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Chennai Hyderabad May 24, 25 Highlights: Active cases in TN over 3 lakh; Telangana reports 3043 new cases, 21 deaths

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 24, 25 Highlights: As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 3,01,580.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: May 26, 2021 9:12:49 am
Tamil Nadu, Covid-19A busy Kamaraj Salai area wears a deserted look during COVID-induced lockdown, in Chennai. (Photo: PTI)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News May 24, 25 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 34,867 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 18,77,211. Among these, Chennai reported 4985 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 4,83,757. The state recorded 404 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 20,872. 301 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 27,026 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 15,54,759.

Telangana on Monday registered 3,043 COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to over 5.56 lakh, while the toll stood at 3,146 with 21 more deaths, a government bulletin said. The state has 39,206 active cases and over 59,000 samples were tested. The total number of cumulative cases in the state stood at 5,56,320 while with 4,693 being cured, the total recoveries were at 5,13,968.

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15:30 (IST)25 May 2021
Need to create an ecosystem that encourages children to report smallest of incidences that make them feel unsafe: Cricketer Ashwin Ravichandran
14:59 (IST)25 May 2021
Renault-Nissan and Hyundai face shutdowns in India over workers’ COVID fears

Automakers Renault, its alliance partner Nissan Motor Co and Hyundai Motor Co face temporary factory closures in India due to growing unrest among workers concerned about rising COVID-19 infections.

Workers at Renault-Nissan’s car plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu will go on strike on Wednesday because their COVID-related safety demands have not been met, a union representing the workers told the company in a letter on Monday.

Hyundai said it would suspend operations at its plant, also in Tamil Nadu, for five days starting Tuesday, after several workers staged a brief, sit-in protest on Monday amid rising cases in the state.

Tamil Nadu is one of the worst hit states with more than 30,000 cases a day last week. The state, an auto hub known as India’s Detroit, has imposed a lockdown until May 31 but allowed some factories, including auto plants, to continue operating.

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14:44 (IST)25 May 2021
Hyderabad: Mosque turns into Covid care centre

A mosque in Hyderabad’s Rajendranagar has opened its premises to operate a full-fledged COVID isolation center. With support from voluntary organizations, a double-storeyed building attached to the Masjid-e-Muhammadi has now been converted into a 40-bed COVID isolation center, equipped with oxygen beds, medical equipment, and a triaging system for first-line COVID treatment. The initiative aims to offer support to patients from weaker sections and those living in congested houses.

Twenty classrooms in the school building will now accommodate two to three patients per room. Separate rooms for pharmacy, doctors, rest area, casualty, and triaging, etc are arranged. Each floor has a separate restroom for men and women. The facility is open to all and services are free of cost, stresses its organizers.

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14:34 (IST)25 May 2021
Manoj Bajpayee, directors Raj and DK respond as Tamil Nadu seeks ban on The Family Man 2: ‘Have utmost respect towards Tamil people and culture’

Raj and DK, the directors of Amazon Prime Video web series The Family Man Season 2, have responded to the calls for banning the series, noting that assumptions have been made based on a few shots in the trailer. Requesting people to wait for the show, they said utmost pains have been taken to present ‘a sensitive, balanced, and riveting story’. The same statement has been shared by the show’s cast including Manoj Bajpayee and Sharib Hashmi on their social media handles.

Raj and DK said in the statement, “Some assumptions and impressions have been made based on just a couple of shots in the trailer. Many of our lead cast members, as well as key members of the creative & writing team, are Tamilians. We are very cognizant of the sentiments of the Tamil people and Tamil culture and have nothing but the utmost love and respect towards our Tamil people.”

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13:55 (IST)25 May 2021
One dead, 7 missing as country boats capsize in river in AP

A child died and seven others belonging to Odisha went missing in the Sileru river in Visakhapatnam when two country boats they were travelling in capsized early on Tuesday. However, three people swam to safety, police sources said.

The victims, tribals, were migrant workers who were returning to their village Konduguda in Odisha from Hyderabad. 

In all, some 35 people started off in five country boats in the Sileru river. Some of them safely reached their destination. They chose the river route in view of the ongoing Covid curfew in the state.

A search operation has been launched to trace the victims. (PTI)

13:32 (IST)25 May 2021
Telangana to resume second dose vaccination from May 25

The second dose of COVID-19 vaccination for people above 45 years of age will commence zfrom Tuesday across Telangana. According to an official release, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has instructed officials to begin the second vaccination programme from today.

"The CM has asked people who have taken the first dose of COVID vaccine and are eligible for the second one to walk into the government vaccination centre nearby and get it," the release issued on Monday night said.

On May 16, the government said it was suspending the second dose inoculation drive for persons above 45 years of age citing inadequate stock of Covaxin vaccine and non-receipt of fresh stocks from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It has already suspended the vaccination of the first dose and did not even start administering people between 18 and 44 due to scant stocks.

The CM has instructed state Finance Minister Harish Rao to prepare guidelines to identify the "super spreaders" of COVID-19 and set up special vaccination centres for them, the release added. (PTI)

12:57 (IST)25 May 2021
Over 18.59 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 18,59,255 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 23,241 people inoculated on Monday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

12:29 (IST)25 May 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

After being steady for a day, prices of petrol and diesel were hiked again on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, touching fresh record highs across the country. In the national capital, the petrol price rose by 23 paise while that of diesel too inched up 25 paise.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 95.06 per litre and diesel at Rs. 89.11 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol costs Rs. 97.12 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 91.92 per litre.

12:00 (IST)25 May 2021
Andhra Pradesh braces for Cyclone Yaas, readies oxygen stock

North coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh are bracing for severe cyclonic storm Yaas, which is predicted to hit the eastern coast on May 25-26, and supply of liquid medical oxygen to the state may be hit.

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy while speaking to Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a video conference said that there is a possibility of a slight impact on Northern AP and the coastal areas, considering the cyclone’s movements.

Reddy said that the government machinery is vigilant and taking all the necessary precautions while assessing the situation. The CM held a review meeting with the concerned officials and directed them to take up necessary measures to face the storm while maintaining Covid-19 protocols.

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11:43 (IST)25 May 2021
Remote job searches at 966% high, tech jobs are highest paid: Report

There has been a rise of 966 per cent in the search for ‘remote work’ since April 2020, according to the recent reports by Indeed, a job search website. There are several factors attached to it but the primary one is the reduction of geographical barriers in the virtual mode of working. The hiring process has also undergone some changes due to this and now instead of looking at the residing city of the applicant, employers focus on the skill set that the applicant has to offer to the company or organisation. Study by Indeed also showed that 1 in 2 employers only preferred virtual hiring procedures in the pandemic.

Due to the surge in cases during the second wave, companies have increasingly started offering WFH opportunities and have embraced the option to work out in the future as well. The search for remote jobs has come from the seekers who belong to the age group of 60-64, 15-19 and 40-44 at 13 per cent each.

Some cities topped the chart for remote job searches. According to recent data, Bengaluru is on the top with 16 per cent, Delhi at 11 per cent, Mumbai at 8 per cent, Pune at 7 per cent, and Hyderabad at 6 per cent.

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11:31 (IST)25 May 2021
‘No fault of forest guards’: Telangana Police on row over pillion rider crashing into checkpost

A youngster riding pillion on a motorcycle died on the spot after hitting a checkpost in Telangana’s Mancherial district, while the rider, his friend, managed to duck the iron barrier and escape.

The incident took place at 12.53 pm on May 22 at a forest checkpost in Tapalpur village at Jannaram in the district. Footage of the incident, caught on a CCTV camera, has now gone viral on social media.

In the video, it is clear that the youngster on bike didn’t slow down or stop at the checkpost despite the guard signaling him to do so. In his bid to escape the guards, the youngster ducked in time while the pillion rider smashed his head against the iron rod at the checkpost. He fell off the bike and died on the spot, and the rider fled from the scene.

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11:10 (IST)25 May 2021
UPSC CDS (I) final result announced, 147 candidates declared successful

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Monday released the final merit list of CDS (I) exam 2020. Candidates who appeared in the UPSC CDS (I) 2020 OTA exam can download the result through the official website of UPSC – upsc.gov.in. However, marks of the candidates will be available within 15 days from the date of declaration of final results on the commission’s website for 30 days. 

As per the merit list released by the commission, a total of 147 candidates have successfully cleared the examination. The results of the medical examination of candidates have not been taken into account in preparing the merit list. The candidature of all the candidates is Provisional. Verification of date of birth and educational qualification of these candidates will be done at Army Head Quarter. 

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11:06 (IST)25 May 2021
Will remain in politics till my last breath; nobody can stop MNM’s journey: Kamal Haasan

Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan on Monday said that he would remain in politics till he is alive and MNM would exist as long as there is politics in the society. “Till we seek the change in an honest way, our flag will fly high,” Haasan said in a video he posted on Twitter.

MNM failed to win a single seat in the recently concluded Assembly polls and polled 2.5 per cent share of votes. In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the party had got 3.7 per cent.

After the poor performance this time, many of the second-rung leaders have resigned from the party claiming that Kamal Haasan is leading the party in an autocratic manner. Dr. R Mahendran, the former vice-president of MNM, said there is no hope for any change in the attitude or approach of Haasan.

Taking a dig at the people who said he acts like a dictator inside the party, Haasan said the party’s decision to make stars out of unknown and lesser-known faces in society is being considered to be authoritarianism.

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10:49 (IST)25 May 2021
Wedding in the skies ends in Covid notice; probe on, Spice Jet crew off-rostered

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has launched an investigation into a case of 161 passengers on board a chartered SpiceJet flight flouting onboard Covid norms while attending a mid-air wedding ceremony on Sunday.

“The crew of the flight has been off-rostered and the airline has been directed to lodge a complaint with relevant authorities against those not following Covid-appropriate behaviour,” a senior DGCA official said, adding that the aviation safety regulator was conducting an inquiry into the incident “and shall take strict action”.

The flight, operated by SpiceJet and chartered by a Madurai businessman, took off from Madurai and landed back in the city after a two-hour “joy ride” on Sunday, with the couple and their relatives and friends on board.

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10:37 (IST)25 May 2021
Ministers for Backward Classes, Welfare & Tourism take oath as MLAs

Ministers for Backward Classes, Welfare and Tourism S S Sivasankar and M Mathiventhan respectively took oath as MLAs of the 16th Tamil Nadu Assembly in Chennai on Monday. Seven others, including former Ministers for Health and Information, C Vijayabaskar and Kadambur C Raju (both AIADMK) took oath as MLAs in the chamber of the Assembly Speaker, M Appavu.

Senior leaders, including Chief Minister M K Stalin and Edappadi K Palaniswami (Leader of the Opposition and former CM) had taken oath as MLAs on May 11, besides others. 

Sivasankar, Mathiventhan, Vijayabaskar and Raju could not take the oath on May 11 as they were under treatment for COVID-19. 

S Gandhirajan (Vedasandur-DMK), Isakki Subbiah (Ambasamudram-AIADMK), R Vaithilingam (Orathanadu-AIADMK), M Varalakshmi (Chengelpet-DMK), A G Venkatachalam (Anthiyur-DMK) are the five others who took oath as MLAs.

Stalin, who assumed office as the Chief Minister for the first time on May 7, was present on the occasion. (PTI)

10:28 (IST)25 May 2021
Oxygen express heads south, deliveries to Andhra and Tamil Nadu spike the most

Southern states have figured prominently on India’s oxygen express map of late, with deliveries of liquid medical oxygen to Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka having spiked the most sharply over the last four days.

Oxygen expresses, the special trains crisscrossing the country to ferry medical oxygen for patients of Covid-19, delivered their highest-ever single-day load of more than 1,142 tonnes on Sunday — beating the previous record of 1,118 tonnes on May 20.

The biggest spike in supply recently has been seen in Andhra Pradesh, which had received a cumulative 292 tonnes until Thursday (May 20). On Monday, this number had jumped to 730 tonnes, an increase of 150 per cent.

Tamil Nadu had received 1,024 tonnes until Monday, a 75 per cent increase since Thursday. Karnataka had received 1,063 tonnes, a 66 per cent increase over receipts of 640 tonnes of oxygen until Thursday. Telangana had received 772 tonnes until Thursday; at the end of Monday, that number had increased by 26 per cent to 976 tonnes.

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10:18 (IST)25 May 2021
Puducherry: Govt hospital nurses say PPE kits of poor quality, govt dismisses claim

Nurses working in Puducherry’s Indira Gandhi Government General Hospital have alleged they are being provided poor-quality Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and being denied paid leaves even after they contract Covid-19. On Sunday, at a memorial event for healthcare workers who passed away due to coronavirus, slogans were raised against the Puducherry government, the Health Secretary, and the Director of Public Health.

The Union Territory of Puducherry on Sunday registered 1,448 fresh Covid-19 cases and 34 deaths. Seven healthcare workers have died in the past few weeks, including Niranjana (40), nurse at the Indira Gandhi hospital, on May 22.

On behalf of the Confederation of Health Employees Association, the employee union of government healthcare staff, a memorial event for the workers was held on Sunday, where members claimed the government had been turning a blind eye to their requests for over a year. “The government is ignoring people who are risking their lives for society,” the association claimed.

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10:01 (IST)25 May 2021
Igarashi Motors' Chennai units shut from May 24 till May 30 due state-wide lockdown

Auto components maker Igarashi Motors India on Monday said its manufacturing units and corporate office in Chennai will be closed from May 24 to May 30 due to restrictions imposed by Tamil Nadu government to curb the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. The company, which manufacturers DC motors, has two units in Chennai. It supplies to global automotive parts majors, including Bosch, Continental, Cooper, Magneti Marelli and Delphi.

In view of Tamil Nadu government directive of May 22 of complete lockdown in the state to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 second wave, "our manufacturing units and corporate office at Chennai will be closed from May 24, 2021 until May 30, 2021", Igarashi Motors India said in a regulatory filing. The company will continue to closely monitor the situation and take appropriate action as per regulatory guidance, it added.

"However, employees at senior level will continue to work from home, except for those whose physical presence is necessary to run the day-to-day essential services," it said, adding that a task force set up by Managing Director R Chandrasekaran will be monitoring the developments.

The task force will roll-out a slew of measures to ensure that business operations, safety and wellbeing of employees, which are the top priority, through regular video and teleconferencing, the company added. (PTI)

09:52 (IST)25 May 2021
Tamil Nadu government writes to Prakash Javadekar to ban The Family Man Season 2: ‘Condemnable, inappropriate and malicious content’

Even before its release, Manoj Bajpayee’s Amazon Prime Video series The Family Man Season 2 has landed in a soup. According to the Tamil Nadu government, the Raj and DK show ‘depicts the Eelam Tamils in a highly objectionable manner’.

On Monday, the Tamil Nadu government wrote a letter to Information and Broadcast Minister Prakash Javadekar saying that The Family Man Season 2’s release on Amazon Prime Video must be halted, not just in the state, but across the country.

“I would like to bring to your notice about the condemnable, inappropriate and malicious contents of The Family Man 2 serial in Hindi, which depicts the Eelam Tamils in a highly objectionable manner. The trailer of the above said serial which was released in the social media network is aimed at discrediting and distorting the historical struggle of Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka,” read a section of the letter.

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09:41 (IST)25 May 2021
Arunraja Kamaraj on losing his wife Sindhuja to Covid-19: ‘I saw her life being crushed and thrown out of her’

Tamil screenwriter-director Arunraja Kamaraj, who is recovering from coronavirus, on Monday made a heartfelt appeal to the public to exercise utmost caution against the virus, which is claiming hundreds of lives every day in the country. Kamaraj made the appeal even as he’s grieving the death of his wife Sindhuja, who passed away due to Covid-19 related complications last week.

Arunraja and Sindhuja had tested positive for Covid-19 and were hospitalised a couple of weeks ago. While Arunraja responded well to the treatment, Sindhuja succumbed to the infection. “I saw with my own eyes the life of my wife being crushed and thrown out (of her),” he said in an emotional note posted on his Facebook page.

Arunraja Kamaraj noted that only then he realised the gravity of the situation that we are in today. He said despite the prayers and the best efforts of everybody around them, coronavirus still managed to claim the life of his wife. “And the virus is still out there, claiming many more lives,” he said.

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A teacher of a prominent Chennai school was placed under suspension on Monday after allegations of sexual harassment were raised against him by students through social media posts. He was taken into police custody later in the evening. The State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) have taken action in the case.

READ | Suspended, Chennai teacher in cop custody over ‘sexual harassment’

A youngster riding pillion on a motorcycle died on the spot after hitting a checkpost in Telangana’s Mancherial district, while the rider, his friend, managed to duck the iron barrier and escape. The incident took place at 12.53 pm on May 22 at a forest checkpost in Tapalpur village at Jannaram in the district. Footage of the incident, caught on a CCTV camera, has now gone viral on social media.

READ | ‘No fault of forest guards’: Telangana Police on row over pillion rider crashing into checkpost

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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus May 21 Highlights

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