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Chennai Hyderabad June 18 Highlights: TN records 8,633 cases and 287 deaths

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 18 Highlights: As of Friday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 89,009.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: June 21, 2021 9:17:15 am
India achieves milestone of conducting 40 crore COVID-19 tests: ICMRA health worker takes a swab sample of a fisherman for COVID-19 testing, at Kasimedu Fishing Harbour, in Chennai. (PTI)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News June 18 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 8663 positive cases of Covid-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 24,06,497. Among these, Coimbatore reported 1,089 while Chennai accounted for 492 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,28,322. The state recorded 287 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 30,835. A total of 19,860 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 22,86,653.

The Tamil Nadu government announced more relaxations in 27 districts where the spread of Covid-19 is declining and public transportation is likely to resume from next week. The decision was taken after a meeting between Chief Minister MK Stalin and Transport Minister RS Rajakanappan at the Secretariat on Wednesday. According to sources, the government is planning to operate 50 per cent of the town buses.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, a senior official from the Villupuram State Transport Corporation said: “We are hoping that from June 21 (Monday), buses will be allowed to ply within districts initially and after assessing the situation, it will be open for inter-districts as well,” he said.

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20:56 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Thousands of doctors join nation-wide protest, wear black badges

About 35,000 doctors of the Indian Medical Association Tamil Nadu branch joined the nationwide protest on Friday, demanding a central legislation to protect hospitals and healthcare professionals from violence. The IMA had called for the protest against recent incidents of violence against healthcare professionals in different parts of the country.

The protest with the slogan “Save the Saviors” was peaceful and it did not affect the services in the hospitals, according to Dr A K Ravikumar honorary state secretary of IMA. No medical services were withdrawn or patient care interrupted during the protest, which strictly followed the covid lockdown protocols

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19:53 (IST)18 Jun 2021
TN records 8,633 cases and 287 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 8663 positive cases of Covid-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 24,06,497. Among these, Coimbatore reported 1,089 while Chennai accounted for 492 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,28,322. The state recorded 287 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 30,835. A total of 19,860 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 22,86,653.

18:30 (IST)18 Jun 2021
State-level task force formed to tackel Covid-19 spread among animals

Tamil Nadu government constitutes a State-level task force under IAS officer Supriya Sahu to provide guidelines to the field level officers to keep a close watch on the efforts taken by the authorities to prevent the Covid-19 spread among animals in captive areas, parks and wildlife sanctuaries. This comes at the backdrop of tragic events that took place in Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Chennai. The park lost two Asiatic lions due to the virus. 

17:08 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Covid-19: TN govt mulls opening public transport in 27 districts

The Tamil Nadu government announced more relaxations in 27 districts where the spread of Covid-19 is declining and public transportation is likely to resume from next week. The decision was taken after a meeting between Chief Minister MK Stalin and Transport Minister RS Rajakanappan at the Secretariat on Wednesday. According to sources, the government is planning to operate 50 per cent of the town buses.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, a senior official from the Villupuram State Transport Corporation said: “We are hoping that from June 21 (Monday), buses will be allowed to ply within districts initially and after assessing the situation, it will be open for inter-districts as well,” he said.

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15:00 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai on Saturday

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

Pattabiram: Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Lakshmi Nagar, Balaji Nagar and surrounding areas.

Thirumullaivoyal: Lakshmipuramkonimedu, Gandhinagar and surrounding areas.

Manali New Town: Manali New Town, KGL Nagar and surrounding areas.

Melur: Pattamanthiri, Vallur and Athipattu.

Adyar Besant Nagar and Sasthiri Nagar: TTM Street, Anna Colony, Vannanthurai, MG Road and Lakshmipuram.

Velachery West and Central: Parts of 100 Feet Bypass Road, Lakshmi Nagar, MGR Nagar and nearby areas.

Velachery East: Tansi Nagar, Anna Nagar, Anna Nagar Extension, Annai Indira Nagar, VGP Selva Nagar and Extension, Balamurugan Street and VEnus Colony.

IT Corridor: ETL, Sholinganallur, Taramani, Thoraipakkam, Ezhil Nagar and surrounding areas.

Puzhal: Valluvar Nagar, Bharathidasan Nagar and surrounding areas.

Stanley: Ambedkar Nagar, Stanley Nagar, Jayaram Street and surrounding areas.

Saidapet: Rengarajapuram, Thomas Nagar, Kakkan Puram and surrounding areas.

Porur: Gergambakkam, Porur, Karambakkam, Mangadu, Kundrathur and surrounding areas.

Neelankarai: Blue Beach Road, Sea View Avenue, Casuarina Drive and surrounding areas.

Pallavakkam: Chinna Neelgarai Kuppam, Ranga Reddy Garden, Mettu Colony and surrounding areas.

Guindy: Madipakkam, Adambakkam, Nanganallur, TG Nagar and surrounding areas.

KK Nagar: Ashok Nagar, KK Nagar, Vadapalani, Alagirinagar and surrounding areas.

Ambattur: Puliambedu, Devi Nagar, Susainagar and surrounding areas.

14:43 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Plumber dies at Hyderabad airport, investigation underway

A plumber tasked with cleaning a drainage line at the arrival area of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad died late Thursday evening. The cause of death is being ascertained while it is suspected to be caused by asphyxiation after inhaling toxic fumes.

Two of his colleagues who tried to help him fell unconscious in a similar manner and were rushed to Apollo Medical Center in the airport premises for medical attention. The incident took place at 8 pm Thursday.

The GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited, in an official statement, said “A worker of Faber Sindoori Facilities Management Services was found dead today. The cause of death is yet to be ascertained. We are offering all our support to the family of the deceased.”

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14:29 (IST)18 Jun 2021
DMK chief MK Stalin meets Sonia, Rahul

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK president MK Stalin Friday met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at her residence, where Rahul Gandhi was also present. This is the first meeting between Stalin and Sonia Gandhi after the DMK-Congress alliance was elected to power in the just-concluded assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.

The leaders are learnt to have discussed the new government's schemes and policies in the state, where the Congress is a junior partner. (PTI)

14:00 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Over 22.73 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 22,73,931 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 21,570 people inoculated on Thursday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

13:23 (IST)18 Jun 2021
AP SSC, Inter exams: Govt will decide on exams at appropriate time, says minister

The Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday said it would take a right decision on conducting the year-end examinations for Class 10 and Intermediate students at the appropriate time. “We are keenly observing the situation. We will take an appropriate decision at the appropriate time,” Education Minister A Suresh told reporters.

Asked about the Supreme Court notice, the minister said he was not aware of it. He, however, said the government would spell out its
stand after the notice was received. “We will tell the Supreme Court why conducting the examinations is necessary,” Suresh said.’

“Our stand has been the same from the beginning. We want to conduct the examinations only in the interest of the students’ future,” Suresh maintained.

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13:09 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Self-styled godman Shiva Sankar Baba, accused of sexual harassment, sent to judicial custody for 14 days

Self-styled godman Shiva Sankar Baba, who was recently arrested from Delhi following sexual harassment complaints by students of a school run by him, has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days by a Mahila Court on Thursday.

The Mamallapuram All Women Police Station (AWPS) had registered three cases against Baba under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code, Pocso Act, and Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Women Harassment Act. The Tamil Nadu Commission for protection of Child Rights soon swung into action and conducted a preliminary hearing at the school located in the outskirts of Chennai city.

Baba had evaded the inquiry and the school administrator had informed the officials that he had suffered a heart attack and was currently undergoing treatment in Dehradun, Uttrakhand. The case was then transferred to CB-CID on June 13.

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12:44 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

After staying unchanged for a day, prices of petrol and diesel were hiked again on Friday, June 18, 2021, touching fresh record highs across the country. In the national capital, the petrol price rose by 27 paise while that of diesel too inched up 28 paise.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 98.14 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 92.31 per litre.

In Hyderabad, the price of petrol is Rs. 100.74 per litre and that of diesel is Rs. 95.59 per litre.

12:25 (IST)18 Jun 2021
YouTuber Madan Kumar arrested in Dharmapuri, brought to Chennai

Popular YouTuber Madan Kumar has been arrested by the cybercrime wing of the Chennai Police in Dharmapuri, and is being taken to Chennai. Madan, who was absconding since Monday when he was to appear before the police in connection with allegations of abuse, was found at a friend’s house.

The arrest comes a day after Madan’s wife Krithiga was arrested in Salem and taken to Chennai. Krithiga, the administrator of Madan’s YouTube channels, has been booked along with her husband under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act and Indian Penal Code.

In Chennai, the police seized several gadgets, including mobile phones and laptops, from the couple’s house.

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12:13 (IST)18 Jun 2021
TN announces Rs 61.09 crore paddy cultivation package for farmers

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday announced a Rs 61.09 crore Kuruvai paddy cultivation package for more than two lakh delta farmers aiming to bring additional area under this short-term crop. The scheme, benefitting 2,07,259 farmers of Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai and Thiruvarur districts besides those in Cuddalore, Ariyalur and Tiruchirappalli districts, will enhance the acreage beyond the targeted 3.5 lakh acres this season.

"Due to the opening of the Mettur dam and the announcement of this package, it is expected that this year's cultivation will exceed the target of 3.5 lakh acres," an official release said on Thursday. 

Farmers would be provided subsidised inputs, including 2,870 tonnes of certified paddy seeds, to raise the crop in 1.9 lakh acres. "They would also be provided fully subsidised chemical fertiliser and green manure seeds for 24,000 acres," the release said. "To facilitate this, the government has allocated Rs 50 crore towards distribution of inputs and Rs 11.09 crore for ensuring subsidised machinery to farmers and to create farm ponds for effective use of water," the chief minister said in the release.

It has been planned to enhance the acreage of the short duration Kuruvai crop cultivation to 3.5 lakh acres for this season against the usual 3.2 acres, he said. (PTI)

11:47 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Expelled, Pugazhendhi hits outs: ‘OPS has no say in AIADMK, will be sidelined by EPS’

V Pugazhendhi, the spokesperson of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), was among those expelled from the party this week over anti-party activities. The decision was taken at a meeting of newly elected MLAs in Chennai on Monday. Earlier, Pugazhendhi was shown the door for joining TTV Dhinakaran’s Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) after J Jayalalithaa’s death in 2016. He returned to the AIADMK in early 2020 after a fallout with Dhinakaran.

Speaking to IndianExpress.com, Pugazhendhi explains his relationship with former chief minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami (EPS) and former deputy CM O Pannerselvam (OPS), how the party is functioning following its loss in the Assembly elections, and whether he would now join hands with Sasikala.

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11:45 (IST)18 Jun 2021
ONGC seeks permission from Tamil Nadu govt for exploratory wells in Ariyalur, farmers protest

The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation has now written to the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) seeking environmental clearance (EC) for drilling exploratory wells in Tamil Nadu’s Ariyalur district, despite opposition by locals and even Chief Minister M K Stalin to an earlier similar proposal. The Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas had earlier invited bids for the development of oil and gas fields at Vadatheru, near Pudukkotai.

Several farmers had protested against the proposal in Vadatheru, prompting Chief Minister MK Stalin to write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to intervene and inform the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to cancel the bidding process for Vadatheru in the Cauvery Basin.

In his letter dated June 13, Stalin had said that his government is of the view that no new hydrocarbon project should be taken up in the Cauvery Basin and other neighbouring districts in the interest of protecting the livelihood of the farmers and the agro-ecology of the Cauvery basin.

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11:11 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Madras HC judge says he won’t be cowed down by social media posts

A judge of the Madras High Court, who was dealing with an anticipatory bail application from an advocate and her lawyer daughter and made certain remarks against the behaviour of the lawyers with police personnel at public places, says that he won’t be deterred by the posts on social media.

When the advance bail petitions from advocate Tanuja Rajan @ Tanuja Kanthula and her daughter Preeti Rajan, residents of Chetpet came up yesterday, Justice M Dhandapani said in the open court that unwarranted messages were on circulation in the social media against him for questioning the conduct of lawyers in public places.

“I will not be deterred by such messages and I would not hesitate to act when things take an ugly turn,” the judge warned.

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10:53 (IST)18 Jun 2021
PMK holds protest against TN govt move to open TASMAC outlets

The PMK on Thursday staged a protest against the Tamil Nadu government's decision to reopen state-run liquor shops in 27 districts, during the ongoing COVID lockdown.

Senior leaders including Anbumani Ramadoss, G K Mani and party workers held a protest in front of their respective houses by holding placards carrying messages against opening of liquor shops and seeking implementation of total prohibition in the State.

PMK founder S Ramadoss had condemned the opening of TASMAC shops in the state from June 14.

Facing widespread criticism over the decision to allow liquor shops to operate, Chief Minister M K Stalin had said that it was done considering the declining trend of coronavirus cases in 27 districts. However, he maintained that liquor outlets were not allowed to resume operations in 10 districts with high COVID caseload. (PTI)

10:26 (IST)18 Jun 2021
IIT Madras launches Indian network for memory studies

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras has launched the Indian network for memory studies (INMS). The institute claims it to be the nation’s first formal national network in the field of memory studies in India. The INMS will coordinate complex engagements with ‘memory’ from different institutes including cultural studies centres as well as neuroscience laboratories and industry research on AI and related fields.

Founded by Dr Avishek Parui and Dr Merin Simi Raj, Assistant Professors (English), Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras, the network will focus on research in the domain.

Through the research conducted at the Centre for Memory Studies, IIT Madras, the INMS aims to facilitate a departure from Eurocentric approaches in terms of the theoretical frameworks and worldviews. This will also help open up internship and research opportunities for Indian students and international scholars through an annual membership programme in collaboration with the International Memory Studies Association (IMSA).

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10:06 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Special courts to dispose of cases quickly: Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Thursday directed the Special Courts for hearing cases against the MLAs and MPs to dispose of the cases pending before them as quickly as possible.

“Since the Benches have been set up and infrastructure and other aspects are in place, the suo motu proceedings need not be continued any further, with an observation that all (Special) Courts hearing the criminal cases (against MLAs and MPs) should deal with them as expeditiously as the business of that Court would permit….,” the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said.

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10:02 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Madras HC permits Nalini, Murugan to make video calls to kin

The Madras High Court on Thursday permitted Nalini and her husband Murugan, convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, to make video phone calls to their close relatives in Sri Lanka and London.

A division bench of Justices N Kirubakaran and V M Velumani granted the permission while passing orders on a plea from Padma, mother of Nalini.

The petitioner argued that this is the duo's fundamental right, which is getting affected and the court must protect their rights.

The convicts are now serving life term in prisons in Tamil Nadu. (PTI)

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, their first meeting after the DMK won the Assembly polls, and placed before him a 25-point charter of demands. Among these is a plea for a Constitutional amendment to enable states to allocate reservation for Most Backward Classes, SCs and STs based on the state’s composition.

READ | Stalin flags Tamil Nadu vaccine supply, urges repeal of CAA, farm laws

The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation has now written to the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) seeking environmental clearance (EC) for drilling exploratory wells in Tamil Nadu’s Ariyalur district, despite opposition by locals and even Chief Minister M K Stalin to an earlier similar proposal. The Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas had earlier invited bids for the development of oil and gas fields at Vadatheru, near Pudukkotai.

READ | ONGC seeks permission from Tamil Nadu govt for exploratory wells in Ariyalur, farmers protest

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