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Chennai Hyderabad June 30, July 1 Highlights: Chennai reports less than 300 cases; Telangana reports 917 fresh cases, 10 deaths

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 30, July 1 Highlights: As of Wednesday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Telangana is 13,388.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: July 2, 2021 7:49:26 pm
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, Hyderabad Coronavirus News June 30, July 1 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 4506 positive cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 24,79,696. Among these, Chennai reported 257 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,32,529. The state recorded 113 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 32,619. 97 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 5537 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,08,886.

Telangana on Wednesday recorded 917 new COVID-19 cases and 10 fatalities, taking the tally till date to 6,23,510 and 3,661 respectively. The number of recoveries outnumbered fresh cases during the day with 1,006 people recuperating from the infectious disease thereby taking the cumulative number of recoveries to 6,06,461. The number of active cases was 13,388, the bulletin said.

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19:49 (IST)02 Jul 2021
TN records 4,320 deaths and 97 deaths

Tamil Nadu on Friday reported 4,230 new covid-19 cases taking the caseload to 24,88,407. With 97 causalities, the toll reached 32,818.

With 4,952 patients getting discharged after treatment today, the total recoveries increased to 24,18,882, the bulletin said. The active cases, including those in isolation, dropped to 36,707. As many as 3, 31,62,714 RT-PCR tests have been done conducted in the state till date including 1,60,810 tests on Friday.

Coimbatore continued to top the new infections chart with 486 new cases and reported 7 fatalities on Friday, followed by Erode with 395 fresh cases and three deaths. Salem saw 268 new cases, Tiruppur recorded 243 cases and three deaths.  Chennai reported 238 fresh infections and 5 deaths. The city’s overall tally has now reached 532992. 

19:04 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Light to moderate rain like to occur in Chennai and other areas

According to Regional Metrological Centre in Chennai, a thunderstorm with Light to Moderate rain is likely to occur over Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram, Vellore, Ranipet, Villupuram, Tirupattur, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Tiruvannamalai, Cuddalore, Kallakurichi, Erode, Namakkal, Perambalur, Aryalur, Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts of Tamilnadu within next one or two hours.

18:44 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Ola, Uber drivers stage flash protest in Chennai demanding revision of tariff rates

On Friday around 4 pm, close to 100 Ola, Uber rental cab drivers resorted to a flash protest on Anna Salai in Chennai. The drivers demanded that the cab aggregators should provide them the hike which is due for over five years and a fix a cap on the commission. Initially, the drivers staged a sit-in protest near Chepauk but around 3 pm they took their vehicles and parked on the buzzing Anna Salai. This led to huge traffic congestion for over an hour. The police officials soon swung into action and convinced the drivers to clear their vehicles. Though they cleared their way on Anna Salai, the barrage of vehicles led to traffic in other areas. The drivers said the aggregators are taking away 30 per cent commission per ride. The drivers said if the company doesn’t pay heed to their demands, they will launch the next phase of protest in the upcoming weeks. 

15:47 (IST)02 Jul 2021
TN CM Stalin gives Rs 5 lakh assistance to yesteryear Tamil top star's kin

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Friday handed over a cheque for Rs five lakh, a one-time financial assistance, to the great grandson of M K Thyagaraja Bhagavatar, yesteryear superstar of Tamil cinema. Also, Stalin gave an order allotting a Tamil Nadu Housing Board apartment here on lower rent to Sairam and his family, the beneficiaries.

Sairam, along with his family members received the financial assistance and the order at the Secretariat.

Bhagavatar is the first superstar of Tamil cinema and the colossus of Tamil tinsel world during the pre-inependence days. 'Haridas' was among his most successful films and is known for its non-stop run for three years from 1944 to 1946 in two cinemas here.

15:02 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Andhra Pradesh unveils new IT policy for 2021-24

The Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday came out with the new ‘AP Information Technology Policy 2021-24’ that is expected to generate more than 55,000 jobs over the next three years.

For this purpose, a robust and holistic business environment would be created and the IT, Electronics and Communications Department would be transformed into a revenue centre to achieve self-sustenance.

The State Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, approved the new policy, which is also expected to create 1.65 lakh indirect employment thereby ensuring a holistic eco system development.

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14:05 (IST)01 Jul 2021
GCC releases schedule for spraying larvicide in Chennai

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has released the schedule for spraying larvicide across all 15 zones in Chennai this week. 

13:30 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

Prices of petrol and diesel remained unchanged across the country for the second consecutive day on Thursday, July 1, 2021. The key fuel prices had touched record highs on June 29, when petrol rose by 35 paise per litre while diesel inched up 28 paise in the national capital.

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

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

13:01 (IST)01 Jul 2021
NIA arrests 2 brothers for ‘failed bid to set train on fire’, calls it ‘LeT conspiracy’

The National Investigation Agency on Wednesday arrested two suspected LeT operatives in connection with a failed attempt to set a Bihar-bound train on fire using an incendiary bomb earlier this month.

The arrested accused have been identified as brothers Imran Malik and Nasir Khan, both residents of Nampally, Hyderabad but hailing from Shamli in UP. One of the two had visited Pakistan and allegedly received terror training, the NIA claimed.

According to the NIA, the case came to light after a parcel exploded on a platform at Darbhanga Railway station on June 17. The parcel had been booked at Secunderabad and came to Darbhanga on Secunderabad-Darbhanga Express. The case was initially registered by Bihar Police but was handed over to NIA on June 24.

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13:00 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Lab to store in 12 months: IIT-Hyderabad startup brings quick acting, long-lasting sanitisers to market

The recent invention of a now-patented technology for the production of hand sanitisers and surface disinfectants by an associate professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Hyderabad) is another classic case of taking cutting-edge research and development and its swift introduction to the marketplace.

Dr Jyotsnendu Giri, an associate professor of Biomedical Engineering at IIT-Hyderabad, along with his team of researchers, not only developed a first-of-its-kind nano-formulation adhesive to fight bacteria and viruses including the coronavirus, but also started his own company to make available the products in the market. The products that range from alcohol-based and foam-based hand sanitisers, anti-viral spray for facemasks, and a surface disinfectant are available on e-commerce platforms Amazon and Flipkart at affordable rates, apart from the company’s website. The journey from lab to market took the team only 12 months.

The series of hygiene products was e-launched during an online event by Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on April 16.

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12:27 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Explained: ‘Union’ or ‘central’ govt? In Tamil Nadu, political tussle over words and their meaning

Article 1(1) of the Constitution of India says “India, that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States.” Scholars of India’s constitutional system have described it as being “basically federal, with striking unitary features” (D D Basu).

In common parlance, the terms “union government” and “central government” are used interchangeably in India. In Tamil Nadu, however, a controversy erupted earlier this month over the new DMK government referring to the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the ‘union government’ (ondriya arasu) instead of ‘central government’ (madhiya arasu).

The controversy, which was initially only on Tamil social media, reached the state Assembly when Nainar Nagendran, the BJP MLA from Tirunelveli, demanded to know whether the ruling party had a motive for using the word ‘union’.

In his reply to Nagendran on June 23, Chief Minister M K Stalin said there was no need for anyone to fear the word ondriyam (union), and that his government would continue to use it because it stood for the principles of federalism.

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11:51 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Chamber asks Stalin to allow industries to work with 100% workers

The local chapter of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday appealed to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin to allow industries in all sectors to function with 100 per cent employees with standard Covid-19 protocols as was allowed to export units.

Appreciating the initiatives taken by Stalin to bring down the Covid-19 spread in the State, the chamber president C Balasubramanian, in a statement, said the trade body would take the responsibility to follow the guidelines and Covid-19 protocols in the functioning of trade and industrial sectors. (PTI)

11:40 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Southern Railway pulled up for building subway in water body

The Madras High Court on Wednesday pulled up Southern Railway for constructing a subway in a water body in Nagapattinam district. "Even if you put up a Taj Mahal, we will order to raze it down," the First Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said.

The Bench was hearing a PIL petition from S T Arumugam challenging the action of the railway. There were allegations against the railway and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) that they have scant respect for water bodies and put up new constructions, the Bench said.

It ordered notice to Southern Railway and the Tamil Nadu government to file their counters within three weeks with a direction to the State to indicate the nature of the land that had been chosen for the subway and the possibility of restoring the water body. The Bench observed that the authorities should avoid construction in water bodies. If it is unavoidable pillars or the like should be erected so that the larger part of the water body is left undisturbed and nature thereof not irreversibly altered, the Bench added.

Many water bodies in the State, particularly in urban areas, had disappeared. The floods in Chennai in 2015 happened because of the constructions on the waterways, the Bench said. (PTI)

11:13 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Stalin visits Anna memorial in Kancheepuram

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Wednesday visited the memorial of DMK founder, the late CN Annadurai, in Kancheepuram and paid tributes to the Dravidian stalwart.

In his first visit to the town after being sworn-in as chief minister last month, Stalin said his party-led government will forge ahead on the principles of public sevice laid down by Annadurai, a former CM.

"Anna (as he is addressed) insisted on going to people, live among them and serve them and this government will forge ahead based on this," the DMK president later told reporters.

Stalin earlier paid floral tributes to a statue of Annadurai, who heralded the first non-Congress government in Tamil Nadu in the post-independence era, leading the DMK to an emphatic win in the 1967 polls. (PTI)

10:59 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Ripon Building lit up in orange to commemorate Doctors' Day

To commemorate Doctors' Day and appreciate the service of physicians, Ripon Building in Chennai is lit up with orange lights on behalf of Dr. Rela Hospital.

10:51 (IST)01 Jul 2021
71 lakh vaccine doses to reach state in July: TN Medical and Family Welfare minister

Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian said 71 lakh vaccine doses will reach the state in July. Addressing reporters in Chennai, Subramanian said the vaccine doses will be sent to the districts in a phase-wise manner. He said the Centre allocated 50 lakh vaccine doses for the month of June. “In Tamil Nadu, about four lakh vaccines doses are been administered on a daily basis. If we receive the required doses, we can administer up to seven lakh per day. We have the infrastructure to inoculate up to two crore Covid-19 vaccines per month. However, the Union Government is not providing enough supply of vaccines,” he said.

Due to the shortage of doses, the state health department for emergency purposes obtained 2.5 lakh doses from the Centre’s drug store in Periamet. He said the state currently has 3.38 lakh doses, which would be administered across the state without any delay.

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10:43 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Plan to make TN the most favourable investment destination in South Asia: CM

The appointment of a council comprising world renowned economic experts was the base plan towards making Tamil Nadu attain the most favourable investment destination status in South Asia, Chief Minister M K Stalin said on Wednesday.

After taking part in the 10 millionth car roll out ceremony at the Sriperumbudur facility of Korean auto-maker Hyundai Motor India, Stalin said the appointment of the Economic council has ‘infused confidence among industries’ besides garnering global media attention.

“It (The committee of economic experts) is the base plan to the vision of making Tamil Nadu as the most favourable investment destination in South Asia. Several economic experts have praised the government’s decision,” he said.

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10:18 (IST)01 Jul 2021
TN Guv appoints Jagannathan as V-C of Periyar University

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has appointed Dr R Jagannathan as Vice-Chancellor of Periyar University. Purohit, also Chancellor of the Salem-based varsity, appointed Jagannathan for a period of three years with effect from the date of his assuming office, a Raj Bhavan release in Chennai said on Wednesday.

Jagannathan has a rich teaching experience of 39 years and has worked as the Dean Agriculture, Professor and Head, Agricultural Meteorology / Agro-climatic Research Centre and Adjunct Faculty in Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Coimbatore, it said.

"He has a vast research experience having published 55 research papers in Indexed Journals, presented 14 papers in International events and organised five International Academic/Research events," it said.

He has presented seven research papers in National Level Conferences and authored one book and co-authored four others. He is familiar with the university administration having functioned as Dean and Professor, the release added. (PTI)

09:57 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Ensure no homeless people left out from vaccination: Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Wednesday requested the authorities concerned, particularly the Social Welfare department, to ensure that no destitute or homeless or pavement dweller or other citizen of similar kind is left out in the Covid vaccination drive.

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy made the request while closing a PIL petition from a person named Muruganantham.

The bench said to ensure vaccination to this category of people, all Corporations, Municipalities and Town Panchayats should be sensitised by the department to include these vulnerable persons for immediate inoculation since they stand more exposed than other citizens to contract coronavirus.

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09:34 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Madras HC: Doubtful if ‘right to refuse’ vaccine can be allowed during pandemic

The Madras High Court Wednesday expressed doubt on whether the “right to refuse” the Covid-19 vaccine can be exercised during the pandemic.

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy made the observation during the hearing of a PIL raising concerns over the vaccination of people with disabilities, including those who are unable to travel.

The court observed that unvaccinated people can be carriers of the coronavirus after the state, in its submission, referred to a section of people who are hesitant to get the jab.

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09:21 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Madras HC calls for status report on elephant corridors in Coimbatore, Nilgiris

The Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the State government to file another status report giving details of the steps taken to remove the encroachments on the elephant corridors in Coimbatore forest division and in the Nilgiris.

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy gave a direction to this effect when a PIL petition on the issue came up for further hearing yesterday.

The status report filed on June 26 indicated certain measures taken, but it does not appear that all the elephant migratory paths and identified as corridors in the various forest divisions have been addressed or attended to, the bench said.

It hoped that the State would file another status report dealing with the other corridors in the Coimbatore forest division and in the Nilgiris. The matter stands adjourned till July 22. (PTI)

Nilgiris has become the first district in Tamil Nadu to achieve 100 per cent Covid-19 vaccination with the first dose among the eligible tribal communities and tea-estate workers.

READ | Nilgiris inoculate all eligible tribals with first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

In common parlance, the terms “union government” and “central government” are used interchangeably in India. In Tamil Nadu, however, a controversy erupted earlier this month over the new DMK government referring to the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the ‘union government’ (ondriya arasu) instead of ‘central government’ (madhiya arasu).

Explained | ‘Union’ or ‘central’ govt? In Tamil Nadu, political tussle over words and their meaning

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