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Chennai Hyderabad July 7, 8 Highlights: TN records 3,211 cases and 57 deaths

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 7, 8 Highlights: A total of 3,565 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,43,141.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: July 9, 2021 8:59:24 am
Students studying abroad wait for their turn to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at a special vaccinantion centre, in Hyderabad. (PTI Photo)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News July 7, 8 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 3,211 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 25,10,059. Among these, Chennai reported 189 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,34,310. The state recorded 57 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 33,253. A total of 3,565 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,43,141.

Dindigul I Leoni, a popular talk show host who has been a member of the DMK for several years, has been appointed head of the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation.

The corporation is responsible for publishing, printing, and selling books free of cost to the government and government-aided schools, and also to private schools at a rate fixed by the government. It has been producing books for English and Tamil medium syllabi for students of Classes I to XII. The post was previously held by former AIADMK MLA B Valarmathi.

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20:54 (IST)08 Jul 2021
TN records 3,211 cases and 57 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 3,211 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 25,10,059. Among these, Chennai reported 189 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,34,310. The state recorded 57 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 33,253. A total of 3,565 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,43,141.

19:41 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Former IPS officer Annamalai appointed president of Tamil Nadu BJP

Former IPS officer Annamalai, who serves as the vice-president of Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party has now been appointed as the state president. The announcement was made by BJP's National General Seceratary Arun Singh.

18:29 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Former MNM vice-president joins DMK

Former Makkal Needhi Maiam vice-president Dr. R Mahendran alongside his 78 supporters joined DMK in the presence of party president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin. Senior DMK leaders TR Balu, Duraimurugan, KN Nehru were present during the event. 

17:06 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Dindigul Leoni to head Tamil Nadu Textbook Corporation

Dindigul I Leoni, a popular talk show host who has been a member of the DMK for several years, has been appointed head of the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation.

The corporation is responsible for publishing, printing, and selling books free of cost to the government and government-aided schools, and also to private schools at a rate fixed by the government. It has been producing books for English and Tamil medium syllabi for students of Classes I to XII. The post was previously held by former AIADMK MLA B Valarmathi.

The appointment of Leoni has evoked a mixed response. PMK youth-wing leader Anbumani Ramadoss urged the government to withdraw its decision. Taking to Twitter, he said Leoni, who has been regularly making derogatory remarks against women, should be replaced by a qualified educationist. He said appointing a person like Leoni is a disgrace to the post.

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15:01 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Madras University professor starts podcast to promote Tamil short stories

Dr T Jaisakthivel, assistant professor of the Department of Journalism and Communication, University of Madras, has started a podcast to promote Tamil literature among students. Jaisakthivel says he came up with the idea after realising his students have limited knowledge about Tamil literature. He said his podcast aims to introduce his students to noted authors and their short stories.

In his podcast, called Sirukathaigal, Jaisakthivel gives listeners a brief introduction of the author before reading the short story. A soothing background score along with his narration helps draw listeners’ attention. Each episode is anywhere between 15 and 35 minutes.

Jaisakthivel, who was previously a journalist, says he started Sirukathaigal as a way to teach his students a Radio Production course. “Our Radio Production classes used to be interactive, but after the pandemic struck, I had to come up with a way to keep students engaged. I asked them to start their own podcasts, and to help them, I decided to do my own.”

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14:32 (IST)08 Jul 2021
L Murugan takes charge as MoS Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairies

Tamil Nadu BJP president L Murugan on Thursday took charge as the Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairies.

After taking charge, Murugan said he will work for the welfare of farmers across the country. 

The minister (44) has not yet been allocated work, as animal husbandry, poultry, dairy and fishery are wide sectors in themselves. Murugan will work along with Sanjeev Balayan to assist his senior minister Parshottam Rupala in the ministry. (PTI)

13:56 (IST)08 Jul 2021
AP Inter Class 12 result 2021: Assessment criteria released for marks evaluation

The Andhra Pradesh state government has devised assessment criteria for the Intermediate second-year. As per the criteria, the board will consider 30 per cent marks obtained in the top three subjects of class 10, then 70 per cent of subject-wise marks in the intermediate first year to calculate the inter marks. Moreover, the marks for practical exams will be awarded as per the results as tests were already completed.

Earlier, the Andhra Pradesh government had told the Supreme Court that it will be able to conduct class 12 exams successfully as there are no reliable alternatives to assess the students. The state government said it will tentatively hold the Intermediate second year examination in the last week of July and the timetable would be issued shortly.

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13:30 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Over 26.64 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 24,64,712 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 1251 people inoculated on Wednesday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

13:08 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Andhra Pradesh govt to re-open schools in offline mode from August 15

The Andhra Pradesh government today decided in principle to reopen schools after August 15 across the state. The government has also planned to complete the vaccination process for all teachers in the meantime. 

As per the official statement, workbook activities will be conducted for the students from July 15 to August 15. Teachers will correct those workbooks and give appropriate instructions for the children in those books.

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13:07 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Former AIADMK minister blames BJP alliance for Assembly poll defeat

C Ve Shanmugam, who was the Law Minister in the AIADMK regime, has said the party’s alliance with BJP cost it the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections.

Shanmugam, once a staunch loyalist of V K Sasikala before joining the camp of the former Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, said the AIADMK government had a good image among the people. “People wanted us to come back to power. But many reasons defeated us including minority votes…” he said at a rally near his home district of Villupuram on Tuesday.

“Our calculations went wrong, especially in the representation of minorities. Due to the alliance with BJP, we lost all minority votes,” he said.

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12:52 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

Petrol and diesel prices were hiked for the second consecutive day on Thursday, July 8, 2021, touching a record high across the country.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 101.37 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 94.15 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol costs Rs. 104.50 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 97.68 per litre.

12:19 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Theatre owners warn Telugu film producers against going directly to OTT platforms

Theatre owners in Telangana banded together on Wednesday in protest against Telugu film producers who are releasing their new films directly on streaming platforms. At a press meet, the members of the Telangana Film Chamber Of Commerce (TFCC) made passionate comments, slamming the producers who were allegedly putting their self-interest before the survival of the entire film industry.

TFCC Secretary Suneil Narang requested the film producers to wait till October before taking their movies directly to OTT platforms. “Why do you think we are trying to keep the theatre business alive despite all the problems? It is because of our passion for cinema. And it will get killed (if the trend continues). So please understand and support us,” he said.

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12:17 (IST)08 Jul 2021
College professor arrested on charges of sexual harassment in Tamil Nadu

A college professor in the Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexual harassment.

CJ Paul Chandra Mohan, head of the department of Tamil at the Bishop Heber College in Tiruchirapalli was taken into custody by the Srirangam all-women police on a case lodged by the District Social Welfare Officer.

A group of students at the college had written to the principal accusing Mohan of exhibiting inappropriate behaviour during classes. In the letter, the students alleged that Mohan repeatedly used vulgar language and cracked obscene jokes during classes making the space extremely uncomfortable. The college subsequently directed the seven-member internal complaints committee (ICC) to investigate the allegations. A report was submitted in April which concluded that there is a prime facie case against him. He was later suspended.

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11:47 (IST)08 Jul 2021
GCC vaccine camps to function as usual today

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has announced that vaccine camps will function as usual today. However, there will be no online registration. Only walk-in shots will be available.

11:36 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Madras HC orders protection for LGBTQIA+ woman facing harassment from family

The Madras High Court has directed the police not to cause any harassment to a 24-year-old woman, belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community and living with another woman, and to give appropriate protection for her.

Justice M Nirmal Kumar gave the direction recently, while passing orders on a petition from the woman seeking protection.

According to the petitioner, immediately after completing Class 12, when she was only 17 years old, she was not permitted to pursue higher education and forcibly married off.

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11:23 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Who is BJP Tamil Nadu chief L Murugan, newly inducted into Union Cabinet

Tamil Nadu BJP president L Murugan was Wednesday evening inducted into the Union Council of Ministers. Born in 1977 in Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu, Murugan practised law for over 15 years, also serving as the Standing Counsel to the Government of India at Madras High Court. Murugan was later appointed vice-chairperson of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes.

A native of the Kongu region in Tamil Nadu, Murugan completed his undergraduate degree in law from Dr Ambedkar Law College in Chennai, and master’s degree from the University of Madras. He has also been a member of the ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad).

Murugan unsuccessfully contested the 2011 state elections from Rasipuram (Reserved) constituency in Salem. He garnered more than 1,700 votes and secured the third position. In March 2020, Murugan was appointed as Tamil Nadu BJP’s president as the seat fell vacant in September 2019 with the appointment of Tamilisai Soundarajan as Telegana State Governor.

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11:07 (IST)08 Jul 2021
TRS MLA, his driver convicted in 2013 assault case

Telangana Rashtra Samithi MLA Danam Nagender, along with his driver, was sentenced to six months in connection with a 2013 assault case. The former minister was convicted by a special sessions court set up to expedite cases against lawmakers.

Nagender and his driver were also fined Rs 1000 each for assaulting a man inside Banjara Hills police station in 2013. The court, however, granted them bail and allowed them to appeal against the judgment.

Nagender, a former Congress minister in the unified Andhra Pradesh state, now represents TRS from the Khairatabad assembly constituency in Hyderabad. The case pertains to a minor road rage incident at a traffic signal. Nagender’s aides, who were traveling in a car, had picked up an argument with the complainant, Subba Rao. Amid a heated altercation, police personnel took both Subba Rao and Nagender’s associates to Banjara Hills police station.

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10:55 (IST)08 Jul 2021
TNPL to begin from July 19, all matches in Chennai

The fifth season of the Tamil Nadu Premier League T20 tournament will begin on July 19 as the state government has given the event its clearance.

All the matches in the eight-team league, including the final, will be played at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) secretary R S Ramasaamy said.

“The Tamil Nadu government formally approved holding the TNPL 2021 tournament on July 1 subject to no spectators and strict Covid protocols. After discussions with all the stakeholders, it was decided to start the 2021 edition of TNPL from July 19 to August 15,” Ramasaamy was quoted as saying in a release on Wednesday.

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10:44 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Telangana government websites to go offline for 48 hours

For 48 hours, starting at 9 pm on July 9, all Telangana government websites and online services will be taken offline. According to the state government, the Telangana State Data Centre (SDC) has planned a scheduled maintenance activity to install an upgraded power backup system. The websites and online services will be restored by 9 pm on July 11.

According to a press statement from the Department of IT, the new upgraded UPS (uninterruptible power supply) installation has become the need of the hour to ensure the services are continued without any interruption to the Government of Telangana and the Public in the long run. “The existing UPS at the State Data Centre has become aged and the present power backup mechanism is unable to sustain for a long period during the power failures/fluctuations,” the statement read.

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10:38 (IST)08 Jul 2021
Stalin visits ancestral house at Thirukkuvalai in Nagapattinam

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin visited his ancestral housein Thirukkuvalai in Nagapattinam district on Wednesday. Accompanied by his family, the Chief Minister visited the house where his father M Karunanidhi grew up as a school boy. This is his first visit after he became the Chief Minister.

Earlier, he opened a Rs 12-crore building for the maternity and neo-natal ward of the Government Medical College in the town of Thiruvarur nearby. Later, he arrived at Thirukkuvalaito a reception by the people of the village where some of the elders, personally known to his father, greeted him.

He chose to walk down the street to reach his ancestral house. The house, a blue and white structure with a pond in front of it, has a statue of his mother and two libraries named after his grandparents.

The Chief Minister paid floral tribute to the statues of his grandparents, father, and uncle Murasoli Maran and browsed through a collection of rare photographs, including those of Karunanidhi, in the house. (PTI)

C Ve Shanmugam, who was the Law Minister in the AIADMK regime, has said the party’s alliance with BJP cost it the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections. Shanmugam, once a staunch loyalist of V K Sasikala before joining the camp of the former Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, said the AIADMK government had a good image among the people.

READ | Former AIADMK minister blames BJP alliance for Assembly poll defeat

Amid the blame game between the AIADMK and BJP leaders over the 2021 assembly election results, former deputy chief minister and AIADMK’s coordinator O Panneerselvam has issued a statement, affirming their faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and stating that their alliance with the saffron party is intact.

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