka government to act against the Supreme Court order is a challenge to the Indian constitution and hence no Union Government department should provide any permission to the project.

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10:03 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Three arrested for selling LSD, ganja in Hyderabad

Three people, including an employee of an e-commerce firm, were arrested in Hyderabad on Monday by Excise Department officials on charge of illegal possession, transportation and sale of drugs.

The officials, acting on a tip off, raided an area in Secunderabad and seized 1.1 kg of dry ganja, 20 grams of Hashish oil, two grams of MDMA, 10 LSD blots and five grams of charas from them, Assistant Excise (Enforcement) Superintendent N Anjireddy said in a press release.

During questioning the three revealed that they were drug addicts and started selling them to customers to get more money, he said. The main drug suppliers have been identified and a search was on to nab them, he added.

LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is sold in tablet or liquid form, and is known to be one of the most potent 'mood-changing' chemicals while MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) is used as a recreational or party drug. (PTI)

Actor Rajinikanth on Monday announced that he has no plans of entering politics and dissolved his outfit Rajini Makkal Mandram. The announcement came after he met the members of his forum to discuss its future. “The forum will now function as Rajini Rasigar Narpani Mandram to carry out welfare activities,” the actor said.

READ | ‘No plans to enter politics’: Rajinikanth dissolves Rajini Makkal Mandram

An all-party meeting convened by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Monday urged the Union government not to give Karnataka clearance to construct a dam across the Cauvery river at Mekedatu. The representatives of all legislature parties unanimously passed three resolutions in the meeting at the secretariat.

READ | Tamil Nadu all-party meeting urges Union Government not to permit Karnataka build dam at Mekedatu

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