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Chennai Hyderabad June 21, 22 Highlights: TN sees 6,895 new cases, 194 deaths

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 21, 22 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded its highest daily infection at 36,184 on May 21 and since then it has been reporting a decline.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: June 23, 2021 9:25:48 am
Chennai, COVID-19Staff nurses outside Government Kilpauk Medical College (GKMC) Hospital, in Chennai. (PTI)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News June 21, 22 Highlights: Tamil Nadu on Tuesday recorded 6,895 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 194 deaths. The caseload so far was 24,36,819 and the death toll till date was 31,580, the bulletin read. As many as 13,156 people got discharged today, taking the tally to 23,48,353 leaving 56,866 active infections. Tamil Nadu recorded its highest daily infection at 36,184 on May 21 and since then it has been reporting a decline.

Chennai registered 410 new cases taking the total number of cases to 530034. With 24 fatalities on Tuesday, the number of COVID-19 related fatalities in the State capital also reached 8,095. Coimbatore (870) Erode (741) Salem (485), Tiruppur (434) were among the other districts which reported most cases.

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21:30 (IST)22 Jun 2021
TN sees 6,895 new cases, 194 deaths

Tamil Nadu on Tuesday recorded 6,895 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 194 deaths. The caseload so far was 24,36,819 and the death toll till date was 31,580, the bulletin read.

As many as 13,156 people got discharged today, taking the tally to 23,48,353 leaving 56,866 active infections. Tamil Nadu recorded its highest daily infection at 36,184 on May 21 and since then it has been reporting a decline.

Chennai registered 410 new cases taking the total number of cases to 530034. With 24 fatalities on Tuesday, the number of COVID-19 related fatalities in the State capital also reached 8,095. Coimbatore (870) Erode (741) Salem (485), Tiruppur (434) were among the other districts which reported most cases.  

19:28 (IST)22 Jun 2021
23,62,991 doses of Covid-19 vaccines administered in Chennai, says Corporation

The Greater Chennai  Corporation on Tuesday said a total of 23,62,991 doses of  Covid-19 vaccines  have been administered in the city. Of these 17,58,187 1st doses of vaccines and 6,04,804 second doses of vaccines have been administered.  On inquiry, the civic body had found that a total of 89,500 people are due for their second doses for vaccines.

“The details of the persons who are due for their second dose of vaccine were collected and from zonal offices they were informed over the phone to get vaccinated. Through this initiative, 30,480 people have administered their second dose of vaccine and around 59,000 are still due for their second of vaccine,” a statement from the civic body read.

Those who missed their second dose of Covaxin can get vaccinated on June 23 and 24 in all the vaccination centres in the city. A total of 62,050 Covaxin vaccines have been distributed to all the centres in the city to the smooth conduct of the vaccination drive.

18:04 (IST)22 Jun 2021
TN CM assures resolutions in Assembly against farm laws, CAA

Resolutions would be adopted in the Assembly during the upcoming budget session against the Centre’s farm laws and the Citizenship Amendment Act, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin said on Tuesday.

Ever since the three farm laws were enacted by the union government, the DMK had all along demanded the Centre to withdraw the laws, which are “against the interests of farmers,” the Chief Minister said intervening his party MLA Tamizharasi, who spoke on the matter in the House.

The government has made a clear decision to pass a resolution seeking the withdrawal of these three farm laws reflecting the feelings of farmers across the country, he said adding there is no change on that decision.

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17:16 (IST)22 Jun 2021
MK Stalin writes to nine Chief Minsiters to oppose new draft Indian Ports Bill 2021

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin writes to Chief Ministers of nine states urging them to express their objection to the new draft Indian ports Bill 2021. He asks all states/UTs to take joint action to prevent any move to dilute the powers already vested with the states.

14:43 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Telangana: Warangal Urban district renamed Hanamkonda, CM says 33-floor hospital in region soon

The Telangana government has decided to rename the Warangal Urban district to Hanamkonda.

In a visit to Warangal city on Monday, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said while the Urban district will now be called Hanamkonda, the Rural district will retain the name Warangal. He instructed the Chief Secretary to issue orders for this in the next few days.

The CM also announced a government dental college on Monday, along with a new 33-floor hospital, which will come up in place of the recently demolished Warangal Central Jail. The multi-super specialty hospital will be ready for operations within 18 months, he said. Rao had earlier laid the foundation stone for the project, for which the 135-year-old Nizam-era jail was vacated and razed.

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14:16 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Supreme Court to hear plea of convict in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case after 3 weeks

The Supreme Court Tuesday said it will hear after three weeks a plea of A G Perarivalan, serving life sentence in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, seeking grant of parole.

A vacation bench of justices Vineet Saran and Dinesh Maheshwari took note of the fact that the lawyer for Perarivalan has circulated the letter seeking adjournment of hearing in the case.

“There is a letter (for adjournment). List after three weeks before an appropriate bench,” the bench said in its order.

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13:26 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

Prices of petrol and diesel were hiked on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, after a gap of one day, touching fresh record highs across the country. In the national capital, the petrol price rose 28 paise while that of diesel inched up 26 paise.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 98.65 per litre while diesel is priced at Rs. 92.83 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol costs Rs. 101.33 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 96.17 per litre.

12:40 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Tamil Nadu: Fearing ‘evil spirit’, mother, aunt kill seven-year-old boy

A seven-year-old boy, who had frequent epileptic fits, was killed by his mother and two aunts as they thought he was possessed by a “evil spirit”, at a village in Tiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu.

Thilakavathi (30), who lost her husband Karthi two years ago, had been residing with her son Sabari near KV Kuppam in Vellore. Thilakavathi’s sisters Bakiyalakshmi (29), Kavitha (28), who are unmarried were also staying with her.

A couple of days ago, the sisters started believing that Sabari was possessed by evil spirits. The family took the boy to Vanthavasi to get him “treated” by a godman. The women spent the night near the panchayat union premises after the auto-rickshaw driver dropped them near the Kannamangalam town bus stop.

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12:15 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Over 23.62 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 23,62,901 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 32,761 people inoculated on Monday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

11:47 (IST)22 Jun 2021
RRR makers resume shooting post lockdown 2.0, Ram Charan, Jr NTR join the sets

After the lockdown came to an end in Telangana on Saturday, film shootings have resumed in the state. Recently, the team of Nithiin’s Maestro wrapped up its filming in Hyderabad, while Adivi Sesh’s Major will commence its production in July. On the other hand, the shooting of SS Rajamouli’s magnum-opus RRR began on Monday in Hyderabad.

Hairstylist Aalim Hakim mentioned on Twitter that the shoot of RRR has resumed. Sharing a photo of himself and Ram Charan, he wrote, “Today In Hyderabad, Lockdown 2.0 is lifted and the movies have resumed their shoots.. Starting my day with a Haircut for Superstar Ram Charan @AlwaysRamCharan for the Movie #RRR directed by everyone’s favourite @ssrajamouli Sir.”

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11:24 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Women as temple priests: An idea whose time has come

Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Minister PK Sekar Babu’s remark that women could be appointed priests in the 35,000-odd temples in the state is long overdue. This transformative idea must be emulated in temples across the country. There are, properly speaking, no religious obstacles for doing so. What stands in the way is the dead hand of convention, the power of patriarchy, and politics.

The term “priest” denotes a vast range of social, ritual and redemptory functions: From purohits to pandas, to being a medium of divine power. Women have performed many of these. These functions are also embedded differently in different Hindu traditions: Sakta, Saivism, and Vaishnavism, Smarta etc. There are several examples in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra where women perform all rituals. Often, priesthood was an inherited office. In Raj Kali Kuer vs Ram Rattan Pandey 1955, the Supreme Court held that women have the right to succeed to religious office. 
It ruefully noted that standard codifications like Digest of Hindu Law on Contracts and Successions: With a commentary by Jagannatha Tercapanchanana, disqualified women from performing certain ritual functions. But it held that this disqualification was not sufficient grounds to deny them priestly office. This judgment notes that many priestly offices in Indian temples were hereditary, and “hereditary is not a principle of competence.” In many temples, priestly office-holders subcontracted particular ritual functions when needed. So even if women could not participate in particular rituals, that could not be grounds for denying them priestly authority.

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11:21 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Telangana CM inaugurates integrated district offices complex and other projects at Warangal

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao inaugurated a newly-built 'Integrated district offices complex', an administrative block of Kaloji Narayana Rao Health University, besides performing 'Bhumi Puja' for a super-speciality hospital at Warangal on Monday. Describing Warangal as the second most important town in Telangana (after Hyderabad), Rao said the town should emerge as a major centre of education, health and industries.

He announced taking up the next phase of state government's 'Palle Pragati' (progress of villages), 'Pattana Pragati' (progress of towns) and 'Harita Haram' (massive plantation drive) programmes from July 1 to 10. He said an 'integrated health complex' which would house all major medical specialities should come up in Warangal and asked officials to work on it.

He disapproved of spreading false and improper information related to COVID-19 that frightened people even as he stressed on the need to face the virus without fear. He also said he could recover from the infection with paracetamol and antibiotics. He appreciated the services of doctors and other medical personnel during the pandemic. He praised healthcare personnel for participating in a door to door fever survey which was organised as part of the fight against COVID-19. (PTI)

11:04 (IST)22 Jun 2021
After a gap of 15 months, suburban train services to resume in Hyderabad and Secunderabad on June 23

The suburban train services in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad will resume services on June 23 after a gap of 15 months, the South Central Railway (SCR) authorities announced on Monday.

The MMTS (Multi-Modal Transport Service) services were suspended from March 23, 2020 in the wake of a nationwide lockdown at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

With the gradual opening of train services, the Indian Railways has now approved the resumption of MMTS train services to cater to the travel needs of the intra-city and suburban rail commuters in the twin city region.

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10:51 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Tamil Nadu issues guidelines to prevent sexual harassment during online classes

Advisory committees in every school, a central compliance cell and a self-audit tool are among the measures that have been laid down in the guidelines issued by the Tamil Nadu government on Monday to ensure protection to students from sexual harassment while attending online classes. The rules will be applicable for all schools across the state.

There has been a growing demand for new guidelines on online classes following recent sexual harassment cases lodged against faculty members of a couple of schools in the state.

As per the guidelines, every school will have to constitute a ‘student safeguarding advisory committee’ comprising the principal, two teachers, two parent-teacher association members, a management representative, a non-teaching staff and an external member (optional) to continuously review and monitor the situation and issue recommendations on all aspects of students’ safety.

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10:49 (IST)22 Jun 2021
YSR Congress secures majority in Legislative Council

The ruling YSR Congress finally secured a majority in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council after four of its nominated members were sworn in on Monday. The YSRC's strength has now increased to 19 in the 58-member House.

Pro-tem Chairman Vitapu Balasubrahmanya administered the oath of office to Lella Appi Reddy, Thota Trimurthulu, Moshen Raju and Ramesh Yadav. The four were nominated to the Council under the Governor's quota.

The YSRC's strength will further rise by at least 14 as and when elections to fill three seats under the MLAs' quota and another 11 from the Local Authorities Constituencies are held.

The Telugu Desam, which so far enjoyed an upper hand in the Council, is now relegated to the main opposition with 15 members. (PTI)

10:33 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Tanzanian man held with 3kg heroin at Hyderabad airport

An African national was detained at the Hyderabad airport on Monday after he was found to be in possession of suspected contraband substances. This is the third time an African national has been arrested at the Hyderabad airport this month for smuggling drugs.

The officials from the Hyderabad unit of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized 3kg of narcotic substance that was identified as heroin upon further examination. The same is worth Rs 19.5 crore in the international grey market, said DRI.

The accused, a man from Tanzania, was nabbed following specific inputs. He arrived at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad from Johannesburg via Doha in the early hours of Monday.

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10:29 (IST)22 Jun 2021
TS EAMCET 2021 schedule announced, exams to be conducted in August

The Telangana government today decided to conduct the TS EAMCET entrance test from August 1 to 10, state Education Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy said.

The EAMCET (engineering) entrance test will be held on August 4, 6, 8 and the agriculture and medical exam will be held on August 9 and 10.

The TS LAWCET will be conducted on August 23, while TS POLYCET will be held on July 17. The minister said the government has decided to conduct these tests in line with the Covid-19 guidelines.

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10:17 (IST)22 Jun 2021
TNAU ranked third among State agricultural universities

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has been ranked first among agricultural universities in the southern States and third among the State agricultural universities in the country.

The ranking was done by Education World India magazine which conducts a survey on educational institutions every year and ranks them.

The ranks are based on faculty competence, faculty welfare & development, research and innovation, curriculum and pedagogy (digital readiness), industry interface, placements, infrastructure, internationalism, leadership/governance and range and diversity of study programmes, said a press release from TNAU. (PTI)

10:12 (IST)22 Jun 2021
DJ Snake, Dhee remix Enjoy Enjaami to bring Spotify Singles to India

Spotify has collaborated with international EDM icon DJ Snake and Tamil singer Dhee to bring its Singles programme, aimed at providing artistes a platform to rerecord their existing songs with a fresh new take, to India. The platform also allows artists to cover a song of their choice by other artists.

Globally, Spotify Singles programme has brought together artistes from different music cultures to create something unique.

“We are thrilled to announce our first Single from India with DJ Snake, one of the biggest global music icons, and Dhee, who has such a powerful voice. Music is borderless and through such collaborations, we want listeners to experience different cultures.’’ said Andy Sloan-Vincent, Head of Global Music Programs at Spotify.

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09:58 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Chennai Corporation begins second mass cleaning drive across the city

The Greater Chennai Corporation on Monday began the second mass cleaning drive of the city. The drive will continue till June 26, across 15 zones in the city. Officials have identified as many as 614 spots by the officials to conduct the drive. The officials aim to eradicate 4,500 tonnes of construction waste and 1,000 tonnes of garbage waste during the second phase of the clean-up drive.

Corporation Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi said senior engineers have been appointed as the monitoring officers. These officers have been asked to send a daily report of their zonal activity to Principal Secretary Bedi.

During the first mass cleaning drive in May, the officials removed 13,345 tonnes of waste – 3,260 tonnes of garbages and 10,085 tonnes of construction waste.

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The Tamil Nadu government will form an economic advisory council comprising Nobel laureate Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, and former Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan, to advise the chief minister.

READ | Esther Duflo, Raghuram Rajan, Arvind Subramanian in economic advisory council to Tamil Nadu CM

The suburban train services in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad will resume services on June 23 after a gap of 15 months, the South Central Railway (SCR) authorities announced on Monday.

READ | After a gap of 15 months, suburban train services to resume in Hyderabad and Secunderabad on June 23

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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