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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus September 23, 24 Highlights: Take steps for continuing Tamil school in Ahmedabad, EPS urges Vijay Rupani

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News September 23, 24 Highlights: As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 46,249.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: September 25, 2020 9:17:51 am
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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News September 23, 24 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 5325 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 5,57,999. Among these, Chennai reported 980 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,58,594.

Tamil Nadu recorded 63 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 9010. 59 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 46,249. Till date, 3,36,469 males, 2,21,500 females and 30 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 67,25,037 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 84,979 samples having been sent yesterday.

The state discharged 5363 patients following treatment yesterday, putting the total number of recoveries at 5,02,740.

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16:28 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Take steps for continuing Tamil school in Ahmedabad, EPS urges Vijay Rupani

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday urged his Gujarat counterpart Vijay Rupani to take steps for reopening a Tamil school in Ahmedabad that was shut and assured him that the Tamil Nadu government would bear the expenditure of running the institution.

Palaniswami said he was distressed to learn that a Tamil medium school in the Gujarat capital, catering mainly to migrant labourers "has been closed suddenly," citing low attendance. These Tamil children were now left without any choice to continue their education. Requesting Rupani's intervention, EPS urged him to "pass suitable orders" for the continuance of the Tamil medium school.

"Tamil Nadu government is willing to undertake the entire expenditure for the continuance of this Tamil medium school at Ahmedabad," the CM assured. Tamil is an ancient language and Tamils living in Gujarat continued to contribute towards the development of the state, he noted. "I hope the government of Gujarat will protect the rights to education of Tamil linguistic minorities. I would appreciate early action in this regard," he added.

15:03 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Sasikala writes to Bengaluru prison officials, requests not to reveal details of her release

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s close aide VK Sasikala has written a letter to the Bengaluru Parappana Agrahara prison Superintendent requesting not to entertain any kind of application of the third parties under the Right to Information Act seeking details related to her imprisonment, release date, etc.

In a letter dated September 19, Sasikala said the third parties file those applications for gaining publicity and also due to political vendetta. “The oblique motive of some applicants is to complicate my lawful release at the right time,” the letter read.

Sasikala cited the Ved Prakash Aryavs’ case where the jail authorities denied providing information of undertrial prisoners as well as convicts.

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14:19 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Anna University bifurcation raises a storm, staff say will undo years of hard work

Amid protests against the bifurcation of Chennai’s Anna University, members of the Anna University Teachers Association (AUTA) have written to Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit seeking his appointment to discuss the issue.

The AUTA and the vice chancellor of Anna University have also written to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and state minister for Higher Education, K P Anbalagan against the bifurcation.

“It is as simple as the fact that when something has had a name for years and is changed suddenly, nobody will like it. Moreover, our patents, papers, credibility and rating have all been built on the name Anna University. For over 40 years, Anna University has maintained its name even as other colleges come and go”, I. Arul Aram, president of AUTA told Indianexpress.com.

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13:01 (IST)24 Sep 2020
FinCEN Files — Antiques smuggler in Tamil Nadu jail, and a trade that flourished even after his arrest

Data from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the US regulatory agency for enforcing money laundering laws, provide a glimpse into the network of companies and individuals trading with antiques smuggler Subhash Kapoor who is now in a Tamil Nadu jail.

The data show that dealings of stolen artifacts and transactions continued years after the arrest of the alleged kingpin.

Kapoor was one of 17 subjects in a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) filed on March 20, 2017 by the Standard Chartered Bank, New York, “for obtaining millions of dollars in trafficking looted artifacts from international smugglers and selling them illegally”.

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11:51 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Vijayakant tests positive for coronavirus

Actor-politician Vijayakant has tested positive for coronavirus, said a statement from his political outfit Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) on Thursday.

“Vijayakant visits a private hospital in Chennai every six months for a routine medical check-up. And during one such visit recently, he had tested positive for coronavirus,” said the statement.

The statement noted that Vijaykant’s COVID-19 symptoms were very mild, and the 68-year-old actor-turned-politician was doing completely fine after taking the required treatment.

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11:28 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Indian expat to travel home after two decades; gets USD 204,195 waiver in overstay fines

An Indian expat in the UAE will finally be able to return home after two decades after he was granted a waiver of nearly Dh 750,000 (USD 204,195) in overstary fines, according to a media report.

Thanavel Mathiazhaagan, 56, arrived in the UAE in 2000 through a recruitment agent on the promise of a job. The agent, who also took Mathiazhaagan’s passport, later went missing and he had to illegally stay in the UAE to provide for his family in India by doing part-time jobs, the Gulf News reported.

Mathiazhaagan, who hails from Tamil Nadu, sought help from two social workers in the UAE to return home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The only documents he possessed was his employment visa entry permit and a copy of the last page of his passport, the report said.

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10:43 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai today from 9 am to 2 pm to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

  • Tambaram Mudichur: Balaji Nagar, Swamy Nagar, Mullai Nagar, Vavabhaibulla Nagar and Purusonthaman Nagar.
  • Tambaram Shanmuganagar: Lakshmi Nagar, Kommiamman Nagar and Nethaji Nagar.
  • Tambaram Parvathy Nagar: Periyar Salai, Saravanabava Nagar, Kattabomman Street, Sri Rama Nagar, S K Avenue and Parvathy Nagar.
  • Tambaram Varadharajapuram: Sakthi Nagar, Rayappa Nagar, Vijay Nagar, Singaravelan Nagar and Astalakshmi Nagar.
  • Tambaram Thirumudivakkam: Thirumudivakkam
  • Napalayam: Manali New Town, Vichoor Sidco Estate, Kulakarai, J J Puram, Ezhil Nagar, Ganapathy Nagar, Sriram Nagar, Arulmugam Nagar, Vellivoyal, Napalayam - Old, New; Edyanchavadi, Vellivoyal Chavadi, Kondakarai and Ekkal Colony.
  • Palavakkam: Venkateswara Nagar, Swaminathan Nagar - 5th, 7th, 9th Streets; Vivekananda Street and Kalathu Mettu Street.
  • Guindy Ramapuram Nagar: IPC Colony, Ramapuram, Manapakkam, Kolappakkam, Mugalivakkam, Venkateswara Nagar, Poothappedu, Nesapakkam, Ramachandra Nagar (Gerugambakkam), Jaibalaji Nagar, Khan Nagar, MGR Nagar and KK Ponnurangam Salai.
10:21 (IST)24 Sep 2020
118 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 118 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities, with 58 arrivals and 58 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:36 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi writes to PM Modi over non-representation in cultural panel

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking why there has been no representation from Tamil Nadu and other southern states in the 16-member expert panel constituted to study the origin and evolution of India’s ancient culture.

The panel has been set up to study “the origin and evolution of Indian culture dating back to around 12,000 years ago”, Union Culture Minister Prahlad Patel had told the Lok Sabha during the ongoing Monsoon Session.

“While it’s welcome move to deepen our understanding of our country’s rich and varied cultural roots, the composition of the committee itself is a matter of deep concern,” wrote Palanisami.

“It is surprising that the Ministry of Culture has chosen to ignore experts from Tamil Nadu while setting up the said committee. I, therefore, on behalf people of the Tamil Nadu, request you to personally intervene and direct the Ministry of Culture to reconstitute the expert committee by inducting eminent scholars from Tamil Nadu,” he added.

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09:24 (IST)24 Sep 2020
TN reports 5325 positive cases, 63 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 5325 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 5,57,999. Among these, Chennai reported 980 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,58,594.

Tamil Nadu recorded 63 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 9010. 59 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 5363 patients following treatment yesterday, putting the total number of recoveries at 5,02,740.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 46,249. Till date, 3,36,469 males, 2,21,500 females and 30 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 67,25,037 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 84,979 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:24 (IST)24 Sep 2020
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16:34 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi writes to PM Modi over non-representation in cultural panel

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking why there has been no representation from Tamil Nadu and other southern states in the 16-member expert panel constituted to study the origin and evolution of India’s ancient culture.

The panel has been set up to study “the origin and evolution of Indian culture dating back to around 12,000 years ago”, Union Culture Minister Prahlad Patel had told the Lok Sabha during the ongoing Monsoon Session.

“While it’s welcome move to deepen our understanding of our country’s rich and varied cultural roots, the composition of the committee itself is a matter of deep concern,” wrote Palanisami.

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15:03 (IST)23 Sep 2020
FinCEN Files — Antiques smuggler in Tamil Nadu jail, and a trade that flourished even after his arrest

Data from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the US regulatory agency for enforcing money laundering laws, provide a glimpse into the network of companies and individuals trading with antiques smuggler Subhash Kapoor who is now in a Tamil Nadu jail.

The data show that dealings of stolen artifacts and transactions continued years after the arrest of the alleged kingpin.

Kapoor was one of 17 subjects in a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) filed on March 20, 2017 by the Standard Chartered Bank, New York, “for obtaining millions of dollars in trafficking looted artifacts from international smugglers and selling them illegally”.

Transactions of $27.88 million were made between March 2010 and March 2017. The SAR noted: “Art is utilized as a money laundering vehicle and is a red flag which is commonly used to conceal cash.”

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13:29 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Covid impact on economy: Urban job guarantee scheme, cash benefits among expert panel suggestions to TN govt

The state government-appointed expert committee formed to study the pandemic’s impact on Tamil Nadu’s economy has said the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 has left the state in a bad shape.

A top official said the growth rate is “going to be affected badly in this financial year… mostly into a negative zone”. Assessing the impact on various sectors and the life of the common man, the committee headed by former RBI governor C Rangarajan has recommended that the state government carry out a second round of cash distribution, besides making several other suggestions.

A senior official said the Rangarajan-led panel has recommended that the state government roll out an “urban employment guarantee scheme” modelled on MGNREGA. The committee’s report, which was handed over to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday, has also recommended an additional budget allocation of Rs 10,000 crore for capital expenditure and an “affordable rental housing scheme” for the working class population in cities and towns.

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12:28 (IST)23 Sep 2020
BJP as mediator, AIADMK and Sasikala hold talks for merger

Talks are on for merger of the rebel faction led by V K Sasikala into the AIADMK, with the BJP facilitating the discussions, in preparation for the May 2021 Assembly elections. Two days ago, T T V Dhinakaran, who is running the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) in the absence of the jailed Sasikala, travelled to Delhi, where he is said to have met top BJP leaders.

In power now for two terms, the AIADMK faces a tough challenge from the DMK in the Assembly polls, its first since supremo J Jayalalithaa’s death. Incidentally, the BJP is said to have played a key role in the split in the AIADMK after her death in December 2016, enabling the faction led by O Panneerselvam and Edappadi K Palaniswami to capture power at the expense of Jayalalithaa’s confidante Sasikala.

The developments come ahead of Sasikala’s expected release from a Bengaluru prison before January 2021.

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12:09 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Chennai metro opens all entrance gates

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) announced on Tuesday that all entrances inside the stations across Chennai have been reopened to the public. Earlier, CMRL had kept two entrances operational in each station as services resumed on September 7.

10:56 (IST)23 Sep 2020
SP Charan on SPB’s health: He’s eager to leave the hospital as early as possible

Filmmaker SP Charan on Tuesday took to his Instagram stories to share an update about his father SP Balasubrahmanyam’s health. He informed fans that the singer-actor “continues the steady progress toward getting better.”

Charan added that SPB is “eager to leave the hospital as early as possible.”

“Dad continues the steady progress toward getting better. Ekmo/ventilator, physiotherapy continue with oral intake of liquids. He’s been eager to leave the hospital as early as possible,” SP Charan wrote on his Instagram stories.

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10:12 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai today from 9 am to 2 pm to carry out maintenance work. 

Here are the affected areas:

  • Guindy Ramapuram Nagar: IPC Colony, Ramapuram, Manapakkam, Kolappakkam, Mugalivakkam, Venkateswara Nagar, Poothappedu, Nesapakkam, Ramachandra Nagar (Gerugambakkam), Jaibalaji Nagar, Khan Nagar, MGR Nagar and KK Ponnurangam Salai.
09:44 (IST)23 Sep 2020
122 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 122 flights are scheduled to fly between Chennai and major cities, with 61 arrivals and 61 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:43 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Recoveries cross 4.97 lakh in TN

Tamil Nadu recorded 5337 positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 5,52,674. Among these, Chennai reported 989 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,57,614.

Tamil Nadu recorded 76 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 8947. 69 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 5406 patients following treatment yesterday, putting the total number of recoveries at 4,97,377.

As of Tuesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 46,350. Till date, 3,33,187 males, 2,19,457 females and 30 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 66,40,058 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 82,928 samples having been sent yesterday.

VK Sasikala applies for 15-day parole to attend husband Natarajan Maruthappa last rites The developments come ahead of Sasikala’s expected release from a Bengaluru prison before January 2021.

Talks are on for merger of the rebel faction led by V K Sasikala into the AIADMK, with the BJP facilitating the discussions, in preparation for the May 2021 Assembly elections. Two days ago, T T V Dhinakaran, who is running the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) in the absence of the jailed Sasikala, travelled to Delhi, where he is said to have met top BJP leaders.

READ | BJP as mediator, AIADMK and Sasikala hold talks for merger

According to a highly placed source, Dhinakaran has been promised “earliest release” of Sasikala if the talks are fruitful. However, Dhinakaran is said to have demanded that his aunt be made the general secretary and he be given a key post. The arrangement could finally be for the reins of the government to continue with the Chief Minister-Deputy CM duo of Palaniswami and Paneerselvam, while party reins pass on to Sasikala.

Also Read | After 37 years, pandemic may make Chennai’s famous ‘statue man’ move on

The state government-appointed expert committee formed to study the pandemic’s impact on Tamil Nadu’s economy has said the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 has left the state in a bad shape. A top official said the growth rate is “going to be affected badly in this financial year… mostly into a negative zone”. Assessing the impact on various sectors and the life of the common man, the committee headed by former RBI governor C Rangarajan has recommended that the state government carry out a second round of cash distribution, besides making several other suggestions.

READ | Covid impact on economy: Urban job guarantee scheme, cash benefits among expert panel suggestions to TN govt

A senior official said the Rangarajan-led panel has recommended that the state government roll out an “urban employment guarantee scheme” modelled on MGNREGA. The committee’s report, which was handed over to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday, has also recommended an additional budget allocation of Rs 10,000 crore for capital expenditure and an “affordable rental housing scheme” for the working class population in cities and towns.

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