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Chennai Hyderabad June 25 Highlights: TN records 5,755 Covid-19 positive cases and 150 deaths

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 25 Highlights: As of Thursday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 47,318.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: June 28, 2021 9:24:21 am
Chennai, COVID-19Ambulances carrying COVID-19 patients waiting for admission at the Rajiv Gandhi General Hospital, in Chennai. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News June 25 Highlights: In line with the Covid-19 lockdown relaxations announced by the Tamil Nadu government, the Southern Railways Thursday informed that the suburban train services will resume in Chennai from June 25. To avoid crowding of people, the Southern Railways has classified passengers into different categories, resulting in a change in the travel pattern. While women and children below 12 years are allowed to board the trains anytime, there are certain restrictions for male passengers.

Tamil Nadu recorded 5,755 positive cases of Covid-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 24,55,332. Among these, Coimbatore reported 698 while Chennai reported 350 positive cases. The state recorded 150 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 32,051.125 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 8,132 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 23,75,963.

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20:42 (IST)25 Jun 2021
TN records 5,755 Covid-19 positive cases and 150 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 5,755 positive cases of Covid-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 24,55,332. Among these, Coimbatore reported 698 while Chennai reported 350 positive cases. The state recorded 150 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 32,051.125 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 8,132 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 23,75,963.

18:06 (IST)25 Jun 2021
Puducherry cabinet to be sworn in on June 27

After more than 50 days since Chief Minister Rangasamy took oath of office, the new AINRC cabinet is set to swear in on June 27. Te development comes after Rangasamy handed over the list of five ministers to Puducherry Lt. Governor Dr.Tamilisai Soundararajan at Raj Nivas on Wednesday. 

18:06 (IST)25 Jun 2021
Puducherry cabinet to be sworn in on June 27

After more than 50 days since Chief Minister Rangasamy took oath of office, the new AINRC cabinet is set to swear in on June 27. Te development comes after Rangasamy handed over the list of five ministers to Puducherry Lt. Governor Dr.Tamilisai Soundararajan at Raj Nivas on Wednesday. 

17:05 (IST)25 Jun 2021
Chennai: Sub-inspector arrested under POCSO Act for repeatedly assaulting minor

A Chennai police sub-inspector has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl on multiple occasions.

According to the police, the sub-inspector was in a relationship with a woman since last year, and had been regularly visiting her house. Later, police say, the officer began behaving inappropriately with the woman’s minor daughter. The woman, along with her sister, received money from the accused over a period of time, and the minor was asked to give in to the accused’s demands, a police official said

14:55 (IST)25 Jun 2021
Tamil Nadu: Expert panel formed to tackle possible third Coronavirus wave in children

With the likelihood of a possible third wave of Covid-19, the Directorate of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy in Chennai has formed an expert committee to guide the government in handling the crisis. The five-member committee consists of Siddha experts who have a track record of treating infectious diseases, especially among the children.

According to a source in the directorate, the panel comprises Dr P Sathiyarajeswaran, Director in-charge of Siddha Central Research Institute (SCRI), Chennai, Dr Meenakshi Sundaram, Professor, National Institute of Siddha (NIS), Tambaram, Dr. J Sriram, lecturer Grade II, Government Siddha Medical College, Chennai, Dr S Joseph Maria Adaikalam, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University and Dr Parthiban, Autism specialist from Swabhimaan Trust, Chennai.

The panel comprises mostly of Siddha Kuzhanthai Maruthuvam paediatricians – to suggest the essential Siddha drugs, treatment guidelines for combating covid in children and also to propose training module on Siddha Kuzhanthai maruthuvam to other practitioners of the medicine system.

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14:27 (IST)25 Jun 2021
Hyderabad: Driver arrested in Old City hit-and-run case that killed woman

The Hyderabad Police Thursday arrested the driver of an ‘overspeeding’ Mercedes SUV that mowed down a 38-year-old woman and injured five others at a traffic signal in Hyderabad’s Old City. The incident occurred on Wednesday evening. The driver and co-passengers allegedly fled after the accident.

Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar told indianexpress.com: “The accused has been arrested and will be remanded. He will get punished by the court. That’s all.” Asked if the accused was driving under the influence at the time of the accident, Kumar said the accused was arrested after 24 hours and refused to divulge any more details.

Inquiring into the incident on Thursday, police seized a Maharashtra-registered vehicle from the house of the accused. Assistant Commissioner of Police G Biksham Reddy told reporters that the house was locked and efforts were on to nab the accused. The Hussaini Alam police station has registered a case under sections 304A (Causing death by negligence) and 337 (Causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code.

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14:18 (IST)25 Jun 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

A day after hitting fresh record highs on Thursday, prices of petrol and diesel were unchanged across the country on Friday, June 25, 2021. 

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 98.88 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 92.89 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol is priced at Rs. 101.60 per litre and diesel at Rs. 96.25 per litre.

13:40 (IST)25 Jun 2021
Over 24 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 24,30,381 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 31,143 people inoculated on Thursday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

13:20 (IST)25 Jun 2021
Maoists confirm two Covid-19 deaths among its senior cadres

Outlawed outfit CPI (Maoist) confirmed deaths of two of their senior cadres due to Covid-19 symptoms in a press note on Thursday. The statement was released by the Maoists’ Telangana committee.

Both Chhattisgarh and Telangana police had earlier in the week released statements about the death of 52-year-old central committee member and secretary of Telangana area Committee of the CPI Maoists, Haribhusan.

In the press note released in Telugu, Maoists confirmed not only the death of Haribhusan or Yapa Narayana, but also informed about the death of Indravati Area Committee member Siddaboina Sarakka alias Bharatakka and Budri, who died of Covid-19 on June 22.

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12:38 (IST)25 Jun 2021
Chennai residents can now book Covid-19 vaccination slots through corporation portal

In a bid to decongest Covid-19 vaccination centres, the Greater Chennai Corporation has launched a dedicated portal for residents to book slots. Municipal Administration Minister KN Nehru inaugurated the website on Thursday in the presence of civic body officials.

Residents belonging to any of the 15 zones in the city can book their slots online. They can alternatively call up 044-4612 2300 or WhatsApp 9499933644 for booking slots. The slot has to be rebooked if you miss your appointment.

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12:09 (IST)25 Jun 2021
Rs 1 cr worth of iPhone caught at Hyderabad airport

As many as 80 iPhones, worth over Rs 1 crore, were seized by Customs officials at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad on Thursday. The officials arrested two passengers to whom the checked-in luggage belonged and another person involved in the smuggling attempt.

The two passengers had arrived from Sharjah on Wednesday by Air Arabia flight G9 458. According to an official statement, the passengers were detained when they tried to leave their baggage near the luggage belt and flee. The officials upon noticing this nabbed them to check their baggage and found as many as 80 iPhones concealed inside.

The accused persons are involved in the organized smuggling of dutiable goods in commercial quantity, said a statement. “The smuggled goods valued at Rs 1,00,65,000 were seized under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962. Further, Rs 4,00,000 in cash was also seized from one of the above persons under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962. Further investigation is under progress.”

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11:49 (IST)25 Jun 2021
Big ticket industries on the anvil, police cases against Neutrino protesters will go; says Stalin

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday said police cases filed during the AIADMK rule against peaceful protesters vis-a-vis projects including the Neutrino Observatory and Koodankulam Nuclear Plant would be withdrawn.

Large industries would come up in northern Tamil Nadu providing employment opportunities to 22,000 persons, he said in the Assembly replying to the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor for his Address.

Stalin said he firmly believed that appropriate employment opportunities to young men and women is the foundation for their growth and as well as that of the Tamil society. With this goal in mind and in the first phase, such  projects would come up in the backward northern regions of Cheyyar and Tindivanam, he said.

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11:32 (IST)25 Jun 2021
Andhra Pradesh govt cancels Class 10, 12 exams after SC rap

The Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday announced the cancellation of the year-end examinations for Class 10 and intermediate on a day the Supreme Court took a serious view of the indecisiveness.

Education Minister A Suresh told reporters that they decided to cancel the exams as it was difficult to adhere to July 31 deadline set by the Supreme Court for completing the process. He said a high-powered committee would be constituted to assess the marks to be awarded to intermediate students.

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11:15 (IST)25 Jun 2021
CAG report indicts TN govt under AIADMK regime for losses worth crores

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India’s report has flagged undue benefit to contractors, extra and wasteful expenditure besides loss to exchequer all together running into crores of rupees, in its audit on Tamil Nadu government undertakings tabled in the Assembly on Thursday.

These were related to electricity monolith Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (for year ended 31 March 2019), the liquor entity, Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation, a Bio Park, and a cement corporation (audit for these three entities are for year ended 31 March 2018).

In its report on TASMAC bars run by private parties, the CAG pointed to absence of suitable clause in agreement for an escalation of license fee in case of extension of license period beyond the agreed period. This resulted in loss of Rs 18.67 crore to the government exchequer and Rs 19 lakh as agency commission to TASMAC during the extended period of license (July 2016-November 2017) in bars attached to 326 retail vending shops.

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10:46 (IST)25 Jun 2021
Tamil Nadu: First graduate from remote hamlet, 20-year-old brings classroom to her village

Studying beyond primary school was never easy for the children of Chinnampathy, a tribal village in the hills above Coimbatore. Even before Covid-19 hit, going to secondary school meant taking the one government bus, or walking kilometres through forests full of elephants and leopards. Twenty-year-old Sandhya Shanmugam, as the first graduate from the village, knew these hardships only too well.

So after the pandemic closed school doors and patchy internet connection made online classes impractical, Shanmugam decided to do her bit for the village. “Schooling is very tough here. We have never had proper transport from our tribal village to the nearest villages or towns. Our kids go to school in the morning on the government bus, which returns only in the evening,” said Shanmugam. “I endured the difficulties. I know what it takes to get basic rights. So now, I have taken the responsibility to educate other kids in Chinnampathy.”

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10:27 (IST)25 Jun 2021
In Tamil Nadu, a tribal settlement remains untouched by Covid-19

Even as the Covid-19 virus finds its way into every nook and corner of the country, a tribal village in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu has managed to remain an outlier. Since the beginning of the pandemic last year, zero infections have been reported in Chinnampathi village.

The village has a population of 150, of which more than half are above the age of 45.

Senthil Kumar, a resident of Chinnampathi, said the key to successfully protecting the village from the virus lay in maximum awareness. The villagers were taught about the importance of maintaining physical distance and using some kind of face-cover to cover their noses and mouths in public even before the government initiated containment measures. Kumar’s wife is the president of the Madukkarai panchayat under which Chinnampathi falls.

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10:00 (IST)25 Jun 2021
Telangana: Scheduled Castes panel sends notice to DGP, Chief Secy over custodial death

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has sent a notice to the Telangana Chief Secretary and Director General of Police seeking information about the death of a Dalit woman in police custody.

A Mariyamma, a cook at a pastor’s house in Yadadri-Bhuvanagiri district, had been taken into custody on June 18 along with two of her male relatives for alleged theft of Rs 2 lakh from her employer.

The police say that she “all of sudden fell down on the ground and went unconscious”. She was first taken to a local hospital and then shifted to a government hospital where she died.

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09:44 (IST)25 Jun 2021
123 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 123 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 61 arrivals and 62 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:25 (IST)25 Jun 2021
CMRL invites tenders for renting out commercial spaces at metro stations

Following the resumption of metro services in Chennai on Monday, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has invited tenders for renting out commercial spaces (bare shell shops and office spaces) along corridors 1 (between Washermenpet and Chennai Airport) and 2 (between Chennai Central and St. Thomas Mount) of Phase I and its extension (between Washermenpet and Wimco Nagar), in the city.

The spaces can be rented at street, concourse and link bridge levels at select elevated and underground metro stations across the city.

The move aims to facilitate the needs of commuters and increase footfall and boost the revenue for CMRL, which has seen a dip in revenue owing to the pandemic-induced lockdowns.

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09:23 (IST)25 Jun 2021
Suburban trains to resume services in Chennai from today

In line with the Covid-19 lockdown relaxations announced by the Tamil Nadu government, the Southern Railways Thursday informed that the suburban train services will resume in Chennai from June 25.

To avoid crowding of people, the Southern Railways has classified passengers into different categories, resulting in a change in the travel pattern. While women and children below 12 years are allowed to board the trains anytime, there are certain restrictions for male passengers.

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Even as the Covid-19 virus finds its way into every nook and corner of the country, a tribal village in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu has managed to remain an outlier. Since the beginning of the pandemic last year, zero infections have been reported in Chinnampathi village.

READ | In Tamil Nadu, a tribal settlement remains untouched by Covid-19

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has sent a notice to the Telangana Chief Secretary and Director General of Police seeking information about the death of a Dalit woman in police custody.

READ | Telangana: Scheduled Castes panel sends notice to DGP, Chief Secy over custodial death

For assistance on COVID-19-related queries and mental health support in Chennai, citizens can contact the Greater Chennai Corporation's (GCC) COVID-19 helpline 044 46122300 or 044 25384520 | Citizens can also contact the general helpline 104, the 24-hour helplines 044 29510400 or 29510500 and the 24 x 7 mobile helplines 8754448477 or 9444340496 | Citizens can find the nearest GCC-facilitated COVID-19 fever clinic here | For lodging rain-related complaints and assistance during the monsoon, citizens can contact the GCC's monsoon helplines 044 25384530 or 044 25384540 or the control room 1913 (available 24x7)

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