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Chennai Hyderabad May 31, June 1 Highlights: TN, Telangana see slight dip in cases amid lockdown extension

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 31, June 1 Highlights: Till date, 12,36,167 males, 8,60,311 females and 38 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in Tamil Nadu.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: June 2, 2021 9:00:42 am
Chennai, Covid-19Ambulances parked outside the COVID care centre of Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH), in Chennai. (Photo: PTI)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News May 31, June 1 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 27,936 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 20,96,516. The state recorded 478 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 24,232. A total of 31,223 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 17,70,503. As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 3,01,781. Till date, 12,36,167 males, 8,60,311 females and 38 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

Telangana reported 2,524 new cases of Covid-19 and 18 deaths on Monday, taking the cumulative active caseload of patients under treatment to 34,084. The number of new cases as well as the active caseload are on a steady decline, even as the state government extended the ongoing state-wide lockdown to June 9. As of date, the state has reported a cumulative caseload of 5,78,351 cases. Of them, 5,40,986 patients have recovered. As many as 3,281 patients have succumbed to the disease, as per official records, as shared by the office of the Director of Public Health.

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15:04 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Cannot keep extending the lockdown, we must put a full stop to Covid-19: M K Stalin

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Tuesday said the state cannot keep extending the lockdown and it needs the support of the people to put a full stop to it.

On a video message posted on his Twitter page, Stalin said there has been a decline in cases in Chennai and other major cities of the state since the lockdown was imposed on May 24. Chennai, for instance, had been reporting 7,000 infections per day but now it has come down to 2,000 cases daily, he added. Similarly, in western districts including Coimbatore, the number of cases has come down in the last two days, he said.

“We cannot keep extending the lockdown. We need to put a full stop to it and this is only in people’s hands. If we follow the restrictions, we can keep a full stop to Covid-19. The Tamil Nadu government has been making efforts to improve the medical infrastructure, and there is no shortage of hospital beds and oxygen now.  In fact, there are beds lying vacant in several hospitals.  In one day, we are inoculating three lakh people. No other state is conducting vaccination on this scale. Similarly, over 1.7 lakh samples are being tested per day,” the CM said.

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15:04 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Chennai: Martial arts instructor arrested following allegations of sexual assault

A 41-year-old martial arts instructor was arrested in Chennai Sunday based on a sexual assault complaint filed by a woman. The accused, who ran a martial arts school in Anna Nagar where he taught karate and judo, was arrested by the Anna Nagar All Women Police. He also worked at a private school in the city, which recently hit the headlines after multiple students lodged sexual assault charges against a faculty member.

The victim, who has been training under the accused for about seven years, alleged he made sexual advances towards her in a car while returning from a tournament in Namakkal district in 2014. She also alleged he had threatened to murder her and ruin her career if she told others about the incident.

The complaint was registered on May 29 under Sections 376 r/w (attempt to rape), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code, and relevant provisions of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Woman Act.

The accused is in 14-day judicial custody.

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14:41 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

After rising 16 times during the month of May, prices of petrol and diesel were hiked yet again on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, touching fresh record highs across the country. In the national capital, the petrol price rose by 26 paise while that of diesel too inched up 23 paise.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 95.99 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 90.12 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol costs Rs. 98.20 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 93.08 per litre.

14:13 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Over 20.23 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 20,23,055 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 10,325 people vaccinated on Monday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

14:00 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Shortage of vaccines forces Tamil Nadu to halt inoculation from June 3 to 5

The shortage of Covid-19 vaccines has forced the Tamil Nadu government to pause inoculation from June 3 to June 5. Many residents who visited the vaccination camps in their localities on Tuesday were sent back by the officials saying they don’t have stocks and asked them to come after June 6.

Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan on Monday said the existing stock will get over by Tuesday and the state will receive the next consignments by June 6 from Bharat Biotech and by June 9 from Serum Institute of India.

As of Monday, the state had around 4.93 lakh doses of vaccines of which 2.69 lakh were supposed to be used for people in the age group of 18-44 and 2.24 lakh for those above 45 years.

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13:37 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Liquid medical oxygen delivered to Andhra Pradesh through Oxygen Express crosses 2,000 MT today

Indian Railways continuous endeavor to find new solutions to serve the nation and overcome unexpected challenges has once again been strengthened with the supply of Medical Oxygen to the state of Andhra Pradesh crossing 2,000 MT of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) in a short span of 16 days. As on date i.e., 01st June 2021, a cumulative total of 2,125.6 MT of LMO has been delivered across the State of Andhra Pradesh through Oxygen Express trains.

Indian Railways have delivered Liquid Medical Oxygen across 4 locations in Andhra Pradesh – Guntur, Krishnapatnam, Simhachalam and Tadipatri. While a total of 720.9 MT of LMO has been delivered to Guntur, Krishnapatnam Port, Simhachalam and Tadipatri have received 756.7 MT, 360 MT and 368 MT of LMO respectively. 

In order to meet the Medical Oxygen requirement of the State in an effective manner, the Oxygen Express trains have been operated from both from the Eastern and Western parts of the Nation. As a result, till date 33 trains have brought 130 LMO tankers of Medical Oxygen to the State. While 15 Oxygen Express trains have come from Odisha, another 9 trains have come from Jharkhand followed by 7 trains from Gujarat and 2 trains from West Bengal. 

13:22 (IST)01 Jun 2021
DRDO opens recruitment applications for the post of Junior Research Fellow

Defense Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, of Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) invites applications for Junior Research Fellow (JRF). DRDO is engaged in the Research and Development of Missile Systems for the Indian Armed Forces.

Young and meritorious nationals who desire to pursue defense-related research can apply for the post on the official website of DRDO till June 14. There are in total 10 vacancies, 7 for JRF-1 (Mechanical Engineering) and 3 for JRF-02 (Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering).  For further details, go to the official website of DRDO- drdo.gov.in

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12:48 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Chennai: Full list of mobile vendors selling groceries, essentials at your doorstep

With the ongoing lockdown in Tamil Nadu extended to June 7 amid the second Covid-19 wave across the state, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has released details of mobile vendors that will supply essentials and groceries to residents across all 15 zones in the city.

The details include vendors from both small stores and supermarkets. Over 2197 vendors have been identified by the GCC for the same.

The GCC has issued passes to vendors to supply groceries and essentials at the doorstep between 7 am and 6 pm daily.

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12:22 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Consider plea to enhance limit to avail medical scheme, Madras HC tells govt

The Madras High Court has left it to the Tamil Nadu government to consider enhancing the threshold limit for receiving Covid-19 treatment under the Chief Minister's comprehensive health scheme.

"Since this is a matter of policy, it is left to the state to consider whether the upward revision of the minimum threshold limit would be appropriate," the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said on Monday. The plea appears to be reasonable, the bench said and hoped that the threshold of Rs 72,000 per year would be substantially increased to allow a larger number of families to avail of the benefit under the scheme.

The bench was disposing of a PIL from one D I Nathan praying for a direction to the state government to devise a scheme to bring all private nursing homes, polyclinics and hospitals under their control, admit and provide free treatment effectively to the coronavirus affected people under the scheme. 

The petitioner contended that the ceiling of Rs 72,000 per annum is too low since even on the basis of the minimum wages payable to an unskilled worker, the annual income of his family will exceed the minimum eligibility threshold. So he pleaded for a direction to raise the ceiling, so that the scheme can cover a larger number of persons. (PTI)

11:58 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Check stray animals in IIT campus: Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Monday directed officials of the Animal Husbandry department to visit the IIT campus in Chennai, where stray dogs and other animals are allegedly starving without food and ascertain their health.

Earlier, a committee constituted by the High Court told the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy that there were several stray animals inside the campus of the institute, but their fate and state cannot be ascertained.

The Animal Husbandry officials should, after giving prior notice, enter the IIT premises, under the authority conferred by the order, to feed the stray animals and ascertain their health, if necessary, the judges said. The authorities at IIT shall cooperate in this regard, the judges added and hoped that the former would take care of such animals on the campus.

The bench said that it is only a temporary measure and will not be continued after the lockdown. This is necessary because during the lockdown, there is hardly any food for the animals and little scope for even scavenging, the bench added. (PTI)

11:34 (IST)01 Jun 2021
AP CM reviews Anandaiah's herbal supplement

At a high-level review meeting on Covid-19, chaired by Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy in Amaravati on Monday, the officials discussed Anandaiah's herbal supplement and concluded to permit the administration of three traditional supplements simply named P, L and F, except eye drops based on CRAS Report.

The officials stated that the government did not permit Anandaiah to administer the eye drops as the complete reports are yet to be submitted, which might take another 2-3 weeks. The officials said that the proposal was made based on the CCRAS report, and further clarified that the usage of other drugs shouldn’t be stopped as there are no conclusions that the traditional concoction will reduce the Covid.

In regard to this, the authorities stated that Covid-19 infected persons should not come personally to take the Krishnapatnam medicine but their relatives could get it. Also, Covid-19 protocol shall be strictly followed during the distribution of these supplements. 

Meanwhile, the authorities also informed that there has been no evidence of adverse affects with these herbal concoctions. They informed that Anandaiah is giving four supplements P, L, F, K, along with eye drops and didn’t demonstrate preparation of K concoction to the committee due to the unavailability of raw materials. Reports say that the ingredients used by Anandayya are not harmful, while the complete study report on eye drops is yet to come. 

The officials stated that CCRAS conducted trials to know whether these supplements cure Covid-19 and made it clear that there is no evidence that it is curing Covid. However, the report confirmed that there is no harm with the ingredients used in the herbal preparations, but these cannot be recognized as Ayurvedic. The officials stated that if Anandaiah applies to get it recognised as Ayurvedic medicine, they shall take it under consideration.

11:14 (IST)01 Jun 2021
IPS officers in Andhra Pradesh reshuffled

Director General of Police-rank officer Ch Dwaraka Tirumala Rao has been appointed as Commissioner of Andhra Pradesh Public Transport Department in the place of 1986-batch IPS officer Ram Prawesh Thakur, who retired from service on Monday. 

An officer of the 1989 batch of IPS, Rao is currently the DGP (Railways). He will also be the ex-office Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the AP State Road Transport Corporation, according to an order issued by Chief Secretary Aditya Nath Das.

The government also transferred 1996-batch officer N Sanjay and posted him as the Managing Director of AP State Police Housing Corporation. Sanjay will continue to hold the post of Additional Director General of Police (Personnel and Training) as a full additional charge, the Chief Secretary's order said. (PTI)

11:05 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Andhra Pradesh channels say unofficially ‘banned’ by govt

Executives of Telugu news channels TV5 and ABN Andhra Jyothi have accused the Andhra Pradesh government of unofficially “banning” their channels after accusing them of being critical of the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government.

The channels cannot be accessed through multiple-system operators, which provide cable TV connections. They are now only available on direct-to-home services.

“This started on September 20 last year. The MSOs privately say they are under pressure to block the channels from ruling party leaders. The MSOs, however, officially told the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) that they have not blocked the channels and there was some technical difficulty. In spite of the TDSAT’s order to air the channels, they are not complying,’’ an executive of ABN Andhra Jyothi said.

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10:47 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Explained: What Sasikala’s return could mean for AIADMK and Tamil Nadu

Months after she announced in March that she was “stepping aside” from active politics, the late J Jayalalithaa’s close aide V K Sasikala has now been sending signals about an imminent return to politics.

Her decision to “step aside” from politics had come a month before the Assembly polls in April. Sasikala, arrested in 2017 following her conviction in a case of disproportionate assets, was released in January this year. Although there had been efforts at merging her camp with the AIADMK then, too, these had fallen through amid pressure from power centres in New Delhi.

Her plans to return now seem to be driven by the eroding relationship between the two top AIADMK leaders — former Chief Ministers Edappadi K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam, later Deputy CM. The rift presents her with an opportunity to regain a foothold in state politics.

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10:34 (IST)01 Jun 2021
EPS urges PM to increase Amphotericin supply to TN

Anti-fungal drug Amphotericin is in short supply and its allotment to Tamil Nadu should be increased, Leader of Opposition and top AIADMK leader Edappadi K Palaniswami requested the Centre on Monday.

Referring to the incidence of black fungus in Tamil Nadu, Palaniswami, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said mucormycosis was spreading rapidly all over the state.

Amphotericin injection, used to treat the infection, is in short supply, he said and requested Modi to increase its allotment to enable the affected people to get access to life saving treatment.

The former Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to Modi for immediately looking into the COVID-19 related requirements of Tamil Nadu and increasing allotment of vaccines, oxygen and anti-viral Remdesivir. (PTI)

10:20 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Judo trainer held for sexual harassment

A 41-year old martial arts trainer has been arrested in connection with sexual harassment of his student seven years ago, police said on Monday.

Police identified the arrested as Kebiraj, who is running a martial arts school at Anna Nagar in Chennai. He was arrested on Sunday, based on the complaint from a 26-year old woman who alleged that he had sexually harassed her while returning in a car from a judo competition in Namakkal district in 2014, a city police release said.

She alleged he touched her inappropriately and warned her of dire consequences if she revealed it to anyone, the release added. A judo trainer, the man was arrested on Sunday night, it said. (PTI)

10:08 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Curfew in Andhra Pradesh extended till June 10

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy Monday held a review meeting on prevailing COVID situation and vaccination and decided to extend the curfew in force till June 10. The curfew relaxation timings would be the same from 6 am to 12 pm.

During the review meeting held at camp office in Amaravati on Monday, the officials explained the prevailing COVID situation to the Chief Minister. They said 2632 COVID cases were  registered per one million population in Urban areas and it is 1,859 cases per one million in rural areas. They said that the positivity rate on May 16 was 25.56 percent while it was 15.91 percent May 30 and added that active cases were reduced from two lakhs to 1.6 lakhs. They said recovery rate has also significantly improved and added that recovery rate was 84.32 percent on May 7 and it has increased to 90 percent at present.

Reviewing Black Fungus and treatment being given to patients, the officials said there are 1,179 Black fungus cases in the state at present and 1,068 patients are being treated, 97 people have recovered and 14 people were dead. The Chief Minister directed the officials to make efforts to make required injections and tablets available to those infected with black fungus. The officials said injections are being supplied by the central government and they were procuring required tablets and added that they are also trying to arrange alternative injections.

Reviewing on Supply and storage of Oxygen, the officials said the usage of oxygen has decreased to 490 metric tons and added that they have procured 654 metric tons of Oxygen on May 29. They said there was a production of 230 metric tons of oxygen locally.

The officials informed the Chief Minister that they have identified 92 orphans whose parents had succumbed to COVID and Rs 10 lakh has been deposited in the accounts of 43 children. The Chief Minister directed to invest the money in good schemes so that the interest will be useful for their monthly maintenance. 

The Chief Minister also directed the officials to vaccinate students going abroad for studies and people who are going abroad on work visa and directed them to provide a vaccine certificate.

10:02 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Telangana govt extends summer vacations in schools, DIET colleges till June 15

The Telangana government on Monday extended the summer holidays in all schools and DIET colleges of the state till June 15. According to an order issued by the Directorate of School Education, the state government decided to extend the summer holidays after taking the coronavirus situation into account. 

“Government has carefully reviewed the situation and it is decided to extend summer holidays for all the schools and DIET (District Institute of Education and Training colleges) in the state till 15 June 2021,” reads the official notification by the Directorate of School Education.

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09:50 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Release call hanging for 3 yrs, Perarivalan again goes to SC, for bail

Days after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin wrote to the President seeking implementation of a recommendation to immediately release the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, A G Perarivalan has moved a petition in the apex court for interim bail.

The seven have been waiting for a decision since 2018, when the state government first recommended their release. The seven had been convicted in May 1999.

Perarivalan’s petition to the Supreme Court says the stalemate “is completely political and the only place for the petitioner to anticipate for justice is Your Lordships’ benevolence”. Perarivalan, who was convicted for buying a battery used in the explosive to kill Gandhi, and was convicted when he was 19, adds, “As this case is viewed by the authorities more politically than legally, the petitioner and his parents have already faced many rounds of litigation in the quest to get the petitioner an ordinary free life in society.”

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09:49 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Hyderabad receives 56.6MT shipment of Sputnik V

Former AIADMK minister M Manikandan has been booked for rape based on a complaint by a 36-year-old actor. Besides rape, Chennai’s Adyar All Women Police have also booked Manikandan under IPC Sections entailing criminal intimidation, miscarriage without women’s consent and voluntarily causing hurt. In her complaint, the actor has accused Manikandan of luring her into a relationship on the pretext of marriage.

READ | Former Tamil Nadu AIADMK minister booked for rape after actor lodges complaint

The Telangana government on Monday extended the summer holidays in all schools and DIET colleges of the state till June 15. According to an order issued by the Directorate of School Education, the state government decided to extend the summer holidays after taking the coronavirus situation into account.

READ | Telangana govt extends summer vacations in schools, DIET colleges till June 15

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